A large German discount supermarket company, Lidl, is now providing their customers the opportunity to easily and quickly lease a vehicle through their website.
The chain has partnered with leasing platform Vehiculum, and is running a special launch offer to lease a Fiat 500 for just €89 (£79) per month. The cars need to be picked up in either Berlin, Erfurt, or Halle.
The cars can be rented for a year, 36 months or 48 months, and the lease organised online, with a credit check and video verification for identity. However, Lidl notes that customers should anticipate a waiting time of between six and 12 weeks before they get their car.
The founder of the leasing platform Vehiculum, Lukas Steinhilber, told Germany’s Süddeutsche Zeitung that the whole leasing process should take about 15 minutes. Steinhilber founded Vehiculum in 2015 with the aim of bringing transparency to the “overpriced and analogue” car-leasing market for business customers.
The discounter’s move into car leasing may allow it to harness the trend away from car ownership towards on-demand mobility options like car leasing and sharing.
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