@mllcb42 I do usually agree with what you post, and this one is no different. It will never say in any contract that the lessor is obligated to sell to anyone except the lessee. Which is why I can’t do anything about it except buy out & sell the lease. They can’t take the car itself away from me (unless the government decides to, which actually IS written into the contract) so technically, you’re right that I don’t own the equity until I ink my name on the paper.
It’s also right on @ilike2breakthngs that HFS (lawyers) are using any advantage they can get to shove the money & cars over toward Acura & Honda dealers because they’re losing it and them.
They’re taking the money directly out of the consumer’s pocket to mitigate their losses. There’s no sugar-coating that.
Also, I think @FlHackr is missing the side note here that my MF neighbor’s 16 yr old daughter smashed my car when I was literally hours away from putting 7k toward my kids’ college fund. (You clearly didn’t finish reading in the original post). Any of y’all would be heated if that happened to you… though still - not the point of the post.
End: It’s clear I’ll need to buy & sell the car. Thanks for reinforcing that. Oh, and confirmed that CA is the only state that let’s you avoid double sales tax hits.