Return Your Leased Vehicle

Getting ReadyIt's time to let go

We know you're excited to get behind the wheel of your next vehicle, so we've streamlined the lease-end process.

To minimize surprises, we'll help you estimate mileage overages, excess wear charges and any remaining amounts you owe before you visit the dealership. Keep in mind that you may owe early termination charges if you decide to return your vehicle early.

This checklist will give you an overview of the process so you can get started.

Return Your Vehicle Checklist

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MileageOn the road again

Everyone loves a scenic drive once in a while, but if you've driven more than the allowed mileage in your lease agreement, we may charge you for the excess. To calculate your excess miles, subtract the total allowed mileage (including any miles you purchased) from the actual mileage on your odometer.

Here's how to calculate the potential charge:

Excess Miles x Per Mileage Charge (from lease agreement) = Potential Excess Mileage Charge

If you took a few cross-country roadtrips during your lease, you may want to consider keeping your vehicle.

Excess WearSkip the surprise

During the course of your lease, your vehicle will begin to show signs of normal wear, such as reduced tire tread depth. Your vehicle's condition may result in potential excess wear charges or charges for missing parts you may owe when you return your vehicle.

You can evaluate your vehicle for excess wear by using our Wear Square as well as reviewing the information below or the Dings and Dents Guide (PDF 2 MB).

  • Interior

    Use the Wear Square to measure interior damage. Burns, stains, cuts, tears and singed areas greater than 1/2" in diameter count as excess wear.

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  • Exterior

    Use the Wear Square to measure damage to the exterior of your vehicle. The following count as excess wear:

    • Individual occurrences of body, bumper and molding damage larger than 2" in diameter that cannot be repaired for $100 or less
    • Any puncture
    • Exterior missing or broken parts, regardless of cost
    • Visible sand/grinding marks, rough texture, excessive overspray or bad color match larger than 2" in diameter
    • All damage that reduces remarketability or impairs vehicle appearance
  • Windshield

    Use the Wear Square to evaluate cracks and stars in your windshield. Damage greater than 1/2" in diameter or any hole counts as excess wear.

  • Lights, turn signals, lamps

    Use the Wear Square to evaluate these areas of your vehicle. Cracks longer than 2" or any hole count as excess wear.

  • Tires

    Use the Wear Square to check tread depth. The following count as excess wear:

    • Tread depth of less than 1/8" at the shallowest point
    • Gouges, cuts, sidewall plugs or tires in a condition affecting passenger safety
    • Tires that don't match manufacturer's recommended guidelines

  • Wheels

    The following count as excess wear:

    • Broken, cracked, bent or mismatched wheels
    • Damage to wheels or wheel covers, except for minor nicks or scuffs
  • Frame, structure

    You may incur additional charges for damage or poor repair of damage that affects the vehicle's structural integrity

  • Mechanical, electrical

    You may incur additional charges for the following:

    • Non-operational or malfunctioning equipment
    • Substandard or incomplete repairs
    • Any replacement part that doesn't meet manufacturer's specifications
  • Vehicle maintenance

    You may incur additional charges for the following:

    • Any replacement part that doesn't meet manufacturer's specifications
    • Vehicle system failures that result from not adhering to manufacturer's maintenance requirements
  • Missing equipment or broken parts

    You may incur additional charges for the following:

    • Any missing equipment or broken parts (includes all keys, keyless entry remotes, electric vehicle chargers and cables, DVD player headphones and remotes, cargo covers, convertible boot covers, etc.)
    • Any replacement part that doesn't meet manufacturer's specifications
  • Modifications or customizations

    You may incur additional charges for aftermarket alterations, including, but not limited to:

    • Suspension modifications
    • Change in vehicle color or non-factory paint schemes
    • Lettering or graphics
    • Holes in frame
    • Post-delivery customization
    • Engine adaptations
    • Fuel system adaptations
    • Tinted or engraved glass

The Wear Square

We'll mail you a Wear Square as you near the end of your contract. You can also print your own Wear Square (PDF).

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InspectionJust a quick checkup

A third-party inspection company we hire will inspect your vehicle for excess mileage and wear, typically within 5 days of returning your vehicle. View a sample inspection report.

Then:

  • You can view your vehicle's inspection report
  • You can also pay for an independent inspection – see your lease agreement for details
  • You'll receive a letter detailing what you may owe for excess wear and mileage, as well as any late charges and past-due amounts

Your next vehicleCruise on to your next car or truck

Once you've picked out your next vehicle, we can help you decide whether to lease again or choose a different financing option if your circumstances have changed. Now is a great time to consider one of our other vehicle financing options and enjoy the new car smell.

We're here to help make your next ride a smooth one
We're here to help make your next ride a smooth one