Selected all your options? Now click here >>
Quick contact
22nd Sep 2019 - Not sure how leasing works and need to speak to a human? Technology not working for you? Call us and we will guide and hand hold you through the whole process from quotation to delivery using our 28 yrs leasing expertise. Trust what our customers say and not us - take a look at our testimonials page to see more.
Switch to VansApply for finance

Testimonials

'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

Mr Tuck had this to say - 'Thanks for all you help, another job well done. I am very pleased with the new car, I think this is Porsche number five that you have supplied for me over the years. I hope to be back for more in the future...well done everyone at Howlett Leasing'.

Mr R Tuck, M K Group, Norwich

During the past ten years Howlett Leasing have arranged the supply and lease of our fleet of Ford Rangers and Transits. They have always provided a first class personal service, 'Second to none' and do their utmost to deliver those requirements.

I have no hesitation in recommending Howlett Leasing.

Mr John Perry, Heathrow Hydrant, London

Stacey provides a personal, high quality service which suits me just nicely. I had known her for several years in a local business club. But it was my son who, unbeknown to me had been searching for a car that suited me (I have orthopaedic problems which made simple thing such as putting luggage in the boot, awkward).
So when he came upon a Skoda Yeti on her web site, at a price which was most competitive, I agree to change my old car in favour of a Yeti.

I have been running it for a year now, and am most pleased

I can honestly and with great pleasure, recommend Howlett Leasing.

Ronnie Howson, Suffolk

This is the second van that I have leased through Howlett Leasing and on both occasions the service has been excellent. Stacey couldn't have been more helpful and was always available to answer any questions. My new van turned up when expected and I am delighted with it. Fast, friendly, proffessional service thanks.

Ross Holmes Plumbing and Heating, Sudbur

I have just leased my second vehicle in succession from Stacey at Howlett's as I could not find a better combination of vehicle choice, overall service levels and all encompassing rates from any of the supposed 'national' alternatives.

The fact that they are within 10 miles of my home meant that I could see them any time to suit me should I have a concern with regard to any aspect of the vehicle.

Although this is my second vehicle with Howlett's I have been treated as a life long customer and Stacey and the team could not do enough to find the right vehicle for my specific requirements the second time around. She was ready to suggest some exciting alternatives to what I thought I may want.

I have no hesitation in recommending Howlett's to help you with searching for your ideal next lease vehicle.

Mr Andy Cornwell, Sudbury, Suffolk

Leasing is easy with the right person to help. This is the 3rd car I’ve leased with Stacey and I have to say she has always outdone herself with her wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise. I’ve recommended lots of people her way and they all say the same. I’ve got this car on a brilliant deal thanks to Stacey and I love it, it’s economical and looks great! If you want a professional and an awesome deal Stacey is definitely your go to girl.

Cherelle, Penneys hair salon Sudbury

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

Tracy Dolan - Molly Maid, Glasgow

Thanks to Stacey for a great service
Really pleased to have been able to complete a lease deal for my wife's new Fiat 500 with Howlett Leasing. A very good service was provided throughout the process with super-prompt responses to all comms alongside a good price that beat our local dealer who was trying to retain the business!
Thanks again.

Dan Thomson, Yorkshire

Stacey has been fab, she blew the competition out of the water with the best prices, she guided me trough my first leased car and was attentive answering any questions making the process easy and stress free.
I love the car, it was by far the best choice, it looks great and performs even better! I am so pleased with my choice and have recommend my sister and brother-in-law who have now both ordered cars.

Cherelle Letter, Essex

Trustpilot

Quick Delivery Stock VehiclesCompetitive Insurance QuotesFlexileaseDriver ServicesNewsletter Subscribe
Our contact details
Read what our clients say about us
Read our blog
Visit our Linkedin page
Follow us on Facebook
Follow our tweets

Howlett Leasing is registered with the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Credit Licence No. 686251

Howlett Leasing is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on this website. However, if you would like to, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Close this message.