Leasing a CLA?? Be VERY CAREFUL when buying tires for your CLA….
After spending the whole afternoon on the phone with various dealerships, MB Financial, and finally MB USA themselves, I learned that upon lease turn in, your car MUST have Goodyear run-flat tires with tread more than 1/8”.
A quick search will find that Goodyear actually makes the same tire in a non-run flat tire that starts about $150 (or cheaper depending on brand) at some online tire distributors. The “run flat” tires start about $300 ($500 at the dealer).
We can all see the obvious difference. I am going to dismount all the run flat tires and install the Goodyear non-run flat tires and run those for the lease duration rather than getting charged $2000 upon lease turn in. With these Goodyear tires only lasting about 20k miles, you should be considering the long term. I did talk to some dealers and the sales person said “as long as the tread is good you will be OK”! I called dealers in Dallas, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and three different people at corporate. However the next office said the exact opposite and the original run-flat tires must be installed because the vehicle does not come with a spare. Either way the answer was inconsistent and before talking to one of the supervisors at corporate (800-367-6372 opt.4 then opt.5) and got me to thinking this is exactly how they generate revenue on the back end of lease deals.
Rarely does someone change their own tire these days so the idea of a run flat tire is literally reinventing the wheel. Most of the time someone (especially in a MB) will either keep their tires in good shape or call a tow truck to take care of a repair. Either way, when you turn in your lease and you have other than OE RUN FLAT tires, be prepared to fork over some cash..