Lease vs Buy

When it comes to buying or leasing a car the options can be confusing. Each option has great benefits, but which is right for you? We’ll help you decide. Whether you buy or lease we’re committed to delivering excellent service and value.

OWNERSHIP

Lease: You do not own the car when you lease. You’re paying for the use of the vehicle, but the finance institution that you leased it through actually owns it. This is usually why you pay less per month in a lease than if you were to buy the car.
Buy: Whether you pay for the car with cash, or finance it and make monthly payments, either way it’s yours. Of course, if you’re financing it, you’ll have to meet the obligations the lender requires, like a certain down payment amount and timely monthly payments. If you don’t, they have the right to repossess it.

UP FRONT COSTS

Lease: Leases often do not require any type of a down payment. All you usually have to pay is the first month’s payment, a security deposit, the acquisition fee and other fees and taxes. But, as with a purchase, if you want to lower your monthly payments you can always pay more upfront.
Buy: If you’re financing it, the bank will probably request a down payment. You can also trade-in another vehicle and use any equity towards your down payment. The amount of the down payment is usually based on the lender’s requirements and your credit score.

END OF PAYMENTS

Lease: Most people return the vehicle at the end of the lease term. But some like to purchase it during their lease or at the end. Others like to trade it in before their lease is over. Just ask us about these different options before signing any paperwork and we’ll make sure you have your lease set up the way you want it.
Buy: Once you’ve paid off what you owe on your contract, that’s it. Your vehicle is 100% yours. The lending institution will send you a Lien Release as proof that the vehicle is completely paid off and all yours.

MAINTENANCE

Lease: Most lease terms end before a manufacturer’s warranty expires. While regular maintenance such as oil changes and tire rotations are necessary and required per the terms of your lease agreement, costs are minimal.
Buy: Ownership means you have no lease-end obligations regarding maintenance. You are free to determine when, where, and how you care for your vehicle.

MILEAGE

Lease: Mileage restrictions apply according to your lease contract.
Buy: You have no mileage restrictions.

FUTURE VALUE

Lease: In most leases you don’t end up owning it so you don’t end up selling it. That’s the financial institution’s job. Although you may have mileage limits and wear and tear guidelines that, if you exceed them, could cost you extra money when you turn your vehicle back in.
Buy: Your vehicle will be worth whatever you can sell it for in the future and that depends on how well you maintain it. (Be smart and protect your investment with regular scheduled maintenance by a factory-authorized facility!)