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Can I Take My Lease Car Abroad?

Yes, you can take your lease car away with you. You will just need to get in touch with your finance company to get authorisation and the documentation you need.

What Do I Need to Do to Take My Lease Car Abroad?

When you take a car abroad you usually need to take the original registration documents, however with a lease these are kept by the funder. Instead you will need to get a VE103 certificate, which confirms you are authorised to have the vehicle.

We’ve spoken to each of our funders for you to get a little more information from them on the process you will need to follow in order to get the required documentation. Please note that if your lease is funded through manufacturer finance then you will need to contact them directly and their contact numbers are listed below.

Please be aware that if you are travelling to a city that requires an emission sticker you may need to put in the details of the VE103 in order to obtain this, so remember to allow time for this if necessary.

Take a look at your funder below to see their advice:

ALD

ALD advise that you will need to get in touch with them at least 28 days before your trip so that they can send the VE103 out to you before you travel. You will need to contact their Driver Assistance Team on 08000323277 to arrange this.

They also advise that it will be your responsibility to familiarise yourself with any driving laws and regulations in the country you are visiting.

You will need to make sure that your insurance covers you whilst travelling, and you should carry a copy of your vehicle insurance certificate with you.

ALD do offer AA Fleet Europe for an additional cost if you would like to take this out. This would cover you for mechanical breakdowns across Europe for a trip of up to 90 days. You can request more information on this when you call to request your VE103.

Alphabet

You will need to contact Alphabet at least two weeks before you plan to travel with your vehicle in order to get the VE103B certificate in time for the trip.

They have advised that each VE103B can cover the main driver and up to two additional drivers, who are permitted to drive when accompanied by the main driver, as long as they are also covered by the insurance.

There is a charge of £9.95 and you can pay this via card over the phone when you call to request the VE103B, Alphabet's number is 03700120301 (option 8).

The certificate will be valid for a year and you will need to carry the original with you when travelling, along with your driving licence and insurance certificate.

Arval

In order to get a VE103 you will need to call Arval on 03706004499 (option 5).

They advise that they can arrange for a VE103 to be issued up to three months before your trip, otherwise you will need to contact them about a month before you travel in order to get the document before your trip.

Please be aware there is usually an admin fee of £18 for this process.

Hitachi

If you want to travel abroad with your Hitachi lease car then you will need to contact them at least 10 working days before you plan to go.

You will need to contact their driver line 03444632900 (option 1, then 4 then 2) to request the VE103 certificate you need.

Please be aware that European travel is not included as part of any of Hitachi’s agreements so any maintenance or breakdown costs while abroad will be your responsibility.

Hitachi ask you to check the laws of the country you are visiting on tyres and compulsory equipment.

There is a charge of £10 + VAT for the VE103.

LeasePlan

LeasePlan advise you to contact their travel team on 03444935811 (option 4 then option 1) who will be able to help you with the VE103 process.

It can take two to three working days for the documents to be posted out to you so LeasePlan advise you to contact them at least a week before you travel to ensure you get the certificate in time to travel. They may be able to send the documents on a next day service, however there would be a charge for this.

They will require some information from you in order to issue the VE103 which includes:

  • Vehicle mileage
  • The dates of your trip
  • Your full name as appears on your driving licence
  • Your full address as appears on your driving licence

When you contact them to request the documentation LeasePlan will advise on any admin fee for the process.

Leasys

To travel abroad you will need to contact Leasys to apply for a VE103B, you can call them on 03445614611 (option 1 then option 2).

They require the below information for this:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • The driver’s full name (please note that it is a maximum of two drivers per document)
  • Your full address
  • The dates you are travelling between

The VE103B will then be processed and posted out to you.

You will need to ensure a copy of this document remains in the car at all times whilst you are away.

Please note that Leasys charge an admin fee of £11 + VAT for this process.

Lex

If your lease is through Lex, then you will need to get in touch with them around two to three weeks before you travel. You can contact them on 03448796633 (option 3 then 1), or via email on VE103@allfleetservices.co.uk.

In order to issue the VE103 to you they advise that they will require:

  • The main driver’s full name as it appears on the driving licence
  • The main driver’s full home address
  • The full name and addresses of any additional drivers
  • The first date of travel

Please be aware that if your lease is through Lex then you can only take the vehicle abroad for a maximum of 90 days in a single trip.

You will need to check with Lex if there is an admin fee for the process.

Wessex Fleet

If your lease is through Wessex Fleet, then you will need to get in touch with them and provide the below information:

  • The vehicle registration
  • The name of the driver as shown on their driving licence
  • The full address of the driver as shown on their driving licence
  • The full name and addresses of any additional drivers
  • The dates of travel
  • The countries you are going to visit

Once they have this information, they will be able to issue the VE103 and get this posted to you.

Please note that you will need to get in touch at least a week before you go away to ensure you receive the paperwork in time for your travel.

There will be a charge of £10.95 +VAT for the process. 

Contact Details:

If you have any further questions about taking your lease car abroad then please feel free to contact our Customer Services Team on 01722322888 (option 3). Alternatively, you can contact your funder on the number listed below to speak to them directly.

  • ALD - 08000323277
  • Alphabet - 03700120301 (option 8)
  • Arval - 03706004499 (option 5)
  • Audi Financial Services - 03700102007
  • BMW Financial Services - 03705050150
  • Hitachi - 03444632900 (option 1, then 4, then 2)
  • LeasePlan – 03444935811 (option 4 then option 1)
  • Leasys - 03445614611 (option 1 then option 4)
  • Lex Autolease - 03448796633 (option 3)
  • Mercedes-Benz Finance - 03708470700
  • Nissan Finance - 03330090231
  • Seat Financial Services - 03703334446
  • Skoda Financial Services - 03703334449
  • Renault Finance - 03330090233
  • Volvo Financial Services - 01926401203
  • Volkswagen Financial Services - 03700102022
  • Wessex Fleet - 01722322888 (option 3)

Driving Abroad:

When you’re travelling abroad you may need to take additional items with you that you wouldn’t necessarily have when driving at home.

You should always have a GB sticker on your car if you are travelling abroad. Please note that for some countries if you have a GB number plate you may still need to get a GB sticker in addition to this.

Some countries require you to have a clean air emission sticker on the vehicle showing the emission levels for the car. Please check if this is required before you travel.

It is not a legal requirement in the UK to keep a vehicle safety kit in your car when driving but in some other countries it is. Please check before travelling if you need a safety kit and purchase one if do not already have one in your car.

Just like in the UK other countries have regulations on children in vehicles, which include the use of booster seats, seat belts and even where in the car they can sit. You will need to check the rules before you travel.

If you are travelling in the winter, or to a particularly cold country, you will need to check their rules on winter appropriate tyres and snow chains.

 

GB Sign
Breakdown
Seat-Belt
Winter Driving

 

 

Before You Travel:

Please remember to check the below before you go on any long journey, especially if you are travelling abroad:

  • That you have enough fuel
  • That your oil is topped up
  • That your fluid levels are good, and top them up if necessary
  • That all your lights are working (please not you might need to take a full set of spares when travelling depending on the country you are visiting)
  • Your tyre tread depth and tyre pressure

Other Things to Consider:

Insurance:

It will be your responsibility to ensure the vehicle is insured for the duration of your trip. You might want to check with your insurance provider whether the country you are travelling to is covered already by your existing policy or if you need additional insurance. Please also check what will be covered by your provider as a lot downgrade the level of cover when driving abroad.

Driving Permits:

If you are travelling with your lease vehicle it will be up to you to obtain any driving permits you require. Please check before you travel if you will need any.

Local Laws:

Before travelling you should familiarise yourself with the driving laws and regulations of the country you are visiting.

Length of Time Away:

Please note that there is often a time limit on the length of time you can have a lease vehicle out of the country for. You should check with your funder what their limit is to make sure your trip does not go over this.

How Long Does the Certificate Last:

Provided none of the details have changed most VE103 certificates last for 12 months. Please check with your funder if you have any concerns over the length of time your certificate will be valid for.

Do you have any more questions about travelling abroad, or just want to discuss what it is you need to do? If so just give us a call on 01722322888 (option 3) and speak to one of our friendly Customer Service Advisers. 

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