Can You Extend a Car Lease? Policies Listed by Company

Most major car brands allow lessees to extend their lease agreements and continue making the same monthly payments for a period of time. Some allow month-to-month extensions, while other brands only allow extensions in predetermined increments, such as three or six months.

Often, lease extensions for a particular car brand will vary based on each local dealership’s policies. Even if a car brand doesn’t typically allow lease extensions, we found that most dealers are willing to work with customers if there are extenuating circumstances, such as if the car is being repaired at the time the lease expires.

Lease Extension Process

In the course of our research, we found that lease extension policies are similar across most car brands. In general, dealers recommend that you make arrangements — deciding whether to extend the lease, purchase the car, or return it — about 30 days before your lease expires.

If your lease comes with a mileage limit, the extension will typically come with a prorated mileage allowance. Additionally, keep in mind that you will likely need to pay for another year of registration for your vehicle, even if you are only extending the lease for a month or two.

When you eventually decide to end your lease, if you choose to return the vehicle, you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s end-of-lease procedures, which often involve scheduling an inspection and making any necessary repairs prior to returning. If you decide to purchase the car, you can make the necessary arrangements with your dealership.

Lease Extension Policies by Company

See the table below for lease extension policies listed by the manufacturer. We confirmed this information by contacting each company’s financial services department and viewing their leasing policies online, where available.

Company Allows lease estensions? Contact
Acura Yes Lease Maturity Center at (866) 777-6495
Audi Yes (866) 277-8191
BMW Up to individual dealers Local dealer
Bentley Up to individual dealers Local dealer
Buick Yes; month-to-month (800) 284-2271 or local dealer
Cadillac Yes; month-to-month (800) 284-2271 or local dealer
Chevrolet Yes; month to month (800) 284-2271 or local dealer
Chrysler Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 383-0558 or local dealer
Dodge Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 383-0558 or local dealer
Fiat Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 383-0558 or local dealer
Ford Yes, but policies vary by dealer Local dealer
GMC Yes; month-to-month (800) 284-2271 or local dealer
Honda Yes (800) 708-6555 or local dealer
Hyundai Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 463-5378 or local dealer
Infiniti No, unless there are extenuating circumstances (800) 887-5155
Jaguar Yes; one-time, for six months (877) 370-350
Jeep Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 383-0558 or local dealer
Kia Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 537-8542 or local dealer
Land Rover Yes Local dealer or request online
Lexus Yes, but policies vary by dealer Local dealer or request online
Lincoln No, unless there are extenuating circumstances Local dealer
Mazda Yes, but policies vary by dealer Local dealer
Mercedes-Benz Yes (800) 873-5471 or local dealer
Mini No, unless there are extenuating circumstances Local dealer
Mitsubishi No, unless there are extenuating circumstances (866) 876-3022 or local dealer
Nissan No, unless there are extenuating circumstances (800) 778-4211 or local dealer
Porsche No (800) 778-4211 or local dealer
RAM Yes, but policies vary by dealer (855) 383-0558 or local dealer
Subaru Yes Local dealer or request online
Tesla Yes; up to six months (844) 837-5285 or request online
Toyota Yes, but policies vary by daeler (800) 874-8822 or local dealer
Volkswagen Yes, but policies vary by dealer (800) 4328-4034 or local dealer
Volvo Yes Local dealer or request online