How do I ensure optimum daily use of my lease car?
- Regularly check the oil level and that of other fluids between services. This will ensure optimum engine performance and reduce fuel consumption.
- Regularly check the tyre pressures. This will reduce wear and increase your safety. But it will also lower your fuel consumption.
- Make sure you use the right fuel.
- Keep the car clean. This will prevent damage to the paintwork.
- Adhere strictly to the manufacturer's maintenance instructions. This can help avoid discussions in the event of technical issues.
- For the specific regulations in your company, you should refer to your employer's car policy
Can I use my company car when I'm ill or taking a career break?
The answer to this question depends on the type of leave and whether you retain the right to salary while you are off. Personal use of a company car is tied to receiving salary so you will only need to return the car when your employer is no longer obliged to pay your salary. You therefore retain the right to make personal use of the company car during your annual holiday, on public holidays and while you are on sick leave and are entitled to guaranteed salary. However, if you take unpaid leave or are ill for an extended period of time and therefore are no longer entitled to guaranteed salary, your employer will then have the right to require the temporary return of the vehicle during this period. You should consult your fleet manager or read your company's car policy for more information and for possible exceptions.
Can the employer reclaim your company car immediately after you hand in your notice or are dismissed?
If you have to work a period of notice, you will be entitled to use the company car during this time, since your right to a salary will continue as long as the employment contract is in force. If your employment contract is terminated without the need to work a period of notice, the employment relationship will be immediately discontinued and you will have to return your company car straight away. Calculations of any severance pay must take into account the benefits included in possessing a company car. You will probably find more information about this in your employer's car policy.
Can I drive my LeasePlan car to and in other countries?
Yes, you can. You are advised to check whether the country you are visiting is listed on your green card and whether you will need any special papers, such as a customs certificate. You will probably find more information about this in your employer's car policy.
Can other people also drive the car abroad? And do I need to be in the car as well?
LeasePlan only requires a person with a valid driving licence. However, it is your company's car policy that determines who can drive the car. You should therefore read this carefully beforehand or consult your fleet manager.
I've received notice that my car needs to have a roadworthiness inspection. Where can I have this done?
The roadworthiness inspection can take place anywhere in Belgium. However, if your car fails the inspection, you will need to return to the same inspection centre for a new inspection. Find the nearest inspection centre via www.afsprakenautokeuring.be. The document for the reimbursement of a roadworthiness inspection can be found on My LeasePlan: www.leaseplan.be/myleaseplan. Print out the document and be sure to take it with you so you do not have to pay at the inspection centre.
What is the difference between summer and winter tyres and why is changing them recommended?
Summer and winter tyres have a different rubber compound. Summer tyres are harder and perform better at temperatures of 7°C and above (grip, braking distance, wear and comfort). With their softer compounds, winter tyres are more suitable for temperatures below 7°C. Winter tyres have a greater depth of tread and a different tread pattern to improve water dispersal. Changing tyres is primarily recommended for safety reasons. Due to their softer compound, winter tyres in particular wear out quickly at higher temperatures and they also increase fuel consumption.
Where can I go to get my tyres changed or repaired?
The details of the tyre centre where your summer or winter tyres are stored can be found on My LeasePlan. Surf to www.leaseplan.be/myleaseplan.
Contact our Driver Services staff on 078 150 600 or by e-mail at email@example.com. They will give you the details of the tyre centres where you can get your tyres repaired. You can then contact the tyre centre directly to make an appointment. The tyre centre will take care of the inspection and LeasePlan will look after the paperwork.
One in three vehicles in Europe has tyre pressures that are too low. In Belgium, this number actually rises to nine out of ten vehicles. The consequences of driving with tyre pressures that are too low are far-reaching for both the car and the environment. Low pressure causes the tyres to wear out faster than normal. This is due to the sides of the tyre becoming overloaded, which significantly raises the tyre temperature. Because the tyre becomes hotter and distorts, the risk of damage, such as a blowout, automatically becomes greater. Low tyre pressures also affect the amount of energy needed to power the car. As a result, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions rise significantly. Studies have shown that cars with low tyre pressures waste 3.9 billion litres of fuel Europe-wide every year. And it is our environment which pays the highest price, with as much as 9.2 million tonnes of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. This works out at an additional 3.45 g/km of CO2 emissions for every car.