How far in advance should I book the service for?
We'll only service a vehicle when it is due one. If you have a maintained contract, use our Service Booking line – 0345 250 0000 – to book work .
It’s vital that we control the service slots, so we can prioritise those most in need while your job is handled promptly.
Booking directly with the garage will hamper our efforts to allocate the slots fairly, so we may reallocate bookings if they're not made through our Service Booking line. Please remember to clean your vehicle before handover.
I couldn't get my vehicle serviced during the lockdown. Will this affect my warranty?
As long as the vehicle was serviced at the first available opportunity, many manufacturers advised they would extend service intervals, so this shouldn't affect your warranty.
Can I have a courtesy vehicle?
We can provide a courtesy vehicle (subject to availability) whilst your vehicle is in for service or repair if it’s included in your contract, however we can't promise a like for like vehicle.
If you’re an employee, please speak with the fleet contact of your employer to learn if this is included in your contract. If courtesy vehicles are not included in your contract, you can ask if the garage offers a collection/delivery service.
How long will it take to service my vehicle?
The vast majority of vehicles taken for standard servicing are returned the same day, but if we find work that is more complex it may mean that your vehicle is off the road for more than the one day. If this is the case, we'll let you know as soon as possible and manage the efficient return of your vehicle as soon as we can.
A courtesy vehicle may be available but we can’t promise a like for like one. We can provide you with a hire vehicle (at a cost) if you need one.
If you do get a replacement vehicle, please take the necessary steps to protect yourself from COVID-19 by ensuring the surfaces have been wiped down.
What do I need to do on the day of my vehicle service?
If you have a maintenance contract, you will have made a booking through the DriverLine. We'll send you a reminder the day before just in case your circumstances have changed. If you're unable to make the appointment, call the DriverLine on 0345 250 0000 as soon as possible so we can make alternative arrangements.
If you're delivering the vehicle to the garage yourself, try and ensure it's delivered by 9am, so the garage can start working on it as soon as possible.
If the vehicle's being collected by the garage, they'll collect it between 8.30am and 10am from the agreed location. If this is a work location, feel free to leave your keys with your reception if it's easier for you.
All work carried out must be authorised by LeasePlan to ensure it's necessary, done to the right standards, and completed in a timely manner.
What if my service or vehicle repair takes more than a day?
If there is more complex work that needs to be carried out and the vehicle cannot be returned in one day, we'll let you know what the delays are caused by and when you can expect your vehicle to be returned. We'll keep you updated as your vehicle repair progresses and our aim is to ensure you get your vehicle back ASAP.
When will I get my vehicle back?
If nothing complex is found when carrying out your service, then the vehicle should be ready for collection between 4pm-5pm or delivered back to you between 4pm & 5.30pm, unless otherwise agreed. We cannot guarantee a specific time.
If it's not possible to return the vehicle, or if it's going to be late, we'll let you know as soon as we can, so you can make appropriate arrangements.
Do I need to service the vehicle before returning it back at the end of the contract?
You may need to have your vehicle serviced before returning, depending on when the service is due. If it's due before the vehicle is returned, the vehicle would need to be serviced and confirmation provided when handing the vehicle back.
I am well under the mileage for the annual service, do I still need to book a service?
Regardless of the mileage you do, most manufacturers still recommend regular servicing based on the age of the vehicle.
I've put the wrong fuel in my vehicle (petrol / diesel). What should I do?
Do not start the engine!
If you put the wrong fuel in your vehicle and you have breakdown cover in your contract, call 0345 250 0000 and select 'Breakdown' option. Otherwise, please call your own breakdown service provider to arrange recovery.
There is a warning light displayed on the dashboard. What do I do?
Please check the vehicle manual to understand whether your vehicle is safe to drive. If it is, please book an appointment with a garage as soon possible. If you have maintenance in your contract, please call 0345 250 0000. If you don't have maintenance in your contract, please book an appointment with a garage of your choice as soon as possible.
If the handbook suggests your vehicle isn't safe to drive, and it requires immediate attention, you'll need to get it recovered. If you have breakdown and recovery in your contract, please call 0345 250 0000, and select the 'Breakdown option'. If you don't, please contact your breakdown provider.
I know I have to keep my vehicle ‘roadworthy’ during this time, but what does this mean?
If your vehicle isn’t ‘roadworthy’ (or safe to drive, in other words), you could face three penalty points, a fine of up to £2,500 or, in the most extreme cases, a driving ban. Also, it may invalidate your insurance if you have an accident and the reason for the accident is due to the vehicle not being roadworthy.
In short, you need to ensure your windscreen, windows, mirrors, reflectors and number plates are clean and you have working lights and brakes before you start any journey.
In addition, you must have fluid in your windscreen washer bottle and your tyres need to be correctly inflated, with enough tread depth and without cuts or other defects.
You should also carry out regular checks with your vehicle’s handbook explaining what to look at and when. This includes your oil, radiator level, brake fluid and battery.
I’m asthmatic - will you use aerosols to clean vehicles?
As we use a number of suppliers, the cleaning methods will vary. If you have allergies or any intolerances, please ensure you let the Service Booking Line know and the garage or fitter before your appointment.
What is a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)?
If you drive a diesel car, please be aware that you must take care of your Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) in particular if you only take short journeys. Your particulate filter must regenerate itself every 300 miles or so which is generally done by driving for 10 to 20 minutes at 40mph or faster as this heats up the exhaust and burns off the soot in the filter.
Failing that, some cars have an ‘active regeneration’ process that adds fuel to the exhaust to raise the temperature which allows the filter to be cleaned at lower speeds. However, the revs must still stay above 2,000 for around 10 minutes.
If your DPF is becoming blocked, a warning light will appear on your dashboard. Don't ignore this as your vehicle could shut down which can result in major engine damage. The DPF will need to be removed and cleaned or replaced and you’ll have to pay for this work.
It will usually look like one of these symbols:
If this light comes on, taking corrective action to clear the DPF is fairly simple as all you usually need to do is take the vehicle for a drive of 10-20 minutes at speeds in excess of 40mph in a location that it's safe to do so, such as a dual carriageway. This will usually be enough and the light will turn off as the DPF has regenerated itself.
If you're unsure about DPF’s, please contact your LeasePlan Customer Service advisor who can help you.
What is 'AdBlue'?
Adding 'AdBlue' to your vehicle is the driver’s responsibility as it won’t be covered as part of your LeasePlan service maintenance. To minimise nitrogen oxide emissions, regulations (Euro 6) were introduced that mean Diesel Exhaust Fluid ('AdBlue') is now added to vehicles. Typical consumption is around a litre of 'AdBlue' for every 600 miles, but this will vary between vehicles and driving style. An average tank size of 10 litres should last around 6,000 miles.
You'll get a dashboard warning light when your 'AdBlue' level starts to run low and your car’s handbook will tell you how to refill. If you run out, 5 litres should be enough.