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      01-02-2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Lease Question

I haven't spent much time messing with leases so don't make too much fun. I have a lease set up for my sister at $250/month for 36 months, which comes out to $9000 total invested. She can put $6000 down, so that's $3000 left over. Am I correct in calculating her new payment as being ($9000-6000)/36 months, or is there some voo doo calculation? Also, this price includes tax/title/bs fees.

Why is she putting $6000 down you say? B/c that's what she got out of her last car that was recently totaled, I don't know how good she is with money, so I'd rather it be used as a down payment instead of sitting in an account until she see's a 50% off sale at Anthropology then poof.

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      01-02-2012, 11:16 PM   #2
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Watwood,

Why a lease? Have you or her leased before? The basic idea of a lease is less out of pocket and a lower payment. Chunking $6k down on a lease is a no no. I'd rather see you use that money to buy mileage instead of the standard 10K or 12K miles a year. Without detail info. it's hard to say more.

By the way, if you are using the $6000 as a down payment, make sure it is applied to the cap cost.
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      01-02-2012, 11:52 PM   #3
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Google lease calculator...I believe the best one is leaseguide.com. Leases are best with minimal cash out of pocket. You don't want to put that much into a depreciating value that you're not gonna own after the lease period. If she wants to lease, max I would go is $1500 for a down and calculate the monthly from there. Put the rest of the money in an account and supplement the monthly payment with it as needed
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Watwood,

Why a lease? Have you or her leased before? The basic idea of a lease is less out of pocket and a lower payment. Chunking $6k down on a lease is a no no. I'd rather see you use that money to buy mileage instead of the standard 10K or 12K miles a year. Without detail info. it's hard to say more.

By the way, if you are using the $6000 as a down payment, make sure it is applied to the cap cost.
Short answer is no. I'm taking a crash course in it, and on that note I broke one of my cardinal sins, blurted out questions before googling... LOL

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      01-03-2012, 11:06 AM   #5
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Taxes are paid on the depreciated amount. Any payment you make against the car is taxed so yes the $6k is taxed. And naturally you do not paid tax on the residual amount. You will need to ask the dealer what the residual value is and the money factor. Remember that she still needs to maintain the car and any damages deemed excess will be charged to her at the end of the lease. Some lease will cover an $X amount of wear and tear. The last time I leased my S2000 I think Honda Finance covered up to $1500 in damages at the end of the lease. Hopefully you figured out how she is going to paid for gas, insurance, living expenses now that she is so far away.

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      01-03-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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I will say this slowly... Do....Not....Put...Money....Down...On...A...Lease. ..
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LOL, appreciate the insight.

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Learn everything about leasing before you commit or you will get screwed. It's lot more complicated than financing a car and there are many twist and turns that dealer or leasing company uses to their advantage to stick it to you if they find out you are a noob.

Here is a good place to start : http://www.leaseguide.com/lease01.htm

Also personally, I would NOT lease if :

1. It can not be a total business write off (You need to use it as a business vehicle and write off all costs associated with using a leased vehicle including maintenance, gas, etc.)

2. I was required to put up a down payment (Cap reduction) . If anything happens to your leased car, all that money is gone. It is not refunded by the lease company or covered by your insurance company.


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2. I was required to put up a down payment (Cap reduction) . If anything happens to your leased car, all that money is gone. It is not refunded by the lease company or covered by your insurance company.
That's the answer I was looking for. Thanks Tondtar.
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That's the answer I was looking for. Thanks Tondtar.
Anytime ...Glad to be of help.
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Lease with minimal drive off

take the 6k and put it in an account under YOUR name

and set up automatic monthly payments

Tell your sister she needs to deposit $60/month into this account.

This is another option
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Persian54....I like your idea.

Watwood.....on the same note as Tondtar. With a lease, most lease company include what is called a GAP insurance coverage which covers for any negative equity if the vehicle is totaled during the lease. The bank will not knock on your door asking for the balance between what the car is worth and what you owe them. Make sure you ask this question.
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Appreciate the insight. I now have the knowledge to negotiate my way into a great lease if the need ever arises.

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