A boilerplate lease contract includes language that restricts the driver to 10,000 miles a year. This is done so the dealership can make sure the value of the vehicle is preserved upon its return. It makes sense and it's a perfectly justifiable move on behalf of the seller of the vehicle.

However, the consumer matters as much as the value of the vehicle. And that is why we are going to talk about customizing your car lease to include extra miles so you don't have to be restricted in how far you choose to drive.

The basic strategy here is to enjoy the lower monthly payment associated with a lease without sacrificing how you get to use your newly leased Volkswagen. Here are three steps you can take to secure a high-mileage lease with excellent value.

1. Negotiate the terms of the lease

Remember that executing a lease contract is a two-way street. If you come across a rep who is giving you a hard time about including added miles as a part of your lease, consider this as a red flag.

Any dealership that is worth doing business with is going to go above and beyond to meet your expectations. Negotiate the details of your lease at a dealership that cares about your needs and how often you drive.

Once you feel comfortable, ask the leasing rep how many miles a standard lease includes, what the penalty will be for mileage overages, and their best offer for a high-mileage lease.

Doing your homework ahead of time will put you in the best position possible to walk out of the dealership with a great lease contract.

2. Figure out how much you are willing to pay up front

Getting a high-mileage lease is going to cost you more than a traditional contract. With this in mind, it behooves oneself to make a larger down payment before you drive off the lot to reduce your monthly payments.

Even if you are in a situation where you can afford to put down anywhere from $100-$1,000, it could end up shaving a few bucks off in the long term.

Ultimately, it comes down to how much cash you have on hand to save you money in the end. We recommend planning months in advance so you can pull off this strategy. It might take a little more time than you anticipated, but your patience will be rewarded.


3. Be cognizant of the residual value of the vehicle you plan to lease

Before you step foot in a Volkswagen dealership in Orlando, research the market value of the model you plan to lease through a third party like Kelley Blue Book or Edmund's.

When it comes to leasing, dealerships build the cost of depreciation into the contract. Putting more miles on the vehicle than is typically allowed will add more dollars onto your payment, so this is something you must be cognizant of.

For better or worse, residual values are typically non-negotiable so it is in your best interest to do your homework ahead of time.

Discover what the residual value of the vehicle would be with a normal lease and account for some wiggle room to make up the difference. By having numbers on hand, it will only serve to benefit you while you negotiate the final numbers of your car lease offer in Orlando, FL.


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