Can You Modify A Lease Car?


Yes, you can modify a lease car, but first you’ll need to get permission from the funder that owns the vehicle. If you don’t, there’s a risk that you’ll invalidate the warranty on the car and you could even be fined when it comes to handing your lease car back at the end.

Do you have a leased car that you want to modify? Read our full guide explaining the do’s and dont’s of car lease modifications.


What can I change on a lease car?

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Most funders will allow you to make any changes to a lease car that can be reversed before handing it back to them when your contract ends.

Some examples of modifications you can make to a lease car include:

  • Adding a removable tow bar
  • Vinyl wrapping (as long as it’s high quality car wrap vinyl)
  • Window tinting (some types of window tinting are removable)
  • Tyre upgrades – you’ll need to keep your original tyres and have them put back on by a professional when you hand the car back

Although the list above are examples of modifications that have been made to lease cars before, whether you can have them done to your lease car will be decided on a case-by-case basis by the funder.

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Any fixed modifications will need to be requested at the time you order your vehicle. For example, adding a spoiler, new interior trim or an entirely new suspension will come under this bracket. Remember that this could result in your car being a factory order (i.e. delivery can take as long as 3-6 months).


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Can I put a private reg plate on a lease car?


Just like the other modifications we’ve mentioned above, you can add a private reg plate to your lease car, so long as you have permission from the funder. You’ll also need approval from the DVLA to add a private number plate to your lease car and make sure to update your insurance policy so that it covers the new plate. You can do this by contacting your insurer.

Want to find out more about the process of adding a private plate to your lease car? Read our full guide to changing your lease car’s number plates.


It’s not possible to add a private reg to your lease car prior to its delivery; you’ll need to do this once the vehicle has been delivered and you’ve had permission from the funder and DVLA.


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