Pollution levels on the BMW 2 Series Convertible have changed

Look, another CO2 change! The BMW 2 Series Convertible 1.5 218i M Sport (Nav) 12v (136bhp) (4 seats) Convertible 2dr 1499cc Petrol Step Auto (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic has moved slightly in the environment tales again. I post the new info, and publish on my website.

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Have you ever rented a self-drive car for a day or a week? Well, Contract Hire is exactly the same, just for a longer period. Easy, isn’t it? It’s available for businesses or for private individuals. You may have seen me turning down investment on Dragon’s Den! Read on to understand how it works. Occasionally, I can supply PCP, leasing and lease hire (but not often). If you’re reading this because you are unsure if you should use LINGsCARS.com, have a look at my 900+ customer letters.

When a customer clicks through into an individual car’s detail, they can see even more information. This includes the CO2 (again) and all three EC fuel consumption measurements. I even include the EU noise rating and the road tax “class” which may influence a customer’s car choice decision. (Please bear in mind that the road tax is completely free, from me – I include that cost information so a customer has more clue about the environmental impact of their new car).

I have taken a typical model of this car from my website – the BMW 2 Series Convertible Petrol Automatic. For this car, the CO2 is now just 134g/km. Other trim levels might differ slightly.

Environmental Data

My BMW 2 Series Convertible 1.5 218i M Sport (Nav) 12v (136bhp) (4 seats) Convertible 2dr 1499cc Petrol Step Auto (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £302.45 inc VAT per month with 9 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 2 Series Convertible includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £302.45 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Remember I won the best non-franchise environmentalist 2008 in the Automotive Industry Awards. Don’t let these manufacturers fool you; LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Quality from Bournemouth Univeristy in 2000, plus a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Jinan University, Guanzhou in 1997.

Environment

Do not compromise safety but be aware that the use of onboard electrical devices increases fuel consumption.

Environment

LINGsCARS.com gets loads of comments. Here’s one (email address changed):

Environment

I have recommended this site to many people, as you site is great.
Asha, Harrow, HA1 4DH
devilden2_@hotmail.com

Environmental Data

Failure to show fuel consumption labels on new cars on display, or to make available to potential buyers the results of the fuel consumption tests as listed in this booklet, render dealers liable on conviction to a fine of up to �5,000. The same penalty exists for anyone who does not include all the appropriate test results in promotional literature. Trading Standards enforce point of sale information and should be contacted if you have concerns in this area. The Vehicle Certification Agency enforce the provision of information in advertising and promotional literature.

Nissan Qashqai Lease delivered to David Brown in Tunbridge Wells

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Getting letters in the post is really nice. It makes a lovely change from getting email. This one was sent by David Brown from Tunbridge Wells. Amazingly, the postman didn’t steal it!

David says…
CarOur experience during the lease of a new Nissan Qashqai was very straight forward with no complications whatsoever. Ling is an extremely professional and efficient individual who always promptly responded to our email enquiries/requests within minutes of them being sent.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to business colleagues and acquaintances, as her service has been second to none… something which cannot be said of larger organisations in the same sector.

David Brown
Tunbridge Wells
TN4 ***

Nissan QashqaiEditor Note: Dave, yes, well… not everyone is great in the car business – everyone knows that. I do my best to BE the best. As you are the owner of a large business of your own, I feel proud that you say such nice things. Speak soon! – Ling

New VCA data on the Ford Ranger Pick-up

I am simply faster than any other car sales website in changing these Ford Ranger Pick-up Pick Up Double Cab Wildtrak 2.0 TDCi 213 Auto Diesel Automatic details to reflect the latest info. No one can keep up with me. Often the manufacturer websites are out of date!

Your car belongs to the finance company on whose documents you agreed to the contract. Many different wear and tear agreements are issued, but it is safe to say that they all are similar to the industry standard issued by the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association). I have condensed the advice into an easy to read PDF file. If you have things to fix, I recommend 1st call to people like Dent Devils, mobile Glass Repair, etc. Cheap and often works. They usually come to you, in van. Easy. Treat this car like your own car and you will not go far wrong. If you sold a 2-year-old car privately, you would fix exact same problems. Common sense helps!

Environmental Data

And if you are thinking that all the fuss at the moment should be about air travel, not cars, Michael O’Leary (of Ryanair) will put you right. He said “Aviation accounts for a ‘Mickey Mouse’ 3% of carbon emissions across the EU, compared with nearly 25% from road transport” He also said “I don�t believe in trotting out all that PC claptrap just not to upset a couple of fu*king environmental lunatics. They are just loons” – which makes sense to me, as I have a problem with this statement from Christopher Macgowan, the head of the SMMT; “The motor industry is committed to helping tackle climate change”. Frankly, I don’t think many retailers and dealers are.

Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just 128g/km for the Ford Ranger Pick-up Diesel Automatic. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

My Ford Ranger Pick-up Pick Up Double Cab Wildtrak 2.0 TDCi 213 Auto Diesel Automatic gearbox is only £369.07 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

FordThis price on my Ford Ranger Pick-up includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £369.07 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Environment

Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economics Service, produced the UK Government Environmental Report on the Economics of Climate Change. I was so pleased to win an Environmental Award in 2008, myself. I am determined that LINGsCARS.com will go further than anyone else in this industry to exceed the legal minimum information disclosure. It is probably the case that my customers have the smallest environmental footprints of any new car customers in the UK!

Plan ahead – choose uncongested routes, combine trips, car share.

LINGsCARS.com gets loads of comments. Here’s one (email address changed):

I’m not very familiar with the car hiring industry, but obviously you are running a fabulous business plus amazing website! As a Chinese, I do appreciate your ability and smartness. Wish you more success in the following days 🙂
Yu Wang, University of Essex, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
mcwang_@gmail.com

Environment

The external noise emitted by passenger cars has been controlled since 1929 when the Motor Cars (Excessive Noise) regulations were introduced. New cars are now required to meet Europe-wide noise limits. These have been progressively reduced from 82 decibels (dB(A)) in 1978 to the current limit of 74 dB(A) established in 1996. This means it would take 7 new vehicles to make the same amount of noise as a vehicle that just meets the pre-1978 limits.

Fiat Panda Lease delivered to Samuel Davis in Woodbridge

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I have 1523 customer letters! This one was sent by Samuel Davis after they had been driving around a few weeks in their new Fiat Panda

Samuel says…
carBeing the first time that I had leased a car, I had lots of questions which you answered quickly and clearly, in fact you were very caring and supportive all the way. I am really pleased with my new Fiat Panda and I promise to recommend your company to my friends. Thanks very much Ling I look forward to dealing with you again in the future. Good delivery, efficient and prompt.

Samuel Davis
Woodbridge
IP12 ***

Fiat PandaEditor Note: Hehehe, not often a Fiat dealer gets called “efficient and prompt”! Thanks for the letter, Sam, you work for a Chinese shipping company, so maybe I should say “xie xie” 🙂 Enjoy the Kung-Fu Panda! – Ling

Carbon Dioxide and the Honda Civic

CO2 CO2, CO2. It always seems to go up. The Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC SE 12v (126bhp) Hatchback 5dr 988cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual seems to have reversed this trend. If you choose one of these, you will be pleased. Lower CO2 means lower fuel consumption.

I get my car deals from many sources, main dealers, finance companies, or I work them out myself using different finance companies. Main dealers I use include; Audi, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hummer, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lotus, Mazda (boo), Mercedes-Benz, MG (new improved Chinese joke version!), Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Proton, Renault, Saab, Seat, Skoda, Smart, Ssangyoung (North Korean??) Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen (or VW), and Volvo. Amazing, huh???

My customers drive brand-new cars. These cars are far less polluting than cars built just a few years ago. As an extreme example, it would take 50 new cars to produce the same emissions per kilometre as a vehicle made in 1970. The new cars my customers are driving have been produced on the most modern production lines, using the latest technology with much lower environmental build costs than cars produced in the past. By their nature, these new cars will be emitting the lowest levels of pollutants than they will ever produce in their lifetimes, as they get older.

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Having got all the info for the Honda Civic Petrol Manual, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 110g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

My Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC SE 12v (126bhp) Hatchback 5dr 988cc Petrol Manual (6 Speed) Petrol Manual gearbox is only £199.99 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

HondaThis price on my Honda Civic includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £199.99 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Environment

Remember I won the best non-franchise environmentalist 2008 in the Automotive Industry Awards. Don’t let these manufacturers fool you; LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! I have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Quality from Bournemouth Univeristy in 2000, plus a BSc in Applied Chemistry from Jinan University, Guanzhou in 1997.

Regular servicing helps keep the engine at best efficiency.

My website comment page is overflowing. This is one of my favourites.

Ling, help me pick a car for my missus… she wants a car big enough to carry 3 kids and a rottweiller, that looks like a 911, with the economy of a 1.6 diesel and the luxury of a Range Rover. Any ideas? No, me neither…
Leighton Williams, Neath, SA11 3ER
lavamyz_@btclick.com

The external noise emitted by passenger cars has been controlled since 1929 when the Motor Cars (Excessive Noise) regulations were introduced. New cars are now required to meet Europe-wide noise limits. These have been progressively reduced from 82 decibels (dB(A)) in 1978 to the current limit of 74 dB(A) established in 1996. This means it would take 7 new vehicles to make the same amount of noise as a vehicle that just meets the pre-1978 limits.

Ford Fiesta Lease delivered to Digger Gray in Penrith, Cumbria

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Does your cat eat letters when they come through your letter box? Mine does. Here’s a letter it missed, from Digger Gray in Penrith, Cumbria. Bloody cat!

Digger says…
carGood, quick service. Website easy to use. Will recommend to other people. Good delivery of my new Ford Fiesta.

Digger Gray
Penrith, Cumbria
CA11 ***

Ford FiestaEditor Note: Digger, your are a Jeweller, so you appreciate the styling of these new Fiestas, eveyone in the car trade thinks they are diamond cars, because they sell well and have brilliant residual values. Pretty perfect small cars! Thanks so much for the comments, you were a super customer. In the first week, you put 900 miles on your car, you need to slow down a bit! – Ling

Hydrocarbon results for the BMW 2 Series Convertible have changed

All the people with orders in my system for the BMW 2 Series Convertible 1.5 218i M Sport (Nav) 12v (136bhp) (4 seats) Convertible 2dr 1499cc Petrol Step Auto (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic will be quite pleased by this news. I am making a change, because the environment stuff seems to have moved slightly.

Most Ling cars are on 2 year deals or less, so you should only need an oil and filter service (you won’t need brake pads etc unless you drive like German idiot Schumacker). You just pay this service yourself, OK? Some service intervals (eg. Renault) now at 18,000 miles! You can have this small service done at any cheap VAT registered garage, just use quality parts. Your car is fully covered by the manufacturer warranty (use franchise dealer for this, free), and you get manufacturer’s AA/RAC type cover.

Environmental Data

I also took the decision to code into HTML and make available for printing the “Comparative Labels” or the “fridge” type labels you see at Comet and Curry’s on new fridges and washing machines. No other UK website bothers (or wants) to give their customers this information. One day they will be forced to do this. I have made my code freely available for any dealer who wants to use it, and published a tutorial on how to include this in their websites. This was published on the Automotive Management forum on 26th October 2006. To date, no dealer has contacted me to use my code.

The CO2 for this BMW 2 Series Convertible Petrol Automatic is better than it was, at just 134g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

My BMW 2 Series Convertible 1.5 218i M Sport (Nav) 12v (136bhp) (4 seats) Convertible 2dr 1499cc Petrol Step Auto (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £324.58 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 2 Series Convertible includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £324.58 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

The comparative or “fridge” label, is compulsory in car showrooms – except you’ve got to DRIVE there to see it! I won an industry award for displaying it electronically for all website visitors. I am the proud winner of the 2008 Best Environmentalist 2008 Automotive Management Award. Like me, Michael O’Leary, CEO of Ryanair talks straight about cars versus planes. “The usual horseshit”, he says. One day, every car will be as Green as my Jolly Green Nuclear Missile Truck “Calm down dear!” – it’s only done 1,000 miles since 1970.

Drive smoothly and efficiently – harsh acceleration and heavy braking have a very significant effect on fuel consumption, driving more smoothly saves fuel.

Here is a comment about my website (I have disguised the email address)

Hello Ling, I found your site one of the most interesting and funny on the web. What a great concept, if only there were more people like you! Why don’t you have a recipe of the month? Your quiz was too hard for me and your teeshirt is cool.
Mary Nowell, East Kilbride, G75 8EQ
marynowell1_@hotmail.com

In 1993 exhaust emission limits, (generally referred to as the Euro 1 standards) were introduced for new cars which resulted in the adoption of advanced emission control techniques, e.g. catalysts. More stringent emission limits came into effect in 1997 (Euro 2) and 2001 (Euro 3) and 1st January 2005 (Euro 4). Euro 4 came fully into force on 1st January 2007 and now covers most new cars on sale.

Vauxhall Corsa Lease delivered to Martin Jones in Oldham

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Does your cat eat letters when they come through your letter box? Mine does. Here’s a letter it missed, from Martin Jones in Oldham. Bloody cat!

Martin says…
CarGreat service – Ling kept me well updated about progress of my Vauxhall Corsa SRi order and delivery. She even advised me to stay away from “Dog Cock Red”, which was sound advice (ooooops, Ling). Car is a minter, fast as f***! Thanks for a cracking new car buying experience.

Martin Jones
Oldham
OL2 ***

Vauxhall CorsaEditor Note: Hahahahah, Martin, you are a web manager for the NHS, so I appreciate you liked my online service and website! That colour is the trade name for fire-engine red. Lovely-bubbly to get you a car (which came from Essex, the miles added on the delivery will be adjusted on the contract). Happy, happy, happy 🙂 – Ling

Ling is Green. New BMW 2 Series Convertible info

CO2 affects fuel consumption directly. Less CO2 means less fuel burnt. So, I’m reporting this change on the BMW 2 Series Convertible Petrol Automatic. Have a look at the new figures.

Local franchised dealer will sort out any warranty problems for free, but on most contracts (except VW group) any VAT registered garage can service car very cheap. Don’t use manufacturer agents, they are damn expensive. You never have an MOT (except on occasional 3-year contracts), car is always too young.

My customers drive brand-new cars. These cars are far less polluting than cars built just a few years ago. As an extreme example, it would take 50 new cars to produce the same emissions per kilometre as a vehicle made in 1970. The new cars my customers are driving have been produced on the most modern production lines, using the latest technology with much lower environmental build costs than cars produced in the past. By their nature, these new cars will be emitting the lowest levels of pollutants than they will ever produce in their lifetimes, as they get older.

Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just 134g/km for the BMW 2 Series Convertible Petrol Automatic. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

BMW 2 Series Convertible

My BMW 2 Series Convertible 1.5 218i M Sport (Nav) 12v (136bhp) (4 seats) Convertible 2dr 1499cc Petrol Step Auto (8 Speed) Petrol Automatic gearbox is only £324.58 inc VAT per month with 6 months initial payment, followed by 35 payments on direct debit. Business customers, make sure you deduct the VAT, when making decisions. As I can’t tell what type of customer you are (business or private), I can’t display the price any other way but to show VAT seperately (sorry!).

BMWThis price on my BMW 2 Series Convertible includes full road tax for the length of the contract, on all of my cars and vans! Free delivery to your home or work and free collection from you at the end! £324.58 inc VAT per month is based on you driving 10,000 miles per annum, but higher mileages are usually available at a small extra cost. If you go over the allocated miles, you can pay a small excess mileage charge, usually between 3p and 15p per mile.

Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of the Government Economics Service, produced the UK Government Environmental Report on the Economics of Climate Change. I was so pleased to win an Environmental Award in 2008, myself. I am determined that LINGsCARS.com will go further than anyone else in this industry to exceed the legal minimum information disclosure. It is probably the case that my customers have the smallest environmental footprints of any new car customers in the UK!

Final word to Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary; “Worried about pollution? I’d say sell your car and walk.”

Here is a comment about my website (I have disguised the email address)

A very informative and well thought out site. Superb car offers at prices to beat. First class service all round. You can not find better. Excellent 5*****.
Jane Coyle, Glasgow, G66 2RQ
ladycool_@ntlworld.com

BMW 2 Series Convertible

EU Directive 1999/94/EC requires new car fuel consumption and CO2 emissions data to be made freely available to consumers. Car dealers are required to have a label showing the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of each different model on display, either on or near the vehicle. Fuel consumption figures will be expressed both in litres per 100 kilometres (l/100 km) and in miles per gallon (mpg). The label will list the figures achieved in urban, extra-urban and combined conditions separately. From September of 2005, dealers had the option to produce a new “comparative” label. The new label shows the mandatory Fuel Consumption and CO2 figures mentioned previously, alongside information about the appropriate VED band for the vehicle. The new label is similar in design to the energy efficiency labels that appear on many ‘white goods’, such as fridge freezers

Audi A5 Coupe Lease delivered to Jonathan Williams in Cardiff

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Customers often send me letters, I have 1523 in total! It keeps the postman busy. These letters are all hard copies, and none are invented. This one is from Jonathan Williams

Jonathan says…
carDealing with Ling for my new Audi A5 Coupe was great. You could never accuse her of not communicating with you – she gives constant updates of where things are – all very reassuring.

Jonathan Williams
Cardiff
CF64 ***

Audi A5 CoupeEditor Note: Well, as you are Operations Manager for Calsonic Kansei UK Ltd (sounds Japanese), then I am pleased you likes my processes 🙂 Enjoy the fast Audi. Those are nice cars! – Ling