Here at Weirs Buick GMC, we take pride in providing one of the best selections of quality cars, SUVs, trucks, and vans in the greater South Portland area. Most of our customers find the perfect vehicle for all their driving needs, with the next step being financing. In general, folks get behind the wheel of a new GMC or Buick vehicle one of two ways: with an auto loan or with a lease. We can't tell you which one is best for your situation, but keep reading on to see the advantages and drawbacks to each, so you can better make your own decision!


There are a few key differences to consider when you're trying to decide whether you should go with an auto loan or a GMC/Buick lease, and each option has advantages and drawbacks, so it really depends on what kind of driver you are and how you'd like to use your vehicle. Below is a simple breakdown of the differences between an auto loan and a lease, and why some folks from Arundel, South Portland, and Scarborough, ME might prefer one over the other. While we're in no position to make this decision for you, you can always give us a call at (877) 861-0070 to speak to one of our financing experts and ask any questions you might have.

Purchasing with a Loan - When you purchase your new models with a loan, there are some key things that differentiate it from leasing:

  • When you purchase with a loan, you own your vehicle! This means you can choose when (and if) to maintain it, how long you'll keep the car, how far you'll drive the car, and you can elect for any customizations you want. If you're ever ready to change rides, purchasing with a loan guarantees you're able to sell the vehicle, too, which is something you can't do when you lease.
  • Purchasing with a loan tends to come with higher monthly payments than leasing, because when you purchase, you're buying the car outright, but when you lease, you're paying only for the amount of depreciation the vehicle experiences while in your possession.
  • The first step to securing a car loan is applying, which you can do by visiting us in person, or you can get a head start by applying for credit online.

The Process of Leasing - Leasing is a little different from buying, but it, too, offers advantages and drawbacks. Only you will know which is the right path for you!

  • When you lease, you take possession of a typically-new vehicle for an agreed-upon length of time. The amount of time you keep the vehicle and the allotted amount of miles you agree to are your lease terms. These terms can include other stipulations, too, such as adhering to the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule and not incurring an "excess wear and tear."
  • The biggest advantage to leasing is the fact that you can turn your vehicle back into the dealership at the end of your lease and move right on to something fresher, newer, and better. If you really love your leased vehicle, you can always purchase it at the end of your lease, but if you want something new every couple of years, this is a great option.

Whether you go with a lease or a loan, you've already made a great choice by choosing your car from the GMC lineup or Buick lineup. We can't wait to help you secure the financing to match, so give us a call or stop in for a visit today! 

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