Ford Lease Return FAQs

Ford Lease Return FAQs

The end of your Ford lease presents numerous new opportunities for you. Will you purchase the leased vehicle? Choose a new model? The choice is up to you! 

This Ford lease return FAQs (frequently asked questions) page was designed so Ford lessees throughout Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, can get more clarity about the lease-end process. Check out some of these frequently asked questions below, and contact our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton if you have a leased vehicle that’s ready to be returned!

What Are my Ford Lease-End Options?

What Are my Ford Lease-End Options?

At the end of your Ford lease, you can choose from the following options:

  • Purchase the vehicle
  • Lease a new model
  • Return the vehicle

You may have really enjoyed your lease and want to continue driving it. Luckily, you can easily move over to the financing process to make it yours. If you’re ready for some upgraded features, you can choose a new model from our inventory to lease next. Lastly, you can simply return your leased vehicle if you’ll no longer need it.

Purchase the vehicle

Will Another Ford Dealership Accept My Lease Return?

Yes, other participating Ford dealerships will be able to accept your lease return. This makes the return process easier on you since you can choose a closer and more convenient location. 

When Do I Schedule My Lease-End Inspection?

It’s a good idea to schedule your vehicle’s lease-end inspection about 60 days before the end of your lease. If you don’t schedule an inspection yourself, a Vehicle Inspection Company representative may get in touch to set one up about 45 days before your lease is due to be returned.

You can opt to have the inspection done at your home or office if you’d prefer. It should take about half an hour, after which you can learn more about your vehicle’s wear and tear (if applicable). Then, you can decide to get certain items repaired.


What’s Considered Excess Wear and Tear for a Lease?

What’s Considered Excess Wear and Tear for a Lease?

Your vehicle will undergo some normal wear and tear throughout the duration of your lease. However, excess wear will be noted during your leased vehicle’s inspection and may need some repairs. Check out the table below to learn more about what inspectors will look for.


Normal Wear

Excess Wear

Exterior dings, dents, or scratches

Up to 3 per panel, less than

4 inches in diameter

4 or more per panel, or any more than 4 inches in diameter


No damage

Any chips or cracks


Scratches and gouges up to

6 inches

Scratches and gouges more than

6 inches

Interior stains

1 per panel up to ½ inch

2 per panel or any more than ½ inch

Interior cuts and tears

Up to 2 per panel up to ½ inch

3 or more per panel or any more than ½ inch

Excess wear also includes any cracked or broken headlights/taillights, broken interior equipment, and incorrect tire specifications.

Lease Return

What Do I Bring to a Lease Return?

When you return your lease to our dealership, there are a few items you’ll want to remember to bring along with you. These include the following:

  • Spare keys and fobs
  • Owner’s manual
  • Receipts for vehicle repairs
  • Accessories for interior entertainment systems
  • Exterior accessories 

You also don’t want to forget to remove your own items from the vehicle. Remember to go through the interior and check the glove compartment, DVD player, trunk, or other cargo storage areas to retrieve all items.

Return Your Ford Lease Today!

We handle lease returns all the time here at Friendly Ford of Hamilton. Our experienced team will work with you to answer any additional questions you may have about this process. Drivers near Hamilton, Madison, or Morrisville, NY, can contact us today!

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