How Do Repairs Work With A Leased Car?

All cars need repairs at some point in their life. Lease cars are no different. Read on for some details about common repairs that you, the registered keeper, should add into your car budget.

Who is responsible for the repairs of a lease car?

The short answer is: it's complicated.

Since lease cars are brand new cars from the factory, they are usually covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Usually this is between three and five years.

However, some repairs or replacements aren't covered by the warranty and it's down to you to pay for them.

What are the most common type of lease car repairs?

The most common type of repairs obviously vary from car to car. As practically all lease cars are new, it’s reasonable to expect that there’s less of a possibility that something might go wrong with them. You never know though.

Some of the most common type of repairs that you might have to shell out for with a lease car include:

#1 — New tyres

After a while, the tread on your tyres will begin to wear and need replacing. A tread depth lower than 1.6mm is illegal so make sure that you replace any problem tyres well before you reach this. Worn tyres can suffer from dangerous blowouts which I imagine you want to avoid– the last thing you want is for one of your tyres to literally explode whilst you’re hammering down the motorway.  

#2 — Replacement windscreen wipers

It can be easy to take for granted those small little guys on your windscreen, who reliably keep your windscreen clear of all the weather conditions that Mother Nature can throw at it. Occasionally, they’ll break and need replacing with a new pair. Fixing broken windscreen wipers is relatively easy though and it’s unlikely to break the bank either.

#3 — Oil changes

Your car’s engine is a complicated combination of moving parts. Oil is used to keep these parts well lubricated and to absorb the excess heat that they generate. Over time, the oil that does this begins to break down and becomes less efficient at absorbing heat, causing the temperature of your engine to rise and increasing the risks of things going wrong with it.

Changing the oil every so often is a good way to ensure that the temperature of your car remains controlled whilst you’re driving it.

#4 — Air filter changes

If you don’t change the air filter periodically, you open yourself up to the risk of some very spicy repair bills. The air filter protects the delicate inner workings of your car’s engine, like the cylinders and pistons, from damage. Even a relatively small piece of debris could end up causing major damage to your car and, by extension, your bank account.

#5 — Brake fluid changes

Brake fluid is an important part of your car’s braking system. Over time, brake fluid absorbs moisture which lessens its boiling point, significantly hampering your braking ability.