More and more drivers are now weighing up the pro’s and con’s on whether it is best to buy or lease a brand new vehicle. Each have their own benefits and potential drawbacks however it really depends on individual circumstance and preference. And sometimes there is no right or wrong reason.
We believe there are a few things you should consider before making a decision and here at Contraflex we can offer both options to compare through our Personal/Business Contract Hire and PCP/HP finance houses. We are a credit broker and not a lender and can introduce you to a limited number of carefully selected finance partner.
Contraflex has a record of almost 20 years’ solid, ethical trading in Northern Ireland, during which we have developed strong relationships with local banks and financial institutions. This means we are ideally placed to help you to secure a competitive rate, with a leasing package that improves your cash flow and removes the hassle of running your vehicle or fleet.
Advantages of leasing a car
Lower up-front cost
The costs of initial rental are usually much lower than the deposit for a brand-new vehicle – and certainly much cheaper than saving up to buy the car outright. The ongoing lease cost tends to be lower, too – and it’s fixed each month, so you know what you’re paying.
Road tax and breakdown cover are included in the monthly lease price and your MOT and other maintenance costs can also be included in your lease package (for an additional fee), so you don’t have to pay out separately when the time comes. If you’re a business customer, you may also get tax benefits through business contract hire agreements.
You get a brand-new car
Having a brand-new car means that you can enjoy all the latest entertainment and safety features – and you don’t have to worry about the car’s history like you do with a used car. What’s more, you get the reliability and fuel economy of a new car.
Your lease car is delivered to your door, ready to go. Even better, you don’t have to worry about selling it when you’re finished with it – you can just hand it back at the end of the lease and pick another new car (subject to status).
You can drive a new car every few years
Who doesn’t love the feeling of driving a new car? At the end of your lease, you can pick out another brand-new car (subject to status) and enjoy all the benefits all over again and you never have to worry about depreciation.
Disadvantages of leasing a car
You don’t own the car
This seems like an obvious one; on a contract hire agreement, there is no option to purchase the vehicle so you must return the vehicle at the end of the contract.
Wear and tear
Wear and tear is still your responsibility, like it would be if you owned the car.
Must be able to pay
You must make your monthly requirements and if you have a poor credit history, you may also find it difficult to pass the leasing finance process – and you can’t just save up and pay the whole cost up front like you can if you’re buying.
You need to watch your mileage
When you’re agreeing your lease contract, you set your annual mileage limit. If you exceed this during your contract, you’ll need to pay excess mileage charges as an additional cost on top of your monthly contract fee. The cost will have been outlined in the process of agreeing your lease, but the extra cost can still come as a bit of a surprise if you’ve clocked a lot of extra miles.
Advantages of buying a new car
You own the car
Depending on how you buy it, the car is yours from the moment you drive it home. That pink V5C document means you’re free to make any legal customisations you want.
You can sell it
Because you own the car, you can sell it whenever you want. So, if you want to upgrade, change models, or just need the cash, you’re free to arrange the sale and agree the highest price.
No extra mileage costs
There’s no limit on the number of miles you drive, so you don’t need to worry about extra costs on top of what you’ve already paid for the car. You only need to think about mileage for insurance and maintenance.
Disadvantages of buying a new car
New cars lose their value dramatically, so your car starts to lose value as soon as you buy it. In fact, most cars depreciate fastest in the first year of ownership. This means that, unless you’re buying a classic car, your car is unlikely to ever be worth as much as you paid for it and you won’t make back what you paid when you come to sell.
Higher up-front costs
Even if you’re paying for the car over many months, the lump sum up-front is often much more than the initial rental on a lease car.
You pay for road tax and breakdown cover
Unlike with a lease contract, breakdown cover and road tax need to be paid separately to the cost of the car. Unexpected post-warranty repairs can be costly, especially if they start to accumulate as the car gets older.
Cars develop more problems as they age
After a few years, your new car will just be your car and as it gets older it’s more likely to experience mechanical, electrical and computer issues. This is largely due to wear and tear and ageing components, and it means that your wallet is likely to take more of a hit the longer you have the car
Selling your car can be a pain
It’s not always easy to sell a car and there are many pitfalls you need to avoid on the way to a successful private sale. There are services that take away much of the labour, but they also take some of the money, making the whole process that bit less worthwhile.
Check out our special offers on New cars, prices shown are on Contract hire. We also have a selection of previously owned vehicles. And remember if the car you are looking for is not shown, get in touch for a competitive personalised quote. We have full market access to each Manufacturer and better still being independant, we have no ties to any of these manufacturers so you can be sure our advice will be in your best interest.