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Domestic Short Term Car Leasing

Aug 17, 2007
There may be circumstances in life where you will need a vehicle for a certain period of time, and don't want to get locked into a long-term payment. For example, you may have a temporary job opportunity, or have a family situation that requires use of a car. Depending on your situation, short term car leasing may be the best and most affordable solution.

Long term car rentals are often the proper step if you need to drive a vehicle for just a short period of time. Renting a vehicle though, can quickly get expensive, even with long-term rental discounts. However, if you will only need the vehicle for six months or less, renting is probably your best option.

If you are looking to keep a vehicle for a longer period of time, short term leasing is usually the most affordable if the duration is between 6-24 months. Unfortunately, this is usually not a possibility if you are looking to lease a new car from a dealer. Most new car leases are at least 24 months or longer, so going directly to the dealer for a new car lease will only be a choice if you can commit to something more permanent.

The best solution for a 6-24 month use is a short term car lease. You will actually be be taking over, or assuming a lease, on a used vehicle from another driver. You'll take over the auto, the monthly payments, and the time that is left on the lease, which can usually be from a few months to 2-3 years.

Short term leases are often great bargains. Unlike a new lease, you will not have to come up with any sort of down payment or additional fees, you will just take over the payments each month. However, you may be charged at the end of the lease for excessive mileage, so its important you become familiar with the leasing contract and the vehicle condition before you agree to take over the lease.

Assuming a lease, even for a short duration, does require completing and changing the existing lease contract through the leasing company. Although you may need the vehicle relatively quickly, make sure all the paperwork is complete before you take the vehicle, in order to avoid any trouble.

The best place to find short term car leasing is on the Internet. There are a handful of specialized companies that match buyers and leaseholders together, and help facilitate the transfer of the vehicle. By going through a third party company, you will have to pay a small fee, but you will increase your chances of getting a good lease deal and having the transfer done properly.

Short term leasing may be the best way to meet your driving needs, especially if your finances do not allow for a large down payment. If you are in a situation where you need to drive a vehicle for 6-24 months, you will probably get a great deal going through a company that specializes in lease assumptions and transfers. By doing some research online, you should be able to find plenty of lease deals.
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Amy Wells writes and reports on auto
leasing
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