When buying a new vehicle, we always get asked the same two questions:
Leasing actually answers both questions. Leasing almost guarantees you the best deal in today's automotive industry. Almost everyone would be better off leasing a vehicle because of the way the industry is today - almost no one should buy a vehicle. Here are some reasons why you should lease rather than buy:
A car, van or truck is a piece of machinery. It is simply a piece of equipment used to get where you want to go. There is no valid reason to own a vehicle, the thing you want to do is simply use it and then get rid of it.
With leasing, you are able to control the cost of your usage based on time and distance. By leasing, you can get in and out of a vehicle and it is limited to how much you use it. Those that put high mileage on a car (contrary to popular belief) should lease as the user can have exact control of the cost of usage.
The deals are almost always better on leases. When Honda wants to take market shares from Toyota, for example, they will increase the residual of a particular model thereby reducing your monthly cost. To make this work you can't get emotional about a particular name but look for the best LEASE DEAL.
There is no reason to own a vehicle, or anything for that matter, when you know it's going to go down in value. The argument against this is when you lease you will have a payment forever. That's right, and when you own you have payments that are unpredictable. The perfect lease would be 24-36 months (shorter the better) and get out before there are issues not covered by warranty and before models change.
A lease is like putting a stop on a stock or getting life insurance. The lease protects you from the downside of eroding market conditions. If the future value of the car were to depreciate more than anticipated because of new models, abundant inventories, or a failed economy you are protected against future downside with a lease.
Pay to use the vehicle, not for some fantasy of ownership. There is no reason to pay for the future value of the vehicle. You are paying to use a vehicle not for its value in the future.
At the end of the lease cycle, you simply turn the vehicle in. The dealer will take a report of its condition and as long as there is no damage or excessive wear and tear or mileage you are done with it.
The write-offs on leases are almost 6 times larger than ownership. For a business owner who owns a vehicle, the write-off is limited to fifty-four cents for every mile you drive the car for business. So 10,000 miles would equate to $5400 and the interest on the loan. If you leased the same vehicle and used it 100% for business you could write off 100% of the lease payment with no limits.
Get in and out quicker for less money down and a lower cost per month. Traditionally you can get into leases for less money down and less monthly cost.
Because the manufacturer believes that leasing makes for the possibility of renewing a customer on a receptive loyalty program (repetitive purchases) they make everything easier and quicker.