What Happens At The End Of A Car Lease?

At the end of a lease contract, you simply hand back the car to the finance company who collect it for free. If the vehicle is in good condition, you will not pay damage charges. You can then choose a new lease agreement on your next car or look elsewhere.

Arranging Vehicle Collection

We will contact you a few months before your agreement ends to discuss your options & help you find a new lease deal.

Returning A Leased Car Checklist

Check The Exterior - Thoroughly inspect the paintwork for damage (such as scratches) at least 2 months before your collection is due, so you have time to get it repaired before returning the car. Don't forget to examine the wheels too as alloys can be scuffed easily.

Examine The Interior - Check over your upholstery for any stains or bad odours, plus make sure the dashboard features & equipment are all working properly.

Have The Car Professionally Cleaned - Paying for a valet service is important to ensure the vehicle can be inspected properly.

Remove All Personal items - Make sure to remove all your possessions from the car.

Organise Your Paperwork - You will need your original documents, service history & a valid MOT certificate (if required). Don't forget to bring all sets of keys along too.

Does The Car Need To Be In Perfect Condition?

We would never expect a lease car to be returned in brand-new condition. Wear & tear on a vehicle you've been driving for up to 5 years is expected & no one will expect your vehicle to look like it's fresh from the showroom.

All you need to do is keep it in good shape – ideally, as close as you can to the car's original condition.

What Happens If I've Damaged The Car?

All reputable leasing companies will follow the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) Fair Wear & Tear guidelines when inspecting your car. If you have been in an accident or incident which caused serious damage to the vehicle, you will be expected to pay for the repair.

Can I Extend My Contract?

If your lease is ending but you are still enjoying the car, contact the lease company. They might extend the term, but this is not guaranteed.

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