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The Service provided by Stacey was personal and professional. I was unsure what I wanted and she was patient with me, helping me to find the perfect little car.

The whole process went smoothly, including the test drive! I love my new car and would use Howlett leasing again and thoroughly recommend them for anyone wanting a great service and value for money.

Rachel Cormack, KLH Architects, Ipswich,

Stacey at Howlett Leasing was brilliant from start to finish. Having never leased a car before she answered all my questions and provided good, practical advice. The process was extremely quick and painless, most of the paperwork was dealt with via email and I only had to visit the office to sign the final documents. My car was ordered on a Tuesday and I took delivery the Thursday of the following week.

I am extremely pleased with my Skoda Octavia 1.6D SE and the deal that Stacey put together for me. I would advise anyone looking for a family car with all the luxuries and extra's of more expensive cars, a huge boot, very economical and great styling, to consider an Octavia. I will definitely be using Stacey again and would be happy to recommend her excellent service to anyone.

Amy Ovenden, Bury St Edmunds

FIRST CLASS SERVICE FROM STACEY AND HER TEAM, FROM INITIAL ORDER THROUGH TO DELIVERY, ALL QUESTIONS ANSWERED PROMPTLY, AND KEPT INFORMED THROUGHOUT, EVEN DELIVERED WELL BEFORE THE ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATE, CANT THANK THEM ENOUGH, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, WILL USE AGAIN.

Peter Cole, Manningtree


'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!'

Mr G Austin, Bury St Edmunds

I have been using Howlett Leasing to provide personal finance for several of my cars for nearly ten years. The service I have received has been second to none and they have always produced the most cost-effective deals when compared to competitors. I have just recently purchased a brand new vehicle, which Howlett Leasing were also able to source for me at a massive discount. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone involved in the sourcing and finance for new cars.

Mr A Rimmer STL Ltd, Sudbury, Suffolk

Howlett's have provided a few cars for us over the years. We have always been handled courteously, efficiently and nothing is too much trouble for Stacey and her team. Better still, the prices are very competitive across all vehicles. I can wholehearted recommend using Howlett Leasing.

Simon Verona, DMS, Sheffield

'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!'

Mark Erskine Seller Performance Ltd

'A clich, 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

Having dealt with Howlett Leasing for over eight years I am pleased to say that they are a pleasure to deal with. They are attentive, offer good advice and best of all their prices are highly competitive.

Robert Tuck, M K Group, Norwich, Norfolk

David Blundell Electrical from Colchester, Essex, recently took delivery of his brand new Vauxhall Corsa 1.3 CDti SX on a Business Contract Hire agreement, David said .... 'Why can't everything be as simple as this? An easy to use service, very straightforward, just how I like it with just a few forms to complete. I am very pleased with the car, it was the right car at the right price with a good mpg and easy to park'.

David Blundell Electrical, Colchester

An efficient, easy to use and helpful service from beginning to end. Stacey provided options that dealers couldn't. The process was seamless and we are delighted with our new car.

Alex De'Cort, Essex

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Renault Kangoo ZE 33: Most successful electric van miles better

THE most successful small electric van in Europe, with over 25,000 sold and winner of the Best Green Van at this year’s Business Van Awards, the Renault Kangoo Z.E. has been updated with the Renault Kangoo ZE 33.
Although the outgoing Kangoo Z.E. made more of an impression on UK buyers than rivals, mainly due to the company making going electric easy and affordable, the limited range affected its usefulness.
Well the biggest difference over the outgoing model is this Kangoo’s new 33kW/h battery, which equals a class-leading range of 170 miles on a single charge. On top of the new battery, to help the driving range, there’s also a new heat pump in the air-conditioning system, which in cold weather works by restricting the use of electrical resistors that consume power.
Although sadly the pump and air-conditioning, which make the most of the driving range, are a costly option in the UK. But what’s the Kangoo ZE 33 like on the road? Business Vans headed to France to find out in this first drive. What’s hot60bhp doesn’t sound like much performance, plus our test Kangoo had a 250kg load in the back, which wiped out that expected initial torque burst (225Nm).
This meant that the latest electric version of Renault’s smallest van didn’t feel as keen off the mark as expected. However, once up and running, the Z.E. quickly builds speed, although with the load, hills take more concentration and planning than expected.
Renault claim a 170-mile range on the NEDC cycle, which in reality is about 120 miles in the summer. This is still impressive, meaning the Kangoo Z.E.. could do more than urban work. There’s now also a Permanent ECO mode, rather than the previous switchable button, thus increasing the range by 10 per cent.
More good news is that on top of the extra range, Renault have made charging the Kangoo Z.E. easier and faster too – thanks to a new charger that’s twice as powerful as the one it replaces. A full charge via a 32A socket now takes just six hours – that’s an hour quicker than before. Only got time for a shorter charge? No problem, you’ll get 22 miles of range with just one hour’s charge.New battery or not, you’ll be pleased to know that the new power has had no negative effect on the Kangoo Z.E.’s practicality.
It has the same 640kg payload, as the new 33kWh battery is no bigger and hidden under the load floor.Easy and relaxing to drive, all you need to get going in this all-electric van is twist the key, select ‘D’ from the auto box, release the handbrake and you’re off in eerie quiet comfort. The high levels of refinement remain when you’re on the move, as even with the extra 250kg on board, the Kangoo’s ride was unaffected, remaining composed and comfortable. The steering is reasonably precise, but there’s too much body roll for it to be any fun.
The Kangoo Z.E. 33 is available in three different flavours: the standard we have here, plus Maxi and Maxi Crew versions. The standard version is 4.28 metres long and has a carrying capacity of 3.0 cubic metres, move up to the Maxi which is 4.66 metres and has a 4.6 cubic metre carrying capacity. Go for the Maxi Crew version and you get five-seats, but a reduced load volume of 3.4 cubic metres.
Outside, there’s no change for the new 33 over the outgoing version. In fact, the only obvious giveaway is the large blue “ZE ELECTRIC’ sticker on the right rear door. Still, the Kangoo is a modern-looking van, that suits being electrically-powered.The driving position is really comfortable and the Kangoo’s interior feels spacious and in general the switchgear is logically-placed.New Kangoo Z.E. 33 standard equipment includes smartphone replication, where drivers will have access to Android apps via the R-LINK Evolution infotainment system. Plus, LED cargo area lighting and a wide view anti-blind spot mirror.Confirmed UK prices are yet to be announced and although up from the previous model, they seem good value when compared with the opposition. Most current Kangoo Z.E. owners tend to rent their batteries rather than include them in the final cost.
Buy the 33 version that way and prices are expected to start at £14,700, plus £50 a month for battery rental – this also removes the worry of how durable these batteries are. Include the battery and the indicative price rises to £17,800.What’s notRenault are making great claims for the extra range that having this new pump in the air-conditioning gives. It’s a shame then, that we were told the heat pump and air-conditioning will be a £965 option when the Kangoo Z.E. 33 hits UK shores. This is a significant option, as if you choose to go without, a Renault spokesman admitted this electric van is up to 15% less efficient.
The Kangoo’s interior might be modern and spacious, but the plastics are scratchy and feel a bit low rent. We welcomed the fitting of a Tom Tom-based sat-nav in our test van, but it was a bit over complicated in use and its touch-screen operation seemed at odds with the fact it was fitted deep in the top of the centre console, meaning the driver has a real stretch to get it to work.
Verdict on Renault Kangoo ZE 33Whether it’s an electric car or in this case a van, range anxiety has always been a stumbling block to buyers choosing it over conventional power. With the new 33kWh battery and more rapid charging, Renault has made it harder to ignore the electric Kangoo as a viable alternative. Add in the comfortable ride and the fact it’s so easy to drive, it’s no wonder it won our Best Green Van award this year – this is the pick of small electric vans in our opinion.

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Posted on 12th July 2017 at 3:09 PM

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