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John Sternal's Blog Posts Tagged 'car' (83)

WANT TO LEASE A CAR ONLINE? MANY U.S. CAR SHOPPERS “WOULDN’T EVEN KNOW WHERE TO LOOK”

Online shopping for purchasing a car has never been more popular. But what about if you want to compare leases through an online channel? According to participants of a recent survey from Wantalease.com, many respondents wouldn’t even know where to start.



Executives at Wantalease.com and its sister marketplace, Swapalease.com, were curious about how average drivers feel about the online research and shopping process on a new lease.…

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Added by John Sternal on July 23, 2014 at 7:01am — No Comments

GM LEASE DEALS SHOW LARGEST PRICE JUMPS AND PRICE DECLINES ENTERING JULY

Wantalease.com, the nation’s first online car lease marketplace for new lease deals, says certain GM models saw the largest drop in prices in June, with new lease deals offered on the Buick Regal Premium leasing for $229 per month, down from $426.46 in May. The Buick Lacrosse was being offered for $249 per month, down from $425.21 in May. The data was reported in the June Wantalease.com…

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Added by John Sternal on July 9, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Toyota's Focus On 24-Month Lease Terms

The 36-month lease has long been the norm in auto leasing circles, but Toyota and Chrysler are beefing up their 24-month lease offerings. According to a report in Automotive News:

      "Toyota is seeing a strong shift into two-year leases this year, a trend that promises quicker customer turnarounds and fuller used-car inventories down the road. At Toyota…

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Added by John Sternal on July 1, 2014 at 10:12am — No Comments

Car Lease Credit Approvals Reach New Low for the Year

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of May were 60.6%, the lowest monthly level of the year and down from January when the approvals rate was at 70.6%.

Despite the overall approvals rating sliding down from a 2014 high in January, Swapalease.com attributes the recent slide to a significant higher number of applications over the last two months. In fact, 44.7% more applications have been processed in May and April…

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Added by John Sternal on June 25, 2014 at 6:16am — No Comments

Insurance Premiums Cause People To Change Their Car?

Swapalease.com works with thousands of people each year looking to escape their lease contract before end of term for a variety of reasons. For the most part, people look to escape simply because they can no longer afford to make the payments, they’re bored and ready for something different, or they’ve had a change in their lifestyle (new baby on the way).



But a new crop of reasons has started to gain traction from drivers across the country. While many of these reasons are…

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Added by John Sternal on June 19, 2014 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

GM RECALLS HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON PEER-TO-PEER VEHICLE TRANSACTIONS

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, released its latest report on vehicle incentives from May, and one particular area stood out: Despite all the attention on recalls, few GM brands are currently listed with a cash incentive.

Cash incentives are a normal practice in the world of automotive sales, but what makes this report different is that the Swapalease.com marketplace involves person-to-person transactions. According to incentives data from May listings,…

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Added by John Sternal on June 10, 2014 at 6:01am — No Comments

Best Graduation Gift: Getting Rid of A Car

Help grads get rid of their car.



According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are on track to spend over $4.7 billion in cash, gift cards, clothing and electronics for graduates this year. They're also facing a still-tough job market. Today’s crop of new B.A.s are staring at roughly 8.5 percent unemployment and 16.8 percent underemployment, according to the…

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Added by John Sternal on June 4, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments

Consumers Breaking Car Lease Contracts Hits Near-Record Pace

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, says its customers continue to escape their car leases at a near-record pace. According to data from April listings, car lease drivers in April planned to escape their lease contracts 15.3 months into their lease, slightly off the record pace set back in January of 13.9 months.



Based on lease contracts with an average term of 36 months, the current pace of exit continues to expedite in pace. Prior to 2014, the average…

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Added by John Sternal on May 22, 2014 at 8:18am — 1 Comment

TV Lease Deals Misleading Consumers

The majority of consumers shopping for a new car lease are frustrated with the disconnect between advertised automotive deals and the cars they end up looking at inside the dealership. These findings were part of a joint online study between Swapalease.com and Wantalease.com from April 10 – April 24, 2014, presented to more than 1,000 drivers across North America. Complete results of the study may be found by clicking here.



Millions of cars…

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Added by John Sternal on May 20, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

Why Can't You Lease A Tesla?

No doubt, Tesla has become a highly successful car brand with a growing roster of fans.

The company recently introduced a new, guaranteed "buy back" program that offers to buy back a Model S between 36 – 39 months at a guaranteed residual.…

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Added by John Sternal on May 15, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Car Lease Credit Approvals Increase In March

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of March were at 69.6%, up from last month’s yearly low of 66.7%. The 69.6% approvals mark is also the level of the last three months, indicating a credit approvals landscape that continues to hover near the “healthy” mark of 70%.



The credit approvals rate over the last twelve months stands at 71.7%. Prior to March, the approvals rate had continuously dropped from early fall…

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Added by John Sternal on April 22, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments

How Often Do People Change Cars?

How much influence does ‘change’ have on today’s car shopper? In the past, financial motivations drove the behavior of car shoppers, but our desire to simply change is viewed as the main reason we shop for a car today, according to a new study from the car-leasing marketplace Swapalease.com.

 

According to results of…

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Added by John Sternal on April 8, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Lease Payments See Bump In February

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports that the average monthly payment for a car lease on the road in February is $591.70, up from last month’s average of $572.42 and compared with an average payment of $569.23 a year ago.



Compared with year-ago payments on today’s most popular vehicles, the Chevrolet Volt has had the largest monthly payment decline dropping from $424.50 a year ago to $297.56 today. The aggressive lease deals and incentives on Volt…

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Added by John Sternal on March 27, 2014 at 7:16am — 1 Comment

Since Last Year February Lease Credit Approval Data is up 11%

Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports lease credit approvals during the month of February were at 66.6%, down from the 70.5% level in January and 73.3% level in December of 2013. February’s rate was the lowest since September of 2013, when the marketplace saw just 62.9% approvals from credit applicants. So far in 2014 the credit approvals rate stands at 68.3%, close to the level Swapalease.com considers “healthy” at 70.0%. Over the last twelve months, the credit…

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Added by John Sternal on March 18, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Inside Look At Women Drivers When Leasing a Vehicle



How do women view their car lease experience? Swapalease.com wanted an inside look at how women drivers feel about leasing a vehicle, the shopping experience for a lease, and whether they would like to return to leasing in their next vehicle choice. Highlights from its latest report, "The State Of Women And Car Leasing" is below, and full results may be found on the …

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Added by John Sternal on March 13, 2014 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Spring Season Is Full Of Activity

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report from Ricky Beggs, Editorial Director of Black Book. Everywhere I turned this past week I was being told of 70% to 80% sales conversions definitely indicating a booming market. One buyer even said the opening bid was many times higher than his planned top bid. And the actual…

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Added by John Sternal on March 10, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments

Dealers Are Beginning The Spring Buying Season

Here is this week's Used Car Market Report with analysis from Ricky Beggs and Black Book. Judging from the overall comments Black Book received this past week and the ultimate level of adjustments based on the auction results and…

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Added by John Sternal on March 3, 2014 at 9:02am — No Comments

Has The Severe U.S Winter Shifted Car Shoppers Preferences?

Has the winter of 2014 altered what kind of vehicle choices are made by drivers? Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, reports a slight change in vehicle preferences this winter, with utility vehicles replacing certain car segments in many locations.



During the previous three winters, a mix of car segments and smaller utility vehicles carried a large percentage of lease…

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Added by John Sternal on February 25, 2014 at 8:04am — No Comments

Tax Season Has Arrived

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of Beggs on the Used Car Market with data from Black Book. Thanks for tuning in this week and also for the comments we received over the past week about the market activity.…

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Added by John Sternal on February 24, 2014 at 8:45am — No Comments

Is Your Lease In Demand Overseas?



Swapalease.com, the nation’s largest car lease marketplace, believes a growing number of U.S. leases are being taken over for the purpose of getting shipped overseas at the end of term, particularly as fewer lessees and dealers plan to keep the leases because of the changing equity position.

In several European markets, pent-up demand is pushing up local car sales. Exports of U.S. cars have been on the rise, with brands like Ford and Honda showing increasing exports recently. In…

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Added by John Sternal on February 21, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

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