Avoid hidden charges with lease hire cars

Leasing a car is absolutely perfect for people who can't afford an outright purchase, or just need a car for a short amount of time, or even for a single trip. Many lease hire cars companies unfortunately charge rather punitive penalties should you fall foul of any of their conditions. In this blog we'll be giving you info on avoiding these unwelcome charges.

When you lease a car, you're entering into a contract to take car of the car and return it in a certain condition. Most rental companies will be members of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association and will adhere to their guidelines, which can be found here - http://www.bvrla.co.uk/Advice_and_Guidance/Homepage.aspx.

Last year, British leasing companies charged consumers penalties of £120,000,000 for various offences. Chief among these is excessive mileage, so it's important if you lease a car to be mindful of the amount of trips you make in it, being careful not to go over the limit.

Another one you could get caught on is charges for damages to the car. Even if there is a small scuff on the car, you may get stung to pay for a full body repair job. You can get around this by getting any damage fixed yourself by a qualified technician.

As long as you keep the car safe from crashes and avoid excess mileage, you should be free of penalties. A good look around the car before you hand it back is essential.

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