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Has anyone had experience of this in terms of a few scratches on car when handing car back. What's the charges?
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Has anyone had experience of this in terms of a few scratches on car when handing car back. What's the charges?
I doubt there will be a set charge that they'll make you pay. It will depend on the severity of the scratches, how many, how long, how deep, etc. Along with any other damage the car may have.
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This tends to be the norm but as always a lease is a legal document - don’t sign it without understanding it!

https://www.bvrla.co.uk/resource/ret...d-vehicle.html
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I'd expect them to be on the harsh side about it, that's their bread & butter after all. In recent years i'm seeing a lot of paint/scratch places open up seemingly just to cater getting cars 'just so' before they go back after lease.
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I’ve known a few people get lease cars and be charged 100’s of pounds for small scratches or imperfections. They make money back on this so they’re going to charge you more than it’s worth. Be prepared for a large bill.
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I doubt there will be a set charge that they'll make you pay. It will depend on the severity of the scratches, how many, how long, how deep, etc. Along with any other damage the car may have.
Exactly.
There's no set price, it will depend on the scratches themselves. I'd expect them to be on the harsh/pricey side though because from what I've seen/heard, any slight thing with the car and they are charging you the money for it to be put right.
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No hard and fast rule on how much it cost as different lease companies will have a different schedule of charges.

I am pretty certain it would have been a document you signed prior to taking delivery of the car.
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It does say fair wear and tear will not be charged
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It does say fair wear and tear will not be charged
I’ve never leased but I know a number of people who have and they’ve always done it through BVRLA members - as per the link in my previous post you need to ask your leasing company for a copy of the handbook.

Fair wear and tear are great terms but who’s idea of fair? When I’ve traded in 3 or 4 year old cars the dealers have always been really good but then they want the next sale plus they always offer less than private sale.

If there’s no incentive to “be nice” then I could see them being much stricter in order to get a bit more money.

As with everything don’t sign for the car until you understand- and get it in writing - what the standards are.
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Might be cheaper to go and find out how much your local car garage that does car painting would charge to touch it up. It may be cheaper than what the lease company will cost you when you return it. No harm in getting an estimate to see if you think it might be worth it. Fair wear and tear is subjective unless spelt out precisely in the lease documents.
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(Original post by sultangopi)
It does say fair wear and tear will not be charged
Remember scratches are not wear and tear, it's impact damage. You might get away with a stone chip, but that's it I suspect.
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A lot of fine scratches can be buffed out yourself as well, far more than you might think possible.

Also if you’ve any dents look into Paintless Dent Removal (PDR) specialists.

When I traded in my last car I cleaned my car and went round with a clipboard and torch.

There were fine scratches where someone parked into my rear wheel arch which I got rid of using this
Autoglym Scratch Removal Kit https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N5VUK...p_mob_ap_share

There was a ding in the door from a car park which I got removed by a local PDR guy for £50 - he was fantastic, I couldn’t see the dent after at all.

I had scratches in the interior plastics in the boot from cargo that I got rid of using a heat gun on very low heat and then a plastic black product over the entire area to blend in the repair.
Meguiar's Ultimate Black Plastic Restorer Trim Restorer 355ml https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0044090...ing=UTF8&psc=1

There was a scrape on one of the alloys which I did see about getting repaired but after speaking with the receiving dealer I decided it wasn’t worth the money.
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I have asked a few people who work in garages who say scratches are fair wear and tear?
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I have asked a few people who work in garages who say scratches are fair wear and tear?
It'll vary, likely depending on the motivation of the observer. Most would consider a few stone chips or a scuff to be reasonable and unavoidable wear and tear. less so a car that's been scraped off a wall or been keyed by vandals, either of which could see a car being wrote off.
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