The BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide Explained by Clear Car Leasing


Whether you lease a car for 18 months or 4 years, it is your responsibility to ensure that the car is looked after whilst in your possession and returned at the end of your lease term in a condition acceptable under the Fair Wear & Tear guidelines.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) was established in 1967 and is the trade body for companies such as ourselves who lease/rent cars and for commercial vehicles.

The BVRLA guide is an industry standard of what is regarded as fair wear and tear on the car you lease and return at the end of your contract and if upon inspection of your vehicle you have failed in some way to adhere to the guidelines, you could incur charges which are normally payable at the end of your lease term.

The BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide Explained by Clear Car Leasing

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As long as you look after your lease car and maintain it according to manufacturer standards you shouldn’t have to pay any additional charges at the end of your lease contract.

The electronics should be working properly, the interior be in good condition and the exterior of the car should only have minor surface damage if any.

The documentation that came with the car and two sets of keys should also be ready to hand over at the end of your lease term to ensure no extra charges will have to be paid.

You will incur charges for any damage that is not considered fair wear & tear to cover the cost of repairs.

We advise regular checks of your lease car whilst in your care and around eight weeks before your lease is due to end, check your vehicle against the BVRLA’s fair wear & tear guide. This will give you time to rectify any damage or missing items not covered under the guide so that not extra charges will be incurred by yourself.

Check your lease car both inside and out, even consider asking a friend or family member to help you. Give the car a good wash and clean the inside thoroughly to avoid missing any damage that could cost you in end-of-contract charges.


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