Fair Wear & Tear Guide

So, you’re ready to hand your lease car back at the end of your contract and you’re wondering what you need to do with the small stone chips, or minor damage caused by daily use. In this guide we’ll tell you what’s expected of you as the hirer.

It is your responsibility as the hirer to ensure the vehicle is serviced at the manufacturer’s recommended intervals. It's possible that you haven't reached one of those intervals (especially if you've done low mileage in the car, or if you've had it over a shorter contract length). It is also your responsibility to make sure the vehicle has a current MOT certificate.

You are also responsible for ensuring that the vehicle is in good repair and condition when you hand it back. Any damaged caused to, or deterioration of, the vehicle other than through reasonable fair wear and tear [click here to download the BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear guide (PDF)] is your responsibility to get fixed. It's worth reading through the BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear guide as it can help you understand what will and won't be accepted when you're handing the car back. You may need to get some minor repair work done on the car before handing it back, otherwise you may find that the finance company will send you a bill.

To help take care of your vehicle, you should regularly:

  • Check the engine / oil level, coolant labels and refill as necessary between services
  • Check tyre pressures, depth of tread and general condition of the tyres
  • Check all lights and indicators

Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on oil refills and the quality of oil to use. If you don’t follow the guidelines, could significantly impact on the performance of your vehicle which could increase wear or cause overheating (leading to engine damage), the oil might block the exhaust catalyst causing the vehicle to fail emissions and control tests, increase your fuel consumption and more.


Hopefully this guide will have answered any questions you have about your responsibilities. If not, please feel free to call us on 0151 728 4711. If you would like to view our latest Audi and Volkswagen contract hire offers please click here.

This guide is accurate as of 28 February 2017.