Average monthly new automobile lease payment in the U.S. 2012-2018

The average monthly lease payment for a new vehicle in the United States was 448 U.S. dollars in the fourth quarter of 2018. This is the highest payment since 2012, roughly a ten percent increase since 2014.

What affects lease payments?

Leasing involves one party making regular payments to another party for a fixed period of time in return for the asset of a particular asset, e.g. a car. Economists look to the intersection of supply and demand when they want to explain prices. In this case, the supply is the level of automobile production. Demand is more difficult to measure, but the consumer sentiment index gives an idea of buying attitudes and consumer reactions to economic conditions.

Leasing and the secondary car market

Depending on the period, nearly a third of new vehicles are leased, rather than sold. This is good for consumers because the maintenance and depreciation costs get shifted to the dealership. After the lease term expires, the vehicles return to the dealer. At that point they can be resold as part of the used vehicle market. Because the vehicles have already depreciated, they are more affordable. A significantly lower proportion of used vehicle purchase require financing in the United States.

Average monthly new vehicle lease payment in the United States from 2012 to 2018

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Release date

March 2019


United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Special properties

as of Q4 each year

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