End of Lease Buyout...costs?

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Jan 6, 2015
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End of Lease Buyout...costs?

Anyone know the difference between the costs of buying out a car, at the END of the lease? Curious what BMW, Audi, Mercedes and Porsche are. I remember someone telling me that for the luxury automakers if you want to buy back your OWN car, you have to pay a fee of over $2000 for them to "safety check" the car and make sure its safe to sell it to you. However for companies like Honda, Subaru, you just pay an admin fee of $500 and you can buy back your own car. Seems rather silly, but I guess getting a luxury car means paying outta your ass. Anyone shed some light on this?
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Jun 11, 2005
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The car manufacturer credit division owns the vehicle when you are leasing it. When the lease is up the car needs to have a safety done to transfer the car into your name. The admin fee is up to the dealer to set. Some people have had success negotiating that fee.
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Jul 30, 2007
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For BMW, if you want to buy it out, don't deal with the dealer, go directly to BMW Canada Finance as they don't require you to pay admin fee on buyout. Otherwise, you will be looking at about $600+ and upwards charged by the dealer for them to push some paper around for you. As for safety, just have it done at the dealer to satisfy BMW Canada Finance.
Jan 27, 2014
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My experiences have been with vehicles leased under my company's name and them bought in the name of my company at the end of the lease.

In fact, I doing one this week on a Lexus. The only charges are the predetermined residual value of the vehicle mentioned on the original lease contract + GST + QST. (I'm in Quebec)

There might be a small fee to change the registration from Toyota Credit to my company but that's it.

BTW over the years I've bought about 10 car after leasing them and never had any additional charges.
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Mar 23, 2009
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$2000?!? Holy crap. I never paid that for my one and only lease buyout (Toyota). Didn't pay $500 either.
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May 10, 2005
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Each leasing company has their own requirements. One thing for sure, you need to get a safety certificate and pay the taxes and residual. The residual is an agreed upon amount at lease signing. And then there is whatever else is written in the lease agreement you signed.
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May 2, 2010
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OP, you're quoting some number someone told you, not actual paper from the dealer, but that number appears to be incorrect. The cost of safety is always there, and I don't admin fee alone getting that high even for high end brands.
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Jan 8, 2007
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What are the safety certificates you guys speak of? Is that an Ontario only thing? I've never heard of it, and have bought out quite a few leases. Admin fees are up to each dealer otherwise like was pointed out. In Calgary one dealer has a $500 admin fee, the other one is $0.