What are the negatives of leasing a pre-reg car?
If you are thinking about leasing a pre-reg car, there are several factors to consider. Some of these are down to personal preference, and what you want from your vehicle, and some are good practice.
One of the more important factors is the vehicle’s service and MOT schedule.
Oftentimes these will run from the time the car was registered, and not the time that you buy it. For example, if the lease car was registered in March, but you don’t collect it until May, be prepared for your first MOT or service to come around sooner than you expected.
You also need to bear in mind the manufacturer’s warranty.
Warranties typically last for between three and seven years, and cover any unexpected mechanical issues that aren’t your fault. Manufacturer warranty will also kick in from the time that the car is registered, so you could be several months into the warranty period b the time you get behind the wheel.
It’s worth bearing in mind that if you bolt on a maintenance package to your lease deal, all your servicing and routine maintenance costs are bundled into your monthly payment.
Another factor to consider is that a pre-reg car will have already been built.
You won’t be able to personalise an in-stock car lease like you would a factory order, where you are specifying exactly which bits and bobs you want, and then potentially waiting months for a build slot to open.
However, it doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to get your hands on the spec that you want, and it does mean that you could be behind the wheel in as little as two weeks with some of our pre-reg deals.
Cons of pre-reg car leasing
There are several downsides to pre-reg cars. These include:
- MOT and service schedules run from the time your car is registered
- Manufacturer warranty starts when the car is registered
- Fewer options for personalisation
- A pre-reg car is not technically ‘new’
- The car could have a slightly older plate