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'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

This is the second van I've had from Howlett Leasing and wouldn't go anywhere else. Changing over the vans is hassle free and they always try to get me the best deal they can. I really didn't need to do anything apart from sign the forms and pay the money. I only dealt with one person throughout the process and didn't get passed about to loads of different people.

Josh Bromback, Hampshire

Very swift and competitive service. Stacey went above and beyond and got us the van we needed, in double quick time and at the cheapest price,better than the main dealer.

Rob Barber, Daisys, Norfolk

This is my second personal lease from Howlett Leasing. Stacey searched endlessly for the best deal for me and ensured I got the car I wanted at a price I can afford. I highly recommend personal leasing - cars lose their value so quickly, leasing takes this into account and allows me to pay less than I would on a bank loan and get a brand new car every 2 or 3 years. Thank you once again Stacey and team.

Jeanna Suckling, Norfolk

Excellent Service and experience
I have recently started leasing a car and this is the first time I have leased a car so needed lots of information. I used Stacey at Howlett Leasing and she was very helpful and walked me through each step until after the car was delivered.
I would highly recommend!!

Shelley Roberts, Hampshire

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

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

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

This is Mollymaid's 3rd vehicle from us.

Mollymaid Glasgow

I choose the car partly on the recommendation of Stacey Howlett. You get a lot of car for the monthly fee.

Dealing with Howlett's was so easy, everything was done for us. Already being an existing client made the financial check even easier.

Ms Toni Russell, Soul Bros, Olney, Bucks

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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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