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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

Michael Spicer had this to say:-

'Our first company lease car and we chose a Mini Cooper Clubman to promote our business and both the graphics firm Unique Signs and Howlett Leasing were recommended by the dealer, Cooper Norwich. The total experience was completely pain free and seamless and Stacey was most attentive and helpful in dealing with application paper work and promptly answering our queries. We are delighted with the service and would have no hesitation in repeating the arrangement next time round and recommending Howlett Leasing to friends and colleagues'.

Michael Spicer
Norfolk

Read Spicer Architecture, Norfolk

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

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

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

This is the second time I have used Howlett leasing as I was so impressed with the service the first time. Stacey is brilliant and would definitely recommend. She found me the best deal for my Fiat 500 and kept me informed, without hassling me like a lot of dealers do.

Amy Fisher

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

Over the past ten years Howlett's have arranged the supply and finance for 10 of our company cars and three commercial vehicles. You have provided a first class personal service, always listening to our needs and doing your utmost to deliver those requirements.

I have no hesitation in recommending Howlett Leasing.

S Burgess, Lonsdale Metal Co Ltd, London

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 first noticed Stacey's post on LinkedIn. I needed a new company car so I contacted Howlett Leasing and requested a quote on the new model of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV GX3+, we got the quote returned faster than the two Mitsubishi dealers we asked and Stacey's quote was the most competitive.

The new car was press released on the 26th October and the dealers were quoting long delivery times in late November. Stacey managed to get us a car only 3 days after the launch delivered on the 29th October. I would 100% recommend Howlett Leasing for competitive prices and outstanding customer service.

Paul Clark, PRM Waste Systems, Somerset

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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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