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How do car leases work?

Leases are effectively renting a car for 2-4 years. You pay a fixed monthly payment (typically after a substantial upfront payment as well) to the leasing company in exchange for the right to operate ...
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Electric car lease or buy?

There are some who argue that you should lease an electric car. These factors are in addition to all the normal pros and cons of leasing vs. buying. The technology is still new and is advancing ...
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Infrequent car rental vs. lease/buy

I think your math is fine, and also consider insurance costs and the convenience factor of each scenario. Moving a car frequently to avoid parking tickets will become tedious. I'd rather spend an hour ...
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How do car leases work?

D. Stanley has correctly described the process, but not a significant implication and a reason that many people do choose to lease. If you use your car for business, the cost of leasing is probably ...
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Leased a car but did not use the mileage - what options do I have

The most important question is: What's your buyout price and what's your car worth? If your 3 year old car has less than 5K miles on it, most likely it's worth more than your buyout price. If it's a ...
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Infrequent car rental vs. lease/buy

Prior to having children we did exactly what you describe. We would visit my mother in law about four to six times a year, a 350-mile-each-way trip for a weekend. We'd simply rent a car, drive down, ...
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What's the best way to quickly get a car on low budget with a poor credit score?

I'm totally unfamiliar with car leasing, which I thought might be a more affordable and suitable option right now Leases aren't an "affordable" way to get a car. They're a way to get an ...
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Why are auto leases stubbornly strict about visa status and how to work around that?

Uh, you want to lease a car through a dealer? That is the worst possible way to obtain a car. Dealers love leases because it allows them to sell a car for an unnegotiated price and to hide additional ...
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Suppose leased car is totalled: what are financial implications?

In general leasing requires you to have an insurance policy that meets certain criteria (such as the policy being comprehensive). However, in the event that the vehicle is written off the insurance ...
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Should I buy or lease a car given that its not a super luxury car and I only drive 15 miles/d on avg?

I have a few recommendations/comments: Consider keeping your current car. The buyout amount for your lease is often negotiable. Tell the dealer you are NOT going to be leasing or buying a new car ...
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Suppose leased car is totalled: what are financial implications?

You must pay every dollar of the value of the car as agreed to on the lease. Period. Some people carry insurance. This insurance will pay out based on the insurance policy. The usual default is ...
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How do car leases work?

I like this question because I think leasing gets a bad rap as being a rental and renting is bad so don't lease. I, personally, have never bought or leased a new car, but leasing has it's place. One ...
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In today's low interest environment, is it generally more economical to buy or lease a new car in the US?

It's my understand that leasing is never the better overall deal, with the possible exception of a person who would otherwise buy a brand new car every 2 or 3 years, and does not drive a lot of miles. ...
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Infrequent car rental vs. lease/buy

My wife and I have been car-free since 2011. We spent about $3500 on car shares and rentals last year (I went through it recently to flag trips that were medical transportation and unreimbursed work ...
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Leased a car but did not use the mileage - what options do I have

I'd go with option #3 and pretend that the first two options were never even on the table. All things are negotiable, especially in dealerships! A dealer will NEVER send you away if you are willing ...
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What's the best way to quickly get a car on low budget with a poor credit score?

some old affordable car, say a 2008-2010 Nissan or Hyundai with at least 100k miles mileage" A Japanese* car of that vintage is not old, and 100K miles is just nicely broken in**. You would do ...
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Electric car lease or buy?

Electric does make a difference when considering whether to lease or buy. The make/model is something to consider. The state you live in also makes a difference. If you are purchasing a small ...
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How can the interest rate be disguised in a car lease?

You have met the money factor, an invention of some marketing department. It is a function of the capitalized cost and term you agree too. Money Factor = Total monthly charge/((Net capitalization ...
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Why are auto leases stubbornly strict about visa status and how to work around that?

When getting a car always start with your bank or credit union. They are very likely to offer better loan rate than the dealer. Because you start there you have a data point so you can tell if the ...
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I needed a co signer but my cosigner is the primary on my auto loan

Does anyone know what the hell this guy is doing and what the hell he's talking about? The dealer wants to sell a car. That's his job, and he doesn't really care who he sells it to. He ran your ...
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In today's low interest environment, is it generally more economical to buy or lease a new car in the US?

The most economical way is to save your money, and buy a 1+ year old used car with cash.
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Lease vs buy car with cash?

A lease is a rental plain and simple. You borrow money to finance the expected depreciation over the course of the lease term. This arrangement will almost always cost more over time of your "...
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Lease vs buy car with cash?

If you are talking straight dollars then leasing is always a losing proposition when compared with purchasing. The financial workings of leasing are so confusing that people don’t realize that ...
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Drive 100 miles per month for 3 years: the most affordable way

You'll have to run the numbers, but I would recommend either: 1) Get a used "beater" car, which has already lost most of its value. You'll be able to resell it for close to the same amount. And yes, ...
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Infrequent car rental vs. lease/buy

For so little use, you are probably better off not owning a car. Car ownership has high fixed costs and unexpected ones like repairs. Difficult parking makes it worse. If you do buy a car, you ...
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Lease with intent to purchase a vehicle

This depends entirely on terms of the lease but it in most case a lease is not a good idea. Car dealers are in the business of not offering you the best deal. Complicated lease terms are a good way ...
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Car lease payment went up after moving to new state

What Chase told you is correct. You are paying for a big sales tax because the state of Ohio is assuming you bought the car in Ohio. Just fill out the form like they said and send it in. The Kentucky ...
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Buy my leased car?

2 bits of advice. Don't ask me any questions about my car. I know it has 4 wheels, and runs on gas. More than that, I don't know (I lied, I know it has a cassette deck), and I don't care. Never take ...
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How would I compute the difference between purchase and lease-to-purchase offers?

Yes. You did not notice the "$1,410 Customer Down Payment", the "$650 Acquisition Fee", the "$350 Disposition Fee" "due at lease termination", and the "$275 security deposit" for customers who do not ...
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In today's low interest environment, is it generally more economical to buy or lease a new car in the US?

There are two reasons leases are generally a worse deal than buying. First, inherent in the lease is the concept of trading in the car at the end of the lease term. As we all know, cars depreciate ...
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