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Many of our guests find themselves projected to go over their allotted miles, have some excess wear and tear on their current vehicle, or want to order their next vehicle from the factory exactly the way they want it which is easier to resolve with some time before your lease ends.
The bank has specific standards that all service and repairs need to be conducted during your lease term. Generally speaking, if you had the repairs done at an OEM approved body shop, or here at the dealer, those repairs are usually not an issue.
If you had any repairs done through your insurance company or another third-party repair facility we strongly recommend that you have a Pre-Inspection done. The inspector can work with the bank to determine if the repairs meet the bank standards for return or not.
Small modifications like a professional window tinting (not windshield), wheel treatment (chrome, mate finish, powder coating), or adding OEM accessories are generally acceptable by the bank.
Suspension or engine modifications, as well as wheel swaps, are generally not acceptable. If you have modified your lease beside the above it strongly recommended having a pre-inspection completed so your inspector can work with the bank to determine if those modifications are chargeable or not.
Generally, they take 20-25 minutes. If your lease has been in an accident before or has been modified, it may be longer depending on if the car is damaged, modified or we need to reach out to MINI Financial Service on an account question. Your lease-end inspector will walk you through the process and timeframe better when you arrive.
Any repairs needed or fees assessed by the bank for wear and tear, miles overage charges, or disposition fees may be assessed by the bank. Your inspector will let you know at the end of your pre-inspection if any bank charges apply to you.
You will need the following: All keys, Owners Manual, Vehicle Registration, Photo ID, and all OEM equipment. If your lease is a plug-in vehicle, please remember to tell your lease end inspector you have the cables at home.
Unfortunately for health and safety reasons for our team, we can only conduct inspections at the dealership at this time.
Repairs and service require a customer signature prior to work being started and again upon completion of the work performed. Tell your lease inspector that you have a service due and we can go over your options with you.
Both California and the bank requires an odometer statement to be completed at the lease-end. Depending on how your registration was written we will need one or both persons listed on the registration to be present to sign the CA-262 documents and lease disposition forms.
No. Lease-end inspections are done by appointment only.
The bank typically only has one trained representative onsite 5 days a week. While your appointment takes under 30 minutes on your end, the lease end inspector has to process the lease disposition with the bank and DMV, disinfect your lease vehicle, and have it moved to a storage lot for the bank to collect. This means the inspector can accommodate about 5-6 inspections per day and these typically fill up weeks in advance. Please schedule your appointment several weeks in advance of your lease-end date.
California DMV will continue to send notifications about the registration. If the vehicle was returned prior to the registration renewal date you do not need to pay the next year’s registration. If your lease was not dispositioned before the registration date you will need to pay the DMV for that year’s registration. Please contact your local DMV office if you have questions on your DMV renewal.
It is strongly recommended that you visit DMV Link… Click Here to complete the online Transfer and Release of Liability. This will inform the DMV that you no longer own the vehicle.
Disposition Fee: MINI Financial Service may charge $350 to turn in your lease. However, sometimes this fee can be waived if you lease or purchase another MINI within 6 months from lease turn-in. Please contact MINI Financial Service if you are not purchasing a new MINI at the same time as returning your old one.