The answer is that

*everyone*is right. This is because the

*only*way to compare two leases is by calculating the TCO (total cost of ownership) across the lifetime of both leases, not by looking at the CC or RV in isolation.

Let's compare imaginary Lease A against imaginary Lease B.

LeftieBiker is correct: if Lease A has a lower CC than Lease B, then Lease A can also have a lower RV, so that the total cost of ownership is the same for both leases.

DucRider is also correct: if Lease A has a higher CC than Lease B, then lease A can also have a higher RV, so that the total cost of ownership is the same for both leases.

If you

*keep everything else equal*, then lowering the CC lowers the TCO.

If you

*keep everything else equal*, then raising the RV lowers the TCO.

But the leasing companies

*do not*keep everything equal. And so if you modify both the CC and RV

*at the same time*, then all bets are off, and your TCO's can go in any direction.

This lack of predictability is true not just for CC and RV, but for

*all*the parameters of a lease. The MSRP, rebates, capitalized cost reduction, doc fee, license fee, disposition fee, acquisition fee, and all the other fees and charges, these are all just mathematical fictions created by the leasing company. If you focus on reducing just one of them, then the leasing company can simply raise another one of them, and the total cost of the lease hasn't changed at all -- or has even increased -- even though it

*looks*like it's gone down.

In other words, although everyone is right in describing the importance of monthly payments or rebates or capitalized cost reduction or residual value, none of these parameters matters

*in isolation*, because it can be easily cancelled out or unbalanced by another parameter.

The only way to tell whether a lease is a good deal -- equivalently, the only way to compare one lease with another lease, apples-to-apples -- is to calculate the total cost of ownership, including all fees.

Since everyone was correct in their earlier postings, I suggest now returning back to the original goal of sharing real-world lease information.

Also, I hope that posters on this group will do their best to provide sufficient information for calculating TCO (total cost of ownership). My own earlier post steps through a way to calculate TCO. This kind of effort is important because only with a TCO is it possible to accurately compare one lease with another.

Edited: per DucRider's input.