The leap to leasing

Lex Autolease has helped Velux through a significant business change by switching its entire UK fleet of cars and vans from outright ownership to contract hire.

Velux has a large fleet comprising of cars and vans, which are used by its sales team and technicians for customer fittings and repairs.

Lex Autolease worked with Velux to develop a contract hire solution with a full service and maintenance package, moving the company to a whole life cost policy; a first step towards making its fleet more sustainable by reducing running costs and minimising vehicle downtime, the company said.

Following site visits prior to Covid-19, Lex Autolease completed the implementation of the policy during lockdown so that the new vehicles would be on the roads and ready to go once restrictions eased.

The success of the transition has meant that Velux has now begun the process of moving all its LCVs to lease.

Christopher Hoey, business development manager at Lex Autolease, said: “Flexibility is key for all our clients but even more so in the current climate, so it was essential we did whatever we could to help Velux continue operating as near to normal as possible.

“By really getting to know the Velux team and how the business operates, we were able to recommend and develop a solution with the right vehicle for the right job, while showing them the benefits of contract hire by looking at the whole-life cost and the positive impact it can have on cash flow and the tax benefits.”

The new Velux commercial fleet is predominately made up of Volkswagen Highline models, alongside a handful of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models.