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7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

We all have a dream car that we presume we can’t afford. We settle for the “sensible choice” that will get us from A to B and won’t break the bank.

But what if you could drive a car without worrying about the overall cost? What if you could drive a car for a year without having to commit to it any longer? What if you could just borrow a car and then give it back?

Car leasing is an increasingly popular way for motorists to drive without having to purchase the vehicle. It gives you the freedom to drive a car without any strings attached. If you’re considering buying a new car, here are seven surprising benefits of leasing a car that might change your mind.

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You avoid damaging depreciation costs

One of the biggest problems motorists face when buying a brand new car is that these cars lose their value very quickly, and by the time you’re ready to sell and move on, your car is worth much less than you bought it for.

If you lease a car, you will never have this problem and you do not have to worry about the car’s resale value. This makes car leasing an attractive option to those who want to change their car frequently without losing any of the cost.

Low monthly payments

If you choose to lease a car rather than buy it, your monthly payments will be lower as you are only renting the car. This means that you can spend the money you save elsewhere–on holidays or those oh-so-expensive shoes you’ve been coveting. Also, if you only use your car for work, it may be more beneficial for you to lease a car rather than own one, and then spend the money you save on having fun on the weekend.

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    You can drive the car of your dreams

    As you aren’t paying to purchase the whole car, you are much more likely to be able to afford the car of your dreams. If you’ve always fancied a particular car but never had the money to buy one, this could be the perfect time to do it. You know that sexy convertible city car you’ve always wanted? Lease it now and your dream will become reality.

    Road tax is included

    When you lease a car, road tax is included for the duration of your contract! This means you don’t have to worry about making sure it is up to date yourself. Remember to check with your car leasing provider first, as some companies only include road tax for the first year.

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    There’s no need to sell your vehicle—just give it back!

    Let’s face it, there’s nothing fun about selling your car. You have to spend time fixing any small issues, taking flattering photographs, uploading them to online car sites, negotiating with time-wasters, and using up your precious free time meeting potential buyers. A lot of hassle, right? Well, if you lease your car, you can simply hand it back once your contract is over. Most companies will even come and collect the car from you so you don’t even have to leave the house—perfect!

      You can show off

      Yes that’s right, with car leasing you can show off your brand new stylish car to your friends, family, and co-workers—which is what everyone really wants, isn’t it?

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      Having an impressive car could do wonders for your business, especially if you are self-employed and want to look successful. You know that ridiculously expensive flashy car that would impress your clients and seal the deal? Lease it and no one will be the wiser.

      You can add maintenance packages

      Car leasing companies such as Stoneacre Leasing will offer you a choice of maintenance packages for the duration of your contract. A full maintenance package will give you peace of mind and will cover servicing, repair costs, and extra tires. This means that no matter what happens, you will not be faced with any surprising repair costs!

      Car leasing is an easy, hassle-free way to obtain a personal car on a budget. If you’ve not thought about leasing a car before, give it a try—you’ll never go back!

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      Last Updated on July 10, 2020

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

      We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

      We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

      So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

      Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

      What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

      Boundaries are limits

      —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

      Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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      Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

      Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

      Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

      How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

      Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

      1. Self-Awareness Comes First

      Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

      You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

      To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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      You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

      • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
      • When do you feel disrespected?
      • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
      • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
      • When do you want to be alone?
      • How much space do you need?

      You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

      2. Clear Communication Is Essential

      Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

      Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

      3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

      Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

      That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

      Sample language:

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      • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
      • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
      • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
      • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
      • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
      • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
      • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

      Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

      4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

      Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

      Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

      Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

      We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

      It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

      It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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      Final Thoughts

      Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

      Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

      Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

      The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

      Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

      Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

      They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

      Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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