But, as well as the make and model, you’re probably wondering about how to actually make your purchase. Should you get a cheap second-hand number? You may want to splash out on something new, but can you really afford to buy a new car? Or would you be better off with a lease?
Here at AVL, we’re experts in the vehicle industry and have years of experience leasing vehicles to individuals and business owners. Armed with this experience and knowledge, we’ve decided to put together this blog to ease some confusion and offer some of the benefits of choosing a lease for your first car.
Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits of a lease for your first car, starting with reliability.
You’ve just passed your test – well done. But now is when the real test begins, driving alone.
You might be a little nervous about getting out on the road on your own after driving with an instructor or family member for so long, which is completely understandable. One thing you shouldn’t have to be nervous about though, is breaking down.
The older a vehicle gets, the more unreliable it becomes. However, with lease deals for a contract hire car from AVL, you’re getting a brand new and reliable vehicle. This means it’s much less likely to break down or have mechanical issues, which gives you that extra peace of mind on the roads.
What’s more, if you do experience any issues, the contract hire car is more than likely still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. This means you don’t have to worry about an unreliable vehicle and in the unlikely event that any issues do arise, you’re covered.
- Maintenance Costs and MOTs
If you opt for a purchase as opposed to a lease, you need to make sure you get it serviced which comes extra hassle and expense. Services are included in personal contract hire lease deals, so you don’t need to worry about budgeting for that extra cost, because we take care of it for you.
Brand new cars on lease also don’t need to have an annual MOT until their third birthday. You’ll probably be on to your second brand new contract hire car by then, so it won’t be your responsibility and again, you don’t need to worry about it.
This means you avoid the nasty payments that can come with a failed MOT – a problem many vehicle-owners are faced with, regardless of how new their vehicle is.
- Fixed Monthly Payments
When you lease a contract hire car, you know exactly what the price of the payment is going to be every month. This is because we openly discuss your payments with you before you begin a lease, so there are no financial surprises down the line.
All of this means that you’re fully in control. You’re able to properly manage your finances around your payments, safe in the knowledge that there aren’t going to be any expensive shocks along the way.
The one thing likely to fluctuate is fuel prices, and that’s only if you have a longer trip than usual planned. Fuel costs are also unavoidable regardless of whether or not you lease a vehicle or buy one outright. Unfortunately!
- A Simple, Straightforward Process
To lease your first vehicle is as simple as choosing which brand-new car you’d like to drive and handing it back to us at the end of the lease. Think of it a bit like renting a house instead of buying it outright.
For your first car, you don’t need the commitment and extra costs that can come with buying. If you lease, it offers you the freedom of driving a top of the range vehicle every few years, without worrying about any of the burdens of buying one outright.
When it comes to the end of your lease, you won’t have to go to the trouble of trying to sell a used car and probably not getting what you deserve for it. You simply hand it back to us and move on to your next contract hire vehicle.
This neatly brings us on to the next benefit of a car lease for your first car.
- No Issue with Depreciation
When buying a new car, the value instantly decreases by 5-10% the second you put your key in the ignition and drive it off the forecourt.
However, when you lease a contract hire car with AVL, you don’t need to worry about depreciation costs at all. You also don’t have to work out how much value it will lose whilst the vehicle is in your possession as depreciation costs are factored into the hire agreement.
So, you can drive that brand-new car you want without worrying about it losing value as soon as you start to drive it. That’s our problem.
- Drive the Latest Vehicles
Everybody would love to drive a brand-new car as their everyday vehicle and with AVL, you can do just that. This is because when you lease a car with us, we give you the opportunity to drive a new car every 2 to 3 years.
This gives you the benefit of being able to enjoy the smoother ride and high-tech features of a new car, and all the up-to-date safety measures with one of our many lease deals.
These features include things like Autonomous Emergency Braking which helps to reduce the chance of a crash and MirrorLink which syncs your phone screen with the car.
Some new models even include night vision and a whole host of other technological advancements that seem like something straight out of a futuristic sci-fi film.
- Avoid Pushy Salespeople
When looking for first car deals, you may be seen as an easy target for salespeople looking to make money out of you.
You might end up going from dealership to dealership, hunting for deals but not really feeling like any of the ones you’re being offered are up to scratch.
When you choose to lease a contract hire car with us, there are no pushy salespeople potentially taking advantage of you. Here at AVL, we’re here to offer you great vehicles with fantastic lease deals, and that’s it.
We’re an honest, transparent business with our clients in mind, and pride ourselves on our high levels of customer service.
- In Case of an Accident
We’re sure you’re a great driver, and fingers crossed you won’t have an accident. However, you do have a much higher chance of an accident in your first year of driving, especially if you’re under the age of 25.
If you do have a crash of any kind, whether the vehicle is bought outright or leased, the insurance company should cover the cost for damages. However, the issue with this is that if you have bought it outright, you may have trouble when it comes to selling a damaged car.
When you lease a contract hire car, insurance still covers the cost of damages, but the decreased value of the vehicle will be our problem, not yours.
This again means you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying your new vehicle.
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Leases aren’t just for experienced drivers or business owners, and we aim to make choosing your first car as exciting as it should be.
We are an expert and dedicated business with years of experience. Our friendly and passionate team are on hand to help you pick the perfect lease, and we love being able to chat with our customers about our lease deals.
So, if you’re looking for your first car, AVL have something perfect waiting for you. We offer nationwide delivery on all our vehicles, and we’re sure you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a vehicle you’ll be proud to drive.