When it comes to finding a car, the leasing vs. buying topic is something every Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland driver must consider. While there are similarities between the two of them-since you'll eventually drive away in your next car-there are some key differences you should know about.

Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT understands that everyone's situation is unique. There are many benefits to leasing and many to buying. Let's explore them.

Leasing vs Buying a Car

Whether you choose to buy or lease can depend on your lifestyle and current financial situation. There are many factors to consider as you make this important decision.


When you lease a vehicle, the monthly payments will typically be lower, and since there's no down payment to make, you can keep some money in your pocket. Leasing is a great option if you want to get a better car for less money with fewer upfront costs. If you've always wanted to drive a luxury car but only want to do so for a short period of time, you can stretch your money with a lease.

When it comes to maintenance and repair, you'll have the factory, warranty which can cover the duration of the lease. A leased vehicle can save you money on maintenance and repairs because the lease term may just last three years or so. You don't need to consider maintenance when the car is 10 or 15 years old.

When the lease is over, you can upgrade to the latest edition of the same model, return the car to the dealership, or buy out the remainder of the lease and become the owner.


When buying a car, it's yours, and it's yours for good. You can throw bumper stickers on the back, modify the audio system, add interior accessories, and nobody will say a word. You don't have to think about returning the car to the dealership as you do with a lease.

You'll also have the freedom to trade in the car in whenever you see fit. That may be after five years, but it may be after eight, or perhaps 10 years. Sell the car back to the dealership, or sell it privately. It could even be a great car for the kids down the road.

Mileage is another factor. Leases may have mileage restrictions, but that's not the case when you buy a car. You'll want to think about how much driving you do each year. If you are often driving over 15,000 or 20,000 miles each year, buying likely makes more sense.

Financing Your Next Car

Our finance application is available online 24 hours a day. You can fill it out from the comfort of your own home, and we'll be able to start working on a loan or lease before you visit us at the dealership.

If you have any questions for our financial experts, don't hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you whether you're buying or leasing that next car.

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As you've seen, the leasing vs. buying debate is one that many drivers consider in this country each day. We want you to be happy with the car you choose for Ithaca, Binghamton, and Cortland drives.

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Maguire Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Ithaca

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