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Tip to Save Money on Lease Buyout

July 13, 2017

I wanted to alert my readers to a useful leasing tip I read on KBB.com this week. It involves buying the vehicle at the end of your lease for a lot less than the residual value listed in the contract.

A lot of you have been leasing cars over the last few years, and many of you have upcoming lease returns. Some of you may want to purchase the car instead of turning it in, but you may have found that the buyout price (residual) is way higher than the market value of the vehicle.

Here's the big tip from the article: Lease agreements prevent you from buying your lease-return vehicle for a price lower than the residual value. But there's nothing preventing the dealer from buying the car at market price and reselling it to your spouse at the lower price. The savings can be thousands of dollars, and you get to keep the vehicle that you've driven and maintained from the start.

KBB had an example of a Buick dealer which recently sold a 3-year old, off-lease vehicle to the wife of the lessee and saved them $1,800 in the process. Make sure to read the article for full details if this is something you're interested in doing.

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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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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