More Information about Arranging for the Repair of Any Damage and Returning the Vehicle

If the vehicle inspection reveals any repairs that need to be made, you have two choices. You may have the repair charges added to any other end-of-lease charges or fees and pay them when you return the vehicle. The lessor would then take responsibility for getting the vehicle ready to sell or re-lease. Or you may take the vehicle to a repair shop of your choice, have the necessary repairs made, and return the vehicle as scheduled. If you choose the second option, be sure you understand the lessor's standards for the fit, finish, or workmanship of the repairs. Also, be sure you understand the lessor's standards for any replacement parts, including any requirement to use original equipment manufacturer parts. If the repairs or parts do not meet these standards, you could still be liable for any difference between the cost to bring the repairs up to standards or to replace the parts to meet the standards and the amount you've already paid.

You may also want to ask about the cost-effectiveness of certain repairs. Some items may cost more to repair than you would be charged for excessive wear and use. In that case, you may want to pay the excessive wear charges rather than pay more for the repairs.