Can You Lease A Car In The UK As An International Citizen?

So, you’re thinking of heading to the UK for a while for work, and you need a car. You might have seen all the benefits that leasing a car in the UK gives drivers, and you may be wondering if it’s a possibility for you to lease whilst you’re here. If you’ve had your doubts, you might be surprised…

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Is it actually possible?

We won’t force you to read this entire article to get the answer you’re looking for – of course you can lease a car in the UK from abroad! However, there are a few conditions.

Firstly, you need to find a lease provider who can accommodate international driving licenses and provide valid insurance that can cover you whilst driving your lease vehicle in the UK. Some lease providers may not work with insurance providers that accommodate drivers without a UK license. Here at Flexed, we’re proud to be able to do just that. We can provide a flexible lease contract based around your needs, for drivers from the following countries and territories with non-UK driving licenses:

  • EU
  • US
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Another consideration is if your license is clean or not. Plus, you need to have held your license for at least 12 months (with no motoring convictions during that time). If you haven’t held your license for 12 months, or you have motoring convictions/points/penalties etc., then you may find it difficult to obtain a lease.

Finally, you’ll need a UK bank account. This is crucial for credit purposes, and without a UK bank account, most lease providers won’t be able to accept an application. Setting up an account is simple though, so just ensure that it’s all in order prior to applying.

If you currently possess a clean driving license from one of the above countries and have held it for at least the last 12 months, and you have a UK bank account, we can help you with leasing a car in the UK. Just give us a call today on 0800 311 8290 to find out more.

Why lease a car when working in the UK?

Leasing a vehicle has become and extremely popular way for drivers to get into the driver’s seat of a high-quality vehicle in the UK. It provides a wealth of benefits that simply aren’t available through other forms of vehicle acquisition, even when it comes to cost.

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It used to be a commonly held belief that leasing a vehicle was extremely expensive, with very little overall return other than being able to drive a certain car for a set period of time. But the world has evolved, and in certain situations leasing has become a much more financially viable option for drivers all over the globe.

Here at Flexed, we specialise in flexible short-term leases and car subscriptions that enable drivers to obtain a vehicle on their own terms without unnecessary expense. We work with our clients to deliver contracts that are built around their exact needs, taking into account the periods of time for which they need a vehicle, their mileage requirements, contract inclusions and much more. We never make clients pay for the things that they simply don’t need. Plus, our lease contracts and car subscriptions are flexible – meaning they can be adjusted at any time if an individual’s needs ever change.

This makes a flexible short term lease the perfect solution for international citizens who may be working in the UK for anywhere between 1 month and a full year. If you’re here for an extended period of time or for work purposes, you may find that reliable transport is a necessity, so we’re proud to give international citizens who meet the requirements the opportunity to be able to get around and commute effectively with all of the benefits of our flexible contracts.

For example, our 28-day rolling contracts typically include as standard:

  • Car maintenance and servicing to keep your car in great condition
  • 24-hour emergency roadside assistance for complete peace of mind
  • Vehicle recovery should you have a breakdown or worse
  • Road tax to ensure your vehicle is entirely compliant for use on UK roads

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On top of that, as we mentioned earlier, for international citizens working in the UK, we can provide insurance so that you’re covered to drive. The insurance is an additional cost on top of your lease/subscription cost, but we take the hassle out of finding the best deal – we simply do all the work for you, and bundle everything up into one convenient monthly fee. After that, the only thing you have to think about is putting fuel in the vehicle and experiencing everything the UK has to offer!

How soon can you get a lease car from Flexed?

We understand that sometimes these trips can come up a little last minute. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Once we’ve approved your application, we can organise getting your vehicle to you as soon as the next business day if your chosen vehicle is in stock. You can either collect your vehicle from our premises in York, or you can organise for the vehicle to be delivered to a location of your choosing anywhere across mainland UK (delivery charges apply).

How do you apply for a lease car from Flexed as an international citizen?

Applying for a vehicle lease can sometimes seem like an over-complicated and long-winded process. We get that, and we don’t want you to have to deal with additional stress (after all, organizing a trip to the UK and everything it entails is stressful enough!). That’s why we make our application process quick and simple, regardless of where you’re applying from.

To get a quick online quote, simply carry out the following steps:

  • Choose a vehicle from the diverse range from leading manufacturers on our website, along with your mileage requirements and desired lease duration (we can accommodate anything from 28 days, all the way up to a year, complete with the flexibility to change the duration if needed)
  • Complete and submit out simple one-page online application form – we’ll handle getting your details over to our in-house credit team for approval
  • Once approved, all you need to do is make your first payment by card, and we’ll reserve your vehicle and send your contract over for you to sign

However, if you hold an Australian, Canadian, EU, New Zealand or US driving license and you’d like a little more information about leasing a car in the UK as an international citizen, why not contact us? You can use our handy online contact form, or feel free to give us a call on 0800 311 8290. A member of our friendly team will be more than happy to help.


Find out more about our car leasing services and fantastic offers for both Business and Personal use. Give us a call today on 0800 311 8290.

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