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#394 of 403 Re: What fees are included in the monthly payments? [delta737h]
Nov 05, 2012 (6:48 pm)
Thanks John - which way do you recommend: paying up front or adding to the cap cost? Why?
#395 of 403 Re: What fees are included in the monthly payments? [mpl82]
Nov 05, 2012 (8:56 pm)
Depends upon the cost of money (i.e., interest rate % = money factor x 2400... this is a very good approximation which will serve as a basis for comparison). If money is relatively cheap, then I suggest you capitalize everything and pay as little up front as possible. You can even capitalize the first month's payment. One thing you don't want to do is put money down (i.e., cap cost reduction) because a car is a depreciating asset. Furthermore, if you total the vehicle, you may lose part or all of your cap reduction.
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Nov 09, 2012 (2:29 am)
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#397 of 403 Risk of Single Pay Lease?
Dec 03, 2012 (2:30 am)
I know everyone says not to do cap cost reduction on a lease if you can help it due to the risk of losing your down payment if you total the car. But what about a single payment lease? Is there any risk associated with that for the same reasons?
#398 of 403 Re: Risk of Single Pay Lease? [romil01]
by kyfdx HOST
Dec 03, 2012 (5:33 am)
Single-payment leases work differently..
For purposes of calculating the lease balance, a single-payment lease is considered to be a payment in escrow, from which the monthly payments are then taken, each month..
In event of an involuntary termination, then you'd receive the balance of the payments in return.
#399 of 403 Re: Risk of Single Pay Lease? [kyfdx]
Dec 03, 2012 (1:11 pm)
Thanks for the answer.
#400 of 403 Trade-in without reducing cap costs
Dec 05, 2012 (9:26 am)
I am looking at leasing my first car & want to make as little a down payment as I am allowed. I have a car to trade in that I will probably get around $9,000 for, but I'd like to pocket the cash instead of putting it toward the lease. Having never leased before I do not know if this is common, rare, or unheard of. My best guess is that it is rare but that it depends on the dealer, but I'm hoping that those of you with more experience will tell me that it happens all the time & I should go for it. Thanks for any advice.
#401 of 403 Re: Trade-in without reducing cap costs [hamm3r]
Dec 05, 2012 (10:16 am)
perfectly normal. they will just cut you a check.
#403 of 403 lease expiring?
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Jan 22, 2013 (9:10 pm)
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