Yes, you can order a car with whatever options you want, (available in the US market of course) and lease it. Many folks do.
That's a really good point that I plain forgot about! I'm not really concerned right at the moment about the money situation - I was looking for a way to trim down the monthy payment a bit. The money's there, but I was looking for more cash in pocket.Alan F said:
This will only lead you into more debt and in a lease you are not going to be able to bail out if things go wrong without spending a lot of $$$.
Good point . . . plus you already took the major hit in depreciation which is the first year or two . . . Buying a new car, that big depreciation hit starts all over again.lint said:
That's a really good point that I plain forgot about! I'm not really concerned right at the moment about the money situation - I was looking for a way to trim down the monthy payment a bit. The money's there, but I was looking for more cash in pocket.
But, for what it's worth, why put myself in a position where, if I decide in a couple years to quit my job and travel and that I don't want a car anymore (hey, I'm young and still have wings), I'd rather be paying to own than be locked into a lease agreement.. having the ability to dump the car at a moment's notice is worth it.
It all comes back to money.. is it worth the extra $150-200 a month to know that should something really bad happen, I have a car that is worth cash? Hmmm..
Alan, I agree with you. That is why this was my main transportation for 6 years, although I did have an inexpensive convertible for summer. Bought it in 1991, it was an '85, for $6k. Drove it until 1998, when I bought the '97 MB E320, and sold it for $3k. Doesn't get much cheaper than that and, believe it or not, was a very good car within it's limits. Basically, for 12 years I drove inexpensive, used American iron while buying my previous and current houses, decorating, landscaping, etc., etc. And still, my 2 MBs and current BMW since this car, were all purchased used and for cash.Alan F said:
You will have a bmw again in the future when you are in a more comfortable position but right now I really feel from your post that the smart move would be better then the emotional move.