Step #1: Notify your MINI Dealer and MINI Financial Services
If you have decided to return your current MINI at the end of your lease, call your MINI Dealer and let them know. You should also schedule an inspection about a month prior to vehicle turn in.
For MINI Financial Services to facilitate a smooth turn-in process, it's important that you notify us of your decision to turn in your vehicle. Approximately 60 days prior to lease end, we will contact you to confirm your plans.
Step #2: Have your vehicle inspected by your MINI Dealer.
In order to provide complete and accurate closure to your current lease agreement, it is important that you complete the MINI Financial Services inspection process prior to turn-in.
We have designed our inspection process to be as convenient for you as possible. The inspection is a fair and impartial assessment that is designed to help you avoid surprises at lease end. The inspection process involves the following steps:
As soon as you notify MINI Financial Services of your decision to turn in your vehicle, you will be contacted to schedule an inspection appointment that is convenient for you.
The inspection of your vehicle will be performed according to the guidelines on the MINI Lease-End Inspection Form. Please click on the Wear and Use Guidelines for easy-to-understand examples.
At your vehicle inspection, you will receive a detailed report of your vehicle and an itemized list of any charges that will be assessed due to excessive wear and use.
Important! If you have purchased an excess wear and tear protection plan, please refer back to your insurance documentation for claim submission procedures. And unless you plan to keep your current vehicle, you are required to complete the inspection process, even if you have made arrangements to lease or purchase another new or pre-owned MINI. If you have any questions or concerns about the status or results of the inspection, please call one of our Lease-End Relationship Consultants at 1-800-959-4269.
Step #3: Make any needed repairs.
When making any repairs based on the findings of the inspection, we recommend that those repairs be made at an authorized MINI Dealer prior to turn-in. Keep all repair receipts - one copy for you, one for your insurance company (if applicable) and one for your MINI Dealer at turn-in. We recommend that you call MINI Financial Services at 1-800-959-4269 with any repair information. Doing so will enable us to update your account records. This is also the time to process any insurance claims. In some cases, insurance companies may pay to replace a damaged windshield or other items. Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if any of the damage to your vehicle is covered under your policy and please refer back to your insurance documentation for claim submission procedures.
Scheduled maintenance is important!
You are required to have all scheduled maintenance performed on your MINI as detailed in your owner's lease guidelines. Please check your Service and Warranty Information booklet for specific scheduled maintenance requirements. If you return your vehicle and it indicates that service is required, you will be charged accordingly.
Don't forget to provide copies of all scheduled maintenance, repairs and insurance claims to your MINI Dealer at turn-in!
Step #4: Turn in your MINI for final review and notify your MINI Dealer of any repairs to the vehicle.
After your vehicle inspection has been completed, the next step is to schedule a convenient time to turn in your vehicle to your MINI Dealer. They will review the final inspection at that time, so remember to bring your MINI Lease-End Inspection Form along with all sets of your vehicle's keys and the maintenance book.
- Your MINI Dealer will then make a final review of the condition of your vehicle and confirm any repairs you have made to the vehicle. In addition, he or she will complete the Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement.
- Both you and your MINI Dealer are required by law to sign a Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement.
Please keep a copy of the Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement for your records. This is your receipt that verifies that the turn-in process has been completed.
- You are responsible for any excess mileage and wear-and-use costs as indicated in your lease agreement. In three to four weeks you will receive a final maturity statement, showing all final charges, which you can pay with a check or credit card. Damage not initially detected may also be charged, (e.g., frame or mechanical damage or alterations). Note: if you have purchased an excess wear and tear protection plan, please refer back to your insurance documentation for claim submission procedures.
Immediately after you turn in your MINI, please contact one of our Lease-End Relationship Consultants at 1-800-959-4269 to confirm turn-in details.
Step #5: Turn in your license plates.
An important question that often pops up is "What do I do with the license plates?"
The answer, however, changes depending on where you live. So please check with your MINI Dealer or directly with your Department of Motor Vehicles for your state's official license plate policies.
Most likely, your Department of Motor Vehicles will require that you or your MINI Dealer return the plates to the DMV or at least notify them to cancel the registration at lease end.
Important note: If you do not cancel or transfer the license plates as required by your state at the end of the lease, you remain liable after lease termination for all tickets, official fees and taxes billed on that vehicle. This is a critical step in your vehicle turn-in process!
To reduce your liability for future personal property/vehicle excise tax assessments in Connecticut and Maine, a copy of the registration cancellation receipt or transfer must be sent to Financial Services at:
MINI Financial Services
Attn: Tax Dept.
P.O. Box 3126
Dublin, Ohio 43016
These guidelines are designed to help you avoid any surprises when you turn in your vehicle at lease end.