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Unread 01-27-2010, 05:28 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I have a 2007 Mazda 3 which the lease will end soon. I have 33k on it and am allowed 36k. Problem. The tires on this car are soft, and while they have been rotated, most of the tread is about gone. I would say they have maybe 5K left on them. Will I be dinged bigtime at turn in? Should I put a cheap set on before hand?
When I returned a leased car with the need for new tires I would buy cheap but also use new unused spare tire and replace with an old tire from car. That way only bought 3 and they never looked at spare.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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When I returned a leased car with the need for new tires I would buy cheap but also use new unused spare tire and replace with an old tire from car. That way only bought 3 and they never looked at spare.
How many newer vehicles have *REAL* spares? They generally just have the mini-spare that has a limited life. And it will be real obvious that you have the spare on.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 09:21 AM
 
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I am a little dissapointed I may have to spend money for tires on a leased car. I have had several in the past, and never had to replace any. I am not a speedster, and tires wearing out this soon is crap. The tire warranty says afetr 30k, you are on your own! Well, not exact words.

Question. Can I replace tires on a car I don't own?
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Unread 01-27-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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I have never heard of a tire shop asking for proof of ownership before they replace the tires. As long as you pay for it, they will change them.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 09:48 AM
 
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I was refering to the dealer giving me trouble when I return the car without original equipment....
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Unread 01-27-2010, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I was refering to the dealer giving me trouble when I return the car without original equipment....

You have to put new tires on it, they don't have to be the exact same ones that came with it.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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How many newer vehicles have *REAL* spares? They generally just have the mini-spare that has a limited life. And it will be real obvious that you have the spare on.
That is true and I always had full size pick ups and they have full size spares.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I'd only do it if the dealer said I had to. Then I would not let the dealer order and install the tires, take it and have cheap ones put on.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I love misconceptions.

The dealer can't tell you anything. They have nothing to do with the car, except as a storage point until the lender comes to inspect it. Then the bank charges you for whatever the inspection catches. Nobody at the dealership has anything to do with it once they take it to the back and park it.
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Unread 01-27-2010, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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I love misconceptions.

The dealer can't tell you anything. They have nothing to do with the car, except as a storage point until the lender comes to inspect it. Then the bank charges you for whatever the inspection catches. Nobody at the dealership has anything to do with it once they take it to the back and park it.
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