As an existing customer (this was their 5th vehicle over a 9 year period), they arranged collection of their existing car with us and had the new one delivered to our premises so that everything could be arranged on the weekend for convenience. In terms of arranging collection of your lease vehicle, you should receive notification from us (or your credit broker/dealer) about 6 months before the vehicle is due to be returned. This should provide you with ample opportunity to review the vehicle. In particular we would draw our customer’s attention to:
· Servicing/Maintenance – whether or not the vehicle has been covered with a funder-maintenance package, please ensure that the vehicle has been serviced and maintained the vehicle correctly before it is returned. Also ensure that the service book has been stamped appropriate or, in the case of electronic updates, ensure you have copy invoices for servicing;
· Tyres – please ensure that the tyres have been changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and that the vehicle will be returned with the tyres in the proper condition. If the tread falls below 2mm, the tyres must be changed. Please ensure you use similar tyres as to what was provided with the vehicle i.e. if the vehicle arrives with premium tyres do not use budget tyres; and
· MOT – depending upon the length of your agreement, please ensure that the vehicle has been issued with an MOT certificate. When a vehicle reaches its third anniversary it must receive an MOT (this is a legal obligation). The collection agent will refuse to collect the vehicle if an MOT is outstanding. Ensure you retain a copy of the certificate for your records.
In addition, the BVRLA (British Vehicles Rental and Leasing Association) has made available to the public a fair wear and tear policy which should be sent to you in conjunction with arranging the collection of the car. Essentially, the fair wear and tear is utilised to cover the deterioration which occurs during a vehicle’s lifetime, as opposed to negligent or inappropriate actions which result in vehicle damage.
There are 3 guides which are available for your review which include a) cars b) LCVs c) HGVs. The guides are extremely useful as they provide a good synopsis of the common issues which arise with cars for example stone chips or small dents.
Use this information to work out whether the condition falls outside of the fair wear and tear, as you either need to resolve this before the vehicle is returned or you will have to pay the leasing company after collection for their remediation. For local customers, we are more than happy to receive you on premises to assist in the resolution of the vehicle.
In terms of the car shown here, the BMW 2 Series Petrol Coupe 218i M Sport 2 Door [Nav] Step Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
· Black Sapphire Metallic Paint
· Brushed Aluminium Trim with Black High Gloss Finish
· Hexagon Cloth/Alcantara – Anthracite/Blue
· 18″ Light Alloy Wheels – M Double Spoke Style 461M in Ferric Grey
As standard the car includes full black panel display, rear parking controls, air conditioning, 18” alloys, LED headlights, sports seats, navigation, ambient lighting, Bluetooth, 6 speakers, heat insulated glass, rain sensing wipers, automatic stability control, dynamic traction control, dynamic brake control, hill start assist, velour floor mats, drive performance control, stop/start button, real time traffic information, electric adjustable heated door mirrors, body coloured externals, chrome exhaust pipe, M aerodynamic body styling, daytime running lights, LED lights, multifunction steering wheel, crash sensor, Thatcham cat 1 alarm, immobiliser and run flat tyres. In terms of additional factory options – sun protection glass, heated front seats and Dakota leather will make this an ideal machine.
On the technical side, company car and business drivers can note the P11d at £29,410.00 and CO2 at 129g/km. The 1499CC 8 speed auto engine delivers 51.4 combined MPG, 136ps and 0-62 times of 8.9 seconds. Service intervals on the petrol 2 series are every 24 months or 18,000 miles, whichever lands sooner.
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