I work with a guy that has just leased a new Dodge Ram 1500 a few months ago. It is a nice ride and has great power for a v-6. I am not a pickup truck guy but I have to admit I like it for what it is.
Anyhow, this guy smokes like a guy that's about to go the electric chair and he smokes in all his vehicles. Its his choice and more power to him but myself and another guy were looking at his new truck and it dawned on us when he turns the truck in at the end of the lease it will probably smell of smoke. We mentioned this to him and he said hes leased many years ago (I assume in the 80's or 90's) and it wasn't an issue.
I find it hard to believe that will fly in 2016 (or 2019 when it goes back). He already has his mind made up and again more power to him but I cant help but wonder what will happen turn in time.
Do they charge a "cleaning fee"? Charge for diminished value? Or does it really not matter?
I have an overly sensitive sense of smell and I can tell when a vehicle has been smoked in even once. One of our trucks at work went out of town to have the lift repaired under warranty and the dealer drove it back once it was fixed towing a vehicle behind it to return to the shop. As soon as i got in the truck I could tell it had been smoked in, it quickly went away but I picked up on it and others could not.
Surely it will be an issue at lease end.
Ive turned in a lease but it was perfect except for all of the bodywork that had been done (it was done at the dealer but its only new once). I had no issues.