Appraising your vehicle This will identify any damage that does not constitute fair wear and tear and requires repair. This will allow you to arrange to have any unacceptable wear and tear rectified. Appraise the vehicle as honestly as you can — be objective. Ask a friend or colleague to help you. Choose a time and place with good light. This is how the leasing company will examine your vehicle.
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BVRLA Guidelines: Paintwork, body, bumpers and trim There should be no rust or corrosion on any painted area including painted bumpers, body moulding and mirrors. Obvious evidence of poor repair is not acceptable.
If the areas of chipping require the entire panel to be re-painted, the damage is not acceptable. Dents Dents up to 10mm are acceptable provided there are no more than two 2 per panel and the paint surface is not broken. Dents on the roof are not acceptable. Badges and labels Badges, labels or advertising fitted to the bodywork or glass of the vehicle should be removed unless originally fitted with the agreement of the leasing company and any damage caused by their attachment or removal must be made good.
Any difference in paintwork colour noted following the removal of advertising, labelling or logos is not acceptable. Soft top convertibles Convertible roofs must be fully operative and free from rips and tears.
The rear window must not be cracked or creased. Accessories originally supplied, e. Tow bars A tow bar, if fitted, must be in good, rust-free condition with electrical connections working properly. A ball cover must be in place. Chips, cracks or holes are not acceptable Door mirrors Missing, cracked or damaged door mirrors are not acceptable.
Minor scuff marks or scratches are acceptable. Holes or cracks in the glass or plastic covers of lamp units are not acceptable. There must be no damage to sidewalls or tread. Wheels and wheel trims Dents and holes on steel rims and the main body of the wheel, are not acceptable. Scuffs up to 25mm on the outside edge of wheel trims and on alloy wheels are acceptable.
What is Fair Wear and Tear? An Overview of the BVRLA Guidelines
What is Fair Wear and Tear? The BVRLA are the trade body for car leasing companies in the UK, so their fair wear and tear guide is pretty much the holy grail for leasers wanting to know what exactly constitutes fair wear and tear. We should note that you should check with your specific leasing broker whether the finance company uses the BVRLA Standard or their own version. The fair wear and tear guidelines for both personal and business contract hire are identical, although there are three different guides for three different types of vehicle: Cars - Vehicles up to 8 persons. General appearance, road safety, documentation, keys Before getting into the nitty-gritty of examination, there are some basic things you need to sort out before your car handover at the end of a lease. General Condition The vehicle should be roadworthy - no warning lights should be flashing or lit up.
Returning your leased vehicle