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Repair my vehicle before I trade it in?

Posted by susanb_tx (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 15, 10 at 23:54

I lease my cars. The car wash broke off my side mirror the day before I was trading in my last 2004 4Runner. They wouldn't repair it so I forked out almost $400 to have it repaired. Then someone told me I didn't have to do that to trade it in, that they didn't give me any more for the car than they would have if I hadn't fixed it.

Can someone tell me now - my lease expires in September on my new 2006 4Runner. It has a cracked windshield and the back bumper needs replacing. Is there any point in my having these things replaced. Will I get any less of a trade-in if they're not fixed? I'm not trading it in for another Toyota.

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RE: Repair my vehicle before I trade it in?

What does ur lease agreement state?? Doesn't one have to turn in a lease in a certain condition, otherwise one has to pay for the repairs??

RE: Repair my vehicle before I trade it in?

the lease agreement states the cond. the vehicle must be in when turned in. reality is you have a huge gray area, depending on who your next lease is with, what your turning in, if your using the same dealer etc. i`ve leased cars for years, most have been in average shape when i turn them in, last one a chevy i turned in with a big dent in the door and a cracked wind sheild, but the dealer was hard up to keep me as a customer and waived all charges. with the problems toyota is having, i`d say if you went with another toyota, they`d prob wave it, another brand no so likely. check around

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