Lease Return Checklist

TURN-IN OPTIONS AND WEAR AND USE GUIDE

While we encourage you to hit the road and explore the world, there are a few things we ask you to keep in mind. If you have leased your MINI or financed the purchase of your MINI through our OwnersChoice program, the condition and upkeep of your MINI is your responsibility. But to help you be aware of how the lease return process works, we've put together the following Wear & Use Guidelines and a collection of videos.

Please Note: in the guidelines below, certain damage to your MINI that we consider "Slight Problems" and "Big Problems" might be covered by your auto insurance. So be sure to check with them before your lease-end.

 Lease Return Videos

EXTERIOR

DINGS: NO PROBLEM

Small dimples, less than two inches across. Three dings per body panel, with a maximum of six dings per side.

DINGS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS

THINGS THAT MIGHT COST YOU:
Dings greater than 2 inches across are considered dents. More than three dings per panel or six dings per side.

DINGS: BIG PROBLEMS

THINGS THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU:
Mistaking your MINI for the green on 15th hole at Augusta. Sure would be a cool custom roof graphic though.

DENTS: NO PROBLEM

Must qualify as a "Ding" and be less than 2 inches across.

DENTS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Sorry, most dents greater than 2 inches across are not allowed.

CHIPS: NO PROBLEM

Some minor chips are okay.

CHIPS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

An excessive amount of chips almost immediately noticeable to the naked eye.

CHIPS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Allowing a flock of woodpeckers to have their way with your MINI.

SCRATCHES: NO PROBLEM

A surface scratch that can easily be buffed out.

SCRATCHES: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Long, deep scratches such as those sustained from a "keying".

SCRATCHES: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Long, deep scratches, such as those sustained from the helicopter tail-blade of an arch-nemesis from whom you stole $27 million in gold.

BUMPERS: NO PROBLEM

Scuffed bumpers are considered normal wear. We know what it's like to parallel park out there (we have cars too) and it's almost impossible not to scuff your bumpers at some point these days. Even in a MINI.  

BUMPERS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Dents or dislocations.
Bumper stickers. Even if they're for your own band.
Damage to the painted part of the bumper.

BUMPERS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Bumpers no longer attached to their original locations. 

PAINT & GRAPHICS: NO PROBLEM

A surface scratch that can easily be buffed out.

PAINT & GRAPHICS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Noticeable touch ups
Obvious fading
Custom paint jobs by an unauthorized MINI dealer.
Decals and graphics

PAINT & GRAPHICS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Custom paint or graphics promoting your door-to-door cheese delivery business. 

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: NO PROBLEM

Genuine MINI Accessories, purchased from an authorized MINI Dealer.

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Non-MINI aftermarket items that were not removed.
Holes left from removal of items.
Any original MINI function or features that were disengaged and then not turned back on.

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Attempts to mimic the Discovery Channel's Monster Garage creations. 

TIRES: NO PROBLEM

Five* MINI-authorized tires with normal wear and at least 1/8 inch tread.

TIRES: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Fewer than five (5)* serviceable, MINI-recommended tires.
Less than an 1/8-inch tread depth on any tires.
Any original tires replaced by snow tires.

TIRES: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

MINIs returned ready for a monster truck rally.

WHEELS: NO PROBLEM

Five* MINI authorized wheels in good shape. Minor nicks and scratches are OK.

WHEELS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Gouges from hitting the curb.
Bent or broken wheels.

WHEELS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Your MINI mounted on blocks in your front yard.

MECHANICS

MECHANICS: NO PROBLEM

Every component (the audio and climate systems, the dashboard switches, etc.) should work properly.

MECHANICS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Any mechanical or electrical function not covered by warranty, not operating as it should. If something isn't working, check with your MINI Dealer prior to turn-in as repairs may be covered under warranty.

MECHANICS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Toggle switches rewired to launch passenger ejection seat.

SERVICE INDICATORS: NO PROBLEM

No service indicators or warning lights lit up.

SERVICE INDICATORS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Any service indicator or warning lights showing may result in charges.

INTERIOR

INTERIOR: NO PROBLEM

Small stains in few isolated areas. After all, with a MINI's quick pick-up, you're bound to spill a few things now and then.

INTERIOR: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Large stains that require the carpet, seat, or affected area to be replaced.

INTERIOR: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Evidence that you regularly parked your MINI under bird conventions. With the sunroof open.

BREAKS, TEARS & BURNS: NO PROBLEM

Nothing really.

BREAKS, TEARS & BURNS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Almost all damage to your MINI's interior, even small rips or burns in the upholstery, are not allowed.

BREAKS, TEARS & BURNS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Essential items, such as the tachometer or toggle switches, are missing.

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: NO PROBLEM

Genuine MINI parts or accessories added by a MINI Dealer after delivery or not included in lease.
Any modifications that have been restored exactly to original specifications.

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Non-MINI aftermarket items that have not been removed.
Any holes left from removal of items.
Any MINI function that was disengaged but not re-engaged by time of turn-in.

AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

You've turned the entire backseat into a 2,000-watt speaker system.

SAFETY

GLASS: NO PROBLEM

Windshield is in good working condition with no scratches, chips or dents.
Tinted windows are allowed if they've been professionally applied and are not in violation of any local laws.

GLASS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Scratches, chips or cracks are likely to necessitate windshield replacement.
Before returning your MINI, check with your insurance provider to see if your policy will cover it.

GLASS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Front windshield has been removed for that open-air motoring feel.

LIGHTS AND LENSES: NO PROBLEM

All lights and lenses are unbroken and in working condition.

LIGHTS AND LENSES: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Broken or cracked headlamps, foglamps, or taillamps.
Non-functioning interior or exterior lights or lenses.

BRAKES: NO PROBLEM

Brakes are in good working condition, with little or no "squealing."

BRAKES: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Brakes are not functioning properly.
Brake warning light is consistently lit.

AIRBAGS: NO PROBLEM

All six airbags are in full working condition.
Any airbags that were disabled have been turned back on.

AIRBAGS: SLIGHT PROBLEMS (THAT MIGHT COST YOU)

Anything that compromises the functionality of the airbag equipment.
Airbags have been deployed but weren't replaced by an authorized MINI Dealer.
An airbag has been turned off but not turned back on.

AIRBAGS: BIG PROBLEMS (THAT WILL DEFINITELY COST YOU)

Airbags have been removed and fashioned into a raft.

LEASE END OPTIONS

OPTION #1: GET YOURSELF A NEW MINI

Each and every MINI we build has its own distinct character, and one of the exciting aspects of leasing is that you get to enjoy the look, feel and experience of a brand new MINI more often.

Important Note: If you do decide to lease or purchase a new, custom-ordered MINI, we will be happy to extend the lease on your current MINI for up to six months until the new one arrives (sorry, this option is not available to OwnersChoice customers). Also, please keep in mind that if your next vehicle is a MINI leased or purchased through MINI Financial Services, we will be happy to waive the end-of-lease disposition fee on your current vehicle and the security deposit on your new MINI.

 

 

 

OPTION #2: KEEP YOUR FAITHFUL COMPANION.

 

Since most MINIs hold their value so well, hanging onto yours is a wise decision. You can either finance the total amount due with MINI Financial Services, or simply send a cashier's check or certified funds to pay it off. If you decide to purchase your current MINI outright, you will be responsible for its residual value*, any fees and taxes, and any past due payments or charges.

 

* The residual value is set forth in your original lease agreement. If you have questions, please contact us Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST at 1-866-MINI-4-ME (1-866-646-4463).

 

 

 

OPTION #3: TURN IN YOUR MINI AND BID FAREWELL

 

Of course, you also have the option of returning your MINI, taking care of business. Before your lease ends, we ask that you follow the steps of our easy lease-end process explained on the Vehicle Turn-In page.

 

An important part of the vehicle turn-in process is the Vehicle Inspection. This inspection should take place about a month before you're due to turn in your MINI. You will be contacted by your MINI dealer or a 3rd party to schedule this inspection. It should help to answer any questions you might have about what's accepted and what isn't. But you should also feel free to contact your MINI Dealer or one of our Lease-End Consultants Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST at 1-866-MINI-4-ME (1-866-646-4463). We'll be happy to help. Please note, if you have purchased an excess wear and tear protection plan, please refer back to your insurance documentation for claim submission procedures.

 

If you are an OwnersChoice customer and you choose to return your vehicle at the end of the contract you will be responsible for the same vehicle turn-in process as our lease customers, so please refer to Vehicle Turn-In Process for complete details.

TURN IN CHECKLIST

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.