Guide To Early Lease Turn-In & Pull-Ahead Programs

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - September 20, 2017

If you're leasing a car but have been hankering for an upgrade, there's good news. A number of automakers are offering to fast-track you into a new car or truck sooner with early turn-in and lease pull-ahead programs.

If you're planning to stay with the same brand, these can offer a nice alternative to keeping your car for the full length of a lease. Some of the best programs offer current customers the opportunity to waive up to 5 full payments of a remaining lease contract.

In some cases, you may even be able to have fees for excess wear & tear and mileage waived. We've even found instances in which you can get out of having to pay a hefty disposition fee at the time you return your vehicle.

Here's a look at 6 programs currently available to prospective shoppers.

Please note that new car incentives can change over time. Be sure to contact your local dealer for the latest program rules.

These are national offers unless noted otherwise.

BMW Early Turn-In Program

What it is: The BMW Lease Loyalty Program rewards current customers by offering to waive up to 3 remaining payments on an existing lease.

Who's eligible: To qualify, you'll need to have a contract maturity date that falls within the next 6 months. The ranges actually depend on when you're opting to buy. Here are some examples.

Someone buying in October will need to have a maturity date between November 1 and April 30, 2018. If you'll be buying in December, the timeframe is January 1 to June 30, 2018.

The offer is good for lessees of most 2013-2015 BMW models with the exception of M and Alpina vehicles.

Good to know: You'll have to finance or lease your next vehicle through BMW Financial Services. All new 2017 or 2018 models are eligible, including the popular 3 Series and X3 SUV.

When does it expire?: The program is set to end January 2, 2018.

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Ford & Lincoln Early Turn-In Program

What it is: The Ford 3 Month Early Bird Program offers current Ford and Lincoln lessees the opportunity to waive up to 3 remaining payments on a lease, for a maximum value of up to $1,800.

Who's eligible: In the case of Ford, lessees of a Focus, Fusion, Escape, Edge, Explorer or F-150 with a scheduled maturity date through January 31, 2018 are eligible. Lincoln is similar but has no restriction on what Lincoln model you're coming from.

Good to know: To take advantage of either offer, you'll need to finance or lease your next vehicle. At the moment, all 2017 models are eligible, including the sporty Mustang coupe, roomy Explorer SUV and popular F-150 pickup.

However, please note that the only eligible 2018 Ford models at the moment are the gas-powered Fusion, Flex and Transit Connect.

When does it expire?: The offer is set to expire October 2, 2017.

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Infiniti Payment Waiver Program

What it is: The Infiniti Lease Payment Waiver Program offers to waive up to 2 remaining payments from an existing Infiniti lease. As a bonus, your $395 disposition fee normally due at the end of a lease will be waived.

For those residing outside California, there's also a waiver worth up to $500 to cover excess wear & tear or mileage charges. This is something we don't see from most automakers.

Who's eligible: Lessees with a contract maturity date between September 1 and November 30 are eligible.

Good to know: To get the offer, you'll need to finance or lease any new Infiniti model. There are no exclusions, which means you can choose anything from the sporty Q50 sedan to the popular QX50 SUV.

When does it expire?: The offer is set to expire November 30, 2017.

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Jaguar & Land Rover Early Turn-In Program

What it is: The Jaguar and Land Rover Early Turn-In Program offers to waive up to 3 remaining payments on an existing Jaguar or Land Rover lease. You'll also be eligible for a loyalty credit worth up to $2,500.

Who's eligible: Current Jaguar and Land Rover lessees of a 2014-2017 vehicle with a maturity date between July 1 and January 31, 2018 are eligible.

Good to know: To get the discount, you'll need to finance or lease your next vehicle. Loyalty credits vary by model and, with the exception of the F-TYPE, are primarily geared toward 2017 models as follows.

Brand Model Name Credit Amount
Jaguar XE, XF, F-PACE $1,000
Jaguar XJ, F-TYPE $2,500
Land Rover Discovery Sport $750
Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Evoque $1,000

When does it expire?: The offer is set to expire October 2, 2017.

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Kia Early Turn-In Program

What it is: The Kia Lease Pull-Ahead Program offers current customers the ability to waive up to 3 remaining lease payments.

As an added benefit, the offer promises to waive the $400 disposition fee normally paid at the time you return your vehicle.

Who's eligible: Current Kia lessees with a contract maturity date ranging between October 1 and February 28, 2018 are eligible. To get the discount, you'll need to finance or lease any new 2017 or 2018 Kia model.

Good to know: There are no exclusions as to which vehicle you can buy. Whether it's the popular Optima or the spacious Sorento, the choice is up to you.

The offer can be combined with special incentives like the automaker's College Grad Rebate and Military Rebate.

Interestingly, although payments are being waived as part of this offer, Kia is still allowing you the full contract mileage (usually 36,000 miles on a 3-year lease).

When does it expire?: Like all other deals from Kia, this is set to expire October 31.

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Mercedes-Benz Early Turn-In Program

What it is: The Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Accelerator Program offers to waive up to 5 remaining payments for current lessees choosing to upgrade to a new vehicle.

Who's eligible: The offer actually varies depending on what model you're considering.

You can get a 5-payment waiver when moving from an existing Mercedes-Benz lease to any of the following 2017 models: E-Class Coupe or Cabriolet, CLS-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, SLC-Class, GLE-Class and GLS-Class.

On the other hand, a 3-payment waiver is available when moving to a 2017 CLA-Class, C-Class, E-Class Sedan or Wagon, GLA-Class, GLC-Class as well as most new 2018 models.

Good to know: You'll have to finance or lease your new vehicle through Mercedes-Benz Financial Services.

When does it expire?: The offer is set to expire October 2, 2017.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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