When You Lease a Car, Who Pays for Maintenance?

by Jane Meggitt, Demand Media Google
    Leasing a car doesn't free you from paying for basic maintenance.

    Leasing a car doesn't free you from paying for basic maintenance.

    Leasing a car instead of buying has several advantages. It allows you to drive a nicer vehicle than you might otherwise afford, and you don't need a large down payment. At the end of the lease, you return the vehicle to the dealer. However, you don't own the car, so leasing is equivalent to a monthly rental. You don't have equity in the car, but you're responsible for basic maintenance.

    Lease Responsibilities

    There's a difference between renting an apartment and leasing a car. You usually aren't responsible for your dwelling's maintenance -- that's the landlord's job. Not so with a car lease. You must pay for the maintenance of the automobile, which includes regular oil changes, tire rotations and other normal aspects of upkeep.

    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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