I noticed that a 2021 Cherokee on a local dealer's lot has them listed on the window sticker...
Has anyone had success getting out of a new lease without losing their shirt?
I was just told by the dealer that it will cost me $7500+ to return the car.
i leased a 2021 Cherokee limited 2 weeks ago.
It is not the car for me. The driver seat is uncomfortable and my neck and back hurt. I’m not able to adjust the seat to work for me. Ive driven Subaru outback’s for so long - thought I’d change it up. It’s not right for me.
dies anyone have experience paying to get out of a new lease they can share with me?
Yep, “I’m committing fraud FCA, I’m a criminal”. Great advice. LOL
You didn't lease the car from FCA, its leased through a leasing company like Chrysler Capital.
They permit modifications to the vehicle within certain limits. Window tint, speaker replacement with better speakers, pin stripes (vinyl) or leather seat cover upgrades are all allowed. The contract specifically states that these are not the only modifications allowed and that any modification that is deemed to materially change the value of the vehicle in such a way to negatively effect resale will be considered chargeable item on lease return.
In all reality, having the seat foam shaved to achieve the OPs need for a better seating position isn't even going to be an issue at lease turn in, even if you tell them you did it. It won't materially devalue the vehicle to any reasonable buyer. If the lease return agent wanted to be a dick they might tell you to have it put back before turning the car in.
If the dealer decides to buy the vehicle and put it on their lot for sale after the lease is over, none of that will even matter as the leasing company doesn't have any interest in the car once the dealer buys it.
Nothing about what anyone is recommending regarding modifying the seat is wrong.
What was done incorrectly was entering into a leasing contract on a car you can't sit in comfortably and then people telling the OP they could transfer the lease or return the car or have the lease moved to another vehicle. None of these things can happen in this case.
Lets try writing the OP with factual information regarding what happens when you chose to end a lease early and what they can do.
I've done it 7 times since 2012, all on FCA products leased through Chrysler Capital, the lender 99% of FCA dealers use 99% of the time for leases. I know what their leasing contracts say and I know how to negate negative equity. It is a complicated process that involves getting the dealer to give you more for your trade than its worth by guaranteeing future business and then picking a vehicle with a hefty rebate to negate the negative equity. On top of that you need them to pull out all the stops and lease you the vehicle for 5-7% below invoice capitalized cost using non published programs they get reimbursed for by CCAP, FCA and the dealer ownership group. You need to know what those programs are and suggest they use them. Its lots of work and even then you can't always bury 100% of the negative equity.
Based on the situation the OP is in, they don't have a longstanding relationship with a sales manager at a FCA dealer and I doubt their dealer shows them above market trade in prices, off the POC real pricing or is willing to share with them non published discounts, dealer give backs CCAP give backs and FCA give backs. Change the seat.