by: Gary Hoffman | AOL Autos

    Automakers have cut the lease rates on a range of vehicles just in time for the holidays, and now you have the perfect excuse to put an all-too extravagant present on your wish list.

    > In Pictures: 20 Great December Lease Deals

    Virtually every manufacturer has a seasonal sale underway, and, on some vehicles, the discounts can only be described as dramatic. BMW has cut the down payment on its stylish 135i to a mere $469, and Honda has eliminated it on eight vehicles, including the hot-selling Civic, Fit and Accord Crosstour. And the monthly on the Mini Cooper is down about $60 from 2009. In addition, a number of vehicles are beating their lease rates from just a few months ago, and U.S. automakers, after testing the waters, are plunging back into the business. Cadillac, Buick and Lincoln, in particular, are leading the way. Automakers are encouraged by the higher used-car prices that are projected in coming years. Those prices assure them that they won’t lose money when they resell returned leased vehicle three or four years from now.

    And if you prefer to buy and not lease, then check out the Best Deals Of The Month.

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    Subaru Impreza WRX MINI Cooper Toyota Prius Cadillac CTS Cadillac SRX
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    Editor's Pick: 2011 Buick Regal

    General Motors has given the Opel Insignia a royal welcome to the U.S., reviving the time-honored Buick Regal name for it and pulling out the stops on lease incentives. There is only one way to explain the mere $291 monthly rate on the decidedly high-end model: The automaker wants to give the car as much exposure as possible -- and that means getting thousands of Regals out onto U.S. streets. Sweetening the deal even more, GM has eliminated the down payment on its special Regal leases for December. Since it is aimed at the entry-level luxury segment in everything but price, it offers a slew of standard high-end features: CD/MP3 player, dual zone climate control, OnStar, heated front seats, satellite radio and more. In quintessential European-style, the Regal is powered by a 182 hp, direct injection four-cylinder engine and boasts a competitive 30 mpg on the highway. (A more powerful turbocharged 220 hp engine is available as an option.) One other benefit: Since the Opel Insignia was introduced in 2008, GM's European subsidiary has had plenty of time to smooth out the glitches.

    > In Pictures: 20 Great December Lease Deals

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    TravisCES Mar 28, 2011 3:41 PM
    Purplechubby you are obviously one of the brainwashed union members. Why do you think they are moving overseas? Because unions have driven wages too high to compete and jobs are lost thanks to unions. Unions have outlasted their usefulness and if you could see past your ignorance you would see the only winners in unions are the union leadership not the members.
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    a321dsaq321 Feb 22, 2011 6:59 PM
    when you go to nissan website lease come out at $300 how do you get $189
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    Red Feb 22, 2011 6:20 AM
    For those not driving in excess, leasing is the only way to fly. Why buy a depreciating asset when you can rent? This, by the way, goes for women too. LOL. Buy appreciating assets. That is called an investment. Rent depreciating assets. That is called smart.
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    REA Feb 22, 2011 6:17 AM
    Yea, keep buying imports you MORONS! If you love them so much why don\'t you move to the place where the profits are going....STUPID!
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    LTRAMR Feb 22, 2011 4:48 AM
    Yes the worse is yet to come , inflation is raising its ugly head,20.000.00 or more for a decent car?
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    SLAPSTI501 Feb 22, 2011 12:21 AM
    What the article fails to mention is that the lease deals mentioned here are for base model vehicles,without the options that most people want. With the added options the lease price jumps considerably. Also,cap cost reduction (down payment ) is not a bad idea. Either you opt for making a down payment and reducing the monthly cost of the vehicle, or making no down payment , and having a higher monthly payment.
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    SLAPSTI501 Feb 22, 2011 12:15 AM
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    ImportantFacts1 Feb 22, 2011 12:04 AM
    The dollar is going to collapse this year. Why? Because our dollar is going to be replaced as the standard for oil. We had beeter tell the environmentalists to shove it and drill our own oil immediately! You may not want to hear this folks, but we are in serious trouble and have borrowed more money than we can ever repay. Dollar will be worth zip by Christmas.
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    JLE615 Feb 21, 2011 10:49 PM
    Buy a Buick Regal and you are buying an import from German. Who'od have thunk it?
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    Mdausn Feb 21, 2011 9:43 PM
    Ford is the only American car company. You can't count Government Motors (owned by the Socialist govt, Unions and Canada) or Chrysler (Owned by Fiat and the Unions). If I'm buying a foreign car, I'm doing it the honest way and buying Toyota. If you are buying American, you are buying Ford. Period.
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    Daveguin Feb 21, 2011 9:07 PM
    Please buy American unless you enjoy the idea of the profits going overseas. To buy a foreign car is un American
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    Veasystreet Feb 21, 2011 9:02 PM
    When I was a kid leases were called loans with a "balloon payment" at the end of the financing. We called people fools for taking out these types of loans in those days. I guess times have changed and tighter money has made "leasing" seem smart.
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    Purplechubby Feb 21, 2011 7:59 PM
    Weve all lost our jobs to China we cant afford to lease a new car.Thank god for unoins for keeping some jobs here.
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    RARondini Feb 21, 2011 7:29 PM
    Here we have supposed help. Only a dummy would think a zero down lease is a good deal. The lease payment is higher. The only important factors are the selling price, the residual, and the money factor. Yes I know they do not call it a selling price because they add to it and call it the capitlized cost. I can not believe your the AOL automotive guru and your feeding the public this mis info. Also, when you lease you need to know if you do not release whats the disposition fee? What do they allow for wear and tear etc. If you need someone to write your column email me.
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    TASS56 Feb 21, 2011 7:20 PM
    If it weren't for Unions, no one would be making as much as they do. The only reason non-union workers are paid what they are is because Unions have raised the bar in the way of worker compensations. This means non-union employers must pay more and offer better extras to maintain a workforce.
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    Wulfking Feb 21, 2011 7:14 PM
    oh man ... i want a union-made car, where i can pay $30,000 for a $5,000 car so a high school drop-out can make thirty dollars and hour tightening a bolt on the steering wheel! lol!
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    Rchughes152 Feb 21, 2011 6:30 PM
    Cadillac is the only one I would want to be seen in. All the rest...foreign non union crap!!
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    HewChrs Feb 21, 2011 6:14 PM
    in america its all about greed
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