BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide

Synergy Car Leasing is a member of the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA), which is the UK trade body for companies engaged in vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management. As a member of the BVRLA, Synergy Car Leasing adheres to the highest standards of professionalism and fairness, including the standards set out in the BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear Guide.


What is the BVRLA Fair Wear & Tear Guide?

Fair wear and tear occurs when normal usage causes acceptable deterioration to a vehicle. However, fair wear and tear is different to damage, which for example, could be caused by a collision or harsh treatment.

The BVRLA’s Fair Wear and Tear Guide is an industry-wide accepted standard, which outlines the condition in which the vehicle must be returned at the end of lease agreement, in order to avoid end of lease damage charges.

The guide’s standards apply to several aspects of the vehicle. The interactive presentations below detail the Fair Wear and Tear standards and how they apply.


How to Avoid End of Lease Charges

We recommend checking your vehicle throughout your lease and using a recommended servicing and repairs provider for any issues. A few months before the end of your lease, make time to check your vehicle against the BVRLA’s Fair Wear and Tear Guide. When checking your vehicle, ensure it is clean and the light is good so you can thoroughly inspect your vehicle.


Fair Wear & Tear Checklist:

  • Check your servicing is up to date – check your service logbook
  • Check that your tyre tread meets minimum legal requirements
  • Make sure that all the electric features in vehicle are working correctly
  • Make sure you have all sets of keys and documentation supplied with the vehicle - e.g. the handbook, MOT certificate if applicable and service records
  • Check the interior is in good condition
  • Make sure the exterior only has minor surface damage
  • We recommend deleting any stored data in the vehicle - e.g. addresses stored in the Sat Nav

What is acceptable wear and tear on a leased car?

When returning the lease vehicle at the end of the agreement, the vehicle will be evaluated for any damage that falls outside of "fair wear and tear". The most common lease repairs are:

  • Scratches on paintwork
  • Dents or chips on the bodywork
  • Burns, rips or tears to the upholstery or carpets
  • Damage to the wheels

To ensure you are not left with a costly bill at the end of your lease, it is advisable to prepare early for your lease vehicle to be returned.


For more information, please contact your finance provider directly, your Synergy Account Manager or the Synergy Client Services Team.


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