Re: High Mileage Conundrum
It's going to take a little research for your area, the automakers have leasing programs, but there's private leasing companies as well. I work for an international HVAC company and all of our vehicles are leased which expires on time or miles. A downfalls are that you always have a car payment, physical condition may be weighed in to the turn in, and you have to maintain a good maintenance record. Upside: if you're getting rid of a car as soon as it's paid off, you'll be in a car sooner, a decent leasing company can aid you on keeping up with any recall issues, and your payments are generally lower since you mostly just paying for the depreciation, not the total cost of the car.
Leasing has become very competitive, a little research may put you in a decent car for a reasonable price as long as you don't decide to keep it. Generally, if you opt to buy after the end of the lease, your total cost ends up being higher than if you had financed it out of the gate.
'Scuse me, while I scrape this Honda outta my treads.