If you lease your vehicle, you need to consider the level of damage or wear incurred during the lease term, or ‘Fair Wear and Tear,’ as it’s known in the motor trade. In this instalment, we look at the guidelines laid out by the British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association as to what’s acceptable for vehice bodywork.

Part 3: Bodywork

Of course, no-one expects a vehicle that’s around three years old to be in pristine condition. There are some things that are acceptable:

General paintwork, body, bumpers and trim – There should be no rust, corrosion on any painted area of the car. This includes anything colour coded to the body colour i.e. Door mirrors.
As mentioned in part two, it’s a good idea to have any scrapes or chips repaired as they happen, however, you must make sure that the work is carried out to a professional standard and a full warranty can be provided.

Chips – Small areas of chipping, including door edge chipping are acceptable. However, if the areas of chipping require the entire panel, bumper or trim to be repaired of repainted, this is not acceptable.

Dents – Dents up to 10mm are acceptable provided there are no more than two (2) per panel and the paint surface is not broken.

Scratches – Scratches and abrasions up to 25mm are acceptable, relative to the vehicles age and mileage, and provided the primer or bare metal is not showing.

Moulding, wheel arches and trim – Scuffs and scratches up to 25mm are acceptable provided the mouldings or trim is not broken, cracked or deformed.

Soft and hard top convertibles – Roof must be in full working order and free fem damage, rips and tears.

Windows and windscreen – Light scratching is acceptable as long as it doesn’t interfere with the driver’s line of sight. Any heating elements must be fully functioning. Chips, cracks or holes are not acceptable. Repaired chips in driver’s line of sight are not acceptable. Other chip repairs are fine provided the work is carried out to a professional standard and a full warranty can be provided.

Lamps and lenses – All lamps must work. 25mm scratches are acceptable. Holes or cracks in the glass or plastic covers are not acceptable.

We hope this gives you a better understanding of what to look out for when you’re inspecting your exterior bodywork.

Next time we’ll look at interior wear and tear and also tyres and wheels.

As ever, if you need any advice in this area please don’t hesitate to call us as GWA, we are more than happy help.

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