How To Look After Your Lease Vehicle

Keeping your leased vehicle in good condition is important to avoid additional charges when returning the vehicle at the end of your lease term. 

As your contract states, the vehicle must be returned in good condition. Please see the BVRLA standards for acceptable wear and tear, based on the vehicle’s age and mileage.

Here are some general guidelines for minimizing wear and tear:

Regular Maintenance:

  • Follow the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule and keep records of all maintenance and repairs. Regularly scheduled maintenance, such as oil changes, are essential for the vehicle's overall health.

Exterior Care:

  • Keep the vehicle clean, and wash it regularly to prevent dirt, grime, and contaminants from causing damage to the paint and finish.

  • Address any chips or scratches promptly to prevent rust.

  • Windows and mirrors should also be checked for chips or cracks.

Interior Care:

  • Avoid smoking in the vehicle, as it can lead to lingering odours and stains.

  • Keep the interior clean and free from debris to prevent damage to surfaces.

Tyre and Wheel Care:

  • Maintain proper tyre pressure to prevent uneven wear.

  • Avoid hitting curbs and potholes, which can damage the tyres and wheels.

  • Check tyre tread and depth are of a safe and legal standard – this information can be found in your owner’s manual.

Remember that some wear and tear is considered normal and is typically covered within the terms of a lease. However, excessive, or unaddressed wear and tear can result in additional charges when you return the vehicle.

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