Last post on May 12, 2008 at 3:58 PM
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BMW 3 Series, Audi A8, Mercedes-Benz 300-Class, Car Buying, Sedan
#6 of 8 Re: Buy a used BMW or lease a new one? [budugu]
May 11, 2008 (12:42 pm)
I am also thinking of leasing instead of buying a new 35K 3 series. So what do you guys advise? Are repair costs going to kill me if i buy a used & expensive car? I will drive about 15 miles /day (work) and may be 500 additional miles a month for trips
Every1 has personal opinion
As for me I would buy anything new, but definitely not old.
#7 of 8 Re: Buy a used BMW or lease a new one? [bmlexus]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 12, 2008 (3:58 pm)
I'm a big fan of buying a slightly used BMW still with warranty. I'd definitely avoid any high miler BMW (over say 80K) that's out of warranty because that's just about the time things will be needed as they say at the BMW dealer.
Leasing can be tempting but the waters are filled with sharks. There are so many hidden costs and duplicitous phrasing in leases that you MUST study, study, study until you know a) what every term means in the lease and b) what your actual, real world monthly costs are. So if you put money up front in a lease, you divide your months into that amount and add that monthly amount to your lease e.g. $2,400 up front on a 24 month lease $389 a month is really $489 a month. Don't focus on the monthly costs---focus on the ACTUAL price you are paying for the car and the INTEREST rates, after they are translated from Venusian to English.
So anyway---I'd let someone else take the "driveway hit" on a new car---that $3K--$5K you lose on a BMW the minute you take it home.