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Posted: 10/23/2016 11:13:05 AM EDT
I have a leased car in which the lease is about to expire in 3 months. The two front tires are pretty damn bald. The lease has the typical "reasonable wear" clause in it. Should I replace these tire on a car that is gone pretty soon? Will they tag me for the tires when I return the car ?

The car is a little electric Fiat and it was used by my daughter who is now at college. It is hardly driven at all now.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:14:22 AM EDT
Won't you get charged for the worn tires when you bring it back?

I've never leased. Just curious.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:18:17 AM EDT
Put on a couple of decent used tires.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:18:42 AM EDT
Get a couple used ones
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:19:04 AM EDT
Cheap Chinese tires are cheap .
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:19:47 AM EDT
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At $10.00 TO $20.00 a piece, this would be the way to go.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:21:46 AM EDT
Do it now or do it later.

They have a tread depth stated somewhere in the lease turn in paperwork, so you'll be on the hook either way.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:23:01 AM EDT
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Say the car has 30k mile tires and you put 30k on the car then worn out tires are reasonable wear.

FWIW Ive never been able to get very many miles out of factory tires.

eta - Ive always bought new vehicles and never leased before

Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:25:23 AM EDT
Tires are like, rediculously important. Good tread depth means you stop better and speed up better too.

Get two cheap ones or used ones with decent tread left, have peace of mind, have a better performing safer vehicle, and you won't skid off the road and wreck with 1 month left on the lease.

They will bang you for new tires and their prices will be much higher than your own local tire shop.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:25:46 AM EDT
Why are you even asking this?
For the safety of you and your family and people around you at least put some new inexpensive tires on the car.
A blowout could be deadly.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:27:17 AM EDT
Whats your life worth
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:28:43 AM EDT


I know that GM (and I think many others) will send you a turn in packet which includes a cardboard template for checking for things like chips, dents, and tire wear.

You do have to have a reasonable amount of tread left (about 1/4 or so IIRC) or they will charge you for new tires. Same for any large dents or paint chips, cracked windshield, etc.


Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:33:13 AM EDT
At one time in life, I was that guy who evaluated your lease turn in. If you aren't getting a new car from that maker they will look a LOT closer at your turn in. Put on the used tires...
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:38:46 AM EDT
You're going to be buying new tires for it one way or another. I'd buy them now for two reasons:

1. You get to control the amount of money spent.

2. The safety of the vehicle that your daughter drives.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:38:49 AM EDT
My Mazda lease says 1/8" at lowest point.

If it's below what the lease says, then yes replace.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:43:06 AM EDT
Was this the deal where you made money on it? Like leased it for 200 a month but got free electricity for your house
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:44:29 AM EDT
Did you rotate the tires as you should have?

No? Not proper maintenance.
Yes? Do you have proof?
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:45:40 AM EDT
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That's the reason most race cars run winter tires
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:45:54 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Drsalee:
I have a leased car in which the lease is about to expire in 3 months. The two front tires are pretty damn bald. The lease has the typical "reasonable wear" clause in it. Should I replace these tire on a car that is gone pretty soon? Will they tag me for the tires when I return the car ?

The car is a little electric Fiat and it was used by my daughter who is now at college. It is hardly driven at all now.
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You can always pull them off and put on your tires then put theirs back on when you turn it in....sell the tires or put them on the next vehicle when its
tires get worn.

Buy some good used ones.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:47:06 AM EDT
Depends on the leasing company and their guidelines. Why not call them? Are they still legal depth? If not, that may be one determination of whether you will get charged as they will have to replace prior to disposing of the unit at auction. Be careful of just replacing 1 or 2 with a different manufacturers tire. You may also get charged for "mismatched" tires. Can you have a pre-inspection done before turning it in?
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:49:41 AM EDT
New tires or you will be dinged upon lease return.

Probably an oddball size so finding good used ones could be an issue.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:52:46 AM EDT
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Yep.......I am impressed with your memory !

Lease payments are about $200/month and it chopped my electric bill by more than that because of some incentive with SDGE and .gov.

Hard to believe 3 years have clicked by this fast. My daughter drove the car through HS, and it was a great little car for her. She is off at college now and the car pretty much sits on the driveway, unused. I haven't decided what I am going to do to curb electric bill. Maybe I'll get another electric car maybe I will check out solar.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:54:19 AM EDT
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New tires or you will be dinged upon lease return.

Probably an oddball size so finding good used ones could be an issue.
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I was thinking the same thing. Flat little donut tires.......I doubt there are used ones floating around.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:54:23 AM EDT
Throw a cheap set on.

In my life, tires aren't a "wear item", they are a fucking annual consumable.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 11:58:18 AM EDT
It should be a stipulation in the lease contract.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:02:25 PM EDT
How many miles on the tires?

did you rotate them like you were supposed to? having only the 2 front being bald usually means they weren't rotated
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:05:40 PM EDT
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How many miles on the tires?

did you rotate them like you were supposed to? having only the 2 front being bald usually means they weren't rotated
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Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:09:41 PM EDT
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Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.
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How many miles on the tires?

did you rotate them like you were supposed to? having only the 2 front being bald usually means they weren't rotated




Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.

well that's silly. you probably had free maintenance included in the lease
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:10:18 PM EDT
Does a lease contract also state that you'll get penalized if the four tires aren't the same brand and and model?
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:10:40 PM EDT
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That's the reason most race cars run winter tires
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Originally Posted By blackghost:
Tires are like, rediculously important. Good tread depth means you stop better and speed up better too.

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That's the reason most race cars run winter tires

Lol
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:12:55 PM EDT
IB4 the daughter eats a back of a semi with her face, because dad was too cheap to throw a set of tires on there.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:13:49 PM EDT
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You didn't rotate them?

Head to Pep Boys for four tires

$350-$400
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:15:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:15:58 PM EDT
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Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.
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Originally Posted By mcantu:
How many miles on the tires?

did you rotate them like you were supposed to? having only the 2 front being bald usually means they weren't rotated




Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.


wow
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:16:20 PM EDT
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Dunno........that's why I count on ARFCOM for these sundry matters.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:16:40 PM EDT
Rotate them to the back
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:17:12 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By MotorMouth:
You're going to be buying new tires for it one way or another. I'd buy them now for two reasons:

1. You get to control the amount of money spent.

2. The safety of the vehicle that your daughter drives.
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You're going to be buying new tires for it one way or another. I'd buy them now for two reasons:

1. You get to control the amount of money spent.

2. The safety of the vehicle that your daughter drives.


The car is a little electric Fiat and it was used by my daughter who is now at college. It is hardly driven at all now.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:22:29 PM EDT
Rotate tires at oil changes. Oh, you haven't done those either?
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:22:57 PM EDT
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well that's silly. you probably had free maintenance included in the lease
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Originally Posted By Drsalee:
Originally Posted By mcantu:
How many miles on the tires?

did you rotate them like you were supposed to? having only the 2 front being bald usually means they weren't rotated




Definitely NOT rotated. I picked up this car 3 years ago and haven't looked at it since. My daughter probably put 20K miles on it.

well that's silly. you probably had free maintenance included in the lease


Yeah. I am not proud of forgetting about simple maintenance and I have no excuse. 3 years went by with a fingersnap. And, the electric-car part of it kinda throws you off......you are never changing the oil or checking fluids or even putting gas in the damn thing......so I really never look at it. Just plug it in. It is like a hairdryer sitting in my garage.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:23:23 PM EDT
I would if you don't want to die in a car accident caused by the condition of the tires.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:23:37 PM EDT
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I haven't done a single oil change!
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:24:24 PM EDT
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At $10.00 TO $20.00 a piece, this would be the way to go.
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Originally Posted By GAcop:
Put on a couple of decent used tires.

At $10.00 TO $20.00 a piece, this would be the way to go.

Hit a fix a flat and buy some used takeoffs with 5/32 and plugs. Do not even balance them. Gonna cost you more than $20 though, but better than $200 from the lease people.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:25:23 PM EDT
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Yupp.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:34:01 PM EDT
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I haven't done a single oil change!
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Rotate tires at oil changes. Oh, you haven't done those either?



I haven't done a single oil change!

Has your daughter had the car serviced ?
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:39:07 PM EDT
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Has your daughter had the car serviced ?
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Originally Posted By Drsalee:
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Rotate tires at oil changes. Oh, you haven't done those either?



I haven't done a single oil change!

Has your daughter had the car serviced ?


Nada.

185 55 R15
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:39:15 PM EDT
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Yupp.
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Put on a couple of decent used tires.


Yupp.



185/55R15.

Good luck finding them
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:41:03 PM EDT

So I just recently did a lease buyout.

I got the inspection report that I asked them to do as if it was a end of lease inspection. For the same tires I got at costco installed for $800 they were asking $1,800.

So yes you should replace them. If you don't the dealer doing the inspection will and charge you some serious money for them.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:47:56 PM EDT
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Yep.......I am impressed with your memory !

Lease payments are about $200/month and it chopped my electric bill by more than that because of some incentive with SDGE and .gov.

Hard to believe 3 years have clicked by this fast. My daughter drove the car through HS, and it was a great little car for her. She is off at college now and the car pretty much sits on the driveway, unused. I haven't decided what I am going to do to curb electric bill. Maybe I'll get another electric car maybe I will check out solar.
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Was this the deal where you made money on it? Like leased it for 200 a month but got free electricity for your house



Yep.......I am impressed with your memory !

Lease payments are about $200/month and it chopped my electric bill by more than that because of some incentive with SDGE and .gov.

Hard to believe 3 years have clicked by this fast. My daughter drove the car through HS, and it was a great little car for her. She is off at college now and the car pretty much sits on the driveway, unused. I haven't decided what I am going to do to curb electric bill. Maybe I'll get another electric car maybe I will check out solar.



Tesla? I'm sure you can find a few extra cavities and bridges to do.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:48:20 PM EDT
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185/55R15.

Good luck finding them
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Originally Posted By GAcop:
Put on a couple of decent used tires.


Yupp.



185/55R15.

Good luck finding them



Costco .....$94/each.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:53:10 PM EDT
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Costco .....$94/each.
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Originally Posted By BigPony:
Originally Posted By GAcop:
Put on a couple of decent used tires.


Yupp.



185/55R15.

Good luck finding them



Costco .....$94/each.


read the lease and make sure they don't have to be a matching set.
Link Posted: 10/23/2016 12:55:25 PM EDT
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That's the reason most race cars run winter tires
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Originally Posted By blackghost:
Tires are like, rediculously important. Good tread depth means you stop better and speed up better too.

.

That's the reason most race cars run winter tires



Stupid analogy is stupid. You sound like the Mexicans driving around here on 4 corded tires. "It doesn't rain enough to buy new ones...drive them till they blow out..." Race slicks are very specialized in compound, and there's a reason race rain tires exist. Worn out passenger tires are proven to stop in greater distances than tires with proper tread depth.
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