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Can you put a Personalised Plate on a Lease Car?

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…

Cost

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.

Ownership

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.

Transfer Docs

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.

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Super Car Hire – the Checks

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?

 

Driving license

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.

 

Insurance

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.

 

Travelling abroad

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.


 

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Finding a Supercar That Suits You

If you are a car fan in any way, then the idea of hiring a supercar is likely on your bucket list.  With their sleek looks, amazingly quick engines and even little touches like fancy private number plates and outlandish colours, these are the cream of the crop when it comes to cars.  And while many of us can have our own personalised number plate, most of us won’t own a supercar.  But you can hire one – so what are the most popular?

 

Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghinis have the classic supercar looks perfected and none more so the Huracan.  This is a car with an impressive 5.2 litre engine and also a four-wheel drive that allows for the best handling and speed.  It is also filled with the latest smart car technology to help make the experience as easy as possible.

 

Lamborghini Aventador

This Lamborghini is a little harder to find than its cousin the Huracan but is always popular when available.  It has the classic growl of the supercar with its V12 engine and huge exhaust system.  With a top speed of 202 mph and 690bhp, this is a car that has all the gadgets and interior looks more like a jet than a simple road car.

 

Ferrari 488 Spyder

This is one of the latest creations from the Italian supercar giant and has the Retractable Hard Top for those sunny days.  It is the most powerful version of the Spyder than Ferrari have created with a 3.9 litre V8 engine that can reach a top speed of 202 mph and go from 0-60 in 3 seconds.

 

Audi R8 V10 Plus Spyder

Audi’s entrant into the supercar competition is an impressive one with a 10 cylinder supercar based on the Lamborghini Gallardo.  It can reach 60 mph in just four seconds and has a top speed of 193 mph.  Its use of space age lightweight materials also makes the car very easy to handle.

 

Bentley Continental GT

If you want comfort and style, then the Bentley is the car to consider.  This is one of the ultimate in luxury cars and while it might not look as sleek as some of the others, it is every bit as powerful, with a top speed of 198 mph and reaches 60mph in just 4.3 seconds.  It also offers an eight speed gear box and four wheel drive option.

 

Aston Martin DB9

Forever associated with the James Bond movies, this is the first car to be built in the new UK facility for Aston Martin and has the perfect balance of comfort and style.  With 450bhp and a top speed of 186 mph, this is no slouch in terms of performance and brings with it the ‘cool’ factor of pretending to be a super spy.

 

Choosing the right car

There’s no right or wrong answer to the question of which supercar to hire.  It is all about your taste, what appeals and also what you feel confident handling.  Also, think about where you want to go with the car and how much you want to spend on the experience to get the most from it.


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