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How to Save Money on a Car Lease

Buy Your Car at the End of the Month

Here's another way to save money on your car lease: Buy at the end of the month.

Leasing companies tend to have monthly quotas they need to meet, so they'll often be willing to negotiate with you when it comes down to getting them there. The end of each month is a great time for buyers because dealers want their numbers up at the end of every month in order to make their quota and get paid out by leasing companies.

So if you're looking into buying a car but don't want to spend thousands on your lease payments, try waiting until the last day of each month before making any decisions!

Lease Your Car for Less Than 36 Months

The typical lease length is 36 months, and this is the optimal length of time to lease a car. If you want to keep your monthly payments as low as possible, then it makes sense to lease for just under 36 months so that you pay more interest but less in depreciation.

If you're going to spend $300/mo on a car for 3 years, then try not to do it for longer than 3 years. The longer your loan terms are, the more money you'll pay in interest over time (assuming no changes in value). You'll also end up paying more in depreciation if you own a vehicle longer than 36 months because most leases include a mileage limit and excess mileage fees will apply.

Do Not Exceed Your Mileage Allowance

When leasing a new car, you must keep in mind that each mile over the allotted mileage will be charged to the lessee. This means that if you are driving more than your contract allows—and many people do—you will have to pay for those extra miles.

In addition to this, there is also the matter of wear and tear on your leased vehicle. If you drive it too much, then it is likely that parts will need replacing sooner than later, which may mean additional charges as well. For example:

  • If your tires have less tread on them than what is considered safe for driving conditions (according to legal standards), then those tires could blow out at any time while driving down the highway at high speeds with other cars who are not slowing down because they don't know about the blown tire yet...or maybe they do know but don't care because they're texting while driving?!? Either way this can create dangerous situations where lives could be lost or damaged due to negligence on both parties involved including yourself if someone gets hit by another driver who doesn't see their own reflection in their rearview mirror!'

Pay Attention to Depreciation Fees

Depreciation fees are the cost of your car over the lease period. They're usually calculated as a percentage of the car's retail value, which is typically much higher than its wholesale or trade-in value. Depreciation fees are usually lower at the beginning of your lease and increase towards the end of it.

If you buy a new car for $30,000 but then turn around and sell it after one year for $25,000 on top of paying around $2,500 in depreciation fees by then (roughly 10% per month), then you'll have spent roughly $27,500 total over two years—and that's not even taking into account interest on any credit cards used to finance payments!

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Do Not Lease a Luxury Car or Sports Car

Do not lease a luxury car or sports car.

The cost of leasing a luxury car or sports car is more than the cost to lease a normal vehicle. When you lease, you are paying for the depreciation of the vehicle and for any additional fees associated with leasing the vehicle. With lower-end cars, you can expect that your monthly payment will be somewhere around $300 per month (plus taxes). On top of this, there will be additional fees like maintenance and insurance that could add up to another $100-$200 per month depending on what type of plan you have chosen (this varies from state to state). If you're someone who likes spending time in their vehicle, then it might make sense for them to spend more money on something they'll enjoy driving rather than an expensive model which may feel like just another mass produced piece of metal sitting on four wheels!

If possible avoid these types if vehicles because they tend not only be expensive when buying but also when repairing too - especially if there's wear & tear causing problems elsewhere - which means even less money saved overall!

Pay Attention to Dealership Fees and Add-Ons

It's important to pay attention to the dealership fees and add-ons that may be added onto your lease. Many of these fees get added on in a way that makes them hard to see and understand, so it's important for you not to take a dealership at face value. These hidden charges can add up quickly, and some can even be hundreds of dollars per month!

When negotiating with a dealership, you should make sure they are clear about what their markup is going to consist of and how much each part costs. A great question to ask is: "How much would this cost if I were buying it outright?" This will give you an idea of how much money is being made off of each sale by the dealership itself as opposed to being passed down from the manufacturer or other third party (such as insurance companies).

There are some ways to save money when you're leasing a car.

There are some ways to save money when you're leasing a car.

  • Buy your car at the end of the month. If you're able to wait until the last day of a month, you'll get a better deal on most vehicles.
  • Lease your car for less than 36 months. Most dealerships have deals that only last for less than 36 months, so it's in their best interest to give them to you if they want to sell their vehicles quickly and attract customers who would like an even cheaper lease option (since they don't mind driving an older model).
  • Do not exceed your mileage allowance. The mileage allowance is something that's set between yourself and either the dealership or another party involved in leasing or buying your vehicle; it should be discussed with whoever handles those details before signing anything official paperwork wisely!
  • Pay attention to depreciation fees/costs over time: Depreciation refers directly towards how much value will decrease within each year since its purchase date (or manufacturing date). If someone were interested enough - they could calculate what percentage value loss occurs per year depending on how many miles driven per month/year combined with other factors such as age etcetera... This number varies based off conditions such as whether vehicle has been maintained regularly according price estimates provided by manufacturers."


Now you know the tricks of the trade, and hopefully have saved yourself some money in the process. If you're still considering leasing a car, our advice is to learn as much as possible about it before signing on any dotted line.


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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