What are the BVRLA standards?

Most of the leasing companies either work to the BVRLA Standard, or base their contracts on it.

The BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) is the trade association for lease companies, and they set an industry standard in a booklet called The Fair Wear and Tear Guide. 

Unfortunately, you cannot buy this guide directly from BVRLA because you need to be a member, however your leasing company (or fleet manager) will either be able to supply you with a copy or their own equivalent set of guidelines. 

The guide sets out what is to be considered fair wear and tear, that is wear to the vehicle which is normal use, and what is considered damage via inappropriate use and neglect.

The guide lists what damage is acceptable and what is not. The guide also serves to tell you things you should check before returning your vehicle, such as spare keys and tire wear. 

When leasing companies have their own standards, they are usually very similar to what's in the guide, but may add extra clarification, add additional information, or may even be a little more lenient on things such as wheels.

(If you came to this page expecting to find all the standards listed out, please note, that the Fair Wear and Tear Standard is a booklet that the BVRLA sells and is copyright.)

Written by Danny Argent. Last updated 16/06/2022 15:51