While this story will guide you through a thorough understanding of leasing a car, it will also enlighten you with the terms used in the car industry.
You are the Lessee, and whoever is leasing you a car is a lessor. Your guarantor is the co-signer, with the residual value being the amount to buy the leased vehicle at the end of the lease.
With the terms learned, let’s walk through the process of leasing a car that typically involves a handful of steps you can practice easily.
Budget the cost of leasing a car by including the money available and car insurance—gap insurance, to be precise—which is the demand of most lessors in the market.
Now that you have included everything in your budget. Pay a visit to one of the dealers to find out the number of cars falling within your range. Carry the same attitude as buying a car.
Negotiate the number of miles you can drive, the cost of the lease, monthly payments, and everything necessary before signing the paperwork, and ensure you are not missing anything.
Treat your car the same way you would do to a new vehicle, for the better the condition at the end of the lease contract, the lesser expenses you will have to bear, the ultimate goal.
Now that the lease contract is about to end, you need to check if you have the purchase-option clause, and based on that, get the vehicle inspected with your personal belongings pulled out.