Returning a Leased Car at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville

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When your lease is nearing its end, many drivers want to know more about the process. The good news is that this is a fairly easy process. Learn more about returning a leased car and if returning a leased car early is possible in this guide from the financial experts at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for additional car-buying and leasing tips or to schedule an appointment.



Items to Bring When Returning a Leased Car

When it’s time to return your leased vehicle near Mascoutah, there are some necessary items that you’ll need to bring with you to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Below is a list of those items to bring:

  • Vehicle inspection report
  • Repair receipts
  • Keys/spare keys
  • Owner’s manual
  • Maintenance records

Don’t worry if you can’t find or forget to bring any of the above items, we can look up most of them for you.

Returning a Leased Car: Steps to Take

Returning your leased car is simple, and you can even return your leased vehicle to our Mascoutah-area dealership even if you didn’t lease it with us. Below is a quick look at the lease-return process:

  1. You’ll drop off your vehicle at our dealership.
  2. One of our specialists will inspect the vehicle for damage, overall quality, and other important factors.
  3. Any extra miles on the odometer that exceed the restrictions or any wear and tear are subject to penalty fees.
  4. Once the inspection process of your vehicle is complete, you can upgrade to a newer model for a new lease, buy out your current leased vehicle, or walk away and go for any of our new or used vehicles.

Can You Return a Leased Car Early?

Yes, you can! However, it’s important to speak with your leasing company to make sure. If you return a leased car early, you will be responsible for paying off what you owe, which includes any penalty fees and other fees. You won’t be responsible for monthly lease payments, and you can still upgrade to a newer model if you choose to. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the finance department if you have any questions about the process or if you can lease a used vehicle.

Return Your Lease at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville!

Returning your lease at Auffenberg Ford South Belleville is a quick and straightforward process, and we’ll work hard to get you back out on the Columbia and East Saint Louis roads in no time. No matter if you choose to buy or lease your next car, truck, or SUV, we’ll make sure that you find the one that’s right for you. Contact our team to get things started today!


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