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Old 01-13-2015, 05:40 PM
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Lease Ending - Buy it or Lease Another?

I know there are several posts about buying vs. leasing...my lease ends this August so I have time before I need to make a decison. I really enjoy my 2012 328i, knock on wood, it has been a fantastic car, it's sporty enough (although it could be better), quick and gets great gas mileage. I don't have M sport, sport line or DHP, maybe that's my problem. Don't get me wrong, at times I still miss my 2006 330i, that car had a great I6 and bigger tires. Anyway, back to my dilemma. This is my first lease, I have about 14k miles on my car, in my lease I'm paying for 30k miles or 10k per year. I'm going to come in way under, when my lease is up I'll probably have 17k or 18k miles on the car. I'm debating if I should buy my car at some point before my lease ends, or, wait until my lease expires and lease (or buy) a new bimmer. Just curious what others have done in this situation.
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:06 PM
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With those low miles you should have equity to go towards your next lease. Configure next vehicle to suit your needs and enjoy.
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:16 PM
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^^ that or ask your dealer to look into 'dynamic pricing' to get a quote for you on a lower buyout. The residual is not set in stone. If you want to buy it it may be had for cheaper
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Old 01-13-2015, 07:45 PM
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I love my car too, I'm either going to buy it or get an M235i.

I'd recommend checking out the Sport Line. That's what I ordered and I love it.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:20 PM
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I'm going to check out the sport line and ask my dealer about dynamic pricing, I might wait until I get a little closer to when my lease expires. I definitely plan on continuing with BMW, just not sure if it will be my current car or if I'm going to chase the next shiny object, a brand new 3 series sport line or maybe even a 4 series grand coupe. I love my car and hate to give it up, we'll see what happens.
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Old 01-15-2015, 06:30 PM
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If you love the car and presumably it has not had any major issues, I'd say buy it if the final $ amount for purchase looks good. If you want the next shiny model or feel like you might get bored of this car in the next year or two then take advantage of what the other posts are saying above and get into a new one.
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Old 01-15-2015, 07:59 PM
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Yeah i mean if you really love it and don't want to let it go, there is no point in getting something else unless they won't budge on the buyout which is unlikely. You have to hit up several dealers re: dynamic pricing and see who will work out the lowest amount with BMWFS. It can be done. You may have to drive a ways but its worth it. You know the history of the car, you put every mile on it, etc..
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:07 AM
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^^ that or ask your dealer to look into 'dynamic pricing' to get a quote for you on a lower buyout. The residual is not set in stone. If you want to buy it it may be had for cheaper
So what is this dynamic pricing?
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Old 01-16-2015, 09:13 AM
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So what is this dynamic pricing?
Bmw adjusts the buyout lower than the residual based on what the car is worth at lease end vs what the residual is. This is unless you have equity at lease end, which is unusual. My dealer told me about it and says they do this often. Residual isn't set in stone. It's BMW nomenclature for negotiating a lower buyout at lease end
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:35 PM
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if you are going to buy it, search the forum for other threads about doing that. I recall one in which someone was told by their dealer not to buy it directly. Turn it in, the dealer would buy it from BMW, and then sell it to them. They were going to save several thousand doing it that way.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:50 PM
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I bought out my lease at the end. Glad I did. I liked the car too much and now way I was going to pay more per month for less of a car (428i).

Anyway, I turned car into dealer and bought back... however I paid the buyback price. I called BMW and spoke to dealer. Both were very firm that the price was as stated in the original lease agreement. Perhaps because it was worth more than buyback. Compared to other CPO cars at the time I was still getting a good deal. My car was/is pristine.

I paid the dealer $1600 to certify the car. I basically figure I paid $1600 for a 2 year warranty and got a fresh detail of the car. My BMW assist also extends for those 2 years. Not a bad deal in the end.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:53 PM
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^^ They'll only negotiate a lower buyback if the car is worth less than the residual. That's great you had equity in the car. It totally worked out for you in the opposite sense that one would think. The residual value guarantees you a fixed by back, whereas another, similar car might have cost you more money. You know the history, etc.
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Old 01-17-2015, 02:58 PM
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If you have that low miles, consider buying the car then keeping it until it has at least 100k miles. If you like the car, you will continue to like it for a few more years.
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