Extra Miles: Where Are Yours Spent?

One important consideration that anyone who leases a car has to make is how many miles they’re going to drive. Even car manufacturers that offer excellent leasing deals are bound to have restrictions on how much the car can be driven, which means lease owners have to be particularly frugal with how much they drive. If you’re going to lease, below are some of the major causes of an increase of miles that you should watch out for.

1. Driving for Uber or Lyft

Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in cities all over the world, as they offer passengers affordable transportation and drivers quick income. If you plan on driving for either of these companies, you should keep in mind the trips you give could put quite a few miles on your leased car. You never know how far a passenger will want to go, which means not being able to estimate how much you’ll drive in any given week or month.

Tip: If you’d like to go through with driving for a ride-share company, make sure it’s allowed in your lease. Some leases exclude driving for these companies using the vehicle in the contract.

2. New Job

Although getting a new job is a great way to increase your income, what would happen if you were driving 10 or even 30 more miles per day? Over the course of a year, this will add up to many miles on your car. One of the best ways to avoid this is by carpooling with other employees who live by you. What’s even better is that this can save you money on gas, making it a win/win for everyone involved.

Another consideration to make is if your job requires you to move a long distance. Instead of driving and putting excess miles on your leased car, you may want to have a transportation company move the car. This won’t put any miles and will allow you to travel by plane instead of having to drive.

3. Lifestyle Changes

Did the kids start soccer? Are you moving to the suburbs instead of living in the city? Did one of your family members move? Any of these situations could result in you having to drive a lot more on a daily basis. Even just a small change, such as driving to and from children’s sports, could mean exceeding the mileage allowance for your lease in just a few months. One of the best ways to work around this is by ride-sharing with other people so you can keep your car parked.

Do You Want to Avoid Fees?

If you were to add more miles to your car than your lease allowed, this could cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. One way to avoid this is to always be aware how many miles you’re driving on a daily basis. Those small trips might not seem like a lot right now, but they can add up to quite a few miles in the near future. By paying close attention and asking others for rides, you’ll find that it’s much easier to keep your car in the mileage allotted.

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