Expat Car Leasing & Rental United Kingdom

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Get a car without a U.K. credit history or driver's license

As a foreign professional (expatriate) you can arrange for your car before or after you move to England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales. Together with our U.K. sister company we can arrange lease, finance, insurance, registration and road tax and have you “on the road” within 48 hours of your arrival. A destination service moving to or living in the UK.

Flexible expat car rental from 1 day to 24 months and financing/leasing from 24 months and up!

We offer a fully flexible car service, with a wide choice of cars available at short notice. All tailored to your employment contract term.

Personal Car Shopper Service

We will search for your vehicle according to your wishes, needs and budget (new or used). We will locate and negotiate pricing on your behalf.

4 Step Solution

1. Supply your car
2. Provide finance
3. Provide insurance
4. Deliver vehicle to your door

List of brands available below.

Expat Financing or Leasing?

We offer leasing and purchase financing options at 4.00% to 6.00% flat interest rate per annum for qualifying customers.

Expat Auto insurance

Get competitively priced insurance. No U.K. driver’s license needed to set up coverage.

Car Rentals for Foreign Professionals

Rentals are from 1 day up to 12 months. The rental car program covers 100 countries globally. Click here to book…

Our U.K. Experience

We have many years’ experience in the motor industry. We are a leading specialists in expatriate vehicle contract hire, leasing solutions and financing.

Whether it is for business or personal use, we can find the ideal specification and terms to suit your needs.

Financial Terms and Conditions

Down payment may be required on all agreements, subject to credit review.

Payment due at delivery consists of:

  • Deposit due with order
  • Down Payment, usually 10% of the vehicle cost
  • 3 monthly payments for lease rental agreements
  • £399 order processing fee

How to Apply and Documents

The following are required to apply:

  • Residency card
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of valid driver’s license
  • Copy of tenancy agreement
  • U.K. bank account details
  • Copy of contract with U.K. office

We can assist you in all of the United Kingdom

We cover all of the United Kingdom from London in the South East, to Aberdeen in Scotland and Swansea in Wales, Northern Ireland, we can arrange delivery to your home or place of work to suit.

No matter what county or country in the U.K. you are relocating to, contact us for your car needs:

All major cities and all smaller cities, we’ll be there for you: London, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Manchester, Bristol, Kirklees, Fife, Wirral, North Lanarkshire, Wakefield, Cardiff, Dudley, Wigan, East Riding, South Lanarkshire, Coventry, Belfast, Leicester, Sunderland, Sandwell, Doncaster, and the list goes on…


What it Takes and Costs to Lease a Car in The United Kingdom

As an international professional (expatriate) you can discuss your car requirements before you move to the UK or once you have arrived. We can arrange lease or finance, registration and road tax and even assist with insurance, often getting you “on the road” within 48 hours of your arrival.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is a U.K. driver's license needed to lease a car?

    No, it is not a requirement. The expatriate can drive with an international driver's license for 12 months. After 12 months, the driver needs to have a U.K. driver's license.

  • What is included in the lease?

    Leases include warranty and delivery. For new cars, maintenance and road tax are also included. The expatriate will have the option to have maintenance and road tax included for used car lease.

  • What is the estimated delivery time for a lease car?

    Once a vehicle has been chosen and all required documents have been submitted, a used car in stock takes approximately 1 month for delivery and a new car order takes 6-12 months.

  • Is insurance included in the lease payments?

    No, insurance is a separate product. We can offer insurance guidance, or this can be sourced by the expatriate.

  • Do you offer used vehicles for lease?

    Yes, we offer both new and used cars for lease. Lease term between 24-60 months.

  • Can someone lease a car under the age of 25?

    Yes, the minimum age for leasing a car in the U.K. is 21 years.

  • When is the down payment due?

    The down payment is due prior to taking delivery of the vehicle.

  • Is the down payment refundable at the end of the lease?

    The down payment is used to offset the capital cost of the vehicle in the quote, reducing the monthly payments. The higher the down payment, the lower the monthly cost. Down payments are therefore not returned at the end of the lease.

  • Can a vehicle be leased in the name of a company?

    Yes, we offer company vehicle lease in the U.K.

  • What can be used instead of a utility bill since the expatriate will have just arrived in the U.K.?

    A U.K. bank statement including the expatriate’s temporary address.

  • What can be used instead of a tenancy agreement since the expatriate will have just arrived in the U.K.?

    A U.K. bank statement or the temporary accommodation contract.

  • What happens if the contracted mileage is exceeded?

    There is an excess mileage charge which is dependent on the vehicle.

  • Who can drive the lease car?

    Anybody with a valid driver’s license to drive a vehicle in the U.K. and who is insured to do so, can drive the car with the lessor’s permission.

  • What happens if the lease car needs to be returned earlier?

    If a lease car is returned earlier than the lease term, there will be a penalty depending on the remaining months left on the lease.

  • Can the car be taken abroad?

    A lease car can be driven abroad for a maximum of 30 days at any one time.

Practical Information on Driving in the UK

Speed Limits

Motorways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Double carriageways: 70 mph (112 km/h)
Single carriageways: 60 mph (96 km/h)
Built-up area: 30 mph (48 km/h) in areas with street lighting

Kids in Cars

Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135 cm tall must wear a seat belt. You can choose a child car seat based on your child’s height or weight.

Minimum Age

The minimum age for driving a car is 17. You can drive a car when you are 16 if you get, or have applied for, the enhanced rate of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).


The following documents are needed when you drive a car in the UK: your passport or ID card, your vehicle’s documents, a valid driver’s license, a European Accident Statement, accident and breakdown cover, Motor insurance certificate, Green Insurance Card.

Alcohol and Driving

Don’t do it! In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the alcohol limit for drivers is 0.80 mg/ml of blood.

Auto Insurance

You must have motor insurance to drive your vehicle on UK roads. Third party insurance is the legal minimum. This means you’re covered if you have an accident causing damage or injury to any other person, vehicle, animal or property. It does not cover any other costs like repair to your own vehicle.

Phone and Driving

You can get 6 penalty points and a £200 fine if you use a hand-held phone when driving. You’ll also lose your licence if you passed your driving test in the last 2 years. You can get 3 penalty points if you don’t have a full view of the road and traffic ahead or proper control of the vehicle.

Seat Belts

You can be fined up to £500 if you don’t wear a seat belt while driving.
You can be fined up to £500 if a child under 14 isn’t in the correct car seat or wearing a seat belt while you’re driving.

Driver's License

Driving in the United Kingdom with a Foreign Driver’s License

Expats may use their foreign driver’s license for three years after arrival in the UK. Foreigners using their existing driver’s license can do so for a three-year period after their arrival. However, after three years you need to exchange your license to a UK driver’s license.

How to Exchange Your Foreign Driver’s License to a UK Driver’s License

To exchange your license, you must have a permanent address in Britain and have lived there at least 185 days of the last year.
Please check the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for the most recent information.
the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Preparation before driving in the UK

Perhaps the most obvious difference when it comes to driving in the UK is that people drive on the left side of the road. Driving laws include only passing cars on the right and observing road marks indicating where you’re forbidden to pass other cars. Before driving in the UK, it is a good idea to read the UK Highway code at
the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

Note: Information may not be up to date. Please check official government information for latest laws and regulations.

"Great service, I have already recommended you guys to two of my colleagues"

- Jason from the U.S., Kia Sorento

"I highly recommend ExpatRide for anybody looking for a car after making the big move!"

– Andreas from Denmark, Audi A4

”The service we received was amazing! Out of everything we've had to do with our move overseas, getting our new car was the easiest and most stress-free."

We finance all makes and models across the nations

We offer the following car brands and any other car brand available in the U.K.

Client References in the U.K.

The management of ExpatRide in the U.K. have been in the car supply business for over 30 years and during that time we have built up very many excellent customer relationships.

Amongst our many customers are employees of, Citibank, Citigroup, Lilly, American Airlines, BOC Group, Procter & Gamble, (even the American and Australian Embassies!), Glaxo Smith Klein, Boeing and U.B.S.

We are here to assist!

    • Start process before or after arrival to the U.K.
    • Build U.K. credit score
    • We can deliver any make and model
    • Personal Car Shopper Service (free service) - saves time and hassle with visiting dealers
    • Competitive interest rate

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