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Buy vs Lease: Jaguar F-TYPE

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We continue our series of Buy vs. Lease comparisons with the Jaguar F-TYPE.

The decision to buy or lease depends on a number of factors, including how long the vehicle will be driven. We'll look at three different scenarios at three years, six years and nine years to see how the situation changes with time. 

 

Vehicle: Jaguar F-TYPE

The Jaguar F-TYPE is arguably one of the most beautiful performance cars on the road today. Our clients love its curved styling, well-appointed interior, and, of course, the majestic roar of its engine.

For our sample F-TYPE, we've chosen a 2017 Jaguar F-TYPE with leather interior and the vision package. MSRP for the vehicle as configured is $81,833.

Lease incentives and rates are accurate as of the time of writing, but may vary month to month. We've made the following assumptions:

Purchase: $2,500 down, 60 month loan at 1.9% interest. Vehicle is in very good condition at the time of trade-in. 10,000 miles driven per year.

Lease: $2,500 down, 36 month lease with money factor of 0.00123. No excess mileage charges or wear and tear. 10,000 miles driven per year.

 

Scenario One: Three Years

This scenario assumes that the vehicle above is only driven for three years. In the purchase case, this involves trading it in at the end of three years and paying off the balance due. In the leasing case, the vehicle is returned at the end of the three year period. In both cases; scheduled maintenance is covered throughout the term of ownership.

 

  Buy (1 car) Lease (1 car)
Down payment $2,500 $2,500
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $1,605 $1,140
Total of payments made $58,675 $42,400
Balance due $38,520 n/a
Maintenance & repairs $0 $0
Estimated trade-in value $46,775 n/a
Equity remaining $8,255 n/a
Lease disposition fee n/a $350
Total cost $50,420 $42,750

 

In this case, leasing the car for three years saves around $7,700 compared to buying the car and selling it three years later. Leasing makes monthly cash flow easier, saving around $460/month in payments and saves the trouble of selling the vehicle and paying off the balance at the end of three years.

 

Scenario Two: Six Years

In this scenario, the buyer either buys a new car and sells it six years later or leases a new car for three years and then leases a second car for the next three years. The purchased vehicle will have payments for the first five years and then will be paid off in the final year. Scheduled maintenance will be covered for the first five years, after which, we've assumed that maintenance and repairs will cost about $4,500/year. We've assumed that payments for the second lease will be 5% higher than the first with the same down payment and that the disposition fee will be waived when the first vehicle is turned in because the client is leasing another Jaguar.

 

  Buy (1 car) Lease (2 cars)
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 (x2)
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $1,605 $1,140/$1,195
Total of payments made $97,195 $86,725
Balance due $0 n/a
Maintenance & repairs

$4,500

$0
Estimated trade-in value $28,450 n/a
Equity remaining $28,450 n/a
Lease disposition fee n/a $350
Total cost $73,245 $87,075

 

The break-even point in this analysis occurs between Year 4 and 5, leasing two cars costs about $13,800 more than buying and holding one car for a six year period. Leasing offers the benefit of consistently driving a newer car—in this scenario the vehicle driven is never more than three years old as well as offering lower payments during the six-year period.

 

Scenario Three: Nine Years

In this final scenario, the buyer either buys a new car and sells it nine years later or leases three new cars in succession for three years each. As in the six-year scenario, the purchased vehicle will have payments for the first five years and then will be paid off for the remaining four years. Scheduled maintenance will be included for the first five years; we've assumed that maintenance and repairs will be $4,500 in years six and seven and rise to $6,500/year for the final two years of ownership. All three leased vehicles will include scheduled maintenance during the nine years. Payments for the second and third leases will each be 5% higher than the previous with the same down payment. The disposition fee will be waived when the first two vehicles are turned in and another Jaguar is leased.

 

  Buy (1 car) Lease (3 cars)
Down payment $2,500 $2,500 (x3)
Monthly payment (inc. tax) $1,605 $1,140/$1,195/$1,255
Total of payments made $97,195 $133,150
Balance due $0 n/a
Maintenance & repairs $28,500 $0
Estimated trade-in value $15,320 n/a
Equity remaining $15,320 n/a
Lease disposition fee n/a $350
Total cost $110,375 $133,500

 

Buying a single vehicle saves a little over $23,000 as compared to three leases over the course of a nine-year period (or about $2,500/year). For those who are willing to drive the same vehicle for nine years, this represents a significant savings over leasing.

 

Jaguar F-TYPE: Lease or Buy?

The Jaguar F-TYPE becomes more cost effective to buy than to lease after about five years for clients who don't mind driving an older car. For those who would rather drive a consistently newer vehicle or prefer the consistent low payments, leasing remains a cost-effective choice. Ultimately the choice is up to the individual and involves a thorough analysis of their personal circumstances. (For more on the decision to lease, see The Beginner's Guide to Leasing.) 

 

Whether you're considering a new Jaguar F-TYPE or any other vehicle, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.