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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

Thank you Stacey for all the quotes and help and very pleased with the X Trail. Thank you for helping trading the van too and see you in 3 years time!

Edward Hyde, Roger Hyde Ltd, Ipswich, Su

For over 6 years, we have leased a number of Peugeot hatchbacks through Howlett Leasing. We have always received the very best of personal service and look forward to its continuation in the future.

J Mabb, Beef & Lamb NZ Ltd, Essex

Thank you, as always excellent service from Howlett Leasing. The car delivered on time so pleased with the vehicle.

Toni Russell, Olney

I have just taken delivery of a new Peugeot 208 Allure from Howlett Leasing on a Personal Contract Hire. It is the first time I have ever had a top-of-the-range car, and still trying to master everything on the touch-screen.

Am delighted with the car, and thank you to Stacey who was so patient with me as I changed my mind again and again, then didn't send the right forms, but we got there in the end. Nothing was too much trouble for Stacey as she re-calculated three times, but it was all worth it in the end.

Mr Eric Britt, Huntingdon, Cambs

I received great service from Stacey at Howlett's. I had never leased a car before and found Stacey to be very helpful and I didn't feel that any of my questions would be considered to be silly! I would definitely recommend to friends and family and will be returning when my lease has ended to find another great deal! Thank you.

Samantha Hindwell, Essex

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 had been looking for a sound, value-for-money deal on a Mercedes. Having done extensive research I was impressed with a particular deal on offer which I saw online.

I had been referred to Stacey through a business colleague and thought I would see if she were able to match this deal and provide me with the service and care that my colleague had raved about.

Stacey came back to me and said that, unfortunately, that deal was not available, but to her credit, she went away and managed to get it honoured in full. This is all the more astounding as my brother is the dealer principal at a Mercedes dealership and couldn't get anywhere near the deal. In fact he can't believe I got it at all! This was all down to Stacey's help and persistence and professionalism.

I have since referred a number of colleagues to Stacey and am sure they will experience the same high standards of care that I have.

Thank you so much Stacey'

Mr Alec Cameron, Planning Matters, Glasg

Having leased a car previously from Howlett, I did not hesitate to approach Stacey when I considered a replacement under similar terms. I also approached three main dealers who were quite aloof in dealing with me. Howlett Leasing offered better terms, and Stacey dealt directly with a main dealer on my behalf. I will return to Howlett Leasing when this car needs replacing. I recommend Howlett Leasing for great service.

Michael O'Donovan
CEO
Eurojet Ltd

Michael O'Donovan, Eurojet.

When the time came to change my car I wondered if I could afford a Jaguar? I visited two local dealers to have a look, get some idea of price and maybe arrange a test drive. Before I left the house my wife said 'make sure you get a red one, I like red'.

The first dealer said they didn?t have red in stock, they quoted £1500 deposit plus £484 per month on a Personal Lease for the basic model. I visited another dealer who had the Racing Red R Sport Black Special Edition ex demo in stock. The best deal they could do on that model was over £700 per month but offered a better deal on new one at £1500 deposit and £499.66 per month.

I called Stacey and she came back to me with exactly the car I wanted. I couldn?t believe it when she quoted over £110 per month cheaper than the dealer.

The application process was simple, Stacey took care of everything and the car turned up exactly when I wanted. To say I am happy is an understatement. If anyone is thinking of changing their car and looking at new or nearly new you should consider leasing and speak to Stacey.

Tony Pomphrett - Essex

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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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