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"Our minibus is absolutely amazing. We`ve starting picking up and returning children who live a long way away. And of course it`s publicity for us when we are out and about. I wish we could have got one ages ago."

Linda Bradley, Byker Primary School

Why Lease?

Leasing a minibus or contract hire means you pay fixed monthly rentals over a 2, 3, 4 or 5-year period and then return the vehicle at the end of the contract.

Leasing a minibus or contract hire means you pay fixed monthly rentals over a 2, 3, 4 or 5-year period and then return the vehicle at the end of the contract.

Because the minibus has a re-sale value when you return it, you only pay for its depreciation, which makes the monthly cost a lot lower than other forms of finance. Also, with Castle, depending on the terms of the lease, the fixed monthly hire agreements are likely to cover all servicing, maintenance and repair as well as logo and livery, MOTs, tyres, batteries and exhausts.

This usually means you only have to worry about paying for insurance and fuel.

Safety First

Castle Leasing comes with its award winning `safety first package`, which ensures everything is taken care of from first aid kits to roadside assistance to priority booking for its D1 driver training programmers.

Other Finance Choices?

Your other options are outright purchase, which might deplete your cash resources and mean you need to pay for and organise all maintenance and repairs, or hire purchase, which means you would pay for the minibus with monthly installments, but once you own the minibus you will still need to pay for and organise all the maintenance and repairs.

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Comparing minibus leasing quotes

If you're comparing contract hire quotations from more than one minibus company, it can be hard to work out why one is higher or lower than the other.

It is tempting to go for the cheapest price, but please check these factors or you could end up paying more on what looks like the cheaper quote.

1. Check the payment terms. Are you paying 3 in advance then 60 payments? With Castle Minibus we clearly state what payment profile we are quoting. If you end up paying 63 hire payments rather than 60 over 5 years it makes a difference of up to £23 per month

2. Castle Minibus offers an inclusive MOT collection service saving up to 20 hours of staff time over 5 years. That’s an estimated £800 saving, the equivalent of £13 per month

3. Our hire agreement includes on-site safety inspections saving you the £125 inspection fee and staff time because you don’t have to take the minibus to a garage. A £1,250 saving over 5 years or £21 per month.

4. We offer additional savings as your school’s livery and logo, metallic paint options, reversing camera and beeper are all included as standard.

Key Benefits of choosing Castle Minibus

Low deposit and minimal cash outlay

Fixed monthly cost (which helps with budgeting)

All servicing, maintenance and repairs included (so you don’t get caught out with expensive and unexpected repair bills)

MOTs and VOSA safety checks included (with onsite inspections at your school)

A safe, compliant minibus – a ‘must have’ now that health and safety laws are so stringent

Road fund licence and specialist breakdown cover included

Delivered in your school branding, logo and livery – all included in the price

All minibuses have reversing beepers included for additional safety

The removal of all financial risk and hassle

Castle Minibus manages your minibus for you, removing all administration

Your teaching staff can focus on the school – and we’ll handle your minibus!

Additional Advantages

A new school minibus can open up so many new opportunities for young children

A modern, clean and superbly branded minibus is a tremendous advertisement in the local community for your school, particularly in a competitive market, whereby parents have choices

It can save money in the long term by not having to hire coaches

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Castle’s `Safety First` Package

….because we know what a minibus means to you.

Servicing, maintenance and tyres
Road fund licence for the duration of contract
24/7 breakdown assistance specifically for schools and colleges
Logo and livery
24/7 Driver helpline
The Castle safety pack
An appointed relationship manager and mileage review
In-house customer service support
Access to the Castle minibus rehoming scheme
On-site technical safety inspections
Collect and return annual MOT service
On-site tyre replacement
On-site manufacturer servicing
Short-term daily hire for minibus, van and cars with Castle Rentals
Independent full end of contract inspection
Priority booking for D1 MiDAS and Castle assessment driver training
Replacement minibus, like-for-like (up to 10 days)

Associations, Accreditations and Supported Charities

Castle Minibus are an RAC Approved Dealer Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with BVRA Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with Supershoe Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with The Association of Colleges and be ISO 9001 accredited Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with Cherwell College Castle Minibus is proud to be associated with the charity KidsOut Castle Minibus is proud to be accredited by Driver CPC Castle Minibus is proud to be a RoSPA Member
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