In the life of every person, the time comes when it is time to buy your first car or replace the old work horse with a new one, but most often the amount of money you need to borrow for the realization of this dream – by leasing or buying a car. Such loans are offered by different banks and private creditors, and the consumer can choose to buy a new or used car. Although car leasing is still the most popular credit for car purchase, this type of credit is often not the most suitable for the consumer because of its terms. We offer the opportunity to get acquainted with the properties and conditions of both credits, allowing you to choose the most appropriate type of credit.
It is important to remember that a loan for a car purchase is not the same as a loan against a collateral / car – the main condition of such a loan is the collateral (your car) against the required amount of money .
What is the key difference between car loans and car leasing?
The most significant difference between car loans and car leasing is that when you choose a car loan you will immediately become the owner of the car and you will have to repay the loan as well as interest payments, but remember that in this case your car will still be pledged for good credit provider. By leasing, the lessor will become the owner of the car and you will become a car holder until you have paid the full amount of the leasing.
What types of credit are available for choosing a car loan?
A car loan is a type of consumer credit suitable for buying a new or used car. This type of credit gives you the opportunity to borrow a relatively small amount – some lenders offer to borrow from 500 euros. Often when choosing to buy a consumer credit for a car purchase, you will not have to make a down payment, or this amount will be relatively below, and the annual interest rate will be lower than in the case of car leasing. Another advantage of the credit is that banks or other creditors do not set a condition for car age at the end of the loan payment. By signing up for a car purchase, you are given the opportunity to choose the most suitable car even after the loan has been drawn up (most often within 30 days).
Car loan for you would be the most appropriate type of loan if your income does not allow you to say enough money for your first deposit by choosing car leasing. The loan is also suitable if you have the right to get the car at once.
Car Leasing is a type of leasing that the bank chooses to purchase the car of your choice and puts it in your possession. There are three types of leasing in Latvia – financial, operational and full service. Depending on which type of leasing you choose at the end of the leasing period, you will be fully redeemed or you will be able to redeem it by paying its residual value. When choosing the type of leasing that suits you, it is important to consider the amount of your income and your ability to make a monthly lease payment, as well as the cost of keeping your car and the purpose for which the car is to be used.
Financial leasing is a type of credit that you make monthly leasing payments, thus covering the value of the machine and interest payments. At the end of the leasing period, you will be fully redeemed and transferred to your property (acceptance and delivery note will be prepared and you will be able to go to the CSDD and re-register your car in your name). This would be the most appropriate type of leasing for you if you want to own a car and use it for a long time, but remember that when choosing a finance lease, interest payments are often higher than in case of operating leasing.
Usually when choosing a financial lease the first installment is 10-20% of the value of the car, in rare cases creditors can grant a loan up to 100% of the value of the car. Such leasing interest rate is compiled individually, taking into account the age of your chosen car and its value, the first payment made by you, as well as your credit history, leasing period and currency.
Operating leasing (also known as car rentals) is a type of leasing, during which the creditor will use your chosen car or any other means of transport for your use and you will have to pay the monthly leasing depreciation charge without buying the car completely. At the end of the leasing period, you will have the opportunity to terminate the contract with the leasing company and return the car to the seller, extend the term of the operating lease and continue to make monthly payments or use the redemption option and repay the pre-contracted value of the goods. This will be the most appropriate type of leasing for you if the minimum monthly payments are important to you, and you want to drive as young as possible. At the end of the leasing period and transferring the car to the seller, you will be able to choose the next car and design a new lease.
As with financial leasing, in the case of operational leasing, the first installment is 10-20% of the value of the car and the interest rate is calculated individually.
Full service leasing
Full-service leasing is a type of leasing in which you, like financial leasing, get a car for your use, but you also use the convenience of service during leasing. By choosing this type of leasing you will not have to worry about car insurance, registration and maintenance, such as OCTA and CASCO insurance, vehicle fees, etc. Fees for these services will be added to your monthly payments. When choosing this type of leasing, it is important to remember that the monthly payments for this leasing are usually higher than the monthly payments for financial or operational leasing.
Usually car leasing can be completed within 1-3 days. After you have chosen the most suitable bank or creditor, fill out the leasing application, submit it to the creditor and within a few days you will receive an answer about the financing rules, the first deposit, etc. To be eligible for a leasing car purchase, you must be at least 18 years of age and have a stable income (monthly leasing payments may not exceed 30% of your monthly income). It is important to remember that when choosing a lease, the minimum loan amount is 7000 euros, at the end of the lease period the car may not be older than 13 years (some creditors have a car of less than 15 years old), and CASCO payments are mandatory.
When choosing the most suitable loan or leasing for the purchase of a car, it is taken into account that the cost of the car consists not only of monthly loan payments, but also other costs such as car maintenance, fuel and parking costs. Before you choose to borrow money to buy a car, consider your options for repaying your credit or leasing.