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Leasing Wear and Tear Guide

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3rd August 2022

In 2020, fair wear and tear charges cost an average of £326, which demonstrates the importance of keeping your lease vehicle well maintained. The most effective method of avoiding penalty charges is to keep the vehicle in good condition and deal with any damage as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening.

Keith Hawes
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

How to prepare for returning your vehicle

Conducting your own assessment

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Inspect one panel at a time

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Inspect the sides of the vehicle from a crouching position

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Check glass areas thoroughly

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Check wheels, trims and tyres for damage

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Inspect the interior of your vehicle

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Inspect all dashboard and other controls

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Check vehicle documentation

What is considered 'normal' wear and tear for a three-year lease?

If you are confused about what is and isn’t acceptable with fair wear and tear, you should consult the guidelines from your finance provider, where measurement and example photographs are included.

Keith Hawes
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

What kind of damage is acceptable on a leased vehicle?

What are the fair wear and tear standards?

Importance of regular service and maintenance

What to do if your leased car is damaged

How to rectify any damage

Who pays for repairs on a leased vehicle?

Damage Estimates

Personal leasing deals

Hot Deal
24 plate
Model version 2024
FREE METALLIC PAINT
Citroen C3 Hatchback 1.2 PureTech 110 Plus EAT6 *Free Metallic Paint*

Citroen C3 Hatchback

1.2 PureTech 110 Plus EAT6 *Free Metallic Paint*

From

£138.98

Business price
per month Excl VAT

Personal Leasing £166.77 Incl VAT

Initial Rental £833.88 Excl VAT
Processing Fee: £250.00 Excl VAT
Subject to status and conditions
Hot Deal
UP TO 47.9 MPG*
Model version 2025
FREE METALLIC PAINT
Hyundai Tucson 1.6T Hybrid N Line S Auto *Free Metallic Paint*

Hyundai Tucson

1.6T Hybrid N Line S Auto *Free Metallic Paint*

From

£258.16

Business price
per month Excl VAT

Personal Leasing £309.79 Incl VAT

Initial Rental £1,548.96 Excl VAT
Processing Fee: £250.00 Excl VAT
Subject to status and conditions
Hot Deal
UP TO 54.3 MPG*
Model version 2024
FREE METALLIC PAINT
Nissan Qashqai 1.5 E-Power Acenta Premium Auto

Nissan Qashqai

1.5 E-Power Acenta Premium Auto

From

£201.68

Business price
per month Excl VAT

Personal Leasing £242.02 Incl VAT

Initial Rental £1,210.08 Excl VAT
Processing Fee: £250.00 Excl VAT
Subject to status and conditions
Hot Deal
UP TO 48.7 MPG*
Model version 2024
INCL METALLIC PAINT
Nissan Juke 1.0 DiG-T N-Connecta *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Nissan Juke

1.0 DiG-T N-Connecta *Incl. Metallic Paint*

From

£173.54

Business price
per month Excl VAT

Personal Leasing £208.25 Incl VAT

Initial Rental £1,041.24 Excl VAT
Processing Fee: £250.00 Excl VAT
Subject to status and conditions

Guide Information

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