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Average wear and tear charges fall by 2.3%

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End of contract (EOC) fair wear and tear damage charges for cars have reduced in the past 12 months, by 2% or £7.50 on average to £314.53 (2018: £322), marking the first reversal for four years, FN50 data suggests.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) updated its Fair Wear and Tear guide in April after feedback from end-user fleets, its own members, remarketing experts and other fleet stakeholders to help improve clarity on what is often a contentious issue.

However, while the absolute figures are in decline, there are clear differences between the charges levied at cars on business contract hire (operating and finance lease) and those funded via salary sacrifice schemes.

Leased cars were hit with average fair wear and tear charges of £326, while salary sacrifice cars averaged £271. The FN50 asked leasing companies to split out the figures for the first time.

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