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What is a lease end inspection and which brands require them?

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Most car manufacturers require you to schedule a lease inspection 60 to 90 days before you turn in your leased car. The purpose of this inspection is to make sure that the vehicle is in good condition before it is returned and to let you know what (if any) lease end penalties will be assessed.

Typically, the manufacturer will reach out to you to arrange for a third-party inspector to come to your home of office. The inspector will give you a copy of their report and you will be given the option to repair any damage yourself or pay the applicable charges. There is no charge to the consumer for the lease inspection.

 

What does the inspection include?

Lease inspectors are looking for any damage beyond normal wear and tear. BMW, for example, provides the guidelines below on what level of tire wear, dents, and scrapes is considered to be normal usage:

 

 

Lease end inspectors will typically look for:

  • Tires with less than 1/8" of tread remaining
  • Heavily dented wheels
  • Scratches, dents and gouges greater than 2"
  • Improperly completed body repair work
  • More than three dings on a single body panel
  • Windshield chips greater than 1/8"
  • Upholstery tears or burns
  • Excess carpet stains
  • Damage to convertible top (if applicable)
  • Service indicator lights turned on

 

How do I schedule a lease end inspection?

Typically, the manufacturer will contact you to set up your inspection; if you would prefer to schedule it yourself, you can find your brand below (information is correct at the time of writing, but may be subject to change). You will need your VIN number to schedule the inspection. 

 

Acura

Acura lease inspections can be scheduled through SGS at (855) 237-1504

Audi

Audi lease inspections can be scheduled through SGS at (855) 237-1504

BMW

BMW lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Buick

Buick lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Cadillac

Cadillac lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Chevrolet

Chevrolet lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Chrysler

Chrysler lease inspections can be scheduled through Chrysler Capital Allegiance at (855) 383-0558

Dodge

Dodge lease inspections can be scheduled through Chrysler Capital Allegiance at (855) 383-0558

FIAT

FIAT lease inspections can be scheduled through Chrysler Capital Allegiance at (855) 383-0558

Ford

Ford lease inspections can be scheduled through Alliance Inspection Management at (888) 253-9026

Genesis

Genesis lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (855) 463-5378

GMC

GMC lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Honda

Honda lease inspections can be scheduled through SGS at (855) 237-1504

Hyundai

Hyundai lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (855) 463-5378

Infiniti

Infiniti lease inspections can be scheduled through Alliance Inspection Management at (888) 253-9026

Jaguar

Jaguar lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (877) 370-3506

Jeep

Jeep lease inspections can be scheduled through Chrysler Capital Allegiance at (855) 383-0558

Kia

Kia does not currently offer lease inspections

Land Rover

Land Rover lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (877) 369-8455

Lexus

Lexus lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Mazda

Mazda lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (877) 506-1198

Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

MINI

MINI lease inspections can be scheduled by calling (866) 646-4463

Porsche

Porsche lease inspections can be scheduled through SGS at (855) 237-1504

RAM

RAM lease inspections can be scheduled through Chrysler Capital Allegiance at (855) 383-0558

Subaru

Subaru lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled by calling (866) 401-9743

Toyota

Toyota lease inspections are optional and can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

Volkswagen

Volkswagen lease inspections can be scheduled through SGS at (855) 237-1504

Volvo

Volvo lease inspections can be scheduled through AutoVIN at (800) 556-2811

 

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