Can you Modify a Leased Car?

Some people who are interested in leasing cars often ask whether or not a leased car can be modified. These people may be interested in such modifications as adding spoilers, tinting windows, or even changing the rims. The short answer is that yes, you can modify a leased vehicle, but a couple important things must be taken into consideration before doing so.

Whether or not you can modify a leased vehicle really depends on whether you plan on buying the car at the end of your lease. If you plan on buying the car at the end of your lease, modifying it should not be a problem because you will eventually own the car. However, if you plan on returning the vehicle to the dealership after your lease term is up, you need to return the car in its original factory condition without modifications. Therefore, any modification you make must be removed or reversed without damaging the car. The policies on damage to a leased vehicle may vary from one finance company to another, but you could be charged for any excessive damage to the car. To sum up, if you plan on returning the vehicle upon the end of the lease, either modify the car with caution or avoid modifying the car altogether, but if you plan on buying the car upon the end of the lease, modifying it should not be a problem.

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One Response to “Can you Modify a Leased Car?”

  1. Iain B says:

    It is generally not a good idea to make styling or performance modifications to a lease car because the car must be returned in good original condition at the end of the lease. Modifications such as a tow bar may be OK subject to the lease company approval. There are guidelines on how you must return your lease car: http://www.ovl.co.uk/car-leasing-wear-tear.asp

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    Best regards,
    Iain