I want to buy a manual transmission 1st car for my daughter. She will turn 16 in August, but she will be practicing soon. Yeah, realistically she can’t work for her first car due to sports and we live in the suburbs without school buses (broken California). Anything without ABS or airbags are vetoed; which makes my 1984 Volvo idea out of the question.
I was going to buy her an older manual transmission (7-10k budget), possibly a Mini or Mazda or Subaru (nothing much old without airbags, side airbags are bonus).
Now does it make sense to lease? 10K for 3 years means $277/mo; or about 150/mo if I lease it for 6 years.
I doubt say a 2013 Mini would last 6 years; maybe the Mazda would.