Car Leasing

Leasing a car is not a simple case of paying a fee and doing as you please while the leasing operator foots the bill. Generally there are usually stipulations in the contract that going over an agreed mileage will lead to additional costs, or that maintenance costs beyond the general wear and tear of a car will not be paid for by the car leasing operator. This isn’t as bad as it sounds, details like that are agreed upon before starting the contract. If you were to buy the car up front, you would have a harder time selling a car that has a huge mileage on the clock for as much as without. The same goes for paying repair costs that are down to carelessness. Leasing is no different in this respect, taking care of the car you are leasing means it will cost you less money overall.

The loss in value of a car over a period of time is much more important when looking at a 2-3 year time period, typically this value is worked out as; roughly 25% of the cars value is lost in the first year, 13% for the second, 7% in the third, it follows this pattern of half the previous years depreciation. So while over a longer period of time leasing a car may not work out to be cheaper due to the much lower depreciation, leasing a car is usually done over a 2-3 year period. Selling a new car this regularly would lead to huge amounts of money being lost with the higher depreciation, but with leasing a car the depreciation is what you pay for, rather than the cost of the car.

It is in the best interest of the car leasing operator to keep the value of the car as high as possible for the duration of the lease. This is because at the end of the leasing period the car is returned to them, after all it is still their property. Because of this most car leasing operators will offer free maintenance for the car, plus the new car warranty that will likely cover the new car you are leasing. This can potentially save a large amount of money compared to buying a car outright and being responsible for its maintenance, or possibly not being covered by a new car warranty.

In a lot of cases it is true that buying the car outright, over a longer period of time, would have cost the same amount or less than leasing. However this means that to buy the car you need to be able to either have a pile of cash sitting around waiting to be spent, or be willing to stay with the same model car for a much longer period of time than if you were leasing. If you wanted to replace your car every 2-3 years with a new model, leasing a car is undoubtedly a cheaper option.