It can be fun to drive around in an expensive car that you don’t even own. No more worrying about maintenance, low monthly payments, tax benefits, no need to pay a huge sum upfront and no repair costs. Everything seems to have worked out perfectly.
But there is a catch in leasing a car. What if for some reason you lose interest in that car? Maybe you bought a new one or are going to relocate to another location. Anything can happen and in such a situation you need to find the cheapest way to get out of the car lease.
Here are a few ways you can get out of a car lease early.
1. Transfer your lease
Instead of worrying about the lease cancellation process, you can just find another person who wants the same car and willing to pay off the remaining lease. Find a third party buyer from a site like swapalease.com and get rid of the car forever.
SwapLease is also featured in popular publications like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. So, you can trust them to get the job done.
The process of transfer is not at all complicated. You just have to submit the required documents(of the third party buyer) along with a small transfer fee($50-$500). Your original leaser will verify the document and approve the deal.
2. Just return the car
This option is easy but is the least preferred way to get rid of a car on lease. When you return a car that you had on a lease, you are required to pay a hefty termination fee to your leasing company.
Along with the termination fee, you will also have to pay the remaining amount that you owe. Then, the leasing company will either sell or lease the car at an auto auction. This might you only respite as the sooner they sell/lease it, the lesser will be your depreciation amount.
3. Trade or sell the car to a third party
Selling or trading the car you have on lease is another popular and profitable option. You can’t directly go out to sell the car as you don’t yet own it. To find eligible buyers for the car, you need to first buy it from the leasing company(also pay the termination fee).
This method is profitable as you get to decide the price for the vehicle and also get to keep the profits. Secondly, trading the car to another dealer is also a good option. But you won’t get the same amount of profits. The only respite here is you get to avoid paying the taxes as you are not directly involved in the transaction.
By now you must have understood that there are some pros and cons of getting out of a car lease early. Since you made a deal with the leasing company, getting out it will not be possible without paying the penalty. However, the second option is the best one. Particularly, if the car in a good condition and the model sought-after by many people.