What are Lease Return Re-Charges?


When you return your lease vehicle back to the lessee, it is you that is responsible for any damages the lease company deems as “excessive wear and tear”.

Your car will be inspected when you return it by the lease company or dealership for any areas of damage deemed to be "excessive wear and tear". The cost of repairing any of this damage will be a recharge. The average vehicle owner is charged more than $1,800 when returning their vehicles – often for minor damage such as door dings, bumper scrapes, minor interior damage. 

Normal vs. Exessive Wear?


Normal wear is the minor and reasonable wear a vehicle endures in everyday, ordinary operation. Normal wear can include a few small door dings, paint scratches, stone chips less then 2 inches in diameter.

Excess wear includes occurrences beyond the normal or ordinary wear a vehicle endures. This includes wear caused by neglect, abuse, damage, poor maintenance, changing the vehicle’s appearance or using inferior parts and materials for repairs. Most damage over 2 inches in diameter fall into this catagory.

Normal vs. Excessive Wear Table

 

Exterior
Dings - Dents - Chips - Scratches - Corrosion - Poor Repair
Normal Wear
- Individual occurrences of damage 2”or less in diameter
- Individual occurrences of damage over 2”in diameter if they can be repaired for $100 or less
- Scratches that can be buffed out during reconditioning
Excessive Wear
- Individual occurrences of body, bumpers and molding damage larger than 2”in diameter
Exterior missing or broken parts (regardless of cost)
- Visible sand/grinding marks, rough texture, excessive overspray or bad color match larger than 2”in diameter
- All damage that reduces re-marketability or impairs vehicle appearance
Wheels / Rims
Normal Wear
Scuffs or minor nicks to wheels or wheel covers
Excessive Wear
Broken, cracked, bent or mismatched wheels or wheel covers
Windshield
Normal Wear
- Any damage 1/2” or less in diameter
Excessive Wear
- Any damage greater than 1/2” in diameter or any hole
Lights - Turn Signals - Lamps
Normal Wear
- Cracks 2” or less in length
Excessive Wear
- Any damage greater than 1/2” in diameter or any hole
Interior
Burn Holes
Normal Wear
- Burn holes 1/8” or less in diameter
Excessive Wear
- Burn holes greater than 1/8” in diameter
Cuts - Tears - Singed Areas
Normal Wear
- Cuts, tears and singed areas 1/2” or less in diameter
Excessive Wear
- Cuts, tears and singed areas greater than 1/2” in diameter
Stains
Normal Wear
- Any removable stain
Excessive Wear
- Stains that cannot be removed and that require replacement of upholstery or carpeting
Entire Vehicle
All Of The Following Are Considered "Excessive"
** Non-operational or malfunctioning equipment
** Substandard or incomplete repair
** Any replacement part that does not meet manufacturer’s specifications
** Vehicle system failures that resul tfrom not adhering to manufacturer’s maintenance requirements
** Any missing equipment (includes keyless entry remote) or broken parts
** Any replacement part that does not meet manufacturer’s specifications of equal quality and design
** Any modification ,including, but not limited to, suspension modifications, changing vehicle color or non-factory paint schemes, lettering or graphics, holes in frame, post-delivery customizing, engine adaptations, fuel system adaptations, tinted or engraved glass
BUMPERDOC wants to make sure you save money when returning YOUR lease. We have even developed a BUMPERDOC LEASE RETURN KIT that you can print out and use our damage size templates.
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To be sure you are not surprised by any lease return re-charges, we always recommend you bring your lease in for our
FREE BUMPERDOC LEASE RETURN INSPECTION
15 minutes of your time can save up to thousands of your hard earned money!
Call 1-866-DR-BUMPER (866-372-8673)

 

How Can Bumper Doc Save You Money on Your Lease Return?

Let BUMPER DOC give you a FREE End-Of-Lease Inspection! Our professional team will examine your vehicle for damage that you will likely be charged for when your lease expires. BUMPER DOC’s full-service auto reconditioning center can help you keep some of this money in your pocket. When you are charged for damage to your leased vehicle, the price is usually defined by a dealership’s auto body repair center or a major collision center – and these facilities will often simply replace damaged parts instead of repairing them.

Scroll Through Our Damage Examples Below

 

Dings
No Problem
Small dimples, less than two inches across should not be a problem as they are considered normal wear and tear. However, be careful as you are still limited to three dings per body panel, with a maximum of six dings per side. Anymore they that would be considered "excessive".
lease ding_issue Recharge Issue
Dings greater than 2 inches across are considered dents. More than three dings per panel or six dings per side is also considered "excessive"wear. Scratches, chips or dents will almost always follow the 2 inch rule. You need to measure correctly to avoid any re-charges.
Dents
lease dent_ok No Problem
Small "Dents" must be less than 2 inches across and qualify as a "Ding". However, be careful as you are still limited to three dings per body panel, with a maximum of six dings per side.
Anymore they that would be considered"excessive" and you would be charged.
lease dent_issue Recharge Issue
All dents greater than 2 inches across are not allowed and you will definitely occur charges.Scratches, chips or dents will almost always follow the 2 inch rule.
You need to measure correctly to avoid any re-charges.
Chips
lease chip_ok No Problem
Chip usually come from road debris or the wheels of other vehicles spraying dirt or small stones. Some minor chips are okay. If you are not sure your vehicle has minor chips damage or something more,your safest option is to bring it to a lease return specialist like BUMPERDOC.
lease chip_issue Recharge Issue
An excessive amount of chips almost immediately noticeable to the naked eye could be considered for repair. If a chip is larger then 2 inches in diameter, it could be considered missing paint. The cost of repair would be the responsibility of the leaser.
Scratches
lease scr_ok No Problem
A surface scratch that can easily be buffed out. Some "scratches" may not even be scratches at all. You find these when a painted car bumper or wooden post, or the rubber bumper on a shopping cart, rubs up against the body. Instead of scratching the car, it deposits material on the paint surface
lease scr_issue Recharge Issue
Visible sand/grinding marks, rough texture, excessive overspray or bad color match larger than 2”in diameter would also incur re-charges. Long, deep scratches such as those sustained from a key would also incur a re-charge. Bring your car to a lease return specialist like BUMPERDOC.
Bumpers
lease bumper_ok No Problem
Scuffed bumpers are considered normal wear. It's almost impossible not to scuff your bumpers at some point. Parking spots are getting smaller and smaller.As long as the damage is less then 2 inches in diameter you will most likely not be charged.
Recharge Issue
Individual occurrences of bumpers and or molding damage larger than 2”in diameter will incur a re-charge. Our expert technicians know how to repair your bumper instead of replacing it like the dealership would. This saves you money when returning your lease.
Wheels
No Problem
Minor nicks and scratches are OK. As long as the wheel is not bent, broken, or is structurally damaged from abuse, you will have no problem.Along with wheels, lease contract have very strict guidelines for tire wear.
Recharge Issue
If your wheels are gouged from hitting the curb,
bent or broken, you will incur a re-charge. Ouraluminum and alloy wheel restoration processdelivers the solution you are looking for when it comes to repairing your rims from curb scrapes, scratches, chips and pit holes.
Windshields
No Problem
Any damage 1/2” or less in diameter to a windshield will probably not be a problem but you should repair them quickly. Damaged glass may crack without any notice – one day, or one year, after the initial impact. Waiting can be an expensive gamble.
Recharge Issue
Any damage greater than 1/2” in diameter or any hole will incur a re-charge at the time of return.BUMPERDOC can save you money on windshield repair before total replacement is necessary. Our skilled technicians are able to seal chips and cracks quickly before they lengthen.
Interior
No Problem
Burn holes 1/8” or less in diameter are considered normal wear as with cuts, tears and singed areas 1/2” or less in diameter. Stains are also considered normal wear as long they can be removed with solvents and not be replacing the damaged area. None of these should incur any re-charge.
Recharge Issue
Any burn holes greater than 1/8” in diameter is considered "excessive wear". Cuts, tears and singed areas greater than 1/2” in diameter are "excessive wear". Stains that cannot be removed and that require replacement of upholstery or carpeting will also be re-charged.
BUMPERDOC wants to make sure you save money when returning YOUR lease. We have even developed a BUMPERDOC LEASE RETURN KIT that you can print out and use our damage size templates.
< Download Kit >
To be sure you are not surprised by any lease return re-charges, we always recommend you bring your lease in for our
FREE BUMPERDOC LEASE RETURN INSPECTION
15 minutes of your time can save up to thousands of your hard earned money!
Call 1-866-DR-BUMPER (866-372-8673)

 

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