Despite a greater number of older vehicles now returning due to fleet replacement cycle extension as a consequence of the tough economic climate faced by many businesses in recent years, average damage charges have been held at what Ogilvie Fleet believe are industry-leading low levels:
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Operations Director Jim Hannah said: “Given the increased age and mileage of vehicles being returned I think we are being more benevolent towards customers in terms of end of contract damage charges. It would be natural to assume that older vehicles would incur higher charges, but we want to be fair and reasonable to customers and we are more lenient towards vehicles that are four, five or six years old and have clocked up high mileages.”
Irrespective of whether a company car is a supermini or from the executive sector, Ogilvie Fleet end of contract damage recharge costs to return a vehicle to British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association ‘fair wear and tear standard’ are just: £75 for a door panel, front wings and rear quarter panels; £120 for a bonnet, boot lid, tailgate, bumper or roof.
Similarly for light commercial vehicles, sample recharge prices include: £75 for door panels and front wings; £120 for side sliding doors, large side panels or bonnet, tailgate and bumpers; £250 for a roof.
“In our experience an increasing number of our competitors are looking to make money at the end of a contract via damage recharging. Those leasing companies view end-of-contract charges as a profit centre, which is a very short term strategy and something we deplore.”