Fair Wear & Tear Guide

Fair Wear & Tear Guide

The BVRLA Fair Wear and Tear Guide is the industry standard that vehicle leasing companies use to assess the condition of vehicles that are returned to them at the end of a subscription period.

At the end of your subscription period contract the vehicle needs to be returned in line with the BVRLA and your finance company's fair wear and tear guidelines.

A representative from the finance provider will collect your vehicle and check its overall condition. All damage will be recorded, and in the event that the vehicle is returned in poorer condition than fair wear and tear allows, you may be charged.

The fair wear and tear guide is produced by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and offers an industry-standard description of acceptable levels of fair wear and tear. We recommend that you read this information both at the start and again towards the end of your car subscription period.

Each finance company also produces its own set of fair wear and tear guidelines which we also recommend you read in case there are differences you will need to comply with.


  • Your vehicle has been maintained according to manufacturer standards
  • Electronic features are working correctly
  • You have a full set of keys and documentation
  • The interior is in good condition
  • The exterior has only minor surface damage

Common Problems:

  • Stains, rips, tears and burns on seats
  • Scratched or scuffed paintwork
  • Chips and dents on the bodywork
  • Damage to wheels and trims
  • Scratches over 25mm (relative to the vehicle's age and mileage)
  • Scratches under 25mm (where the primer and bare metal is showing)
  • Accident damage and dents
  • Missing sets of keys