You Can Lease This Electric Car For Virtually Nothing

Leasing might get a bad rap among some folks, but when an all-electric Fiat leases so cheap the fuel savings neutralize your lease payments, that’s a tough deal to pass up. A bunch of California racers recently took advantage of this offer and snatched more than 80 Fiat 500e models in a single weekend. » 3/23/15 11:45am 3/23/15 11:45am

Why So Many People Are Leasing Pickup Trucks Right Now

It's not your imagination; average pickup truck prices have risen aggressively in the past few years. Trucks are moving upmarket, buyers want to trade-up sooner, and they're focusing on "payments" over "price" so they can "afford" these heavy-duty luxury vehicles every three years. » 3/17/15 2:11pm 3/17/15 2:11pm

How To Lease A Car Without Being A Douchenozzle 

So you finally landed that office job where you have to put on a suit and use pointless buzzwords. Here's the problem: All your coworkers drive fancy cars. You want to "look the part" and not show up with your rusted-out beater, but you can't make the payments on, say, a Bimmer or a Lexus. Or can you? Welcome to… » 3/09/15 2:22pm 3/09/15 2:22pm

What To Do If You Don't Like The Car You're Leasing

About a year ago I leased a Subaru BRZ; I thought it would be awesome. Now I'm annoyed by the lack of power and could really use something with more space. How would I go about getting out of the lease? Should I suck it up and pay the penalty, or stick it out and wait until the lease is over? » 2/18/15 11:56am 2/18/15 11:56am

Four Reasons Why Leasing Is Smarter Than Buying 

Welcome everyone to round three of the Car Buying "Great Debate" series. In the party-pooper corner, Tavarish says that leasing a new car is really just a slavery-inducing rental and you are throwing money away. However, if you work the numbers right, leasing a vehicle may be the smarter way to drive a new car. » 1/22/15 12:03pm 1/22/15 12:03pm

Would You Lease A Used Car? 

New car sales had a record year in 2014, this also means that dealers were taking in more trades than before. Now used car inventories are piling up and dealerships are looking for ways to put budget minded buyers in more expensive pre-owned cars. According to a recent survey, we could see the rise of pre-owned… » 1/21/15 11:38am 1/21/15 11:38am

The Tesla Model 3 Could Lease For About $200 Per Month

Elon Musk announced yesterday that the upcoming Model 3 would be priced at $35,000 before any incentives. This is a tall order and I am skeptical if Musk can actually deliver, but if he does, he will drop a bomb on the highly competitive entry level luxury lease market. The Model 3 may even be the cheapest luxury car… » 1/14/15 1:17pm 1/14/15 1:17pm

Model Year Leftovers Aren't Always Cheaper Leases

Car shopping wisdom says that you could save big by choosing a leftover when a new model comes out. Dealers are more likely to discount the previous generation and make room for the refreshed car on the lots. However, when shopping for a lease the older car might not be the best value. » 12/16/14 11:12am 12/16/14 11:12am

The $29,900 Mercedes Was Nothing More Than A Marketing Gimmick 

In September 2013 Mercedes released the compact CLA for $29,900. It was the first "affordable" Benz since the C coupe that Mercedes would much rather forget about. That sub $30k price was a hook to get new lessees into the dealership, and it worked. Just fifteen months later Mercedes quietly raised the price. » 12/15/14 8:33am 12/15/14 8:33am

Some Dealerships Are Illegally Selling Cars Above MSRP

We all know that certain cars that are either limited production models or high demand will often be "marked up" above sticker price. In some states this is illegal if not documented correctly. But you could be paying too much for that car even if you are not buying a hot model. » 11/03/14 9:41am 11/03/14 9:41am

How To Shop For A Leased Vehicle

For all of you who think leasing a car is the worst financial decision ever and want to say "If you can't afford it, you shouldn't get it!", stop reading now, hop on your high-horse and gallop into the comments. Now for the rest of you, here is what you really need to know about leasing a car. » 9/12/14 12:11pm 9/12/14 12:11pm

You Can Lease A Challenger Hellcat Because Dodge Has Gone Insane

Today we had you "show us" how you would spec your Hellcat, but did you know you can lease one? I know that many of you think leasing a car is the worst idea ever, but hear me out. "Borrowing" a 707hp, tire-shredding Challenger Hellcat could be the best-worst idea ever! » 9/09/14 7:09pm 9/09/14 7:09pm

Should I Buy A Certified Pre-Owned Luxury Car Or Lease A New One?

I really like the new BMW 228i but it is out of my price range. It would seem that a CPO 128i might be a good alternative. I have a budget of about $25,ooo and would be willing to use 5 grand for a down payment. However, I don't drive that much and I'm thinking that leasing might be an option. What should I do? » 8/25/14 10:06am 8/25/14 10:06am

What Is Lease Equity And How Can I Use It?

Luxury car purchases are out of reach for most people. That is why so many folks either lease or go the pre-owned route for high-end hardware. Many people dismiss leasing because you never retain ownership of the car, however that doesn't mean you can't generate "equity" to use later. » 8/12/14 12:03pm 8/12/14 12:03pm

When is leasing a car better than buying?

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My old jalopy is about to die on me yet again, so it's time for a new car. I'm wondering if I'd be better off leasing my next car instead of buying it. Which is the better deal, leasing or buying with an auto loan? » 11/11/11 1:45pm 11/11/11 1:45pm

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Spanish Bank Giving Away Free Citroen With New Account

Open a saving account with Spanish bank Banesto and they’ll give you a brand new, all-expenses-paid car. To qualify for a vehicle, a customer needs to lock between $26,400 and $235,000 into an account for at least 24 months, with the type of vehicle offered depending on how much one invests. For $235,000 and 36… » 9/26/08 2:20pm 9/26/08 2:20pm

GM Plans Lease Tweaks To Encourage Consumers To Buy What They Can Afford

Automotive News reports GM sales chief Mark LaNeve sent a letter to dealers outlining the company's plans to adjust its leasing strategy. GM's letter follows a move last week on leases by Chrysler. While the company won't be going down the same route, having their captive finance entity ditch leasing altogether,… » 7/31/08 12:30pm 7/31/08 12:30pm

Pole-sitting Duc-mounted Casey Stoner put the knee pucks to the asphalt and dropped a Laguna Seca lap record in practice. The decimating digits? 1:21:975 [San Jose Mercury-News, Live lap timer at MotoGP.com] » 7/22/07 5:45pm 7/22/07 5:45pm

The US House Loves the Lease Deals


It's that time of year again when the Detroit Free Press publishes the results of their annual Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) request list of House members paying for leases using their office budgets. » 3/13/06 11:00am 3/13/06 11:00am

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