When you take delivery of your new lease car or leave van, the last thing on your mind is returning it. Sooner or later whether you have a 1 Year Lease, 2 Year Lease, 3 Year Lease or even a 4 Year lease, the time is going to soon come round when you have to make arrangements to return your current lease car.
During the time you have had the lease car or leave van, all going well you will have taken good care of it externally and internally and had the necessary servicing done when required. On the day your finance company collects the car it will undergo a thorough inspection and the result of this inspection will be compared against an industry standard 'Fair Wear & Tear Guide' which has been produced by the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental Leasing Association). If your lease car or lease van does not meet the required standards then you will be charged for reconditioning the vehicle to a condition relevant to a vehicle of that age and mileage.
Vehicle documentation including the manual/s an servicing record must be available and in the vehicle at the point of return.
When preparing the car / van for return and you have cleared all your cd's and personal things from the glove box, its a good idea to put the manual and service record in here as this is an obvious place for the inspector to find it.
The car / van exterior should be clean to allow a detailed inspection by the collection agency. The indside should be have been vaccumed, cleared of rubbish and the ashtrays emptied as cleaning charges may be made.
To make things really easy for the inspector, if you can afford a few pounds to have the car professionally valted inside and out then it will look gleaming and smelling fresh which as you know yourself, always makes you car feel new and attractive. Dirty cars / vans always start off on the wrong foot and will not work in your favour.
Any badges or advertising that may have been fitted during the lease of you car or van should be removed.
Any damage caused by their attachment, difference in paintwork colour following their removal is not acceptable and will need to be reconditioned before return of the vehicle.
A full set of keys (normally 2) including the master key along with any locking wheel nut keys, should be returned as originally supplied.
Replacement keys can run into many hundreds of pounds due to the complex programming required for your particular car / van.
All painted body work areas are included in the inspection including painted bumpers and mirrors. There should be no signs of rust or corrosion and any obvious signs of poor repair is not acceptable.
Small areas of chipping, including door edge chipping, are acceptable realative to the vehicles age and mileage, provided that the base coat has not been penetrated and there is no corrosion.
Minor dents (upto 10mm) are acceptable provided that the base coat has no been penetrated and there is no sign of corrosion. Several dents on the one panel are not acceptable.
Light scratches and abrasions (up to 25mm) are acceptable, relative to the vehicles age and mileage, as long as they have not penetrated the base coat and there is no corrosion.
Light scuffing and score marks are acceptable provided the moulding or trim is not broken, cracked or deformed.
Missing, cracked or damaged door mirrors are not acceptable. If adjustable and / or heated, they must work correctly.
If your in any doubt and want to ensure that you are not charged reconditioning costs by your finance company, have any repairs completed before returning you leave car / lease van.
Chips and cracks to windscreen are not permitted and should either be professionally repaired or replaced before returning your lease car.
All lamps must be in working order. Minor scuff marks or scratches are acceptable. Holes or cracks in the glass or plastic covers of lamp units are not acceptable.
Dents or damage to wheels, including the spare wheel is not acceptable. The jack and other tools must be intact, stowed properly and in good working order. Some minor scuffing to the outside edge of plastic wheel trimms is acceptable, relative to the age and mileage of the vehicle. Minor scuffing on alloy wheels is acceptable. Scoring and other damage to the wheel surface is not acceptable.
All tyres, including the spare, must meet the minimum legal requirements and comply with the vehicle manufacturers recommendations of tyre type, size and speed rating for the vehicle. There must be no damage to sidewalls or tread.
Convertible roofs must be fully operative and free from rips and tears. The rear window must not be cracked or creased. Accessories originally supplied, eg Tonneau cover, must be present and in good condition.
The interior upholstery and trim must be clean with no visiable burns, tears or staining. Wear and soil through normal use is acceptable. Repairs that are not readily visable are also acceptable.