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First class service from order to receipt of the car - outstanding in every way - a great team to do business with.

Jason Marshall, Lumina Prime, Horsham

This is Mollymaid's 3rd vehicle from us.

Mollymaid Glasgow

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 would like to thank Stacey @ Howlett Leasing for delivering excellent customer service from start to end.

Tracy Dolan - Molly Maid, Glasgow

Excellent customer service and an excellent car at an excellent price!

Steven Rhodes, Bishops Stortford

I have no hesitation in recommending Howlett Leasing who have supplied our vehicles for several years. Every time they have made the whole process straightforward and simple with the minimum of fuss and just the right amount of help and assistance in getting the right vehicle for our work and the right deal for our budget.

Mr R Lewis, Trad Oak Carpentry, Essex

Having committed the cardinal sin of trying Vanarama for my new van, and despite their unbelievable prices I soon found things were not what they seemed. I soon lost faith. I'd known Stacey for a while and from the first call Howlett Leasing gave me an honest, competitive price with no strings attached, no onerous conditions to meet - just a great price quoted by humans, real people with experience of their profession, this was great! From there it was remarkably easy to process the agreement and take delivery in fact a matter of weeks before my Black Citroen Berlingo arrived. It has since done everything asked of it and more and I'm very pleased with the van and the deal. Stacey also helped with Van insurance too. Thanks Stacey and the Howlett team for processing the contract hire so smoothly, it was great doing business.

Graham Pretty, Colchester

'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

I have dealt with car leasing companies in the past but never one that ticked all my boxes re professionalism, responsiveness, attention to detail, customer focus and business knowledge. Stacey did a fantastic job in securing me a great deal on my VW Golf, from point of enquiry to vehicle delivery. I will be recommending Howlett Leasing as the only go to leasing company for real results!

Chris Ives, Essex

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


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Diesel Particulate Filter - 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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