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Can I take a lease car outside the UK?

Going abroad with your lease car? Here's everything you need to know.

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Can I take a lease car outside the UK?

Planning a trip abroad for business or pleasure? If you’re considering driving outside of the UK in your lease vehicle then there are a few things you need to know. While you can take a lease car outside of the UK it is at the discretion of your finance house. Not only that, there is some paperwork that will be required before you go too.

Driving a lease car in Europe

lease car outside the UKWhen taking a UK leased vehicle to Europe you will need to obtain the appropriate paperwork to do so. This is a VE1O3 certificate and a VE103B certificateA VE103B certificate is designed to replace the original vehicle documentation when travelling abroad. A lease car driver does not possess the vehicle log book and so must obtain a VE103B certificate before travelling to prove they have permission to drive the vehicle. The VE103 certificate is designed to provide proof that they can take the vehicle outside of the UK. The driver must also carry both the VE103 and the VE103B certificate with them throughout their journey.

Where do I get a VE103 and VE103B certificate?

The driver is responsible for obtaining a VE103B certificate. They should contact their lease company at least fourteen days before traveling to request the certificate. The certificate will last for 12 months from the date of issue. You’ll also need a VE103 certificate to prove you are allowed to use the vehicle while driving abroad. These can be obtained from

 

What else do I need to take my lease car abroad?

This depends on the EU Country you are travelling too. Below is a list of essential items you’ll need for each Country. You should also consider obtaining European breakdown cover. You can compare European breakdown cover here

lease car outside the UKIreland:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence)
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
France:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence)
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Spare bulbs for external lights and the tools to fit them
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them)
  • From 1st July 2012, all vehicles should carry a minimum of one “NF” approved breathalyser. “NF” is the equivalent of the BSI Standard.
Spain:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).  If you don’t have a photocard licence you must apply for an International Driving Permit
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle x2
  • Spare bulbs for external lights and the tools to fit them within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them)
lease car outside the UKPortugal:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).  If you don’t have a photocard licence you must apply for an International Driving Permit
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Passport
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle
  • Spare bulbs for external lights
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them)
Netherlands:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
lease car outside the UKBelgium:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence)
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Fire extinguisher
Luxembourg:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Passport
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
Germany:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle
lease car outside the UKSwitzerland:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Passport
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them)
  • First Aid kit
  • Snow chains in poor weather
  • Motorway sticker if driving on a motorway
Italy:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).  If you don’t have a photocard licence you must apply for an International Driving Permit
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Snow chains if travelling between 15th Oct and 15 April in Val d’Aosta region
Austria:
  • lease car outside the UKFull UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • First Aid kit
Czech Republic:
  • Full UK driving licence with both parts (photocard and paper licence).
  • VE105B
  • GB Sticker or Euro registration plates
  • Insurance certificate
  • Headlight converters
  • Warning triangle – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • Reflective jacket – must be within reach of the driver without leaving the vehicle.
  • First Aid kit
  • Spare bulbs for external lights
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit
  • Spare driving glasses or contact lenses (if you wear them)
  • NF approved breathalyser
  • Motorway sticker if driving on motorways
  • Between Nov and April, vehicles must carry snow chains OR have winter tyres fitted.

All that’s left now is to make sure you’ve completed some essential vehicle checks before you get on your way. Use this checklist to ensure your car is ready for your trip.

lease car outside the UKVehicle checklist before a long journey

  1. The radiator fluid/coolant. New car radiators tend to have overflow bottles displaying a minimum and maximum water level. Top it up before you leave with a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze.
  2. Spare tyre. Even though 50% of new cars don’t come equipped with a spare wheel. If you do have one, make sure it is in good order before you leave. If you don’t ensure you have a complete tyre repair kit with you when you travel.
  3. Tyre pressures. Before a long journey be sure to check your tyre pressures. If they’re wrong you’ll spend out more on fuel and may suffer poor handling. Also, check the tyre tread. If your tyre does not meet the minimum requirements then you could end up with a £2,500 fine and 3 points on your licence. The minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm across the central ¾ of the tyre, all the way around.
  4. Engine oil. Without enough oil, your car can overheat and stop working altogether.
  5. Check your lights and make sure you have spare bulbs
  6. Screenwash. Dusty roads and bright sun make for poor visibility, be sure to top up your screen wash bottle.

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