What’s fair wear and tear?
Vehicle Contracts follow the BVRLA guidelines on fair wear and tear for lease vehicles. The guidelines specify any damage should be natural deterioration rather than due to driver error or an accident. Natural deterioration is classed as fair wear and tear.
Key things you should check before returning a vehicle:
- The vehicle isn’t damaged
- The vehicle is roadworthy
- The vehicle is free from rust
- There’s sufficient fuel/charge for the vehicle to be returned
- All electric safety features and advanced driver assistance systems should be working
- The vehicle has all relevant documentation and all accessories it was delivered with such as keys and the owner’s manual
Including a maintenance package does help to keep damage within fair wear and tear, by providing a service and cover for your tyres.
If you do cause any damage to a lease car, inform Vehicle Contracts as soon as it occurs.
End of lease FAQs
Below, you will find our frequently asked questions about the end of your leasing contract.
A leased car can be returned early, however, you may be subjected to an early cancellation fee. Where possible, try to arrange collection at the end of your contract to avoid this.
No, as long as everything is to the agreed-upon conditions such as mileage and there isn't any damage, you won't have to pay any additional fees.
Yes, the collection of your lease car is free from anywhere on the mainland UK, usually Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
In the unfortunate event you go over your mileage limit, you will be charged on a pence per mile basis. The amount will be agreed upon in your initial contract.
For example, if you were to go 1,000 miles over your limit at five pence per mile, you would be charged £50.
When you're coming to the end of your lease, you will be notified several times to arrange collection. If you do go over your agreed contract, you may be subject to a late fee depending on what's agreed in your contract.
Your car doesn't have to be spotless before it's returned as long as it's in a safe and roadworthy condition and the inspection can be carried out quickly and easily.
Yes, you're well within your rights to dispute any fees you don't think are valid. With BVRLA lease companies, you can pay for a third-party engineer to check the vehicle, however, their decision is final so if they agree the charges are valid, you'll have to pay.
This decision will have to be made by the finance company. Please contact the supplying finance company to see if they can extend your car lease. You will not be able to start a new lease on the same vehicle and may have to get the latest version of the same vehicle if it's still available.