Buying a Car Vs. Leasing One

Sun Auto Service Expert, published on 02/29/2016

If you are in the market for a new car, then you are probably debating whether to buy or lease. This is a common dilemma for many individuals as they work to find the best price available. There are many reasons why it is advantageous to buy.

Cost-Effective

In the long run, buying a car is usually the most cost-effective. Once your car is paid off, you can usually drive it for years and save yourself money. Even with the cost of repairs, you are likely to pay less over time when you buy a car. If you lease a car, you may have a lower payment initially. However, you do not own the car. The lender does. Every payment you make represents equity that is being put into the car, but it can take several years to gain enough of it to own the vehicle outright.

Repairs

One of the biggest concerns drivers have when they buy a car is the cost of repairs. In many cases, the cost of these repairs is much less over time than it would be if leasing a car. Also, most car owners can prevent unnecessary repairs by taking proper care of their vehicles. Regular maintenance, in particular, can minimize the likelihood of costly repairs.

Buying Used

It can be particularly beneficial to your budget to buy a used car. When you buy used, you do not lose money on depreciation. This makes it easier to maintain the value of your investment while you pay off the vehicle. When you lease a car, you usually end up owing much more than the car is worth because the payments are lower. Also, new cars depreciate quickly during the first few years. Along with the expensive depreciation costs of new cars, it is more expensive to insure a new vehicle. Because used cars are less expensive, insurance costs decrease. Even better, there are always used cars available to buy, so you can find the right one for your needs. 

Care

When you buy a car, you own the vehicle. This is not the case when you lease, so many people are not motivated to properly care for the vehicle. Buying your car is a great incentive in terms of car care. Because you want to maintain your investment, you are more likely to spend the time and money to keep your car in good shape.

While many people are attracted to car leases, in our opinion, buying is a smart decision. For a better long-term future, choose to buy your cars.