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I would just like to say a 'Big Thank You'! Over the past 4 years Ames has leased several vehicles from you and received various quotes from Stacey Howlett and her team. The service provided is always 1st class and a pleasure to discuss potential business. I would definitely recommend your company

AlRead, Altek Mid Environ, Birmingham

Very smooth and easy way to obtain my new Mini Clubvan. I received updates from Stacey Howlett and Jon from Mini at every stage, including after sales care.

Mr Stephen Bass, Grays

'Being a small business owner myself, when I needed a new car I wanted to use a local Company to support the local community. Having met Stacey at a networking event it was an easy choice and the friendly and very efficient service combined to make it a first class decision - also taking my personalised number plate was easy. A great deal, with great service at a very competitive price - what more could you ask for - other than of douse hot sunny weather like today to enjoy the Cabriolet!'ť

Mark Erskine Seller Performance Ltd

'A cliché, but a truism nonetheless: people buy from people. By far the biggest influence on business performance is the quality of your sales and account management teams. Seller Performance Ltd, based in Bury St Edmunds has a simple mission - is to bring out the best in sales people - whatever the size of business. We do this via a powerful process of assessment, training and development and if needed recruitment, supported by world class tools. With our heritage in successful sales performance leadership and proven training and coaching expertise, we arm your business with the right people and the right skills to accelerate revenue growth.






Mark Erskine, Bury St Edmunds

Howlett Leasing was recommended to me by one of our employees who had used their service. I have to say that I was delighted with the service provided by Stacey, nothing was too much trouble for her and the car was delivered within the timescale, excellent!

The car we selected was the Skoda Superb Estate 2.0TDI CR SE; the car had an excellent write up in the motoring press:- (www.whatcar.com/skoda/superb/estate/review/) and for the price, delivered on space, comfort and value, the car suits ideally the needs of our sales rep travelling around the country visiting customers and prospects carrying sample products with him.

Delighted, thank you.

Sandy Lawson, Dynamite Baits, Nottingham

We have used Howlett Leasing for a while and always get a 5 star service from them. All staff are super helpful and pleasant to deal with and wouldn't go anywhere else for company vehicles.

Carly Smith- Ryan, Maldon

The service Howlett leasing provide is first class being friendly and cost effective. From the outset we were informed of the progress of the order for the Ford Ranger and once delivered the communication continued ensuring we were happy and that everything was correct on the vehicle. We had the top and tow bar fitted before delivery as a special order which again was handled in a professional and efficient manner.

Thanks again for your service the Ranger is fine and having now driven it for some time and had the opportunity to tow with it I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for pick up with a bit more class.

Aspect Commercial Wheels, Cowley

I am delighted with my new car. Everyone at Howlett Leasing have gone the extra mile to make my experience positive. They are knowledgeable about their subject, efficient in their operations and first class with their customer service.

James Davey, Sales Masters Guild, Suffol

I have just taken delivery of my Audi A1 on a Personal Contract Purchase, Stacey dealt with and organised it all very swiftly for me. A nice car at a very reasonable price per month - perfect!

Karen Williams from St Ives

We were new to leasing and Stacey helped us through every step. Should we require any more vehicles in the future our first stop will be Howlett Leasing. 1st Class service.

Mr Ed Bilbow, Worldwide Shipping Solutio

Digital Healthcare have used Howlett Leasing since October 2004. We have always found them to be very competitive on price, friendly and helpful to deal with and excellent at providing the service required in a very short space of time! Having challenged them twice this year I have been extremely pleased with every aspect of the service provided. This being my first experience of arranging new lease vehicles I would recommend Howlett's to anyone.

J Witts, Digital Healthcare, Cambridge

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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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