Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: '85 2.3-16 '99 C280 '11 GLK350
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
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Typically, leases underwritten by the manufacturer's financing arm requires lease surrender at any of their dealers, since they not only want their people to verify the condition and mileage of the car, they do want first crack to put you back behind the wheel of one of their own.
The offer that the Ford dealership is offering you is to create a sandwich position, whereby they will handling the surrender process as your proxy and you will be giving them "power of attorney" for that transaction.
Flipping the car on your own can work in your favor. Last year, we had a lease coming up on expiration, but since the mileage on it was very low, we checked the market for the car and found that we would likely make a $2-3K profit by selling it ourselves as a used car, after paying the "buyout" price on the contract. You have be be reasonably certain that there's a viable profit margin for your used car before deciding.