Who Is Responsible for Leased Car Repairs?

Leasing a car is the preferable option for people who don’t want to end up driving the same car for the next 15 years. Since you’re technically renting when you lease a car, are you still responsible for all repairs and tune-ups? That is a question asked of us all the time. Under most lease agreements, the lessee is responsible for all leased car repairs and maintenance.

Where Can You Bring a Leased Car for Repairs Following a Collision?

The contract will specify where you can take your car for repairs. In some cases, you may have to bring the car to the dealership’s repair department. However, most contracts permit you to take the vehicle to an independent auto shop, as long as the center is certified. The dealership may provide a list of local Seattle shops you’re allowed to use.

Keep in mind, though, that the agreement may require your leased car repairs to use original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. Failing to comply may result in a penalty fee when you return the vehicle at the end of your leased term.

What Happens If You Total Your Leased Car?

Your lease agreement may include gap insurance. In the event you total the car, the dealer will cover the difference between what you owe and what the insurance will pay. Gap insurance policies differ, however, and your lease agreement may still require you to pay a portion of the difference.

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Your leasing company will thoroughly inspect your car when your return it. Any incurred damages will come out of your pocket. Take your car to Chuck’s Auto Repair for a checkup. We perform lease and buyer’s inspections and will inform you of any issues that the inspector at the dealership will likely ding you for. We also routinely perform repairs on leased cars and can restore your vehicle to a condition deemed acceptable by a dealership.

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