What Is a Lease Buyout?

February 13th, 2019 by

Couple at the Finance DepartmentA lease buyout is when the dealership allows you to “buy out” the vehicle before the terms of the lease are complete. There is more than one type of lease buyout option, so it is a good idea to know which is best for you. Explore each alternative, then head over to Patty Peck Honda near Madison.

Lease-End Buyout

A lease-end buyout is the most common option and it requires you to pay what the vehicle is expected to be worth once the lease period comes to a close. Usually, this price is agreed upon in advance. This choice is a ideal for you if the following qualifications are met:

  • You’re like the vehicle you’re currently driving
  • There have been little to no repairs since you’ve had the car
  • There’s no other vehicle, at a similar price point, that you’d like better
  • You can get a good interest rate to finance the buyout price

Another perk is that you are already aware of the condition and the history of the vehicle you’ve been leasing, unlike if you purchase a used car that you are not familiar with.

Early Lease Buyout

With this option, you can purchase your vehicle before the end of the lease contract. This may not be allowed in all cases. Before considering an early lease buyout, you’ll also want to be sure it’s worth the long term investment to buy instead of lease. With this, keep in mind the history of the vehicle. Near the end of the lease, the price is determined by:

  • The lease-end residual value on your original contract
  • The amount you still owe on the lease
  • If the vehicle has depreciated quicker and is below market value, you might have to pay the difference

This is a common choice for buyers who are concerned about lease penalties like going over mileage, not maintaining scheduled services, or damages to the interior or exterior of the vehicle.

Learn More at Patty Peck Honda

How does a lease buyout work? Now that you know, you can choose the option that works best for you. Between the two car lease buyout options, assess your car loan, the wear and tear, and purchase price to see if this investment is worth it for you. If you have any questions about lease buyouts, problems with making a car payment, or want to learn how to trade in a financed car, contact us at any time. We would be glad to assist you.

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