Getting vehicle inspected:

Prior to turning in your leased vehicle, you will need to complete a vehicle inspection, which we can help coordinate home or workplace by inspection agent (Some manufacturers have different company that do this process). During an inspection, the inspector will review your vehicle’s condition and identify any excess wear and tear. After the vehicle inspection is complete, you will receive a condition report itemizing all wear and tear on your vehicle

Some helpful hints:

Don’t forget your personal belongings, such as:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun pass and parking passes
  • Garage door openers
  • After-market wheels

Clean your vehicle inside and out. Make sure all equipment is present, including:

  • All keys and key fobs
  • Owner’s manual
  • Navigation discs (if applicable)
  • Third-row seats (if applicable)
  • Other accessories included in the lease package
  • Original manufacturer wheels at the time of the lease

After a lease the vehicle obviously will have some normal wear and tear. The following is the difference of normal and excess:

Normal

  • Exterior:
    • Fewer than 4 dings (less than 2”) per panel
    • 1 dent or 2 scratches (less than 4”) per panel
    • Cracked glass less than ½” in diameter
    • Original manufacturer wheels
    • Undamaged tires with minimum 4/32” tread
    • Wheels with scratches or gouges less than 3”
    • Manufacturer recommended tire size and speed rating, regardless of tire brand
  • Mechanical:
    • No missing equipment or broken parts
    • No instrument panel warning lights or messages illuminated
  • Interior:
    • Removable stains and minor carpet wear
    • Burn holes smaller than 1/8”
    • Tears smaller than ½”

Excess

  • Exterior:
    • Hail damage or punctures on any panel
    • 1 dent or 2 scratches (more than 4”) per pane
    • Cracked glass greater than ½” in diameter or spidered cracks
    • Mismatched tire size and speed rating
    • Wheels with scratches or gouges greater than 3”
    • Tire tread under 4/32”
  • Mechanical:
    • Cracked headlights
    • Mechanical defects (if they are covered under manufacturer warranty, get them fixed before inspection
    • Missing equipment
    • Instrument panel warning lights or messages illuminated
  • Interior:
    • Permanent stains
    • Burn holes larger than 1/8”
    • Tears larger than ½”

These are some examples that should be close to all manufacturers requirements.

Going over your lease contract:

  • Verify your term of lease is what you think it is. (Often customer might think they have a 36-month lease and it was actually a 39 months) In that case you will be billed for the remaining payments.
  • Verify the amount of your disposition fee. (Which you will be responsible to pay)
  • You are responsible for any taxes not paid and any late fees your account may have existent
  • Verify if your purchase lease wear and tear protection.

Returning lease to dealer where you purchased it.

  • In most cases the new dealer you are leasing from will be happy to return it for you.

Dealing with wear and tear bill: (if any)

  • If you did not purchase wear and tear protection. You will be responsible for total amount.
  • If you did purchase. The procedure is the following:
    • -Call wear and tear protection provider and open a claim.
    • -They are going to ask you for:
  • Copy of wear and tear contract.
  • Lease grounding papers. When vehicle was returned to dealer.
  • Copy of lease agreement.
  • Copy of purchase order.
  • Copy of inspection papers.
  • Copy of wear and tear bill.