You should return the vehicle clean inside and out, without any rubbish or personal belongings. All original documentation and equipment should be inside, with the service book stamped. Don’t forget to bring your complete set of keys, including spare keys.
Make sure there isn’t any rust or corrosion on the car. We do allow minor imperfections (relative to the vehicle’s age and mileage), as long as they fit the below criteria:
- Scratches up to 25mm (As long as the paint surface is not broken)
- Small areas of chipping
- Dents up to 10mm (as long as there are no more than two per panel and the paint surface is not broken)
- Scuffs up to 50mm (As long as the paint surface is not broken);
- Abrasion - Multiple scratches in the material surface
- Chip - Removal of the surface material (glass or paintwork) in a concise area
- Dent - Deformation of the surface usually caused by impact
- Light Scratch - A scratch with no raised edges. Can be polished out using SMART repair techniques.
- Scratch - A single line, mark or score in the material surface
- Scuff Light - scraping of top surface not penetrating base material
The vehicle must meet current MOT standard. If any of the below are applicable, it suggests that the driver has neglected to service the vehicle and/or not dealt with warnings for the vehicle management systems. This sort of damage is not considered to be fair wear and tear.
- Brakes: grooved brake discs or drums caused by excessive wear or metal to metal contact from worn out pads
- Engine: seized or damaged due to running vehicle with insufficient coolant, oil or with broken internal components
- Manual transmission: clutch slipping, noisy clutch or gearbox, excessively worn or ineffective synchromesh
- Automatic transmission: noisy gearbox or torque converter, abrupt gear changes, loose gear linkage
All of the seats must be present and clean, with no visible burns, tears or staining. If you’ve removed any accessories and this has left a hole or other damage, you must repair this neatly. Interior fittings such as seat belts, rear view mirrors, courtesy lights, sun visors, door bins etc must be present and intact.
Equipment and Controls
All of the original equipment, accessories and controls (including satellite navigation disks) must be present and working properly. The aerial must be left in place or the hole neatly repaired.
To avoid being charged, you should get the vehicle checked 10 – 12 weeks prior to return. This will leave time for any damage to be dealt with. Pendragon Vehicle Management will inspect the vehicle at the end of its contract a few days before its collection. An independent inspection company will carry this out.