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Your Next Car Buying vs. Leasing. August 30, 2011. Joseph (J.J.) Montanaro CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™. Since Our Attorneys Couldn’t Be Here.

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Your Next Car

Buying vs. Leasing

August 30, 2011



Since Our Attorneys Couldn’t Be Here

Views and opinions expressed in this seminar are provided for informational purposes only and are subject to change. This discussion should not be considered a recommendation, tax, legal or other estate planning advice, but rather a general overview of the subject matter discussed. Consult with your tax, legal or estate planning professional regarding your own specific situation.

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the backdrop
The Backdrop
  • Car Decisions = Big Money
  • Average price for a new car in the U.S. is almost $30,000*
  • 2011 AAA study estimated the cost of buying and driving a new average sedan was $8,776/year.**

*NY Times May 21, 2011 ($29,602)

**AAA 2011 “Your Driving Costs” Analysis

  • Potential Advantages
  • It’s your vehicle
  • Financing options
  • Bells & Whistles
  • Clean track record
  • Warranty
  • Flexibility—sell it when you want and drive it the same
  • Potential Disadvantages
  • Buying a depreciating asset
  • Higher down payment
  • Higher monthly payment
  • When it Makes Sense
  • You’re in it for the long haul
  • You drive it hard
    • Mileage
    • Wear & tear
  • You want to make it your own
  • Where does that lease payment come from?
  • Capitalized Cost
  • Money Factor
  • Residual Value
  • Negotiate, Negotiate, Negotiate!!!
  • Other key leasing terms:
  • Capitalized cost reduction
  • Gap Insurance
  • Excess wear & tear/mileage
  • Acquisition/Disposition fees
  • Potential Advantages
  • A shiny new vehicle…over and over again
  • Potentially lower down payment and monthly payment
  • Normally always under warranty
  • Many states lease = lower sales tax
  • Potential tax advantages for business owners
  • Potential Disadvantages
  • No equity
  • No end to car payment
  • Restrictive (mileage/use)
  • When it Makes Sense
  • You know you’ll get the three year itch
  • You want the latest and greatest
  • You use the vehicle for business
edmunds com case study Case Study
  • Facts:
  • $20,000 Car
  • 5-year holding period
  • 3-year loan vs. 2 3-year leases
  • Results:
  • Over 5-year holding period expenses were almost identical
  • Additional value of buying new car based on being able to sell at the 5-year mark or continuing to drive for extended time period.
wrapping it all up
Wrapping it All Up
  • From a purely financial perspective, buying a car, preferably used, and driving it for hundreds of thousands of miles is most advantageous.
  • Know yourself and your habits. If you anticipate acquiring a new care every 3 years or so, leasing is a viable financial alternative.