What is regarded as normal wear and tear on a leased car?

I have a leased car, but I don't want to pay anything when I turn it in based on wear and tear. What is considered normal wear and tear?

Answer
It makes sense that you don’t want to pay more than you have to for your leased car.
Normal wear and tear on a leased car are usually discussed in detail on your contract. In most situations, this is minor damage that doesn’t readily reduce the value of the vehicle. This typically includes tires, light bulbs, brakes, and minor scratches. You may have to replace tires, light bulbs, and brakes as a part of regular maintenance.
However, if there’s more extensive damage to your car as the result of an accident or other event, like extreme weather, you’ll want to get that repaired before you return the car. This damage may be covered by your insurance company as you’re required to have full coverage car insurance as a part of your lease.
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Answered on Oct 29, 2021
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