posted: Apr. 19, 2013 @ 12:50a
I am a frequent reader and contributor here, so I am aware of all the caveats with buying vs leasing. That is not what this thread is for. I want to lease because of my low mileage requirement and I get bored with my vehicle(s) after only a couple of years. Details below.
Current vehicle is a 2007 BMW X5 4.8 with almost every option available. I bought it in January 2011 as a CPO with 39k miles on it. It has 57k miles now. Great condition aside from two minor door dings (of which I got insurance money and diminished value checks for; the FWF way). I truly enjoy this vehicle but the fact that it's almost six years old (in-service date is 8/15/07) and my extended warranty runs out in August, I am a bit hesitant on keeping it much longer. No mechanical issues with it, yet. New radiator due to a cracked one about six months ago (covered under CPO).
Anyway, the lease "down payment" deal is that the dealership will match my down payment, up to $8500. In other words, if I put $8500 down towards cap-cost reduction, the dealer will give me a free $8500 cap-cost reduction on top of that. A total of $17,000. The payment on this Jeep (2012 SRT/8) is approximately 42% higher than my current payment. That is at their asking price, which is the same as a 2014 SRT/8 MSRP, which is insane. I plan on using that as some ammo when approaching them. It's also their last 2012 Jeep on the lot, and they have 2014's surrounding it. One would assume they would be eager to get rid of it.
They're asking $63k for the Jeep, and I plan on trying to get them down to approximately $54,000. A pretty big feat, if I do manage it. That puts the new net payment at approximately 18% (or $113) higher than my current one. Over the course of 36 months, that's about $4100. My loan on my X5 has between two and three years left on it. Yeah, I shouldn't have taken a 5-year note out on a 2.5 year old used car, money was cheap--shoot me. I need new tires on the X5 before winter, that's $1300. So just after tires, I'm already $1300 into my $4100 extra. Toss in a brake job and a few other things, and I'm damn-near spending that $4100 on the X5. Justification? Logic? Not sure if I'm tricking myself here.
Lease is 36 months. 12k miles per year, which is fine for me since I have a 10-mile round trip commute. Now, I am definitely a vehicle enthusiast and I get much enjoyment out of driving and maintaining my vehicle(s). In other words, in my low-responsibility life, I tend to splurge a bit on vehicles. Some will disagree with that, but to each their own--don't hate.
TL;DR: The ultimate question is, should I get into this SRT/8 to have the peace of mind of a warranty and "new-fast-car" enjoyment factor? The $4100 over 3 years seems worth it to me at the 30,000-foot level. However, laying out $8500+tax+dmv doesn't sound appealing on a lease. Questions, comments, concerns?
ETA: The money factor and residual that I used for my rough calculations were from a few hours of research earlier today. I was reading what others have posted in the last couple of months on various forums and the like. It seems like Chrysler no longer services leases and loans, but they outsource to Ally. From what I could find, Ally has a 46% residual for the 2012 Jeep SRT/8 and a .0362 money factor. These variables could change, without a doubt.