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Jeep lease returns with existing damage

Just curious if anybody has experience returning a jeep lease with damage. For example: My windshield has an 8 inch crack from a stone and I also have a minor scuff on the front rim of my leased Overland. Does the dealer deduct for these items upon return or should I just get them fixed prior to returning the vehicle? I still have 1.5 years on the lease term so I'm no in hurry to fix it anytime soon if that's the case.

So my question is: I understand it needs to get fixed but am I better off fixing it myself or letting the dealership do it?
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Re: Jeep lease returns with existing damage

Keep in mind a windshield is a structural element of your unit-body Jeep. From a safety perspective, you'd better fix it.

I just replaced the windshield on my leased 2012 Ford Focus. Stone chip developed into a 2 inch crack in the span of 2 minutes, and 1 foot within 30 minutes. By the time I changed it, the cracks traveled the length of the windscreen. That tells you how much torsion is actually happening when driving on regular roads.
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Re: Jeep lease returns with existing damage

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Keep in mind a windshield is a structural element of your unit-body Jeep. From a safety perspective, you'd better fix it.

I just replaced the windshield on my leased 2012 Ford Focus. Stone chip developed into a 2 inch crack in the span of 2 minutes, and 1 foot within 30 minutes. By the time I changed it, the cracks traveled the length of the windscreen. That tells you how much torsion is actually happening when driving on regular roads.

I understand it needs to get fixed but am I better off fixing it myself or letting the dealership do it?
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Re: Jeep lease returns with existing damage

Doesn't your insurance have full glass coverage?
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Doesn't your insurance have full glass coverage?
I actually do have 100% coverage for this so yes, I suppose it's fully covered. So 'i'm good there. Thanks
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Re: Jeep lease returns with existing damage

Is your lease through Chrysler Capital or another third party lender?

Depending on the bank i would search for their lease turn in inspection policy, because each company has a different policy on what they consider "Normal Wear". Below is Chrysler Capitals page on what is considered normal and excessive.

https://chryslercapital.com/lease-en...leage-and-wear

Using their "wear tool" ruler under the resources tab you can measure any damage to see if it falls under normal wear.
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Is your lease through Chrysler Capital or another third party lender?

Depending on the bank i would search for their lease turn in inspection policy, because each company has a different policy on what they consider "Normal Wear". Below is Chrysler Capitals page on what is considered normal and excessive.

https://chryslercapital.com/lease-en...leage-and-wear

Many thanks for that! It is indeed through Chrysler Capital so I'll check out the link you provided.
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Re: Jeep lease returns with existing damage

As someone who leases for many years, don't sweat the damage just yet. You never know what will happen between now and then, also wait until the inspection that happens before the lease end and it will itemize what needs to be done. At that point you can decide what to do. For example your dealer may buy the damaged jeep for the full buyout just to get you into a new jeep. I currently have a $1000 dollar dent on my X5 and about the same time left on my lease, I choose not to fix it because I might sell/trade the car before the lease end.
As for your original question, I would find a good body shop and get it done at a fraction of the cost as opposed to the dealer, BTW glass is %100 covered by your insurance and you better get that fixed soon before you start getting tickets for broken windshield.
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As someone who leases for many years, don't sweat the damage just yet. You never know what will happen between now and then, also wait until the inspection that happens before the lease end and it will itemize what needs to be done. At that point you can decide what to do. For example your dealer may buy the damaged jeep for the full buyout just to get you into a new jeep. I currently have a $1000 dollar dent on my X5 and about the same time left on my lease, I choose not to fix it because I might sell/trade the car before the lease end.

As for your original question, I would find a good body shop and get it done at a fraction of the cost as opposed to the dealer, BTW glass is %100 covered by your insurance and you better get that fixed soon before you start getting tickets for broken windshield.
Appreciate the information and will wait to get the wheel fixed (if it even neeeds it). Not sure I wanna get into another Jeep as I'm looking at possibly a preowned exotic sports car once my lease expires next year.

I did find out that glass coverage (in maryland) deductible is $500. To get that fully covered I have to pay slightly more on comprehensive so I had them modify it and glass coverage so is now 100%. I can get it fixed at anytime now with really nom money out of pocket so at least that's resolved.
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