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21 August 2019
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Leasing can be an affordable, practical route into having your own private car, but it's not always easy to tell the good deals from the duds. 

The experts at our sister magazine What Car? work hard to find you the best pay-monthly schemes, taking into account mileage allowance, montly outlay, contract length and initial deposit. We'll be bringing you the best deals they find from a different segment each week.

This week, it's warm hatchbacks: 

1. Volkswagen Golf 1.5 TSI EVO GT 5dr

£1682 deposit, £280 per month, 48 months, 8000 miles per year

Much of the GTI’s appeal, including a perky 148bhp engine, arch-filling alloys, sports suspension and a performance monitor, but without the running costs. Up to 50mpg is possible with a light foot.

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2. Mini 1.5 Cooper Sport

£1287 deposit, £215 per month, 48 months, 8000 miles per year

The Cooper’s 134bhp engine pulls strongly from low revs and also at higher speeds. Sport trim brings 17in alloys, sports seats and styling upgrades, making it good value and the sweet spot in the model range.

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3. Volkswagen Up GTI 1.0 115 5dr

£1264 deposit, £211 per month, 48 months, 8000 miles per year

Despite its lowly power output, the Up gets away like a hare at the dog track. Away from the straights, it clings on in corners and changes direction sweetly. The price is a ride that can be uncomfortably firm around town. 

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4. Seat Ibiza 1.0 TSI 115 FR Sport 5dr

£1133 deposit, £189 per month, 36 months, 8000 miles per year

Like the Up GTI, the Ibiza 1.0 TSI FR Sport also makes 113bhp. Again, it’s an eager affair, but the car’s bigger size has allowed the engineers to dial in a little extra ride comfort, despite the model’s 18in alloys. 

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5. Vauxhall Corsa 1.4T 150 GSI 3dr

£1788 deposit, £298 per month, 48 months, 8000 miles per year

The GSi sprints to 62mph in a shade under nine seconds, but its engine feels a little flat. Well-judged sports suspension, grippy Pilot 4 tyres and pin-sharp steering mean there’s plenty of fun to be had, though. 

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6. Suzuki Swift 1.4 Sport 5dr

£1451 deposit, £242 per month, 48 months, 8000 miles per year

It may only have 138bhp, but a kerb weight of just 970kg means the Sport puts each of those horsepower to good use. Well-judged gear ratios help, too, but it’s a shame the handling isn’t sharper. 

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13 March 2019

It's all very good promoting WhatCar leasing but buyer beware especially on cheap cars.

When you hand it back expect an end of lease bill, you'll be charged for a professional clean, paintwork marks, wheel scuffs and just about anything the company think (all at dealer rates) they can get away with.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

13 March 2019

We leased a Polo GTI that was returned to the lease company last year. The guy who collected it spent ages checking over it only to turn round and say it was the cleanest 2 year old car he’d ever seen.

Given that a car is probably the most valuable thing you’re likely to sink your money into, after a house, why wouldn’t you look after it?

Once the Polo went back we had to look for a second hand car. Any damage I found on a second hand car would mean I’d consider it to be worth less than a prestine one and I’d expect the asking price to be reduced to reflect this (or be repaired by the seller).

Surely if you return a scruffy lease car, you should make up the shortfall in the cars value.

 

xxxx wrote:

It's all very good promoting WhatCar leasing but buyer beware especially on cheap cars.

When you hand it back expect an end of lease bill, you'll be charged for a professional clean, paintwork marks, wheel scuffs and just about anything the company think (all at dealer rates) they can get away with.

13 March 2019

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

It's not just how many marks they'll find it's the fact you'll be charged top dollar, and, in the case of £150 a month leases it'll be disproportionate. Bear in mind with a private sale the buyer will be more forgiving than a dealer who can make a few more bucks. 

This needed pointing out, which is why I did it. 

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

15 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

Not sure which dealers you are talking about but you're right, you can hand it back without going to the expense of repairing any damage however the dealer will have knocked down the trade-in price to compensate.

Go try selling to webuyanycar.com or similar sites and they'll knock money off for every scratch.

As for Valeting the car - not sure what state you return your cars in but 5mins with a hoover will save you that £200. To be honest the interiors of my cars are handed back in the same condition as the car I'm about to buy. 

 

15 May 2019
scotty5 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Basically when you trade in YOUR car or sell privately you don't take it to a main dealer and ask him to do £200 Valet inside and outside, respray all minor blemishes/marks including possible repair and repaint of all wheels regardless of how small the kerbing is. You don't do because you're get a big bill that you won't get back from the sale.

Not sure which dealers you are talking about but you're right, you can hand it back without going to the expense of repairing any damage however the dealer will have knocked down the trade-in price to compensate.

Go try selling to webuyanycar.com or similar sites and they'll knock money off for every scratch.

As for Valeting the car - not sure what state you return your cars in but 5mins with a hoover will save you that £200. To be honest the interiors of my cars are handed back in the same condition as the car I'm about to buy. 

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

Either way Goverment Finacial Ombusmans deals with car lease complaints these days, they have far more experience, gained from disputes, than you or I.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

29 May 2019
xxxx wrote:

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

It's simply not true. If you describe the car accurately then how can they reduce the price that's guaranteed for 7 days?  I've sold cars to them and others, never once had an issue. Any problems usually caused by owners not describing their cars accurately.

As for my 5mins claim...   yes indeed, 5 mins with a hoover - if it takes any more than that then you haven't been taking care of the car and deserve to be penalised.

29 May 2019
scotty5 wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Would never use webuyanycar as they always knock the price down when they see it, explains why they get so many complaints. Valet a car in 5 mins good luck!

It's simply not true. If you describe the car accurately then how can they reduce the price that's guaranteed for 7 days?  I've sold cars to them and others, never once had an issue. Any problems usually caused by owners not describing their cars accurately.

As for my 5mins claim...   yes indeed, 5 mins with a hoover - if it takes any more than that then you haven't been taking care of the car and deserve to be penalised.

My knowledge has been gained from personnal and other people experiences, please be careful when you accuse people of lying.  You must be one of the few to defend WeBuyAnyCar, not sure why you'd go back to them again and again,  you'd always get alot more privately.

Best you look at the Indeed employee review website and you'll soon learn what sort of company they are.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

27 March 2019

@xxxx I have leased 7 cars over the last 15 years and have never been charged for anything other than excess mileage on one vehicle.

17 April 2019

you've been lucky to not even be charged a valet. There's specialist lease return companies for a reason, articles on MoneySavingsexpect etc will also help out on the pit falls of returning a car.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

10 April 2019

If you like cars then you look after your cars, so no you dont get charged. Been leasing cars for 20 years now and the guys collecting the cars are generally staggered at the condition in which the cars are being returned, same as the viechles I lease for my company, Van's as well, never paid a penny extra or been charged as such.

yeah, the back just ran away from me

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