When you decide to buy a new car then it takes many important decisions. And one of the most important decisions is whether to lease or pay all of your savings all together. Well, leasing has many advantages like lower monthly payments and if you need to change your cars every few years. Most of the people are familiar with leasing a new vehicle, but there are many other options like taking over someone else’s lease. So, let us dive deep to know more about the lease takeover.

Lease Transfer

A lease transfer is also known as a lease swap and is different from a new lease. Basically, it means the transfer of original lessee of a leased vehicle to a new lessee. The new lessee gains use of the car & takes over the payments. This lease is also bound by the responsibilities of the agreement, that includes maintenance and mileage limits. Most of the banks, dealers or leasing companies charge some transfer fees to allow a lease swap. You can find this cost in your original leasing contract.
There are a few terms and conditions that are attached with the lease transfers like when the lease is transferred, the new lessee gains use of the vehicle for the remainder of the original lease term. And if the lease transfer occurs in mid year, the miles driven by the initial lessee are also combined with those driven by the new lessee.

Pros & Cons of Lease Transfer


  • One of the most important advantages of taking over a lease is the chance for a short term lease. It is because the original lessee completed a portion of the contract, the new lessee has a shorter term to complete. A very valuable aspect for people who want to try out new cars before finalising the one.
  • The transfers fees on a new lessee can be very less than the down payment of the original lessee paid. Infact, original lessees often offer incentives to attract a new lessee.
  • Another addition to the pro section is lower upfront cost, lower monthly payments, & the flexibility to drive a new vehicle every few years without the hassle of buying & selling.


  • Higher long term cost than purchasing a car, particularly if you are leasing a new car every two or three years.
  • Leasing will never own you a vehicle therefore no equity in a car. Lease owners are also bound by stricter terms than drivers with a car loan.
  • Low mileage limit if taking over mid year from an original lessee that drives a lot.

Why People Transfer Leases

Lease transfer can be transferred by agreement with the original lessee, or via leasing company. Companies generally seek new lessees when there is a default on payments or can no longer afford the payments. In many cases, companies have been seen to offer lease deals to attract new lessees.
The original lessees may want to transfer a lease for various reasons as they are struggling in making the payments or a change in circumstances. They may simply tire of the vehicle they leased before the end of the term or may have had a change in the type of vehicle they need.

How People Transfer Leases?

  • People that are looking to assume a lease can connect with lessees that want to transfer their leases in a variety of ways.
  • There are many streamline websites that can help you with the lease transfer process.
  • The leasing companies & dealerships can connect original & new lessees.
  • Original lessees can also be transferred on online classified ads.

Basics to Understand

  • Leasing a car is very different from buying a vehicle with a loan or cash. In lease terms, once the equity in that vehicle with each payment doesn’t earn ownership of the car. Instead, at the end of the lease term, the vehicle is returned to the leasing company or dealership. The leasing of new cars are common but used cars can also be leased.
  • Leases also include all the terms that govern the wear and tear of a vehicle and also required to perform essential maintenance, such as oil changes, for the vehicle.
  • The amount of monthly lease payments are determined by the value of the car and the amount the car leased will depreciate during the lease term.
  • The monthly lease payment includes taxes and fees, & lessee’s credit score and the amount of the down payment can affect the amount of the monthly payment.


A lease transfer occurs when a new lessee takes over a lease from an original lessee. The new lessee assumes the monthly payments and the responsibilities, such as routine maintenance and mileage limits, for the remainder of the lease term.