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Car Leasing Made Simple – Advantages & Disadvantages

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.

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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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