car leasing guideAuto leasing has become very popular in the last few years as consumers are challenged to find affordable automobile financing alternatives in the current economy. Car leasing has grown to record levels never before seen.

Many people who could benefit from leasing a car have misconceptions, don’t know how it works, or how to determine if it’s right for them. Some people now leasing are paying too much because they didn’t know a good lease deal from a bad one.

Buy Lease helps you understand auto leasing, how to lease a car the smart way, who should lease (and who should not), how to find monthly lease payments, calculate lease vs buy, and how to get the best lease deals.

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Need a Quick Guide to Leasing? On a Smartphone?

Not everyone has the time to read our comprehensive Lease Guide before they go in search of their dream car lease deal. For them, we’ve put together a Basic Guide to Car Leasing or if you are using a mobile phone, you may find our new Mobile Car Lease Guide site helpful. 

Best Lease Deals

Whether you lease or buy, price is the most important factor in getting a great deal. The lower the price, the lower the payment. You can haggle long and hard with a dealer to get a good price, or do it the easy way — get free price quotes online from a car pricing service such as our new Car Deal Finder tool. For best results, get multiple dealers’ prices, compare, and go with the best deal.

Credit Score is More Important When Leasing

It’s true. Having a good credit score is more important when leasing than buying with a loan. In these days of frequent threats to your credit, it’s good to keep a constant watch on your credit report and your credit score to make sure errors or fraud don’t creep in and surprise you later. Get your Experian Credit Report FREE at

Car Leases for Less Than $200 a Month – 2018

Auto makers frequently offer special limited-time lease deals on selected car makes and models for less than $200/month payment. These are genuinely good deals and are well worth considering for people looking for an affordable way to drive a new car. See Car Lease Deals – Less Than $200 a Month in 2018 for more details.

Trading a Vehicle?

Whether you plan to buy or lease your next car, you’ll probably be trading an older vehicle in the deal. If so, you’ll need to know the true market value of your vehicle. Get a quick easy assessment of its trade-in value at What’s My Car Worth.

New Mobile Version of Lease Guide – Lease.Guide

Check out our new mobile web site, Lease.Guide, that has been specifically designed for smartphone users who want a more condensed, quick to read, version of our well-known web site. It includes important car leasing advice and information, as well as a mobile-friendly Lease Payment Calculator.

Lease or Buy? That is the Question

It’s natural for anyone considering car leasing to wonder if it’s better to lease, or to buy. The fact is that one way will nearly always be better in any given situation. Therefore, it’s important to understand how each method works and get an objective comparison for making a correct decision. See Lease vs Buy? Which is Better? and our Lease vs Buy Calculator.

Zero $0 Down Car Leases – Really?

Yes, in fact most car leases can be structured with zero down payment, except for possibly some special promotional lease deals being offered by car manufacturers where a down payment might be required to get the special deal. But there’s a difference between “zero down payment” and “zero cash due at lease signing.” Learn the difference in our article, Lease a Car With No Down Payment.

Why Are New Cars Getting More Expensive to Buy, Finance, and Lease?

If you think that new cars have been becoming less affordable every year, you would be right. But you might not know all the reasons, and there are many, some that you might not be aware of. Read our article, Disturbing Trends for New Car Buyers, for more details.

Find Cheap Used Cars for Sale

Leasing offers the lowest monthly payments for brand new cars, but good used cars can provide even lower payments. Look for the best used car deals in your area with our unique Car Deal Finder tool.

Not Sure You Want to Lease?

Leasing works well for many people, but not for everyone. If you think you might want to buy instead of lease, look for the best manufacturer incentives and special offers on our partner web site, Best Car Deals, and see the deals that are currently available right now. The listings are updated each month since they change month-to-month. If you see something you like, go for it before it expires.

Full Coverage Insurance is Required for Leasing

Just as when buying a car with a loan, full coverage insurance is required before you can drive your leased car off of the dealer’s lot.  Since  full coverage insurance can be expensive and rates vary widely between companies, it pays to compare rate quotes from different companies, preferably those who understand leasing.

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Car Lease Buyout – Should You Purchase Your Leased Car?

Does it make sense to buy your leased car either at normal lease-end, or before the end? What are the benefits? Should you do an early buyout? What does it really accomplish? And what are the potential problems? We explain it all and provide the answers in our easy-to-read article, Car Lease Buyout – Good Idea or Not?

Not Sure Which Lease Calculator You Need?

We provide a convenient Guide to Lease Calculators that lists and explains each of almost a dozen different car lease calculators that we offer on this web site. Each has a special purpose and we tell you which is the best for your particular purpose.  Most are unique and not found anywhere else on the Internet.

   Did You Know … ?

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Did you know that vehicle price is the most important part of negotiating a car lease deal?

In fact, it is the only part of a lease that a dealer can negotiate. All other factors such as money factor, residual value, and acquisition fee are already set by the lease finance company. Therefore, it’s important to know that you should always get the best price possible on a vehicle before you agree to lease. One way to do that is by using an online car pricing service such as Edmunds, where you’ll not only find prices, but  low price deals that will be honored by dealers in your area.

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auto lease guide - art of the was created and launched in 1995 by Al Hearn when car leasing was new to most consumers. Although the car leasing industry has matured and leasing has become an accepted method of car financing, it is still not well understood. has grown and improved over the years to address this need to become one of the most respected sources of expert advice and information about automobile leasing. The purpose of this web site is only to provide consumer advice and information. We do not sell or lease cars.