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Best 'Bang for Your Buck' Lease Deals

January 19, 2012

When comparing lease deals, you need to calculate the monthly payments with no money down in order to do a fair comparison.

Some lease deals advertise a low monthly rate, but require a large down payment up front.

It's easy to do the calculation - simply divide the down payment by the number of months in the lease term, and add that to the monthly payment.

For example, a 36 month lease deal for $200/month with $3,600 down is actually a $300/month lease deal if you put $0 down.

The following is a list of the 15 best car lease deals for January. Each one has been calculated with $0 down and ranked by 'best bang for your buck' - meaning we took into account the MSRP of the vehicle.

Vehicle Payment Term
1 2012 Honda Accord LX $250 35
2 2012 Honda CrossTour EX V6 $340 35
3 2012 Cadillac CTS Sedan $399 36
4 2012 Cadillac CTS Coupe $429 36
5 2012 Acura TSX Sedan $350 35
6 2012 Infiniti G25 Sedan $389 39
7 2012 Infiniti G37 Sedan $429 39
8 2012 BMW 328iX Sedan $457 33
9 2012 Honda Civic LX $230 35
10 2012 Acura TL Sedan $420 35
11 2012 Infiniti G37 Coupe $479 39
12 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.0 SR $220 39
13 2012 Kia Optima LX 2.4L A/T $253 39
14 2012 Volkswagen Passat $275 36
15 2011 Nissan Maxima S $386 39

Make sure to use the CarWoo service when negotiating your lease deal.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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