Getting a good deal on a car lease

If you’re wondering how to get a good deal on a car lease, we've curated the list below to help you get the vehicle for you at the right price.

Check for special offers

Like many car leasing companies, Rivervale Leasing offers regularly updated special offers with hundreds of great deals.

It’s vital to ensure you keep your individual needs in mind when choosing - there’s no point in leasing a special offer car at a great price if it isn’t going to suit your lifestyle. If you can’t find the right car within your budget, remember to check back regularly for new offers.

Choose the right time of year

Car leasing prices are driven by the cost of depreciation. If you want to secure the best price, consider leasing a car just after it’s been released. In the UK, brand new vehicles are released during March and September.

Just after release, the residual value of a car will only just have been calculated, so setting up a lease agreement then is a cost-effective option. You may also find that older vehicles are cheaper when brand new cars are due for release.

Traditionally, funders are more likely to offer special offers around the time of plate changes, which are in March and September.

Deal on Car Agreed

Improve your credit score

Car leasing companies have to comply with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This means they must carry out credit checks on customers.

Having a good credit score is a sure-fire way to have access to the best car leasing deals on the market.

Some simple ways to improve your credit score include paying off credit card balances, paying bills on time and ensuring you're on the electoral roll.

Try different manufacturers

You might already have your heart set on a particular make or model, but it's always sensible to find out if there’s an alternative car with the same features. You might find that a similar vehicle is on special offer.

Price match

The Rivervale pricing team is ready and waiting to match or better any other car leasing deal you’ve found.

And while it pays to shop around, don’t forget we’re the UK’s leading car leasing company for personal and business customers.

Submit a price match request online and we’ll get back to you within four hours during office hours - or just give our friendly team a call on 01273 433480.

Shop by your budget

When choosing a car, it’s all too easy to be drawn in by the many different options - even if they’re completely out of your price range.

Rivervale’s helpful Budget website function makes finding a budget-friendly car a breeze. Simply choose how much you want to pay per month and we’ll show you all of the options. You can even sort your results by price to see the lowest priced car within your affordable range.

Watch out for hidden costs

Many car leasing companies charge additional costs such as administration and processing fees. So while the upfront cost or monthly payments might appear cheaper at first glance, it’s important to check whether there are any further costs to consider.

Lease a car through Rivervale and we promise that you won’t pay any additional admin or processing fees.

Pay as much upfront as possible.

Paying a low upfront payment might make you feel as though you’re getting a great deal. But in general, if you pay more at the beginning, you’ll pay less overall during the lease term.

Commit to a longer-term lease

Your monthly payments will often be lower if you choose a 48 or 60-month lease rather than a 24 or 36-month option.

Remember to factor in the cost of a maintenance package or MOT and servicing costs if you’re leasing a car for three years or more.

Be realistic about your mileage

Charges vary, but you’ll probably pay between 2p and 30p for every additional mile over your mileage allowance. It’s important to discuss your mileage requirements with an advisor before committing to a lease contract.

If you're looking for the best deals, keep an eye on our special offers, which are available for a limited time.

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