KIA Sportage 3 Year Lease — We ‘Grounded’ SUV with 27 Days To Spare & 7K Miles Under.
by Anura Guruge
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This, the last weekend of May, has been quite the weekend for us — by design. June, with June 27 Deanna’s birthday, tends to be a ‘landmark’ month for us. As it happened, couple of key things were coming to their expiration in June 2015.
One was the detested DirecTV two-year contract that was coming to an end on June 21, 2015. The other was the 3-year, 36,000 mile KIA Sportage lease which we signed for on Deanna’s birthday 3 years ago and as such was terminating on June 27, 2015.
With BOTH DirecTV and KIA I wanted to terminate AHEAD of the expiration, albeit for different reasons. I just detested DirecTV and wanted OUT as soon as possible. And that I managed after 4 phone calls and one chat session.
Leased vehicles in New Hampshire have arbitrary registration ‘months’ independent of the birthday of the leasee — whereas with vehicles you purchase the registration month is keyed to the owner’s birthday. The KIA Lease registration month — which also ties into the State inspection month — is May. So the KIA registration/inspection were both expiring today, May 31.
I was in no mood to register the KIA for 3 weeks and go through an inspection. Just was not worth it. Was easier and cheaper just to return it 3 weeks early. The KIA lease terms permit this. you can return a lease 28 days ahead of expiration. So that is what I did.
All worked out.
Returning the KIA, to Autoserv Belmont, was a pleasure and joy.
The Sales manager at KIA Autoserv Belmont, Tim Paradis, is ‘A-OK’!
IF I had met him before I might have leased another KIA. He was good. Very personable, likeable … HONEST guy. Trust me. I, in my old age, an impeccable judge of character. Tim Paradis was good. We liked him (even before we discovered that he likes Jaguars and has owned some). IF you want a car go see Tim at Autoserv Belmont.
I have nothing against KIA (or for that matter Hyundai) vehicles. Mechanically and functionally they are ultra-reliable and rugged. Never had a single problem with the KIA — but we also only drove it for 28,500 miles. Very reliable and dependable. All of my issues are with the people and the Company. Tim Paradis was a pleasant exception. I guess KIA folks are under huge pressure to perform and as such end up acting weird — and that is being polite.
As I suspected would happen (I knowing how leasing works) Autoserv promptly BOUGHT the car from KIA Lease when we returned it. That was a given with the low milage. To be fair they got a bargain. Even I toyed with the idea of buying from KIA and then trying to sell. But, with my luck I would have lost money.
So that is the end of the KIA. Doubt whether KIA will figure in our lives anytime soon. But ANOTHER Jag might!.