Inspections and TÜV - this is how you properly maintain your leasing vehicle
Even if you have rented your vehicle under a leasing contract, you should treat it as carefully as you would your own. Regular inspections are just as much a part of maintenance as testing by a technical inspection association (TÜV). In this article we have summarized everything important about inspections and TÜV - the correct maintenance of your leasing vehicle for you, so that there are no nasty surprises at the end of the leasing period.
You are obliged to carry out regular inspections and TÜV tests
While you are not the owner of the car through a leasing contract and therefore do not have to worry about the sale, you as the vehicle owner are responsible for the proper and regular maintenance of your leased vehicle. This is also regulated by the leasing contract and controlled by the lessors.
Inspections serve to prevent major damage to the wagon. Because regular use of course also leads to wear on the vehicle. As a lessee, you are also obliged to repair damage and signs of wear and tear caused by regular use of the car. If you violate this obligation, you may face high costs for consequential damage. These can be avoided by regular and proper inspections and TÜV inspections. Lessors take a close look at whether examination dates have been met. It is also important that you have the tests carried out by experts or certified TÜV workshops. Correct documentation of all inspections and repairs carried out is therefore essential. In case of doubt, this can also help you avoid problems with the owner of the leasing vehicle.
The maintenance intervals usually depend on the time of use or the mileage of the vehicle. They differ depending on the type of vehicle and the respective manufacturer. It is also crucial for the intervals between the maintenance intervals whether you have leased a used car or a new vehicle.
A distinction is made in the inspection between the small and the large inspection. Depending on the manufacturer, the inspections can also be named differently. The small inspections include, for example, changing the oil, filling up the cooling water and checking the windscreen washer system. In some cases it may also be necessary to replace the air filter and cabin filter. Which repairs are required in individual cases depends on the condition of the car. On average, inspections are required after a year or two. If the inspection interval depends on the number of kilometers, you will usually be asked to carry out an inspection after 15.000 to 40.000 kilometers. Modern vehicles now have an automatic maintenance system that draws attention to the need for an inspection as required.
The small and the big inspection
The large inspection is a supplement to the small inspection and is therefore more extensive than the small inspection. The entire vehicle is checked here. The main focus of the major inspection is on functional and safety aspects. In addition to the engine and transmission, the entire electrical system of the car and the exhaust system are checked. In addition, the functionality of the steering, tires and brakes are carefully tested and checked. After all, the major inspection is also about checking the entire body. Which parts of the vehicle were checked during the inspection is recorded in a service booklet.
The TÜV inspection
The TÜV inspection is a special case when inspecting your leased vehicle. Here, the inspection interval also depends on whether you have leased a new or used car. A general inspection of a new leased vehicle is due 36 months after the vehicle has been registered. The following TÜV tests are required every 24 months. This also corresponds to the inspection interval for used leasing vehicles. The term of the contract for your leased vehicle determines whether and when you are obliged to carry out a general inspection. For example, you may not need to carry out a general inspection if you have signed a leasing contract that only lasts 24 months. On the other hand, a leasing contract with a term of 48 months obliges you to carry out the general inspection.
The aim of the main inspection is to obtain a TÜV sticker. If your leasing vehicle does not have the TÜV sticker, this means that it is only classified as roadworthy to a limited extent. Carrying out the general inspection is not only useful when the leasing vehicle is in use. When you return your leased vehicle, you as the customer must guarantee the contractual partner that the vehicle is roadworthy and roadworthy. For this purpose, the main inspection is mandatory at the latest.
Who bears the costs?
In most cases, as a leasing customer, you yourself bear all the costs and fees for the main inspection. As a rule, these are not particularly high due to the short term of the leasing contract. The exception is a leasing contract with a full service. With full service leasing you have not signed a net leasing contract, but a gross leasing contract. The net leasing contract is the normal case where you pay the costs of necessary repairs in addition to the leasing installments. The gross leasing contract, on the other hand, is characterized by certain services that are integrated into the contract. This means that the leasing partner pays most of the costs. These include the costs for maintenance and inspections or the fees for the main inspection. The services included in a gross leasing contract vary depending on the company. For this reason, you should get detailed information and clarification from your potential lessor. It is often also worthwhile to negotiate individually.
With some lessors, you also have the option of concluding a contract for mandatory maintenance in addition to the leasing contract. This maintenance contract offers you better planning security, since it regulates all costs incurred in the course of inspections and repairs. Repairs of new vehicles are often also covered by the guarantee.
The subject of inspections and TÜV - the correct maintenance of your leasing vehicle should therefore also be considered before signing a leasing contract in order to conclude the best contract for you. In this way you avoid unnecessary costs or conflicts with the lessor and can conclude the best leasing contract for you.