Lombard Vehicle Management has signed
two substantial commercial vehicle fleet lease contracts in the
last month, with one existing client seeing greatly increased fuel
efficiency as a result, and one new customer approaching fleet
leasing for the first time.
The first deal, for the lease of 30 Peugeot
Bipper vans, was signed with Plymouth-based car parts delivery
company Kevin Cooper Motor Factors.
Kevin Cooper had previously leased a Ford
fleet from Lombard, but decided to switch to the Bippers in order
to reduce costs. The effect has been pronounced, with fuel bills
reduced by an alleged 40 percent and fuel efficiency improved from
30 to 35mpg to 50 to 55mpg.
The fleet has been leased in two batches of
roughly equal size, with average repayments of £200 (€226) per
vehicle per month spread out over a three-year contract hire
agreement. The vans were supplied by local Peugeot dealer Renwicks
Regional sales manager Chris Davies, who
developed the deal for Lombard, said Kevin Cooper’s move to the
Peugeot vans after consultation on its previous lease provided an
example of Lombard Vehicle Management’s ability to offer fleet
management advice as well as straightforward leasing.
Lombard Vehicle Management has also written a
30-van contract hire deal with Churches Ltd, an electrical and
heating engineering company based in Winchester.
Churches had historically acquired vans by
outright purchase, although felt the need to lease as its fleet
grew in size.
Lombard approached the business with a
proposal to transfer the company fleet of VW Crafter and
Transporter Vans on to contract hire.
“This meant that not only could we effectively
manage the fleet for the company, but also take the residual risk
on its behalf,” said Davies.