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    Established Member Two Rings Dirty_Bourbon's Avatar
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    De-badged Leased Car Return

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    Anyone ever de-badge lease car and give it back with out putting emblems back on?

    Contemplating a little cleaner look on the rear end but the thought of in 2.75 years having to put them all on is well.. off-putting.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings b6bydesign04's Avatar
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    Just hold onto the badges and put them back on with a little 3M automotive adhesive when it's time to turn the car in.
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    Established Member Two Rings Dirty_Bourbon's Avatar
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    yea so that's what likely will happen- would i have to put them where they were or best effort would suffice lol?
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    Active Member One Ring
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    FWIW, I've de-badged my last 3 leases and upon turn in, not one comment or odd look. The rest of the cars were in perfect condition so that probably helped

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    Veteran Member Four Rings if6ws9's Avatar
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    They probably won't notice.
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    Veteran Member Four Rings b6bydesign04's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty_Bourbon View Post
    yea so that's what likely will happen- would i have to put them where they were or best effort would suffice lol?
    When they come around to do the turn-in inspection, see if they notice. If they don't, throw em in the glove box or something. I'm sure best effort would be fine too.
    -Sean
    2008 RS4 | Suzuka Gray/Exclusive Interior | Ti | KW| Milltek | Apikol | 034


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    Established Member Two Rings Dirty_Bourbon's Avatar
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    OFF THEY GO!!!! LOVE THESE FORUMS...

    Just the push i needed.
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    Roc Euro Intake | ITG Filter | CTS Inlet Tube
    Neuspeed PM
    **TBD
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    Stage 2 Banner Advertiser Four Rings Mops@Nemesis's Avatar
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    I lease, and my dealer de-badges all of my Audi's pre delivery. I return with the loose badges in a ziplock. They could not care less.
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    Established Member Two Rings Dirty_Bourbon's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mops@Nemesis View Post
    I lease, and my dealer de-badges all of my Audi's pre delivery. I return with the loose badges in a ziplock. They could not care less.
    Mops is that more per Dealer or AOA?

    FWIW still have not received my lease turn in inspection on previous (first) Audi a4.
    18' B9 P+ Black/Brown
    Roc Euro Intake | ITG Filter | CTS Inlet Tube
    Neuspeed PM
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    Stage 2 Banner Advertiser Four Rings Mops@Nemesis's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty_Bourbon View Post
    Mops is that more per Dealer or AOA?

    FWIW still have not received my lease turn in inspection on previous (first) Audi a4.
    That's certainly dealer specific. I cannot see any dealer being bothered by it, as long as you carry the badges back with the car. Even if you do not, I'd say most dealers will order new ones and move forward. I feel like it would be unattractive to argue with the customer over badges. They just returned a vehicle they've been paying on for 3+ years, and might lease another.

    That third party group bugged the shit outta me for months. They finally went away. Mine is going back to the dealer I bought it from, so that inspection is not needed.
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    Senior Member Three Rings
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    On a lease you have a third party inspection a month or so before the maturity date. Iíve never seen a third party inspector hit a customer for badges, but I also donít look too hard at the inspection reports. You should be fine.


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    Veteran Member Four Rings B G 8er's Avatar
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    Missing Badges? What Badges??
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    I only got charged once for my Nissan Altima debadge. It's to the discretion of the inspection if they catch it.

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    Veteran Member Four Rings B G 8er's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Mayor View Post
    I only got charged once for my Nissan Altima debadge. It's to the discretion of the inspection if they catch it.
    I would have told them to GTFO! LOL.
    2011 A4 B8 Quattro 6MT, Ice Silver
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    Established Member Two Rings Dirty_Bourbon's Avatar
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    i appreciate everyones input, especially the humor- should get around to doing some removal this evening.
    18' B9 P+ Black/Brown
    Roc Euro Intake | ITG Filter | CTS Inlet Tube
    Neuspeed PM
    **TBD
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    In Remembrance:
    B8.5 A4 SLine Competition B/Optics

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    Established Member Two Rings
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    My car is a lease, I debadged it and made the audi badges black. I dont expect they'll care too much but if they do, you can find "replica" badges on ebay for dirt cheap with adhesive already on them.. just order in time to allow shipping from China.

    I'm also debating about turning it in with the RS grille I replaced. How do you think that will go?



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