Looking to change my Cooper D (chosen for it's congestion charge exempt-ness and cheap lease and now finding a home with a new employee) and have been pondering what I should get.
My options are to get another car on a lease which is sometimes the most cost effetive option for a new car, but will tie me in for 2 to 3 years which may not suit with a house move on the cards, or to buy a car outright and then have the option to sell it on without issue should the need or wish arise.
I'll be doing roughly 10k miles per annum - one office is only 1.5 miles from home so when it's sunny I may cycle unless I'm then heading off into London when I'll be driving in (or getting the train if travelling light). Have 3 kids and regularly need to transport a mountain bike, but the wife will be getting an X5/Q7/D4 shortly so I could always use that and leave her with my car assuming she can get 3 kids and a buggy in it easily enough.
Current shortlist is as follows, but open to alternative suggestions.
M135i on a 3 year lease - have test-driven one twice now and whilst it is mightily quick, pretty good on fuel and can be well specced, it just doesn't float my boat and I think I'm too much of a tart for it's gopping looks.
E90 M3 Saloon - 2-3 years old, 30k mile EDC/DCT. Always wanted one, love the way it looks and goes but suspect high teens MPG may get tiresome. £30k ish and likely to lose quite a chunk over next 12-24 months when new one is released. Sold in low numbers so that may well help it hold some value?
E92 M3 coupe on a 2 year lease - good value for a new car, but only 4 seats/2 doors
B7 RS4 Avant - 6/7 years old, higher miles and older than M3 for similar money, but suspect it may hold its value better in the short term?
New shape S4 Avant - £30k gets a mega specced, low mile one from a main dealer but fear it may not be very exciting and will lose a chunk of cash still?
E46 CSL - Again, always wanted one but they seem to be quite mileage sensitive so could probably only keep it for a year as a daily driver. Maybe very highly strung and totally unsuitable for my needs but the noise and lack of depreciation may be worth it?
There was a few attractive lease deals on F10 M5s (sub £600 per month) but over 41 payments that's still a LOT of cash for a car I don't really yearn for. I think I could probably learn to love it though!
Anything else I should consider that is relatively depreciation proof at up to £30k used?
Nice position to be in I know, but doesn't make the decision any easier!
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