This is the final part to our guide on looking after your leased vehicle.
We've included a few important checks and advisories in part three, to make sure that when your vehicle is returned there are no un-expected concerns or costs.
Repair chips, scuff and scratches
Yes, we're sure you will be aware that this is expected, but what is important here is that these are carried out straight away before any further damage is caused i.e. rust.
Check your tyres
It is important to care for your vehicle's tyres. If your tyres are in poor condition they could lose traction in poor weather causing you to have an accident. When returning your vehicle the tyres are expected to be in a roadworthy condition (check the BVLRA guide below).
Check your windscreen
Any chips, cracks and holes should not interfere with the driver's line of sight. Should it be repaired or replaced, it must be recalibrated according to the vehicle manufacturer's specification so that any advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) is fully functioning on the vehicle.
Look after the carpets & upholstery
When the vehicle is returned, the vehicle's interior upholstery should be clean and odourless with no burns, scratches, tears or staining. Floor covering in the passenger and luggage areas should not be holed, torn or split. It is recommended that you purchase a set of in-car mats to help preserve the condition of the carpets in areas of heavy wear.
Don't forget to have a valid MOT
If your leased vehicle is three years old or more, you must ensure it has a current MOT certificate and arrange for the MOT to be carried out on an annual basis.
Don't ignore dashboard messages
Most new cars have dashboard warning messages about a wide range of topics, including issues with the braking system, engine, oil and coolant levels, and tyre pressures. You must NOT ignore these messages to ensure the vehicle continues to run safely and efficiently. If there is any doubt on what the message means please contact your local dealer who will be able to advise.
Learn more about the BVLRA Fair Wear & Tear guide: bvrla.co.uk/guidance/fair-wear-tear.html
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