Any time you hear “always lease” or “always buy,” the “always” tells you the advice will probably never work for you – Steven
Are you better off leasing or buying a car? The answer depends on many factors.
You want to evaluate the cost
of having the car during the period you own or lease it. That includes the down payment, loan
payments and interest or lease payments, insurance, maintenance not covered by
any maintenance agreement, repairs not covered by warranty or extended
warranty, and gas.
When you buy a car, your total
cost is reduced by what you get when you sell or trade it in.
When you lease a car, have lease
payments and no trade value.
Note that the amounts you can
deduct for business use also differ: you can depreciate a car you buy, and
deduct financing charges, for the percent of business use, but only take lease payments on a car you lease for the percent of business use.
If you want a new car every
few years, leasing is probably better;
But if you typically own a car
for six years or more, which would be at least two successive leases, then
buying probably works better.
Contact me if you need more car-related advice!