Lease Return Center at Joe Rizza Ford

One of the first questions we receive from customers as their lease-end date approaches is "Do I need to return my leased Ford back to the dealership where I originally leased it?", and the simple answer is "No". Provided you leased your Ford through Ford Motor Credit, you can return your leased vehicle at any authorized Ford dealership - anywhere in the country. It's a simple process, but it's a smart idea to begin considering your options and next steps for what you will be driving after you return your leased vehicle. We're standing by to walk you through the lease-end process and to help you make the right decision regarding your next Ford vehicle.

What are My Lease-End Options?

Option 1 - Purchase Your Leased Ford

If you've grown to love your current Ford vehicle, we certainly understand. You'll be pleased to know that included in your Lease Agreement is a purchase option where you can take ownership of your vehicle once your lease has reached its conclusion. To fulfill your lease-end obligations, you are required to:

  • Satisfy any outstanding financial requirements
  • Complete lease-end procedures, such as reviewing and signing the Odometer Statement (as required by federal law)
  • Finalize your vehicle purchase transaction

Option 2 - Purchase or Lease a New Ford Vehicle

Interested in getting behind the wheel of the most current version of your Ford or choosing an entirely different Ford model? As an extra benefit, returning Ford lessees can be eligible for significant savings on their next Ford lease. If you would prefer to purchase your next Ford, Joe Rizza Ford is where you'll find the most current incentives and special offers to maximize your savings.

Option 3 - Return Your Leased Ford

No matter where you originally leased your Ford, you're able to return it right here at Joe Rizza Ford! Instead of driving long distances to your originating dealer, enjoy the convenience of allowing our team handle the lease-end process for you. To save time, we recommend that you bring your completed Vehicle Inspection checklist along with the Excess Wear and Use guide. Don't waste effort in driving all the way back to your original dealer to return your Ford - stop by Joe Rizza Ford instead and let our friendly and knowledgeable Ford team take care of the rest.

Guide to Returning Your Leased Ford

As your lease-end date draws closer, it's a good idea to have a complimentary inspection performed. All you need to do is contact Joe Rizza Ford within approximately 45 days of your lease ending to schedule this inspection. To help you get ready for inspection, the table below lists important information regarding potential charges as specified in the Wear and Use guide. For complete details, you can find them in your Lease Agreement.


Normal Wear and Use

Excess Wear and Use

Exterior body panel dings, dents, and scratches

Up to 3 per panel with a diameter up to 4 inches

4 or more per panel or any with diameter greater than 4 inches


No glass damage

All glass damage is chargeable (even small cracks and chips can compromise safety)

Lenses (headlights, taillights, and markers)

Scratches and scuffs

Cracked or broken


Scratches and gouges up to 6 inches

Scratches or gouges greater than 6 inches


No sidewall damage/plugs or exposed cords/belts

Any sidewall damage/plugs, exposed cords/belts, or tires that are not an appropriate match for the vehicle

Interior burn holes

Up to 2 per panel with diameter up to 1/8 inch

3 or more per panel with any diameter greater than 1/8 inch

Interior permanent stains

1 per panel up to ½ inch

2 per panel or any greater than ½ inch

Interior cuts and tears

Up to 2 per panel up to ½ inch

3 or more per panel or any greater than ½ inch

Other examples of Excess Wear and Use include:

  • Mechanical or electrical malfunctions
  • Insufficient or poor-quality repairs
  • Broken or missing parts (e.g., keys, head restraints, spare tire, and charge cord on hybrid/electric vehicles)

For all of your lease-end needs, you can trust our team at Joe Rizza Ford. Simply schedule an appointment using the button below to get started today! We look forward to seeing you.

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