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$199 Lease Deals For August 2017

Car and Driver Logo By John Pearley Huffman of Car and Driver | Slide 1 of 14: “You play to win the game. You don’t play to just play it.” — Coach Herm Edwards explains the basics of competition.Every month carmakers play the sales game in the form of factory-supported lease deals. Usually on the first Tuesday of the month, the mainstream manufacturers announce their updated lease programs designed to grab customers’ attention, inflame their new-car passions, and get them to sign on the line that is dotted. And when it comes to moving core products such as mid-size sedans and compact crossovers, that means leases that cluster at around $199 per month.Look at these charts that Car and Driver has generated. This month they cover more than 175 different lease variations. That’s dozens of opportunities for smart shoppers to begin tailoring a lease that fits their needs and maximizes their satisfaction. And everything in a lease is negotiable.The $199 price is a sweet spot; less than $200 a month (before taxes) to drive a new car for the next 24, 36, or even 48 months. Of course, there are cheaper leases on smaller vehicles, but this is the heart of market where best-sellers like the Honda Accord, Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet Malibu compete.These charts are generated by surfing the manufacturers’ web sites, looking for special deals on leases, and then reading the fine print and reporting the costs involved. From that we can compute the total cost of each lease and how much each lease costs per mile (if every mile in the offer is used). It means entering at least three ZIP codes into every site to determine regional variations.The three ZIPs used are 90069 (Los Angeles), 60609 (Chicago), and 10069 (New York City). The 48108 ZIP code for Ann Arbor, Michigan—where C/D’s offices are located—is the go-to fourth ZIP code. It’s not practical to cover every market in the United States, so these charts represent a survey rather than a comprehensive data bank. It’s a tool for getting a feel for what’s out there (for those with unblemished credit; those with lesser scores will pay more). Getting the best deal where you live will still take some effort.The charts are sorted by manufacturer and also by cost per mile. As it turns out, every manufacturer wants to win the game—and you get to keep the score.

Categorized: the best $199 deals

“You play to win the game. You don’t play to just play it.” — Coach Herm Edwards explains the basics of competition.

Every month carmakers play the sales game in the form of factory-supported lease deals. Usually on the first Tuesday of the month, the mainstream manufacturers announce their updated lease programs designed to grab customers’ attention, inflame their new-car passions, and get them to sign on the line that is dotted. And when it comes to moving core products such as mid-size sedans and compact crossovers, that means leases that cluster at around $199 per month.

Look at these charts that Car and Driver has generated. This month they cover more than 175 different lease variations. That’s dozens of opportunities for smart shoppers to begin tailoring a lease that fits their needs and maximizes their satisfaction. And everything in a lease is negotiable.The $199 price is a sweet spot; less than $200 a month (before taxes) to drive a new car for the next 24, 36, or even 48 months. Of course, there are cheaper leases on smaller vehicles, but this is the heart of market where best-sellers like the Honda Accord, Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet Malibu compete.

These charts are generated by surfing the manufacturers’ web sites, looking for special deals on leases, and then reading the fine print and reporting the costs involved. From that we can compute the total cost of each lease and how much each lease costs per mile (if every mile in the offer is used). It means entering at least three ZIP codes into every site to determine regional variations.

The three ZIPs used are 90069 (Los Angeles), 60609 (Chicago), and 10069 (New York City). The 48108 ZIP code for Ann Arbor, Michigan—where C/D’s offices are located—is the go-to fourth ZIP code. It’s not practical to cover every market in the United States, so these charts represent a survey rather than a comprehensive data bank. It’s a tool for getting a feel for what’s out there (for those with unblemished credit; those with lesser scores will pay more). Getting the best deal where you live will still take some effort.

The charts are sorted by manufacturer and also by cost per mile. As it turns out, every manufacturer wants to win the game—and you get to keep the score.

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