Car Leasing Is More Popular than Ever – Explains Why Some Drivers Choose to Forgo Ownership in a New Comparison Guide

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As recent data shows car leasing is becoming an increasingly popular option, releases a new guide outlining the differences between car buying and leasing. The personal finance site also provides a flowchart to help shoppers choose the best option for their needs.

Leasing a Car

Leasing a Car

The hard part is there are so many variables to consider when deciding, it’s really difficult to make a final choice.

While consumers often compare the relative value and costs of renting versus buying, they often don’t make the same considerations when making another major purchase: A new car. But like renting or buying, personal finance site explains there are costs and advantages of both, and car shoppers should compare to make informed financial decisions.

And according to data from Experian Automotive, consumers are starting to see more “pros” for car leasing over buying; a record 27.5 percent of new cars financed in Q1 2013 were leased, up 24.4 percent from the previous year.

“The hard part is there are so many variables to consider when deciding, it’s really difficult to make a final choice,” points out GoBankingRates expert contributor, Stacey Bumpus. “It’s good to know, however, that there are benefits to taking either route.”

In its new guide to choosing between leasing or buying a car, GoBankingRates explains the difference between these options and provides guidelines to help consumers weigh the two options against their current situation to find the best fit:

See the car leasing vs. car buying flowchart here:

The GoBankingRates guide contrasts the costs of buying a car against leasing, and finds that leasing is often the cheaper option, at least in the short-term. According to an analysis from CarsDirect, a new car will cost the buyer $11,736 over the first year of the auto loan, while leasing costs nearly $5,000 less annually at $7,000, including interest, tax and other fees.

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About GoBankingRates is a national website dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial services nationwide, as well as informative personal finance content, news and tools. GoBankingRates collects interest rate information from more than 4,000 U.S. banks and credit unions, making it the only online rates aggregator with the ability to provide the most comprehensive and authentic local interest rate information.

Additionally, partners with a number of major media outlets such as Business Insider and US News & World Report to provide compelling and edifying personal finance content. Its expert editors have been featured and quoted on several premier finance websites like Yahoo! Finance, Forbes, The Street, Huffington Post and more.

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Experian Automotive, “Experian Automotive: 30- and 60-day delinquencies and repossessions increase but remain below recession-level highs,” 14 May 2013.

Cars Direct, “Average Car Lease Prices: Reference Points for Judging Good Deals,” 27 January 2013.

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