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1. Choose your colour wisely
Repairs to special option colours can be costlier, whilst unusual colours - particularly greens and browns - are harder to match. Consider your colour carefully when taking out an agreement.
2. Clean your vehicle regularly
It’s easier to spot damage on a clean vehicle; where necessary, you can then carry out repairs during the course of the agreement, as opposed to waiting until the end.
3. Maintain your vehicle throughout the agreement
Ensure you keep an eye on the oil level, tyre pressure and bodywork throughout your agreement, so you don’t have to shell out for new tyres and other repairs sooner than expected.
4.Check in with your hire compan
Talk regularly to your leasing company to understand their policy on repairs. It might be cheaper to repair dents and scratches with your local body shop, provided the work is completed to an acceptable standard. Recharges can arise if previous repairs were done badly.
5. Repair minor damage
A small chip in a windscreen can lead to a large, expensive crack. Repair any minor damage while it’s cheap to do so and avoid a small chip or scratch turning into something much bigger and harder to repair.
6. Report any incidents
If you’re a business customer, encourage your drivers to report any incidents, regardless of how minor, so you can keep on top of any repairs. Note down third party details and have the damage checked by a body shop before the vehicle is returned, to ensure repairs are up to scratch.
7. Inspect the vehicle before returning it
You might choose to have a vehicle inspection carried out by an independent qualified engineer, who will use the BVRLA ‘Fair Wear and Tear’ guidelines to assess whether any damage to the vehicle should be chargeable or not. This is worth considering around five weeks before you’re due to hand the vehicle back, especially if you are uncertain if the damage on a vehicle will lead to additional charges.