Other tips for returning a leased vehicle
Request the vehicle inspection at your home or business
Your lease company will probably hire an outside professional to do the inspection, whom you typically won’t meet if the inspection is done at the dealership. This can work against you, as inspectors are human and often deliver much harsher reports on vehicles they examine without the owners present. On the other hand, if the inspection is done on your “turf,” and you’re present for it (make sure to be there), they may decide to cut you a break, here and there, because you’re a human being rather than a column of check boxes. Industry experts say this really works.
Replace bald tires
If you have less than 1/8 inch of tread on your tires—or mismatched tires—you’ll probably be charged for a full set by the lease company. More than 1/8 inch of tread depth is typically considered normal wear.
Make sure everything is there
Check for any parts you have removed because you don’t use them much, like spare tire covers, luggage braces and nets, any removable parts you may have stashed aside temporarily. It will be on the inspector’s list.
Regularly maintain your vehicle
Be diligent about normal, scheduled maintenance on your car or truck. Better yet, pick up a vehicle maintenance notebook and record everything, from checking fluid levels to rotating the tires. This is especially important if you ever have mechanical problems because it shows you’ve done your part of the maintenance and are therefore less likely to be at fault.
Watch your mileage during the lease
Exceeding your annual mileage limits can be a big cost at the end of a lease. You can be charged up to 15 and even 25 cents for every mile over the limit. At a quarter a mile, an overage of 5,000 miles would cost you $1,250! If you plan on driving longer distances during the lease, buy the extra mileage up front, and you’ll only pay around 5 cents per mile.
What does a lease repair cost?
Every situation is different, but APR offers some of the best pricing in South Central Kansas on a full range of services that can bring your lease vehicle to a condition that saves you money compared to letting the lease company contract out the work. There’s no “typical” lease repair cost, but you’ll do yourself a favor by asking APR for a free quote; we can probably save you money.