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SWAPALEASE.COM COLOR ANALYSIS: TODAY’S CARS ARE 50 SHADES OF GREY

CINCINNATI, OHIO (January 28, 2015) – In truth, there may not be 50 different shades, but 80% of the cars and trucks in the Swapalease.com auto lease marketplace are in the gray family (including white and black). Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, analyzed colors of its entire online ecosystem and discovered that the grayscale dominates the automotive landscape.



Specifically, the colors black (31.4%), white (19.6%), silver (13.1%), dark grey (9.1%) and grey…

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Added by John Sternal on January 28, 2015 at 6:37am — No Comments

2014 LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS FINISHED WITH TURBULENT APPROVAL LEVELS

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals for 2014 ended with a rate of 69.0%, down from the 2013 approval rate of 77.7% approvals. December 2014 specifically ended with a monthly approvals rate of 60.9%, down from the previous December that saw 73.3% approvals in 2013.



“The year ended much the same way it progressed, with turbulence as the approvals theme for the entire 2014 campaign,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of…

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Added by John Sternal on January 22, 2015 at 6:48am — No Comments

Still Healthy Demand For Some Smaller Cars Despite Low Gas Prices

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, analyzed four of today’s most popular fuel-sippers against four of today’s most popular large trucks/SUVs to see if low gas prices are impacting consumer demand. The company analyzed search and consideration data from 2013 against 2014, when gas prices fell continuously through the end of the year.



The analysis showed that some small cars remained in healthy demand, while others did not. The analysis showed the same for…

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Added by John Sternal on January 20, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments

TV Shows Have Made Us Better Car Negotiators

Below are some stats from a recent survey you might find interesting from a December online Swapalease.com survey that was presented to 2,500 people across U.S. and Canada.



54.8% of men said they do not look forward to environments where negotiation takes place (66.7% of women).

However, while 32.5% of men said TV shows like Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and American Pickers have made them better negotiators, 78.2% of women said the…

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Added by John Sternal on January 14, 2015 at 1:33pm — No Comments

END-OF-YEAR LEASE DEALS; MONTHLY PAYMENT MINDSET FUEL RISING LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS ENTERING DECEMBER

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during November continued to increase, fueling even more end-of-year momentum for lease applications and vehicle exchange rates. November saw an approvals rate of 84.2%, the second-highest monthly lease approvals rate during 2014 (August saw 85.7%).



The monthly approvals rate was driven by early holiday lease campaigns and offers, with a rising number of lessees exchanging vehicles from brands…

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Added by John Sternal on December 17, 2014 at 8:07am — No Comments

BIGGEST MISPERCEPTION WHEN SHOPPING FOR AN END-OF-YEAR CAR LEASE: OUTGOING MODEL YEAR IS CHEAPER

Conventional wisdom among many end-of-year car shoppers is to choose the outgoing model year in order to save a few dollars. However, an analysis by nationwide car lease marketplace, Swapalease.com, shows consumers can often get a better lease deal if they opt for the incoming model year, even in December when end-of-year negotiating heats up.

 

For example, consumers can lease a 2015 Toyota Camry for $293.71 per month, compared to a new 2014 model priced at $319.22. A 2015 Chevrolet…

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Added by John Sternal on December 15, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS RISE AHEAD OF THE BUSY HOLIDAY LUXURY AUTO CAMPAIGNS

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during October rebounded to a rate of 74.1%, compared with 64.5% in September. Roughly three out of every four lease applicants were approved in October, an important indicator given the continued popularity of car and truck leases.



Year to date, Swapalease.com has recorded a lease credit approval rate of 68.6%, just shy of the 70% rate that is considered normal in the marketplace. Over the…

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Added by John Sternal on November 18, 2014 at 5:59am — No Comments

Most Tesla Lease Exchanges Will Happen In First 4-8 Months

Under Tesla's new program, lessees have the option to return their Model S within the first three months if they are unsatisfied. Scot Hall from Swapalease.com believes many will take advantage of an early out, but not within the first three months of vehicle possession. Tesla is playing a slight role in this decision, disqualifying drivers from immediately leasing another Tesla if they do return in the three-month window.



However, a closer look at luxury lease exchange trends on…

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Added by John Sternal on November 13, 2014 at 11:08am — No Comments

16 POPULAR CARS & TRUCKS UNDER $200 PER MONTH IN NOVEMBER; WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new car lease deals, shows 16 popular cars and trucks in November offered for less than $200 per month, with a variety of models between small and mid-sized cars, SUVs and pickup trucks. According to Wantalease.com, it’s the largest variety of makes and models at this price point during 2014.



Headlining the November lease deals is the Chevrolet Cruze LT, listed at $119 per month with less than $1,000 down. The Cruze…

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Added by John Sternal on November 12, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

More Data On Gas Prices Altering Driving Habits

It's been well documented that car shoppers have fewer EV/hybrids in mind given today's gas prices. Now comes word that drivers of these fuel-efficient vehicles are also looking to walk away in an effort to upsize, too. Below are two stories trending in the  automotive world with personal financial consequences.



Walking Away From A Gas-Sipper



Electric (EV) and hybrid vehicle…

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Added by John Sternal on November 6, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Falling Used Car Prices? Don’t Blame Leasing

There’s been a lot of discussion recently on the role leasing has been playing on used car prices, with particular emphasis on the rising number of…

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Added by John Sternal on November 5, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Swapalease.com Disagrees With Consumer Reports

Swapalease.com is more than just an advocate of lease transfer. The company is also a strong advocate of leasing. Therefore, Swapalease.com is challenging many of the points made by Consumer Reports in a recent lease versus loan comparison column, “Buying vs. leasing basics for cars”, published earlier this month.

 

“It was disappointing to see the details of the…

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Added by John Sternal on October 31, 2014 at 9:32am — No Comments

When Politicians Veto Their Own Cars

Fair or not, some constituents are unhappy with what their elected officials are paying to drive. In the majority of cases, these cars are leased. Some opponents are even using the price of the car lease in attack ads. Politicians have…

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Added by John Sternal on October 20, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

11 Photos That will Never Sell A Car Online

Selling a car online is now mainstream. But you can easily screw up your chances for success, usually with the photos you select.



“Especially when car shopping, price and car design have always been the two biggest hot buttons that will dictate the success of a car sale,” said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of Swapalease.com. “Photos that showcase the car’s design and features are even more important in a peer-to-peer sales environment such as the Swapalease.com…

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Added by John Sternal on October 17, 2014 at 9:49am — 1 Comment

OCTOBER LEASE DEALS SHOW PLENTY OF PRICES UNDER $150 A MONTH ACCORDING TO WANTALEASE.COM

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new car lease deals, shows a growing number of car and truck lease deals offered for less than $150 per month. What's more, a few cars are even offered for less than $120 per month. The deals arrive as leasing continues to grow in popularity for consumers and dealerships.



The Chevrolet Cruze LT and the Ford Focus SE are both offered at $119 monthly in their current October Wantalease.com lease deals, highlighting…

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Added by John Sternal on October 14, 2014 at 7:18am — No Comments

CAR LEASE CREDIT APPROVALS HIT MORE SUBPRIME TURBULENCE IN SEPTEMBER

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of September were down at 64.5%, falling after reaching into the low 80% range during July and August. The approvals rate is an important indicator of how successful car shoppers are at getting approved for a car lease.



The approvals rate has witnessed noticeable turbulence in recent months, with SubPrime car shoppers the likely culprit. Year-to-date approvals are at 67.8%…

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Added by John Sternal on October 9, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

Consumers Avoid Dealer Mark-ups When Shopping Online For A Lease

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a new rule that would allow it to oversee companies that finance car loans and leases. The new rule is designed to address…

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Added by John Sternal on October 7, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

IN ONLINE CAR MATCHMAKING, MEN ARE MORE EXPRESSIVE THAN WOMEN

In the world of online matchmaking, women express their inner feelings through their online ads more so than men. In the world of online “car matchmaking”, not so much. An analysis of gender-specific online “car ads” by national car leasing marketplace, Swapalease.com, finds that men are more expressive when it comes to details of the cars they’re trying to pair up with others.



The nationwide online marketplace helps match people wanting out of their car lease with others around…

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Added by John Sternal on September 30, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

BLACK BOOK LENDER SOLUTIONS EXPANDS ROSTER OF LOAN ORIGINATION SYSTEM PROVIDERS

Black Book announces the integration of its vehicle valuation data into a number of today’s leading providers of loan origination systems used by auto lenders. Recent integrations include Credex, Compass Technologies and FNI (Financial Network Inc.).



This continued expansion of Black Book data throughout industry loan origination systems allows lending decisions to be made in less time and with lower costs, thus accelerating the approval process. These operational efficiencies,…

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Added by John Sternal on September 30, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments

PRICES ON DOMESTIC AUTO LEASES DISCOUNTED MOST IN SEPTEMBER ACCORDING TO WANTALEASE.COM

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new car lease deals, reports domestic auto leases are seeing the largest price drops during September. Seven of the top ten popular lease vehicles with the biggest price drops in September are from Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford and Buick, with prices discounted as much as 46% from the previous month.



Wantalease.com is the nation’s first online destination for new car lease deals, and it is a sister marketplace to…

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Added by John Sternal on September 24, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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