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What's So Great About Car Leasing?

Mar 30, 2008
Car leasing is a way of financing the use of a vehicle. Like a car repayment loan payments are made every month over a set period of time but it differs from purchasing a vehicle in that the person that leases a car does not own the vehicle at the end of the agreement. The person that has use of the vehicle does not own it but has complete use of it.

This means that the person that is leasing the car can manage their vehicle payments carefully and can keep a close eye on their outgoings. This can be a good thing for people that want to have a certain amount of security with their monthly payments. There are a number of options that can be taken to further secure the monthly charge. For example it is often possible to include a monthly maintenance fee that covers any problems that may occur with the vehicle. This means that the person that leases the vehicle can feel comfortable that they will never incur unexpected costs.

One of the major benefits of car leasing is that you can afford a vehicle that would ordinarily be out of your budget. When you lease a vehicle you do not have to pay the cost of the vehicle or a large down payment for a loan deal. As the person that leases the vehicle never owns it he or she also benefits from the fact that at the end of a contract he or she can just return the vehicle to the person or company that they leased it from.

They do not have to worry about the depreciation in values that cars inevitably experience and neither do they have to worry about the hassle of selling a vehicle on. The person leasing the vehicle can just hand the keys over and walk away at the end of the contract. So leasing can help people avoid depreciation, unexpected maintenance costs and the hassle of selling a vehicle on.

Car leasing also has a number of benefits for people that execute the deals as well as for the people that take advantage of them. The advantages for the seller are that they can generate income from a vehicle that they own but the vehicle remains theirs and although they relinquish control they do not relinquish the ownership of the vehicle. This means that they can often keep a fleet of vehicles on their books and make a profit of each.

It does of course mean that they do take on a certain level of risk. For many people that lease out a vehicle there is the risk of depreciation of value of their vehicle. It is common for vehicles to lose value over time and this depreciation can be crippling if the leasing company have not built enough into their charges to cover this inevitability. The other major risk for car leasing firms is that the person that leases the car is less likely to treat the vehicle with as much care as they might treat their own vehicle. This can mean people that lease cars are harder on their vehicles than if they owned it themselves.

People that lease cars often benefit as they are often able to afford a modern vehicle that is up to date. It can be a method of financing a vehicle that might ordinarily be out of the persons budget. They also benefit from being able to be slightly less precious with the vehicle. As they are going to return the vehicle after the end of the contract they do not have to take so much care over it. That is not to say that they can thrash the vehicle within an inch of its life but it does mean that they can feel less anxious about its upkeep.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been at the forefront of the car hire and car leasing industry for several years. He has arranged finance for hundreds of satisfied customers.
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