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Does It Make Economic Sense to Lease a Car?


It is usually cheaper in the long run to pay for assets on a permanent basis than a temporary one.  If you make mortgage payments on a house for five years, your monthly payments will be less than if you were to make five years’ worth of rent payments on the same house, and you will gain equity in the house, which counts in your favor when you try to qualify for other loans.  Of course, this is common knowledge, and while a portion of renters choose to rent because they only intend to stay in the same residence for a short time, many of them would take out a home mortgage loan if they could qualify for them.  Likewise, most people cannot afford to pay the entire price of a new car upfront, especially not now, when it is rare to find new cars available for less than $40,000.  With the transition to electric vehicles, this issue is becoming unavoidable; while EVs are economical in the long term because you do not have to buy gasoline for them, they come with a hefty sticker price.  Leasing an EV might seem more affordable, but it is not exactly cheap, either.  Everyone needs a car in South Florida, because public transportation is virtually nonexistent, so car loan debt is the norm.  If vehicles are contributing to your debt problems, contact a Jupiter debt lawyer.

What Determines Your Monthly Payment When You Lease?

It is possible for two people to lease identical cars at different prices, just as not everyone who borrows the same amount of money with the same repayment timetable pays the same amount in interest and fees.  The amount you pay when leasing a car depends on the resale value of the car and on your credit score, among other factors.

How to Get the Best Deal When Leasing Your Vehicle

Just as it makes sense to negotiate before you buy a car, it also makes sense to negotiate before you lease one.  You can negotiate the amount that the dealer uses as a sale price, which forms the basis of your interest payments, which you can also negotiate.  You can also negotiate the number of miles you can drive the car during the lease period without incurring additional fees.

That Car Loan Is Looking Pretty Good Now

As with renting a car, when you lease a car, you are responsible for all the miles you drive and all the wear and tear the car gets while it is in your possession.  It only makes sense to take on all that expense if it is a new car that would be way outside your price range to buy.  It is less expensive in the long term to trade in your old clunker and use the proceeds to finance a new EV, which you can drive as many miles as you want, and where it is no one’s business but yours if a sippy cup spills in the back seat.

Work With a Debt Lawyer About Vehicle-Related Debt

A South Florida debt lawyer can help you if you are broke because of buying or leasing a car.  Contact Nowack & Olson, PLLC in Jupiter, Florida to discuss your case.



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