You've already made the decision to lease a car over buying and it's great that you've figured out which option is best for you. But it's still a commitment and you should know exactly how to approach car leasing companies. You don't want to enter into a lease without getting all the answers you need before hand. The last thing you want is to sign and lease and be hit with fees or information you didn't know about before hand. These are some questions you should ask when getting into car leasing deals.
How long is the lease?
The first question you should ask is how long the lease will be for the contract you are signing. It's usually in 12 month increments from 24 months and on. But sometimes it is an odd number, so you'll want to be absolutely certain how long you signing on.
What is the amount due when the lease is signed?
The over all amount can be made up of various fees, security deposits, registration fees and the like. Make sure the leaser is upfront with costs from the get go. If you feel like they are trying to hide something, it may be time to check out a different company.
Are there mileage restrictions when leasing a car?
Leases often restrict how many miles a year you can use, since the car is not technically yours. Ask how many miles you are allowed and if you can increase the number of miles. Doing so usually requires either an upfront fee or a per-mile fee when the lease is over.
What falls in the realm of "wear and tear"?
Leases usually come with certain liabilities, like excessive wear and tear being something you'll have to take care of or pay extra charges for. Ask the leaser exactly what falls into the realm of this so that you can be certain of what is expected of you.
What happens at the end of the term of car leases?
This depends on the kind of lease you are under, an open-end or close-end lease. A close-end lease lets you either return the car and pay any costs due. Or you can buy the car at the residual value that was stated when you started your lease. An open-end lease is not as common. At the end of the lease if the car isn't worth the residual value, you pay the difference.
What is the fee for returning the car before the end of the lease?
There usually is a fee to return the car early. You should know ahead of time how much it'll be, but more often than not it's a pretty large sum. Make sure it's something worth paying if you need to return the car early for any reason.
No matter who you go to or what car you are looking to lease, make sure you have this list of questions and any others handy. You'll feel more confident entering in a contract when you know all the little details ahead of time.