End-Of-Lease Vehicle Inspection at Johnny Mock’s Auto Body Shop
About to return a leased car, truck or SUV in the Pittsburgh area?
When returning a leased vehicle, be aware that dealerships can sometimes hit you with excessive lease return fees. Any visible blemishes might be considered “excessive” wear and tear and warrant a substantial return fee.
Before returning your vehicle at the end of your 24-or-36-month lease, schedule an appointment at Johnny Mock’s Auto Body Shop in Turtle Creek, just 10 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Our experts will inspect both the exterior and interior of your leased vehicle to identify what needs to be addressed BEFORE your leased car return. We will provide you with an itemized breakdown of repairs that will either reduce or help you altogether avoid lease-return charges.
We have compiled this breakdown of normal wear vs. excessive wear to help you understand how manufacturers may distinguish between normal and excessive vehicle wear and tear.
EXTERIOR DENTS, DINGS, SCRATCHES & CORROSION
- Any individual occurrence of damage measuring 2 inches or less in diameter
- Any individual occurrence of damage measuring more than 2 inches in diameter if it can be repaired for $100 or less
- Any scratch that can be buffed out
*NOTE: You can only have three dings per body panel – for a maximum of six dings per side – anything more, regardless of size, is considered “excessive.”
- Any individual occurrence damaging the vehicle’s body, bumpers and molding bigger than 2 inches in diameter
- Any exterior missing or broken parts (regardless of cost)
- Any rough texture, noticeable sand or grinding marks, excessive over-spray or poor color match larger than 2 inches in diameter
- Any damage that decreases marketability or impairs the car’s appearance
WHEELS & RIMS
- Minor nicks or scuffs to wheels or wheel covers
- Wheels or wheel covers that are cracked, bent, or broken
LIGHTS, LAMPS & TURN SIGNALS
- Cracks with a length of 2 inches or less
- Any hole or damage measuring greater than 1/2 an inch in diameter
- Any damage with a diameter of less than half an inch
- Any damage with a diameter larger than half an inch or any hole
INTERIOR DAMAGE – CUTS, TEARS & SINGED AREAS
- Any cuts, tear, or singed area with a diameter of less than half an inch.
- Any cut, tear, or singed area with a diameter larger than half an inch.
INTERIOR DAMAGE – STAINS
- Any removable stain.
- Any immovable stain requiring new upholstery or carpeting.
THE FOLLOWING VEHICLE DAMAGES ARE ALL CLASSIFIED UNDER EXCESSIVE
- Any equipment that is malfunctioning or non-operational
- Repairs that are substandard or incomplete
- Replacement parts that do no match the manufacturer’s specifications
- Any broken parts or missing equipment such as a remote for keyless entry
- System breakdown resulting from a failure to meet the maintenance requirements of the manufacturer
- Replacement parts that fail to meet equal quality and design specifications set forth by the manufacturer
- Modifications that include, but aren’t limited to, tinted/engraved glass, changes to vehicle color or non-factory paint schemes, lettering, or graphics, engine and fuel system adaptations, holes in frame, and customizations after vehicle delivery
- Replace Tires Early – If you have a 36-month lease, replacing tires 24-months in will let you drive on new tires for a year while eliminating any likelihood of being charged for excessive tire wear on lease return.
- Challenge Excessive Use Charges – You have the right to protest any unusual excessive-use findings in your lease return conditions report. If you’d like to lease your next vehicle from the same leasing company, it’s quite possible the representative may be willing to waive some of the charges for repairs to keep your business.
- Ask For a Lease Extension – Request a lease extension if you have neither the time nor money for repairs and don’t mind keeping the same car.
Read “How To Return a Car at the End of a Lease” at Edmunds.com
Contact us today for an end-of-lease inspection! The professional team at Johnny Mock’s will examine your vehicle and note any damages you are likely to be charged for when returning your leased vehicle.