Once you know the basics of buying vs. leasing, you’ll probably prefer one over the other. Maybe you like the feeling of ownership that a loan offers you. Or maybe you prefer a new car every couple years, in which case a lease is just the ticket.
However, there's is a third way that gives you the best of both options: Hanscom FCU's Better Than a Lease Loan. With this type of loan, you own the car, but you make lower payments than with a traditional loan. You also avoid some of the out-of-pocket expenses that come with a lease.
How do you avoid these higher costs? Because you own the car, you don’t pay a security deposit. During the loan, you pay only for the depreciation, or the amount of the vehicle’s value you use.
Once your term ends, you have a few choices.
- Return the vehicle, paying only for excess mileage and unrepaired damage or missing original equipment.
- Refinance the remaining balance into a traditional loan.
- Sell the vehicle on your own, pay off the remaining balance, and keep any profit.
- Trade in the vehicle and realize any equity you have built up.
Vehicle ownership does have risks. You will probably want to have GAP insurance in the event of a total loss of the vehicle before you finish the term. If there is more depreciation than predicted, you will have less equity to work with.
But the opportunity to drive a better make and model than you could otherwise afford, combined with the freedom to choose your option at the end of the term, make the Better Than a Lease Loan an attractive option for both buyers and leasers.
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