Dear Matzav Readers,
After reading some of the letters that some people have sent in to Matzav regarding business practices, I decided to send this letter regarding leasing companies. I don’t know if any of you have leased a new 2010 Honda Accord recently, but I just leased one about a month ago. I read an ad from a leasing company advertising the Honda Accord at an extremely low price. I contacted that leasing company and the person who answered the phone told me that including tax it will cost $179 a month. Then I contacted some other leasing companies to try to get the best deal and they were all about 10 to 15 dollars more, plus tax, but including tax they all were about the same amount.
I asked one leasing company how it could be that including tax he was only charging $179 while another leasing company was 15 dollars cheaper. He told me that sales tax in New Jersey is only 7 percent and that the other leasing company is advertising the car for 15 dollars less, but he adds the 15 dollars to the tax.
Now, I never leased a car before, but something didn’t sound right. But I saw some Honda Accord from the cheaper leasing company, and since the company is popular, I just leased from the cheaper company.
That Shabbos, I was at my wife’s sister’s house, and I heard someone in shul screaming about how this leasing company is a ganav, a sheigitz, etc. I was wondering if this guy leased a Honda Accord from the same company I did. On the way home from shul, I asked my brother-in-law, “Who is that guy who was screaming about that leasing company?” He told me that the guy owns a different leasing company, and that this is old news. “Every week he tells us that he can’t do any deals because he wants to be ehrlich, while others keep on taking all the deals.”
That was enough for me. I realized that something was actually wrong with this leasing company. When I packed up the car after Shabbos, I decided to peel off that leasing company’s sticker from my car. But that’s not my point. My point is that this leasing company is not ehrlich, and the other companies that are ehrlich can’t make a living, and they also have families with bills to pay.
The next time you lease a car, make sure that you are only paying seven percent tax and make sure that company is ehrlich.
A Fellow Yid Who Fell In