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 Post subject: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:15 pm 
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Here is another variation on the lease verses buy question:

I've been quoted a lease on a 2017 SEL for $2,000 down and $400 a month for 36 months and the $2,500 CA rebate or about $13,500 for three years. This includes 12,000 miles a year.

Or, I've seen low mileage 2016 SELs for $18,500 and I own the car.

Or, a Honda Clarity (equivalent to an SEL) for $2,000 down and $269 a month plus tax and license and the $2,500 CA rebate or about $10,300 for three years. This includes 20,000 miles a year. The down side of the Clarity is a range of 89 miles.

Comments please about these options.

What have you paid when the lease ends for damage to the car?

Thanks for your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:32 am 
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Looks like the deciding factor for you will be range. eGolf didn't get the expanded battery capacity until 2017.

However, I thought I would have to go with a new 2017 for the range, and ended up buying a 2015 SEL. My budget is limited and I have felt the sting of vehicle depreciation before. I have two other vehicles I can drive on longer trips.

For reference, I was offered this deal: 2017 eGolf SE w/ DCFC, $5,000 down, 15,000 mi, $239/mo +tax. Seemed pretty good with a payment not too much more than what I have with the 2015, but after 5 years (likely sooner) I will own the 2015 with all the nice features of the SEL package.

NEVER accept the first offer for a lease payment, there is a lot of smoke and mirrors that they play with and you can always get a better deal if you persist and play the field. The exception might be the advertised offers, but as soon as you start adding options or altering the lease parameters it all goes back to the smoke and mirrors.

The eGolf is really an excellent vehicle. I haven't test driven a Clarity, how does it compare?

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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:09 am 
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Does it have to be a 2016? You can find used 2015 SEL's with ~30K miles for $15k at Capitol Hyundai - note that it's the dealer's asking price.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:41 am 
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Ugh, $13k for 3years for the SEL, damn that dealer is not making you a deal at all.

The 2016 SE was going for $7k OTD and the 2016 SEL was around $8k but $13k , yuck.
BTW that's most likely as the 2017 is brand new and dealers can name their own price.

My Gosh, a Chevy Bolt 2017 can be had for $8k right now (If you can find them as they are popular)

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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:42 pm 
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2016golfse wrote:
Does it have to be a 2016? You can find used 2015 SEL's with ~30K miles for $15k at Capitol Hyundai - note that it's the dealer's asking price.


UGH, don't tell me that, I just paid $1,000 more for the same car, although I don't like that blue color and the interior looks a bit scuffed. Still, that's a great deal.

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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:37 am 
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Deals come and go. Here's a 3rd option. A new 2017 SE with the quick charge package. Hanlees Hilltop has one for $25,025. After tax and the CA, Fed, and PG&E rebates, you're looking at ~$17,250, except you own the car and get to enjoy the longer range.

If a good lease deal comes along, I'd take the lease deal, but you can use this as your purchase reference point.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:36 pm 
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2016golfse wrote:
A new 2017 SE with the quick charge package. Hanlees Hilltop has one for $25,025.


Saw they're advertising a black 2017 SEL for $30k too. I'd be a bit wary..20% off MSRP seems almost too good to be true on a brand "new" model that's in short supply. Then again, I don't think there's many people waiting with bated breath after VW bungled the release and there's now tougher competition out there from the 2018 Leaf, Ioniq, Bolt, and Model 3.

I casually looked for used 2016 SELs the other day and saw them around $20k. I'm sure there's wiggle room but I'd rather wait for the right deal on a 2017, especially considering last summer it was possible to get 25% off MSRP on the SELs.

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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
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johnnylingo wrote:
Saw they're advertising a black 2017 SEL for $30k too. I'd be a bit wary..20% off MSRP seems almost too good to be true on a brand "new" model that's in short supply. Then again, I don't think there's many people waiting with bated breath after VW bungled the release and there's now tougher competition out there from the 2018 Leaf, Ioniq, Bolt, and Model 3.


I bought mine at Hanlee's. Gave me a great deal. SEL's are not that rare in the Bay Area. Just the DAP equipped ones.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
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2016golfse wrote:
johnnylingo wrote:
Saw they're advertising a black 2017 SEL for $30k too. I'd be a bit wary..20% off MSRP seems almost too good to be true on a brand "new" model that's in short supply. Then again, I don't think there's many people waiting with bated breath after VW bungled the release and there's now tougher competition out there from the 2018 Leaf, Ioniq, Bolt, and Model 3.


I bought mine at Hanlee's. Gave me a great deal. SEL's are not that rare in the Bay Area. Just the DAP equipped ones.


When did you buy your 2016 SE from Hanlees, relative to the 2016 model’s initial release? And for how much, if you don’t mind me asking?

At this point, the 2017s have only been available for a couple of months in my area (SoCal). I’m wondering how real this $25k sale price is on their website.


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 Post subject: Re: Buy a used 2016 SEL or lease a new 2017 SEL?
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theful13ffect wrote:
When did you buy your 2016 SE from Hanlees, relative to the 2016 model’s initial release? And for how much, if you don’t mind me asking?

At this point, the 2017s have only been available for a couple of months in my area (SoCal). I’m wondering how real this $25k sale price is on their website.


June of this year, so at the start of the "clear out for the 2017's late release" stage. To determine how "real" their price is, only one way to find out.


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