What is a Mercedes-Benz disposition fee?

I turned in my leased GLC a few days ago, and I just got the lease-end paperwork. It looks like there’s a disposition fee. I thought I only had to pay it if I chose to lease another Benz. Could you explain what a Mercedes-Benz disposition fee is?

Jessica Gibson · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
We can definitely clear up some of the confusion! A disposition fee is a standard end-of-lease fee that dealerships charge on returned vehicles. It basically covers any necessary cleaning, reconditioning, and preparation for the car to be sold as a used vehicle. The disposition fee also covers transportation costs and inspection fees.
In your case,
usually charges around $600 for the disposition fee. The disposition fee is also called the “vehicle turn-in fee.” Unfortunately, there’s no negotiating your way out of paying it.
The only way to avoid the disposition fee is to lease or finance a new Mercedes-Benz. The dealership will also credit your account $500 toward the excess wear and use charge.
If a new Benz isn’t in the cards, you can simply return the vehicle. On your end-of-lease paperwork, you’ll see these additional charges:
  • Excess wear and use charges following a vehicle inspection
  • Excess mileage charge if you went over the agreed-upon mileage in your contract
  • Additional charges, like unpaid payments, late charges, or unpaid traffic tickets
Once you drop off the car, remember to contact your
car insurance
provider and inform them that you’re no longer driving the car. No one wants to pay to insure a car they’re not driving!
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