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Testimonials

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 decided to use Howlett Leasing as I had previously experienced their services whilst at another company. I found them very helpful and their service was excellent. We like to purchase from like minded people.

Living Wood Windows, Bury St Edmunds

'Excellent service from Stacey. Every query was answered very promptly and the whole process was very smooth and hassle free! Very pleased with the car. Thanks.'

Tom Parker, Ipswich

Alan Wilkinson from KLH Architects recently took delivery of his new Golf. Having met Alan at a local Networking event, Babergh Friends in Business, we discussed his requirements over a few meetings. His new appointment with KLH Architects meant he needed a car with a good MPG and an affordable monthly payment, without foregoing the essentials and a few luxurys. Alan had this to say:-

'I'd like to thank Stacey Howlett for the excellent service that she provided me and for helping me choose a great car for my needs. She was really helpful throughout the process, right up until the car was delivered. We had a lovely delivery driver who went through the car and showed me everything that I needed to know. Thank you so much again and I would definitely recommend Howlett Leasing to friends, families and other companies'ť.

We at KLH have been very happy with your service and are very likley to recommend you or use you again.

Thank you.

KLH Architects, Ipswich

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

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

I have purchased numerous cars and commercial vehicles through Howlett Leasing over the past 15 years for my personal use and my company Orchard Valley Homes. Stacey Howlett has always given me an extremely fast and reliable service plus effortlessly supplying me vehicles with long delivery times much, much faster than any main dealer could.

I would highly recommend Howlett Leasing to all my personal and business contacts as I know how fast and professional their service is.

I have just taken delivery of my amazing new Range Rover today which Howletts delivered months earlier than any Land Rover Dealer had quoted.

One very satisfied customer !

Mr Richard Wilding, Woodbridge

Stacey has looked after my car needs for the past few years. Her customer service is always top notch and I wouldn't go anywhere else. Thank you and keep up the good work!

Nikki Butlin, Cambs

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

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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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