Good condition guide

What you need to be aware of before the end of contract inspection of your vehicle.

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.

Servicing and repairs

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

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:

  • Wash and dry your vehicle before, dirt can mask damage.
  • Make sure you assess your vehicle in good light. Assessments carried out in poor light may mean you miss something.
  • Be objective and assess your vehicle as honestly as you can.

Acceptable condition

The vehicle should be returned in a safe, legal and reliable mechanical condition, capable of passing an MOT test.

Not acceptable

  • Brake damage from worn out pads
  • Engine damage due to ignoring warning lights
  • Seizure through low fluids
  • Excessive damage to the underside.

 

Photograph of acceptable car body damageGeneral appearance

Acceptable condition

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.

Not acceptable

  • Rust, corrosion or discolouration on any painted area, including painted bumpers, body moulding and mirrors.
  • Obvious evidence of poor repair, such as flaking paint, preparation marks, paint contamination, rippled finish and poorly matched paint.

Photograph of acceptable bodywork chipsChips

Acceptable condition

Small areas of chipping, including door edge chipping, as long as the base coat has not been penetrated.

Not acceptable

Areas of chipping which require the entire panel, bumper or trim to be repaired or repainted.

Dents

Acceptable condition

Photograph of acceptable bodywork dentsDents up to 10 mm in diameter, as long as the paint surface is not broken.

Not acceptable

Dents on the roof or grooved metal line on any of the panels.

photograph of acceptable wheel damageWheels and wheel trims

Acceptable condition

  • Minor scuffs and scratches (up to 25mm) providing the moulding or trim is not broken, cracked or deformed.
  • Scuffs totalling up to 50mm on the circumference of the wheel trim and on alloy wheels.

Not acceptable

  • Dents and holes on wheel rims and wheel trims.
  • Any damage to the wheel spokes and the hub of the alloy wheels.

Tyre wear and damage

Acceptable condition

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.

Not acceptable

Damage to sidewalls or tread and uneven wear due to under or over-inflation.

Windscreen and windows

All heating elements should work properly.

Acceptable condition

Light scratching provided it does not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.

Not acceptable

Chips and any critical damage. Cracks or holes should be repaired immediately and to a professional standard.

Door mirrors

Adjustable and/or heated door mirrors should work correctly.

Acceptable condition

Minor scuff marks or scratches up to 25mm to door mirrors.

Not acceptable

Missing, cracked or damaged door mirrors. These should be replaced.

Lights and lamps

All lamps and lenses must work.

Acceptable condition

Minor scuff marks or scratches up to 25mm.

Not acceptable

Holes or cracks in the glass or plastic covers of lamp units. These should be replaced.

photograph of acceptable interior damageInterior

Interior fittings should be present, intact and free of damage.

Acceptable condition

Normal wear and tear to carpets and trims.

Not acceptable

  • Burns, cuts, scratches or dents to trim, seat covers, headlining and floor coverings.
  • Stains or permanent discolouration to interior upholstery – any damage including holes after audio removal should be repaired to a professional standard

Equipment, tools and controls

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.

Not acceptable

  • Missing items, including original audio equipment unless it has been replaced with an equivalent.
  • Bent or broken parts, ill-fitting items through substandard work, accident damage or misuse.