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Car Lease Legal/Illegal

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    Posted: 05/September/2017 at 12:37
Hi

I signed a car lease on June 2017 for 5 years (60 months) paying around 170$ per week.

I was on a Bridging A visa at that time and the leasing company didn't ask for any of my Visa details.

Recently I visited a car dealer to check for a car for one of my friend and I was advised by the dealer that Its Illegal to sign a lease/ finance when I am on a bridging visa.

They advised that its illegal for both the parties to sign a lease/loan when I do not have enough visa for the term of the loan/lease.

Please advise me weather its Legal/Illegal.
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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/September/2017 at 17:58
Was there a clause on the lease saying that?

I expect that the place where you got the car have discovered this and are worried because they failed to check if you are on such a visa.

Usually the lease is through a finance company but the car dealer is required to do the checking and guarantee the lease. If the lease fails for any reason they have to pay the finance company, they failed to check and are worried that because they failed to check, they may have to pay.

If they did not ask you or have you sign that you are not on such a visa, I don't think you are at fault, - they are.

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  Quote rnkmit Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05/September/2017 at 21:10
Hi

Thanks you for your reply.

There is nothing on the clause that says anything about a visa. Their website says Australian Citizens/Permanent Residents only.

During Signing the lease I presented my International passport to them but they did not took the photo copies of it saying that they only accept Australian passport. Instead they took my Drivers licence and Bank card as ID proofs. They never asked me anything about my Visa.

Can I return the car and cancel the lease? I do not want to do anything that is Illegal against Australian law.

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  Quote citizen-joe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06/September/2017 at 01:13
I don't believe it is illegal, however if you try to return the car the chances are the leasing company will try and sue you for all the remaining payments.

See a solicitor for guidance before you do anything.

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