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Car subscription advice

A subscription is the latest way to drive a new or used car, and is rapidly gaining in popularity. The Car Expert has everything you need to know.

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Car subscription schemes go under many different names: flexible lease or rental; long-term rental or long-term hire. The essential idea is that you have a car for as long as you like; from one month to several years. It’s basically like a mobile phone or Netflix subscription for your car.

If the idea of a shorter-term commitment appeals to your driving needs, it might be a great option for you.

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Most car finance and leasing activity in the UK is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and anyone involved in the selling of car finance or brokering of leasing agreements must be accredited by the FCA.

You should always consider the terms and conditions of any agreement carefully before taking out car finance or leasing agreement, as you are making a substantial ongoing commitment and there may be significant costs if you change your mind or are unable to meet your commitments at a later date.