Car Buying Advice - Why Lease?

lazy_boneslazy_bones Member Posts: 28
edited May 2017 in Honda
I priced a new CRV at the dealership, with a trade-in. They offered $15,000 for my trade-in, and I could have the CRV I wanted for an additional $19,330. I asked about a lease. They would credit half my trade-in as a down payment, I would pay over $12,000 in three years for lease payments, and the buyout at the end of three years was the same $19,330. It looks to me like leasing just put 12,000 more dollars in their pocket. I don't understand the advantage of leasing over purchasing.

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