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      09-07-2005, 02:20 PM   #1
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Question Are people leasing, financing, or buying outright?

I was wondering how people are handling their BMW purchases. I like the idea of switching every 2-4 year, so I've always leased. Is there any advantage to financing if you don't want to own the car for longer than 2-4 years?
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      09-07-2005, 02:29 PM   #2
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Im financing my e90. I have always seen a lease as renting a car for a long period of time. At the end of the day my e90 is just that...MINE!
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      09-07-2005, 02:41 PM   #3
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LEASING is the biggest scam of this century, or the past century rather. Would you LEASE a nice pair of watch? Would you LEASE a loved one? Would you LEASE a pet?

Just buy, and take pride in your purchase.

If you can't afford it, don't step into a BMW dealer.
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      09-07-2005, 02:49 PM   #4
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LEASING is the biggest scam of this century, or the past century rather. Would you LEASE a nice pair of watch? Would you LEASE a loved one? Would you LEASE a pet?

Just buy, and take pride in your purchase.

If you can't afford it, don't step into a BMW dealer.

Perhaps. But nothing can be easier than turning in the keys to your "old" bimmer and getting a new one. In other words, you don't have to hassle with finding a seller for your old ride when a new model comes along. It's the only reason why I would lease.
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finance, leasing is stupid, and so is buying outright (unless your gonna keep the car for a while)

smartest thing is to take the car, and drop the money for it (finance) and just jump to a new car before depreciation hits too hard.
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      09-07-2005, 03:01 PM   #6
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LEASING is the biggest scam of this century, or the past century rather. Would you LEASE a nice pair of watch? Would you LEASE a loved one? Would you LEASE a pet?
Would you buy a loved one?
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      09-07-2005, 03:26 PM   #8
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Would you buy a loved one?

Haha good one. Seriously, that was great.
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finance, leasing is stupid, and so is buying outright (unless your gonna keep the car for a while)

smartest thing is to take the car, and drop the money for it (finance) and just jump to a new car before depreciation hits too hard.

because we all know depreciation hits you the worst in the 4th year of ownership.

this is absolutley wrong thinking in terms of saving money

every time you buy/sell/lease, in any way change cars you're giving profit to a dealer. You should switch vehicles as little as possible if you're in to saving money.

The most expensive year to own is the 1st year, and as you go further down the road depreciation gets less and less every year to when it eventually isn't a factor anymore
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      09-07-2005, 03:33 PM   #10
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Ok i kid i kid i kid, I financed my baby. I'm intrigued when people come up to me and ask "hey did you lease or did you buy"
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      09-07-2005, 03:35 PM   #11
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I leased my car because of the tax benefit. I can write off a lease payment up to 800 per month but only wirte off a car @ 30k.
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one cannot dismiss outright any form of financing the car simply Because it depends on your individual financial situation.

perhaps in the US where the cars seem to be half the price compared to the rest of the world, it may make a little sense due to its relative affordability. try buying the 325 at around US$73,000. betcha not many of you could afford it at that price because that what mine cost.

what if you own a business? the business may be a better vehicle (sorry about the pun) from which to pay for the car due to tax laws, depending on your country.

i run a small company and i lease because my accountant explained to me all those years ago the tax advantages of leasing.

your country may have certain leasing incentives in place.

i don't have to fork out the capital in one hit.

to say that someone cannot afford a bmw when they choose to lease is not correct. you do not know their individual financial status.

i have leased bmws since 1992 and know EXACTLY what my monthly payments will be for the next 4 years.

it doesn't matter how one finances the car. enjoying the car is what we are here for.

i am not angry or upset with some of the above posts. i am just pointing out that you have choices from which to enjoy your bmw. it is not black and white like some assert.
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Im financing my e90. I have always seen a lease as renting a car for a long period of time. At the end of the day my e90 is just that...MINE!
You "own" about as much of your car as someone who leased. Bottom line whether you lease or finance, the title is not held by you and therefore the car is not yours.
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LEASING is the biggest scam of this century, or the past century rather. Would you LEASE a nice pair of watch? Would you LEASE a loved one? Would you LEASE a pet?

Just buy, and take pride in your purchase.

If you can't afford it, don't step into a BMW dealer.
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You are very very wrong !
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You "own" about as much of your car as someone who leased. Bottom line whether you lease or finance, the title is not held by you and therefore the car is not yours.

at the end of a finance contract you own a car, at the end of a lease you own nothing.

so I guess all the homeowners on the board with a mortgage own their homes just about as much as renters since in both cases the title is held by the bank
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      09-07-2005, 04:50 PM   #17
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I financed mine..

Ill be 26 when my car is paid off... DDDDDDDAMN!

Well maybe ill come across some more money and just pay it off quicker.
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at the end of a finance contract you own a car, at the end of a lease you own nothing.

so I guess all the homeowners on the board with a mortgage own their homes just about as much as renters since in both cases the title is held by the bank
Unless you live in SW PA where my company is based. Houses there cost like $60K. I would have one paid off in about 3 years!
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I'm buying and trading in my car for ~$20k unless anyone wants to give me more for it. I plan on keeping this car for 5+ years because I can't think of anything else I would want in the near future besides the new 3 series (when's that going to be, maybe 2012?).
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at the end of a finance contract you own a car, at the end of a lease you own nothing.

so I guess all the homeowners on the board with a mortgage own their homes just about as much as renters since in both cases the title is held by the bank
FYI, with a mortgage title is held by the owner, the mortgage is a security document. Homeowners purchase an assets which does not depreciate by design and in fact over the long term increases in value.

I am unfamiliar with "financing", since in my jurisdiction (Quebec) the only option is buy or lease. Since I like to change a car while it is still in warranty and therefore do not like to have capital tied in an ever-depreciating asset, I lease, keeping my payments to a minimum and only paying for what I use. Plus I get to deduct it for tax purposes.

Unless you want to "marry" the car for the long-term leasing makes sense.
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At the end of 5 years, your car payment goes to zero if you finance/buy. Financing is a loan from the bank or BMW finance company. If you must have a new car every 3 years or so, leasing makes sense. Otherwise, buying will save you thousands of dollars over leasing. (unless you can deduct leasing costs from taxes, and then it might be better to lease).
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