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specific flow of lease return process, anyone?

astrorob

stealth performance M3
Aug 27, 2014
602
157
oakland, ca
i have a leased M3 which is due back in mid-december. i actually extended the lease 6 months, but it's looking like i'll have my new car (not a tesla) a few days before the original lease expiration date. at this point, in order to avoid re-registering the car, it probably makes sense to try to return it by the original date.

this is my first tesla and so i've never gone thru the lease return process. i'm a little worried about clicking the "begin lease return process" link in the app because i don't know what it entails. does tesla let you pick the actual return date? do you have to complete all the self inspection and tesla's evaluation of the car before it can be returned?

i'm just worried that if i start the process then they assume that i'd like to return the car anytime after i've clicked that link.

i also wonder if i could cancel the lease return process once it has begun, given that i already have the extension.

i tried to contact tesla finance about these things but of course you can't talk to anyone and are asked to send an email, and maybe they'll call you back. or maybe not.

thanks
 
Once you start the lease return on the the first thing is Tesla will eventually contact you, probably by email, to schedule an inspection. A tech will come out to you and visually inspect the car. No much to it, just looking for damage to the exterior and interior. They also measure tire tread. A few days later you will get an invoice if they feel there is damage beyond normal wear. You can either agree to pay them what they are asking or get any repairs done yourself. After that you will be able to schedule a date and location to turn in the Lease on the Tesla App.
 
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astrorob

stealth performance M3
Aug 27, 2014
602
157
oakland, ca
Once you start the lease return on the the first thing is Tesla will eventually contact you, probably by email, to schedule an inspection. A tech will come out to you and visually inspect the car. No much to it, just looking for damage to the exterior and interior. They also measure tire tread. A few days later you will get an invoice if they feel there is damage beyond normal wear. You can either agree to pay them what they are asking or get any repairs done yourself. After that you will be able to schedule a date and location to turn in the Lease on the Tesla App.

thanks - at some point along the line i must have misunderstood the process - that you had to do all the inspection work yourself and submit pictures to tesla. this would be very much in keeping with how they run things. so it's good to hear they do the inspection with a real human and then present you with an invoice so that you can get work done on your own.

for me the car's exterior is mostly fine - one ding that i think falls within normal wear and tear, but like all M3s the wheels have terrible road rash. i was thinking of just getting it repaired preemptively by a 3rd party, before any inspection.

there must be some window for return after the inspection though right? in other words, they give you a range of return dates and you pick one?
 
I just recently returned my 2019 Model X. I only got charged $85 dollars for some road rash on my rims. No other issues. Tesla does charge a $395 Lease Disposition Fee which they will waive if you buy or lease another Tesla. So in the end I only had to pay $85, not the end of the world.
 
there must be some window for retur after the inspection though right? in other words, they give you a range of return dates and you pick one?
You can pick whatever date you like in the app. Just keep in mind if you go too far past your lease maturation date they may charge you for an additional month.

The inspection is valid for either 30 or 45 days. Just as the tech during inspection. I forget the exact amount of time he told me. If you do any of your own repairs you will either need to schedule a second inspection or provide photos of whatever you corrected.
 

astrorob

stealth performance M3
Aug 27, 2014
602
157
oakland, ca
You can pick whatever date you like in the app. Just keep in mind if you go too far past your lease maturation date they may charge you for an additional month.

The inspection is valid for either 30 or 45 days. Just as the tech during inspection. I forget the exact amount of time he told me. If you do any of your own repairs you will either need to schedule a second inspection or provide photos of whatever you corrected.

thanks for the further info, that's exactly what i was wondering about.

i think i'll just do the curb rash before inspection since it's clearly way beyond what they deem normal, and then see what, if anything, the tech points out. i have a single quarterpanel ding which i got about 2.5 years in. was sitting in the car waiting for someone, and somebody in a huge SUV parked next to me and opened the passenger door right into my car. i think that ding is acceptable but we'll see.
 

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