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Short Term Car Leasing trends


Cars on Demand are a well established, automotive leasing company specialising in short term car leasing for durations of 1 month up to 24 months. With trends constantly changing in the acquisition or leasing of cars, we were keen to share our data to show the buying trends within short term car leasing in 2019.

Contract duration

Across a sample of 625 contracts, we found that 54% of short term car leasing contracts were on a rolling 28-day contract arrangement.

short term car leasing contract duration

It is clear that consumers value the versatility that rolling contracts. Within the rolling 28-day contracts, the average contract duration was 4.5 months.

Car types

Within short term car leasing, the customers purchase at a 'car type' level which means that the turnaround for that particular vehicle grouping can be quicker than when they could have experienced should they stipulate a specific vehicle make & model.

short term car leasing by car type

For reference, here are some examples of car makes and models that would sit within each vehicle group type:

  • Medium 5 door hatchback = Volkswagen Golf / Vauxhall Astra / Ford Focus
  • Family SUV = Kia Sportage / VW Tiguan / Peugeot 3008 / Nissan Qashqai
  • Premium SUV = Volvo XC60 / Mercedes GLC / Audi Q5 / BMW X3
  • Small 5 Door Hatch = Vauxhall Corsa / Citroen C3 / Toyota Yaris
  • Premium Saloon = Mercedes C Class / BMW 3 Series / Audi A4 / Jaguar XE
  • Small 3 Door = Fiat 500 / Toyota Aygo / Hyundai i10

Key takeaways

On average the market goes for contracts of 4.5 months in duration with popular vehicle types being medium 5 door hatchback and family SUV. Car leasing consumers like the versatility of choosing a car for a few weeks or months and then chopping and changing the vehicle type / duration from there. Whilst car subscriptions are a clear trend within automotive, short term car leasing allows the motorist to quickly get or return a car - with lower maintenance overheads.

Paul Brown, Managing Director

Paul Brown is the owner and managing director of short term vehicle leasing company Cars on Demand, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. With a background in working in large scale car rental, Paul has developed the short term car lease market which continues to grow in popularity.

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