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About Hippo Leasing

Last Updated: 28th Mar 2019

Our History

At Hippo Leasing, we’re not unfamiliar with the motor industry. Hippo Leasing, and its parent, Hippo Motor Group, was set up by Thomas and Richard, part of the well-known Preston family of Lancashire, who’ve been trading in the area since 1906.

Initially set up by our founder George Preston, we were successful coal merchants, but by 1960 we changed direction and entered into the motor trade.

A Bedford franchise was set up and due to our enviable reputation for customer service, we were fortunate to secure franchises and partnerships from some of the world’s top manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Land Rover, BMW and MINI.

In 2013 we moved to our purpose-built £2m showroom in Blackburn as a hub for us to prepare and deliver high-quality vehicles throughout the UK. Should you be able to visit us, outside the showroom you will be able to browse leasing vehicles from all the major manufacturers and inside you will see our sister company, Hippo Prestiges wide range of luxury and prestige vehicles.

Throughout 2017 we're making fantastic progress with additional forecourts for both our Hippo Leasing and Prestige ranges which will see our range of vehicles on display increase to over 500 at any one time.

In 2019, we boosted our in-stock cars to 1000, and that number is constantly growing. At the same time, you can view over 8,000 new and used vehicles for lease on Hippo Leasing.


Over the years we have developed and grown, gaining valuable experience within our trade. All this has helped us achieve some of the best deals available so that we can be as competitive as possible, keeping the most important person happy -, you, our customer.

We understand that you have an extensive choice as to where to purchase your next vehicle but we are confident that if you choose Hippo, we can find the best deal on the market for you.

The below timeline shows you exactly how far we have come as a family business before finally forming the Hippo Motor Group, and Hippo Leasing, in 2007. If you'd like to see it in more detail, click the image for an enlarged version:

Hippo Timeline

Finance Partners

At Hippo Leasing, we’re able to offer affordable lease contracts that are best suited to your needs thanks to a panel of 13 lenders, including prime and non-prime lenders. Our diverse mix of finance partners ensures your finance agreement is the deal that is best suited to your requirements, not a particular lender:


Black Horse



Mann Island

Blue Motor Finance

Startline Motor Finance



Premium Plan



Oasis Finance


Hippo Leasing is proud to be a member of the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental And Leasing Association) for several years now. The BVRLA is the leasing industry’s trade body and sets the standard that all leasing brokers in the UK must work towards. This ensures that customers receive the best standard of service from BVRLA-affiliated brokers, including fair and transparent customer dealings and complaint resolutions.


Hippo Leasing is a trading style of Hippo Vehicle Solutions Ltd (Company Number: 06215364). Hippo Vehicle Solutions is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority Firm Reference Number: 658076.

We are a broker not a lender and our registered office is Trident Park, Trident Way, Blackburn BB1 3NU. Our contact number is 01254 919000.