Fleet operators who choose to lease their fleets could save hundreds of pounds when they hand the keys back to the leasing firm just by seeking professional advice on minor damage and necessary repairs, according to Ian Pugh, managing director of Fix Auto. Pugh believes that many drivers of leased vehicles are unaware of the financial penalties that can be dished out to them or their companies when handing back damaged vehicles. There is certainly a feeling that the majority of damage could be quickly and cost-effectively rectified before the end of lease periods. "All too often, the first the driver or fleet manager is aware of the penalty he or she faces for damage is when they receive a bill _ sometimes for hundreds of pounds _ once they've handed their keys back," he said. "Leasing companies are lenient to general wear and tear, but their monthly rental is dependent upon the vehicle preserving a strong residual value, so there is a fine line as to what is or isn't general wear. "This can be clarified and rectified by simply having it inspected by a qualified and experienced bodyshop technician who'll be able to provide an instant quote on bringing the vehicle back to showroom condition, if indeed any work is required." At IT Fleet Automotive we use our industry-leading techniques and technology to provide accurate and cost-effective vehicle refurbishment. Our SMART repairs service covers work such as paintless dent repair _ so fleets can be kept out of paint shops, body scratch and stone chip removal to windscreen and alloy wheel repairs. Our entire fleet appraisal and refurbishment process is designed to keep a vehicle's downtime to an absolute minimum, as we appreciate the importance of maintaining driver productivity for a business's bottom line. If you would like to discuss our fleet repair services in greater detail then please don't hesitate to contact our friendly team today on 01473 313057 or drop us an e-mail using our online enquiry form.