Before you return your lease car, you should thoroughly check for excess damage. Make a note of any scuffs, scratches or marks and read the lease provider’s guidelines on fair wear and tear to see if it’s on you to get repairs.
It’s normally cheaper for you to repair the car yourself than leave it for the lease provider to arrange, but your contract will specify whether you can do this.
The BVRLA advise checks are performed 10-12 weeks before the car is due to be returned, as this gives you enough time to arrange any repair work.
Externally, check for scratches, dents or other damage on the external panels – including the doors, bonnet and roof. Also check windows, mirrors and lights to see if there are any cracks or chips. When checking the wheels, tyres and trims for damage – don’t forget the spare wheel.
Internally, you should start by checking for any stains, burns or tears. Look for any scratches to the dashboard or glove compartment and clear out any litter or lingering odours. Test the controls and dashboard, including the audio system, to make sure they all still work. Check any accessories that came with the car are still present and working correctly.
If you have any personal information saved, such as Bluetooth or addresses in the Sat Nav, then delete it before you give the car back.
Related: guide to car lease maintenance