Returning your lease car or selling your vehicle? Some helpful tips

Lease companies carry out inspections on returned vehicles to assess for any wear and damage. To avoid and minimise any charges due to you Smart Alloy recommends that you undertake your own inspection of your vehicle at least a few weeks before it is due to be returned, to identify possible problem areas so that you can get them fixed before the final return.

alloy wheel refurb in corby and kettering and car lease return hire charges

A good suggestion is to get a friend or family member to give you a second opinion on what they think of the condition of the car and get them to point out some areas you might have missed.

Ideally, you should also carefully check your lease agreement to check for details of the inspection process and these tend to vary from company to company. Your agreement should show you what is acceptable and what isn’t. For example, the length of certain scratches may be specified or areas such as stone chip damage may be acceptable. If unsure, we would suggest that you phone your lease company about any possible concerns you may have.

Another point to note is that lease companies expect you to return the car in a clean condition inside and out. Do not be tempted to return the car in a dirty condition in the hope that some problem areas will not noticed as you will be hit with unexpected charges.

Smart Alloy can also help you with the returns process as we not only do alloy wheel repairs, we can also repair bumper scuffs and can also remove minor scrapes/blemishes to the paint work.  


We can add value to your car before you sell it

We all know that worn, scratched, kerbed alloy wheels and bumper scuffs and scrapes diminishes the overall look of a vehicle. But did you know that if you are looking to sell your car for more than £4,000, the cost of wheel refurbishment and/or bumper repairs can be recovered by up to 3 times what you spend? So in simple terms, spending £220 + VAT on having 4 wheels reconditioned could add well over £600 to the overall value of the car.

It therefore makes good sense to consider having that bumper scuff sorted before you finally offload your vehicle especially if you are planning to sell your car privately. Our prices start at around £100 + VAT for a bumper scrape and although we may not be the cheapest in Northamptonshire we can however guarantee you a professional quality finish on whatever repair we underake. Take it from us, the buyer of your car will notice a cheap repair as much as a bumper scuff.


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Specialists alloy wheel refurbishment and refurbishers for Rushden, Wellingborough, Huntingdon, Towcester, Corby, Peterborough, Leicester.


We can repair all car manufacturers alloys: Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Range Rover, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Kia, Honda, BMW, Citreon, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Lexus, Lotus, Mazda, Mercedes, Saab, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagon, Volvo.