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I would just like to say a 'Big Thank You'! Over the past 4 years Ames has leased several vehicles from you and received various quotes from Stacey Howlett and her team. The service provided is always 1st class and a pleasure to discuss potential business. I would definitely recommend your company

AlRead, Altek Mid Environ, Birmingham

Fantastic service from Stacey and a great price too. If you can't see the exact deal you want, just ask - I did and was amazed with the offer. I would not hesitate to recommend Howlett Leasing, they are superb.

Stuart O'Neil, Essex

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 lease vehicle we have arranged through Howlett Leasing. On both occasions the process has been uncomplicated and swift and Stacey is always helpful and efficient.

Our new truck arrived on time and was exactly what we wanted. I would not hesitate to recommend Stacey to friends and colleagues and I am sure she will be our first contact when we next need to lease a vehicle.

Assington Fruit Farms, Lisa Townrow

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

Stacey at Howlett Leasing provided my new Seat Ibiza and it's fab, so much easier than messing about buying one. Great job and and easy service.

Pip Salt, Dunmow, Essex

Howlett Leasing supplied me with my work van and the service Stacey gave me out of this world! Not only did she give me the best price out of all the quotes, the service was by far the best! I won't shop around next time and waste my time, I'll go straight to Howlett Leasing!

Limelight Design, Bury St Edmunds

'˜From the initial enquiry all the way through to delivery of the vehicle the service, response and attention to detail from Stacey was excellent. I will have no hesitation in using and recommending Howlett Leasing in the future'.

Spraybooth Technology, Sudbury, Suffolk

Fantastic service and company! Made the process very simple and great communication throughout!

M Creegan, Maldon

I have been very happy with the way I have been looked after by Howlett Leasing in every respect. They are always courteous, friendly and helpful and I have found them easy to deal with. I would be pleased to recommend their services to anyone.

Mr Chris Crace, Sudbury, Suffolk

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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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