There are a heap of benefits to leasing a car that we’ve looked at throughout the site but, let’s face it, one of the negatives is that it simply isn’t your own. There’s tonnes of ways to personalise your car (when you own it) but what can you do to make it stand out and show off your personality if it is on lease? Well, private registration plates are a great way of doing both of those things and as luck would have it, they are a modification that is possible on a lease car! Here are some of the things that you’ll need to consider…
It is likely to add some extra money as the lease company will have to communicate with the DVLA and deal with a bit of extra red tape. There will also be the cost of the plate. You will also have to ensure that you are looking at a lease company who will offer this service so you might be limited when it comes to ‘shopping around’ and negotiating on the lease prices.
You won’t actually own the private plate as to own the plate you have to be the registered keeper of the vehicle, which with a lease car, you are not. However, in most instances written agreements can be made so that the plate is then transferred to you once the lease is up. And don’t forget, you will need to make sure that you have details of the registered keeper from the lease company before you embark on looking for a private reg.
The DVLA Certificate of Entitlement (V750) should be supplied to you by the company you have purchased the private number plate from. Once you have this document (usually within 5 working days) you will need to pass this over to the leasing company along with anything else they request (usually cash) in order for them to complete all the pesky red tape with the DVLA. You can get lots of advice online about purchasing and transferring private registration numbers from sites like Number Plates4u.com. It may be that you already have a private plate on retention and hold a V778 document or that you are looking for advice to start the process right from scratch. Either way it is best to get as much advice as you can before you start the transfer process and then, when you do, head over to gov.uk where they have lots of tools to help you if you are going it alone and the lease company aren’t doing this bit for you.
Ending the Lease
At the end of your lease don’t forget to ensure you have your agreement with the lease company to hand so that they can transfer the plate over to you and you can then put the plate on retention for your next vehicle. That way the process should be quick and easy when it comes to adding your plate to your next lease or new car.
When you hire a supercar, it’s no surprise that there are checks involved. After all, these are seriously expensive vehicles with a huge amount of power under the hood so it isn’t a surprise that companies that offer supercar hire also require certain checks before leasing the vehicle. So what paperwork and checks are required before you can drive off with the car of your dreams?
Obviously, the most important thing you need to hire a supercar is the correct driving license. This means a UK license or the applicable Type 3 or Type B Euro-Standard license from your home country if you are visiting the UK. Any licenses not to this standard will require an international license to accompany them. Some countries require that you have had your license for three years before being able to drive abroad so this might limit if you can get this extension.
For UK drivers, you need to provide the photocard license as the paper counterpart is no longer valid from June 2015. If you don’t have your license, then the company may want to do a DVLA check to ensure you are okay to drive, like the kind offered by companies like uCheck, for businesses and empoyers who need to check an individual’s driving credentials. To do this, you go to the DVLA website and the tab that says ‘share your license information’. This will allow you to create a code and click a link that allows you to print a copy of your license. With most companies, you need to do this less than 30 days before you collect the vehicle to ensure it is valid. You can also give the code to the hire company to perform their own DVLA check.
The other legal stipulation of the hire is insurance and most hire car companies will provide cover to ensure you are legal to drive on the road. Normal insurance doesn’t cover hire vehicle and definitely won’t cover supercars so you do need a specialist type of short term policy. Some companies offer different levels of cover including those with and without an excess built into them. Make sure you understand all the terms of the policy and what does happen if you have an accident.
Using the vehicle
The aim of supercar hire is to enjoy the experience, therefore, most hire agreements will stipulate that the use of the vehicle is for social, domestic and pleasure purposes. Some may also include a use in connection with your business, though this might depend on what it is. So if you want to collect a business colleague and turn up at a seminar in style, this might be fine. But if you are acting as a chauffeur with the hire vehicle, this will likely be excluded. If you do want some element of business use during the hire, check with the company to make sure this is okay.
In most cases, hire of the vehicle will limit you to within the UK’s boundaries. If you want to hire a car to drive in France, for example, you are usually best advised to hire a French car to use abroad, rather than hire one in the UK to travel to France.
For most of us, we probably aren’t going to be able to buy a supercar – it would be nice but likely a little outside our budget. But this doesn’t mean that the experience of driving one of these amazing vehicles is beyond us – because you can hire a supercar. But what are the benefits of hiring a supercar and how do you go about it?
Why people love supercars
Supercars receive the tag for a reason – there are no other vehicles on the road that can quite match them for speed, style and handling. One of the big things about these vehicles is the speed that the accelerate and this is often one of the ways that vehicles are compared. Of course, you likely need to be somewhere special to really enjoy this turn of speed because you aren’t going to get the best of it from the streets around town!
The style of these vehicle is something that cannot be ignored and one of the big benefits of hiring a supercar is the awe factor when you pull up outside your house in one. These cars made use of the very latest in aerodynamic technology in order to gain the speed that is their trademark so this makes for smooth, sleek looks. And many of them come from Italian manufacturers so that natural fashion sense is also involved in their creation.
Hiring a supercar
Hiring a supercar is probably the main way that most of us will have a chance to drive one of these vehicles and this is why it is a booming industry. Specialists in supercar hire will offer a range of vehicle that you can choose from, even down to different coloured vehicles being available. You can chat with the staff there to find the right vehicle for your budget and your experience to make sure you hire a car you can handle as well.
Some of the top makes of supercar that you can hire include:
Some of the companies even offer delivery services for a charge so if you live away from where the company is based, you can have them bring the vehicle to you and then collect it to take back after your hire period is finished.
When to hire a supercar
Whether you are hiring it for yourself or for someone else, a supercar experience is an incredible thing for any car fan. Special birthdays are a popular time to hire a supercar, allowing the recipient to spent a weekend of pure luxury travelling in their dream vehicle. Hiring such a car while on a weekend break can also be a great thing to do, allowing you to go where you want in complete style.
Or you can just choose to hire a supercar because you have always wanted to experience driving one and you have the chance to do so – why not treat yourself to your favourite vehicle for a weekend?