Returning a Leased Car

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If you lease a car in the Gretna area and you find that your lease is coming up, you might be wondering what the return process is like. Fortunately, it’s quite straightforward, and sometimes, you can even return your lease early! The finance team at Leson Chevrolet Company, Inc. has everything you need to know about returning a leased car – including the possibility of returning your lease early – in the guide below.



Returning a Leased Car: Necessary Items

When your lease is up and it’s time to return your car to the dealership, there are a few key items to gather before bringing your car over. We can find a few of the items for you if you forget them, but the process will go quicker and smoother if you bring as many of them as you can find. Here’s what you should bring when you visit us in Harvey:

  • Vehicle inspection report
  • Repair receipts
  • Keys/spare keys
  • Owner’s manual
  • Maintenance records.

Returning a Leased Car: The Process

Once you’ve gathered the materials from the list above, all you have to do to return your leased vehicle is bring it by the dealership! You can even return your vehicle to Leson Chevrolet Company, Inc. if you leased it from another dealership around Marrero. After you bring your car to the dealership, you can expect the rest of the return process to go something like this:

  1. After you arrive with your vehicle, a specialist will perform a full inspection, looking for damage, quality, and other factors.
  2. We’ll also check the odometer to make sure you stayed within the restrictions set in your lease agreement. Be aware that any extra mileage will be subject to penalty fees.
  3. Any wear and tear or visible damage will also incur penalty fees.
  4. You have a few options once the inspection is complete and you’ve returned your vehicle. You can choose to buy out the vehicle and keep it, take the money and walk away, or upgrade to a newer model for lease.

Can You Return a Leased Car Early?

If you’re interested in returning a leased car early, you’ll be happy to know that it’s possible in most cases. Your specific leasing company will give you more information, but you should be allowed to return your lease early if you choose. Just be aware that you still have to pay off the owed amount, including any fees incurred over the course of the lease term. You’ll no longer be responsible for monthly lease payments, and you can still upgrade to a newer model from your current vehicle.

Return Your Leased Vehicle to Leson Chevrolet Company, Inc.

If you have any questions about the return process, or want more information about returning a leased car, our office is happy to help. You can contact us anytime or stop by our dealership near Belle Chasse to talk to one of our experts. If your lease is up and you’re looking for a new model from our inventory, be sure to check out our new vehicle specials!


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