. It just has to be returned to the parent brand. For example, if you've recently leased an Acura and have decided you want out, you have to return the vehicle to Acura.
This isn't exactly a new tactic, although these companies have never done so before. Ferrari won't allow anyone to resell their Ferrari to anyone but Ferrari for the first year, and encourage owners to resell to them after this time period has passed.
Tesla is also very picky about letting anyone lease and don't even allow leasers the option of buying the vehicle at the end of term. So what has caused more automakers to reclaim their vehicles?
As with so many other things, you can blame this on the chip shortage, which is in turn caused by Covid-19. Automakers are having a hard time producing vehicles thanks to the chip shortage, which in turn prevents them from making sales.
As a result, used car prices are skyrocketing. In spite of this, those who need a vehicle now don't have a choice but to pay the extra money. But how do automakers sell these used vehicles when they don't have them?
That's where the lease policy comes in. By making leasers return their vehicles to the brand that manufactured it, the automaker is sure that it will have a small flow of used vehicles coming in, which might help make up for the new vehicles it's unable to produce. This means that
. Once you own the car, you can take it wherever you want, and see what type of price you can get. Given the car shortage, you may get a good price, but if you don't have the funds on hand to buy your way out, then it may not be an option.
If you can hold out until the end of 2021, this lease policy will end. That's General Motors’ prediction, anyway.
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Brandon Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts in English degree and Minor in Music at Truman State University (2021), where he has been published in the literary magazine Windfall. Originally from Illinois and Missouri, Brandon routinely travels throughout the Midwest. When he’s not writing and editing content, you can find Brandon hiking trails, writing and performing music, or spending time with his family in central Missouri.