: Leasing the loaner vehicle with 3300 miles for a huge discount?



netring
05-18-13, 10:24 AM
Hey guys i was wondering what you thought about this.
Ive been looking at 2.0t standard atss', but after my recent trip to another dealer, i was offered a 3.6 luxury model with 3300 miles for about the starting price of the base ats(huge discount). I am planning on leasing the
car for now and most likely buying it in 3 years. My only worry is that it has been tortured to all hell as a loaner vehicle.
I sat in the car and it seems smells new.
Should i do it or go for the lower priced fresh out of the plant 2.0 standard or this?

M5eater
05-18-13, 10:34 AM
3,300 miles is pretty good for a rental vehicle.

My personal opinion, as someone that has worked for a car rental company. IF it's in excellent condition , go for it.

netring
05-18-13, 10:45 AM
Well when they showed it to me it had just been in a very small accident, just some light scratches on the front bumper but they will be replacing the whole bumper. Also some curb rash on the right tire that will be replaced.
Other than that it drove perfectly fine and with a good detailing would look 100% brand new.
Biggest issue for me is just trying to convince myself that i really am saving over 9k on the price of this car in return for the slight annoyance of knowing it was probably tortured by more than a couple of people for its first 3300 miles.
Still think i should do it?

M5eater
05-18-13, 11:39 AM
Well when they showed it to me it had just been in a very small accident, just some light scratches on the front bumper but they will be replacing the whole bumper. Also some curb rash on the right tire that will be replaced.
Other than that it drove perfectly fine and with a good detailing would look 100% brand new.
Biggest issue for me is just trying to convince myself that i really am saving over 9k on the price of this car in return for the slight annoyance of knowing it was probably tortured by more than a couple of people for its first 3300 miles.
Still think i should do it?

The leasing company isn't going to care what's damaged on it (nor should you) as long as it's repaired correctly.

If you were talking about long ownership that's a whole different story in that used pricing on this vehicle hasn't been established that well, so it's a real gamble what it might be worth being a dealership rental with accident history, ect.

But it's not. If they're willing to give you a 2.5's lease rate for a 3.6, that's a mighty fine deal that you won't find anywhere else.

Rental cars are not dealer loaner cars, and 'torture' is a relative term.

There's honestly only so much damage one can do to a car in the normal course of driving it..and I suspect that people turning in their CTS's for service and receiving this ATS are not off-roading with it, doing tire-burning or red-lining the car when it's dead cold.

99% of people are going to just drive it normally, and that's the truth.

Stuntman
05-18-13, 11:49 AM
I heard a comedienne say once buying a rental car is like going to a whorehouse to find a wife.

I know that every rental I had, I drove hard. Very hard. I wasn't doing neutral drops or vaulting curbs, but I would be very concerned about owning one.
As long as the warranties are there, I guess it's a judgement call.

Good Luck,
Lou
11' CTS Coupe

thebigjimsho
05-19-13, 12:48 PM
I always treated every rental car as my own. Didn't beat on it, parked it far away from the door and other cars, etc...

M5eater
05-19-13, 12:54 PM
I always treated every rental car as my own. Didn't beat on it, parked it far away from the door and other cars, etc...

Most sane people... understand that they're responsible for damage to the rental car, and treat it reasonably well as such. Even tire punctures ultimately are your responsibility.

donavo
05-19-13, 12:55 PM
I would recommend leasing this one and making sure it's something you want to own. When your lease is done, you can trade it in for the more refined version of ATS. And buy that one.

Hoosier Daddy
05-19-13, 02:52 PM
Just think about what you might be giving up. I've known people who were later missirable because they couldn't get over a great deal car not having the color, engine, transmission or options they wanted. I don't think most people are prone to that, but I thought I would mentioning it just in case.

gohawks63
05-19-13, 04:02 PM
I always treated every rental car as my own. Didn't beat on it, parked it far away from the door and other cars, etc...

Me too.

73JPS
05-19-13, 05:12 PM
Just think about what you might be giving up. I've known people who were later missirable because they couldn't get over a great deal car not having the color, engine, transmission or options they wanted. I don't think most people are prone to that, but I thought I would mentioning it just in case.

I think this is a very valid point. If the ATS is the car you want, and you are looking at the entry level trim because price is the determining factor, then taking this deal for much more car for the same or less payment is probably good. But if it's not really the exact car you want, then three years is a loooong time to be paying at $x per month, regardless of the value of "x".

netring
05-19-13, 05:31 PM
Thank you guys,
I decided im going to go with this car. With my other option i would have gotten something i kinda liked. This one truly has all the bells and whistles i want at my age for a fun to drive car.

Fraggy
05-20-13, 01:41 AM
Thank you guys,
I decided im going to go with this car. With my other option i would have gotten something i kinda liked. This one truly has all the bells and whistles i want at my age for a fun to drive car.

It should be fine drive and enjoy it.!

mikesul
05-20-13, 10:09 AM
Just make sure you don't mind not having the options that are in the two higher models.

netring
05-20-13, 12:31 PM
I am missing the fog and hid lights, but i am only 22 and this is more than enough car for me at this age.

GJB
05-20-13, 05:48 PM
Damn there are people on this forum who have rims bigger than you are old. Make sure you have considered cost of ownership in your budget. There is no joy in driving a car that own$ you. So if you can swing it go for it and enjoy and don’t look back.

RippyPartsDept
05-20-13, 06:14 PM
what's cost of ownership these days for a cadillac come down to?

gas, tires, brakes, insurance and .... ?
what am i missing here?

GJB
05-20-13, 06:26 PM
Nothing.