No matter how hard you try to keep your car in its newly bought, unscratched and perfect condition, the condition of the car will start to deteriorate over time as a result of day to day use. This unavoidable deterioration is known as Fair Wear & Tear. At the end of the lease agreement, the car rental company will inspect the car for damage that could cost the company extra money.

Fair wear & tear

You will not pay for issues that come with fair wear & tear. There are some things that you should look out for when returning a leased car, such as: 

  • The general condition of the car
  • The roadworthiness of the car 
  • Documentation
  • Vehicle keys 

The inspector will also look at the paintwork, body, bumpers, moulding, etc.

Normal wear and tear

The inspector will look at both the interior and the exterior of the vehicle. The normal wear and tear will be determined based on certain guideline categories. The inspector will look at the exterior for dings, dents, chips, scratches, corrosion and poor prior repair. Damage should not be deeper than 45mm in length with the exception of hail damage and punctures. If scratches can be buffed out during reconditioning, then that will also be classified as normal wear and tear.

Excess wear and tear

Burns, stains, cuts, singed areas and tears that are greater than 45 mm in length will be classified as excess wear and tear. If the windscreen is cracked in the driver’s line of sight, they will also be charged with excess wear and tear. There should be no significant damage to the rim or main body of the wheel and the tyres should not be in an illegal or unroadworthy condition. 

We hope that this has shed some light on what is classified as normal and excess wear and tear. Contact Earn-A-Car and we answer all of your queries about renting to own a car. We will take care of everything.