Buy or Lease?
Buy or Lease?
Shorter terms on newer vehicles make leasing a smart choice.
Buying is the most common way to finance a vehicle, but leasing can offer important advantages – particularly for people with credit challenges or no established credit history.
Leasing is like an extended test drive that lets you keep your options open:
- Buy the vehicle at the end of your lease if you love it
- Return the vehicle at the end of your lease vs. having to trade it in or sell it privately
Leases typically have a shorter term, so you can improve your credit faster and move up to a better vehicle at a lower rate sooner. But because many people are less familiar with leasing, they think buying is a better option. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Benefits that leasing can offer over buying:
- Buy the vehicle at the end of your
- lease if you love it
- Return the vehicle at the end of your
- lease vs. having to trade it in or sell it
When buying makes sense:
Leasing isn’t for everyone. If you tend to be hard on your vehicles, like to modify them, or typically keep them until they die, purchasing a vehicle may be a better option for you.
Just remember, “buying” a car doesn’t mean you own it. Until your loan is fully paid off, the bank owns your vehicle.
What to Watch Out For
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