At the end of your leasing contract, you will return the vehicle to the leasing company. Part of the handover includes an assessment to determine whether the vehicle meets the agreed returned condition. As always, it’s wise to start the preparations early.
For a start, check out the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) Fair Wear and Tear Guide at least eight weeks before the end of your lease. The aim of the guide is to provide an industry-wide, accepted standard as to what constitutes fair wear and tear to help to reduce or eliminate de-hire charges at the end of a vehicle contract.
Lease-end penalty charges are most commonly for:
Fair wear and tear occurs when normal usage causes deterioration to a vehicle. This is not to be confused with damage, which occurs as a result of a specific event or series of events such as impact, inappropriate stowing of items, harsh-treatment, negligent acts or omissions.
Ultimately, the best way to avoid penalty charges at lease-end is to take better care of your car from the start. Always maintain your lease car along the guidelines provided in the owner’s manual from the manufacturer.
* All vehicle images and descriptions on this site are for illustration and reference purposes only and are not necessarily an accurate representation of the vehicle on offer EOE. Do not relay on the images or descriptions contained in this website they are only a guide
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