How leasing a prestige car can be cheaper than buying

If driving a prestige car appeals to you, but finding the cash to purchase an expensive car is challenging, it may be sensible to lease your next car instead. You are likely to save money by doing this over the term of the lease too.

BMW prestige car

It is a well-known fact that a new car depreciates substantially the moment that you drive it away from the showroom. It’s value keeps on falling as time goes on so that by the end of three years, the average new car will have a residual value of around 40% of its new price, assuming 10,000 miles per year.

This means that your nice new car will have lost around 60% of its value at an average of 20% per year. And that is only with an annual mileage of 10,000 miles per year.

Most owners drive at least 12,000 miles per year, and business drivers often cover far more miles.

Some cars depreciate faster than others

Cars do vary in their rates of depreciation. For example fuel efficient cars hold their value longer as buyers look to minimise their fuel costs during their ownership.

Another factor that can impact on residual values is model refreshes or the launch of substantially improved versions; it is very likely that there will be a new model launched during the three year ownership of a vehicle.

The problem for prestige car owners is that depreciation rate percentages mean larger monetary losses when compared to less expensive models.

If a car costing £40,000 depreciates by 20% a year, it’s value falls by £8,000 per year, whereas a car costing £15,000 suffers a loss in value of £3,000 per year.

Buyers of prestige cars must face high depreciation costs, and are advised to look for ways to reduce their cost of ownership.

Car leasing can reduce cost of ownership

Leasing a prestige car, can be a viable way to reducing the cost of owning a car of this nature.

One of the key benefits is that the leasing funder guarantees the residual value of the vehicle at the end of the contract.

This compares favourably to purchasing the car outright where the owner is susceptible to changes in market conditions, or the launch of upgraded models during their ownership.

BMW Touring 520d

The recent launch of the new BWM 5 Series Touring is a good example of a model refresh that purchasers of the existing range probably hadn’t anticipated, yet the depreciation of their cars is likely to suffer as a result.

Those who has leased a BMW 5 series Touring over the last few years would have been offered a guaranteed residual value that is unaffected by model refreshes and market dynamics.

A prestige car leasing vs purchasing example

In order to see how car leasing stacks up against the costs of purchase, I noticed that the Daily Telegraph are listing the Audi A6 Quattro in their top twenty cars with the lowest rates of depreciation.

According to them, this car maintains 55.6% of its value after three years at 10,000 miles per annum.

This prestige Audi A6 3.0 TDI 218 Quattro has an on the road price of £47,425.

After three years the owner loses 44.4% of its value, according to the Daily Telegraph – £21,079

If an Audi A6 Allroad car was leased from Vantage Leasing, it costs £415.82 (excl VAT) per month over three years at 10,000 miles per annum. A deposit of six months rental payments is also payable (£2494), so the total cost for this leasing solution is £17,456.

It is clear to see that there are savings of £3,623 over three years by leasing this prestige car rather than buying it outright.

There are also cash flow advantages as the purchaser does not have to fund the capital purchase, but can amortize the costs on a monthly basis over the length of the contract.

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