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Old 04-12-2018, 02:02 PM   #11
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I hear nissan leafs are cheap.
Good luck charging that on a college campus.
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:04 PM   #12
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Good luck charging that on a college campus.
I see rows of chargers at the local college parking lot.

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FREE Electric vehicle charging stations are located in all garages and several surface lots on campus.
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I just realized the included image on the page with the statement above has a Prius parked across 2 lanes at a charger.


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Old 04-12-2018, 02:31 PM   #13
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A secondary concern of mine is if we own a fourth car, the pressure will be great to allow one (or both) of the girls to take said car back to college with them . I am 100% against the idea of either of them having a car that I own, insure and am liable for on a college campus with people doing college things. I am not sure I'd successfully win that position, especially if the extra car was already 'just sitting there'.

We are having a similar discussion in my household trying to figure out if my daughter will take her car to school next fall but my feelings are a little different. I feel that she should take the car since I am paying for it anyway and it would just sit in the driveway doing nothing. I'd feel if it sat at home I'm wasting my money.

Back to your original question I think option B is a safer option in many respects, first off a 2015 BMW is a safer car, it is also going to be more reliable and like others mentioned you don't have the hassle of trying to sell it.

As far as the consequences when turning the car in the first thing we need to know who is the leasing company ... if it is BMW I can tell you they are very lenient. I returned my 550 with a few scratched up rims and there was no issue. If it is a local bank or a 3rd party leasing company I would be very careful, many of them nit pick the heck out of the car ... I made that mistake once 20+ yrs ago and have since insisted on the Manufacturer as the leasing company.
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:36 PM   #14
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I would argue the reliability of any modern BMW with my own stack of receipts as evidence to the contrary.
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:43 PM   #15
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:54 PM   #16
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I had a car in college and it was fine. But I was super responsible. Still am...
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:52 PM   #17
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I have a 1999 Honda CR-V available for cheap that runs and drives.
There ya go, the perfect college rig.

Lots of room for stuff, not too powerful, Honda-reliability.
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Old 04-12-2018, 03:54 PM   #18
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But I was super responsible. Still am...
Yea... we're not talking about the more responsible of my two girls...

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I hear nissan leafs are cheap.
Her college is ~300 miles away, so it would take her 6 days to drive there. Unless of course that was your point... in which case "BRILLIANT"

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As far as the consequences when turning the car in the first thing we need to know who is the leasing company ... if it is BMW I can tell you they are very lenient.
It is BMWFS, and the liency level is what I'm trying to figure out. I've heard mostly easy/positive, with a few horror stories.

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I would argue the reliability of any modern BMW with my own stack of receipts as evidence to the contrary.
I hear you on that, but it would be fully warrantied and if it broke, I'd get a loaner, so minimal inconvenience.
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Old 04-13-2018, 06:40 PM   #19
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Have done 2 leases now with BMWFS and they were very lenient at turn-in. Never had any issues and I had both cars in NYC.

Completely crazy idea- what if you bought a "depreciation proof" type car like a 1M for the summer (give your daughter one of the other cars) then sold it when your done?
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