When it’s time to buy a brand-new car, more than 30% of Americans choose a lease. For those that drive fewer than 10,000 to 15,000 miles each year and want a late-model vehicle with the latest safety features and technology, leasing makes sense.
During the few years that you drive your lease car, some damage is inevitable. How much you pay for damage that exceeds “normal wear-and-tear” is up to the leasing company.
Near the end of your lease term, they’ll contact you to schedule an inspection. A representative will come to your office or home to assess the vehicle’s condition. If the inspector determines repairs are necessary, you’ll get a bill for excessive use and damages.
Three categories of damage
Glass damage includes excessive pitting, stars, and cracks on the windshield and any of the windows. Body damage includes scratches, scrapes, dents, and dings to the exterior of the vehicle. Upholstery damage consists of any tears or stains that can’t be easily repaired or cleaned.
You can repair or camouflage some problems that may otherwise cost you money when it’s time to return a leased vehicle. First, you’ll need to understand precisely how the leasing company defines and assesses damage. Check your leasing contract so you know which issues to address. Concentrate your efforts on fixing the problems that will increase your bill from the leasing company.
Have your car detailed and inspect it yourself so you can make necessary repairs before the lease company inspection. The average bill for excess wear and tear on a leased vehicle is $1,800, but there are ways to reduce those costs.
Lease companies may give you a chance to handle repairs, but they may also require you to pay the dealership to make those repairs. For this reason, it’s smart to handle minor issues on your own before the inspection.
Beware of botched repairs
You may be tempted to buy a paint pen or car paint scratch repair kit at your local auto parts store to touch up those little parking lot dings or the scratch from your kid’s bike. You could be doing more harm than good, though. Inspectors look for botched repair jobs and charge for those, as well.
How to fix scratches on a car
If you want to repair scratches on your own, use the Quixx Paint Scratch Remover for professional results. The two-step process uses plastic deformation to fill the scratch and the polishing agent rounds off the edges of the scratch, resulting in a perfectly smooth finish.
Quixx is recognized by multiple premium vehicle manufacturers for its effectiveness and ease of use. It’s a test winner with America’s leading consumer magazine as well as several other international trade journals.
The scratch will not reappear over time after a repair with Quixx Paint Scratch Remover, which makes it an ideal solution for maintaining and repairing your leased vehicle.
How to prevent further damage from wide scratches and chipped paint
Some scratches and chips are too deep and wide to repair easily. You can avoid further damage including paint blistering, rust, oxidation, and corrosion by using a Quixx Paint Repair Pen to fix the problem.
With genuine clear coat in the pen, you can seal the scratch and save yourself the expense of repairs later on. The clear coat won’t yellow over time, and it blends completely with the paint. The Quixx Paint Scratch Remover or Quixx Paint Repair Pen works on any gloss paint color, including metallics.
Returning your leased vehicle doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive process. Review the lease company’s rules about normal wear and tear on the vehicle, and handle as many of the necessary repairs as you can on your own.