How to Lease a Car in Sterling

October 11th, 2018 by

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After you’ve already chosen to lease a car by comparing the benefits of leasing vs financing, it’s time to get going! If you have questions about how to lease a car in Sterling, we’ll walk you through the entire process from:

  • Starting a Lease: Finding the right car, determining what you can afford, negotiating, and grabbing the keys
  • The Duration of the Lease: Maintenance and mileage limits
  • Returning Your Lease: Choosing to buy the car, continue the lease, or return it and what you need to bring to the dealership

Starting a Lease

Assuming you have already picked out a new Volkswagen Passat to lease or another Volkswagen model, there are some additional steps to take:

  1. Budget: Budgeting for leasing is about the same as for financing a car. While you don’t have to worry about a massive down payment, you still have to plan for what you can afford monthly. Our payment calculator can help.
  2. Determine Your Average Yearly Mileage: As you know, leasing a car comes with mileage restrictions. These can be negotiated higher or lower, but it will impact your monthly payments, and any overages come with penalties. That’s why it’s important to get a ballpark average of how much you drive currently.
  3. Get the Best Deal: Take a look at Volkswagen’s lease deals and our new vehicle specials in order to save some money.
  4. Negotiate: Once you’ve picked a car, you will be negotiating for the price of the car first, which will then determine your lease payments. Even if you are leasing, you can still trade in a car to reduce your costs.
  5. Sign and Drive: You’ll want to make sure all the financial disclosures are clear to you like the penalties for excessive damage or going over your mileage restrictions. There will also be closing costs and taxes to cover. Once you’re all set, the car is yours!

What to Do During Your Lease

For the most part, having a car that you’re leasing is the same as financing a car. There are some exceptions, though, that you should be aware of:

  1. Mileage Restrictions: Your lease will come with mileage caps. If you go over these during your lease, you will have to pay a penalty.
  2. Maintenance: You will be responsible for the car’s upkeep and any damage that isn’t repaired by you will still come out of your wallet when you return the car.
  3. Alterations: Since you’re technically borrowing the car, you will not want to make any major alterations to the car unless you’re somehow able to easily undo them when the lease is over.
  4. Breaking Your Lease: In most cases, you can break your lease if you need to get out early. If you do break your lease, you will likely have to pay a penalty fee that will be outlined in the initial terms and conditions. We recommend doing your best to not break the lease.

What to Do at the End of Your Lease

When you reach the end of your lease, you have a few options:

  • Return Your Lease
  • Exchange Your Lease for a New Leased Car
  • Extend Your Lease on Your Current Vehicle
  • Buy Your Leased Car

What you decide to do is entirely your decision! If you do decide to return or exchange the car, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Clean the Car: You’d be surprised how many people don’t bother to clean their vehicle or even remove their belongings before they return it to the dealership. You’ll want the car to be as close to its original condition as you can get it.
  2. Bring Any Paperwork: Have with you your initial terms of agreement, as well as any service records.
  3. Pay Any Fees: Depending on the car’s condition, you may have to take care of any excessive wear and tear or mileage overage fees at this time. At the very least, there will be a disposition fee you’ll have to pay. This fee covers the dealership’s cost while assessing the vehicle’s condition and determining its resale value.

Lease a Car Today at Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles

When you’re ready to lease, take the trip from Alexandria to Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles to learn more about options like Volkswagen Sign and Drive, and explore whether leasing or financing is right for you. If you decide to go the other way, we can teach you how car financing works, too. Be sure to contact us for more information about your options based on your credit score and what you can expect to pay every month.

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