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Took delivery of the car yesterday - I love it.

I wanted to thank you for everything that you did. The process was very smooth and as always communication was excellent. I should also mention Juliet who was extremely helpful and responsive.


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First class service received from David and the Team at First Vehicle Finance. You have made the process of arranging our lease plan so straight forward and easy to understand. Thank you so much for all your help. We are delighted with our new car. Kind Regards Dermot Kavanagh

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David - a quick note to thank you for sorting out the X3.

The car arrived at 9:10 this morning, and Bernard Rooney followed up with a call to see if everything was ok.

I did not expect this level of service as we had not bought from you before, and I'm delighted.

Thanks for all your help over the months on sorting out the finance and spec on my X3 and June and John's X1.

Many companies spout about excellent customer service but few deliver like your company has.

Thanks again, Giles

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Had a great experience with First Vehicle Finance. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted in terms of payment options, all I knew was that I wanted a new car! This was my first experience in financing a car, so obviously a bit apprehensive about what I was getting myself into. But Will was really helpful in explaining the different finance options they have to offer. I learned of the different payment profiles, monthly instalments, leasing contracts, all down to the nitty gritty. After this, I decided to go with FVF. The process was really easy, straightforward, and if I had question, they were more than happy to help, and quickly. Then I learned they deliver your car free of charge! Which saved me arranging a ride to the garage to collect :) All in all, great service and would recommend to family and friends.

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FVF have been suppyling our vehicles for the last 9 years. They make everything seem so easy and straight forward. They even brought a car to us to test drive when all the local dealers did not have the car we were looking for. The team are so helpful and friendly.
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I am would just like to say thank you to First Vehicle Finance for organising my new car that arrived this week.

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I will continue to recommend your service to my friends, family and colleagues in the future.

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Leasing a BMW i3 Review

Safety rating 4/5
MPG - 0
CO2 emissions - 0
First year road tax £0

The BMW i3 is a small electric car. Sadly, it’s expensive to buy however it is cheaper to lease a BMW i3!

leasing a bmw i3 review

If you are looking for an upmarket electric car that’s easy to drive around town and has a super stylish interior look no further than the BMW i3. While it comes with a hefty £35 000 price tag which is rather significant for a little car – one needs to be reminded of the other savings in the long run.

£0 road tax and no soaring petrol / diesel costs. In some London boroughs you even get free parking and at a whopping £25’s a day to park – that’s a bargain. But let’s not fret over the large price tag if you are buying this eco warrior (yes it is also CO2 zero rated and made from recycled plastic!). You are far better off leasing this vehicle for a fraction of the price. It was first launched in 2013 and upgraded in 2017 to include sportier bumpers, LED headlights and an upgraded infotainment system.

It comes with a high-resolution 10.2-inch screen with sat nav as standard. Upon sitting in the car the beautiful wooden dashboard trims and partial leather seats aren’t standard - however even without one of the upgraded packs, the i3’s cabin still looks plush and there’s plenty of space for you to get comfortable – even if you are really tall. For a little car you do not feel squashed or claustrophobic. The interior is very light and airy and there seems to be plenty space for a family of 4 plus a dog! The back seats feel less squashed than most little cars and this is due to the oddly shaped rear windows

leasing a bmw i3 review

Unfortunately, there is only enough space in the back for 2 seats. However, it is really easy to get in and out of the back seats as there is no centre pillar to get in the way and the back doors open up in reverse.

leasing a bmw i3 review

Sadly, it’s a strict four-seater and it’s boot isn’t particularly spacious. As a result, both the Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf are more practical. You can get the i3 as a pure-electric car or with a petrol-powered range extender.

If you want to use your car mainly for in town pick the cheaper electric-only model. It doesn’t quite match the Renault Zoe in terms of safety. It earned a four-star score from Euro NCAP in 2013 compared to the Renault Zoe’s five-star rating in the same year.

However if you can live with 4 out of 5 for safety BMW’s i3 is a stylish small family car that’s worth considering if you mainly drive in town and have somewhere to charge it – bearing in mind you will need to install a charging station at home.

While it comes with a price tag of between £34 000 - £37 000 to buy - we suggest leasing. Your annual out lay will be much less than buying the vehicle. If after 24 – 36 month (terms and conditions apply) you do not like driving an eco-friendly futuristic car – simply bring it back after the agreed period and we can help you find a new one.

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Posted on 16th March 2019 at 2:55 PM

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