Leasing firms enable more motorists to get behind the wheel of a new vehicle
New figures from the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing
Association (BVRLA) have underlined the sector’s key role in enabling
businesses and private motorists to drive new cars and vans.
The BVRLA’s latest quarterly survey of its members found
that the business car and van leasing fleet grew by 6.6% year-on-year in Q4
2016. That comprised 3.6% growth in the number of cars, and a 16.2% increase in
the number of vans.
When it comes to the total car leasing fleet, members
responding to the survey reported that it expanded much faster than the
business car fleet, at 12% year-on-year. Of note is that personal contract hire
contributed 49% of the growth.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said “It’s great to
see our members’ business lease fleet increasing, but the real growth is coming
from personal contract hire. BVRLA members can tailor a personal contract hire
arrangement to suit a driver’s monthly budget and include costs such as
maintenance and replacement tyres, and it’s clear that more and more customers
appreciate these benefits.”
The survey also found that the average lease car added to
a member’s fleet in 2016 emitted 110.8g/km CO2, more than 7% less than the
average new car registered in 2016.
Mr Keaney added: “Once again, our members are leading the
way when it comes to reducing emissions, but the data shows the first signs
that CO2 reductions are slowing down. We believe this is a result of the government’s
motoring taxation strategy, and policymakers must address this issue by
offering a progressive tax regime.”
Elsewhere, the Association’s leasing broker statistics
have highlighted the importance of the broker channel when it comes to buyers
choosing a new vehicle.
In Q4 2016, the BVRLA’s leasing broker members had 26%
more vehicles on contract than they did in Q4 2015, with vans showing 30%
growth. According to the survey, leasing brokers signed 27% more new contracts
in 2016 than they did in previous 12 months.
Of the total contracts, 70.6% were car contracts and
29.4% van contracts - that compares to 71.5% cars and 28.5% vans at the end of
2015. When examining leasing brokers’ car contracts, the data revealed that 93%
were either leased through contract hire (46%) or personal contract hire (47%).
It is the first time that personal contract hire has overtaken contract hire.
Mr Keaney concluded: “Our latest statistics show that
leasing brokers are providing more and more consumers and businesses with
access to affordable vehicle finance. As a lot of the growth is coming from a
new audience - small businesses and consumers who are coming to leasing for the