It recently dawned on me that it was about time I upgraded my wheels. I’ve been driving to work this week in a car that struggles to start up on occasion, has a broken CD player and has too many bodywork imperfections to count. With the amount of miles I cover on a regular basis, I really need something that’s more pleasurable to drive and a little less embarrassing for those days when I’m out and about meeting clients.

The trouble is I don’t really fancy spending a big chunk of my savings on buying myself a new car, and it’s not like I’m going to generate a sizeable chunk by selling the model I’ve got at the moment. Most of my friends manage to drive new cars though so I started browsing the internet in search of alterative options, and came across a contract hire Audi A1 deal.

Sure enough, following a comprehensive investigation which involved me quizzing my friends and colleagues until they’d told me everything there was to know about the cars they drive, I found that a fair few of them had undertaken an Audi A1 personal contract hire agreement in the past 12 months.

This gave me a lot more confidence in the fact that this must be the best alternative method of driving a new car without paying a huge fee up front. I still did a fair amount of research following my investigation, but it was more concerning the different deals available for Audi A1 personal car lease. I found that the main differentials between what some sites are offering as opposed to others are the number of miles you’re permitted to cover per year, the size of the initial rental that must be paid and the overall length of the agreement.

Personally I think that the deal which will work best in my current circumstances is the one which offers the lowest monthly payment with a high mileage allowance. I’ve been up and down the country meeting clients a lot since the promotion I received last year, and I wouldn’t want to go over this limit and be penalised with a charge at the end of the term. I realise that looking for the cheapest monthly payment will probably result in a longer agreement, maybe four years as opposed to two, but that doesn’t really concern me. Some of my colleagues noted that it would prevent me from getting a new agreement and a new car sooner, but considering the motor I’ve been driving recently that certainly is not a priority at this moment in time!

One of the few people questioned in my friend and colleague survey who did give me food for thought was Bill, a department manager in my office. He was explaining that Audi A1 business car leasing might be a viable option for me and it could work out even cheaper with regards to the initial rental and the monthly payment amount. According to Bill it saved him a pretty packet on what he would have been paying when he took out his deal just six months ago. It leaves me with another avenue to investigate to determine once and for all what the best route is for me, and whether I could do this through my current company. I think I will leave that dilemma to be concluded on another afternoon though!