I have just passed my first year, out of three, on my current leased vehicle. Is there any way or method that I may get out of my lease without damaging my credit? I have started a new career as a merchant seaman and will be gone 8-10 months out of the year. With that much time away from home, I find there is no reason to pay monthly payments on a vehicle I will not be able to drive. The dealership gave me the buyout option, which is still defeated by the point I will not be able to drive it while away.