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 Post subject: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:09 am 
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Do I need to call the dealer to make an appointment for a lease return? Do I need to bring in my contract or any paperwork?

I have the car ready for return, but don't know the details. I haven't returned calls from their Lease department because I'm sure all they want to do is sell me a car. I have all the manuals, both keys, tires are fine, in fact I did a pre-return inspection...

My dealer is Escondido, CA by the way.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:03 pm 
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Ferdball,

I returned my 2014 two weeks ago. Having never returned a leased car, it was all new to me. Here is what I remember:

1. Yes, MB wants a pre-return inspection appointment. My salesperson did it instead.

2. You should plan to return everything included in the lease, including manuals, two keys, Nav software, the charger and run flat tires. Return can be to your dealer.

3. When I did return the car, someone in the lease return department (one guy) checked the car out and encouraged me to take pictures just in case something happens later.

4. I signed an Odometer Disclosure Statement attesting to the mileage on the car at return (9,616 miles!).

5. I was told it would be a few weeks before I would be free and clear of the excessive damage liability. Have not heard anything yet.

6. The dealer took a picture of my registration but did not take it from me.

7. They took the plates off and put them on my 2017 B250e. They would otherwise have given them to me to turn in.

8. As I had two lease payments left and the dealer agreed to cover them, they were subsequently removed from my account without any further action on my part.

I think that was it. If you are buying or leasing from the MB dealer another car, your salesperson will likely take care of the above for you like they did for me. That is what luxury car sellers should do, provide full service to their repeat customers.

By the way, did you see the deal that GlennD got? $15K off MSRP inclusive of all tax incentives?

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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:11 pm 
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Cool. Thanks for the info Jeff.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:19 pm 
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Every state is different. In California the car needs new plates. Also the sales tax is only on the payment. Some states tax the whole thing.

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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:12 pm 
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You are subject to a $595 fee when you return a leased car if you are not leasing another MB.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:46 pm 
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blaferty wrote:
You are subject to a $595 fee when you return a leased car if you are not leasing another MB.

I know. That sucks. Pretty standard, from what I hear though.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:10 am 
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Note: A little more detail of relevant info on this subject is included in a similar post under the subject of tires.

I just had my lease-end inspection completed (Friday, 6 Oct 2017).

My car had two obvious "issues":
1) well worn rear tires
2) a chip in the windshield that I don't think anyone would consider "minor"

I chatted with the guy who did the inspection about what to do about the tires. He said he'd been doing this for many years and had heard from many people that things didn't always go as expected, such that he STRONGLY advised against doing ANYTHING about the tires OR the windshield until I got the final report.

I got the final report the next day. While it accurately & clearly captured each of the "issues", it ultimately concluded that the condition of the vehicle did not represent EXCESS wear and tear, such that I would not be responsible for any associated expense.

I returned the car to the MB dealership a few days later (Monday, 9 Oct 2017). They asked for both keys and looked for the charger and the manuals. Other than checking/recording the odometer, nothing was said about the condition of the vehicle.

I'll update this if anything changes on the subject.

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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:37 am 
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I logged in to view my report, but it said to contact the dealer. I didn’t, and had an uneventful return experience. But I spoke with the assessor, and other than a scrape on the rim, he said things looked good. My dealer was Escondido. I returned both keys, the charger, and two manuals.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:22 am 
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pathiel wrote:
Note: A little more detail of relevant info on this subject is included in a similar post under the subject of tires.

I just had my lease-end inspection completed (Friday, 6 Oct 2017).

My car had two obvious "issues":
1) well worn rear tires
2) a chip in the windshield that I don't think anyone would consider "minor"

I chatted with the guy who did the inspection about what to do about the tires. He said he'd been doing this for many years and had heard from many people that things didn't always go as expected, such that he STRONGLY advised against doing ANYTHING about the tires OR the windshield until I got the final report.

I got the final report the next day. While it accurately & clearly captured each of the "issues", it ultimately concluded that the condition of the vehicle did not represent EXCESS wear and tear, such that I would not be responsible for any associated expense.

I returned the car to the MB dealership a few days later (Monday, 9 Oct 2017). They asked for both keys and looked for the charger and the manuals. Other than checking/recording the odometer, nothing was said about the condition of the vehicle.

I'll update this if anything changes on the subject.


Thanks for this, and I'll be watching for any updates, as our return is approaching.
We did 10,000 of our miles on a separate set of wheels and tires, in part to improve the ride/grip, and in part to save the wear on the originals to stay safely below the minimums. We re-installed the original wheels and tires in a front-to-back rotated position, as the fronts had about 1mm more treadwear than the rears, and experienced no balance issues, noises or vibrations. I think we're in good shape, but so far we have refused the pre-inspection.


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 Post subject: Re: Lease return: What is needed
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:17 pm 
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bcurious - your last phrase caught my attention, "so far we have refused the pre-inspection". I assume you are talking about the pre-inspection conducted by the 3rd party inspector.

My return date is 2.5 months away, so I am curious on your rationale and how that will play out at the dealership on the actual return date.

I understand JeffRay had his salesman do the inspection, but that was b/c he was exchanging for a new lease at the same time.

On your return date at the dealership, are you expecting someone from the dealership to conduct an on-the-spot inspection and give you the results (excessive wear), or are you okay with them giving you the results at a later date?

I'm trying to understand the rationale and advantage of refusing the pre-inspection.

thx,
Joe

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