Buying and leasing are car are different. When you buy a car, you become responsible for the entire cost of the car, no matter how long you keep it or how often or far you drive it. When you obtain a new car lease, you only pay for a portion of the car-that is, the portion you "use" while you are driving it. And, unlike buying, leasing doesn't usually require a down-payment; although you may be responsible for paying certain fees and a security deposit. There are also penalties for terminating the car lease early. But whether buying or leasing is best depends upon your individual needs and circumstance. And if you do decide to lease, it doesn't necessarily mean you're stuck with that car for the duration of the lease term.