Car leasing is an attractive proposition to lots of drivers,
as it allows many of us to get a real taste for a vehicle and how we feel driving
it without necessarily having to stump up huge fees for the privilege. You
could compare it to renting a home, and in many ways the two are very similar –
not least when it comes to the end of the lease.
As any experienced tenant will be able to tell you, once you
return a property to its owner you may find that you’re met with a few
unexpected charges. Lack of cleanliness, damaged furniture and unkept gardens
are some of the more common reasons for extra charges, and car charges are very
similar in this regard. If the leasing broker sees an opportunity to get their
hands on more of your hard-earned cash, they will.
What can I get charged for?
There are a few common grounds on which you can expect to face
additional charges when returning your leased vehicle:
- Mess – This one is incredibly obvious,
but you won’t believe how many people still fall foul of this. Used bottles,
stains, cigarette butts, bad smells or dog hairs are big red flags here – make sure
to give your vehicle a thorough clean before returning or better still,
make sure to clean regularly throughout the course of the lease.
- Lack of maintenance – With modern
vehicles there’s really no excuse for poor maintenance. If your dashboard is
lighting up like the Vegas strip, it’s time for some tender love and care.
Believe us, your bank balance will thank you when it comes to return day.
- Extra mileage – Again this is a straightforward
tip, but many drivers are unaware of just how steep their additional charges will
be when running over an agreed mileage limit. Always make sure to agree to a
realistic limit from the outset, as your end fees could run into the thousands
here if you aren’t careful.
- Poor repair work – Showing the initiative
to get your repairs done before returning is certainly a good thing, but who
you choose for the job is vital. Leasing brokers won’t look kindly on repairs carried
out to a poor standard, so if you’re going to have repair work done make sure
to solicit the work of the professionals (*cough*). Damaged wheels or cracked alloys aren’t jobs to be handled by your friends,
they’re tasks to be carried out by trained technicians – trust us when we say
that the difference between a novice and a professional repair is clearly
noticeable in the majority of cases.
Should I face the charges? Or should I carry out the
Allow us to paraphrase this question – would you leave your
rental property dirty, unkept and needing repair work knowing that your
landlord or estate agent will charge you extortionate amounts to put it right?
No? Well, we’d say the same about returning leased vehicles.
To put it simply, it just isn’t a risk worth taking.
If your vehicle’s lease is nearing its conclusion and you’d
like to discuss your options with a true expert in the field, get in touch with one of our
specialist team today who’ll be more than happy to help.
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