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Buying vs. Leasing a Car - Landers Nissan

Buying vs Leasing A New Vehicle

When it comes to buying or leasing a car, the options can be confusing.  To help you make an informed decision we have provided the information below.  We hope you find it informative and useful.

When you buy the new or used car, you pay for the entire cost of the vehicle. When you lease the new or used car, you pay for only a portion of the vehicle’s cost, which is the part you use during the time you are driving it.

Buying a Vehicle

Who Owns It

Whether you pay for the car with cash, or finance it and make monthly payments, either way it is yours. Of course, if you are financing it, you will have to meet the obligations the lender requires, like a certain down payment amount and timely monthly payments. If you do not, they have the right to repossess it.

Up-front Costs

If you are financing it, the bank will probably request a down payment. You can also trade-in another vehicle and use any equity towards your down payment. The amount of the down payment is usually based on the lender’s requirements and your credit score.

Future Value

Your vehicle will be worth whatever you can sell it for in the future and that depends on how well you maintain it.
(Be smart and protect your investment with regular scheduled maintenance by a factory-authorized facility!)

End of Payments

Once you have paid off what you owe on your contract, that is it. Your vehicle is 100% yours. The lending institution will send you a Lien Release as proof that the vehicle is completely paid off and all yours.

Leasing a Vehicle

Who Owns It

You do not own the car when you lease. You’re paying for the use of the vehicle, but the finance institution that you leased it through actually owns it. This is usually why you pay less per month in a lease than if you were to buy the car.

Up-front Costs

Leases often do not require any type of a down payment. All you usually have to pay is the first month’s payment, a security deposit, the acquisition fee and other fees and taxes. But, as with a purchase, if you want to lower your monthly payments you can always pay more upfront.

Future Value

In most leases you do not end up owning it so you do not end up selling it. That is the financial institution’s job. Although you may have mileage limits and wear and tear guidelines that, if you exceed them, could cost you extra money when you turn your vehicle back in.

End of Payments

Most people return the vehicle at the end of the lease term. But some like to purchase it during their lease or at the end. Others like to trade it in before their lease is over. Just ask us about these different options before signing any paperwork and we will make sure you have your lease set up the way you want it.

Best Cars to Lease

The best cars to lease are those with the best book value after the term of the lease. Since they depreciate less, you pay less. Review the lease ratings to see which cars retain their value.


Landers Nissan is a Southaven Nissan Dealer located at 371 East Goodman Road, Southaven, MS 38671, serving the Memphis area.  Our new Nissan line-up includes:  Nissan 370Z, Nissan ALTIMA, Nissan ARMADA, Nissan FRONTIER, Nissan JUKE, Nissan MAXIMA, Nissan MURANO, Nissan NV PASSENGER, Nissan NV200 COMPACT CARGO, Nissan PATHFINDER, Nissan ROGUE, Nissan ROGUE SPORT, Nissan SENTRA, Nissan TITAN, Nissan TITAN XD, Nissan VERSA NOTE, Nissan VERSA SEDAN.  We buy and sell quality used cars and have a great selection of pre-owned vehicles.  Our finance department can help you get car financing to suit your needs.  We sell genuine Nissan parts and accessories. We service and repair all Nissan models for Southhaven, southwestern Tennessee, Germantown, Collierville, West Memphis, Horn Lake, Olive Branch, Hernando, Tunica, Coldwater, Holly Springs, Midsouth and surrounding Mississippi areas.

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(662) 349-5557
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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(662) 349-5557
Monday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

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(662) 349-5557
Monday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed