Of course I keep reading all over how valuable used cars are, sell your lease for profit, etc. etc.
I leased (3/30) a 21 BMW 330i Xdrive with the M Sport package in March 2021. I put $3500 in MSD on it and my payment before taxes is $498.70. Residual is $30986. I am under mileage and the car is garage kept and basically perfect.
Seeing as how work from home became permanent for me, I don’t really need this car anymore. While I definitely love it, I also like not spending money needlessly too.
So I put through a request on the front page here, and got back a quote for $39000. I don’t get what this is. According to BMW Financial, my total payoff right now is $42354. So aren’t I responsible for the difference, which would certainly not be any profit at all. Am I missing something?
BMW leases, historically, had often ended underwater; there is a reason many BMW customers lease.
Unfortunately, you signed your deal in the middle of Covid…which was/arguably is still the craziest vehicle market we’ve seen in years. You’re likely not sitting with a great hand, to be playing the equity game.
Is your total payoff including sales tax? If it is and you sell to a dealership (or equity hackr) you should be able to reduce the payoff by the sales tax amount. Also shop a few places that can buy a BMW lease (BMW dealers, AutoNation or other larger dealerships that have a BMW store in the family).
However 3 series were not known to have equity in the last few years when other cars did.
You could also just transfer the lease. You;re likely somewhere between $400-$450 pre tax, which is arguably much better than the $600 plus tax quotes most folks are getting for a base 3 series. MSDs might make it tricky, but you’ll certainly have better luck than selling it outright.
Keep in mind that EquityHackr is only one fish in the sea when it comes to who can buy your car.
If you’re serious about selling then get quotes from all your local BMW dealers as well as any of the major groups than can buy BMW’s. And while you can’t sell to Carvana/CarMax/Vroom etc. you can still get quotes as a reference point.
While it’s unlikely you’ll have a lot of equity I wouldn’t stop trying yet just because one buyer came back low.
I think both can be true. Yes, a 3 series purchased at a good discount off MSRP pre-pandemic may well not have much equity today. Similarly a telluride might not have any equity now if you paid 7.5k over MSRP for it 8 months ago.