End of Lease Inspection
When a vehicle is returned back to the leasing company, the vehicle will probably go through a rigorous inspection process. The leasing company will check all areas to see if any damage may have occurred whilst in your possession. Each leasing company will have a slightly different criteria of what they consider to be fair wear & tear: you will need to refer to your contract for clarification.
We suggest that you download the vehicle inspection sheet from our website. This check sheet is similar to the sheets used by leasing companies and should be used 6-8 weeks before returning your vehicle to asses areas of damage which could incur penalties.
Before you begin, make sure your vehicle has been cleaned, dried and that you are inspecting the vehicle in good daylight.
To protect you,
- When the vehicle is appraised by the leasing company always ensure you keep your copy of the appraisal paperwork;
- Check the appraisal sheet, has anything been missed?
- Always remember to sign and date the sheet, make sure the collection agent also signs it;
- If you can always try to be present at the inspection.
Wear & Tear Guide
The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association's (BVRLA) 'fair, wear and tear standard' is the widely accepted industry guide as to what constitutes fair, wear and tear for leased vehicles at the conclusion of the contract period.
A copy of our guide is available and can be seen below; It provides advice to fleet managers and drivers on maintenance routines and preventative action necessary to keep a vehicle in acceptable condition.
The guide also defines the industry standard for every aspect of a vehicle's condition. A vehicle that has been maintained to the condition specified in the guide and showing no unreasonable wear and tear internally or externally will not normally incur end of contract refurbishment charges.
However, for damage exceeding the standards please ask for advice, we will actively work with customers to minimise their exposure to end-of-contract charges.