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Fantastic service from Stacey, when i ordered my car I was told because of the colour/trim choice I made that no vehicles of that colour/spec in UK. It would have to be a factory order and delivery would not be until December, we decided to wait as the colour was fantastic on that model.

So imagine my surprise when Stacey got in contact and said 'your car is ready when do you want it delivered', this was at the end of October a couple of months earlier than expected!

Thank you Stacey for all your hard work, and great service over the past few months, and for getting it for us at a very good price.

We highly recommend you to anyone thinking of getting a new car soon....First Class.

Mr Peter Cole, Manningtree


'From the moment the e-mail arrived, making me aware of the fantastic deal Howlett Leasiing were able to offer, to the moment the car was delivered, the service I have received has been 1st class. Stacey communicated with me all the way, patiently explaining how the lease worked and what was required. All the paperwork was sent through quickly and efficiently, and the whole process could not have been more straightforward. The car was delivered on time, with a full explanation of all the controls and helpful advice for maintenance and eventual return.

I would recommend Howlett Leasing to anyone thinking of leasing a car - the price was also considerably better than the Ford main dealer!'ť

Mr G Austin, Bury St Edmunds

'Having not leased a car before, the process was very new to me but Stacey always took the time to explain how things worked.

'I always felt fully informed from the point of getting a quote to beyond the eventual delivery of my vehicle, meaning everything ran extremely smoothly.

'I would highly recommend Howlett Leasing as not only do they provide a professional service but also a highly personal one too.'

Thank you again for all your help!

James Baldwin, Norwich

It couldn't have been easier.

Stacey made it very easy for me to get the car I wanted at the right price with all the bells and whistles I wanted. The car arrived in no time at all. I was shocked how easy it was to get the car I wanted. Thank you Stacey.

Jeff Letter, Essex

Excellent service from Stacey and the whole process from start to finish was painless, efficient and very professional.

Carol Schleip, Hadleigh

I have used Stacey for over 16 years and she has supplied me with 11 premium sportscars during that period. Even when I have dealt with Porsche UK direct, Stacey's deals and continuing good service has far outshone them. I would thoroughly recommend Howlett Leasing.

Robert Tuck, Norfolk

Stacey has been fab, she blew the competition out of the water with the best prices, she guided me trough my first leased car and was attentive answering any questions making the process easy and stress free.
I love the car, it was by far the best choice, it looks great and performs even better! I am so pleased with my choice and have recommend my sister and brother-in-law who have now both ordered cars.

Cherelle Letter, Essex

'Stacey at Howlett Leasing offered fantastic service when I was looking to get a new car. I have never leased a car before so had many questions, which Stacey was able to answer swiftly and efficiently. I had a couple of queries regarding items that came as standard with the car and again Stacey was able to answer all the questions very quickly. The whole process was dealt with via email and I didn't even need to attend the office. The additional bonus was that the car was delivered right to my front door at a time and date that suited me. The whole process was easy and effortless and I would recommend Stacey to friends and family that are thinking of leasing a car. I would also use Stacey at Howlett leasing again should we need to lease more cars in the future.'

Thanks again - I love my car.

Jo Isaac, Halstead

Stacey at Howlett Leasing arranged for me to have my new car delivered and the old collected. Everything went very smoothly and because she knew my preference, came up with a very good deal and provided me with several options. Always patient whenever I rang to change my mind or go back to the beginning again. Thank you Stacey'ť.

Eric Britt, Cambs

During the past ten years Howlett Leasing have arranged the supply and lease of our fleet of Ford Rangers and Transits. They have always provided a first class personal service, 'Second to none' and do their utmost to deliver those requirements.

I have no hesitation in recommending Howlett Leasing.

Mr John Perry, Heathrow Hydrant, London

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Diesel Particulate Filter - DPF

FAQ - DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER (DPF) What is a DPF?

A DPF is a clever part of a car’s exhaust which reduces diesel soot emissions by up to 80% The tough exhaust emissions standards introduced in 2009 for new cars effectively required the fitting of a DPF in the exhaust of diesel cars. In fact, many cars registered before 2009 will also have had one fitted too in anticipation of the change in standards. Despite the benefits of a vehicle fitted with a DPF, they can experience issues if the instructions in the vehicle’s handbook are not adhered to.

Typically these issues are derived from driving which is predominantly urban/stop-start, therefore changes to driving style may be required to keep the DPF working properly. If you are planning to use the vehicle mainly for town-based, stop/start driving it would be wise to seek the advice of local dealer or the manufacturer’s website for advice on suitability.

How does it work?

When the soot in the filter reaches a set limit the Engine Control Unit (ECU) will trigger a regeneration process to burn this soot off. If the journey is a bit stop/start or you take your foot off the accelerator while the regeneration is in progress, it may not complete and the warning light will come on to show that the filter is partially blocked. It should generally be possible to start a complete regeneration and clear the warning light by driving for approx 10 minutes at speeds greater than 40mph. However, please note, you should always refer to your particular vehicle’s handbook for vehicle specific information. Expensive repairs - If you ignore the warning light and keep driving in a relatively slow, stop/start pattern, soot loading will continue to build up and you can expect to see other dashboard warning lights start to come on too. At this point driving at speed alone will not be enough and you will have to take the car to a dealer for regeneration. If you continue to ignore warnings and soot loading keeps increasing then the car won’t run properly and the most likely outcome will be that you will have to get a new DPF which could cost a significant amount.

Check the handbook - If you lease a car with a DPF,  it’s important to read the relevant section of the vehicle handbook so that you understand exactly what actions to take if the warning light illuminates and how, if at all, your driving style may need to be adjusted to ensure maximum DPF efficiency and life. In most cases there is only a relatively short time between the DPF being partially blocked and becoming so blocked that it requires manual regeneration. Some vehicles use a special fluid for regeneration the cost of which may not covered by all maintenance contracts.

Removal is not a legal option.  It is suggested from time to time that the answer to failed DPF regeneration is get the DPF removed from the exhaust system rather than pay to get it repaired/renewed. Indeed there are companies advertising just such a service including reprogramming of the engine management software, but is it legal? DPFs are fitted to meet European emissions regulations designed to reduce vehicle emissions of particulate matter (soot) associated with respiratory disease and cancer. According to the Department for Transport, it is an offence under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 to use a vehicle which has been modified in such a way that it no longer complies with the air pollutant emissions standards it was designed to meet. Removal of a DPF will almost invariably contravene these requirements, making the vehicle illegal for road use. MOT From February 2014 the inspection of the exhaust system carried out during the MOT test will include a check for the presence of a DPF. A missing DPF, where one was fitted when the vehicle was built, may result in an MOT failure.

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