Debt Reduction 101: How Leasing A Car Can Help You Save Money

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Cars are a significant investment, not only in terms of their cost but also in the amount of time and effort it takes to plan and save for them. So before you start budgeting for a car purchase, consider leasing. The benefits of leasing include flexibility, convenience, and financial savings.

With leasing becoming increasingly popular, banks are offering more options to consumers. Although that is good news, you are likely to incur more debt. Leasing a car as a debt reduction strategy provides increased flexibility and convenience as well as saving money. If you are on the fence about leasing a car, then these tips to save money on a lease might convince you otherwise.

Take Advantage Of No-deposit Lease Deals

In a car lease, the lessee typically signs an initial leasing commitment that ranges from one to nine months, depending on the leasing service provider. Short-term rental agreements can save you money initially.

Your first rental payment determines a monthly rent calculation when you sign the lease. As a general rule, the bigger the upfront payment, the smaller the monthly installment.

Although the difference between a lower initial lease and a lower monthly payment is often smaller than you might think, it is still essential to look into all options.

Monthly Payments Are Lower 

Leasing a car offers many of the same advantages as buying a car, such as lower payments. However, financed vehicle purchases require you to pay the entire purchase price plus interest throughout the loan, and it’s a little different when it comes to leasing payments.

The monthly lease payment covers the depreciation of the vehicle (plus rent and taxes) rather than its total value. Therefore, your monthly payment will be much more affordable because you only finance depreciation, not the purchase price.

You can reduce your debt by using these savings to pay off existing financial obligations or invest the difference. In addition, you have no trade-in/sale price concerns after the lease ends, and you don’t have to worry about reselling the car.

Build Up Your Credit

Everyone who leases a car is subject to a credit check. As a result, you may be able to get your lease car financed based on your credit score, which is a requirement of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

To qualify, credit scores of good to excellent are required by leasing providers. Bad credit makes leasing a car more complex, so you may need help getting approved. To qualify for a vehicle lease requires proving your ability to pay the monthly payments and being flexible enough to accept co-signers or larger upfront rentals.

Once your application has been approved and you make your monthly payments, you will have the opportunity to improve your credit score. In addition, the benefit will be that we can access better leasing deals in the future.

Save With A Maintenance Package

You can save money and prevent costly repairs if you buy a maintenance plan at the beginning of your lease term. Most maintenance plans cover regular servicing, inspections, consumables, and wear and tear, such as tires. So, in the long run, it may be helpful to you. However, if you add the package halfway through your lease, you could have to pay the entire amount upfront.

Save Money By Choosing The Appropriate Mileage

You could face mileage fines if you don’t allow for enough kilometers after your lease period. If you choose the higher mileage limit, these fees may equal the extra cost of a higher monthly payment.

Even though you’re likely to see a lower price difference than you’d expect (like the original rental period), don’t shortchange yourself towards the end of your rental period.

If you intend to lease a car, you need to provide a realistic estimate of how many miles you will put on it. In addition to your yearly mileage restriction, your monthly costs will be affected by the miles you drive each month. The more miles you drive, the higher your monthly payment will be.

Final Thoughts

Buying a car outright can significantly impact your cash flow, and having additional credit could make you appear risky and affect your ability to get more lines of credit. However, it’s far less expensive to lease a car than to purchase it outright, and you can save money or pay off existing debt.