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Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Need to transport 7 people?
See what options there are for 7 seater vehicles.
What to look for in a 7 SeaterDeciding on a vehicle is a very complex task, we all have personal touches that are must haves to ensure we are comfortable with the vehicle, hoping to achieve a place of serenity and happiness for our means of travel.
These vehicle decisions start with one simple question, what size? From there we can start filling in the blanks, creating our special vehicle fit for purpose.
However, when it comes to a 7 seater, whether it’s a MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle/ Van) or SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), the list of variables becomes increasing smaller. So what should you be looking for in a 7 seater vehicle and what options are there?
Comfort – From the get go you will know that being a 7 seater, comfort is going to be the most prominent decision, however comfort can be described many ways. Never take the word comfort to mean exactly what you would determine as ‘comfortable’. More than likely you have selected this vehicle for carrying up to 7 people or you need the space to carry goods. The type of cargo you are carrying will help to determine what form of comfort you need. If you need to transport 7 adults then you may define comfort as a lot of space to move around; whilst someone transporting a family with small children will determine it by how their gluteus maximus feels after a 5-hour road trip.
What 7 seater should I choose?
7 Seater vs MPV/Van for your Business
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Ahoy Charity Meridian Pull Challenge
The good news is, we didn’t sink.
With the storm clouds and rain pelting up and down the country it looked a dire day to be rowing up the mighty Thames river, especially with a boat full of amateur - at best, sea men and women tasked with the gruelling 8.5 mile Meridian Pull Challenge from Chelsea to Greenwich. But as we made our way to the start line the heavens decided to shine on our charitable endeavours and the sun came out to lead our way. The weather actually turned out so well for us we could only take this as a sign that the fates had deemed us worthy to meet this challenge head on and that nothing could stand in our way of glory!
But then we started rowing.
There were 11 boats in total and our starts were staggered with the winning boat determined by time. We were the 10th boat to take off and I must say that our training served us well. We matched our strokes to one another and pulled out a great start to the race, although we never managed to pass the boat ahead of us, we were never passed by the boat behind either.
The pace we set made us optimistic in the first half of the race and a fantastic sense of comradery came over our crew. I must say that the best part of the actual row has to be down the people in our boat, it was tough going but the banter and laughter that ensued really kept us going. So a massive thank you to our team mates for their commitment and passion to the challenge.
Then we hit the wall.
Just past half way I started to get the ‘fear’, the limbs were starting to ache and the initial adrenalin of being on the Thames had died off. During our training sessions we had only rowed in short lengths at a time, what we faced now was a race of endurance and the ability to push on through the tiredness. This is where what we were doing this for really came to the fore - raising money for the Ahoy Charity, so they could give disadvantaged children the skills they would need for their future.
Then a shout from the shore rang out over the river “Row, Row, Row, you can do it!” The support we got from families, friends and co-workers was phenomenal. We even had words of encouragement from complete strangers, shouting out to keep us going. Some of these words we were grateful for but did hinder our row as they came from passengers on board the Thames ferries, encouraging through they were, they were quickly followed by waves that required careful manoeuvring in order to stay afloat.
In the end we completed our row in approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. In our boat we called that a great success. The good news was we didn’t sink, but the even better news is, we raised a total of £1,739.82 for the Ahoy Charity. Thank you to everyone who donated, we really could not have done it without you.
The sense of completeness that came with passing the finishing line is something I won’t soon forget. Making the time to support a charity like the Ahoy Centre is a priority that working for Concept Vehicle Leasing makes possible. Paul and I thoroughly enjoyed the Ahoy Meridian Pull Challenge, the feeling you get for helping out those in need makes all of the hard work worthwhile.
Once again, from Paul and myself, thank you for your support.
Sales Director – Concept Vehicle Leasing
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
A first-hand account of not a sailor.
So I sit here asking myself, how on earth did I end up as the captain of a 6-person boat with the challenge to row 8.5 miles up the Thames river?
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Attention: We have had an upgrade!
A great car that has a reputation for quality, a strong following and a history of reliability is often struck with a hard question, how do we move forward?
Customers love the car, they don’t want it to change, but if it doesn’t move forward then it will fall into the past and eventually be forgotten. So what happens is the manufacturer gives it an upgrade. A bit of body work here and a few added tech bits there and you have the same reliable machine, but with an upgrade that brings it into the present.
Concept were struck with the same problem. We have customer base of clients who return to us year upon year and a solid reputation for quality service and customer satisfaction. So how do we retain the reputation that Concept Vehicle Leasing has gained over its many years of successful trading, but still compete in an ever moving market? We upgrade.
We tweaked the body work and moved things around to give Concept Vehicle Leasing a fresh new look.
What does this mean for you?If you are half way through an application with Concept and some of your documents still hold the old logo, then don’t worry there will be no issue. You can continue using the documents you have and if you end up with both logos across your contract it will still be valid.
If you have any further questions regarding your current or proposed contract, or any questions at all please contact your dedicated account manager 0800 043 2050.
Monday, 19 September 2016
Creating a Company Vehicle Policy – What You Need & Why
Sometimes a new business start-up will incorporate a company vehicle as a bonus for a loyal employee, not putting in place the proper policy’s as at this stage there is only 1 vehicle in your fleet – more than likely you don’t even think of it as a fleet. This is however when your policies need to be in place, to ensure your business is covered and to maintain a consistent image within the business as you grow.
Things to Consider:
- · Time Ensure your employees take regular breaks between appointments and long drives.
- · Mobile Devices It is against the law for a driver to use a mobile phone or device whilst driving, unless operated through a hands free / bluetooth system. This offence could result in 3 penalty points and a fine of £100. Some companies may choose to ban the use of mobile devices whilst driving because of this.
- · Smoking The company vehicle is classed as an extension of the “workplace” and as such the law prohibits smoking of any kind. This offence could result in a fine of £200, so your company vehicle policy should have a complete ban of smoking in its vehicles.
Licences It goes without saying that any driver who will be using a company
vehicle must have a full UK driving licence, but it’s also important to state
that they must have the correct category to drive a particular vehicle too
(such as a Minibus or Large Van).
We recommend that you adopt a process of electronic licence verification, at least annually on all drivers, to check for new convictions / ban from driving, to ensure you have valid insurance and that your drivers are operating legally. Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to provide this service as part of our Risk Management proposition.
- · Fines Your policy should also confirm that any changes / endorsements / points or convictions must be reported to your company to ensure your drivers are correctly insured.
- · Risk Assessments & Training Under Health & Safety regulations, it’s vital that you carry out appropriate risk assessments within your business, and this includes driving at work. Concept Vehicle Leasing are able to provide online risk assessments and training at very competitive rates.
- · Alcohol and Drugs It’s worth mentioning in your policy that the operation of a company vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol (above legal limits) and any non-prescription drugs, or drugs which might otherwise impair their ability to drive, is strictly prohibited.
Employee requirements to include:
- · Tyre Tread Depths Ensuring tyres are safe and legal and tyre pressure is regularly checked.
- · Fluids (Oil), Brakes & Lights Ensuring Oil, Fluid Levels and Braking is OK, and all lights are operational.
- · Service & Maintenance It is usually the employee’s responsibility to ensure that a vehicle is serviced in accordance with the recommended service intervals.
- · Weight and Towing Employees must observe vehicle weight limits as stipulated in the vehicle’s handbook, and to observe towing limits. It might be advisable for you to request that employees seek permission before using a company vehicle for towing due to the potential for increased wear & tear.
- · Fair Wear & Tear Regardless of whether you opt to Lease or Buy your company vehicles, you’ll want to ensure the future resale value is protected. As such, drivers need to be aware of the requirements to ensure their vehicle is kept in a condition which is a fair reflection of its age and mileage. Drivers should report any damage, and some policies may ask employees to contribute to minor damage which they have caused to a vehicle, and which falls outside of Fair Wear & Tear guidelines.
Safety Checks and Inspections
Charges and Fines
It’s unlikely you’ll want to shoulder the additional expense of paying for parking tickets etc, so most organisations would ask employees to pay for any fines and penalty charges incurred whilst using a company vehicle. Either way, you should have a detailed policy as to who will be responsible for the payment of fines and penalty notices.
Remember – if a vehicle is being shared, such as the use of a pool vehicle – ensure you keep a log, so that you know who to blame if a ticket comes through the post!
Concept vehicle Leasing are experts in small fleet leasing, and we are here to help with any questions you may have about implementing a company vehicle policy for your team. Concept offer an outsourced small fleet leasing service to handle all the complications of running a company vehicle system so that you can focus on what really matters, running your business.
Contact us on 0800 043 2050 to see how we can make company vehicles work for you.
Wednesday, 17 August 2016
First things first, we need to understand what petrol is and where it comes from so:
Now that we have an idea of what petrol is we need to understand how it makes your engine run.
Now that we have a small understanding on fuel and engine operation let’s look into the difference in types of petrol.
What about all the added performance and cleaning properties of expensive fuel.
Article by Ben Forman, Concept Vehicle Leasing.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
AdBlue…..What is it?AdBlue is a liquid that converts harmful NOx from your diesel vehicle exhaust into harmless nitrogen and steam, therefore considerably reducing the emissions of nitrogen oxides. AdBlue is very easy to use and is a harmless substance. It is not a fuel, nor a fuel additive but a high purity urea solution that must be used in a dedicated tank on your vehicle that should only be refilled as and when required.
Why are diesel vehicle exhaust systems such a big deal?Diesel engines can be run with a lean burn air to fuel ratio, this is used to ensure that a correct combustion is carried out and to prevent unburnt fuel going out the exhaust. Unfortunately the excess air leads to harmful pollutants from the nitrogen in this excess air.
To reduce these harmful pollutants, a DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) system is used to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants that gets released into the atmosphere. Effectively it is a highly developed filter that catches soot and these harmful pollutants before they reach the atmosphere.
If the DPF filter catches these harmful pollutants, does it eventually get full?As with all filters or ‘traps’ they will eventually fill and need to be emptied. The DPF does this with a process called ‘regeneration’ or as its also known, a ‘burn off’ where the collected soot is burnt off at an extremely high temperature (400-800 degrees Celsius) to leave only a tiny ash residue.
To achieve this your vehicle will need to be driven in a motorway type scenario for an extended length of time, check manufactures recommendations for specifics. If regular burn offs are not carried out it can lead to blocked filters and added costs if you need to get this cleared.
Interesting, so how does AdBlue work with a diesel vehicle exhaust system?AdBlue is injected into the exhaust pipeline, it then vaporizes and decomposes to form ammonia and carbon dioxide. This breaks down the soot and harmful pollutants turning them into water and nitrogen (which are both harmless) and then releasing them through the exhaust.
It also reduces the temperature in which the DPF needs to perform its regeneration or burn off effectively extending the lifespan of the component and reducing unnecessary maintenance.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Concept 5 Star Guarantee
Well, at Concept we have put our ‘money where our mouth is’ and launched a new 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee!
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
Getting to know your new Diesel Vehicle
In the 90’s, diesel engines were considered noisy, slow, brute strength vehicles that were bad for the environment and generally driven by tradesman. Fast forward to today and for the average person it would be hard to tell the difference between a diesel and petrol engine.
Since then, technology has been a blessing, it has provided us with the latest Android phone, the flying drone and many other gadgets that are thrown in our face each and every day. But if I was to ask you what the latest in diesel engine technology was, most people wouldn’t have a clue.
Modern diesel engines have progressed immensely. They have all sorts of new gadgets you probably haven’t heard of, for example; DPF, Common Rail, Start+Stop. But what does it all mean, what is the purpose? Well we are here to fill you in so you can better understand your diesel vehicle.
START+STOPIn vehicles, a start-stop system (may also be referred to a S/S) automatically shuts down and restarts the engine to reduce the amount of time it spends idling, thereby reducing fuel consumption and emissions. This is most advantageous for vehicles which spend significant amounts of time waiting at traffic lights or frequently come to a stop in traffic jams.
Many people believe that this is a modern technology and many sales reps will be stating their vehicles have the ‘latest Start-Stop technology’ well… they are wrong. The Start+Stop system has been developed since the 60’s and tested in vehicles since the 1970’s by Toyota.
Common RailOlder diesel engines relied on a low-pressure fuel pump to feed injector units but modern engines have removed this technology and replaced it with the common rail system. This works by having a high pressure fuel rail connected to the electronic injectors. The injectors are controlled by the ECU (Electronic Control Unit, aka the cars computer) to release fuel at a specified time. The high pressure and electronic injectors allow the engine to run cleaner and become quieter. This is the reason that modern diesel vehicles can be hard to distinguish from petrol engines, it has also removed the infamous diesel knock. To give you an example of how pressure is used, the system is run on pressures around 18,000 psi+, enough to cut a finger clean off!
DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)This is one that can confuse many people but the system is actually quite simple. A diesel particulate filter (or DPF) is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine.
When the filter has collected a certain amount of soot, the vehicle will carry out a burn off (or regeneration) which removes the captured particles. The burn off process occurs at road speeds higher than can generally be attained on city streets; vehicles driven exclusively at low speeds in city traffic can require periodic trips at higher speeds to clean out the DPF. If you were to ignore the warning light and wait too long to operate the vehicle above 40 miles per hour (64 km/h), the DPF may not operate properly, and continued operation may damage the DPF to a point that it must be replaced.
This is extremely important with any lease vehicle as damage occurred to the DPF from ignoring burn off warnings will not be covered by warranty or any maintenance agreement. Meaning that the driver could be up for a bill of around £1500! And that is just for the DPF unit itself!
With reading this you may be thinking, why am I getting a diesel then?Well we could talk about the many benefits of diesel engines, from lower Co2 to greater mpg (miles per gallon) and if you are running a business diesels are often better tax wise. At the end of the day, the decision comes down to you. If you are more inclined to do start stop city driving and have no intention of a weekly long trip, then a petrol or electric vehicle may be for you, however if you are more inclined to do the odd long drive and get out and about in the weekends with your vehicle, then a diesel engine may be just what you need.
In any case feel free to call the team at Concept Vehicle Leasing and they will be happy to answer any question you have regarding vehicle leasing.