You can use this **car lease calculator** to figure out your monthly lease payment for lease terms of 24, 36, and 48 months. The calculator provides the user with a variety of information, including sales taxes due on signing, total of all payments, and the total monthly lease payment.

The variables used in our online calculator are defined in detail below, including how to interpret the results.

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MSRP is an abbreviation for the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. This is also sometimes referred to as the "sticker" price of the car because the MSRP appears as a sticker in the window of every new car sold in America. Unless a car make and model is in high demand, they are usually sold at a discount to the MSRP.

The negotiated price of the automobile is also referred to as the base capitalized cost. This is the negotiated price you'd be willing to pay for the car you're leasing if you decided to buy it from the dealer. Nearly always, the base capitalized cost is less than the MSRP. This is the starting point for the lease calculations, before additional lease costs are added, and reductions are subtracted.

The dealer acquisition fee is perhaps the most common of the additional lease costs you will encounter. That's because nearly all new cars come with this charge, which is typically in the $250 to $700 range. It's the money charged to a customer for the dealership to generate a lease.

When a car is returned under a lease, the dealership expects the car to be returned with "normal" wear and tear. If the car is leased for a term that is longer than the manufacturer's warranty (either in time or mileage), then you might want to pay this fee to extend the warranty until the end of the lease. Extended warranties are also included as an additional lease cost.

The capitalized cost reductions are items that are subtracted from the gross capitalized lease costs. These can be in the form of dealer incentives or monies paid up front; such as a down payment.

If you are lowering the amount you're going to finance by providing a cash down payment, then enter that amount here.

If you are trading in a car as part of the deal, then enter the trade-in allowance negotiated with the dealership. If you are not trading in a car, then just enter zero.

Car leases use a Money Factor in place of an interest rate on a loan. In fact, if you take the money factor and multiply it by 24, then you get the effective interest rate on the lease. If you multiply the answer by 100, this will convert the result to %.

The term of the loan is the number of months over which the loan will be paid or the lease will exist. This car lease calculator only works with lease terms of 24, 36, and 48 months.

This is your state's sales tax rate, if any.

The gross capitalized costs are simply the total amount of capital, or money, which is part of the leasing agreement. This is the starting point for all lease calculations. Some of these costs are negotiated with the dealership, such as the base capitalized costs.

The adjusted or net capitalized cost of the lease is the amount of money borrowed over the course of the lease.

The APR calculation is derived from the money factor you've entered, where the APR (%) = Money Factor x 24 x 100.

The residual value of the car is an estimate of the car's value at the end of the lease. This particular calculator uses an average depreciation rate to calculate the car's residual value.

Depreciation is the loss in the car's value over the course of the lease.

The finance or rent charges is the total of all fees paid over the course of a car lease that relate to the car's decline in value and the financing of the vehicle.

This is the sales tax due on all of the car lease payments.

If you were to add all of your payments associated with the lease, this would be the value. This value accounts for depreciation, the rent or finance charge, and sales tax.

These are the total costs associated with the lease itself.

This is the net taxes due, calculated using the net of the down payment and trade-in allowances times your state sales tax rate. This is one of the upfront costs that are due at lease signing.

This is the monthly lease payment required to recover the cost of depreciation and finance / rent charges.

This is the sales tax due each month on the lease payment.

This is the total monthly lease payment associated with the automobile. This includes payments due on the car's depreciation, financing, and sales taxes (if any).

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Disclaimer: These online calculators are made available and meant to be used as a screening tool for the investor. The accuracy of these calculations is not guaranteed nor is its applicability to your individual circumstances. You should always obtain personal advice from qualified professionals.