Buy vs Lease
Auto Lease vs Buying a Car
WHO OWNS IT
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.
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.
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!)
END OF PAYMENTS
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.
FINDING THE PERFECT FIT
In the spirit of exceptional service, we offer a number of different ways to finance a vehicle. Presenting options and walking you through all the ins and outs to find the best finance package for you is the expertise of your Bob Moore business manager. In general, our financing packages fall into three broad categories: balloon financing, leasing, and traditional financing.
This financing option combines the benefits of leasing and owning. You pay only the anticipated depreciation of the vehicle, plus any finance charges and taxes. A couple of different options are available, depending on the mileage you expect to drive. Your Bob Moore business manager will help you arrange financing for a 24-, 36- or 48-month term. At the end of the term, you can either make a final balloon payment to buy the car outright or turn in the vehicle to the dealership.
WHO OWNS IT
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.
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.
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.
END OF PAYMENTS
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.
BEST CARS TO LEASE
The best cars to lease are those with the best book value after the term of the lease. Since they depreciate less, you pay less. Review the lease ratings to see which cars retain their value.
DOES LEASING FROM BOB MOORE MAKE SENSE?
It makes a lot of sense. There are a lot of companies that only do vehicle leasing. They aren’t actually automotive dealers; when you lease from them, they have to go to a dealership to acquire the car before they can lease it to you. In other words, they’re middlemen. And where there’s a middleman, there’s usually a markup. When you lease from Bob Moore, there’s no middleman.