• Step 3: Deciding whether to lease or buy a car

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    If you are in the market for a car, you will need to decide whether you want to buy it or lease it. Both are good options depending on what your financial strategy is and how long you plan to keep your car.

    If you don’t have enough money for a standard down payment on a car, leasing might be the best option for you. Similarly, if you like to get different cars every few years and you are not interested in making changes to the factory settings on a car, a lease might be the best way for you to go.

    But if you plan to keep your car for a number of years and you have a substantial amount of money for a down payment, you might find that buying a car is the best plan. When you buy a car, you might have to get a loan, but you can do as you wish to the car.

    If you are still riding the fence about whether to lease or buy, keep in mind that leasing may be able to get you lower interest rates than a car loan. So if you are on a tight monthly budget, leasing might work best for your finances. Also remember there might be mileage restrictions on a leased car, so if you put a great deal of miles on your car each month, you might want to consider buying instead.

    Remember that both leasing and buying a car come with pros and cons. Be sure you understand the terms and rates on loans and leasing agreements before you commit so you can fully understand what you are getting into. Being stuck in an arrangement you can’t manage means you run the risk of damaging your credit and losing your car.

    Step 2:     Find the right car 
    Next step: Financing your car