Remember our blog post, To Buy or to Lease: That is the question? Well, for all of those who decided to take advantage of our great leasing specials and go the leasing route, here’s some pointers that will help you prepare for a lease inspection.
Step 1: Read your lease agreement to make sure you are clear on what is acceptable wear and tear. You will not be charged for normal wear and tear, but the specifics of what constitutes “wear and tear” can vary. For example, minor scratches, dents, and dings are considered to be normal. Damaged interior, dented trim, and missing parts are considered to be more excessive and you will most likely be charged.
Step 2: Go through the leased vehicle and remove all of your personal property. Make sure you check the trunk, glove compartment, center console, nooks, and crannies for all personal belongings. Check that nothing is missing, such as the car’s manual, lighter cap, floor mats, and anything else that came with the car when you originally leased it.
Step 3: Inspect the vehicle yourself for things to do to prepare it, and note any concerns you may have. Note any concerns you have about the vehicle and what would be considered wear and tear. List any concerning marks, scratches, and damaged areas that may pose a problem or cause a car lease penalty.
Step 4: Consider getting your leased vehicle detailed before its inspection. A professional cleaning and waxing will help prepare your car for inspection at the end of your lease. Detailing will also ensure that you didn’t miss anything minor before handing the car in.
Step 5: Check the tire treads as part of your car inspection preparation. Typically, your tires should have more than 1/8-inch of thread. Check your agreement for the requirements when turning in your leased vehicle. Additionally, you should make sure all the tires are the same, or you may have to purchase a new set.
And if you are turning your leased vehicle in, feel free to check out our inventory here!