Should I Buy or Lease a Car? 

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You finally you’ve decided the perfect car in our new model inventory. But are you unsure if you should buy or lease? While both options have their own benefits, one will be the best option for you as it fits your needs and wants. Our team at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta, a reputable dealership in Union City, is happy to let you in on all the details about the leasing vs. buying situation. Consider the main differences when it comes to buying vs. leasing a car below, so you can make an informed and smart decision when you’re looking to purchase a new Lexus.

Leasing vs. Buying: The Basics

Buying a car is a straightforward process, where you typically take out a car loan and pay monthly for a set amount of time to cover the interest and principal. Once you pay off the loan, you own the car entirely. 

For those who aren’t buying a car, but rather are leasing one, they will pay monthly to drive a car for an agreed amount of time and once the term is over, they will return that car. For some leases, drivers can choose to purchase the car after the term for a set price.

Pros of Leasing 

  • Cheaper monthly payments: On top of saving money from the monthly payments, you will also save on the taxes and down payments. 
  • Easy maintenance: When it comes to unexpected fees for extensive services and repairs, you don’t need to worry about them. Leasing new cars makes the upkeep even easier since new cars are at their peak performance with a low chance of needing major repairs. Even if they do need repairs, they usually have warranties that will help cover most repairs during the lease term. 
  • Rocking different car models: If you love to switch up the car that you are driving every once in a while without a full-on commitment or love to try out the latest car models, then you can easily answer the question “should I lease or buy?” with leasing. As long as you take good care of the car, you will be able to try out cars in your day-to-day life. 
  • For short term uses: If you need a car only for certain instances, like commuting within Peachtree City, or for a certain amount of time, then leasing may help you save money in the long run. For example, you need a car for a specific trip or you know that you will drive less than the lease’s mileage and restrictions. 

Pros of Buying

  • Full Control: When you buy a car, you have full control over it, so you can make the car truly yours by customizing it with accessories. If you have kids or pets, you don’t need to worry about maintaining the car close to its factory condition. 
  • For long term uses: If you know you will be using your car for the long term, you will be able to save some money by buying a car. After paying off the loan, you can still use your car for as long as you like without having to continuously pay every month. You also have the options to sell or trade in the car once it is worth more than how much you owe. You might even be able to refinance for a lower rate. 
  • Unlimited mileage: You can drive as much as your heart desires, which is ideal for those who are usually on the go or who take many vacations. Even if you want to drive far away from Fayetteville or Newnan, you can do that by buying a car!

Check Out Leasing and Financing Options at Butler Lexus of South Atlanta 

Should you lease or buy your next car? Butler Lexus of South Atlanta is always ready to help. Consider our leasing and financing options or complete an application online today. Give us a call or contact us online through our website and we will help you get started on taking home the Lexus that’s right for you. Looking for more lease information? Check out our guide on returning a lease!

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