I really want to get a stick shift car. I don’t know how to drive one but I figured I would learn now.
Originally, I was going to go on Craigslist and get some $3,000 beater but then I thought about all the stuff that could go wrong with the car and how it would be like throwing money down the drain.
After seeing post on here like the Cruz for about a hundred bucks a month, I figured it may be worth while to lease a stick shift car since I see that manual transmissions are cheaper than automatic transmissions.
The way I look at it, if I could get a lease (any lease) for around $75 a month (is that unrealistic?), it would be better than buying an used car off CL which may fall apart on the drive home.
Let me know what you think and if you have any cars that come to mind.
If the goal is to learn driving a stick, I would go the craigslist route, and get something for <1,000
There are a lot of cars priced low for cosmetic issues and because ancillary things like AC, power windows, etc don’t work. Just find something with a running engine and transmission.
You’re looking at, say, $100/month * 36 + disposition fee = $3,950 spent on a car that you might start to hate after a couple months (or even less). Would you really want to drive a Chevy Spark or Mitsu Mirage (cheapest manual cars listed I saw on a quick search) for the next three years?
Buy a beater and then dump it. $900 beater + $100 mechanic PPI - $500 back (2-3 months later) = all in cost $500 (or less, since you should be able to get back more than $500 for it) + the cost of 1yr registration.
Something like this or this or this (new clutch!) will probably last long enough to learn driving a stick
I actually saw the Escort a while back and considered. The second listing looks like a fake listing. The third listing I would get in a heartbeat - I already sent them an e-mail yesterday. Waiting on the response
2017 VW Golf Wolfsburg comes in a manual and is a ton of car for the money (if you like hatchbacks – not for everyone). Residuals and money factor are only fair (.00105 and 67% (24/12) or 60% (36/12)), but if you can negotiate a large discount and qualify for any incentives, you could get the payment below $150 for the 24 month lease.