Lease or Buy CI

Lease or Buy?

Ann M. Hackert, Idaho State University, Steven Byers, Idaho State University
January 19, 2021
North America
Accounting & Finance
3 pages
finance, personal finance, Leasing
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.7)
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This critical incident involves a lease versus a buy decision for a vehicle. Although the literature in personal finance often concludes that buying is a better decision, Evan Anderson decided to analyze the issue by comparing the financial outcomes, and considering technology and safety issues. Evan realized he also needed to discuss the qualitative aspects. The critical incident articulates the valuable safety technology currently available for automobiles. The literature regarding the personal finance leasing decision focuses on costs and does not incorporate the qualitative aspects of technology and safety in the decision facing Evan. This CI shows how common knowledge affecting decisions can change over time.

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Examine why an individual would consider leasing a vehicle by considering the advantages and disadvantages
  2. Calculate the financial outcomes of a purchase using a loan as compared to a vehicle lease and analyze the alternatives
  3. Explain how uncertainty and other issues that are not quantifiable affect the decision to lease or purchase the vehicle
  4. Evaluate Evan’s options and make a decision