The damaging facts about parking your leased car

New figures from British Car Auctions (BCA), reveal that only 3% of motorists whose vehicles were damaged while parked had been left any contact details from the other party.

Car door dents were the most common damage to parked cars with nearly two-thirds of motorists reporting this type of damage. Paintwork scratches or key lines accounted for 61% of damage, while 32% of motorists surveyed by BCA returned to their vehicle to find wing mirror damage.

Damage on unattended vehicles:

Car door dents – 64%
Paintwork scratches or key damage – 61%
Wing mirror damage – 32%
Deflated tyres – 3.6%
Graffiti – 1.4%
According to BCA’s poll of nearly 1,000 motorists, the state of UK roads and the effect on vehicle condition is also a cause for concern.

Over two thirds blame potholes for noticeable or significant damage to their car. And more than half think speed humps are responsible for noticeable or significant damage.

Cars are bound to pick up some damage day-to-day, whether this means parking dents and scratches, speed humps and pothole damage or stone chips, but it is important to get any damage repaired as soon as possible before it deteriorates. Returning a leased vehicle which has suffered damage, of any degree, can result in an unexpected recharge.

If you are in, or are about to enter, a contract hire agreement it is worth understanding what is expected of your stewardship of the vehicle. We advise our clients to ensure that the driver is aware that it is their responsibility to look after the vehicle and to report and/or repair any damage that has occurred.

Fleetdrive offer guidance to our clients on the ‘fair wear and tear’ policy that will cover their contractual agreement. We can point out in detail exactly what types of damage would be allowable as ‘wear and tear’ and which ones would be charged for. Please contact the sales team if you would like a copy of our helpful guidelines which can be useful to circulate among your drivers.

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