Typically, car leasing companies will not cover tire replacement for leased cars — you’ll likely have to pay for this out of pocket. Some dealerships and third-party companies offer maintenance packages that can cover tire replacements. For more information about replacing tires on a leased car, see below.
Replacing Tires on a Leased Car
It is generally your responsibility as the lessee to replace the tires on your leased vehicle during the term of your lease.
Most lease agreements require the lessee to pay for routine maintenance on the car, including things like oil changes and tire rotation, as well as any repairs related to excess wear and tear.
Leasing companies may define “excess wear and tear” differently, but most leased vehicles are new and come with new tires.
A typical car lease is for three to four years, so needing to replace the tires before the end of this period would likely be considered excess wear and tear. (Tires should usually last for about six years.)
Keep in mind, if you need to replace the tires, many car leasing companies will require you to return the car with tires that match the originals.
It’s also possible that your lease will require replacement tires to be from a certain brand — you can check your lease agreement for specifics.
For more information about other charges you may incur at the end of your lease, see our article on smoke damage policies and tinted windows for leased cars.
Lease Maintenance and Repair Packages
If you’re worried about getting hit with maintenance charges when you return your leased car, one option is to buy a maintenance and repair package from your leasing dealership or a third party.
For example, a dealership may offer maintenance packages that include tire and wheel protection for around $35 to $40 per month.
While maintenance and repair packages are an added expense, they can provide greater peace of mind and fewer unexpected charges.
Where to Buy Tires
If you return a leased vehicle with worn-down or low-quality tires, you’ll be charged for new tires by the car leasing company, and the company will likely charge you more than you would pay to replace the tires yourself.
To find out where to buy affordable tires, check out our comparison of discount tire retailers including Costco, Discount Tire, and more.
Michelin tires are more expensive — see our article on Michelin tires to find out why.
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