If you prefer driving an up-to-date car every few years, leasing might be the way to go. When you lease, you agree to drive the car for a period of time with a cap on mileage. At the end of the leasing period, you will turn the car back into the dealership, and they will inspect it for normal vs. excessive wear and tear.
While every vehicle experiences a certain amount of damage with time and use, too much can cost you extra fees at the end of your lease. Below is a comprehensive guide to understanding the difference between the two.
Normal Wear and Tear
Most lease agreements will allow for moderate damage to the interior and exterior of the vehicle. While you should familiarize yourself with the details of your contract, most minor issues will fall under the following:
- Exterior scratches or dings that can be easily buffed away
- Easily-removable interior stains
- Small nicks on wheels and wheel covers
- Cracks in lights less than 2 inches in diameter
- Tires that fall within the manufacturer’s guidelines
- No broken or missing parts
- Tread depth greater than 1/8 of an inch (at the most shallow point)
- Windshield damage less than ½ inch
Excessive Wear and Tear
Any issues that fall outside the Lessor’s guidelines could be deemed extreme and generate extra fees. Although definitions might vary, examples of excessive wear and tear are as follows:
- Any broken or missing components
- Damage or punctures to the bumper, molding or body bigger than 2 inches or costing over $100 to fix
- Obvious exterior damage that reduces the vehicle’s marketability or looks unsightly
- Any sanding marks, rough texture, or color mismatch to areas larger than 2 inches in diameter
- Tire tread below 1/8 inch at the shallowest point
- Interior tears, stains or burns bigger than ½ inch in diameter
- Holes or cracks in lights or lamps bigger than 2 inches
- Windshield damage larger than ½ inch in diameter or any hole
- Any mechanical or electrical malfunction not repaired per the manufacturer’s instructions
- Tires with holes, sidewall plugs, or any condition that hinders safety
- Frame damage (not repaired or poorly repaired) that affects structural integrity
To avoid incurring fees at the end of a lease, make sure to keep up with all scheduled maintenance, keeping records of all repairs.
For all your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs, call MMW Repair at 770-214-4688 and schedule an appointment today!