Tips on leasing your first car with Tilsun Leasing

30/09/2021 | Steve Lumley

Tips on leasing your first car with Tilsun Leasing

If you have just passed your driving test, then congratulations! And if you are looking for tips on leasing your first car, then the Tilsun Leasing team can help.

Here, we have put together a short guide that should answer all of your questions and we are happy to answer any other queries you may have.

There are some great deals available for those wanting to lease a car for the first time including electric cars such as:

  • The Vauxhall Corsa-e
  • The Nissan Leaf
  • The Vauxhall Mokka-e
  • The Volkswagen ID.3
  • The Hyundai Kona.


What does car leasing mean?

You may have heard people talking about car leasing, but what does this mean?

Basically, it means that you are renting a car, similar to renting a home.

That means that while you do not actually own the car, you are responsible for it.

With Tilsun Leasing you can sign a contract hire deal for up to four years and get behind the wheel of a brand-new car and enjoy motoring.


Should first time drivers consider car leasing?

With car leasing in the UK growing in popularity, it does make sense for first time drivers to consider leasing their first car.

So, rather than buying a car outright, leasing gives a viable alternative. You can:

  • Enjoy a brand-new car which will have the manufacturer’s warranty
  • Enjoy the latest in-car technology so you get the latest safety and entertainment technology to enjoy safer driving
  • Leasing your first car is a flexible choice since you can choose the mileage and contract duration terms.


Tips on choosing your first contract hire car

The first step to choosing your first contract hire car is not to look at the models and manufacturers that may catch your eye while on the road.

Instead, you should consider other issues, including having a realistic budget in place. You should also ask:

  • What size engine do you need? When leasing a car, you do not necessarily need a powerful engine if most of your journeys are around town
  • How long will your journeys be? If you are not travelling on motorways, then you do not necessarily need a large, powerful car for those journeys
  • How often will you use your contract hire car? Knowing how often and how many miles you will travel every year will help dictate the budget you should spend and the type of car you need
  • What type of power do you need? You can choose between petrol- or diesel-powered engines, or get behind the wheel of a new contract hire electric car with zero emissions
  • Which type of car body is best? Knowing how many miles and the type of journey you will be making, it's time to consider body size and style - you don't need, for example, a large SUV if you are pottering around town.

Once you have these answers, then it's time to be searching for contract hire deals on the Tilsun Leasing website.


Other costs when leasing your first car

In all the excitement of passing your driving test and looking for your first car, there are some of the costs to bear in mind when leasing your first vehicle.

Indeed, these extra costs may help you decide whether car leasing is the right route for you, and they include:

  • Decide how much you'll pay as an initial rental

With Tilsun Leasing the initial rental is the amount you pay upfront and equates to one, three, six or nine months of your monthly payment. Paying more upfront means you will pay a lower monthly amount.

  • Calculate running costs

Don't forget you'll need to pay for fuel or if you choose an electric car, you will need to plug it in - will you do this at home or will you regularly use rapid recharging stations?

  • Insuring a leased car

Everyone needs to pay for car insurance whether it's a leased vehicle or not, and as a new driver, your premiums may be a tad higher than they are for an experienced driver. It's probably worth shopping around to find out how much your insurance may cost you before committing to a car lease deal.

  • The maintenance costs of a leased vehicle

As stated earlier, while you do not own your contract hire car, you are still responsible for maintaining it properly. This means you will need to pay for its servicing and if it's older than three years, then the MOT as well. However, you could sign up to a Tilsun Leasing contract hire deal, you can include these maintenance bills to bring peace of mind.


Other car leasing costs

When you sign up to lease your first car, you need to be aware that you agree to do a certain mileage every year, though the total is calculated over the length of the lease deal.

So, you could sign up for 15,000 miles in your first year, for example, and if at the end of the contract term of two years, you have driven no more than 30,000 miles, then you will not be hit with excess mileage charges.

With some car leasing firms, this can be a large amount and all car leasing firms will levy a charge per mile for this.

Finally, it's also worth highlighting another potential cost when leasing a car.

And that's the issue of paying for any damage to the leased car to be repaired.

This is where the issue of fair wear and tear really comes into its own and a car leasing firm will abide by the BVRLA’s ‘fair wear and tear’ guidelines.

Essentially, if you want more help and advice on leasing your first car with Tilsun Leasing, then you should speak with the friendly team on 03330 040 888.

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