Is Your Lease Coming to an End? Here Are Some Pointers & Advice to Help Things Go Smoothly

If your lease is coming to an end, it's only natural to have some feelings of apprehension about what comes next, but here at our Belleville Ford dealership, we want to make sure our customers around Belleville, St Louis, Fairview Heights, Mascoutah, O'Fallon, and St. Clair County feel cool and confident going into the end of their leases. On this page, you'll find some handy tips to help make the end of your lease and the return of your leased vehicle much easier, and to take some of the guesswork out of the process. Of course, if at any time you have questions or concerns, someone on our team will be glad to help, just give us a call at (888) 479-2390 and our finance experts will help walk you through the process and lay any lingering worries to rest.

Tips, Pointers, & Advice for Returning Your Lease

Prepare, Plan, and Act Ahead of Time

  • Our best bit of advice for anyone who is approaching the end of their lease is to prepare ahead of time! At the end of your contract, you'll be turning in your vehicle and anything that originally came along with it, which means any operator manuals, extra sets of keys, or accessories like floor mats and spare tires. If you're looking to make sure everything goes smoothly, it can really save you some stress, time, and even money if you gather all the items you need together before the end of your lease term arrives. That way you're not panicking to find that spare set of keys in the hours before your lease is due back at the dealership, and you won't be charged a fee for not having them!
  • Another thing to prepare for is the Lease Inspection. When you return your car, it will be inspected for excess wear and tear, and if determined to possess excess wear and tear, you could be charged an extra fee. You can prepare for this by taking your vehicle to be inspected ahead of time and/or addressing any dings, dents, stains, or other issues before you arrive. This can save you time and money in the end!
  • If you are charged with extra fees at the time of your vehicle return, you're able to contest the charges. There's no guarantee this will avoid a charge, but you could get them knocked down by a couple hundred dollars. If you're planning to lease or buy your next vehicle, you can use this to throw a little weight behind your claim, too.
  • If you're reading this too late and wish you could have prepared ahead of time, you can always consider getting a lease extension. This gives you a little wiggle room to take care of some maintenance or repairs you didn't get a chance to tackle, or if you still haven't found a replacement vehicle, a lease extension gives you a little room there, too.