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Leasing VS Buying

The Difference Between Financing & Leasing

 

Unless you're able to put up the cash for your car, you have two choices: financing and leasing. There's no correct answer for which is better than the other. However, what makes sense for you, the consumer, is contingent on what you want out of your next vehicle and what makes sense financially. Both financial exchanges offer different responsibility and ownership elements that make each better situated for different situations. The owner takes different risks depending on if they are financing or leasing.

Ownership

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BUYING

You own the vehicle and get to keep it as long as you want.

SELLING

You don't own the vehicle. You get to use it but must return it at the end of the lease unless you decide to buy it.

Up-front Costs

VS

BUYING

They include the cash price or a down payment, taxes, registration and other fees.

SELLING

They typically include the first month's payment, a refundable security deposit, a down payment, taxes, registration, and other fees.

Monthly Payments

VS

BUYING

Loan payments are usually higher than lease payments because your paying off the entire purchase price of the vehicle, plus interest and other finance charges, taxes, and fees.

LEASING

Lease payments are almost always lower than loan payments because your only paying for the vehicle's depreciation during the lease term, plus interest charges (called rent charges), taxes, and fees.

Early Termination

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BUYING

You can sell or trade in your vehicle at any time. If necessary, money from the sale can be used to pay off any loan balance.

LEASING

If you end the lease early, early-termination charges can be almost as costly as sticking with the contract.

Vehicle Return

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BUYING

You'll have to deal with selling or trading in your car when you decide you want another one.

LEASING

You can return the vehicle at lease-end, pay any end-of-lease costs, and walk away.

Future Value

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BUYING

The vehicle will depreciate but its cash value is yours to use as you like.

LEASING

On the plus side, its future value doesn't affect you financially. On the negative side, you don't have any equity in the future.

Excessive Wear & Tear

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BUYING

You don't have to worry about wear and tear, but it could lower the vehicle's trade-in or resale value.

LEASING

Most leases hold you responsible. You'll have to pay extra charges for exceeding what is considered normal wear and tear.

End of Term

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BUYING

At the end of the loan term (typically four to five years), you have no further payments and you have buily equity to help pay for your next vehicle.

LEASING

At the end of the lease (typically two to four years), you'll have to finance the purchase of the car or lease to buy another.

Customizing

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BUYING

The vehicle is your to modify or customize as you like.

LEASING

Because the lessor wants the vehicle returned in sellable condition, any modificiation or custom parts you add will need to be removed before you return the car. If there is any residual damage, you'll have to pay to have it fixed.

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