Attn: All owners with lease vehicles - a warning.
This post is to serve as a warning to all those on here who have an Alfa on lease with FGA contracts (formally Fiat Finance).
I returned my Spider to them recently; it was 9 months old with 10k miles and was practically spotless.
If FGA consider that there is any damage to the car in excess of 'fair wear and tear' then you will be charged. Excess damage is assessed in respect to the BVRLA guidelines.
FGA considered the following to be excessive damage on my vehicle:
1) Paint damage to front number plate plinth
2) Kerb damage to one front alloy wheel
The damage to the alloy was my own stupid fault and was about 50mm long (but not very deep). According to the guidelines if the damage is longer than 25mm then you can be billed, although it doesnt state whether a refurb or replacement is appropriate.
The damage to plinth is from where a stone chip has penetrated the top coat and then due to poor manufacturing the paint has peeled off in large chunks (probably due to incorrect application of the primer). At the moment it is FGAs opinion that this is not a warranty matter and that I am liable for the costs.
For the above 'damage' they want £610.
I am contesting the charges as thus far they havent provided a detailed break down of costs, no evidence of invoices/loss of value and against my specific wishes withdrew the money from my account even though they knew the amount was in question.
My own personal feeling is that I will have to concede on the damage to the wheel, as it is technically longer than 25mm, although 'morally' a simple wheel refurb for about 25% of the price would be a better solution.
However they can whistle for the money for the plinth as I firmly believe this is an issue for FGA and ARUK to sort out between themselves. BVRLA states that stone chips are allowed as long as corrosion is not present.
Please take the following advice: GET EVERY LAST LITTLE THING TOUCHED UP/REPAIRED BEOFRE GIVING THE CAR BACK. For personal reasons I wasnt able to do this, indeed I wasnt even with the car on the return date as I was out of the country.
When looking at the photos below consider the damage to the plinth in comparison to the perfect condition of the rest of the front of the car (apart from the bird poo!)
The damaged wheel is in the first picture, but from this distance (and this quality photo) the damage isnt even visible, hardly the kind of damage to warrant a new wheel?
-1998 916 Spider 2.0TS Lusso-
H&S Corse stage 1.
CATCAMs stage 1 cams with Savali custom ECU remap.
305mm discs with 166 4-pot callipers.
Ragazzon exhaust mid section.
Biscione Racing 2x70mm rear section.
17" Zender Siena wheels with 3mm rear spacers.
etc etc etc!
Last edited by euroboy; 30-09-11 at 08:21.