I don't think it's the only issue with leasing. I see the argument repeated that people want to lease because of the changing technology. I considered this route because I heard it so often. However, if you can pay for the car outright, you will probably pay less (and be less restricted on things like mileage and length of ownership) than if you lease. I haven't been able to see the financial benefit compared to buying the vehicle cash, then selling for a fair residual value. I'd be happy to be shown the math that disagrees with that, though.