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What to Expect in Your Lease End Inspection

If you’re nearing the end of your lease, you may be wondering what to expect during your lease end inspection. Here’s a quick overview of lease end inspections, and what you can expect to be checked during the process.

What is a Lease End Inspection

A lease end inspection is an examination of your vehicle to check for any damage or wear and tear that might have occurred during the lease term. The inspection is conducted by a representative from the leasing company and is typically done between 60 to 90 days before the lease end. The purpose of the lease end inspection is to assess any damages that are beyond the scope of normal wear and tear to the vehicle, so that it can be repaired or replaced before the vehicle is returned. This helps to avoid any additional charges that may be incurred for damage at the end of the lease.

Lease End Inspection

During the lease end inspection, the inspector will be looking for any of the following damages or wear and tear that is considered to be beyond normal:

  • Tire tread depth of 1/8 inch or greater
  • Scratches, dents and gouges
  • Windshield chips
  • Excess carpet staining
  • Improperly done bodywork
  • Upholstery burns or tears
  • Service indication lights
  • More than three dings on a single body panel

If any of these items are found, you could be responsible for repairs or replacement costs. However, if the damage is deemed to be normal wear and tear, it is typically not charged against you. In most cases, you can choose to have the damage repaired or remedy any issues found yourself before turning in the vehicle or you can pay the damage fees and penalties applied by the leasing company.

If you’re unsure about what to expect during your lease end inspection, it’s best to contact your leasing company for more information. They will be able to provide you with a list of items that will be checked, as well as any specific instructions that you need to follow.