In the Market for a New Set of Wheels

The wiz and I are die hard lease-take-over people. After being burned more times than we can count on purchases and repairs and silliness, we have become fans of sites such as and leasebusters.

These 2 Canadian sites are fantastic for pairing up folks who need to get out of a lease with folks who want to get into a lease, with less contract, less upfront cost... you get the picture.  We've re-leased an Xterra, a Jetta and a Pathfinder. Because the vehicles have low mileage, we haven't had to do more than an oil change and a tire rotation during the term of the new lease. It's perfect. And it keeps us from being committed to a vehicle for a long time.  Cars are becoming more and more disposable (akin to the iPod, I suppose), and unless you are getting a Volvo, their aftermarket resale value leaves little to be desired.

We are on our 3rd vehicle, and are looking for the 4th. It's perfect. Let someone else pay a down payment on a leased vehicle, and then decide 16 months later that they don't want it any more, and we prance in. The lease on our 2004 Jetta is up in another month. The trick is all in paying attention and being focused. For the past month we've been looking, but not with any sort of consistency. Now, with  only 3 weeks left, we have to be dedicated, disciplined and QUICK.

It's like a automobile taste test, with no extra calories.

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