Returning a Leased Car with Damage

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At the end of your lease term, if you had a new car you’ll want to return it in similar condition. Just keep in mind that your car will be inspected for damage on return at the end of your lease. So how does that bode for returning a leased car with damage? If you have any significant damage from scratches on leased cars to dents, you’ll likely incur additional charges during your lease return.

Prior to making the trip from Delray Beach to West Palm Beach, find out what happens if you damage a leased car today with our finance team. That way, when you’re returning a leased car with damage, you know what you expect and your options as far as lease returns go at Lexus of Palm Beach!

So, What Happens if You Damage a Leased Car?

What happens if you damage a leased car? Damage to leased cars or scratches on leased cars will be paid for one way or another. Some lease contracts allow you to have minimal scratches on your leased car or any other insignificant signs of wear and tear. If the damage is causing you concern prior to returning your lease, refer to your lease agreement to confirm what constitutes wear and tear and not substantial damage to your leased car.

Rumor has it that upgrading to a new vehicle after returning your lease can make the fees for damage to a leased car diminish, but that’s not the case. Dealerships in the Lake Worth area may simply roll over that cost to repair your leased vehicle onto your new leasing contract. If you have scratches on leased cars and you’re not sure what to do, we’re happy to help.

Returning a Leased Car With Damage

Prior to stopping by our lease center near Palm Beach Gardens, we suggest you do a few things if you have damage to a leased car: 

1. Chat with Your Insurance Company

If you believe the damage is enough that it will cause concern upon return, chat with your insurance company to see what they cover for your leased vehicle. Often lease agreements have a type of insurance that may help cover some of the damage.

2. Confirm Your Warranty Coverage

If you are leasing a new vehicle then you may be under warranty. If this is the case, you more than likely won’t have anything to worry about. Review your warranty coverage and confirm whether or not the part is covered with our service team.

3. Use Genuine OEM Parts

If you choose to fix your vehicle before returning it, be sure that you’re using genuine OEM parts. If you don’t, your lease agreement may become null and void, leaving you responsible for additional charges and fees.

4. Pre-Lease Return Inspection

Performing a pre-inspection can prepare you for what to expect if there is damage to a leased car, and help you make a decision about how to move forward.

Return Your Lease with Our Team at Lexus of Palm Beach!

If it’s coming to the end of your lease agreement and you have damage to your leased vehicle, our team in West Palm Beach can help you. We want the process to be as simple and straightforward as possible on both sides, so we are happy to help you any way we can. If you have any questions or you are ready to return your leased car, contact us today!


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