The service we received from Howlett Leasing and particular Stacey was first class, nothing was too much trouble and found us the right package for our needs. We would not hesitate in using Stacey and Howletts for our future vehicle requirements.
Graham Fitch, Anglia Fixings, Halstead
We have recently leased two commercial vehicles from Howlett Leasing. The service provided has been efficient, friendly and competitive. We are very pleased.
Suffolk Construction Partners Ltd, Suffo
I have just taken delivery of a new Peugeot 208 Allure from Howlett Leasing on a Personal Contract Hire. It is the first time I have ever had a top-of-the-range car, and still trying to master everything on the touch-screen.
Am delighted with the car, and thank you to Stacey who was so patient with me as I changed my mind again and again, then didn't send the right forms, but we got there in the end. Nothing was too much trouble for Stacey as she re-calculated three times, but it was all worth it in the end.
Mr Eric Britt, Huntingdon, Cambs
Coming up to my next vehicle renewal. I would not hesitate to use Stacey again.
David Blundell, Colchester
'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
Low CO2 emission of 49 g/km benefitting the drive and cheap monthly rentals benefitting the company was our main reason for purchasing
Spraybooth Technology, Suffolk
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 received great service from Stacey at Howlett's. I had never leased a car before and found Stacey to be very helpful and I didn't feel that any of my questions would be considered to be silly! I would definitely recommend to friends and family and will be returning when my lease has ended to find another great deal! Thank you.
Samantha Hindwell, Essex
Excellent customer service and an excellent car at an excellent price!
Steven Rhodes, Bishops Stortford
I called Stacey and advised her of the type of car I was looking for. Within 24 hours I had a list of options and prices ( all very good). From this I picked the car I required and completed the proposal online. The process was easy and Stacey kept me in the loop through the whole procedure.
The car was ready 4 weeks earlier than the dealer had stated and delivered without any trouble. Howlett leasing provides a great service with very reasonable rates. Thanks very much for arranging my beautiful new car!
James Cuckow, Briarcare Recruitment Ltd
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FAQ - DIESEL PARTICULATE FILTER (DPF) What is a DPF?
A DPF is a clever part of a carâ€™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 vehicleâ€™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 manufacturerâ€™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 vehicleâ€™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 wonâ€™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, itâ€™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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