Leasing a car can save you a lot in the amount you need to pay the dealership each month. It’s just sad that some lessees forget that the vehicle is not their property and so they use it very rashly. If you are a lessee and you are not very careful in using your car, you may have to pay the lessor a big amount after the wear and tear inspection, which is done before the lease actually ends. However, there are ways to avoid the sometimes-unreasonable charges and you only need to follow the following tips:
1. Make certain that all the parts are in good condition
And this means all the parts of your leased vehicle. Everything that is damaged should be repaired, especially bumpers, glass and tires. Bad tires should be replaced. Bumpers can also become a costly problem and also cracked glass. Nevertheless, do not forget the other parts that have become unreliable to use during the lease period, radios, navigation systems, window regulators and the like should be looked into. There’s no better idea than having these things fixed in advance of the inspection. Keep your receipts of repairs with you; you can present those to the inspector if requested.
2. Keep the car exterior shiny and flawless
When the car becomes up for inspection, it is good to know what the inspectors will be looking into, besides damaged seats, there are dents, big scratches, damaged paint on the exterior, badly scratched and patched wheels and mechanical and engine issues.
Using a car tent can help protect your car from getting damaged from these elements. However, not all car tents are created equal. The Lanmodo car tent is large enough and it can completely cover your car and is the only tent that can provide all season protection. It comes in two versions, the smaller 3.5M x 2.1M and the larger Lanmodo Pro 4.8M x 2.3M. This means that regardless of the size of your car, it can get the necessary protection from Lanmodo.
When you do not have a private car garage and you need to park your vehicle in the open, it becomes exposed to the sun, bird poops, dropping leaves, sap, dust and other outdoor materials. This car tent, specially designed for any climate, can protect your car well with its Oxford cloth and fiberglass structure. Besides, Lanmodo car tent is portable, so you can protect the car any time and anywhere you want.
Using a Lanmodo car tent will keep your leased vehicle free from dents and scratches and the paint will remain sparkling clean, as you would want it to be.
3. Keep the car clean inside and outside
When you lease a car, it is required that you have it maintained during the time that it is in your possession, that is, during the lease period. It does not only mean that you service the car for rotation or oil change. This means that it is kept clean, both its interiors as well as its exteriors.
Failing to maintain your leased vehicle properly may result in excessive wear and tear and can result in charged fees, when the lease ends. So to avoid paying high charges for stains on the carpet and seats, damage to the upholstery, scratches and dents, take good care of your car. Have it washed and waxed often, vacuumed and cleaned on a weekly basis.
4. Keep a record of your car’s maintenance
A car whether leased or purchased, should get its scheduled maintenance. Regular oil change, checking of fluid levels, tire rotation, etc. should have written records, which you can present later as a proof of the car being maintained. For mechanical problems and engine troubles, your records will show that it was not your fault. Nevertheless of course, if your lease contract is not more than 3 years, the cost of repairs should be covered by the vehicle warranty.
5. Book an inspection as early as possible
Getting the inspection of your leased car as quickly as you can, which will give you the time you need to make repairs that the inspector has called your attention to. This will also help you to avoid paying extra fees. The costs of these repairs usually are cheaper than what the lessor will charge you. As we have always reminded, keep your receipts and records of everything that is done to the car, as there might be a second inspection, you never know.