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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:22 am

NightHawk wrote:My 2014 FFE lease ends at the end of this month.
Has anyone gotten the free 3rd party inspection prior to turning in their leased Ford car?
I'm trying to set that up now since I'd prefer to know in advance if they find anything to charge for, then be surprised after I turn it in to the local dealer.

I had mine done. It was painless and fair.
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:56 pm

I had my Ford authorized 3rd party end of lease inspection at my house today for my 2014 Ford Focus Electric which has its 3 year lease ending at the end of this month.

I setup the appointment about a week ago for sometime in the afternoon today.
I put the car out in the driveway for easy access.
Got a phone call 30min before he arrived and the inspection only took about 15min.
He took some digital photos and did a quick look at everything.

An hour later I got via email the inspection report as a PDF file.
He noted the car looked new, and the report listed nothing for excess wear and use, total = $0.00
The report listed the tire depth for all 4 tires, was 7/32" to 8/32"
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:22 pm

Anyone that returned their leased Ford car in California to a Ford dealer, did you have to yourself go online to the DMV website, to enter info there for a "Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability" form within 5 days?
Or did the Ford dealer do this for you as part of the lease end turn in procedure in their office?
I've read if that isn't done, you will get a bill later on from the DMV for the next year's license fees plus a penalty fee.
I don't see any way to verify if it was done and to do so yourself on the CA DMV website you need to know the name and address of the "new owner" and I have no idea who that would be after you turn the leased car in.
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:49 pm

Nice - glad the inspection went well and you don't owe any money. That has to feel good.
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:44 pm

NightHawk wrote:Anyone that returned their leased Ford car in California to a Ford dealer, did you have to yourself go online to the DMV website, to enter info there for a "Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability" form within 5 days?
Or did the Ford dealer do this for you as part of the lease end turn in procedure in their office?
I've read if that isn't done, you will get a bill later on from the DMV for the next year's license fees plus a penalty fee.
I don't see any way to verify if it was done and to do so yourself on the CA DMV website you need to know the name and address of the "new owner" and I have no idea who that would be after you turn the leased car in.

Normally they will do so, but you should definitely do it yourself and not risk their making a mistake. The new owner is Ford Credit at whatever address you have been using for them


A friend turned in his car out of state, and the California DMV never got notified. It was a big expensive headache.
When I turned in my Volt, the Chevy dealer told me "Do it yourself, it's very important"
2013 FFE Returned after 3 years with 52,000 miles and battery down to 15.2 kWh
2014 Volt returned with 43,000 miles
2014 Volt 26,000 miles
1967 Corvette 427
1962 Corvette 327
Awaiting a Bolt

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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:51 pm

michael wrote:
NightHawk wrote: Normally they will do so, but you should definitely do it yourself and not risk their making a mistake. The new owner is Ford Credit at whatever address you have been using for them

A friend turned in his car out of state, and the California DMV never got notified. It was a big expensive headache.
When I turned in my Volt, the Chevy dealer told me "Do it yourself, it's very important"
Is it OK to do it yourself on the DMV website even if it was possibly done already by the Ford dealer, will one override the other?
I'm still unsure about the new owner name and address.
The only address I have is on my CA DMV registration for the FFE, which shows a "Lien Holder" as HDT Leasing LLC, with an Atlanta, GA address but under registered owner it shows "Cab West LLC" with my name and address below.
No mention of "Ford Credit" there.
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:02 pm

Carbuff wrote:I just picked up my 2013 off lease and the paperwork shows the previous owner as Cab East LLC, Atlanta, GA. This is in NY but Im assuming its the same company with at least 2 divisions, 1 for each coast.
Of the 2 pages of paperwork I was given that I signed at the Ford dealer to turn in the leased car, one was the "Odometer disclosure statement"
That one lists the Lessor/Transferee as CAB West LLC, but with the local Ford dealer's address.
Maybe that is what should be used for the DMV form?
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Re: End of lease? What are you doing?

Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:12 pm

Same name on mine from the Chicago area.
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