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Manual vs. Automatic: What's the Difference?

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To Lease: To rent property for a specified period. To Buy: To acquire ownership through payment.

Key Differences

To Lease involves paying for the use of an asset over time. To Buy means acquiring permanent ownership through a single transaction.
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To Lease often includes ongoing payments. To Buy typically involves a one-time payment or financing.
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To Lease usually doesn't build equity. To Buy allows for equity accumulation in an asset.
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To Lease often has contractual time limits. To Buy results in indefinite ownership duration.
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To Lease might have restrictions on use or customization. To Buy allows for full control and customization.
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Ownership

Temporary use rights
Permanent ownership
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Payment Structure

Ongoing payments
One-time or financed purchase
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Equity Building

Usually none
Builds equity in the asset
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Time Duration

Contractual period
Indefinite
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Use/Customization

May have restrictions
Full control and customization
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Manual and Automatic Definitions

Manual

Contractual use of an asset.
To lease equipment can be cost-effective for startups.
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Automatic

Purchasing property outright.
They saved enough money to buy their dream car.
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Manual

Of or relating to the hands
Manual skill.
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Automatic

Obtaining assets permanently.
To buy land can be a good investment.
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Manual

Done by, used by, or operated with the hands.
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Automatic

Transaction leading to ownership.
He plans to buy a boat next summer.
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Manual

Employing human rather than mechanical energy
Manual labor.
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Automatic

Act of acquiring property.
To buy vintage art requires a keen eye.
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Manual

Of, relating to, or resembling a small reference book.
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Automatic

Acting or operating in a manner essentially independent of external influence or control
An automatic light switch.
A budget deficit that triggered automatic spending cuts.
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Manual

A small reference book, especially one giving instructions.
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Automatic

Self-regulating
An automatic washing machine.
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Manual

(Music) A keyboard, as of an organ or harpsichord, played with the hands.
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Automatic

Acting or done without volition or conscious control; involuntary
Automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eyes in strong light.
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Manual

A machine operated by hand.
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Automatic

Acting or done as if by machine; mechanical
An automatic reply to a familiar question.
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Manual

A manual transmission.
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Automatic

Capable of firing continuously until ammunition is exhausted or the trigger is released
An automatic rifle.
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Manual

A vehicle having a manual transmission.
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Automatic

Semiautomatic
An automatic pistol.
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Manual

Prescribed movements in the handling of a weapon, especially a rifle
The manual of arms.
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Automatic

An automatic machine or device.
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Manual

A maneuver in certain board sports, such as skateboarding, in which all of the board except one end is lifted off the ground, especially when the tip of the board is kept from making contact with the ground.
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Automatic

An automatic firearm.
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Manual

A handbook.
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Automatic

A semiautomatic firearm.
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Manual

A booklet that instructs on the usage of a particular machine or product.
The dishwasher isn't working; can you remember where we put the manual?
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Automatic

A transmission or a motor vehicle with an automatic gear-shifting mechanism.
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Manual

(military) A drill in the use of weapons, etc.
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Automatic

(Football) See audible.
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Manual

An old office-book like the modern Roman Catholic ritual.
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Automatic

Capable of operating without external control or intervention.
The automatic clothes washer was a great labor-saving device.
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Manual

(countable) A device that is operated using the hands, or by a human rather than a machine.
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Automatic

Done out of habit or without conscious thought.
The reaction was automatic: flight!
Absent-minded doodling is a form of automatic art.
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Manual

(automotive) A manual transmission; a gearbox, especially of a motorized vehicle, shifted by the operator.
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Automatic

Necessary, inevitable, prescribed by logic, law, etc.
Spitting at another player means an automatic red card.
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Manual

(by synecdoche) A vehicle with a manual transmission.
I'm not used to automatics; I've always driven manuals.
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Automatic

(of a firearm such as a machine gun) Firing continuously as long as the trigger is pressed until ammunition is exhausted.
Fully automatic weapons cannot be legally owned by private citizens in the US, except in very special circumstances, as by private security companies.
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Manual

(music) A keyboard for the hands on a harpsichord, organ, or other musical instrument.
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Automatic

(of a handgun) An autoloader; a semi-automatic or self-loading pistol, as opposed to a revolver or other manually actuated handgun, which fires one shot per pull of the trigger; distinct from machine guns.
The US Army adopted John Browning's M1911 pistol as its sidearm, chambered in .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol).
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Manual

A manual typewriter (as contrasted with an electronic one).
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Automatic

Automatically added to and removed from the stack during the course of function calls.
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Manual

(countable) A procedure or operation that is done using the hands, or by a human rather than machine.
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Automatic

Having one or more finite-state automata.
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Manual

Manual measurement of the blood pressure, done with a manual sphygmomanometer.
Do a manual
Give someone a quick manual
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Automatic

A car with automatic transmission.
I never learned to drive a stick. I can only drive an automatic.
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Manual

A bicycle technique whereby the front wheel is held aloft by the rider, without the use of pedal force.
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Automatic

A semi-automatic pistol.
The G-men raiding the speakeasy were equipped with .45 automatics, while the local policemen were carrying revolvers and shotguns.
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Manual

A similar maneuver on a skateboard, lifting the front or back wheels while keeping the tail or nose of the board from touching the ground.
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Automatic

Having an inherent power of action or motion.
Nothing can be said to be automatic.
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Manual

(uncountable) Manual control or operation.
Put the controls to manual.
Leave the system on manual.
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Automatic

Pertaining to, or produced by, an automaton; of the nature of an automaton; self-acting or self-regulating under fixed conditions; operating with minimal human intervention; - esp. applied to machinery or devices in which certain things formerly or usually done by hand are done by the machine or device itself; as, the automatic feed of a lathe; automatic gas lighting; an automatic engine or switch; an automatic mouse; an automatic transmission. The opposite of manual.
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Manual

(of an activity) Performed with the hands.
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Automatic

Not voluntary; not depending on the will; mechanical; controlled by the autonomic nervous system; without conscious control; as, automatic movements or functions. The opposite of voluntary.
Unconscious or automatic reasoning.
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Manual

(of a machine, device etc.) Operated by means of the hands.
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Automatic

Like the unthinking functioning of a machine.
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Manual

Performed by a human rather than a machine.
The teacher urged the students to do a manual check, because some errors aren't picked up by the spell checker.
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Automatic

Light machine gun.
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Manual

Of or pertaining to the hand.
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Automatic

A pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released; as, a .45 automatic.
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Manual

Performed by a person using physical as contrasted with mental effort; as, manual labor.
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Automatic

Light machine gun
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Manual

Done or made by the hand. In some contexts, contrasted with automatic or mechanical.
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Automatic

A pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released
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Manual

A small book, such as may be carried in the hand, or conveniently handled; a handbook; specifically, the service book of the Roman Catholic Church.
This manual of laws, styled the Confessor's Laws.
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Automatic

Operating with minimal human intervention; independent of external control;
Automatic transmission
A budget deficit that caused automatic spending cuts
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Manual

A keyboard of an organ or harmonium for the fingers, as distinguished from the pedals; a clavier, or set of keys.
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Automatic

Like the unthinking functioning of a machine;
An automatic `thank you'
Machinelike efficiency
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Manual

A prescribed exercise in the systematic handing of a weapon; as, the manual of arms; the manual of the sword; the manual of the piece (cannon, mortar, etc.).
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Automatic

Without volition or conscious control;
The automatic shrinking of the pupils of the eye in strong light
A reflex knee jerk
Sneezing is reflexive
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Manual

A small handbook
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Automatic

Acquiring ownership through payment.
She decided to buy a house instead of renting.
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Manual

(military) a prescribed drill in handling a rifle
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Manual

Of or relating to the hands;
Manual dexterity
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Manual

Requiring human effort;
A manual transmission
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Manual

Doing or requiring physical work;
Manual labor
Manual laborer
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Manual

Renting property for a period.
They decided to lease a car instead of buying.
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Manual

Temporary possession agreement.
The company chose to lease office space downtown.
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Manual

Binding rental arrangement.
They opted to lease their second home.
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Manual

Agreement for temporary use.
To lease a luxury vehicle can be more affordable.
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FAQs

What does it mean to buy?

To acquire ownership through payment.
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What does it mean to lease?

To rent property for a specific period.
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Does buying build equity?

Yes, in the asset purchased.
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Is ownership indefinite when buying?

Yes, ownership is permanent.
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Are lease payments typically ongoing?

Yes, often monthly or annually.
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Can purchased property be customized?

Yes, as the owner wishes.
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Is it cheaper to lease or buy in the short term?

Typically, leasing requires less upfront cost.
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Is buying usually a one-time payment?

Yes, either outright or through financing.
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Does leasing build equity?

Generally, it does not.
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Are there time limits when leasing?

Yes, as per the lease agreement.
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Can you sell a property you've bought?

Yes, as the owner, you can.
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Can leased property be customized?

Often limited by the lease terms.
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Does leasing require a credit check?

Usually, to assess financial reliability.
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Is maintenance included in leasing?

Sometimes, depending on the lease.
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Is buying more cost-effective long term?

Often, as it leads to asset ownership.
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Can you sublease a leased property?

Depends on the lease agreement.
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Can you terminate a lease early?

Often with penalties, as per the contract.
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Can you liquidate a purchased asset?

Yes, by selling the asset.
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Is credit important when buying?

Yes, especially if financing is needed.
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Who handles maintenance when buying?

The owner is responsible.
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