Should you buy or lease a car?
One of the first questions you might consider when you’re thinking about getting a new electric car is whether you should buy or lease.
If your goal is to own a car, you’ll likely finance it through hire purchase or personal contract purchase. With hire purchase, you’ll pay a substantial initial deposit (usually around 10% or more of the car’s value), then make payments based on the balance for a set term. After the final payment, you’ll be the sole owner of your electric car.
If you finance your car through personal contract purchase, you’ll pay a similarly high initial deposit (also usually around 10% of the car’s value) and make monthly payments, but the agreement itself is really a long-term lease. You’ll only have the option of owning the electric car you’ve driven at the end of your lease term, and that’s after making a final ‘balloon payment’ - usually thousands of pounds.
If you’re not interested in ownership, you might consider leasing through personal contract hire. These agreements tend to begin with a deposit of around three to six months’ monthly payments, then monthly payments for the duration of your lease term - usually three to five years.
Leasing used to be the only way to enjoy access to the latest electric car models without the commitment of full ownership, but today, a subscription is proving a more popular - and more convenient - option. With a car subscription through Onto, you can drive the newest electric cars as soon as they’re available with no deposit and a flexible monthly contract.