Keeping Your Lease: What You Need to Know 

    Embrace the familiarity of your leased vehicle as you consider keeping it beyond the lease term. Transitioning from leasing to owning involves a few important steps to seamlessly transfer the vehicle into your name.

    Why Might You Want to Keep Your Lease?

    There are several reasons why retaining your lease may align with your preferences.


    You are well acquainted with your vehicle’s performance and handling, offering a sense of reliability and assurance.

    Condition Confidence

    Having meticulously cared for your vehicle for the last 3-4 years, you possess complete knowledge of its maintenance and repair history, ensuring it stands out from typical pre-owned options.

    Financial Clarity

    Opting to buy out your lease typically involves a more streamlined process and less paperwork compared to acquiring a new vehicle, offering you a clear financial foresight.

    Buying out your lease combines practicality with emotional value, offering a straightforward path to ownership that resonates both logically and personally.

    Important Considerations Before Buying Out Your Lease

    As you contemplate the option of buying out your lease, it’s important to consider several key factors that could influence your decision:

    Long-Term Maintenance Costs

    Reflect on the future costs of maintaining your vehicle post-lease. As vehicles age, they may require more frequent maintenance and potentially significant repairs.

    Technological Advancements

    The automotive industry is continuously evolving, especially in technology and safety. Retaining an older model could mean missing out on advancements in these areas, along with improvements in fuel efficiency found in newer models.

    Resale Value Considerations

    Evaluate the potential resale value of your vehicle. Different models depreciate at varying rates, and it’s important to assess whether your vehicle will retain sufficient value should you choose to sell it later.

    Next Steps After Deciding to Buy Your Lease

    Once you’ve decided to keep your lease, a few simple steps will guide you toward full ownership:

    Schedule Your Vehicle Inspection

    This crucial step provides a comprehensive assessment of your vehicle’s condition. A Manitoba Safety Inspection is mandated by the Government of Manitoba for all vehicles transitioning to new ownership.

    Consult Your Results

    Considering the Inspection report, you’ll need to discuss and finalize the buyout price or your vehicle and iron out any other particulars with our team.

    Complete the Paperwork

    Finalize the process to officially transition from leasing to owning your vehicle.

    Do I Need a Vehicle Inspection?

    The short answer is, yes. An inspection isn’t just busy work for the Service department; it’s vital to your vehicle ownership. Understanding the necessity of a vehicle inspection is key:

    Government Requirement

    As mentioned, the Government of Manitoba mandates a valid Safety Inspection for all vehicles transitioning to new ownership.

    Comprehensive Vehicle Assessment

    An inspection offers an in-depth evaluation of your vehicle’s current condition.

    Identify Maintenance Needs

    Uncover potential issues to avoid future surprises.

    Make Informed Decisions

    Armed with the facts, you can equip yourself with all the necessary information to proceed confidently.

    Financing & Extended Warranty Considerations

    Transitioning from leasing to owning your vehicle can be a smooth financial journey with our customized solutions:

    Flexible Financing Solutions

    If you’re planning to buy out your lease, you may encounter a residual, or balloon, payment – the final amount due for vehicle ownership. We provide flexible financing options to facilitate this payment. Instead of a one-time lump sum, you can choose a payment plan that aligns with your financial situation. For details, please consult with your Product Advisor.

    Protection Plans for Assurance:

    We offer a variety of extended warranty and vehicle protection plans designed to cover unforeseen repairs and maintenance, making your transition from leasing to ownership smooth and secure. Discuss your options with our team to tailor a protection plan that suits your specific needs and driving patterns.

    Need Assistance? Our Team is Ready to Help

    For further information or guidance, our expert team is here to assist. We’re not just in the automotive business; we’re in the people business.

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    At Birchwood, we are dedicated to delivering outstanding experiences. Whether you’re retaining your lease or exploring other avenues, our commitment is to facilitate a seamless process. Remember, experience is everything. Let us assist you in preparing for the next steps.