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

Toni Russell, Olney

'Being a small business owner myself, when I needed a new car I wanted to use a local Company to support the local community. Having met Stacey at a networking event it was an easy choice and the friendly and very efficient service combined to make it a first class decision - also taking my personalised number plate was easy. A great deal, with great service at a very competitive price - what more could you ask for - other than of douse hot sunny weather like today to enjoy the Cabriolet!'

Mark Erskine Seller Performance Ltd

'A clich, but a truism nonetheless: people buy from people. By far the biggest influence on business performance is the quality of your sales and account management teams. Seller Performance Ltd, based in Bury St Edmunds has a simple mission - is to bring out the best in sales people - whatever the size of business. We do this via a powerful process of assessment, training and development and if needed recruitment, supported by world class tools. With our heritage in successful sales performance leadership and proven training and coaching expertise, we arm your business with the right people and the right skills to accelerate revenue growth.

Mark Erskine, Bury St Edmunds

Great service, Stacey is on the ball!this is my 5th vehicle using Howlett leasing over 14years !
Always great service!

Simon Wiseman, Norfolk

This is the second time Stacey has found the exact truck and spec faster and cheaper than I could find else where. You get exactly what you ask for with no hassle, with Stacey doing all the work. Thanks for all the work and will be using you again.

David Carey, Norfolk

The service we received from Howlett Leasing and particular Stacey was first class, nothing was too much trouble and found us the right package for our needs. We would not hesitate in using Stacey and Howletts for our future vehicle requirements.

Graham Fitch, Anglia Fixings, Halstead

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 at Howlett Leasing was brilliant from start to finish. Having never leased a car before she answered all my questions and provided good, practical advice. The process was extremely quick and painless, most of the paperwork was dealt with via email and I only had to visit the office to sign the final documents. My car was ordered on a Tuesday and I took delivery the Thursday of the following week.

I am extremely pleased with my Skoda Octavia 1.6D SE and the deal that Stacey put together for me. I would advise anyone looking for a family car with all the luxuries and extra's of more expensive cars, a huge boot, very economical and great styling, to consider an Octavia. I will definitely be using Stacey again and would be happy to recommend her excellent service to anyone.

Amy Ovenden, Bury St Edmunds

Excellent service from Stacey and the whole process from start to finish was painless, efficient and very professional.

Carol Schleip, Hadleigh

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

Having leased my second car from Howlett Leasing, I continue to be delighted with the service provided. I was kept informed throughout the process and I even get reminders from time to time to ensure that I am remaining within the mileage allowance set.

Great price car and fantastic customer service - Many thanks Stacey

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The truth about winter tyres

With colder weather on its way, now is the time to consider fitting your car with winter tyres.

The fundamental difference between standard, ‘summer’ tyres and winter tyres is their intended optimum operating temperature. While summer tyres are designed to do their best work in warmer temperatures, winter tyres work best at seven degrees celsius and below. According to industry body TyreSafe, “the tread compound in winter weather tyres contains more natural rubber and advanced silica compounds to minimise the hardening effect [of summer tyres in cold weather], giving extra grip and shorter stopping distances in cold, damp conditions”. This means that even if you don’t plan to tackle ice and snow on a day-to-day basis, winter tyres are still the best option for any driving when temperatures drop.

If you’re used to driving in winter conditions on summer tyres, taking to the road with a good set of winter tyres will feel much better by comparison. According to tyre maker Continental, a car fitted with winter tyres can come to a stop from 31mph in 35 metres on snow – eight metres shorter than if it was running on summer tyres. That’s a difference of about twice the length of a small hatchback, or one-and-a-half zebra crossings. When driving at 18mph on ice, the difference is even more pronounced, with summer tyres taking 11 metres more to stop. That’s the length of a double-decker bus.

Pretty much any tyre stockist will be able to sell you a set of winter tyres. But it’s less common that a high-street independent retailer will also be able to supply a set of wheels to fit them to. Larger specialists are more likely to be able to help, but a main dealer will certainly be able to supply the correct wheels you’ll need.

While it makes sense to stick to known brands when buying winter tyres, cheaper options are available if your budget is particularly tight. In fact, buying the most expensive winter tyre you can find doesn’t guarantee the best performance, as our Best Winter Tyres 2017 test revealed. Big names like Michelin and Dunlop trailed behind some cheaper rubber, including a stellar performance from Nokian. To minimise cost in the long run, we recommend fitting your winter tyres to a second set of wheels. This way, your winter tyres can be saved for when the winter months and set aside when it brightens up again. You’ll get a few seasons’ use out of one set, rather than replacing them unnecessarily. The added outlay of a new set of wheels may be hard to afford, but you’ll save in the long run. Prices for a set of winter tyres depend entirely on the size of your car and the brand you choose; prices for a good set start at around £200 if you own a small city car, climbing to four figures if you own a particularly large or specialist car. It’s worth considering a spare wheel shod with a winter tyre, too, as tyre-busting potholes caused by ice expanding in cracks in the road are a particular problem in winter. Run-flat winter tyres, which remain usable even after a puncture, are also available.

You can buy winter tyres all year round, but TyreSafe suggests that winter tyres are “the safest option from October through to March”, when the British weather tends to be at its coldest.

Used as intended in colder conditions, an average set of winter tyres should last about as long as an average set of summer tyres. However, if you leave your winter tyres on your car all year, they’ll quickly wear out as their softer rubber isn’t designed for warmer conditions. Not only that, but stopping distances increase and both grip and traction will suffer. It’s best to use the right tyre for the right weather conditions.

You can store them yourself, but they need to be placed in a cool, dark and reasonably well ventilated room in order to preserve their lifespan. Continental suggests inflating them to 1 bar (about 14.5psi) and hanging them from the wheel spokes. Check with your alloy wheel manufacturer to check this is OK first, as hanging them incorrectly could damage them. If you need to pile up winter tyres, you should restack them every month. If your tyres aren’t fitted to a wheel, they must be stood on a tyre rack and rotated every month.

One of the main reasons for buying a four-wheel -drive car is improve grip and safety in inclement weather. Many owners take comfort in their car’s four-wheel -drive system when the temperature drops, but this confidence could be misplaced if summer tyres are still fitted. Pair up four-wheel -drive with snow tyres, however, and you maximise the extra grip on offer. In fact, you might be surprised by the difference, especially on snow and ice. The ultimate combination for winter driving is unquestionably four-wheel drive and winter tyres.

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Posted on 9th January 2019 at 11:58 AM

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