What to expect when returning a leased car?
January 23, 2013 10:27 AM Subscribe
We lease a Honda and the lease is ending on February 27. This is our first time leasing and we are nervous about the end-of-lease vehicle inspection. Should we expect to have to pay?
posted by miaou to Travel & Transportation (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The car has lower-than-average mileage (28,000 over 3 years) and we have scrupulously changed the oil on schedule and installed 4 new tires about 10 months ago. There are a couple barely-noticeable scratches in the finish on the driver's side rear quarterpanel. We have never had the brakes changed. Should we expect to be charged for any of these things (or any other things we haven't considered), and if so will the charges be higher than if we addressed them ourselves prior to turning in the car? We don't have a regular mechanic but we are due for a state (PA) inspection before the end of this month, so if it passes that, would it likely also pass a dealer inspection, at least from the mechanical side? Any info about end-of-lease vehicle inspections, and specifically Honda, would be much appreciated!