Hi all - looking for some general feedback from those with more experience in this arena. The lease on my Civic is up in a few months and I’ll likely turn it in for either a new lease or buy used from the same dealer. The car is in good working condition; however, living in the city has resulted in a few nicks and scratches. One of these is just a scrape to the paint on the back bumper. The other appears to require more than just some touch-up paint. I never found out how it happened or who was responsible, but I believe somebody backed into the rear driver door leaving a small dent and exposing a very small amount of metal (the width of a hair, about 2 cm. long). It’s barely noticeable - but once you know it’s there, it’s there.
My questions is, should I repair these prior to returning the lease, or return with the scratches and try to negotiate out of any charges by entering into new contract with them? My deductible is $500 - I would probably pay out of pocket if I have it repaired ahead of time. I’ve never leased before, so I wasn’t sure what the process usually is when returning the car.
Any feedback is much appreciated!