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Short Term Car Lease & Long Term Car Hire Explained

What is short-term leasing ?

Short-term leasing is either a rolling 28 day hire agreement that can be set for periods of 1, 3, 6, 9 or 12 months (1 month = 28days for this type of lease), whereby you make pre-agreed monthly payments following a deposit payment, or they can be fixed tem contract from 3 months to 24 months with an initial payment followed by a pre-agreed number of fixed monthly payments.

Most long-term car lease deals are over a period of two to four years, an option which is not always ideal for many motorists / businesses.

Short-term leasing gives the option of having a vehicle for a shorter agreement length, a flexible solution with many benefits. Whether you need a vehicle in the interim of awaiting a factory order vehicle being built, or just looking for more flexibility and less commitment than traditional longer term leases - we can help. For more information about short-term car leasing view our FAQ's on the subject.

Benefits of Short Term Car Leasing & Long term Car Hire.

Whether you are an established business with short term contracts to fulfill, a start up business with limited cash flow or an employee in need of a flexible transport solution, our 1 to 24 month lease arrangements are tailored to meet your needs. Benefits of short term leasing include:

  • flexible contracts from 28 days to 12 months
  • Up to 70% cheaper than daily car hire
  • Update / upgrade your vehicle more regularly
  • Available for both personal and business customers
  • Nationwide delivery and collection service
  • Free collection option
  • No long-term commitments

With low deposits, low monthly payments, flexible terms and no long term commitments, our car leasing and contract hire service is an ideal solution for:

  • contractors & contract workers on temporary contracts
  • new recruits with a  qualifying  or probation period
  • start-up businesses
  • supplementing a larger fleet
  • replacing a pool fleet
  • employee recognition and reward
  • for those individuals that just like a change every few months!

1 to 6 month leases

Our 1, 3 or 6 month leasing service allows you to choose from a vehicle group to suit your needs – with choices ranging from a small 3 door hatch to a high performance Supercar. Alternatively, you may choose a more specific vehicle from our special offers. We can meet virtually any requirement and offer the best choice in flexible leasing and contract hire.

Please note, all prices EXCLUDE VAT unless otherwise stated.

Mid Term / Long Term Car Leasing and Special Offers

Our current cheapest short term lease / contract hire deals are listed in the Mid Term and Long term sections. The length of contract and mileage included during the contract period are detailed. Further information about the cars can be found by clicking on the “information” bar. The prices listed exclude VAT and maintenance, however, as most of the cars are available for less than 12 months they would not normally require any servicing or other replacements, providing the inclusive mileage is not exceeded. We can of course offer you a maintenance package if required for further peace of mind. To enquire about any of the cars, simply click on “enquire” on each car that is of interest, an enquiry cart will then appear at the bottom right of your screen. Simply click on “edit / complete” and fill in your details. You will receive a quote via email to the address provided, along with details of how to progress to an order for your chosen car(s).

Please note, All prices on the site EXCLUDE VAT unless otherwise stated.

What is Short Term Car Leasing / Long Term Car Hire?

Mini Lease from Cars on Demand is a form of short term car leasing or long term car hire, and is flexible, convenient and extremely cost effective - ... here's how it works:

Hiring, renting or leasing cars - it is a simple concept with many different nuances in relation to finance terminology. Our job is to simplify the process in order to make your motoring life easier and ultimately less risky when arranging a non - acquisition finance method of car use.

Short term car leasing / Long Term Car Hire suits a customer that needs a car for a number of weeks or months as opposed to daily car hire, such as an overseas driver visiting the UK for a longer period or new employee. From a customers perspective, long term car hire works in the following way:

  1. All vehicles are divided into groups. You simply choose the group that suits your needs
  2. Select the term and the monthly mileage to receive a quote.
  3. By having simple vehicle groups Cars on Demand are able to buy vehicles more competitively and pass on the savings directly to you.
  4. Visit our special offers page and Mid Term  or Long Term leasing pages for some specific car examples with fixed short term leases of 6 to 24 months.
  5. With a nationwide network of locations, we can arrange the supply of your chosen short term lease vehicle quickly and efficiently, often within 48 hours. 
  6. Insurance is not normally included, we can put you in touch with a broker or use your own. Subject to status, we may be able to provide a basic damage and third party provision for an extra cost.

As your chosen car is new or nearly new, it has breakdown cover, and maintenance may be included or available as an option - you then simply use the car provided until the end of the agreed term, and either return it, extend it or swap it for another car.

Duration of lease

Minimum one month, Maximum six months (1 month = 28 days). We find 3 months is the most popular short term period. Afterwards you can easily extend, hand back or choose another vehicle for minimum of 28 day increments.

If you wish to terminate your 1/3/6 month lease, after your chosen minimum period simply hand the vehicle back with absolutely no penalties – providing the car is not damaged and within the agreed mileage.


We include a choice of mileages at the commencement of the lease, simply choose the mileage suitable for you - either 1000, 1500 or 2000 per 28 days* . Should you exceed the included allowance, an excess mileage charge will be made for each mile in excess of the agreed mileage, the amount will be detailed on your lease agreement.


Cars on Demand do not arrange insurance with the lease, however your own insurers may do this or, to obtain a competitive motor insurance quote for your mini lease vehicle, click here. We may also be able to offer long term car rental with damage and third party cover included, contact us on 0333 323 2670 for a quick quote.


At the start of your lease, you will need to leave an damage excess bond, this is normally equivalent to 1 months lease. In the event of the car being returned with damage, you will be responsible for any charges relating to this. The total charges, minus the deposit will be due once the amounts are confirmed.

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