Some great pictures, courtesy our Leeds-based personal leasing customer, of their brand-new vehicle – the Mercedes GLC Coupe! As an online broker offering nationwide delivery we are able to offer solutions to customers from Yorkshire to Somerset to Aberdeenshire; as long as you are based on the UK mainland this is something we can manage quite easily. While it is great to work alongside our local customers based in the Wigan/Warrington/St Helens/Leigh area, the majority of our business is generated from customers based many miles from our HQ. But what if I am based in Northern Ireland or the Isle of Wight?
Where you are based in and around the UK (and further afield) is important to us for 1) organising credit; and 2) organising delivery. Before you are able to order a vehicle with us you must first complete a credit application. This involves you supplying some key personal details about you, or your business, which is forwarded to the finance company to make a decision on the purported deal. There is no automatic right to be accepted for credit and every customer, regardless of the circumstances, must go through a formal process first. Do be aware the “no credit check leasing” headlining across platforms across Facebook and Instagram are either completely misleading or cases of fraud/misrepresentation. Where you are based is relevant to the finance side of things as we cannot assist certain customers – Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey. For those customers based within the UK, just check your Experian report if you do have an concerns or issues about your credit profile. It is not in our best interests, or yours, to conduct a credit search when you have no realistic chance of proceeding further.
In terms of lease car delivery – do you deliver anywhere? And how they delivered? When we quote our customers, personal or business, we include the costs of delivery unless there are exceptional circumstances for example you are based in Northern Scotland or if you are based in Northern Ireland. For our northern Irish customers our primary approach is to have the vehicle delivered to the port for collection; the most common method is for the customer to make the journey across to England and collect from the delivery driver. This does not create any particular problems or issues for us or the logistics team so we are more than happy to assist. In the alternative, some customers will ask for the vehicle to be delivered to the Northern Ireland port which can done for an additional cost (so long as the dealership/logistics company can arrange). For customers based in northern part of Scotland we do have to prewarn that additional delivery cost can be applied. Generally a dealership is able to include the costs of delivery for up to 200/250 miles. If you are based in more “remote” regions there could be additional costs.
In terms of how are lease cars delivered, the answer is very much “it depends”. As we work with different dealer groups it depends on their policy as to which method is used. For example, some dealerships will always deliver the vehicles on a transporter so that the cars are not physically driven to the customer; some of our prestige BMW and Land Rover dealers do this. Many others will operate a driven-delivery, which essentially means that the cars will be collected from the PDI centre and physically driven to the end-user. This means the vehicles do incur up to 250 delivery miles (rarely more). We do make this clear to our customers, as some presume the vehicles will all be transported. The reality is that the volume, and costs, involved prohibit this from happening. The process is so lean and expedient that certain elements need to be handled in a specific way. Don’t be alarmed by the driven delivery as this is a common way of carrying this out. If you do want a transported delivery, consider speaking to the finance company or leasing broker you are working with and ascertain the cost for a transported delivery.
In terms of the car shown here, the Mercedes-Benz GLC DIESEL COUPE GLC 300d 4Matic AMG Line Premium 5door 9G-Tronic [Auto], this is based on the following configuration:
-Obsidian Black Metallic Paint
-Leather – Black
-Open pore black ash wood trim
-20″ 5 twin spoke light alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish and tirefit
As standard the car includes privacy glass, rain sensor windscreen wipers, adaptive brake system, brake calipers with Mercedes lettering, ESP, hill hold, AMG floor mats, Bluetooth, active parking assist, attention assist, collision prevention assist, reversing camera, eco start/stop function, power opening/closing tailgate, smartphone integration, traffic sign assist, wireless charging, body colour mirrors, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, DAB radio, navigation, 225w sound system, AMG bodystyling, radiator diamond grille, LED tail lamp, multi-beam LED headlamps, climate control, 3-spoke multifunction AMG steering wheel, leather upholstery, ambient lighting pack, interior lighting pack, storage pack, mirror pack, sport seats, electric front etas with 4-way lumbar support, keyless-go function, 20” milt-spoke alloys, heated front seats and alarm system with immobiliser. In terms of additional specification the Premium pack is an ideal choice but you could upgrade to a Premium Plus for the addition of Burmester surround sound and COMAND online.
On the technical-side company car and business users can note the P11d at £50,100.00 and CO2 at 159g/km for standard vehicle. The 1950CC 9 speed auto diesel engine delivers 245ps, 0-62 times of 6.6 seconds and combined MPG of 40.9 (WLTP).
So would the GLC Coupe be your select leasing option? Or would the Audi Q3 Sportback, Range Rover Velar or BMW X4 be your choice?