Merc just blew-up the one-upmanship game. While leasing schemes are nothing new, MBSM’s (Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia) Lease2Go offer is a mightily updated version. Designed for folks who like up-grading and sticking it to the Joneses two doors down, lease tenures last between one and four years, within anticipated mileages of 20,000 to 30,000 km per year. Plus points include zero downpayment, and quick up-grades when new models come in. Insurance premiums, road tax, tyre and rim coverage, plus 24/7 roadside assistance are also included in the fixed monthly lease. With lease payments almost certainly lower than loan payments because you’re only paying for the vehicle’s depreciation during the lease period, you’re still responsible for servicing costs so you can’t drive it like you stole. At least not everyday.

Interested parties will have to provide a two-month refundable security deposit, and one month lease rental up front. Of course if you travel heavily, doing more miles than your contract allows will incur a cost, and there’s nothing you can modify no matter how stylish your personal tastes. Still, it’s a great way to ensure you get a new ride every two to three years.

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