When you rent an apartment, you expect it to be in good condition, and you know you’re expected to return it in the same shape minus a bit of ordinary wear. Your Honda lease works the same way; some wear is expected over time, but damage will result in excess wear and tear penalties. Because Honda of Grays Harbor wants your leasing experience to be as transparent and pain-free as possible, we’re breaking down the difference between ordinary and excessive wear and tear.

What Counts As Normal Wear and Tear?

Over the course of your leasing period, minor damages and replacements are to be expected. Some of these, like wear to your tires and brakes, are addressed during regular car maintenance, so review your lease contract carefully and know what is expected of you to upkeep yourself.

When it comes to cosmetic damage, usually shallow exterior damage that’s small in diameter — tiny chips or shallow dents with a small diameter — is considered normal wear and tear. Confirm with the dealership on measurements and limits, so you know what to expect when returning the vehicle.

What Constitutes Excessive Wear and Tear?

Some damages you just can’t pass off as normal; that tree didn’t back into you, did it? Any dents, significant scratches, a grouping of abrasions, or differences in color all count as excessive wear and tear. Depending on your contract, you will encounter penalties or may find that it’s cheaper simply to cover the cost of repairs.

Double-check with the dealership about what counts as excessive wear and tear. Most importantly, prioritize safe driving to avoid anything that could result in fees and headaches.

Contact the finance department at our Honda dealership in Aberdeen, WA, to learn about leasing advantages and address your questions and concerns regarding leasing agreements and damages. We are here to help!