Understanding Your Lease Contract: A Basic Guide

Navigating through a lease contract can sometimes feel overwhelming with its unique terminology and details. At Benchmark Auto Sales, we believe in transparency and customer education, and we're committed to helping you understand the ins and outs of your lease contract. Here's a basic guide to help you better understand your lease contract.

What is a Lease Contract?

A lease contract is a legal agreement between you (the lessee) and the leasing company (the lessor). This contract outlines the terms and conditions of the lease, including the duration of the lease, the monthly payment amount, any fees or charges, and the responsibilities of both parties.

Key Terms in a Lease Contract

Understanding the terminology in a lease contract can help you navigate the agreement more confidently. Here are some key terms you'll encounter:

  1. Lease Term: This is the duration of the lease, typically expressed in months or weeks at Benchmark Auto Sales. Our standard lease plans range from 57-260 weeks, while our 3-year lease plan is 156 weeks.
  2. Monthly Payment: This is the amount you'll pay each month or week for the lease of the vehicle. Our payments are typically more affordable than traditional buy here pay here and approvals are based on 20% of a customer's net income.
  3. Cap Cost Reduction: This is the initial payment made at the start of the lease, commonly referred to as a down payment. At Benchmark Auto Sales, our down payments are out-the-door, meaning they include tax, DMV fees, and more.
  4. Mileage Restrictions: Some lease contracts include limits on how many miles the vehicle can be driven during the lease term. It's important to be aware of these restrictions to avoid potential additional charges. At Benchmark Auto Sales, we limit mileage to 18,000 (1,500/mo) miles per year.

Understanding Your Responsibilities

As a lessee, you have certain responsibilities outlined in your lease contract. These include making timely payments, maintaining the vehicle, and adhering to any mileage restrictions. At Benchmark Auto Sales, we also require that our leased vehicles are used for personal use only by the specific individual(s) on the lease contract.

Ending Your Lease Early

At Benchmark Auto Sales, we understand that life can be unpredictable. If you need to end your lease early, our contracts allow for early termination with a termination fee. This provides you with the flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.

Choosing the Right Lease Plan

Benchmark Auto Sales offers two lease plans to cater to different customer needs. The Standard Plan provides a purchase option at the end of the lease, while the 3 Year Plan offers a more affordable way to drive newer vehicles for lower down payments. Deciding which plan is right for you depends on your personal preferences, financial situation, and lifestyle.

In conclusion, understanding your lease contract is crucial to making the most out of your leasing experience. At Benchmark Auto Sales, we are always ready to help clarify any questions you might have about your lease contract. Whether you're in Asheville, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Morehead City, or anywhere in North Carolina, we're here to ensure your leasing experience is transparent, fair, and beneficial. Visit us today to learn more about our customer-friendly lease plans and explore our wide selection of quality used vehicles.


Disclaimer: This is intended to be a basic guide to help you understand the main elements of a lease contract. It is not intended to provide legal advice or to be a comprehensive legal resource. It's always important to read and understand your specific lease agreement as terms may vary. For any legal interpretation or advice, please consult with a qualified legal expert. The circumstances surrounding each lease contract can be unique, and a legal professional can provide guidance based on your specific situation.

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