Hello I am a solicitor with 20 years experience. I will try to help you with this.
This is a contract dispute so you will need to go to the lease agreement to see what that says about return and pick up. Was there sufficinet petrol inthe tnk to get to the nearest petrol station? Was the battery flat?
There was enough fuel to get them to the nearest petrol station, and the car was running when they came to get it.
A poor rating seems a little harsh so soon when I am asking necessary clarification questions of you.
If the car was driveable and there were no other issue with the car being collected then you may well have a defence to their claim. In order to get the money from you they will need to bring a claim in the small claims court and prove their case against you on the balance of probabilities. If you were using the car during that 3 month period (I suspect you wouldn't as there may have been insurance issues) you might need to pay as you were effectively unilaterally extending the lease period so it is arguable you should pay for it (to the extent that your using the car has caused them to lose income).
Very often a threat will be made to bring proceedings but bearing in mind the effort it takes to bring a case, the possibility they may lose and the small sum of money at stake i ti soften the case that the threat is not acted on.
Thank you for your reply, I understand your answer, sorry for the previous rating, I have now re rated your answer.