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Take your personal lease car on holiday

Driving your car abroad is a growing trend and many of us are thinking of taking our loved ones, family or friends for a long drive outside of UK during the months of spring/summer. But if you don’t own your personal vehicle out right (under the terms of leasing and contract hire)  you will need to follow the contrary rules and regulations. It all depends on the finance agreement you are in contract with and the insurance policy you have taken out.

It’s nothing complicated you can lease a car for personal and leisure use and take it abroad on holiday. If you are looking for personal lease car deals with the option of taking the vehicle abroad on holiday then make sure you mention this on your application and a leasing specialist will help to find a package to include this exception. Alternatively, if you are already in a contract agreement and not sure then contact the finance company and ask for any restrictions or be sure to tell your broker your plans before signing up to a finance agreement.

Secondly and also a very important factor is being insured in the country you wish to take the leased vehicle. As a personal lease driver this is something that most probably will need to be added to your policy so don’t forget to contact your vehicle insurer.

EU Certificate Specifications
As pointed out previously, if you are taking a UK leased vehicle to Europe you must ensure that you obtain the appropriate paperwork beforehand. The specific certificate is titled as a VE1O3 certificate and a VE103B certificate. The VE103B certificate is specifically there to replace the original vehicle documentation whilst travelling abroad. Because the driver of the lease car does not own the vehicle log book, instead they must obtain a VE103B certificate before travelling; this proves that they do have permission to drive the vehicle. As well as this, the VE103 certificate exists to provide proof that they are able to take the vehicle outside of the UK. The driver must carry both the VE103 and VE103B certificate with them for all their journeys abroad.

Now here’s a good thing. The advantage you have with UK being an island is that your lease car will be stationary on the Euro Tunnel or Ferry before you arrive at your first destination so you don’t have to worry about the initial mileage but make sure you do some forward planning before venturing out too far!

Important Key Fact to Remember
You can take a car abroad as long as you, firstly inform and receive authorisation from your vehicle insurer and secondly the finance company who owns the vehicle in principle.

Useful TIPs
Don’t forget your agreed annual mileage allowance. If your holiday travel exceeds your allowance be aware of the additional charges that may apply. Always ask your broker or finance company the terms before taking your vehicle out of the country. If you are planning on taking a leased car abroad, it is important to remember these few things. Make sure you have your letter or authorisation from the registered keeper of the vehicle. You also need to ensure you have your insurance certificate which states that it covers you to drive abroad, along with this, make sure you have your travel insurance documents and make sure you take your passport. A useful little tip is to take some loose change and keep it in the car, this will come in useful if you encounter any toll roads on your journeys.
Our Helpful Checklist
1. Check your radiator fluid/coolant levels. Most new car radiators tend to display the minimum and maximum water levels on the overflow bottles. Just to be on the safe side, top the levels up before you leave with a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
2. Have you got a spare tyre? Although 50% of new cars do not include a spare tyre, if you do happen to have one, check it over to make sure it is in good condition. If you do not have a spare tyre, a useful alternative would be to take a tyre repair kit in case of emergencies.
3. Have a look at your tyre pressures. Before setting out on a long journey, make sure you have a look at your tyre pressures. If they are incorrect, this can result in you spending more money on fuel due to raised fuel consumption, or you may have to suffer poor handling. You can also check the tyre tread; if your tyres do not meet the minimum requirements then you risk ending up with a hefty fine and points on your licence. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, all the way around.
4. Have a look at your engine oil. Remember that without enough oil, you risk your car overheating and the vehicle can stop working altogether.
5. Double check your lights, it can be worth making sure you have some spare bulbs in the car as a precaution.
6. Fill up your screenwash. Abroad you can drive along very dusty roads, this can make your windscreen dirty and cause poor visibility. Topping up your washer fluid may seem obvious, but it is important to consider.

Now for the exciting bit. Let’s have a look at which cars a lot of you have been leasing with the intention of driving abroad on holiday.


Popular choices on personal car lease

For Couples:

View the deals available on Mercedes SLK Cabriolet - A convertible to enjoy better weather

View the deals available on Citroen C1 – a fun and easy to drive car

For Family:

View the deals available on Renault Captur – a spacious hatchback for dynamic families

View the deals available on Mercedes C Class – A comfortable saloon for luxury travel

View the deals available on Volvo XC60 – A Powerful 4x4 for Highlands and off road driving

If you are interested in taking a personal lease car on holiday abroad, you can contact us by phone or email and speak to one of our specialist team members. We would be happy to answer any of your questions or queries regarding this.


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Posted on 6th August 2015 at 3:27 PM

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