Can you trade in a leased car?
Yes, you can. When you lease a car you have the option of purchasing the vehicle at any time. When you go in to make a trade, the dealership will have to call the leasing company and get your payoff. Basically the dealership will pay the remaining balance of the lease and purchase the vehicle from the leasing company. It really depends on your situation, in a perfect world, the vehicle buyout would be the same as its trade in value but that is ususally not the case. If you have a closed end lease, you would be better off if you waited the lease out before purchasing a new vehicle. You may be fortunate enough to have vehicle that is worth more than the lease buy out amount.
These days, there are a number of services which match people who are looking to lease cars with those who are looking to get out of a lease.
When a car is leased at the end of the lease is a residual. This is the difference between what the car cost new and what was paid in the lease. Did you buy the car from the person who leased the car? Did they pay off the lease with the money you paid them? If not, there is a problem. A car with a lease is NOT owned by the person who leased it…