Leasing Overview

How Does Leasing a Car Work?

Car leasing works by renting a brand-new vehicle for a fixed time, usually 2-4 years. Make your initial rental payment and then monthly payments until your contract ends. Car leasing often works out cheaper than buying as you only pay for the time you use the car.

Learn how car leasing works with our complete guides

Our leasing process guides are informative and easy to read, giving you a full overview of how personal car leasing and business car leasing work in the UK. Find out everything you need to know about how car leasing works, so you know which deal is right for you.

The guides in this section cover leasing costs, options for maintenance, insurance and what happens when your leasing agreement comes to an end.

Whenever there is a change in the leasing process, we update our guides or create new ones. However, if there are guides you would like to see us produce, please let us know!

  • The Car and Van Leasing Process
  • How Much Does Car Leasing Cost?
  • What is a Maintenance Package?
  • What is GAP Insurance?
  • Working Out the Total Cost of Usership
  • Initial Rental Explained
  • Getting a Good Deal on a Car Lease
  • Choosing Your Fuel Type
  • Emissions Tests Explained
  • Insuring a Lease Vehicle
  • Car Leasing Fair Wear and Tear
  • Putting a Private Plate on a Lease car
  • What does Pre-Registered mean?
  • The End of Lease Process
  • Terminating a Lease Agreement
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