What constitutes normal wear and tear on an end of lease contract
Should you have a car on contract hire, you have basically hired the car for a number of years, not exceeding a total number of miles (as stated in our previous blogs). At the end of the contracted period, you return the vehicle back to the leasing company but not before the representative collecting the vehicle has examined it for normal wear and tear.
Before leasing the vehicle to you, the leasing company will have estimated the value of the car after the lease has finished and that will include normal wear and tear, however should the vehicle be returned in a poorer condition than estimated, then the leasing company will charge you extra at the end of the lease to cover the costs of repair or loss in value. In this blog, we will examine how to check for normal wear and tear.
- Ensure that your vehicle is clean and valeted just before collection. A clean car shows it has been well looked after;
- Check all the panels for dents and chips. It is better to bend down and look along the panels at it is easier to see any indents;
- The tyres should be worn equally and there should be no scratches on the wheels or trims (ensure the spare tyre is in good order);
- All lamps, lights and mirrors should be in good working order and not have any chips or cracks;
- The interior of the car should be in good order with no tears or stains;
- The boot should be free of debris and if you have an estate, any damage from dogs should be rectified and dog hairs removed;
- All technology such as radios, Bluetooth etc should be in good working order.
It is better to inspect your vehicle a few weeks before it is due to be returned, so that you can get any faults rectified before collection.
When collection is made, the driver will note any damage to the vehicle and you will be asked to sign; agreeing to his findings. Should you not agree, you need to clarify what happens next but you are entitled to pay for an independent engineer to inspect the car. Should the engineer find in your favour, reasonable costs of the inspection will be made to you by the leasing company. Should this be of interest to you, please contact us for more information.