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How to lease a new car … from one first-time lessee to another

I did it. I leased my first new car. You know what? It was easy and completely painless.

Making the decision to lease came easily. Here are two reasons why:

Even with two solid reasons on the “pro” side, I wasn’t 100 percent convinced I should lease. Rather than continuing to bat the idea around, we sat down to talk numbers, negotiating the price of the vehicle.

It didn’t take long to settle on a fair price and then move back to figuring out the financing.

You know what finally tipped the scale and made me jump all-in on the leasing side? Incentives.

When there is lease cash or bonus cash available on the vehicle you’re interested in, it can really make a difference. In our case, it definitely did. Don’t forget to ask your salesperson what’s available when the time comes.

Once we settled on a lease, we had to choose a term. Initially, I thought 24 months was the way to go, but we took the time to look at 24, 36 and 42-month options. It turned out that 36 months was our best choice.

The last step was signing the documents. No turning back now – everything was settled and we were leaving that day with a new car, a new lease and a new experience under our belt.

When all is said and done, would I lease a new car again? Given that I’m only a few days into my first lease and my experience thus far has been nothing but positive, yes.

Ask me again in 36 months and I will hopefully have the same positive answer!



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