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Contracts without maintenance

Choosing between contract hire or personal contract hire with or without maintenance is a significant decision that impacts your financial planning and peace of mind during the lease term. A contract without maintenance might initially seem less expensive because it comes with lower monthly payments. However, this option transfers the responsibility of servicing and maintenance costs directly to you, the customer. This means that every routine service, unexpected repair, or tyre replacement due to wear and tear becomes an out-of-pocket expense. Given the variability of maintenance needs over time, this can lead to unforeseen financial strain.

On the other hand, opting for a contract hire agreement with full maintenance can offer a more predictable financial scenario. These agreements typically cover all servicing, repairs, and even tyre replacements, excluding damages caused by misuse or neglect. While the monthly payments may be slightly higher, they eliminate the worry of unexpected bills, offering a fixed cost that aids in budgeting throughout the term of the lease. This predictability can be particularly valuable, as it shields you from the cost variations associated with vehicle upkeep, which can fluctuate significantly based on the car model and its specific service requirements.

Moreover, it's important to consider the quality and warranty compliance of maintenance work. Non-franchised service centres might offer lower initial prices, but there's a risk that the use of non-genuine parts or substandard repairs could invalidate your vehicle's warranty or lead to more significant costs down the line.

Contract hire companies that provide maintenance agreements usually leverage their scale to negotiate better rates for parts and services, ensuring that your vehicle receives the proper care without compromising its warranty. In essence, including maintenance in your contract hire agreement can offer peace of mind, budget stability, and the assurance that your vehicle remains in optimal condition, safeguarding its value and your safety.

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