Taking out a lease contract means you need to ensure the car is cared for and well-maintained. This guide has some helpful tips on how to look after your lease car throughout your lease term.
When it comes to leasing a car, you need to ensure that it is well looked after and maintained throughout your lease contract. As you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle, you may incur penalty charges at the end of your lease if the vehicle is not maintained to a fair standard. We’ve put this guide together to help you keep on top of your vehicle maintenance and offer some advice about what type of regular maintenance you should be doing.
As part of your lease contract, your vehicle will need to be kept to fair wear and tear standards. Most finance companies use the BVRLA’s set of guidelines to measure these standards, so you need to make sure you look over them and understand what is and isn’t acceptable. At the end of your lease, your lease car will be inspected and if the car hasn’t been kept up to standard, you will be liable to pay for any damages to the car.
To avoid this happening, we recommend keeping on top of your car’s appearance and maintenance throughout your lease term.
We recommend spending around fifteen minutes every couple of weeks or so looking over your lease car. Checking for any minor damage or problems that could lead to a bigger issue in the long run if not sorted quickly enough.
For your more necessary checks like your oil levels and vehicle lights, we recommend checking these before every long journey or every two to three weeks. For your more technical checks, you should take your leased car to a garage.
This should be done every twelve months if you don’t drive often to every six months if you travel a lot. The garage will make sure your lights, brakes, steering and tyres are all working as they should. If you are ever nervous or worried about your lease car having a problem, we always recommend you consult a garage to double-check.
To avoid the possible end-of-lease charges, keeping on top of your car and repairing any damage when it occurs is essential. Below are some of our helpful tips: