At the end of your agreement you may choose to return your vehicle. Throughout your agreement you must keep the vehicle in good condition allowing for fair wear and tear. If the vehicle, its equipment or accessories have not been used, maintained or looked after as originally agreed then we may make end of contract charges. This guide explains what fair wear and tear is and highlights other key information you need to know.
Your vehicle must be fully serviced in line with the manufacturer and/or warranty requirements. We will not accept any mismatching of colours and parts, or any substandard repair work.
We can remove any additions you make to the vehicle and return them to you if you ask us in writing. You’ll need to pay our reasonable costs to do this, including replacing any items and any damage caused in the process.
Fair wear and tear occurs when normal use causes acceptable deterioration to the vehicle’s condition at the end of a contract or finance agreement. The age, mileage and use of the vehicle are taken into account.
We recommend you carry out your own inspection of the vehicle 10-12 weeks before it’s due for return. This will give you time to arrange to have any unacceptable wear and tear repaired. But don't forget to:
The vehicle should be returned in a safe, legal and reliable mechanical condition, capable of passing an MOT test.
Any repairs made to the vehicle as long as they meet our good condition guidelines. You will be responsible for the standard of the repairs.
Small areas of chipping, including door edge chipping, as long as the base coat has not been penetrated.
Areas of chipping which require the entire panel, bumper or trim to be repaired or repainted.
Dents up to 10 mm in diameter, as long as the paint surface is not broken.
Dents on the roof or grooved metal line on any of the panels.
All tyres including the spare must be within legal limits. The minimum legal tread depth for a car tyre is 1.6mm, which must be maintained across the central 3/4 of the breadth of the tread in a continuous band for the full circumference of the tyre.
Damage to sidewalls or tread and uneven wear due to under or over-inflation.
All heating elements should work properly.
Light scratching provided it does not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
Chips and any critical damage. Cracks or holes should be repaired immediately and to a professional standard.
Adjustable and/or heated door mirrors should work correctly.
Minor scuff marks or scratches up to 25mm to door mirrors.
Missing, cracked or damaged door mirrors. These should be replaced.
All lamps and lenses must work.
Minor scuff marks or scratches up to 25mm.
Holes or cracks in the glass or plastic covers of lamp units. These should be replaced.
Interior fittings should be present, intact and free of damage.
Normal wear and tear to carpets and trims.
The spare wheel (including ‘spacesaver’), jack and other tools must be intact, stowed properly and in good working order. The emergency tyre inflation kit, if supplied when new, should be in full working order, serviceable and ready for use.