Its a strange feeling when you Lease a Vehicle , normally when your Car Breaks down there that familiar concern about whats gone wrong and how much it will cost . I was driving across a Building Site Today and an acrid smell began to emanate from the Dashboard , initially me and my colleague thought it was coming from outside but a quick glance at the Dashboard revealed a festival of lit warning lights so we were forced to pull to the side and switch her off . I dialled the number on the visor , gave directions to the Recovery People , stuck the keys in the cubby hole and walked off without a backward glance . When I got back to the Office it was almost finishing time so I dont know if its been Recovered yet , doubtless Security will let them in . I would love to see the look on the Recovery Blokes face when he sees the state of the Car and the Location its been left in , literally the middle of a ploughed Field . Watch this space .
I was tempted to ask about the Three sets of Pads in 10,000 miles and the Screen going blank but its a lease vehicle so who cares . I have bought and owned all my Cars and I am genuinely struggling to deal with having no responsibility for anything as its all inclusive . A young couple round the corner have a pair of Leased BMWs and know absolutely nothing about Cars and struggle to top up the Screenwash so it must be an age thing .
Just realised that I never updated this thread . I have had the Discovery courtesy of Pendragon since the Velars Breakdown , it appears the ECU and various Modules have suffered Water Ingress which is a bit surprising as the vehicle was never submerged nor abused . I have stuck with the Discovery which seems a more robust sort of vehicle as the Leasing Contract ends in March . Its hard to make any sort of conclusion about the Velar , thankfully I am not paying for the Problem so what can I say ? Meanwhile an Old Bricklayer with a Dahiatsu Four Track thats gone on longer than both World Wars continues to shake his head and laugh at my choice of " Landrover shit " as he charmingly call it .
I don’t remember where I found the following piece of sobering information: a vehicle is more likely to fail to proceed during the first twelve months of its life, than at any other time, including the twelve months immediately prior to being scrapped. In fairness, it is quite rare to be stranded in modern vehicles, but galling to know that the new £60,000 lump is more likely to let one down than a £500 Gumtree shed.
Britain is an Idiocracy;- we have government of idiots, by idiots, for idiots.
I've found this experience really interesting Paul. I reckon the moral of the story if, if you do buy new, buy it on lease so it's somebody elses problem to sort out the warranty stuff.
Theres an old saying in the Car Trade about Land Rover Products and thats " when the Warranty is out I am out " and its the best bit of advice you will get on any Car Forum . I have been sorely tempted by a Lovely Range Rover , top of the range in Navy Blue with a Silver Roof on a 14 plate and around the £35k mark , this cost the best part of £100k new , some fool will have it . Leasing is the way to go Ed on these Cars
In in the process of weighing up my options for the next car to replace the Audi. I'm just getting fed up oil leaks and things breaking. Given the amount of petrol we put in it every month for local driving and it's VED I could lease an I-Pace and be better off. The only issue is the size of all electric cars, they are just a bit too small. I'm also looking at hybrids and doing the maths. I'm in no real hurry but it's good to have a plan. I think I;d like a Velar if they did an electric/hybrid model - the JLR salesman told me two weeks ago that there won't be any more electric JLR cars other than the XJ until 2025. I find this hard to beleive but could be true.