Lease or Buy?
“Should I lease or
should I buy my automobile?”
This is one of the most common questions our clients ask us.
Generally, when purchasing an automobile, you can either lease
it, finance it through the auto dealer or your financial
institution or pay cash.
Things to consider:
Interest Rates: Check the interest rates on the lease. At times,
auto dealers will offer very low or 0% financing, which may
impact your decision. Compare these rates to the finance rates
at the dealership or you bank. You should also be aware that you
will pay GST and other potential provincial sales tax on the
interest component of the lease because all costs are built into
the monthly leasing costs. This will not be the case with a
Future Borrowing Requirements: Consider whether or not
you will be financing in the future. Financial institutions
treat leases different than conventional debt financing and a
lease may provide you with more leverage and future borrowing
power because you will not show any debt related to a car loan.
However, if you finance your vehicle you may actually have
increased borrowing power during the end of the finance term due
to the equity in your vehicle, something you will not have with
Cash Flow: Have a look at your monthly budget and
determine what your cash flow can afford. The bottom line is
that a taxpayer will often go with the option that provides for
the best monthly payments, irrespective of the costs. Leasing
can provide for better cash flow due to the buyout at the end of
the lease and often requires a minimal down payment.
Lifestyle: Do you want a new car every four or five
years? In this situation, a lease is often more attractive
because you do not have to deal with the hassle of selling your
vehicle, a hassle which often outweighs the added costs of
To learn more about whether you should Lease or Buy,
please give us a call.
NOTE: The Shannon
& Company 'Tips' are NOT intended to cover all tax issues. You
should talk to your Shannon & Company professional before making
any decisions regarding the information found here.