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08 Feb 19 12:31
Date Joined: 25 Jan 09
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I lease a car for 3 years all good and payments all made on time.

Lease company are now chasing me for £140 for a small scratch....(hardly visible in my opinion)

I’m reluctant and don’t want to pay ...any suggestions?
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Report cooperman February 8, 2019 12:36 PM GMT
t-cut £6 @ Sainsbury and wilko
Report MrBaboon February 8, 2019 12:39 PM GMT
I no longer ha e the’s gone back. In top condition in my opinion..but not theirs
Report Johnny_Mustang February 8, 2019 12:40 PM GMT
You must have gone ape.
Report The Leopard February 8, 2019 12:43 PM GMT
Is it legal for baboons to drive cars ?
Report The Leopard February 8, 2019 12:43 PM GMT
How do they reach the peddles ?
Report invicta February 8, 2019 12:43 PM GMT
contact British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association. They have clear definitions as to what constitutes "Fair Wear ". Do you have photo's of the scratch ?
Report Deltâ February 8, 2019 1:31 PM GMT
pay it
Report tictacman1 February 8, 2019 2:51 PM GMT
Ask for second opinion and send........

to inspect and to quote
Report impossible123 February 8, 2019 3:57 PM GMT
What company was it? Send independent assessor and chip specialist for assessment and repair (if necessary). Then name and shame the leasing company.
Report Dr Crippen February 8, 2019 4:40 PM GMT
for a small scratch

Probably half the size of the one that sank the Titanic.
Report Injera February 8, 2019 5:15 PM GMT
I lease a van and sometimes get hit with charges at the end of the contract. They do wave small things with me though because I've been leasing for years.

However when I've had damage I've found it best to get the work done yourself before you hand the vehicle back. It's cheaper.

But this issue is the one main drawback of leasing..
Report Emitdeb February 8, 2019 6:36 PM GMT
I'd imagine your contract with these people is over, or you could threaten them with going else where in future.

After 3 years though is a bit harsh,(cant expect a new car back must have general wear and tear) maybe ask if this number is negotiable?
Report impossible123 February 8, 2019 6:43 PM GMT
A crafty way of "stealing" money off one; once paid £10 for a number plate bulb (tiny) replacement otherwise my car would not pass its MOT - car was checked by my usual mechanic prior; MOT was £29.99 (average about £40), and I lived about 10 miles away. Another occasion I was quoted over £300 for a small dent on a wheel arch of a Toyota car by main garage, but was done for only £70 by a local garage.

Beware: Rip-off merchants aplenty on the high street esp the household name ones for tyre, exhaust and clutch replacements.
Report twizzle22 February 8, 2019 6:48 PM GMT
Fit Quick?
Report Sica Dan February 8, 2019 8:15 PM GMT
my car went back 2 months ago.their inspector told me there would be a 45 pound charge which after
2 years didnt seem too bad.
Report Ibrahima Sonko February 8, 2019 9:19 PM GMT
Report STUDYFORM February 8, 2019 9:55 PM GMT
Did it make YOU laugh?
Or anyone else?
Report bookie 25 February 8, 2019 10:02 PM GMT
I'm assuming you signed a contract and declined any sort of cover or at least had an excess so you should pay it.

You say "hardly visible" which to me says that it is visible and clearly they deem it outside wear and tear. BVRLA wont rule in your favour if this is the case so you would be wasting your time.

You have 2 options imo, pay and move on or refuse to pay and be entered onto the BVRLA RISC list which will stop you from leasing or renting a vehicle either in the UK or abroad in most cases. For £140 it is unlikely they will do much more than send a few demand letters but being placed on the RISC database if you ever want to lease or hire a car again is not a good thing as the only way to be removed is to pay the bill plus any additional fees accured. It would also be rather embarassing if in a few years time when you forgot you went on holiday and tried to hire a car only to be turned down at collection point because you are on the "RISC" database.
Report MrBaboon February 18, 2019 11:01 PM GMT

I sent an email to the Chief Executive of the car leasing company explaining that the car was returned fully valeted  and in excellent condition and I did not accept the costs  associated with the alleged damage ....such sharp practice in my opinion is unacceptable.

I’ve received a reply saying they have now reviewed the matter have credited the invoice in full  and apologise for inconvenience caused.
Report saddo February 18, 2019 11:42 PM GMT
Well done Mr B, pleased for you.
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