Returning your leased car can result in an unexpectedly high expense as even minor repairs will be charged at inflated bodyshop rates. If you have accidentally caused damage to a lease car, I can repair most vehicle damage before it is returned and help you to avoid high penalty repair bills.

Refurbishing your lease vehicles with Premier Smart Repairs before their return can save you money. The cost of our repairs is a fraction of what you could pay in penalties for returning damaged vehicles to your leasing agent. Our approach to lease repair work is simple – restore vehicles to meet the guidelines stated in your lease agreement so you avoid penalty fees.

What are recharges?

A leased or contract hire car will at some point have to be returned to the company which provided it when the contract ends, and you are obliged to return it in a reasonable state of repair. At the end-of-lease it will be inspected by the lease company and any areas of damage deemed to be “excessive wear and tear” incur a recharge for the cost of repairing the damage.

BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide

Most inspectors work from the guidelines provided by the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) in their Fair Wear & Tear Guide. If you haven’t already received one of these guides, we strongly recommend that you purchase one online

“The aim of the BVRLA’s Fair Wear & Tear Guide is to provide an industry-wide, accepted standard as to what constitutes fair wear and tear for contract hired and leased vehicles on their return to BVRLA Members at the end of contract.”

The guide provides information as to what is and what is not acceptable with full descriptions, photos and even a handy check list for appraising your vehicle before return. Keep this guide in your glove compartment and use it to check your car should you incur any damage, The Fair Wear & Tear Guide guide will tell you if you are likely to incur a recharge, this online guide will tell you what to do about it.

Last year car leasing companies charged British companies £120,000,000 in penalty recharges*, with some lease companies charging an average of £600 per car for wear and tear *Source: Fleet News Net FN50 – 2004 – www.fleetnewsnet.co.uk

Although many recharges are for excessive mileage, often the recharges are for damage which can be easily rectified at a fraction of the cost. For example, if you have a small scuff on your bumper, you could be charged the full price of a body shop repair which may involve replacing and repainting the whole bumper. However, a Smart Repair technician can repair just the damaged area which obviously costs less money. Even if your car has damage which needs a full body shop repair, it is often cheaper to have the work done yourself than pay the charges for refurbishment which will cover the lease company’s administration costs for the repair. But of course the best option is to try to avoid damaging your car in the first place! With just a little effort you can avoid most of the risks and save yourself trouble when you return your lease car.

This visual guide will help you avoid Excessive Wear & Tear and maintain your car in good condition. It will also tell you your responsibilities as the key-holder, the kind of damage which can incur charges and where to get it fixed.