Can you Customize a Red Carpet Lease Vehicle?

Customising a red carpet lease vehicle is a big no-no.

There are so many reasons for this it is hard to know where to begin. Leasing a vehicle from Ford is similar in many ways to a long-term rental.

You do not actually open the vehicle or the title to it, you simply have to use of its for the period of the lease agreement under certain terms and conditions. At the end of a lease period, the customer will be required to return the vehicle to Ford, and be liable to pay a number of charges that relate to its condition.

These charges are normally known as the lease end costs, and relate to wear and tear charges to the inside of the vehicle that are in excess of what would be expected for a vehicle of the age and condition that said vehicle is in at the end of the lease. There are also likely to be charges that relates to any bodywork or damage to the outside of the vehicle.

Customize a Red Carpet Lease Vehicle

Lease end costs  will be cultivated and worked out a short time, normally a couple of months, before the lease expires. The customer will be given the choice of either having the work done themselves and then paying for it before the lease finishes, or of getting Ford to do the work and charging the customer accordingly.

The red carpet lease agreement should specify exactly how these charges are worked out in advance.

A red carpet lease agreement will have a number of clauses in it that prohibit any type of customisation of the vehicle. From Ford’s point of view, they want the vehicle back at the end of the lease period pretty much in the same condition that it was as new, aside from  obvious usage during the period of the lease agreement. As such the customer is not allowed to customise the vehicle in any way.

It is also worth pointing out that if the customer does go ahead and customises such a vehicle they are likely to be in breach of the lease and the warranty as well. This means they could well be liable for a whole range of charges during the term of the lease in the event of anything going wrong with the vehicle itself. The only real option regarding customisation is for the customer to purchase the vehicle at the end of the lease agreement, when they will own the title to it and can proceed to customise it as they see fit.