Lease Car Damage Deposit

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Hi Bob,
I have a '98 Neon on lease for three years...have had it one year in October I believe. Anyway, on my passenger door, there is a rust spot under the door frame, likely created by a brush with a curb. It's about half a foot long and is only visible if you take the time to look down at that side of the car. I noticed there is a slight dent under the mark as well. Is this something that should be covered under my insurance, am I going to have to pay for it myself? If I dot fix it will it hurt my value a lot when I return the car to get another or get out of leasing all together? Any insight you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Jeff R.

Jeff,
The leasing company will definitely charge you for that. Remember that security deposit you left? Well, they try to find anything they can to not give that back. And something like this, they might send you a bill for. Get an estimate to have it fixed and see where that takes you.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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