This week we’re sharing tips on how to lease a vehicle for less and avoid moving companies that can cost you more in the long run. Here’s what you need to know now:

  • Leasing a vehicle: Compared to buying a car, leasing can sometimes be a great way to get a brand new vehicle at a much lower price point. Wise Bread’s Andrea Cannon tells readers what they need to know before leasing a car, including asking the dealer about total lease costs, warranty coverage and protection in the event of a stolen or totaled car (GAP insurance). She also urges readers to research lease specials and financing options to help negotiate the interest rate and sticker price. Cannon warns that leasing is basically a long-term car rental, so it’s crucial you follow maintenance, mileage requirements and early termination policies to avoid additional fees.
  • Choosing a moving company: When entrusting your personal belongings to a moving company, do a little extra digging to ensure you’re paying honest people for high-quality service. In the article “3 Signs of a Bad Moving Company,” Reporter Geoff Williams of U.S. News & World Report identifies the warning signs you need to be aware of to avoid a disastrous and costly move. Be wary if they require a high deposit, the quote is 20 to 30 percent lower than the competition and if the company you’re considering lacks a profile with the Better Business Bureau or is not registered with the Department of Transportation.

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