At Don’s Ford, we understand all too well the excitement that comes with a new car. If you’re so inclined, you might be tempted to modify your new leased vehicle with some Ford parts.
If so, here are some things you should know about using aftermarket parts during your lease.
Can I Modify My Leased Ford?
This will depend on the fine print of your lease, but the short answer is: “technically, yes.” However, if you go into that project without understanding the specifics of your lease agreement, you might regret it in the long run.
Any modifications could void your lease agreement, leaving you on the hook for all kinds of costs and fees, not to mention necessitating the immediate return of the vehicle. Using aftermarket parts would definitely fall under the definition of modification, and thus will likely void your lease.
Why Can’t I Use Aftermarket Parts?
Suppose you want to make a repair, rather than a modification that’s strictly for looks or performance. Aftermarket parts can certainly be easier on your wallet, but since nearly all lease agreements require that the vehicle be returned with all its original parts.
This means that any parts in the car that are not the original factory parts could mean voiding the lease, along with some kind of penalty. Just what this will look like depends on the fine points of your agreement.
Expect an End of Lease Inspection
Keep in mind that you will most likely need to bring the vehicle in between 60 and 90 days before the end of your lease. This pre-end inspection ensures that all the factory parts are still present, and will look for any scratches, exterior damage, and tire wear that seems beyond reasonable.
For questions about end of lease agreements or Ford parts, schedule Ford service at Don’s Ford today.