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What is Fair Wear and Tear on my Lease Car?

What is Fair Wear and Tear on my Lease Car?

When you have finished leasing your car and return it, it will be inspected.  The BVLRA provide an industry wide accepted standard for the condition of a vehicle that constitutes deterioration due to normal usage.  If you return a vehicle which is not within the fair wear and tear guidelines you will receive end of contract charges.

Here is the Rivervale Car Leasing guide to which scuffs and bumps can stay and which scratches and dents will ensure you get a bill!

General Advice

  • Have a good look around your car about 10-12 weeks before your lease is due to end.  This means if you identify any problems that need fixing you will have enough time to sort repairs out before your vehicle is collected.
  • Always make sure your vehicle is clean on the outside before an inspection as a clean car will ensure the most accurate report on condition.
  • Leave all documents relating to the vehicle in it!  Make sure your service book has been date stamped by an authorised repairer.  Ensure any guides and handbook originally supplied are left inside when you return your vehicle.
  • If you were supplied with a main key and a spare key make sure both are returned and you’ve removed your house key!  If your keys use a battery make sure they are functional and you are not returning a key with a flat battery.
  • Make sure you have removed all your personal items from the vehicle.  If you have enjoyed sat nav in your vehicle make sure you remove any personal data such as postcodes you have visited etc from the memory.
  • Your vehicle must be of current MOT standard – so if the clutch is slipping or the brake disks are worn you will definitely be charged!  This also means the tread on your tyres must be at least the minimum UK standard which is a tread depth of 1.6 mm.

 

Inside your vehicle

  • Light staining from usage to the seats will be accepted as will any minor scratches on treads, sill and seals.  Make sure any roof mechanisms are working whether this is a convertible roof or a sunroof.  All fittings that were present when you received the vehicle must still be present and working e.g the rear view mirror must be there as well as all seatbelts working.
  • Any missing fittings are not acceptable, so if you really like the stereo don’t just take it for your next car!  Any torn coverings or trims in the boot area will not be accepted as they will be seen as improper loading.  If the interior seats have any tears or cigarette burns they too will not be accepted so will definitely need repairing before the vehicle is returned.
  • Marks to the inside of your vehicle feels easier to control than any damage that may occur on the outside of the vehicle.  We can all have a no eating, drinking and smoking rule inside our cars but it is not as easy to control where stones will chip!  Because of this blemishes to the outside of the vehicle often cause the most lost sleep before a vehicle is returned.  Nobody will be expecting a vehicle back in perfect condition, some minor scrapes and bumps will be expected.

Bodywork

Accepted

Small chips, if there is no correction present.

√ Any scratches up to 25mm, as long as there is no primer or bare metal showing.

√ Dents up to 10 mm, as long as there are no more than 2 per panel and the paint surface is not broken.

√ Small areas of chipping on door edges. 

Not Accepted

Χ Any damage resulting from a collision or impact.

Χ Areas of chipping sufficiently large that the panel must be re-painted

Χ Any sticky residue left from the removal of company badges or stickers

Tyres and Wheels

Accepted

√ Surface deterioration on alloy wheels

√ Scuffs of anywhere up to 25mm on alloys

√ Tyres with 1.6 mm tread depth or more

Not Accepted

Χ Any damage to the side wall of tyres

Χ Damage to wheels/alloys caused by kerbing

Χ Any holes or cracks in wheel trims

Χ Tyres with a tread of less than 1.6 mm depth

Glass and Mirrors

Accepted

√ Any light scratches on the windscreen or passenger windows that do not interfere with the drivers line of sight

√ Surface damage to light casings

Not Accepted

Χ Windscreen chips

Χ Damaged or missing door mirrors

Χ Any holes in light casings that could allow water through, all lights must be working.

If you lease your car with us and would like a full copy of the BVLRA fair wear and tear guide all you need to do is ask and we will happily supply you with a copy.

The comments above do not necessarily reflect Rivervale's views unless clearly stated.

Car related news
10 February 2016
Written by Natalie Faughy
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