When we changed our family car earlier this year we leased it through Stacey at Howletts. This was our first lease and we were a bit worried that it would be complicated and time consuming but Stacey's professional approach and efficient manner in dealing with our questions meant that it was quick and easy and in no time we had our new car and a good price for our old one.
In fact it went so well that I decided to change my Mini for an Audi TT. This time Stacey was set a bigger challenge. There was a long lead in time for the model that I first chose and I just could not wait that long. I was close to giving up and keeping the Mini but Stacey was determined to get me my car in the timeframe I had and she worked magic behind the scenes, e mailing at weekends and evenings with options and even while she was on holiday until in no time at all I had my fabulous TT Quattro Coupe. I would recommend Howletts for leasing and for trade in. Fair prices, friendly personal service and great aftercare.
Wendy Jarvis, Suffolk
Thanks to Stacey Howlett of Howlett Leasing. I avoided a barrel load of trouble and unnecessary stress as Howletts negotiated the financial pitfalls and organised chaos of the current motor trade. Sit back and let Howlett professionals take the strain. Highly recommended.
Mr Derek McBride from Lavenham
I'm on my second lease car from Howlett and it's been a pleasure to sort out each time. Stacey has been really responsive when I've had a question and has really offered an A1 service for me.
This is the second L200 leased through Stacey at Howlett Leasing, I was pleased with all her help and her fast response to what we wanted.
Ricki Stevens, Aldershot, Glous
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
Excellent Service and experience
I have recently started leasing a car and this is the first time I have leased a car so needed lots of information. I used Stacey at Howlett Leasing and she was very helpful and walked me through each step until after the car was delivered.
I would highly recommend!!
Shelley Roberts, Hampshire
Excellent service from Stacey and the whole process from start to finish was painless, efficient and very professional.
Carol Schleip, Hadleigh
This is Mollymaid's 3rd vehicle from us.
Absolutely brilliant service
First van we have leased for the company and Howlett leasing make it oh so simple and hassle free, as a busy company we needed a van , can't recommend Howlett's highly enough, it was so simple, once you choose what van you want, one ten minute online eform later and that's pretty much it, sit back and wait, , so so simple, prompt updates, communication and kept informed via email and phone, only ever had to deal with one person. Brilliantly streamlined! Thank you!
Darren Taylor, Northampton
Thank you for everything you have done for Veronica Ltd and Aareff Transmission and the first class customer service over the years, it's been a pleasure doing business with you. It is appreciated and I will recommend Howlett Leasing to anybody wishing to acquire a vehicle by means of leasing.
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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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