With more and more car owners opting to lease their vehicles these days, it’ll be no surprise to know a large proportion of our work is working on lease vehicles approaching the end of its term.
Handing your vehicle back can be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first lease vehicle. Unfortunately, the rumours are true; these leasing companies can be ruthless with not only the charges they apply but what damages they will consider as fair wear and tear. Gone are the days when you can instruct any car body repair company to carry out a ‘quick fix’ repair and adopt the attitude of ‘its only a lease return’. Many leasing companies have wisened up to this approach and now have trained, or ex-car body repair specialists examine the vehicle upon its return. Without a flawless factory finish, the car body repairs will be noted as a ‘poor’ repair, and you’ll be charged regardless.
For many of these leasing companies, it’s become a business within a business. Some are not as honest and as trustworthy as you would hope. The point is, taking a compromised car body repair, or a ‘cheap’ fix to try and pull a fast one will not work. Fortunately, Car-Wizard has over 14 years of experience in dealing with many lease returns. We will happily walk around your vehicle with you and advise exactly what will be considered fair wear and tear. You’ll be surprised by our honesty. We don’t agree on the way some of these leasing companies can be unethical, and we will work with you to have the car returned as cost-effective as possible. We work with a long term business approach. We know if we save you money, and the vehicle is returned with as little disputes and costs as possible you’ll return and trust our judgment on your next lease return.
You can actually request a fair wear and tear guidance pack directly from your leasing company. Although we have a good understanding of what’s acceptable, this is advisable as all lease companies vary. This also rules out any ambiguity when the vehicle is back in their possession.
You can also pay for a pre-return inspection by your leasing company. This is not advisable, firstly because you can get a free wear and tear guidance pack on request as explained above. Secondly, because should you actually require any car body repairs you’ll just be giving them the hindsight to be looking for any excuse to deem the newly repaired areas’ poor’. Once the vehicle is in their possession, you’ll be at their mercy. It’s in our interest to make the return as smooth a transition as possible as we offer you a full no-obligation refund should they consider any of our repairs’ poor’.
Our experienced specialists are covered with full public liability insurance and follow all health and safety guidelines. Using only the highest quality products you can be assured that all repairs undertaken by Car-Wizard have a durable factory finish.
Get in touch with Car-Wizard to discuss how we can provide a cost-effective solution for your bumper scuff repairs, alloy wheel repairs, paint scratch repairs, and dings and dent repairs before your vehicles return. We cover the Bath, Bristol and Chippenham areas.