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    2012 Kia Soul, lease expiring.....

    Hi All! I am new the forum, but was hoping for a little advice. I have a red 2012 Kia Soul and the lease will be expiring in a few months. I have experienced some the paint chipping issues that I have seen discussed in various outlets. Overall, I have been fairly happy with my Soul, however I hesitate to keep a car with chipped paint that could soon begin to rust. I guess I would like to hear some opinions. Will the Kia Dealership charge me a lot of money if I decide to return the Soul and not purchase because they will not see this as normal "wear and tear?" With those who have had these paint issues, have people found that taking to a professional to have a these touched up and perhaps some type of coating added to the car is an option? Do the touch up kits that are sold online work? Sorry if this a vague post, but was just hoping to hear some others' opinions/experiences. Thanks!

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    You didn't mention if you are interested in trading in for a new lease or purchase. When you trade-in and get something new, they often overlook small things on leases. That may be considered normal wear and tear anyway.

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    By the way... what is the mileage on your car? Make sure you do not have equity in the car that you can take advantage of. Generally the best way to have equity on a lease is if your mileage is low (and things are in near-perfect condition too of course).

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    As a rule, they would rather sell or lease you another new car. That's the business they're in. If you go that way, they tend to be more forgiving about the old car's condition.

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    Great point guys! Yes, I am looking to buy. (Probably a 2013 used vehicle) I think I am just about to 31,000 miles. I would be just under 10K to buy it at the end of my lease.

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    I had the same problem with my black Soul. I did notice that Kia sells those "touch-up pens" that you can apply to the exterior of the paint, but I never got the chance to try it. But as everyone else is stating more than likely, if you are in business with them to upgrade, they'll more than likely shrug their shoulders and bite the wood discreetly.

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    Could you post a pic so we could see if its just normal rash...?
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