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returning your lease

Returning Your Leased Vehicle: Tips on What to Expect and Advice

If your BMW lease is almost up, chances are you've wondered what steps you need to go through to ensure that your vehicle passes the inspection process with flying colors. We want to make the entire leasing process more convenient and hassle free than ever for our customers, which is why we want to provide you with some information surrounding what to expect when returning your lease, and some advice that we have to make sure there are no surprises and that you're prepared to pass the lease inspection process with no problems.

What the Lease Inspection Looks For

  • Mechanical Problems: Mechanical problems consist of engine performance, transmission, electrical, or any of the other major car systems. The inspection will check all of these systems to ensure that they are all working properly.
  • Dents and Scratches: The inspection will look at the exterior of your vehicle, including the body, bumpers and wheels to make sure that there isn't any excessive damage that needs to be refurbished.
  • Windshield Condition: The inspection looks at your windshield and windows to make sure there aren't any cracks or damage.
  • Tire Condition: Tires are often a very important part of the inspection process and are also perhaps the most overlooked by drivers. The inspection checks for excessive wear on tires that might have happened over your lease period. If the tires are too worn or they are mismatched, you may have to replace them.
  • Upholstery Condition: The inspection will check the upholstery for any damage or stains that can't be cleaned or repaired with normal refurnishing.

Tips on How to Prepare for the Inspection

  • Detailing: We recommend having your vehicle cleaned or detailed before having the lease inspection performed to have it looking in the best condition possible.
  • Dents and Scratches: Generally, if your dent or scratch is smaller than the area covered by a credit card, it may not be considered excessive. To avoid any misunderstandings though, we'd advise you to look into having any true coat scratches and small dents and dings repaired before your lease inspection.
  • Replace the Tires Early: If you have a three year lease, chances are that in that amount of time your tires are going to experience a good deal of wear. Rather than having to replace the tires upon returning your lease, we recommend replacing them after two years to ensure that they'll be in good condition when you return your lease and allowing you to get up to a year of use out of your new tires before having to return your lease.