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Hi guys, my 2017 lease is up in a few months. The tires will need to be replaced, so the question is, should I wait for them to charge me or should I just go and get tires? Does anyone know how much they would charge? Is there any reason why I shouldn't just go buy cheap tires? GM said that the brand doesn't matter as long as the dimensions and all tires match.
 

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If they are below minimum acceptable wear for lease return then get the cheapest tires you can in the correct size.

Keith

PS: If you are purchasing a used lease return Bolt, check the tires and demand $$$ off if they don't have the stock self sealing LRR tires :)
 

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This has been a hot topic for those of us who leased. I have heard from others each of the following:
1) 2017 was the last year that Michelin warranted the OEM tires for tread wear, they are 65k mile rated and you can get a pro-rated discount off new tires if you can show receipts for rotation to a authored Michelin dealer

2)one person I know put the cheapest tires on he could and was dinged some $ for them not being the same as the OEM speed grade, I am pretty sure the lease turn in stipulates that, same as OEM size AND speed grade

3) another individual turned in a lease with bald tires and was never charged anything, excessive wear report came back as $0 owed.

4) last data point I have was an individual that turned a Bolt with worn tires and was charged $150 each, $600 excessive wear

My lease went back with marginal tires, with our current situation I don't expect my lease wear report for at least 6- 10 weeks, best guess

Good luck whatever you decide...
 

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Fantastic, thanks guys. I would suspect maybe that if I go with a Chevy again, they may not charge me. Guess I can find out with the dealer I go with.
 

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Fantastic, thanks guys. I would suspect maybe that if I go with a Chevy again, they may not charge me. Guess I can find out with the dealer I go with.
careful with your assumption, assuming your lease is with gm financial the new vehicle lease is decoupled from the excess wear and tear assessment done at a later time, your lease termination fee will be waived when you lease or purchase a new GM vehicle the same day as the turn in,however the lease disposition report will be done by GM financial and mailed to you weeks later.

When you leased you were likely offered "excess wear and tear insurance" I am assuming you did not purchase this, I did not, but I understand that it typically does cover tires
 

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It covered tires and there is no frickin way the OEM tires are good for 65,000 miles. I meticulously monitor tire pressure and rotations, I am a conservative driver, and they were JUST BARELY at the legal limit at 36,000 miles.

If many others report they do get 65,000 miles then I got a bad batch. Yes, tires of same make and model can vary significantly. It is carbon in the tires that give them strength and also their black color. Minute differences in the amount or quality of carbon makes a big difference.
 

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It covered tires and there is no frickin way the OEM tires are good for 65,000 miles. I meticulously monitor tire pressure and rotations, I am a conservative driver, and they were JUST BARELY at the legal limit at 36,000 miles.

If many others report they do get 65,000 miles then I got a bad batch. Yes, tires of same make and model can vary significantly. It is carbon in the tires that give them strength and also their black color. Minute differences in the amount or quality of carbon makes a big difference.
You must have gotten a bad batch. I am at 55,000 miles, and not down to minimum tread depth yet... I will probably replace around 60,000 miles.

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Road surface is also a factor. In the deep south where twisty country roads were either a tar-and-steel-slag mixture or an asphalt and oyster shell aggregate, those roads would eat tires like popcorn. In California, with long straight roads of concrete or smooth asphalt, the same tire on the same car would last half-again longer.
 

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I've been on 100% California pavement. No salt or off roading. But yes I see your point. All four of mine wore evenly (fronts slightly faster) but alignment was good all around. In the past I've had tires with warranty wear out in half the time and the maker happily gave me 50% off the cost the new set. I think they may do that on purpose. Kind of locks you into staying with one brand. Probably the mark-up is huge. 50% is probably the right price. So you get penalized for changing brands.
 

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My question is, do they have to be the self seal type that the OEMs are? Otherwise I'll go with the same size/speed rating from a lower level brand. Need to turn in my Bolt in the next 3 months. I've got 32K on them.
 

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Wouldn't this be on the agreement for the lease?
I would think somewhere it would list it out specifically other wise how would they win in court if it is not clearly stated?
I did not lease, nor have I ever, I am just curious
 

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Wouldn't this be on the agreement for the lease?
I would think somewhere it would list it out specifically other wise how would they win in court if it is not clearly stated?
I did not lease, nor have I ever, I am just curious
It may, need to find the agreement. Doesn't matter now as I found out through a GM Financial chat that they just have to be same size and speed rating. Took a screen shot as well as clips of the chat stating so, as back up.
 
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