How to Return Your Leased Car at the End of the Lease

2018 Porsche Panamera | Spokane, WA

If you’re leasing a car for the first time, you might not know exactly how to go about returning it at the end of the lease term. Here’s a brief overview of what to expect when it comes time to turn in your leased vehicle.

Lease Inspection

When your lease contract is coming to an end, you’ll be required to bring in your vehicle for the lease inspection. This inspection is performed by the lessor in order to determine whether there is excessive wear and tear to the vehicle.

The lease return process usually starts about 90 days ahead of the end of the contract, and it begins with the lease inspection. Expect to be contacted by the lessor sometime in the last three months of your agreement. They will remind you of your contract ending and set up a time when they can perform your inspection.

Lots of lessors us independent companies to conduct the inspection, and they’re usually sent to meet you at your home or work where they will take a look at the vehicle. Be polite and considerate, as this person’s opinion is part of what will decide whether you have to pay additional money for excessive wear and tear.

Prepare for the Inspection

If you’re worried about paying extra for excessive wear to tires, dents or dings in the body, scratches in the paint, or stains on the upholstery, consider getting these things repaired ahead of the inspection. Hiring a professional to repair scratches, or even just getting the vehicle detailed, could make a big difference in how the inspection goes.

Return the Car

At the end of the agreement, bring your vehicle back to the dealership from which you leased it. Remember to bring all of the things that came with it, like extra keys, spare tires, or floor mats, and to remove all of your personal items.

Call us at Porsche of Spokane if you have any questions about returning your leased vehicle at the end of the lease term. We’re here to simplify the process of relinquishing your current ride and finding a new one.


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