Pulman SKODA in Cramlington, a lockdown refurbishment, internal promotions and a recruitment push.

Pulman SKODA is the new name for SKODA in Cramlington. Acquiring Silbury SKODA at the beginning of February this year, it has been an interesting start for the North East family owned retailer, but they have certainly been proactive and positive for the business and their local area.

The business is delighted to confirm that Mark Stafford, has been promoted to the position of Sales Manager at Pulman SKODA Cramlington. Mark has been part of the Pulman family for the past 7 years, beginning at Volkswagen Durham as a salesperson. After 4 years he was promoted to Assistant Sales Manager at Volkswagen Sunderland he’s now become the Sales Manager for the newest Pulman venture in Cramlington.

Speaking with Mark, he comments: “It’s an exciting opportunity for myself to work with the fantastic team at Cramlington. This is the first showroom for Pulman north of the Tyne and we definitely want people to see us as the go to point for everything SKODA and quality used cars.”

Marks promotion isn’t the only good news story from Pulman SKODA Cramlington, during lockdown they have been actively investing in the showroom, giving it a makeover! When it is completed later this month, customers can expect a 10 new car showroom, with a new layout and new hospitality area with complementary refreshments. A huge 100 used car display with access to Pulman Group used vehicles. Finally, behind the scenes the staff are also getting a brand-new canteen.

Mark continues: “In February when we acquired Silbury SKODA we also gained a fantastic team of people, so investing in them as well as the showroom for our customers is just as important.”

Pulman SKODA Cramlington currently have a team of 26 people and the good news again does not stop here! They are recruiting! Pulman are bucking the trend at the moment in the motor industry and are looking for salespeople and technicians to expand their existing Cramlington team. Visit their website for more information if you want to apply.

There you have it, the proactive positive Pulman SKODA in Cramlington has arrived! Internal promotions, recruitment and refurbishment! Certainly, exciting times ahead for Pulman SKODA, delivering a fantastic, safe and contactless customer experience to Cramlington and beyond.

For the new SKODA car offers visit – the Pulman SKODA Website

To view approved used SKODA cars visit – the Pulman Used Cars Website

 

 

Pulman showrooms have re-opened for sales, service and parts. Find out which showrooms and what to expect when visiting.

Having provided service appointments from 18th May Pulman Volkswagen Durham and Pulman SEAT Sunderland showrooms are now also open for new, used and fleet sales! Due to the success of our social distancing measures we have also opened the doors at our Pulman SKODA showrooms in Durham and Cramlington where sales, service and parts are now open too. They are all social distance ready. All safe and secure for both customers and the Pulman team.

Our phone lines have reopened alongside our contact centre however we are experiencing extremely high call volumes, please bear with us we will get back to everyone.

We thank everyone who has supported us during this time and hope to see you all in our showrooms soon where we’ll deliver a fantastic and contactless experience.

All Pulman car showrooms are open with the exception of Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland, we’re working hard to get it ready so please keep a look out on our Volkswagen website and social media channels for when this changes.

The Pulman showrooms are open for:
– Sales enquiries
– Service appointments
– Part enquiries
– Fleet enquiries

The Motability scheme remains closed to new applications, existing orders are being reviewed and prioritised for handovers if your waiting for a new vehicle a member of our team will contact you. As soon as the scheme re-opens we will update our websites and social media channels.

Pulman Volkswagen Durham

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: 8.00am – 4.00pm*
Sunday – Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman Volkswagen Sunderland

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7.30am – 6.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SEAT

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.15am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm*
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SKODA Durham

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 5.30pm*
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Pulman SKODA Cramlington

Service opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.00am – 6.00pm*
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday: Closed

*By appointment only
To book a service appointment click here

Sales opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 8.30am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm

All Pulman showrooms are social distance ready, safe and secure. Take a look at some of the signage inside each showroom: Durham Volkswagen, SEAT, SKODA Durham, SKODA Cramlington.

Customers will find hand sanitiser on arrival and floor stickers to help guide you through the showrooms. We will also ask everyone to stay 2 metres apart as per the Government advice.

It may feel a little different to the normal handshake welcome you are used to from Pulman, but be rest assured you will still get a warm and friendly welcome, delivering a fantastic customer experience throughout.

Unfortunately, for the moment both the Pulman Café Dafte’s, which are based at the Volkswagen and SKODA Durham showrooms remain closed for food and refreshments.

For those customers who are looking for a new car, our showrooms are open for browsing, appointments, unaccompanied test drives and car handovers.

However, we also understand that some customers may feel more comfortable with searching and communicating remotely.

At Pulman we have many digital channels available to help you.

Pulman Websites

If you are looking for a new car, all the new car offers are available on the Pulman brand websites.

Pulman VolkswagenPulman SEATPulman SKODAPulman CUPRA

We have some fantastic new car offers supported by the brand, including ‘three months on us’ for a new Volkswagen and SKODA and a three months payment holiday for a new SEAT. Pulman have also enhanced new car offers with fantastic savings across the available stock cars. Visit the websites for more information.

If you are looking for a used car, you can view all of the Pulman Group Approved used cars in one place:

Pulman Used Cars

From the 1st of June we are pleased to offer live video appointments.

Benefits of live video appointments:

  • A salesperson will showcase the car live over video
  • All you need is a smartphone or a device that connects to the internet
  • Ask and have your questions answered live
  • You choose whether you want to be on the video or for just audio
  • Come and see the car without stepping foot into the showroom

 

If you would like a chance to view the car in real-time without visiting the showroom this is the perfect solution. You don’t have to be on the video, it can be two way or just audio for you to ask questions.

To book a live video appointment make a normal enquiry on a car and request this with the salesperson.

The Pulman showrooms are open and available for unaccompanied test drive appointments. To ensure social distance and safety measures are met, all cars are fully prepared for test drives beforehand.

Cars are fully sanitised:
– Dashboard surface
– Touchscreen / Infotainment interface
– Seats including headrests
– Steering wheel
– Gear lever
– All driver controls: lights, wipers and handbrakes
– Roof mounted grab handles
– Exterior door handles
– Tailgate grab handles
– Keys

Test Drives:
Pulman are offering unaccompanied test drives. With a choice of pre-defined routes to choose from and time limit between 10 and 15 minutes.

We do ask that test drives to be booked in advance to ensure we can prepare the cars fully prior to the appointment.

Customers must bring ID in order to test drive. We require a Passport and a Driving Licence photo ID.

Whilst you are on your test drive, we can also value your current car for a part exchange, just leave us the keys and of course we will follow the safety standards.

 

You have chosen your perfect car and are looking to buy. Fantastic. Customers are welcome to visit the showroom to finalise the sale. Pulman have followed the 2-metre rule between salespeople and customers. You can also bring your own pen to sign those documents.

If you feel more comfortable to complete the sale remotely, we also have a few digital options to help you do this:

Remote buying a car

Customers who visit pulmanusedcars.co.uk can:

– Reserve a car online: £250 deposit will reserve a car online straightaway.

– Build a deal: select ‘build a deal’ on a used car to personalise your finance quote. Customers can then apply for Volkswagen Group PCP finance.

– Remote car valuations: through ‘build a deal’ customers can also enter their current car details and request a car valuation before committing to the purchase of a car.

Want to learn more about ‘Build a deal’ click here.

If you would like to complete the purchase of the car and prefer not to come into the showroom to sign the documents, Pulman also have a digital process and can accept e-signatures, allowing you to only visit the Pulman showroom once to pick up your new car.

 Car handover

There is a new car handover process to ensure social distancing is adhered to. We ask that no more than two people from the same household collects the car and only one salesperson will hand over the car.

The car will be in a quarantined handover bay, these are in operation inside and outside (weather permitting). Once again, the car will be fully sanitised for you to drive away.

Live video appointments are available before and after car handover to go through the controls and any questions customers may have.

Not the usual handover experience but a fantastic and contactless experience once again from Pulman.

Contact Us:

Click on the links below:
Volkswagen 
SEAT & CUPRA
SKODA

0% APR available on Selected Approved Used SKODAs with Hire Purchase

We hope everyone is safe and well! We are pleased to announce that Pulman SKODA sales are open for Click and Collect.

What is Click and Collect? This allows you, to enquire remotely. Our sales team will be able to take you through the whole sales process digitally by phone or video calls. The handover experience is slightly different to normal. To follow the safety guidelines, we ask only one person attends the appointment to pick up the new car. There will be a salesperson handing over the car whilst following the 2 metres social distancing guidelines. The car will be fully valeted and sanitised before being placed in our Click and Collect zone outside the showroom.

O% APR available on selected Approved Used SKODAs with Hire Purchase1

Purchase an approved used SKODA car on Hire Purchase by 30th June 2020 and delivered by 1st October 2020 to qualify for the 0% offer. Only approved used SKODA cars up to 24 months old qualify.

Also benefit from:
> 12 months Approved Used warranty2
> 12 months roadside assistance
> Free MOT test3
> 5 days’ complimentary SKODA Drive Away Insurance4
> Multi-point inspection check
> 30 day / 1000-mile exchange

View our used cars

What is hire purchase?

Hire Purchase is a simple and straightforward way to finance your SKODA. Once you have chosen your SKODA and decided on your deposit, you just need to make one decision that will affect your monthly payments:

Your repayment period

Choose any repayment period between 12 and 60 months. Your payments are spread equally between your chosen repayment period. Your last payment will be the same as every other monthly payment. (This is the main difference between PCP and HP finance).

The benefits of Hire Purchase:
> Great option if you are planning to keep the car beyond the total period of your repayments.
> Unlimited mileage as there are no mileage restrictions.
> Deposit can be as little as one monthly payments.
> Choose the monthly term that best suits your budget.

Watch our Hire Purchase video

Contact a member of the SKODA sales team for a bespoke HP finance quotation.

Contact us

Our phone lines are still currently closed. To contact us please fill in an form via our website on the car you are interested in.

For general enquiries click here

Alternatively email: enquiries@pulmanskoda.co.uk or Direct Message us on our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Thank you for your patience.

 

Terms and Conditions:

1 Ownership transfers once the customer pays all charges and payments including the Option to Purchase Fee.

With Hire Purchase. Min 20% deposit and maximum 48 month term. 18s +. Subject to availability and status. T&Cs apply. Available on Approved Used SKODAs up to 24 months old when purchased before 01 July and delivered by 01 October 2020. Indemnities may be required. Offers are not available in conjunction with any other offer and may be varied or withdrawn at any time. Accurate at 05/2020. Freepost ŠKODA Financial Services

2 12 months’ Warranty valid for vehicles up to 10 years old and up to 100,000 miles at point of activation. MOT Cover is up to 12 months and underwritten by UK General Insurance Ltd on behalf of Great Lakes Insurance SE and administered by Lawshield UK Limited.

3 Please note only the cost of the test is covered by the free MOT test offer. Any parts and labour costs required to bring the car up to standard will be an additional cost to be borne by the customer.

⁴ Subject to eligibility. Five-day Drive Away Insurance cannot be used in conjunction with any other Insurance offer. ŠKODA Car Insurance is underwritten by U K Insurance Limited.

 

Looking after your car during lock down

At Pulman Group we hope you’re all keeping safe and well during the lock down. We took the decision to close the business on 24th March 2020 for the well being of our staff and customers; we believe this was completely the right thing to do.

Whilst our doors are closed we are able to answer sales and after sales questions during the lock down. Our online team can be contacted Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

We’re sure a lot of people have been filling their days with 1 hour of exercise, maybe a bit of DIY or gardening or just a trip to the shops for essential supplies. But don’t forget your car needs some TLC too! We all need to care of our vehicles especially if they are going to be parked up for more than 2 weeks. We’ve got together 5 Pulman top tips to care for your car while its not being used as regularly.

1. Turning the car over

Leaving your car parked for a long period of time can cause the battery to run flat and potentially damage the internal mechanics.

If you can, a good way to avoid this is by starting your car and driving for about 15 minutes every 4 to 5 days, when you go and get supplies from the supermarket for example. This will prevent the battery from going flat and will help to lubricate the engine. If it’s not possible to take the car for a drive, then simply starting the engine and letting it run for 15 minutes will help to ensure the battery maintains its charge.

If you can move the car it will help the tyres by preventing flat spots and will allow the parking brake to be released regularly.

2. Parking brakes

There are three types of parking brakes on Volkswagen Group vehicles:

Traditional Handbrake

Traditional Handbrake

When parking your car place the vehicle in first gear or reverse depending on any incline or decline considerations.  Then disengage the handbrake.  This will prevent the car rolling but will also prevent the handbrake binding and causing damage. Remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car.

Electronic Handbrake

Electric Handbrake
Again when parking place the vehicle in gear, turn the auto hold function off.  Remove the keys from the ignition and the vehicle will be parked in gear without the parking brake engaged.  As with the traditional handbrake remember to re-apply the handbrake and to disengage the clutch when you next start the car and if you use the Auto Hold function, re-apply that too.

Foot Operated Parking Brake

This type of parking brake is limited to a few VWG vehicles; some older Volkswagen Touareg’s and Phaeton’s.  When parking up these cars place the automatic gear selector in Park (P) and don’t engage the foot operated parking brake.  The vehicle will be held in gear and this will prevent the parking brake binding and causing damage to your car if left standing for a prolonged period.

3. Parking indoors or covering the car

Car Covers
Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake shavings and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.

Rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft micro-fibre towel and finish with a good quality wax.

4. Protect the interior

Remember to clean the interior of your car if it’s going to be left for a long time. Organic debris such as food can rot over time, which at the very least means you’ll be returning to a bad smell, and in some extreme cases can cause damage to your car’s interior.

 

If your car has leather or coated fabrics, wipe dust away with a dry cloth regularly and for a deeper clean, use a damp cloth and gentle soap to rub the fabric down. Always soak up any leftover moisture with a dry cloth afterwards.

For other fabric seats, be sure to vacuum the material to prevent dust accumulation and never use harsh chemicals or household laundry soaps as these can cause discolouration. When getting out a stain, detergents and solvents can be used to get the mark out, but be careful to not use too much water as moisture can lead to damp and musty odours.

5. Exterior Protection

Before storing your car, it’s a good idea to give it a wash to prevent grime from building up and damaging the paintwork.

Remember to clean the tyres, as they tend to hold on to grease, as well as brake deposits and mud which can all cause damage over time, so be sure to clean these thoroughly at the end of the wash.
 
If the car has been standing make sure you tackle bird droppings quickly as the uric acid is quite high at 3.5 to 4 ph. The acidity can damage paintwork leaving unsightly rings.

Finally, rinse the car with free-flowing water before drying with a soft leather chamois or soft microfibre towel and finish with a good quality wax or polish.

These tips should help to keep your car in a sound mechanical state and protect it inside and out until you can regularly use it.  

There’s some further helpful video content available via the links below:

Volkswagen
ŠKODA
SEAT

Finally, we hope you all stay safe and we wish you and your family good health. Thank you in advance for your support over the coming weeks and we look forward welcoming you back to the Pulman family soon to Deliver a fantastic customer experience.

In the meantime remember you can contact our online team for any advice during the lock down, just visit www.pulmangroup.co.uk for more information.

Please stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.

Beat the Tax Increase on the 1st April For New Cars

Are you looking to purchase a new car? Avoid paying more for your new car as the road tax will increase from the 1st April 2020.

The Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or road fund licence is what every driver pays in the UK. The VED looks at for example the type of vehicle itself, the CO2 emissions emitted, the fuel type and the engine size, at the time of the first registration to calculate the cost of road tax.

Over the last few years the way car manufacturers test the CO2 emissions emitted has changed. Previously it was through the New European Driving Cycle test (NEDC), however due to car and technological developments it has been deemed that this test is not a true or ‘real-life driving’ reflection.

Therefore, this test is being replaced by the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Procedure (WLTP). Giving a more realistic measurement of fuel consumption, driving range and CO2 emissions.

This change of tax and introduction of WLTP testing will start from the 1st April for VED and 6th April for Company car, Benefit-in-Kind tax.

1st April 2020 Tax bands:


(Data from Gov.uk)

This increase will affect all new cars from the 1st April. This increase does not apply to used cars or cars registered in previous years.

To find out how much a new Volkswagen, SEAT, CUPRA or SKODA could increase by after the 1st April please contact us on enquiries@pulmangroup.co.uk or
call us on 0800 0720 228.

Alternatively view our fantastic range of new car offers we currently have available throughout March.

View all new Volkswagen offers

View all new SEAT offers

View all new SKODA offers

View all new CUPRA offers

Pulman…The New Name For ŠKODA In Cramlington

Pulman SKODA Cramlington team formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman are proud to announce the takeover of an already established family-run retailer in Northumberland, north of Newcastle.

Pulman Group have recently acquired the Silbury ŠKODA site in Cramlington, Northumberland (28th January 2020). Silbury ŠKODA has been established since 2006, and just like Pulman Group, a family-run retailer which already proves its values fit with the Pulman brand.

Video: Behind the scenes video shoot with The Social Co. & our new Pulman SKODA Cramlington team!

Pulman are not only welcoming the former Silbury showroom but have also welcomed all 28 staff members to join the Pulman family. The total number of employees now employed by Pulman exceeds 250 which truly emphasises that Pulman are one big family.

Although Cramlington is a new catchment area for the Group, Pulman have been well-established across Durham and Sunderland for the past 22 years therefore understands the market needs and customer demand across the North East.

Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODAInterior Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman Group’s award-winning experience of being a top ŠKODA retailer and their current relationship with ŠKODA UK provides a fantastic platform to launch the new showroom successfully.

Ian Buckle, Managing Director, speaking of the acquisition said “We knew this business was a fantastic fit to our family run business here in the North East. The culture we have found at this award-winning family business further confirms our confidence to invest and grow it to new levels.  We fully expect Pulman Skoda Cramlington to benefit hugely from our Group support functions and allow the customer focussed teams to deliver a fantastic Pulman customer experience.”

Signage for Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

Pulman History

Pulman Group have been a family-run retailer since 1998 which welcomed the first Pulman Volkswagen showroom in Durham. Whilst the showroom you see today on Abbey Road was being built, Pulman Volkswagen operated from a pop-up showroom with just 17 employees. The flagship Durham site was the first retailer in the UK to have a café inside the showroom (Café Dafté).

Fast forward 10 years and Pulman acquired Mill Garages on Newcastle Road in Sunderland in 2008 making it the second Pulman Volkswagen site across the North East. The site has undergone a major expansion of the used car forecourt, showroom refurbishment and became an authorised ŠKODA service repairer.

By 2010, Pulman attained Alexandra Bridge Cars and expanded the Pulman brand to offer SEAT. In 2019 the SEAT showroom underwent a huge showroom, external and workshop refurbishment with Pulman investing over £300,000. Pulman SEAT also became one of only twenty-two retailers across the UK to become CUPRA Specialists, and the only specialists in the North East.

16 years since the launch of Pulman was one of the most exciting years for the company with the launch of Pulman ŠKODA in Durham. Originally the ŠKODA showroom was a pop-up showroom which only showcased four models; this was located by the side of Pulman Volkswagen in Durham. Behind the scenes over a 2-year period the purpose-built ŠKODA showroom was being built in Belmont Industrial Estate. By 2016 the new showroom was open to the public after a £2,800,000 investment completed with Café Dafté; the second Café from Pulman.

Today, Pulman Group now have 5 sites based across the North East; Pulman Volkswagen (Durham and Sunderland), Pulman SEAT and CUPRA (Sunderland) and Pulman ŠKODA (Durham and Cramlington).

It’s no secret that Pulman Group deliver a fantastic customer experience, and this will only continue to the north of the Tyne and beyond.

Interior Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA Accessories at Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODAExterior Pulman SKODA Cramlington formerly Silbury SKODA

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WhatCar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020

The Volkswagen Auto Group brands all scooped a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year Awards 2020 which took place on 14th January 2020.

At Pulman Group we represent the Volkswagen, SKODA, SEAT and CUPRA brands, all of which took home a number of awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards this year. Take a look at all of the trophies which were collected at the ceremony.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen Polo

For the second year running the Volkswagen Polo has won the ‘Small Car of the Year’ award along with the price point award of ‘Best Small Car between £16,000 and £18,000’. The Polo comes with the latest safety technology features including Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Detection with rear view camera and more. You’re never shy on entertainment with Car-Net App-Connect, simply connect your smartphone and you can access many of your apps on the digital screen in front of you such as maps, calls and music.

View the Volkswagen Polo

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Polo

Volkswagen T-Roc R

The sporty and newly released T-Roc R trim picked up the ‘Sports SUV less than £40,000’ award and it’s not hard to see why! The 2.0 litre 300PS engine is capable of accelerating from 0-62mph in just 4.9 seconds which highlights the power this thrilling SUV offers. Standard equipment includes Active Info Display, Discover Navigation system, front and rear parking sensors, LED darkened rear light clusters, Lane Assist and 19″ ‘Pretoria’ alloy wheels.

View the T-Roc R

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 T-Roc R

Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran was awarded the ‘Best MPV between £22,000 and £30,000’. The Touran is the perfect multi-purpose vehicle filled with family-friendly features. Due to its size, the MPV is perfect for larger families who like to embark on road trips across the country and Europe! Features to keep all passengers entertained include Composition Colour Radio, optional Cam-Connect to keep an eye on your passengers and pets in the back, Panoramic sunroof, Discover Navigation and more.

View the Touran at Pulman Volkswagen

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Touran

Volkswagen Amarok

Overall winner of the ‘Pick-up of the Year’ for the second year running, the Volkswagen Amarok was also awarded the ‘Best Pick-up more than £35,000’. The Amarok pick-up offers the comfiest ride whilst at high speeds in comparison to its rivals along with the impressive 3.0 litre V6 engine. Features even on the standard trim (Amarok Trendline) include 17” Posadas alloy wheels, App-Connect, Cruise Control System (CCS), Climatronic air conditioning system and composition Media Radio with 6.33” touchscreen.

Whatcar? car of the year award Volkswagen Amarok

SEAT

SEAT Mii Electric

It may be a small city car but the SEAT Mii Electric won a big award for ‘Small Electric Car less than £25,000’. The electric city car will offer up to 161 electric mile range (WLTP) with a top speed of 81mph. The new SEAT Mii Electric comes with new and updated features when compared to the combustion engines including heated front sports seats, LED wing mirror lights, 5” colour display and an updated dashboard design. The fully electric Mii will be coming to Pulman SEAT early 2020.

View the SEAT Mii Electric

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Mii Electric

SKODA

SKODA Scala

New in 2019, the SKODA Scala won the overall award for ‘Family Car of the Year’ along with the ‘Best Family Car for less than £20,000’. It beat off its rival scoring highly in comfort and interior space, offering a lot of rear head room and a large boot! Specification includes Cruise Control, Parking Distance Sensors, Audio Controls and much more.

View the SKODA Scala

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Scala

SKODA Superb iV

The future is electric for SKODA with the Superb iV bringing home the ‘Plug-in Hybrid of the Year for less than £35,000’ award. The 1.4 TSI iV SE Technology engine which won the award, offers up to 34-mile electric range before the combustion engine kicks in to help. Specification includes heated front leather seats and satellite navigation. Plus the Superb iV was awarded the maximum 5 star EURO NCAP safety rating during vigorous testing.

View the SKODA Superb iV

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb iV

SKODA Fabia & Fabia Estate

Both the Fabia and the Fabia Estate scooped price point awards at the WhatCar? Car of the Year awards. The Fabia won the ‘Small Car of the Year between £14,000 and £16,000’ and the Fabia Estate was awarded the ‘Best Estate Car less than £20,000’. Both Fabia models are equipped with the latest technology and safety features and offer ample space. Learn more about each model below.

View the SKODA Fabia and Fabia Estate.

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Fabia Estate

SKODA Superb & Superb Estate

The SKODA Superb wasn’t shy with awards either, with the large hatchback awarded with ‘Executive Car of the Year for less than £30,000’ and the Superb Estate winning the overall category for ‘Estate Car of the Year’ alongside ‘Estate Car of the Year between £20,000 and £30,000’. Both models are well equipped, comfortable and roomy (front, rear and boot space) in comparison to their rivals. The Superb Estate offers an incredible 1,950 litre capacity when the rear seats are folded down. Plus if you have few 6ft tall passengers in your car, there’ll be no fighting for who is ‘shotgun’ as the rear seats are spacious enough for even the tallest of passengers to sit back in comfort!

View the SKODA Superb and Superb Estate.

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Superb Estate

SKODA Kamiq

The SKODA Kamiq was only released in the UK late 2019 but has picked up ‘Small SUV for less than £20,000’. The compact SUV beat off tough rivals due to its spacious interior offering a lot of rear leg room whilst still offering large boot space, as well as the interior offering higher quality plastics. The new Kamiq also does a fantastic job of smoothing out any road imperfections, making it a comfortable choice for an SUV.

View the SKODA KamiqWhatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Kamiq

SKODA Karoq

With tough rivals to beat off, another SKODA SUV to win an award was the SKODA Karoq with ‘Family SUV between £20,000 to £30,000’. This SUV is truly known as a comfortable car with no other rivals offering such an indulgent and smooth ride. The handling of this family SUV is agile with accurate steering which makes it a fantastic drive. Add to this the practicality, there’s plenty of space options if you’re heading on a family holiday with the option of sliding the rear seats back and forth to further increase the boot space if needed.

View the SKODA Karoq

Whatcar? Car Of The Year Awards 2020 Karoq

All of the awards are well deserved for the Volkswagen brands. To find out more about the models available from Pulman, simply visit:
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Driving Home For Christmas

Driving home for Christmas driving tips

Many families will take to the roads this Christmas to meet relatives. Take a look at our top tips for staying safe on the roads this festive season…

Whether you’re heading home for Christmas, visiting family members afar or spending Christmas in a holiday home, it’s important that you check over your car before heading on these journeys and stay safe on the road during the festive period. Take a look at our top tips below.

Check The Weather & Traffic Before You Set Off

Although so far the UK weather has been quite mild, there may still be some risks of black ice and flooding. Make sure you check the weather the evening before you set off so you can plan your route and drive to the conditions. If there is going to be snow or heavy rainfall, drive slower and leave a larger distance between yourself and the car in front.

It’s also wise to check the traffic before you head off on your journey in case there are any accidents, flood warnings or road closures in place. It’s best to check with your local news or input the directions into Google Maps and Google will provide you with the quickest route.

Volkswagen on snow road

Keep Your Car Maintained

To ensure your car is ready for the cold winter months why not book your car in for a Pulman Winter Health Check for £20*. Included in the check is an Express Visual Check which identifies any health issues which may need fixing immediately or in the near future. Plus take home your own Winter Care Kit which includes De-Icer, Ice-Scraper and Screenwash. After your car has had its Winter Check at Pulman, it will receive a wash and vacuum.

Make sure all of your essential fluids are topped up such as your brake fluid, oil, Screenwash and check your tyres have enough air in them. As the evenings turn darker earlier during the winter months, make sure you check your lights too.

Pulman Winter Health Check

Avoid Driver’s Fatigue

If you’re travelling far this Christmas, ensure you have had plenty of sleep the night before, and if possible, switch the dedicated driver throughout the journey. If you do come across tired and you’re the only driver, take regular breaks at service stations for a quick drink and a bite to eat; it’s also wise to turn the heating down in your car now and again so it doesn’t get too stuffy!

When you’re driving through built-up areas such as towns and villages make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. During the festive period there are a lot more people on the streets enjoying Christmas celebrations and may not be as aware as you when walking near the road!

Tower bridge car traffic in London

Make Sure You Have Enough Fuel/Electric Range

If you’re heading on a long journey to spend Christmas with relatives, don’t leave your car short on fuel as some fuel stations close during the Christmas period. There’s nothing worse than driving around a new area searching for a petrol station plus you’ll find fuel pricier if you go to a service station just off the motorway.

If you own an electric vehicle, make sure you charge your EV until you’re about to leave (if you have wallbox installed at home or charge throughout the night). If you’re unable to charge at home, find your local EV station on Zap Map and use a rapid charger.

Petrol pump

Be Careful The ‘Morning After’

Many people enjoy a couple of drinks over the festive period but on the morning after if you know you’re going to be the dedicated driver, take it easy the night before and stop drinking early on. Between Christmas and New Year the police are more prone to breathalyse you; if you are the only one driving to meet relatives or friends, wait till later in the day after a good breakfast and lunch before you head off and remember we can all still have a good time without loads of alcohol!

Breakfast

Don’t Leave Gifts On Show

If you’re quickly running to the shops or at a service station before you head on your Christmas journey, make sure you don’t leave any gifts or valuables on show. Anything which looks expensive or wrapped in Christmas paper on show in your car will attract thieves, who may try to break into your car. To avoid the potential risk, place all gifts in the boot or if there is more than one of you travelling, ask if one of the adults wouldn’t mind waiting in the car.

Buys car park

Finally, from all of the team at Pulman, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Prices correct at time of article (23/12/19) and may be subject to change.

Conventional VS The Future: What Is It?

Conventional Vs. The Future cars - what is the difference?

Our latest blog explains the difference between conventional, hybrids and electric cars, read on to find out more…

The popularity of hybrids is on the increase and the future of electric cars is fast approaching, but what exactly is the difference between all of the alternative fuel vehicles which are available today? We’ve gathered the top types below explaining the main differences, pros and cons.

Conventional

These are the most popular types of cars that we currently see on the road today. A conventional car is a car which uses an internal combustion engine for power without any assistance from an electric motor or other mechanism. A conventional car operates on a variety of fuels and most cars today will run on either petrol or diesel gasolines.

Pros: greater mileage range presently, greater range of available makes and models, more cost-effective to purchase

Cons: higher fuel, running costs and road tax, releasing toxic emissions and greenhouse emissions into the environment

View the fantastic range of new Volkswagen, SKODA and SEAT models at Pulman

New SKODA Scala at Pulman in Durham

Hybrid

In a hybrid car, also known as a HEV, both the electric motor and combustion engine work together to provide forward motion. Usually in a HEV it starts off using the electric motor, then as the load or the speed of the car increases, the gasoline engine starts.

The combustion engine is also used to recharge the cars batteries. The term ‘regenerative braking’ is widely seen and is a process where the electric motor helps to slow down the car and uses some of the energy which is normally converted to heat by the brakes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: offers less electric range than a PHEV

Coming soon to Pulman: to be announced.

Plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrids, also more commonly known as PHEVs, are cars which can be plugged in to charge its batteries. A PHEV is built the same way as a hybrid featuring an electric motor (supplied by a battery pack) and a combustion engine. The difference between a PHEV and a hybrid vehicle is that a PHEV offers a greater electric range until the combustion engine needs to kick in. The electric motor powers the car for some of its journey and in some instances the full journey, if it’s a short one; once this power runs out the combustion engine starts to run too. 

A PHEV can be charged through both regenerative brake (as explained under the hybrid section) and plug in charges; a conventional three pin plug, a wall charger or a fast charger. A wall charger usually takes between 6 and 8 hours so this option would be best overnight at home or if your place of work offers this option, during work hours. Fast chargers which are becoming increasingly popular, can charge the battery to 80% in around 3 to 4 hours. Rapid chargers which are starting to be introduced more commonly at service stations can charge the battery to 80% charge in around 30 to 45 minutes.

Pros: lower CO2 emissions, increased fuel economy, greater electric range than a hybrid, no road tax (emit less than 100g/km of CO2)

Cons: can be slightly higher priced than a hybrid due to the larger battery size

Coming soon to Pulman: Volkswagen Passat GTE, CUPRA Formentor, SEAT Tarraco PHEV, SKODA Superb iV

New SEAT Tarraco FR PHEV coming soon to Pulman SEAT in Sunderland, North East England

100% Electric

A fully electric car is what it says on the tin; its forward motion is provided by an electric motor with no gasoline engine. The car must be plugged in to a socket to recharge its batteries, if not, the car will not run once the battery loses its charge. Sometimes you may see electric vehicles written as EV or Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV).

Many of the fully electric cars which are currently on the UK roads offer ranges of over 160 miles on a single charge, this will only increase in time as the technology develops for future electric cars. As electric cars are on the rise, there are more charging points being installed. As of 18th September there were 9,578 locations in the UK with charging points (Zap-Map).

Like the plug-in hybrid, there are three ways to charge fully electric cars. The first is from a standard household (120v) outlet which can take around 8 hours to charge. You usually find these at home or at your workplace. The next charging outlet provides 240v which can take up to 4 hours to charge; again, these can be found at your workplace or public charging stations. Finally, DC fast charging is currently the fastest charging solution on the market which can be found at dedicated charging stations at some supermarkets and service stations on the motorway; the battery can be charged to 80% in around 30 minutes.

Pros: do not emit any harmful emissions, cost-effective to run, pay no road tax

Cons: higher priced than hybrid and plug-in hybrids

Available models from Pulman: Volkswagen e-Golf

new Volkswagen e-Golf now at Pulman across Sunderland and Durham

Coming soon: SEAT Mii Electric, CUPRA Tavascan, SKODA CITIGOe iV, Volkswagen ID.3

SEAT Mii Electric coming soon to Pulman in Sunderland

If you’d like to find out more about conventional, hybrids or electric cars from Pulman, contact our friendly specialists today who will be more than happy to help!
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Pay No Company Car Tax On Electric Cars in 2020/21

Pay No Company Car Tax On Electric Cars in 2020/21

If you’re looking to upgrade your company car there never has been a better time to switch to an electric vehicle, find out why in our latest blog…

The Government have recently stated that company car drivers who choose to drive an electric car will pay no Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21. HM Treasury say that for cars registered from 6th April 2020, most company car tax rates will reduce by 2% meaning that for a 100% electric vehicle with zero emissions, this will drop to 0%, therefore company car drivers will pay no BIK tax at all.

Electric charging point - 0% BIK Tax in 2020/21 for company car drivers

 

These rates are also applicable to already existing company car drivers who already drive 100% electric vehicles which were registered prior to 6th April 2020. So, for those drivers who were looking forward to a reduced rate of 2%, they can now enjoy 0% tax in 2020/21. The 0% BIK tax also applies to company cars registered from 6th April 2020 with emissions from 1-50g/km and with a 100% electric range of 130 miles or more. In 2021/22 both fully electric cars with zero emissions and emissions from 1-50g/km will rise to 1% followed by an increase to 2% BIK tax in 2022/23 (please see both tables below for a more detailed breakdown).

Cars first registered before 6 April 2020

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

Electric range (miles)

2020-21 (%)

2021-22 (%)

2022-23 (%)

0

N/A

0

1

2

1-50

>130

2

2

2

1-50

70-129

5

5

5

1-50

40-69

8

8

8

1-50

30-39

12

12

12

1-50

<30

14

14

14

51-54

 

15

15

15

55-59

 

16

16

16

60-64

 

17

17

17

65-69

 

18

18

18

70-74

 

19

19

19

75-79

 

20

20

20

80-84

 

21

21

21

85-89

 

22

22

22

90-94

 

23

23

23

95-99

 

24

24

24

100-104

 

25

25

25

105-109

 

26

26

26

110-114

 

27

27

27

115-119

 

28

28

28

120-124

 

29

29

29

125-129

 

30

30

30

130-134

 

31

31

31

135-139

 

32

32

32

140-144

 

33

33

33

145-149

 

34

34

34

150-154

 

35

35

35

155-159

 

36

36

36

160+

 

37

37

37

 * Add 4% for diesels up to a maximum of 37% (unless RDE2 compliant). Diesel plug-in hybrids are classed as alternative fuel vehicles, so the 4% diesel supplement does not apply to these vehicles irrespective of RDE2 compliance.

Cars first registered from 6 April 2020

 

 

 

 

CO2 (g/km)

Electric range (miles)

2020-21 (%)

2021-22 (%)

2022-23 (%)

0

N/A

0

1

2

1-50

>130

0

1

2

1-50

70-129

3

4

5

1-50

40-69

6

7

8

1-50

30-39

10

11

12

1-50

<30

12

13

14

51-54

 

13

14

15

55-59

 

14

15

16

60-64

 

15

16

17

65-69

 

16

17

18

70-74

 

17

18

19

75-79

 

18

19

20

80-84

 

19

20

21

85-89

 

20

21

22

90-94

 

21

22

23

95-99

 

22

23

24

100-104

 

23

24

25

105-109

 

24

25

26

110-114

 

25

26

27

115-119

 

26

27

28

120-124

 

27

28

29

125-129

 

28

29

30

130-134

 

29

30

31

135-139

 

30

31

32

140-144

 

31

32

33

145-149

 

32

33

34

150-154

 

33

34

35

155-159

 

34

35

36

160-164

 

35

36

37

165-169

 

36

37

37

170+

 

37

37

37

Tables from Fleet News 
* Add 4% for diesels up to a maximum of 37% (unless RDE2 compliant). Diesel plug-in hybrids are classed as alternative fuel vehicles, so the 4% diesel supplement does not apply to these vehicles irrespective of RDE2 compliance.

At Pulman we currently have the Volkswagen e-Golf available on Business Contract Hire. The e-Golf is full of futuristic and quality features including electronic engine sound generator, Navigation System, Parking distance control for front and rear, Car-Net App-Connect & VW Media, Adaptive Cruise Control and much more!

If you’re a business looking to upgrade your company car range to electric, contact us today to find out more about the e-Golf.

Volkswagen e-golf available from Pulman Volkswagen on business contract hire and personal contract hire.

 

Upcoming models across the Pulman brands include the Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition as well as other models from the electric ID. family which Volkswagen will be revealing another two brand new vehicles between 2020 and 2022. New electric models from SKODA include the CITIGOe iV which is expected to be on sale from early 2020 as well as a plug-in hybrid version of the SUPERB, named the SUPERB iV. New electric models from SEAT include the 100% electric Mii and CUPRA will be introducing the CUPRA Tavascan, which will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week; the Tavascan will join the CUPRA Formentor hybrid in the electric range.

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