Trying to purchase my leased car. Getting an auto loan from a credit union. Dealership is saying they need to inspect my car. Why?

I was preapproved for an auto loan through a credit union. They asked me to send in a copy of my registration along with the lease buyout instructions. I contacted the dealership for instructions and their response was along the lines of-

"Your payoff amount is $xx,xxx plus tax and license. Your car NEEDS to

I was preapproved for an auto loan through a credit union. They asked me to send in a copy of my registration along with the lease buyout instructions. I contacted the dealership for instructions and their response was along the lines of-

"Your payoff amount is $xx,xxx plus tax and license. Your car NEEDS to be inspected by the dealership. The inspection takes a day and a fee of $2xx.xx If you decide to buy your lease, i need to schedule an appointment for your car to be inspected by our dept."

If I'm not returning my car, why do they NEED to inspect the car? How should I respond to this email? All I need is the lease buyout instructions and the credit union will handle the rest.

Thanks

Other answer:

♥i go pewpew:
The dealership has nothing to do with you getting financed and they have no need to inspect it.

You need to put the credit union in touch with the company you leased from. The dealership plays no part in this process. And taking your car to them will just cost you money.

The fact that you even called the dealer is a problem. They washed their hands of you when they sold the car.

If you don't call the dealer back, you save their bogus fee. There is no legit reason for them to inspect your car or charge you a fee.

NEVER step foot on that dealers property again. They are trying to rip you off. Or sell you another car or both.

You will owe the predetermined buyout price plus possibly an end of lease fee plus sales tax. The lender will charge you a title fee.

The end of lease fee is detailed in your contract. Its not an extra fee for the dealer and its not a scam. (And not all of them have it but many do)

For future reference, leasing a car was a really bad idea and you would have been better off buying it with extended term financing back when you got it.

That's water under the bridge now. Keep it at least another 8-10 years.
But keep paying yourself a car payment.

Hillbilly OJ:
As long as you are under that lease agreement the dealership has the right to inspect. Any damage, or over mileage and you are charged for it, whether you buy it or not. It's that simple. you signed the lease now you have to abide by it.
G. Whilikers:
Those are the buyout instructions, pass them along to the bank.

Check your lease paperwork, they've got you over a barrel. When you turn the car in after the official lease period, the car is inspected and you are charged for excess mileage and damage. This is no different, it still belongs to the leasing company or dealer.

Ian K:
They want to see what kind of condition your car is in.

If it is trashed and they can make more money charging you to fix it, then resell it after it is fixed… Or it is really nice and your buyout amount is less than what they could get for it on their lot… or, it is just part of your contract…

Love big words:
Sounds shady