Ling’s Volkswagen Golf environment info change

Look, another CO2 change! The Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 16v (150bhp) GT Hatchback 5dr 1968cc Diesel Manual has moved slightly in the environment tales again. I post the new info, and publish on my website.

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.

Back to CO2 – there is no easy technical way to deal with CO2. The best way to reduce it and the other emissions is to use the car only when it is necessary and to walk or use public transport where possible. When you are choosing a vehicle and you have selected the most appropriate class of vehicle for your needs, choose the most fuel efficient vehicle in that group. This is where a franchised new car dealer really struggles. Is a Ford dealer really going to advise a customer to buy a lower-polluting Renault Megane? Did you know the fuel consumption of similar size cars can vary as much as 45%?

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Having got all the info for the Volkswagen Golf Diesel Manual, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 111g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

My Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 16v (150bhp) GT Hatchback 5dr 1968cc Diesel Manual gearbox is only £255.60 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!).

VolkswagenThis price on my Volkswagen Golf 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! £255.60 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!

Environmental Data

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

I have hundreds of these comments on my website:

Mad as a Frog Eyed Sprite!
Nick Cater, Langport, TA10 0DL
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Environmental Data

Because of the need to maintain strict comparability of results achieved by the standard tests they cannot be fully representative of real life driving conditions. Firstly, it is obviously not practicable to test each individual new car; thus only one production car is tested as being representative of the model and may therefore produce a better or worse result than another similar vehicle. Secondly, there are infinite variations in driving styles and in road, car and weather conditions, all of which can have a bearing on the results achieved. For these reasons the fuel consumption achieved on the road will not necessarily be the same as the official test results.

Citroen C4 Lease delivered to Natalie V. in Aberfoyle

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Gotta laugh at some of these letters! It’s amazing how much time some customers put into writing them. Often it can take me up to 10 seconds to read them. Just like this letter from Natalie V. that I got a while ago:

Natalie says…
CarLing has made my first venture into car leasing easy, stress free and most importantly of all fun! I will certainly be returning to Ling in the future for any leasing needs or just crazy words and humour.
Thanks Ling for arranging my lovely new Citroen C4.

Natalie V.
Aberfoyle
FK8 ***

Citroen C4Editor Note: Well, why not have crazy words, Natalie? Getting a new car should be fun 🙂 Why make it all serious and miserable? I’m so pleased you are happy and hope you enjoy driving around Scotland. – Ling

Pollution levels on the Audi A6 have changed

Changing this information for the Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra 16v (190bhp) SE Executive Saloon 4dr 1968cc Diesel S Tronic Automatic, I noticed most other websites still use old values. You should trust that I work harder to give you the correct info!

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.

Mercedes-Benz told me “Mercedes-Benz dealerships have a limited amount of space available in which to advertise. However, all of the dealership’s websites do include a link to the main site Mercedes-Benz.com where anyone in the world with an interest in obtaining specific environmental information about any Mercedes-Benz vehicle can easily find it. Environmental information is also available in brochures that can be obtained at any dealership.” Well, perhaps Head Office at Mercedes-Benz restricts the amount of web space available to each dealer? It’s amazing that they use “space” as an argument for not displaying this info online on each dealer’s site. Web-space is virtually unlimited! A customer should not need to go to World Headquaters to find it (and even then it is not comparative)!

Working it out from the tables, the CO2 is just 109g/km for the Audi A6 Diesel S Tronic Automatic. There are a few cars in this range, so different specs will give slightly different CO2 values.

My Audi A6 2.0 TDI Ultra 16v (190bhp) SE Executive Saloon 4dr 1968cc Diesel S Tronic Automatic gearbox is only £310.30 inc VAT per month with 3 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!).

AudiThis price on my Audi A6 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! £310.30 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.

Switch off – sitting stationary is zero miles per gallon, switch off the engine whenever it is safe to do so.

This comment is great:

Wicked!!! Your site is great and you are hilarious!!! Worth visiting for the humour.
Marie Balchin, Ceredigion, SA48 8BY
mariebalchin_@hotmail.com

Climate Change is recognised as one of the greatest environmental threats facing the World today and it has long been appreciated by Governments, that reducing the impact of the motor vehicle has an important part to play in addressing this threat.

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Citroen C4 Grand Picasso Lease delivered to Steve Pilcher in Maidstone

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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 Steve Pilcher from Maidstone. Amazingly, the postman didn’t steal it!

Steve says…
CarLing, it took a while to get used to your crazy site, but the service I received was first rate. My C4 Grand Picasso arrived at 6.30 am (I asked for an early delivery) all the way from XXX XXX. The delivery driver was courteous and was happy to spend time going over the vehicle. I will be contacting you in the near future!

Steve Pilcher
Maidstone
ME14 ***

Citroen C4 Grand PicassoEditor Note: You are Managing Director of a Fire Engineering company, so I appreciate the comments about my service. Always pleased to deal with company bosses! I am surprised you wanted an Iron Grey C4 GP, not a bright red one, hahaha. It could have doubled as a fire engine for your business. See you in 2-years, Steve! – Ling

Ling is Green. New Peugeot 2008 info

CO2 affects fuel consumption directly. Less CO2 means less fuel burnt. So, I’m reporting this change on the Peugeot 2008 Petrol Manual. Have a look at the new figures.

These days, in UK identity theft is common (not problem in China; we all look same, heheh), money laundering is common, and so is fraud. To proctect themselves, and you, against these problems the finance companies like lots of ID. There are many protecting regulations. Photographic and signature proving (new driving licence or passport), and address proving (recent 90 day or less old utility bill showing your name and address). A company may want to submit a VAT return (proof of trading) or latest signed accounts, and anyone can supply a current bank statement (you can blot out the figures if you are sensitive).

Environmental Data

Carbon dioxide is a colorless gas which, when inhaled at high concentrations (a dangerous activity because of the associated asphyxiation risk), produces a sour taste in the mouth and a stinging sensation in the nose and throat. These effects result from the gas dissolving in the mucous membranes and saliva, forming a weak solution of carbonic acid. You may notice this sensation if you attempt to stifle a burp after drinking a carbonated drink. Burp! Ooooops!

I have taken a typical model of this car from my website – the Peugeot 2008 Petrol Manual. For this car, the CO2 is now just 114g/km. Other trim levels might differ slightly.

Environmental Data

My Peugeot 2008 1.2 PureTech 12v (82bhp) Allure MPV 5dr 1199cc Petrol Manual gearbox is only £203.77 inc VAT per month with 3 months initial payment, followed by 23 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!).

PeugeotThis price on my Peugeot 2008 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! £203.77 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!

Check your fuel consumption – it will help you get the most from the car, changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

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I have hundreds of these comments on my website:

Your site made me laugh out loud – a rare treat! Not many do that. Cheers.
Dave Harries, North Weald, CM16 6DB
harriesmob_@ntlworld.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.

Peugeot 308 Lease delivered to Sarah Jarrett in Cumbria

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I always ask my customers if they have comments about getting their new car. Really, I am looking for criticisms (so I can improve my service). However, customers like Sarah Jarrett show that it is hard to generate real criticism. I can only improve if I know if anything is wrong. So, no thanks to Sarah Jarrett 🙂

Sarah says…
carFound LINGsCARS after recommendation from family and expected the service to be compromised because the price of my new Peugeot 308 was so much lower than anywhere else I had looked. This wasn’t the case and I couldn’t have been treated any better – despite the remote location of my house. I would and have recommended Ling to everyone I know.

Sarah Jarrett
Cumbria
CA14 ***

Peugeot 308Editor Note: Hahahaha, price of the car has nothing to do with service, Sarah. I treat all customers the same, from Matiz to BMW M3. No difference to me. I generate the lowest prices possible, and demand top service from suppliers. Lovely letter from wild and windy (and wet) Cumbria, thanks so much! – Ling

The Audi TT Coupe is a Green car yet?

Fuel is a fortune these days, so when the Audi TT Coupe 1.8 TFSI 16v (180bhp) Sport Coupe 2dr 1798cc Petrol Manual has slightly changed figures, I always blog about it, because my customers say they care.

Oh, I get very mad about this, but I cannot say this in my advertising or some big leasing companies complain to me that I slag them off… The industry standard for contract hire is a 1x rental-initial-payment or (more usually) a 3x rental-initial-payment. That’s it. If everyone advertised this, you could easily compare the rental figures as the football field we are playing on would be flat.

Environment

Martin Callanan (Euro MP for the North East Region) said “Ling and her unique website LINGsCARS.com displays environmental information in a way that leads the UK motor industry. Following my discussions with her about greening the business, Ling has grasped the environmental nettle and is giving UK car buyers comprehensive environmental data on all new cars for sale in the UK to enable them to make an informed choice. LINGsCARS.com gives a fantastic amount of green information on her new cars, which the rest of the UK motor industry would do well to emulate. Using the internet is already the most energy efficient way of researching and buying a new car, so well done Ling for taking the personal responsibility to push this carbon data to the top of her agenda and to push environmental awareness a big step further”

Having got all the info for the Audi TT Coupe Petrol Manual, I can publish the new CO2 figure: 138g/km. This will change across the different models of this particular car, they are all a bit different.

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My Audi TT Coupe 1.8 TFSI 16v (180bhp) Sport Coupe 2dr 1798cc Petrol Manual gearbox is only £311.88 inc VAT per month with 3 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!).

AudiThis price on my Audi TT Coupe 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! £311.88 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!

Lose weight – don’t carry unnecessary weight, remove roof racks when not in use.

Environmental Data

I have hundreds of these comments on my website:

Your website is by far the world’s best website. No competition.
Jeremy Roberts, Watford, WD19 4TW
jeremysroberts_@gmail.com

Environmental Data

Hybrid vehicles combine an internal combustion engine with an electric motor and battery. There are various ways in which hybrid vehicles can operate. For example the electric motor can be used to provide additional power during acceleration and high load conditions. The battery can then be recharged by the internal combustion engine or from energy absorbed during braking, or, in some cases, from an external electrical supply. Hybrid vehicles offer reduced fuel consumption and CO2 with potentially some reduction in emissions of local pollutants.

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Mercedes C-Class Saloon Lease delivered to Peter Bagenal in March

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Customers often send me letters, I have 1525 in total! It keeps the postman busy. These letters are all hard copies, and none are invented. This one is from Peter Bagenal

Peter says…
CarWould definitely recommend, Ling (although she is a bit crazy!). Ling is very helpful, communication was excellent. Delivery of my new Merc C-Class was excellent too – what more can I say?

Peter Bagenal
March
PE15 ***

Mercedes C-Class SaloonEditor Note: Happy, happy, happy, I love it when Mercedes customers are happy as they have quite high standards. You got a super-duper new shape car at a brilliant price! Thanks, Peter. – Ling

Emission figures on the Ford Kuga

Changing this information for the Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi (150bhp) ST-Line 2WD Station Wagon 5dr 1997cc Diesel Manual, I noticed most other websites still use old values. You should trust that I work harder to give you the correct info!

Personal Contract Hire is exactly the same as contract hire for businesses. This is the beauty of getting a car like this, as you benefit from FLEET BONUSES! However, VAT makes a difference. Businesses get the rentals shown ex-VAT (they can often reclaim half of it), whereas private purchasers have it included in the rentals.

Martin Callanan (Euro MP for the North East Region) said “Ling and her unique website LINGsCARS.com displays environmental information in a way that leads the UK motor industry. Following my discussions with her about greening the business, Ling has grasped the environmental nettle and is giving UK car buyers comprehensive environmental data on all new cars for sale in the UK to enable them to make an informed choice. LINGsCARS.com gives a fantastic amount of green information on her new cars, which the rest of the UK motor industry would do well to emulate. Using the internet is already the most energy efficient way of researching and buying a new car, so well done Ling for taking the personal responsibility to push this carbon data to the top of her agenda and to push environmental awareness a big step further”

The CO2 for this Ford Kuga Diesel Manual is better than it was, at just 122g/km. It is a bit different if you look at a slightly different trim level.

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My Ford Kuga 2.0 TDCi (150bhp) ST-Line 2WD Station Wagon 5dr 1997cc Diesel Manual gearbox is only £308.62 inc VAT per month with 3 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 Kuga 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! £308.62 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.

One of my best awards was the 2008 best non-franchise environmentalist, awarded by Automotive Management. The web is fickle, I have noticed LINGsCARS.com is the ONLY new car supplier to display and promote environmental info for ALL new cars, on the web! My website won “BEST non-franchised WEBSITE 2007” in the Automotive Management Awards.

Try to avoid using your car for short journeys – use public transport, ride a bicycle or walk.

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

Ford Kuga

Wow, what a fantastic site! I will definitely be telling my friends to come and have a look. With a name like Ling Valentine, you should really be a star!!
Amanda Skilton, Ivybridge PL21 0PJ
stas4949_@stas4949.eclipse.co.uk

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.

Volvo XC90 Lease delivered to Graeme Ironside in Surrey

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Many customer letters contain really funny stuff. It’s unusual to receive a very dry one. However, I publish them all. Here is a letter from Graeme Ironside. It was sent to me quite a while ago!

Graeme says…
carVery, very happy with the service provided by Ling and her team. They were helpful and personable, quick to respond to questions, gave good advice and pushed on my behalf for an earlier delivery date. Everything they promised, happened, and Ling is also very funny. I’ll be back in three years! Good delivery, but rear number plate not on straight.

Graeme Ironside
Surrey
SM2 ***

Volvo XC90Editor Note: Great stuff (apart from the number plate). I kicked the dealer, how they can be so careless on a £30k car is beyond me! But, you were happy. Most important, eh? You were a great customer, but I withhold your address for security as you are policeman and I do not want you targeted by assholes. Great car, I have sold loads of these XC90s. Great price. – Ling