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Old 01-23-2013, 12:30 AM   #1
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hypothetical trade

If I buy a Rubicon and mod it out with 35" tires, flat fenders and stubby bumpers and I need to turn it in at lease end then how hard do you think it would be to find someone with a stock Rubicon to switch out their stock parts with my aftermarket parts and pay for the transfer costs?

Seems like someone with a few years old Rubicon would love to pimp out their ride for free and then I would not get penalized by the leasing company....

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Old 01-23-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
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Impractical at best.

Any modification will likely be noticed by the leasing company and you'll pay heavily. Many others have tried these things and leasing companies know them well.

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couldnt sound sketchier.

You cant just keep the stock parts and put them back on when you are done? Or maybe buy it instead of lease?
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #4
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If everything is switched back to stock then I don't see why the leasing company would penalize me?
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I dont know about the new Jeeps, but when I took off my rear bumper, on the underside, I noticed that it had my VIN # printed to it. You would be better either not doing anything to it if you lease, or keeping the stock parts and swapping them back at end of lease. Just seems like a lot of work for something you don't plan on keeping.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:17 AM   #6
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@kolector - I don't think you've leased before. Leasing companies don't check your vehicle to that level of detail. They just want to make sure your vehicle is in about the condition it should be for a 36-month old vehicle....
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@kolector - I don't think you've leased before. Leasing companies don't check your vehicle to that level of detail. They just want to make sure your vehicle is in about the condition it should be for a 36-month old vehicle....
You're right, I haven't. Was just posting something I noticed that "could" be an issue if they wanted it to be.
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:45 AM   #8
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Sounds like a waste of money. It's bad enough spending lots of money on Jeep parts but then you want to give them away and pay the guy for the labor?
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:46 AM   #9
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So I'd like to hear the perspective of the wrangler owner who would be offered thousands in free upgrades....
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:50 AM   #10
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@raider - I wouldn't pay the guy for the labor he would have to pay for that. I am after all giving him thousands in free upgrades.

I would rather not risk getting charged by the leasing company and also help out a fellow member of the wrangler community in the process....
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:58 AM   #11
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That makes it less of a waste. It would be a hell of a deal for someone if you just like throwing your money away I guess.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:06 AM   #12
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There is always the option of finding a buyer at the end of the lease and just paying off the balance. I don't lease normally, but while in college I did a lease just to keep the payment down. At the end of the lease I sold the vehicle for the pay off of the lease, made the pay off an called it done. Just an option that hadn't been mentioned. A problem could arise if the pay off is more than the value of the vehicle, but Jeeps do have pretty good resale value. Just a thought...
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:08 AM   #13
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it all depends on how well used your aftermarket parts are at the end of the lease. If they are all beat up I doubt anyone will jump on the offer. smart money would be to either buy or at the very least save your stock parts to put on later. Used parts are worth a fraction of new factory parts. If you are hell bent on doing it take the risk and see what happens.
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I'll bite. What mods are you considering?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:03 AM   #15
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Also, talk to your dealer. They may be ok with the mods? never know.
My local Jeep Dealer mods and sells a ton of Wranglers ( lifted,flat flares,bigger tires.etc.. )

Or just buy it, instead of leasing -

- worst thing, Try to trade it just before your lease is up. or buy it at the end of lease, and then go trade it in shorlty after.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:07 AM   #16
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NEVER mod a leased vehicle.

If you can't afford to buy it, you can't afford to mod it.

And that's not even getting into the potential damage you risk running if you even use those mods as intended.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #17
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Put 315/75/16 35" tires on there and I'll bite for free shipping to NC.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:37 AM   #18
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Pay to swap? Heck that's a saturday job in the driveway. Bring it over here. I'll swap it all out.

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Old 01-23-2013, 08:44 AM   #19
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Those mods you mentioned are very mild mods, and can be revert back to stock in a few hours...i don't get why you need to ask someone to help you swap out...


If you get a stubby bumper, put your stock back on when u turn it in, if you get larger tires, put your old one back on, fenders? put your old one back on..


The way Rubicons hold their value, your Jeep might be worth more than what you actually owe on it when it's time to turn in, sell it and make some money...
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If everything is switched back to stock then I don't see why the leasing company would penalize me?
Did you read their contract? Do you understand the concept of a lease? The vehicle belongs to them, not you. You are merely paying to use it for a period of time.

Any damage, non authorized alteration, any unusual wear beyond specified mileage, etc. and you are financially liable.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:10 PM   #21
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If everything is stock at lease turn in, you're all clear. No big deal at all.
Pay for any exceess mileage, wear and tear, plus your disposition fee, and your good to go.

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