Are you considering leasing a new vehicle rather than buying one? There are many reasons to opt for a lease rather than financing a vehicle.
But, it’s important to realize what is and isn’t included in a leasing agreement.
Below, we will go over what you need to know about tires and who is responsible for paying for this equipment.
Are tires included for leased cars?
A leased car will come with brand new tires, or tires with acceptable tread on the vehicle. A leasing agreement will outline what type of tires are installed on the leased vehicle and explain how long the tires are expected to last. Most leasing agencies consider tire replacement maintenance.
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Can I get the leasing company to pay for new tires?
Typically, it is the lessee’s responsibility to replace tires on leased vehicles during the lease term. It’s also the lessee’s responsibility to turn the vehicle in with tires that match the minimum tread count outlined in the leasing agreement.
Leasing companies will not contribute to the cost of replacing tires that have worn out due to normal wear and tear.
These companies also won’t cover the cost of having the tires installed and balanced, or the cost of disposing of old tires after the new ones have been mounted.
If a leased vehicle is turned in with tires that have less tread than outlined in the leasing agreement, the lessee will be charged for tire replacement.
Do leased cars come with winter tires?
It’s important to pay attention to your lease agreement when it comes to tires and what is included or expected from you and the dealership.
Most times, leased cars are equipped with all-weather tires.
If you would like to equip the vehicle with winter tires, it will likely be at your expense, unless you have negotiated something else when you signed the lease.
The type of tires and the lesse’s responsibilities are outlined in the leasing agreement.
Will leasing companies pay for winter tires?
In general, leasing companies will not pay for winter tires. The logistics of what is expected from you as the lessee and the leasing agency regarding tires will be laid out clearly in your leasing agreement.
If you’re interested in installing winter tires on a leased vehicle, you may have to do it at your own cost. But, it could help you save money in the long run. It’s best to inquire with the dealership you are leasing from about whether you can mount a different type of tire on the vehicle.
In the leasing agreement, how much tread is expected on the tires when the vehicle is turned in will be clearly listed.
If you drive a lot and don’t want to replace the all-weather tires before turning the vehicle on, you can remove the tires instead.
By removing the tires, and installing winter tires, you are getting the handling you want on icy, snowy roads, and can save that tread on the tires you will be turning in with the vehicle.
It’s important to make sure this practice is allowed under a leasing agreement.
Does the lease warranty normally cover tires?
If you lease a new car, the car will likely have a manufacturer’s warranty.
But this warranty doesn’t cover normal wear and tear on brake pads and tires.
If you are going to lease the car for longer than the manufacturer’s warranty is, in effect, usually three years or 36,000 miles, you may want to see if an extended warranty will provide you with more coverage.
But like a manufacturer’s warranty, extended coverage may not cover normal wear and tear on tires and brake pads.
So, while both these warranties may cover manufacturing defects with tires, they will not cover normal wear and tear associated with normal driving.
If you are worried about a leased vehicle’s tires and the cost associated with maintaining and replacing this equipment, you can inquire with your leasing agency to see if there are any care packages available that could provide coverage for normal wear and tear on tires.
Some dealerships will offer maintenance packages that will cover tire rotation, balancing, oil changes, and brake systems.
These packages are usually available to lessees for an additional cost.
Are you responsible for tires on a lease?
Yes, under most lease agreements, the person leasing the vehicle is responsible for the tires, including maintenance and replacement.
If you lease a car for at least three years or more, and drive the vehicle on a regular basis, you can expect to have to replace the tires at least once during this time.
If you have a punctured tire or a tire becomes unused for a different reason, you will likely be responsible for those costs as well.
If you lease the vehicle for longer than three years, you will likely need to replace the tires, even if you do not drive it on a regular basis.
Tires are made of rubber and as rubber gets older, it gets weaker, and is more prone to damage. To avoid a tire blowing out due to old tires, it’s imperative to have the air checked in the tires regularly, and to have the tires replaced as soon as they outlive their shelf life.
Under most leasing agreements, the lessee is responsible for replacing the tires at their cost.
When can I expect leasing companies to replace tires?
Most leasing agreements stipulate that tire replacement is the responsibility of the lessee.
To determine who is responsible for replacing the vehicle’s tires, you should read your leasing agreement with your authorized dealership representative.
The leasing agreement will explicitly lay out who is responsible for replacing the tires, and what the minimum requirement for tires is when turning the vehicle on at the end of the lease.
It is possible to negotiate some aspects of a lease agreement.
If you would like to inquire whether tire maintenance can be part of the lease negotiation, it’s a good idea to bring it up during the lease negotiation process.
Under most circumstances, the lessee should not expect the leasing company to provide any coverage relating to the vehicle’s tires.
What happens if I already bought new tires?
If you need to buy new tires for your leased vehicle close to the same time as you will have to turn the vehicle in, you have some options to consider.
It’s important to realize you will have to have a certain amount of tread on all four tires at the time the vehicle is turned in.
If your tires have quite a bit more tread than is required at turn in and you won’t put enough miles on the vehicle before you turn it in to use that tread, you might want to consider buying a used set of tires before you turn the leased vehicle in.
Buying a used set of tires for the vehicle that meets the minimum tread count allows you to meet the requirements of your lease without losing the value of the tires you didn’t get an opportunity to wear out.
The tires can be saved for the next vehicle you lease or purchase.
It’s important to realize if you remove recently purchased tires and install older tires before turning the vehicle in, it’s important to make sure all four tires are the same size and brand.
If the vehicle was leased with a certain brand, it’s ideal to match the brand when you turn the vehicle in.
If you can’t match the brand exactly, every effort should be made to at least match the value of the tire replacements.
For instance, if you have premium tires on your vehicle at the beginning of your lease, the vehicle should be returned with premium tires.