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Leasing vs Buying

New Car Lease vs Buy

Why Lease a New Car?

If you want to drive newer, safer, more reliable cars or trucks, prefer not to make a sizeable down payment every few years, and also don’t travel an excessive amount of miles every year, then a new car lease should be best for you. Leasing is designed for those who prefer to bypass the hassle of selling and buying each time they want to drive a new car, truck, or SUV.

Why Should You Buy a New Car?

Conversely, if you prefer long term relationships with a higher sense of commitment and ownership, then buying might be what’s best for you. Car-buying is typically best for drivers who will not mind driving the same vehicle for over five years or even until the vehicle is no longer suitable for the road.

Buy vs Lease: Which Is Right for You?

Being aware of the pros, cons, and overall benefits of leasing vs buying a car or truck is important. Be sure to examine factors like vehicle ownership, monthly payments, repair costs, and potential savings when weighing the pros and cons of the best new vehicle financing type for you.

Leasing vs Buying: Ownership

When weighing the value of vehicle financing, new vehicle ownership surely comes with many advantages, most associated with complete ownership of the car. You may not realize, but, there are also a few great benefits of leasing, as well. It’s important to consider all financial aspects including term length, down payment, monthly payments, buyout payments, interest rate, depreciation, and maintenance & repair costs, before making a decision. A close observation of your current financial situation, future needs, and your preference for commitment, will likely ensure that you make the perfect choice between leasing and buying a new car.

leasing vs financing a new car benefits

Monthly Payments

Vehicle lease payments are often less expensive than auto loan and car financing payments as the typical lease format is more-or-less renting with the option to purchase near the final payment of your lease term. Just consider when leasing that you will need a healthy credit score, and will be asked to carry comprehensive and collision insurance, though the same can be said for the lowest rate auto loans. Though it can likely add to your monthly payments, it’s also smart to get a model with the features you need or want, as personal satisfaction is often priceless.

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Maintenance & Repair

Auto leasing often includes regular vehicle maintenance & repair. It is important to keep this in mind when calculating monthly costs of leasing vs ownership. No matter what make and model you buy, mechanic bills are an unpredictable cost that can rapidly add up. And for those of us who aren’t certified mechanics with a full toolset and hydraulic jack in the garage, leasing might be the best option for peace of mind.

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Savings vs Investment

Generally speaking, a new vehicle lease saves money in the short term with lower monthly payments, while buying earns you a long term investment, meaning full ownership of the value of the car or truck at the time it is traded, sold, or paid-off. For best savings on a lease, avoid lease return fees for terminating the vehicle lease early, going over mileage, or putting on excessive wear and tear. For maximizing investment on a financed/purchased vehicle, you can pay it off in a shorter term and also avoid excessive wear and mileage.


Lease Buy
Ownership No Ownership Pride of Ownership
Down Payment Smaller Down Payment Larger Down Payment
Monthly Payment Smaller Monthly Payments Larger Monthly Payments
Maintenance & Repair Costs Typically Included Not Included
Savings/Investment Short Term Savings Long Term Investment
Finance Term Approx. 2-4 Years Approx. 3-6 Years
APR % Credit-Based Credit-Based
New Vehicles Available Available
Pre-Owned Vehicles Not Available Available
Vehicle Customization Not Available Available
Poor Credit Financing Not Available Available

Toyota Lease and Finance Offers In Orange County CA

Toyota of Anaheim knows that choosing the right Toyota car and financing option is never easy. Our team of experienced Toyota lease and finance specialists are on hand to help you make the right choice. Visit us online, by phone, or in-person at our dealership location in Orange County, CA. We look forward to serving you.


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Cars Apr 19, 2022

In this insane car market ToA was like an oasis for us poor wandering souls. From the minute I inquired about purchasing a new vehicle I had individualized, professional, and timely support. I even visited other dealerships in the OC prior to this and I can confirm they were the most timely, convenient, technologically savvy, and on top of my order. From initial conversations to end of sale I received some of the best customer service you could ask for. In particular, Karina was like my personal guide, car guru, resource, and concierge. I couldn't ask for a more ...

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DealerRater Apr 19, 2022

In this insane car market ToA was like an oasis for us poor wandering souls. From the minute I inquired about purchasing a new vehicle I had individualized, professional, and timely support. I even visited other dealerships in the OC prior to this and I can confirm they were the most timely, convenient, technologically savvy, and on top of my order. From initial conversations to end of sale I received some of the best customer service you could ask for. In particular, Karina was like my personal guide, car guru, resource, and concierge. I couldn't ask for a more ...

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DealerRater Feb 27, 2022

I want to write a thank you review for ANGEL in the services department. I had a construction truck drop a whole thing of nails on the street and ended up with 10 NAILS in my tire. I called services to see if it was covered in my warranty and Angel did everything possible to get me the best deal and even tracked down his manager so I would have the most accurate information. When I scheduled an appointment for 7am, he called me back and updated me. Although 7am wasn't available he put me in at 8am which was ...

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DealerRater Feb 22, 2022

Just writing to thank EDGAR from sales CARLOS the sales manager and Benita from the used car department, for making this purchase happen! on my wife 2022 highlander platinum she loves it! Thank you guys for making this possible

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DealerRater Jan 29, 2022

Miller Toyota has helpful and seamless sales teamwork . Last weekend, Penny responded by telephone to my interest in purchasing a 2022 Rav4 Prime and selling my 2016 Rav4 Hybrid. She thoroughly answered my questions about the dealership and desired car. She emailed examples of two models with their equipment and price to aid my identification of my desired features. She referred me to Luis, who I met on Monday to assess the trade-in value of my 2016 Hybrid. At that time, I was introduced to Jeremy, who added my name to the list of interested parties waiting to purchase a RAV4 Prime and ...

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