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Modded FR-S Lease Return & Purchase

vixnmanovixnmano Member Posts: 3
edited April 2016 in Scion
Leased an FR-S in 2013 for 36 months (California). Loved it so much I want to purchase it at the end of the term (very very soon), I called Toyota Financial Services to get the residual, they notified the dealer who contacted me with a quote of $16.6. The car has 27k miles. All good so far!

Question is, over time, I have modified the car with bolt-on parts (full exhaust, header, intake, coilover suspension), but kept the stock parts just in case. Wanted to know when I return to the dealer to sign the new finance contract for the residual amount with TFS, will I need to bring in the vehicle for inspection and if so, should I remove the bolt-on mods prior to that inspection. I read somewhere that the dealer will inspect the vehicle to make sure it is "safe to sell" (really just to collect a fee), but I don't want the mods to cause an issue. A smooth experience is what I'm after with minimal effort.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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    MichaellMichaell Moderator Posts: 244,112
    vixnmano said:

    Leased an FR-S in 2013 for 36 months (California). Loved it so much I want to purchase it at the end of the term (very very soon), I called Toyota Financial Services to get the residual, they notified the dealer who contacted me with a quote of $16.6. The car has 27k miles. All good so far!

    Question is, over time, I have modified the car with bolt-on parts (full exhaust, header, intake, coilover suspension), but kept the stock parts just in case. Wanted to know when I return to the dealer to sign the new finance contract for the residual amount with TFS, will I need to bring in the vehicle for inspection and if so, should I remove the bolt-on mods prior to that inspection. I read somewhere that the dealer will inspect the vehicle to make sure it is "safe to sell" (really just to collect a fee), but I don't want the mods to cause an issue. A smooth experience is what I'm after with minimal effort.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    If your intention is to buy the car, I would contact the dealer and ask them if an inspection is needed. If so, I'd suggest putting the car back to stock, then swapping everything back once it's complete.

    If no inspection is necessary, then you should be good to go.

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    vixnmanovixnmano Member Posts: 3
    Makes sense thanks Michaell!
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