Steps to return a leased car8
- Prepare for an inspection. If you see minor dents or paint chips that you can repair on your own, now’s the time. Do anything possible to prevent additional wear-and-tear fees.
- Get a second inspection. If you get an initial inspection and then decide to make repairs, it’s OK to get a second inspection. It may help you save in fees.
- Pick a dealership. Usually, you can return a leased car to any dealership that’s the same brand. But you may have the easiest experience returning it to the same dealership where you initially leased the car.
- Give back everything. Clean out your car to ensure you have all your belongings. Gather all the leased items, including a second set of keys, floor mats or spare tires. Otherwise, you may get charged for keeping these items.