Adjusted Cap Cost
The figure used to calculate your lease after applying the Cap Reduction
The total arrived at by adding the monthly Rental Charge and the
This is the selling price of the vehicle. This is what you have
agreed to pay for the car or truck you are leasing. This is a negotiated
figure no matter what you may be told.
Simply put, an amount applied to the Cap Cost to reduce the amount
of the initial lease price. Think of it as a downpayment. The Cap
Reduction has serious benefits as you will see while doing lease
Closed End Lease
The lease du jour these days. Closed simply means that the leasing
company options are limited and yours aren't. There was a flip flop
of terms a few years back where a "closed end lease" was
an "open end lease" and vis versa. The important point
is, you want a "closed end lease".
The dollar difference between the Adjusted Cap Cost and the Residual.
This amount is your responsibilty to pay and it is a portion of
your monthly payment. For example, on a 36 month lease, the total
depreciation is divided by 36 so that you pay 1/36th of the total
Commonly called Gap Insurance, which it IS NOT. You will receive
no insurance policy. What you do receive is the lessors agreement
to terminate your lease and not charge you for any deficiencies
between what your vehicle is worth and the amount the you owe the
the vehicle should your vehicle be totalled in an accident, or stolen
and not recovered.
Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price - This is the "Window
Sticker" as delivered to the dealer from the manufacturer BEFORE
any modifications, dealer added equipment, Doc Fees, etc., are added
at the dealership.
The interest amount charge on the lease. It is called the Money
Factor because it is a fraction of the percentage rate.
This was a real stinker a few years ago. The non-disclosed part
applies to the Cap Cost which was not shown on the lease agreement.
The lease was written very much like a rental agreement in this
respect. In 1998 this went away for good.
Open End Lease
See "closed end lease". The same thing only different.
Just kidding. The "open end lease" is a dinosaur that
gave all rights to you and your car to the leasing company or bank.
Except in some rare instances you will never hear an "open
end lease" mentions these days. The consumer lease you are
interested in is a "closed end lease". Just remember that,
make sure you read it on your lease agreement, and you're okay.
The projected value of the vehicle at the end of the lease. Also
referred to as the "Buy Back". It is a figure arrived
at arbitrarily by the lessor.
A security deposit is many things to many people depending on
who you ask. Some will tell you it is to cover your deductible in
case you total the vehicle. Others will tell you it is to protect
the bank in case you fail to make a payment. Some others will tell
you it is to cover damages at termination, so the bank doesn't have
to chase you to collect. And still others will tell you that it's
a way for the bank to collect more of you money and sit on it for
the term of the lease earning interest. The last two are closest
to the truth.
Total of Payment
The total that you pay monthly. This is a total of the the Base
Payment and Use Tax.
Think of the as sales tax, but it is applied monthly, as a general
rule, which usually works in your favor.