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Is It Better To Lease Or Buy A Car 2017 \/\/FREE\\\\

Is it better to lease or buy a new car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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Since everyone's situation is different, here are the pros and cons of leasing and the pros and cons of buying. Some of these points are financial factors and others relate to your needs and lifestyle. Keep in mind that there isn't always a perfect answer to the question of whether to lease or buy.

  • You don't own the car at the end of the lease (although there is always the option to buy).

  • Your mileage is typically limited to 12,000 miles a year (you can purchase extra).

  • You may find lease contracts confusing and filled with unfamiliar terminology.

  • You'll pay more in the long run for a leased car than you will if you buy a car and keep it for years.

  • You could face excessive wear-and-tear charges. These can be a nasty surprise at the end of the lease.

  • You will find it costly to terminate a lease early if your driving needs change.

  • You can modify your car as you please.

  • You'll save money over the long term if you buy a car.

  • You can drive as much as you like. There's no excess mileage penalty.

  • You have more flexibility since you can sell the car whenever you want.

  • You can use the car as a trade-in on the next car you buy.

  • You have to pay a higher down payment to avoid being upside down in the loan (owing more than the car is worth).

  • Your monthly car payments are higher than lease payments.

  • You're responsible for repair costs once the warranty expires.

  • You face possible trade-in or selling hassles when you decide to get your next car.

  • You'll have more of your cash tied up in a car, which depreciates in value.

If you want to dive deeper into the economics of leasing and buying, take a look at "How Much Car Can I Afford?" It has a detailed discussion of a few car-buying scenarios. We also recommend you try out the Edmunds Auto Calculators to see what your lease payments would be and to compare lease costs to car purchase costs.

Spring 2022 update: As of this writing, the semiconductor chip shortage and supply chain issues continue to wreak havoc in the automotive marketplace. The ongoing supply shortage has cut new car inventory to a fraction of its normal level. Consequently, prices for both new and used cars have skyrocketed to record levels. While this article remains a great resource on the overall used car leasing process, it may be harder to find dealers who are willing to participate in leasing a used car since there is greater profit to be made from selling it instead. Also, the numbers on a lease may not make financial sense, as current lease rates are not as competitive as they once were.

Are you thinking about leasing a new car? It may be possible to lease a slightly used version of the same vehicle you've got your eye on and save yourself thousands of dollars in the process. If you've never heard of a used-car lease, don't worry. Most people haven't.

Used-car leases are a bit of a secret. Not all dealers offer them, and it's unlikely you'll see them advertised online or elsewhere. Even people who work at car dealerships may be unaware that leasing a used car is an option.

But used-car leases do indeed exist, and for shoppers willing to do the legwork to land one, the reward may be more than just savings. Because used-car lease savings can be so significant, shoppers may be able to afford a nicer car and still save money compared to leasing a new vehicle.

Used-car leases follow the same basic structure as new leases. The lender will determine the vehicle's residual value and determine the payments based on the difference between the vehicle's sales price and its residual value. Not all automobiles depreciate at the same rate, so the residual values vary. In most cases, the lender will be an automaker's "captive" financing company: Think Toyota Financial at a Toyota dealer.

The lender writing the lease will assign the deal a money factor, which is, essentially, the interest rate. That's the same as a regular lease. And just as interest rates tend to be higher on used-car loans, the money factor will likely be higher than in a new-car lease. Even so, the higher money factor is coupled with a lower sales price and a lower rate of depreciation, usually resulting in a lower overall payment. Shoppers who lease used are able to buy out the vehicle at the end of the lease, just as they can with new autos.

During my 12 years of selling and leasing autos, I saw buyers shave anywhere from $40 to $125 per month off their monthly payments by leasing used. I worked in dealerships that sold regular, everyday vehicles. People looking to lease used luxury cars may see larger savings.

A note of caution: You may hear about used leases from independent "Buy Here, Pay Here" dealers. Such leases frequently come with lots of strings attached, and you should scrutinize the terms very carefully. Also, specialty car lots that deal in exotic, ultra-luxury or classic vehicles may offer in-house used-car leases.

Call the lender: If you've got your eye on a vehicle from a particular carmaker, try placing a call to the captive lender of that brand and asking if it offers leases on used certified pre-owned vehicles. You should be able to find the customer service number by searching the brand's name followed by "finance phone number." For example, a shopper hoping to lease a used Toyota Camry would call Toyota Financial.

Have a point of comparison: To effectively judge if a used-car lease is a good value, you have to have something to compare it to. If you don't already have a lease quote for a new version of the auto you want, get one. With that benchmark in hand, you can start shopping for a used-car lease.

Find a dealer who'll do the deal: Since used-vehicle leasing is not the norm, finding a dealership that can help you will likely take some time and patience. You may have to call a few to find one that will do these lease deals.

When you find a vehicle you like, call and speak with an internet manager or sales manager. Say that you've found a certified pre-owned car in inventory and you'd like to know if you can lease it. If you get a quick "No," don't be afraid to ask the manager to check with a higher-up to confirm. Since used leases are still relatively rare, the person you talk to may not know that it's an option. Don't be surprised if the manager says that he'll need to call you back.

Get a price quote: Once you find a dealership that is set up to offer used-vehicle leases, ask for a price quote. All the standard shopping rules apply: Negotiate a fair purchase price using the Edmunds appraisal calculator, which will show you a dealer's retail CPO value. Get the residual value in the event you'd like to buy the vehicle at the end of the lease. Finally, determine the total down payment and total monthly payment including taxes and fees.

Lower monthly payment: Just to recap this major point: The CPO vehicle has a lower selling price than its new-car counterpart, and because of that, you avoid the steep new-car depreciation curve. These two elements combine to produce a lower monthly lease payment even with a higher money factor.

Good candidate for a lease buyout: Since used cars are worth less than comparable brand-new cars, their residual values will be lower too. That makes them good candidates for a buyout at the conclusion of the lease. Just be sure you do your due diligence, checking market prices, and factoring in such costs as maintenance and future extended warranty costs that come with buying an older car.

Longer powertrain warranty: A CPO vehicle will typically have a powertrain warranty that runs to 100,000 miles. That's potentially a significant plus for shoppers who plan on purchasing the vehicle when the lease ends.

May not have latest features: A new, current model-year vehicle may have safety or technology features that an older version may not. If you decide to lease a certified pre-owned car, make sure it has all the bells and whistles you need.

Because the current owner of the vehicle has likely already made a down payment to start the lease, a person assuming the lease wouldn't need to. In some cases, a person desperate to get out of the current lease will even offer a cash incentive to the new owner.

Although these companies don't describe their products as leases, companies like Fair allow people to subscribe to used vehicles. Like traditional leases, startup costs are low, there are mileage limits, and monthly payments will tend to be lower than those for a comparable purchase. Unlike leases, there is no option to purchase the vehicle when you are done subscribing to it. Also, unlike leases, these subscription services include routine maintenance.

For the last several years, traditional new-car leases have made up about 30% of all finance transactions at new-car dealerships. Most of these automobiles will find their way back as lease returns after a few years. Dealers will look for ways to offload them, including expanding used-car leases, according to those dealerships that are already offering these leases on their lots.

Used-car leases aren't the only option for budget-minded shoppers. Because of aggressive incentives on some new vehicles, including cash-back rebates, lower money factors or end-of-model-year incentives, leasing a new vehicle might be a better deal than leasing a used car that's just a couple of years old. 041b061a72


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