Select Car Leasing is a leading, BVRLA-registered car leasing company that provides personal and business customers with a comprehensive range of deals and plans on a broad selection of vehicle makes and models. Offering some of the most competitive car leasing rates in the industry, combined with its reputation for exceeding expectations, Select Car Leasing is dominating this fast-growing area in the new car market. We took a closer look at their road to success.
Founded in 2004 by fellow car lovers with excellent people skills, Mark Tongue and James O’Malley, Select Car Leasing began its long road to success from the back room of a house in Reading, where they leased their first car. It was soon to be the first of many as, over fifteen years later, Select is the UK’s largest provider of personal car lease deals, leading the way in one of the fastest growing areas in the new car market.
Since its inception, the firm has been a leading provider of competitive car leasing deals for both personal and business customers on all makes and models. When Mark and James began Select, it was with a vision to provide the people of the UK with a smart, hassle-free way of obtaining a brand-new car for an affordable price. Catering to all customer needs, Select offers flexible contract lengths, manageable payment plans and a wide range of mileage options. In addition, its range of ancillary packages for personal car lease customers includes short term leasing, car leasing with insurance deals and a specialist VIP car leasing programme.
For the thousands of business customers that it serves each year, Select is also able to provide lease deals suited to a great variety of businesses, from sole traders, partnerships, and limited companies to charities and the self-employed. Larger corporations are able to benefit from Select’s dedicated fleet management team, which offers competitive pricing on larger orders and end-to-end support in maintaining and upgrading a business’ fleet of vehicles.
Constantly looking at ways to expand its offering for all clients, Select launched a new branch in 2018. Select Van Leasing is available to both businesses and private individuals and provides a cost-effective and efficient way of regularly driving a new van or commercial vehicle whenever it is required.
Whether their customers are looking to lease a new car for their own use or a fleet of vans for their business, the Select team carries out the same, six-step sales process that guarantees an effective and efficient service from start to finish. For Mark and James, their supportive, market-leading customer service model is a key pillar of Select’s success, as has been proven time and time again by the firm’s positive reviews and a trust score of 4.9 out of 5 on Trustpilot from over 18,000 unique users.
A significant part of Select’s impressive on-going growth since its inception can be owed to it’s customers loyalty and referrals. Moreover, boasting some of the most competitive car leasing rates in the UK, Select has formed close working relationships with large finance companies, manufacturers, and dealer groups across the country so as to be able to make the most of large stock car opportunities that facilitate the best price discounts in the market.
As a result, Select is one of the largest providers of personal car lease deals in the UK having seen significant growth over the past few years and doubling in size each year since 2016. As a result, there are now more than 50,000 motorists in the UK that are driving a vehicle that has been leased from Select. The firm, which employs approximately 150 staff across its two locations in Berkshire and Reading, has clearly come along way from leasing its first car from a house in Reading in less than two decades.
The staff who have facilitated this growth are a key part of the business and as such, Mark, James, and their team of Senior Managers are heavily invested in guiding its team to be the best it can be. Through regular, market-leading training programmes and development schemes across the business, as well as one-on-one support and industry training, Select provides its staff with tools required to thrive in their roles and deliver the highest possible standards of service to their customers.
All of the staff’s training and development centres around Select’s core philosophy of DRIVE: Dedication, Respect, Integrity, Value and Excellence. These values are integral to the internal culture of Select and also inspires the firm’s contributions to its wider community, from its role as a key sponsor of Reading FC to its work with local and national charities such as Children with Cancer, Rethink Mental Illness, Sue Ryder, CAAP, and Tamba.
Despite the challenges that have been faced by many businesses throughout 2020 and into 2021, Select has seen an increased demand for car leasing which it expects to continue see growing as people choose leasing on a subscription model as a more affordable and engaging way of being able to drive a new car. Although constantly aware of the impacts of the ongoing pandemic on the automotive industry, Select remains optimistic that the success of car leasing will go some way in facilitating renewed growth for the sector in general.
Moreover, the hybrid and electric market has seen similar growth throughout the last year, which Select has been quick to respond to in its launch of Select Electric, a platform which provides a dedicated area in which customers can browse the latest car leasing offers for electric and hybrid vehicles. The platform will also provide plenty of information and guides for clients about this emerging market.
With continued growth forecasted for this exciting branch of the automotive industry, Select is looking forward to seeing Select Electric become a more integral department of the company, responding to growing demand and providing a launchpad for Select to become a leading supplier of electric vehicles in the long term. With many exciting developments and projects already underway and a cautious optimism about the renewed success and growth for the automotive industry, Select is thriving and able to look ahead with enthusiasm, even in challenging times such as these.
Company: Select Car Leasing