When you leased your new vehicle from Summit Trucks, the end of the lease term was probably the last thing on your mind. Your main concern then was probably the idea of a lease commitment and that nagging self-doubt as to whether this was a smart thing to do.
Well, congratulations! You survived. Not only have you enjoyed years of vehicle reliability and prestige but you may now be in a position of equity! You can now invest in a new or later model vehicle.
That said, this is the time to think about your continuing transportation needs. Now that your lease is almost up, you need to make
Generally speaking you have the following choices:
• Return the vehicle to Summit Trucks
• Lease a new vehicle from Summit Trucks
• Extend your current lease
of your choice. This is the most economical way to lease your new transportation. You save money by only ordering the options that you want and you have an advantage when it comes to the price you pay for the vehicle.
At Summit Trucks, we recommend that you replace the vehicle rather than purchase for these reasons:
• Vehicles depreciate rapidly in value. There is no real advantage to ownership
• As your vehicle grows older, it becomes more costly to maintain and requires expensive repairs. These repairs, while they improve performance, do not enhance the value of the vehicle
• To remain ‘cost-effective’, your vehicle needs to be replaced within a relatively short time. The cost of replacement increases every year
Your Lease Agreement explains this in specific language. Essentially, it requires that the vehicle be returned to Summit Trucks in sell-able condition with no appreciable defects.
• All wear and use items, (tires, brakes, wipers, windshield etc. as outlined in your contract) should be in appropriate condition
• The vehicle in all respects, should function as it was originally designed to operate
• All equipment that was on the vehicle when it was delivered should still be in place (radio, bumpers, hitches, special wheels, van body etc)
• The vehicle’s interior should be free from stains, rips, holes or burns
• The exterior should be free of any major damage, rust chips or discoloration
To make this assessment, stand two to three metres away from the vehicle and consider it as a potential buyer. Any problems discernible at the distance are usually considered ‘excessive’.
If you have a Purchase Option Lease or an Open Lease and you elect to purchase the vehicle, then simply tell us and you don’t need to read any further. We will arrange the paperwork. If you decide not to purchase the vehicle, or your lease is a Closed Lease then you may have some potential liabilities.
• Charges for excess wear and/or reconditioning
• Charges for excess mileage exceeding the amount
Call your Lease Representative as soon as possible to explore the leasing option most favourable to you.