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 Post subject: Lease Return: Registration and other questions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:50 pm 
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Hi,

I'm going to return my 2016 e-Golf in December and have a few questions about lease returns:

- I'm going to return the car a couple of days before registration expires. Do I need to re-register?
- I have a quarter-size scratch on one of the rims. Did you have similar issues, how much do they charge?
- Other than rotating tires, new wipers, and refilling wiper fluid I haven't done any maintenance. Is this something that's checked?
- Any other things to look out for at lease return?

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Alex


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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return: Registration and other questions
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 pm 
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1. As long as the car is back at the dealer, or at an authorized return facility, prior to the registration expiration, you don’t need to renew registration. You may want to let your local DMV know that the car has been lease-returned so you don’t get delinquent registration notifications or worse accusations that tickets were racked up while the car was still registered in your name.

2. Your lease pre-return inspection will tell you how much it will cost. A quarter-size scratch may not be large enough to trigger an excess wear charge however.

3. I did absolutely no dealer maintenance on my Leaf (except for the battery check, to maintain the warranty) and NMAC didn’t care, so long as everything worked. I don’t expect VW Credit to be any different.

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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return: Registration and other questions
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:06 am 
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As my eGolf goes back in 30 days I found a few interesting things.

You are going back to December? Did you have it inspected yet? if Not, GO NOW.
Inspection is cheaper when it's pre inspection (Before you turn in) instead of Post Inspection. Pre inspection is Free BTW

The only time this isn't true is when the car has zero issues. In Post Inspection if they find something that occurred in the last 90 days (after a Pre Inspection - minor) it won't count. But remember that you aren't around for Post Inspections. What if the dealer put a big ding in it? You pay for that.

I was looking at my contract and it says 'Return your car on Jan 3rd' I was thinking why? I leased my car on Dec 20. Then I realized, I would have to renew the registration for those 14 days.
I asked DMV about getting a 2 week temp, and they said, nope. you gotta pay for the year. So I asked about a refund. They said , nope unless the car is salvaged we won't consider it.

Sneaky VW. Trying to get me to pay $400 (Thanks to the new EV penalty registration) for 2 weeks of car.
No thanks.

Rim rash is almost always counted. Have it inspected so you won't get sticker shock. A quarter scratch depends on how deep. If it's a quarter size Ding...you are right on the edge.

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 Post subject: Re: Lease Return: Registration and other questions
PostPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:41 pm 
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alexecar wrote:
- I have a quarter-size scratch on one of the rims. Did you have similar issues, how much do they charge?


You should receive a guide about 2 months before lease end that lists criteria for not being charged. Unfortunately I threw mine away last week, but it was something like you're permitted one scratch up to an inch without charge.

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