If your lease car is ready for returning it may be of interest to know what damage is acceptable as fair wear and tear and what is not. after 2 or 3 years your vehicle is likley to have
picked up a little damage some of which could cost you an expensive penalty
The BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) has created a guide to what constitutes as fair wear and tear.
Use these rules as a Guide
- The car should be returned in a safe and roadworthy condition, with all the appropriate documentation, spare keys and equipment.
- Cars should be serviced according to the manufacturers service schedule. Books should be stamped at the time of service to keep the history of the car.
- Before the car is returned, the car should be in a clean condition to allow a thorough inspection of the car.
Acceptable - Small scratches outside of drivers eye sight.
Unacceptable - Holes, chips and cracks in the glass, and scratches inside the drivers direct line of sight.
Acceptable - Minor scuffage upto 25mm in length. Wheels also meet minimum legal requirements.
Unacceptable - Scoring and other damage to wheel surface. Damage to side walls or uneven tread wear.
- Wing Mirrors
Acceptable - Minor scuffage as long as no paintwork is damaged.
Unacceptable - Missing, damaged, or cracked wing mirrors.
Acceptable - Minnor scuffing upto 25mm in length.
Unaccepable - Deep scuffs where paint is broken, dented and cracked areas.
Acceptable - Small areas of chipping. Light scratches up to 25mm in length, relative to the vehicle’s age. Dents up to 10mm providing paint is not broken.
Unaccepable - Stone chips or scratches over 25mm in length that have exposed the bare metal or primer or have rusted. Any impact damage. Multiple dents on a single panel.
Acceptable - All decals need to be removed and all glue residue removed.
Unacceptable - Any damage caused by the removal of such badges and advertising.
- Interior Upholstery
Acceptable - Should be clean and tidy, with only slight wear and soiling through normal use.
Unacceptable - Burns, tears or permanent staining. Any damage caused by the fitting of equipment such as mobile phones
This is only a guide but it is set out by the BVRLA but different finance companys have diffrent standards of fair wear and tear.
If you need any assistance regarding the body damage dont hesitate to give us a call.