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Car Leasing Made Simple – Advantages & Disadvantages

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Car Leasing Made Simple – Advantages & Disadvantages

These days our cars mean everything to us, they’re our most favourable mode of transport that gives us our independency to come and go when and where we please. However with the price of a decent car these days on the increase there has got to be a better way of obtaining a car without paying a small fortune, and there is!

Car leasing is an affordable scheme that allows you to pay monthly instalments under a contract period for using a brand new car. This means there are no large upfront costs and you can pretty much start driving straight away. In previous years you had to physically go into a showroom and speak to one of the sales team to sort out a lease, however these days you can now sort out a car lease over the internet. Its car leasing made simple!

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If you buy your lease over the internet you are protected under the Distance Selling Act, which regulates consumer contracts under the sales of goods or services without face to face contact. When purchasing a lease online make sure you have all the companies details just as a precaution, and always look for the padlock sign to make sure the site it legitimate and the connection is secure.

When trying to get the best price on a lease agreement, ensure you have the full contract details and there isn’t any hidden extras. It’s common to forget VAT so find out whether that’s inclusive in the price, which will guard you from any unknown additional charges.

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So what are the advantages and disadvantages of a new car lease?

Advantages

Stating the obvious, it means you get a brand new car and can start driving it almost straight away. You can choose whatever colour of vehicle you wish and anything else to suit your specification. Given that it’s a new car it will have all the latest features and safety functions, and it will be accident free and mechanically sound. A full manufacturer’s warranty is included so you will have service support.

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One of the best advantages of leasing a car is that there is a low initial payment so you don’t need to empty all funds just to make the payment. A bonus advantage is how easy it is to sort out at the end of the lease, the vehicle will be collected so there’s no hard sell, and you can even trade it in for an upgrade on a new lease.

Disadvantages

As the car is brand new the cost will be higher than it would be for a used model, and insurance could also be potentially higher as well. As the lease is a binding contract any early termination could become costly, and you must return the car in good condition or penalties will be applied. Lastly if you were to go over the agreed annual mileage, you will have to pay excess fees which again can figure out pretty costly.

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Aside from these advantages and disadvantages, there are many reasons to lease a car. You might be someone who really looks after your cars and knows how much you travel on an average annual mileage anyway. You might be someone who can comfortably manage the monthly payments from a regular income. You might even be someone who just likes to keep up to date with the latest features, and for that reason you change your car every 3 years anyway.

Sometimes people need a car for work, especially as more and more companies are expanding and are moving out of the city. In this scenario a company car might not be an option so a lease would really support your day to day travel from point A to point B.

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So as you can see, like everything else car leasing has its advantages and disadvantages, but it’s all about what works for you.

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

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7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

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8. Themed Retreats

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Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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