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Can You Modify a Leased Car?

Leasing is a popular option with Los Angeles car-buyers because it costs less each month than financing. But before you jump into a new auto lease, it’s important to consider the pros and cons carefully. For instance, you may be planning on certain cabin or performance upgrades for your new car — so how much can you modify a leased car compared to a financed car?

To find out, read the guide below from the experienced auto finance experts at Rusnak Auto Group, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions about the benefits of leasing vs. financing.



Modifying a Leased Car vs. a Financed Car

If your leased vehicle has more than the acceptable level of wear and tear at the end of your term, the leasing company will charge you for the repairs. That also applies to modifying a leased car, even if your upgrades seem like an improvement! How much can you modify a leased car? Very little—most leased vehicles are due back at the dealership after three years in pristine, unmodified condition.

For drivers who love customizing, a leased car probably isn’t the right choice. In fact, paying more each month to finance a vehicle will cost less than customizing a leased car, and then paying to remove the upgrades later!

Can You Customize a Leased Car if You Buy It?

There’s one way you can customize a leased car—and that’s if you’re absolutely certain that you’re going to buy it when your lease is up. For some Thousand Oaks drivers, it might make sense to take advantage of the lower monthly lease payments for the three-year period of the lease term, and then negotiate a lease-end buyout. In this case, any upgrades or modifications made to the vehicle would no longer matter. Keep in mind that your lender may recalculate the vehicle’s value to account for the changes.

Explore Your Auto Leasing Options in Los Angeles

At Rusnak Auto Group, we want you to drive home to Westlake Village in a car you love, at a price that fits your budget. We’ll sit down with you one-on-one to work out a lease or financing plan that’s a perfect fit for your lifestyle and financial situation. Contact us today to get started as well as to learn if you can put a sound system in a leased car, if leasing a car builds credit, and more!

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