Maybe it happened after reading about the umpteenth e-tron lease hack, or perhaps it was yet another MDX thread that prompted it, or maybe it was just seeing the latest Grand Cherokee figures someone posted…but it all got me to thinking…when is a great lease hack really a great lease hack? Does the fact that the great deal someone got was largely due to the fact that the vehicle in question is “distressed merchandise” factor into the equation at all? Does it change the way you view the deal? Or can both scenarios (great deal and distressed merchandise) simply be true at the same time and oh well?
To be a little more specific, If I lease a two year old e-tron that everyone from Costco to government entities to dealerships is throwing money at to look “green” and/or to simply get rid of them…did I accomplish a great lease hack or did I really just end up getting something that nobody really wants and was really overvalued to begin with at a price that reflects those issues? If I get a great deal on a 2020 Grand Cherokee (current generation came out in 2011!) or 2020 MDX (current generation came out in 2014) shouldn’t that be a given considering both vehicles have been around for ages and are slated to finally be replaced with all-new versions for 2021? (Maybe later now for the Grand Cherokee from what I’ve read) I know they both still sell very well, but Acura and Jeep and their dealerships are putting thousands and thousands of dollars on the table to help make that continue to happen. I’m not trying to disparage these vehicles, since honestly I wouldn’t mind having any one of them. But I do admit to kind of shrugging my shoulders when I see people post/brag about the awesome deals they got on these three SUV’s.