Deciding whether leasing or buying makes more sense for you involves many factors, like your financial needs and lifestyle. While leasing, you’re only paying for a vehicle’s depreciation, which is cheaper than buying and paying for the entire vehicle. Also, for business owners, leasing allows a person to write-off most of the payment, whereas car owners simply write-off their mileage, or a small portion of the car.
For drivers who like road trips, buying is a better option, because leased vehicles have a mileage cap, which is expensive to exceed (much like monthly cellular minutes). Car leasers have many restrictions, and a detailed contract, while those who own vehicles can sell, trade-in, or give away their car at any time.
But for those who wanna PIMP their rides … you may want to stay away from leasing (according to TrueCar’s 10 Facts Of Leasing Vs. Buying)
“Pimping your ride,” or customizing is not advisable with a lease. Generally speaking, you can do it, but at the end of your lease, you will have to remove any custom parts you add, and will have to pay any damage to the car from the modifications you made.
So what about you? Do you buy with cash, make payments or lease?