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Hi, I just picked up my 07 lease yesterday. I wanna start modding soon and I'm prolly gonna start with tints and rims and go from there. I'll put in the system from my acura (2 JL audio 12w7's and JL 1000/1 amp and I'll prolly use the JL audio cleansweep since the car is a lease. Does anyone think I'd have a problem adding an intake or HID's seeing that I'm on a lease? What cannot be put on during a lease? All replies are appreciated :D
 

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Hi, I just picked up my 07 lease yesterday. I wanna start modding soon and I'm prolly gonna start with tints and rims and go from there. I'll put in the system from my acura (2 JL audio 12w7's and JL 1000/1 amp and I'll prolly use the JL audio cleansweep since the car is a lease. Does anyone think I'd have a problem adding an intake or HID's seeing that I'm on a lease? What cannot be put on during a lease? All replies are appreciated :D
What cannot be put on during a lease? umm damn near every thing you said:D
 

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What cannot be put on during a lease? umm damn near every thing you said:D
they dont let you mod the car when you lease it, but rules are made to be broke, so when you return the car to them make sure you take every thing off:D
:) sorry ..but.. wrong:thepan: . . . . . . and wrong again :thepan:


u gotta talk with your dealer. Go sit down with him and find out exactly whats what.
i'm leased right now -- i went back, talked, found out i can do WHATEVER I WANT (read carefully juan ;) ). I can tint, i can do wheels, i can do the bumper, the grille, anything that will enhance the look of the vehicle and adds value. THEY LOVE THAT b/c... well... when u return it, they can jack up the price b/c of the added mods!

go sit and talk w/ ur dealership

i was told to try and steer free of the engine and how the car runs. I mentioned that some intakes like K&N certifey that their intake will not void the vehicles warrenty. He told me, as long as i show them that piece of paper then its all good and they wont have a problem.
However, some dealerships dont even care about intakes and stuff, i know some members here have their cars leased and their dealers told them they dont care if there's an aftermarket intake in there. If the problem was caused by something else, then they will cover it and ignore the fact that there's even an aftermarket intake there.


But i'm gonna do what i want and just return everything (or as much as i can) to stock before i return the car.... getting my parts back and either re-using them or re-selling them.



ur next step -- go to the dealership and talk with them
 

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just buy it outright with cash and dont worry what you do with it
Excellent advice.

I just can't relate to renting a car. Investing money in adding goodies to a rental is even more difficult for me to relate to.

Kinda like renting a house, then throwing on a new roof, setting up a privacy fence & sinking a pool in the back yard.:confused:
 

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Well I would love to buy the car outright but unfortunately I'm only a junior in college and I cannot afford that. I can afford the monthly payments and if all goes well and I still like the CTS then I'll be it at the end of the lease or buy the new model CTS...but that is 3 years from now :)
 

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doing modifications to a lease is a WASTE of time and money:alchi:
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but on the other hand it's good for me bc I can buy the parts from you for half price after you are forced to give back the car:)
 
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Why would you lease a car if you planned on modding it????

Why not just buy it, when you lease it must remain stock, you are renting this car you do not own it and they do not take lightly to those who mod it, you will incur huge charges upon turning it in.
 

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I'm just doing basic mods guys, you're not getting what I'm saying. I'm not dumb, I know I'm renting a car and when I return it to them it will be in the same condition as when I got it. Tints can be removed, obviously rims can, an intake can be replaced and I'm assuming the HID's can be taken out too if need be...those are the main mods I'm looking at doing other than adding a sound system via JL audio cleansweep to the car. So yes, I know what I'm doing, I know I'm renting the car and I'm planning on returning it in the same condition I received it...I was just asking if there are any mods that people knew were "cleared" by their dealers.
 

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hypothetical question for the crowd:

you buy a CTS in 03 and sell in 06 .. how much has it depreciated?
how much did u pay for it over the 3 years span and how much are you selling it for?
 

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Not everyone can afford to buy the car. There is nothing wrong with modding a lease car. It his damn money. Rims and beats can be removed. Most dealers don't care if you throw some tint on it either. Just don't go past legal. I leased mine and put rims on it, intake and strut bar. I plan on sell it all shortly. I know I won't get what I paid for it but if any of you guys that own your car decide to sell your mods, you won't get what you paid for it either.

It's your car and your money. Do what you want.
 

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Not everyone can afford to buy the car. There is nothing wrong with modding a lease car. It his damn money. Rims and beats can be removed. Most dealers don't care if you throw some tint on it either. Just don't go past legal. I leased mine and put rims on it, intake and strut bar. I plan on sell it all shortly. I know I won't get what I paid for it but if any of you guys that own your car decide to sell your mods, you won't get what you paid for it either.

It's your car and your money. Do what you want.
lol i was trying to get at that
 

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My 98 Z28 was a lease. I cammed it, headered it and geared it. Turned that car in on an 01 Z28 which I purchased from the same dealer, They didn't ask one question, depends on the dealer and what you buy when you turn it in. I leased it because I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep a black car for more than 2 years. I found out that I didn't like black.
Most least returns either go to auction, or get put right back on the lot like a used car.
If you are like me and will always have a payment and need a new car every two to three years it is not a bad way to go.
 

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Hi, I just picked up my 07 lease yesterday. I wanna start modding soon and I'm prolly gonna start with tints and rims and go from there. I'll put in the system from my acura (2 JL audio 12w7's and JL 1000/1 amp and I'll prolly use the JL audio cleansweep since the car is a lease. Does anyone think I'd have a problem adding an intake or HID's seeing that I'm on a lease? What cannot be put on during a lease? All replies are appreciated :D
This is my 3rd lease and everyone was modded. I have had no issues returning it with tint or cosmetic upgrades. All they look for is scratches, dents and wear & tear. You could even sell it yourself at lease end, than pay off the lease company. Mod it!!!!!!
 

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doing modifications to a lease is a WASTE of time and money:alchi:
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but on the other hand it's good for me bc I can buy the parts from you for half price after you are forced to give back the car:)
Doing modifications to a depreciating asset such as an automobile is a WASTE of time and money PERIOD.

I'm a huge fan of leasing and would argue emphatically that leasing is not "renting."
 

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Doing modifications to a depreciating asset such as an automobile is a WASTE of time and money PERIOD.

I'm a huge fan of leasing and would argue emphatically that leasing is not "renting."
leasing and renting follow the same concept...it's not your car!!!! :tisk:
Are you arguing that modding a lease makes more sense than modding one you intend to own? You should try and "rent" the aftermarket the parts on your lease, it might suit you well:bigroll: There is a reason why lease payments run cheaper than the payments when you intend to buy out right.
here is the reason --BECAUSE THE DEALER KNOWS THEY'RE GETTING THE CAR BACK in a couple years, BECAUSE YOU'RE JUST RENTING IT!!!!!
 

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for arguements sake lets just go along w/ this scenario:

lets say were talkin about 2 '07 3.6s both stock
u buy urs
i lease mine
...you and i are driving the same car and when i want to get rid of mine and switch to a different car, i go back to the dealership. You gotta go through the hassles of sorting through buyers and finding the right one. And over the course of time u and i have owned our cars, you've spent more money.

look at robert, his car is heavily modded and possibly one of the best CTSes we've seen, but hes been trying to sell his car for 2 weeks already. And his car has been listed not only locally but online as well, you know how many people will and have viewed it but have not/will not buy it?

dealer will take it right back
you get to hop into something new without any hassle
you pay less to drive the same car as your counterpart who decides to buy

only thing is, on the registration the owner is the leasing company, and not your name. SO WHAT, when your windows are down and everyones looking into the car to see whose driving it, they dont see the Leasing company's owner driving that CTS, they see ME.
I enjoy the thrills of the car, pay less, dont have to hassle with getting rid of it. and at the end have the option to keep it if i please.





(for those that didnt read my old profile... i love to debate :) )
 

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for arguements sake lets just go along w/ this scenario:

lets say were talkin about 2 '07 3.6s both stock
u buy urs
i lease mine
...you and i are driving the same car and when i want to get rid of mine and switch to a different car, i go back to the dealership. You gotta go through the hassles of sorting through buyers and finding the right one. And over the course of time u and i have owned our cars, you've spent more money.

look at robert, his car is heavily modded and possibly one of the best CTSes we've seen, but hes been trying to sell his car for 2 weeks already. And his car has been listed not only locally but online as well, you know how many people will and have viewed it but have not/will not buy it?

dealer will take it right back
you get to hop into something new without any hassle
you pay less to drive the same car as your counterpart who decides to buy

only thing is, on the registration the owner is the leasing company, and not your name. SO WHAT, when your windows are down and everyones looking into the car to see whose driving it, they dont see the Leasing company's owner driving that CTS, they see ME.
I enjoy the thrills of the car, pay less, dont have to hassle with getting rid of it. and at the end have the option to keep it if i please.





(for those that didnt read my old profile... i love to debate :) )
What you've not mentioned, however, is that the driver who bought the car now owns it & can either sell it outright at pretty much the going rate or trade it in at the trade in value (which, of course, varies depending on how well he's maintained the vehicle) - either way he now has funds to use toward purchasing a replacement. And you mention "...over the course of time u and i have owned our cars..." - you've not owned it.

In other words, he does receive a return of sorts (aside from the use of the vehicle during the term of the contract) from the money spent. Yes, he's paid more over the term of the loan, but comes away owning the vehicle. The person who leased the same vehicle walks away with nothing or purchases the car.

Sure, it's a lower monthly payment if you lease - I can understand why some folks do it, but it's just not my thing...

Ah, whatever gets you down the road. :)
 
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