What type of car do I want? Well, let's not go there, I will never spend the kind of money on a car that I want. I look at cars as a necessary evil and as such I want to spend the least amount on them as possible while having something enjoyable to drive.
Here are my requirements:
- 4 doors (Hatchback preferred)
- Bluetooth for hands free calls and audio
- Some pep (not a race car) so that the car is not sluggish
- Good gas mileage
So, now I start the spreadsheet and begin comparing lease/purchase prices. Then drive a couple and wee, new car.
Regarding the lease, I know this is a contentious issue for some (it was for me, I hated the idea of a lease). When you move countries (at least to the US) you have no credit history and as such can not get a loan or a lease. Microsoft has that covered for employees (my wife) relocating to the US and as such we could get a lease from a select number of car dealerships in the Redmond region. So, we got a lease, the other option being to buy a car with cash (ya, like sure, no problem).