Case Study: Why car leasing made sense for trailblazing racing driver Charlie Martin

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Author: | Updated: 18 Nov 2020 14:15

Trailblazing transgender racing car driver Charlie Martin said goodbye to buying through Leasing.com after she had enough of forking out for repairs on used cars, being messed around by buyers and being involved in a few scary demo drives.

Once Charlie made up her mind, she made the seamless transition to leasing by getting a brand new Mini John Cooper Works.

Here’s her story:

Charlie Martin's new Mini John Cooper Works

The main problem Charlie encountered with owning a car was having to sell it.

I got messed around, and worst of all, I had to go on some pretty scary test drives.

“I once had an Audi RS4. I’d always wanted one and I figured I could afford a used one on finance. It was epic. But after 18 months I had to let it go because it was costing me a small fortune. This took up my evenings and weekends, I had to keep it looking like it just left the showroom. I got messed around, and worst of all, I had to go on some pretty scary test drives.”

Charlie, like most people, learnt that harsh way that her finance deal ended up costing more in the long-run. “By the time I replaced the giant Audi disc brakes, sorted out some stone chips, and worked out the depreciation, it wasn’t such a good deal after all.”

Leasing can help you control these costs, because it’s highly likely you’ll be driving a car that’s covered by a warranty. If you want to read more about car maintenance when leasing, click here.

Charlie Martin said goodbye to buying with Leasing.com

Once Charlie managed to sell her RS4, she realised it was time to say goodbye to buying and lease. "I’ve just ordered my latest car, a lease deal I found by comparing offers on Leasing.com, for a Mini John Copper Works."

All I need to do is insure it, put fuel in it and enjoy it.

“One of the best things is that it comes brand new with all of the options I wanted. Like a panoramic sunroof, rails to carry my surfboard, heated seats and of course metallic paint.”

Charlie Martin's new MINI John Cooper Works

“It’s a two-year deal, meaning that I pay a monthly fee with a few months up front, and that’s basically it. There’s no road tax to pay, it’s brand new so it comes with a full manufactures warranty. All I need to do is insure it, put fuel in it and enjoy it. At the end of the term, it goes back to the lease company. None of that hassle of selling which means I can go out and pick something new.”

Prices start as low as £100 per month.

“Anyone can lease a car, you don’t have to be a business. Even if you’re new to car usership, it’s super simple and prices start as low as £100 per month for a brand new car. What’s not to like about that? Car ownership vs car usership, I know which one I’d choose. That’s why I’ve said goodbye to buying.”

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