THERE was a 40% increase in demand for car leasing deals with only a 5,000 annual mileage allowance since lockdown restrictions eased and car dealerships reopened their doors in June, according to Leasing.com.

During June, pent up new car demand saw a resurgence of interest in personal leasing with consumer inquiries on Leasing.com down by just 5% year on year.

Changes in lifestyle, commutes and working patterns post-lockdown have meant that those who want a new car are choosing leasing deals with fewer contracted miles. 8k mileage inquiries are also up 14% while 10k deals are down 25% and deals of 12k miles or more are down 18.7%.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class continues to be the most popular car to lease this year, but fellow German manufacturer Audi received more inquiries than any other brand in June, with the A4 and A3 proving popular. This is the first time that Mercedes-Benz has not topped the Leasing.com manufacturer league table in years.

Paul Harrison, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Leasing.com, said: “The pandemic has had a profound effect on the country and the way we all live our lives. Although lockdown restrictions have eased, reduced mileage demand suggests people are not only making fewer, shorter journeys today, but intend to continue that behaviour throughout the term of their agreement.

“Covering fewer miles will make agreements more affordable per month and make car leasing an even more attractive proposition at a time when there are concerns about the use of public transport. It’s very difficult to estimate mileages during these challenging times, but consumers should be advised to err on the side of caution and be fully informed about excess mileage charges.”

Top 10 personal lease inquiries in June 2020:

  1. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
  2. Audi A4
  3. Range Rover Evoque
  4. Audi A3
  5. Mini Hatchback
  6. Ford Focus
  7. BMW 2 Series
  8. Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe
  9. Volkswagen Golf
  10. Tesla Model 3

Top 10 personal lease enquiries by manufacturer in June 2020:

  1. Audi
  2. Mercedes-Benz
  3. BMW
  4. Volvo
  5. Land Rover
  6. Volkswagen
  7. Ford
  8. Peugeot
  9. Seat
  10. Renault