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PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) a simple cost effective way to buy your new or nearly new vehicle.
You choose the vehicle, the deposit, how long you want the contract to run for and the mileage you intend to do. You will then receive a quote for fixed cost motoring for the length of the contract. At the end of the contract you have a choice to either buy the vehicle outright for an agreed lump sum (the Guaranteed Minimum Future Value or final balloon payment), or hand the vehicle back to the lender.
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Hire Purchase allows you to take ownership of a vehicle once all payments are made.
This is one of the most popular methods to buy a new vehicle. You pay an initial deposit, then pay off the balance in monthly payments over an agreed period of time, when the payments are complete the vehicle is yours.
One of the main benefits with Hire Purchase is the ability to buy a high value vehicle on monthly payments.
Hire Purchase allows you to tailor your finance package as deposit, length of time and monthly payments are all flexible.
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Personal contract hire is very similar to normal contract hire, but is exclusively for private individuals. This is one of the most common form of leasing.
With a personal contract hire agreement you take control of a vehicle for a contractual period – usually referred to as the ‘lease period’. You will make fixed monthly payments for the duration of the contract – when the contract expires you will simply return the vehicle and take out a new personal contract hire lease. PCH means you never have to worry about resale values of your vehicle.
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Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control, Traction control, Lowered suspension, Voice recognition for smartphones, Rear parking sensors, Automatic start/stop system, Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger...
Insurance groups range from 1 to 50 and dictates the cost of the vehicles insurance. The higher the group, the higher the insurance will be for the vehicle.
BHP rates the engine performance of vehicles and stands for the brake horsepower.
CO2 is the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the vehicle in grams per kilometre travelled, the lower the CO2 emissions the cleaner the vehicle is for the environment.
The total number of seats in the vehicle.
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Road Tax is based upon the CO2 emissions of the vehicle and is split into 13 bands from A to M. The higher the letter the greater the cost of tax paid to drive the vehicle on public roads. In addition to the road tax detailed below, any vehicle that had a manufacturers retail price in excess of £40,000 when first sold, attracts a road tax supplement of an additional £320 per year. This is charged until the vehicle is 6 years old.
The smart fortwo is back, slicker and better engineered than ever. You get to choose between fixed-top and cabrio bodystyles and between a normally aspirated 71bhp engine or a turbocharged 90bhp unit and there's something to be said for both of them. We tried the lesser powerplant in a fixed-tp model - still not cheap, but then, this is a car that's going to sell on style. This time round though, there's substance to back it up.
Maybe it's the fact that the smart fortwo and its predecessor, the city coupe, have been with us since 1998 or maybe it's due to the fact that the market for citycars has boomed with new entrants, but it's easy to overlook quite what an enormous step smart took introducing this two-seater back in the last century. Think about it. What other car in the last, say, thirty years has changed the form factor from the existing shape quite as radically as this fortwo? I can't think of one. The car we have here, the latest fortwo in base 71bhp 1.0-litre petrol fixed-top guise, shares the original's rear-mid engined layout and two seater layout, and many of the styling signatures have a clear form line. Where this car is massively different is in the way it drives and we'll get into that a bit later. Suffice to say, if the last experience you had with a Smart was with one of those wheezy old cars with their jerky automatic gearchanges, perhaps you owe it to yourself to try one of these new cars.
For most people, the leisurely 999cc 71bhp powerplant we tried will be enough for fortwo ownership. If I were choosing a car purely for city driving and wasn't too fussed about underscoring my 'man credentials' at every set of traffic lights, I'd be tempted. This car will get to 62mph in 14.4 seconds. The biggest improvement to this car over the old smarts remains the transmission. Gone is the vile robotised manual change that had your head jerking about like a Thunderbird puppet with each gearchange. In its place comes a choice between a five-speed manual box with the 'twinamic' six-speed twin-clutch automatic also available. As ever, this car has an unprecedentedly small turning circle. It's just 6.95 metres, partly because there are no driveshafts going to the front wheels, so they can be angled right out to 45 degrees. That's really handy when you spot a parking space on the other side of the road and need to dive in quick smart.
When I first saw pictures of this third-generation smart fortwo, and I'm not going to pull any punches here, I thought it was awful. All of the appealing cuteness of the original version seemed to have been lost. That impression changed the moment I got to have a walk round this car. The fortwo is one of those cars that doesn't seem to photograph very well but which has lots of interesting angles and intriguing details that gel really well in real life. If anything, the design changes have made it look even smaller than ever, the chunkier styling giving it a hall-of-mirrors beefiness that shouldn't work but does. Both fixed-top and cabrio versions are available: we tried the former. The virtually non-existent overhangs at the front and rear and the 100 mm wider track creates that pugnacious stance. As before, the colour contrast between tridion cell and body panels is another characteristic feature of the smart brand. In profile there's a much bigger angle between bonnet and windscreen on this one than on previous fortwo designs - smart calls this a "one-and-a-half box" design as a result.
As estate agents will always insist, size isn't any great indicator of price, and so it proves here. The fortwo range opens at just over £11,000 on the road for the 71bhp version we tried and is offered in three main trim levels, passion, prime and proxy. We tried the fixed-top model but smart has also developed a pretty cabriolet bodystyle you can ask your dealer about. The passion models get 15" 8-spoke alloy wheels painted in silver, and automatic climate control and the Smart Audio-System. This gets a 3.5-inch colour screen, AUX and USB interface, Bluetooth streaming and hands-free phone, and you can also Bluetooth to the smart cross connect app for iOS and Android. A word on smart's 'cross connect' app that comes with ownership, something the brand is very proud of. Its big drawcard is what it calls community parking. Owners simply download the app to their mobiles, attach said phone to the adjustable cradle and Bluetooth it all up. Once Cross Connect is fired up, drivers simply swipe to the community menu and let the app discover the closest available parking spaces, many of which are only suitable for the minuscule dimensions of the Smart Fortwo. It seems that Smart reckons that we'd want to share this information. Am I just being extraordinarily selfish, or would you rather keep the location of a valued parking spot to yourself? Yep, thought so.
Owners won't have to pay too much to keep a fortwo on the road. The normally-aspirated manual car I tried returns 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 57.7mpg in town, with emissions pegged at 93g/km. Those figures are for cars with the manual gearbox but don't vary much if, as I would, you opt for the twin-clutch auto transmission. The manual car comes as standard with stop/start although you need to put the gearbox into neutral and have your foot on the brake to kill the engine in stationary traffic. If nothing else, it'll encourage you not to ride the clutch. Anything else to consider? Residual values will stack up quite well and upon purchase, you get a year's free international smart road assistance service offering breakdown assistance in emergencies. This can be renewed annually following a service with your local Smart Retailer. The three-year unlimited mileage warranty is better than most and there's Smart Service Care, a service plan designed to take care of your servicing costs for the first two, three or four services. It only comes to only about £15 a month, which seems a bit of a no-brainer to me. You might well spend that yourself on having the thing regularly valeted.
By Jonathan Crouch
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|Rear wash/wipe with intermittent wipe setting|
|Heated rear window with timer|
|Comfort windscreen wipers|
|Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control|
|Rear windscreen wiper with intermittent wiper control and automatic wipe/wash function|
|Electric front windows|
|ABS with Brake Assist|
|ESP + Hill Start Assist|
|Electronic Stability Programme|
|Hill start assist|
|Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)|
|Brake assist function|
|Electronic brake force distribution|
|Voice control system|
|Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone|
|Voice recognition for smartphones|
|Rear Park assist|
|Speed sensitive variable PAS|
|Rear parking sensors|
|Direct steer system with speed sensitive power assistance and variable steering ratio|
|Cruise control with speedtronic variable speed limiter|
|Automatic start/stop system|
|Outside temperature display|
|Cockpit clock and rev counter|
|Instrument cluster with display|
|Smart media navigation with 7" touch screen|
|Mirror link for smart media system|
|Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm|
|Seatbelt reminder for driver and front passenger|
|Dashboard instruments with cockpit clock and rev counter|
|Mirrorlink compatible smartphone andriod apps on the 7" TFT display|
|On board computer|
|Service interval indicator|
|Aspherically curved door mirror glass|
|Door mirror with aspherically curved mirror glass on the driver's side|
|Driving mirrors in tridion colour|
|Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors|
|Matt Chrome interior door handles|
|Bluetooth audio streaming|
|Smart audio system with aux/USB interface|
|Smart media system - smartphone, 7" display, FM/AM tuner, AUX/USB, voice control, bluetooth hands free, audio streaming, 3D navigation and 2 speakers|
|Exterior Body Features|
|Black front grille|
|Panoramic glass roof with sunblind|
|Black fabric roof|
|Lockable service bonnet|
|Wheel house liners with smart lettering|
|Radiator trim in black|
|Outside temperature display with frost warning|
|Fixed panoramic roof with sun protection|
|Chrome exhaust tailpipe|
|Body coloured bumpers|
|Body colour door handles|
|Third brake light|
|H4 halogen headlamps|
|White side indicators|
|LED daytime running lights|
|Automatic climate control|
|Dashboard and door centre panel in black fabric and highlights in contrast colour|
|Through load facility|
|12V Accessory socket|
|Front door storage bins|
|Leather gear knob|
|Centre console storage tray|
|3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel|
|Load lashing points|
|Dashboard and door centre panel in black fabric and grey highlights|
|Passenger footwell storage net|
|Leather handbrake lever|
|12V socket with cover|
|Leather trimmed gearshift lever|
|Lockable glove compartment|
|3 spoke perforated leather multifunction sports steering wheel|
|Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment|
|Centre console with pull out tray and double cup holder|
|Instrument cluster with multifunctional 3.5 inch colour display|
|Matt chrome interior door opener|
|Dashboard and door centre panel in Black fabric|
|Front passenger grab handle|
|Luggage compartment cover|
|Storage compartment in tailgate|
|Storage compartment in front doors|
|Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs|
|Rear seat bag hooks|
|Interior lighting incl. reading light for driver and passenger|
|Luggage compartment lighting|
|Stowage space package - ForTwo|
|Comfort pack - ForTwo with Heated door mirrors|
|3 point seatbelts|
|Seat belt force limiter|
|Seat belt tensioners|
|Front side airbags(head+thorax)|
|Drivers knee airbag|
|Crash sensor (auto switch - on of hazard warning lights/interior lighting)|
|Front door side impact protection system|
|Airbags - windowbags|
|Airbag deactivation switch|
|Seat belts - Three-point, with seat belt tensioners and belt force limiters|
|Airbags - sidebags for driver and front passenger (combined head/thorax airbags)|
|Crash sensor for activation of hazard warning lights|
|Airbags - kneebag for driver|
|Pedestrian impact protection front and side|
|Driver and passenger airbags|
|Tyre pressure monitoring system|
|Heated front seats|
|Front seatback pockets|
|Passenger seat with through load function|
|Map pockets on driver and passenger seatbacks|
|Driver and front passenger heated seats|
|Isofix child seat attachment|
|Front head restraints|
|Height adjustable driver's seat|
|Central locking with convenience closing features and immobiliser|
|Remote central locking|
|Automatic door locking|
|Central locking with radio remote control and visual locking verification signal|
|Drive lock - Doors locked automatically when vehicle is on the move|
|Driver/passenger sunvisors with ticket holders + vanity mirrors|
|Wheels - Alloy|
|16" 8 Y spoke alloy wheels painted in black|
|Wheels - Spare|
|Tyre repair kit|
|Breakdown kit with air compressor and sealant back|
|DAB Digital radio||£195.00|
|Paint - Metallic|
|Bodypanels in metallic Midnight blue||£295.00|
|Bodypanels in metallic Lava orange||£295.00|
|Bodypanels in metallic Cool silver||£295.00|
|Bodypanels in metallic matt Titania grey||£395.00|
|Bodypanels in metallic matt Moon white||£395.00|
|Paint - Solid|
|Bodypanels in White||Standard|
|Bodypanels in Black||Standard|
|Bodypanels in red||Standard|
|Perimetric anti theft alarm||£150.00|
|Exterior Body Features|
|TRIDION safety cell in black||Standard|
|Bodypanels in solid paint||Standard|
|Bodypanels in metallic paint||£295.00|
|Bodypanels in special paint||£395.00|
|TRIDION safety cell in white||£200.00|
|TRIDION safety cell in jupiter red||£200.00|
|TRIDION safety cell in lava orange||£200.00|
|TRIDION safety cell in cool silver||£200.00|
|TRIDION safety cell in graphite grey||£250.00|
|Lane keep assist with acoustic and visual warning||£295.00|
|Trim - Leather|
|Leather - Black with grey stitching||Standard|
|0 to 60 mph (secs)|
|0 to 62 mph (secs)||14.4|
|Engine Power - BHP||71|
|Engine Power - KW||52|
|Engine Power - PS|
|Engine Power - RPM||6000|
|Engine Torque - LBS.FT||67|
|Engine Torque - MKG||9.3|
|Engine Torque - NM||91|
|Engine Torque - RPM||2850|
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