Car leasing usually costs between £100 & £1,000 per month. Your rental payments are calculated based on the type of vehicle you choose, the lease length, your annual mileage, changes to the specs & whether you have a personal or business contract.
However, it's not just the monthly payments you need to include in your budget. Learn more about the costs of car leasing below, plus other expenses you need to factor in, in our comprehensive guide.
How Are My Monthly Instalments Calculated?
Here are the main four things which will determine the price of your monthly lease deal:
- The car you choose.
- Your initial rental payment.
- The interest rate you are given.
The type of car you want will have the biggest effect on your monthly payments. So, if you choose a luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz, it will be more than a Vauxhall. If you do decide on a more expensive car, you can reduce your monthly rentals by making a larger initial rental payment upfront.
Different models & body types will affect your price too. Don't forget to check around for special offers to get the best deal possible.
The interest rate offered is determined by the finance company, but we will always try to match you with the best funder to give you the cheapest rate. Your credit score can also determine the interest rate you're offered, so if you have a good credit history you might get a cheaper deal.
The last thing which affects your monthly payments is the car's depreciation, which is determined by how much you drive. If you have a higher mileage, the vehicle's residual value (its worth at the end of the contract) will decrease. This means your deal will cost more to compensate for the depreciation of the car.
Now you know how your monthly payments are calculated, find out which other expenses you'll need to cover when you lease a car.
Before your agreement begins, here's what you can expect to pay upfront:
Vehicle Reservation Fee
Leasing companies charge to reserve the car you want. Our Vehicle Reservation Fee costs £500 but will be returned to your bank account when you receive the car – less our admin fee of £198.
With leasing, you make an initial rental payment as your first month's rental. This can be between 1-12 months' worth of the car's monthly instalments. The more you pay, the cheaper your deal will be each month.
For example, if the car you choose costs £200 per month for a 2-year contract, you could pay £200 initially. Or if you paid 6 instalments upfront (£1,200), your deal would reduce to around £170 per month.
The initial rental will be taken from your bank 7-10 days after the lease car is delivered.
During Your Contract
Delivery is free to anywhere in mainland UK, so you won't be charged anything to receive the car. Read on to find out what you need to budget for during the agreement.
After receiving your new car & paying the initial rental, your rentals will be taken the month after by the finance company. These will continue until the end of your contract.
Most leasing companies require you to have fully comprehensive insurance, which covers damage to your vehicle & any third-party liability. Your insurance should start on the same day that you receive the lease car.
Make sure to shop around & compare quotes to find the best price. You can pay your car insurance monthly, but it will be cheaper if you pay the full premium outright.
Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) insurance protects you from losing out if your lease car is written off or stolen. This is because your insurer may only pay out the vehicle's current value (with depreciation factored in) & not the full amount which is left on your lease contract term.
For example, if your car is written off & the insurance pays you £10,000, but your agreement has £15,000 left to pay, GAP insurance would cover you for the £5,000 difference. Otherwise you'd have to pay this yourself.
Like standard car insurance, GAP insurance quotes will vary depending on the driver & the vehicle, so make sure to compare prices before you buy. You can also spread the premiums over several months or save more by making one upfront payment.
Maintenance, Repairs & Servicing
All lease cars are new & come with a full manufacturer's warranty, which normally lasts for 3 years. This covers you for major mechanical faults, so you won't need to pay extra if your car has a problem. After the warranty period ends, you are responsible for the repairs.
You also need to pay for servicing & MOTs throughout the length of your agreement. Cars should be serviced every year (or however often the manufacturer recommends in the vehicle's servicing schedule), which you can arrange through a local garage or the main dealership. A basic service will cost around £125 each year.
New cars need an MOT three years after their registration & then annually from that point. A garage legally can't charge more than £54.85 for a car's MOT, but then you need to pay for the repairs on top. There's no need to book an MOT if your contract is 3 or less years old.
You do have the option to include a maintenance package in your lease deal. This will increase your monthly instalments but will cover you for servicing, MOTs routine repairs & tyre replacements.
It might seem obvious but don't forget to factor in fuel! Leasing companies will occasionally offer cashback on fuel when you take out a deal, so it's always worth asking for.
If your circumstances change before receiving the car, our Price Protection Promise guarantees you a hassle-free refund even if you've signed a contract & paid to reserve it. However, the finance company may charge their own admin fee if you cancel.
Once you accept the car's delivery, your agreement begins. If you want to end the contract early, you will need to pay a termination charge to the funder. This is usually 50% of the remaining payments due. Always contact the leasing company if you can no longer afford your instalments & they will explain the options available.
End Of The Lease
At the end of the contract, you can simply return the vehicle for free. However, it will be inspected by the finance company and if the car is returned in a poor condition you will be charged.
Standard wear & tear is expected with any vehicle & leasing companies won't charge excessively for small scuffs or a light scratch. However, if the car is damaged beyond the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) Fair Wear & Tear guidelines you will need to pay for the repairs.
Excess Mileage Costs
Excess mileage affects the car's depreciation value, which is factored into your monthly payments. If you go over your total annual mileage limit, then you will pay for the excess on a per-mile basis. You should always contact the leasing company if you think you're going to exceed your mileage allowance so they can help.
If you're ready to start leasing, check out our great choice of car deals & find the best price on your next vehicle. You can even search cars by budget if you want to keep your costs low, with prices beginning at around £130 per month. Or if you want to learn more, see how leasing compares to buying and discover which option is cheaper.