Q: Can my car leaser add damages to my credit if I choose to return it damaged even though I have gap insurance.
Hello. I want to return my car because I plan on buying a house early 2022 and don't want a car payment listed as a bill when I apply for loans. I got into a wreck last month. I only have pip insurance. It's a fairly large dent in the driver side of the door. The person's insurance and my insurance are still sorting out details. The price for fixing it was qouted at $1600.
To my knowledge, you don't have to ask your dealership if you can return your car in Florida. I'm caught up on the payments and have actually paid $100 more than the KBB value as of writing this and have 20 more payments to go.
My question: If I just choose to give it to them can they go after my credit for damages even if there's gap insurance on the car?
Your plan has serious flaws in it, not the least of which is a possible legal claim from the dealer seeking the remaining monthly payments that you agreed to pay at the beginning of the lease.
Whoever told you that you can just return a badly damaged leased car to whoever leased it to you has misstated Florida law.
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