Average Savings in a Good Lease Takeover Deal

UPDATED ON: August 11th, 2021

Lease Takeover deals have a slight little difference compared to any other variant of car purchase: it is a contract takeover, not an actual vehicle purchase. Although not that simple at the clear sight, the fact that you are taking over a contract means a lot compared to leasing/financing new, buying used or even renting at a car rental.

Contracts Are Fixed: Our Numbers

Yes. No matter what the status of the vehicle, the lease contract is fixed: X months remaining -> Y CAD/month. It was an agreement between the lease company and the person who drove it off home the day all paperwork was signed. Whatever happened before won't affect at all what happens next. Only the X and the Y everyone is interested in ;)

After leaving all of this clear, what is the usual scenario people fit in once a new deal comes up to the market:

  • A downpayment may have been made: This simple factor makes the X go down from the very beginning. Initial down payments vary from a couple of hundreds up to 25,000CAD in some cases. The average downpayment in our marketplace is 1,711CAD for mainstream brands and 2,932CAD for high-end vehicles. In cases where the down payment was substantial, the owner asks for an amount, usually leaving a gap of 4k-8k.
  • Time has come through: Cases, where vehicles need to be transferred as soon as leased, are sporadic, while also leases with less than four months remaining doesn't occur too much. The average lease remaining term in our marketplace is 32.6 months.
  • Cash Incentives: While about 53% of customers do not offer any cash incentive, due to the balance factor created by the downpayment or the elapsed term mentioned before, it is also common to save on it. Most of the people who offer it, use it to balance the deal towards the new owner and, as a result, accelerate the transaction completion. When added, cash incentives average 1,109CAD for mainstream brands and 2,492CAD for high-end vehicles.
  • Winter Tires, Wear & Tear, Warranty Coverage...: The additional incentives, although not cash, are perceived as a substantial amount of savings because of either the potential or the actual cash value of these. About 38% of vehicles come with Winter Tires and 1 over 9 come with additional accessories.

The Lease Takeover Analysis Average

When we created our Lease Takeover Analysis(LTA) tool, we just made all the math a simple number for everyone. On most of the cases, even for the vehicle owner itself, who realizes, only then, the actual value his contract represents to anyone interested.

So, once you have considered all the previously mentioned variables that affect X and Y (the term and payment respectively), you can clearly understand that, after analyzing more than 3,000 lease takeovers, these are the numbers that show up the value of taking over a car lease in Canada:

  • The Average Lease Takeover Deal represents between 2,288CAD to 4,641CAD savings.
  • The Best Lease Takeover Deals represent between 4,641CAD and 10,312CAD savings.

And obviously, the difference between an "average" and a "best" lease takeover deal relies on the contract itself. The best car deals usually go away in less than 72 hours, while the average ones can go from 2 to 16 weeks in our marketplace.

About the author

Jorge Diaz is a passionate car lover, winter driver & Software Engineer. For the last 10 years, he has built Online Solutions used by more than 5,000 companies across the globe. He founded LeaseCosts in 2016 with the purpose of simplifying and helping Canadians to better understand the complex market of car leasing in Canada. You can connect with Jorge at Leantrepreneurship.com or send him a direct message.