Ask Paul: Am I better off with a novated lease or a car loan?


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Q. I have been trying to do the sums to see if I would be better off getting a new vehicle through a novated lease or a personal loan.

Combined income is around $170,000pa net. - Therese

A. Hi Therese. It really depends on the income of the person who is buying the car and the value of the car.

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Any of the novated lease companies can then run the numbers for you.

You can compare this with the repayment schedule on a personal loan and then you will have a black-and-white answer.

I suspect if you compare the novated lease with a really low-interest personal loan there will not be a lot of difference.

I reckon the real issue is the actual cost of the car.

The advice I have been giving for 40 years is "buy the cheapest car your ego can live with".

They are just money-devouring, depreciating disasters. Sure, we need one but the best advice I can give you is to buy a cheap, reliable one.

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Paul Clitheroe AM is founder and editorial adviser of Money magazine. He is one of Australia's leading financial voices, responsible for bringing financial insight to Australians through personal finance books, the Money TV show, and this publication, which he established in 1999. Paul is the chair of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and is chairman of InvestSMART Financial Services. He is the chair of Financial Literacy at Macquarie University where he is also a Professor with the School of Business and Economics. Click here to ask Paul your money question. Unfortunately Paul cannot respond to questions posted in the comments section. Please view our disclaimer here.
August 3, 2018 6.24am

Click bait with no answer (other than 'check for yourself').

August 27, 2018 8.21pm

Best way to buy a car is to save up and pay cash for it.

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