September 04, 2013 09:01 ET

Where Is Car Leasing Headed?

Recent Survey of Drivers Shows Leasing Is Poised to Grow in Near Future

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - Sep 4, 2013) - Car leasing has heated back up to pre-recession levels, but how much more growth can the industry expect for leasing?, the nation's largest car lease marketplace, has insight into this trend based on results of a recent survey that included leasing as a consideration of future vehicle shopping.

Brands such as Toyota and GM have been in the news lately discussing their plans for more lease growth. While these and other automakers have realized the industry's return to lease penetration comparable to pre-recession levels, how much can we expect this time around? According to the results of an online survey presented to more than 800 drivers in June, 40.7% of respondents said they are extremely likely to lease their next vehicle. This compares with 29.6% of respondents who said they were extremely likely to lease during the same time a year ago.

The most interesting part of this year's results lies in the fact that nearly two thirds of respondents are not leasing their current vehicle, meaning they are extremely likely to switch from financing to leasing when they shop for their next vehicle.

"It feels like 2006 all over again in terms of the excitement over car leasing," said Scot Hall, Executive Vice President of "We are seeing great deals with low, monthly prices, and there are a lot of people using to upgrade into a larger vehicle. This activity typically takes place when the environment for leasing is ripe and the economy is expanding."

Perhaps as a result of better deals being offered, fewer people cite getting a fair deal today as their most frustrating aspect of getting a lease. 58.3% of respondents in 2012 listed this as their main frustration, but that number dropped to 51.0% this past June. Toyota has plans of offering even more aggressive lease deals in the future, respondents mentioned this carmaker as having the best lease program today at 27.4% of respondents.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the world's largest automotive lease marketplace and the pioneer in facilitating lease transfers online. For more information about, call 866-SWAPNOW or visit