Do you have to service a leased car at the dealer?

When I signed the paperwork for a lease, the dealership kept stressing the importance of taking my leased car in for maintenance at their service station. Do I really have to service the leased car at the dealer? Or can I take it wherever I want?

Answer
“Some lease contracts explicitly state that you must do the repairs at the dealership, but this is relatively rare.
In most cases, you’re free to get the repairs done wherever you want, usually as long as the repair shop or service station is certified. So if you have a preferred service station, go to them and don’t stress about it.
There may be cases that you should get the work done at the dealer, such as issues with air bags and safety systems or recalls, but this also isn’t a steadfast rule. Larger repairs, such as those caused by an accident and paid for with a car insurance claim, are also up to your discretion as far as where you take the vehicle.
Keep in mind that you are responsible for paying for car insurance for the leased vehicle. Dealerships won’t require you to use a specific company, which gives you the freedom to shop for the best deals. If you want an easy and quick way to find the lowest rates, try using the Jerry app. Jerry compares rates from the top providers and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes. And the best part–Jerry does this for free.”
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Eric Schad
Answered on Sep 01, 2021
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