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Car Lease Calculator
As new cars get more technologically advanced and more expensive, new car leasing has gotten more popular. However, if you’ve never done it before, leasing a car can seem confusing.
It doesn’t have to be. A new car lease is simply another way of borrowing money to pay for a car. There are two main differences between a car lease and a car loan: how much of the car’s value you borrow and what happens at the end of the lease or loan term.
When you finance a car, you’re borrowing money to pay for it, and you must borrow the entire price of the vehicle. For example, if you are buying a car that costs $50,000, you borrow $50,000 to pay for it. Your lender will charge you an interest rate, which is a percentage of the money you owe and acts as a sort of rental fee for the money you borrow. That interest rate is how your lender makes a profit. You make equal monthly payments over a set period of months, and when you’ve made all your payments, the car is yours. You own it, and you don’t make any more payments on it.
When it comes to leasing, you only borrow enough money to pay for the vehicle’s depreciation while you’re using it. Depreciation is the decrease in the vehicle’s value due to age and use. Let’s take that same $50,000 car from the example above. Let’s say you’re going to lease it for three years, and over those three years, it’s going to depreciate by $20,000. That $20,000 is the amount you effectively borrows from a lender when you lease a car. Instead of an interest rate, you’ll be a charged a money factor (which is really the same thing as an interest rate; it just has a different name). After making payments for the $20,000 over three years, you turn the vehicle back in to the lender. You never own it, and when your lease is up you can just walk away from it, with no more lease payments to make.