Ed's New Car Lease; 2017 Kinetic Blue Cruze RS

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    Ed's New Car Lease; 2017 Kinetic Blue Cruze RS

    After a lengthy exchange, (Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri) I brought it home today, Brand-Spanking-NEW; with a whopping 30 miles on the odometer.

    Guess the recent interest initially started with the Cruze Hatch, and all it's claimed rear cargo room, (if you find it let me know) anyway lets just say I was disappointed in the Hatchback, no bigger than our Volt, a little more room-height-wise, but way shorter than the sedan. It seems like a foot, but per the specification sheet, 8.5".

    Then a couple weeks back Caveman in his never-ending new-car search mentioned the Cruze.

    Last Sunday, killing some time before my daughters Birthday Party, I'm reading some of the car ads, $47, $69, $79 with varying amounts down; from ZERO - $999, so I say, OK what is this all about?

    Base LT's (what all the cars in the ads are for) not much to write home about, but with the Convenience Package you get keyless, remote start and heated power seats, many which are critical must-haves for me, add in the RS Package, which gives it a little jazz; larger front grille (and RS badge), fog lamps, body-kit (rockers) and rear spoiler. Now passes as acceptable, in the looks and content categories.

    Now for the "deals" to be real, you've got to find one with those packages, which add about $35 to the entry price of the adverts, but you also need to find one that is out-of-favor with the "Bonus Tag".

    After going back-and-forth with the dealer for the better part of 4 days, (1st she didn't know anything about the $750 GM Card top-up, then the one we were looking at, didn't have the tag). Once we got those things cleared up, we came to a $121/month No, No, No........... Sign..... Drive. OK, great now what!? I need 4 cars like a hole in the head!

    The original plan for today was just to measure it up against the Volt and have the wife take it for a spin, and get them to firm-up the price.

    So sales gal suggest they take a look at the Volt; still have 7 payments of $179.5 ($1,256.50). Buyout price of the lease is $21K and change, used cars said $12K; yeah that isn't gonna work.

    After a bit of back-and-forth, we basically split the remaining payments, I put $600 into the deal up-front, they'll payout the Volt and keep make the lease payment an even $120/month.

    Seemed like a fair place to meet, on the plus side for me, the $600 down replaces this month's $179.50 payment ($420.50 more than normal) but then the next 6 payments, I'll only be paying $120/month, instead of $179.50 (a total of $357 less than normal) which washes-out all but $63 of the up-front money-down.

    The incentives/discount were insane: $1,770 Employee, $500 Base Rebate, $500 Bonus Tag, $2,000 Chevy Lease Loyalty, $1,225 Cap Cost Reduction, $750 GM Card Top-up (I had $756.56) = $6,751.56 - Plus however you value the Volt payoff/buyout funds.

    It was dark by the time I got out of the Dealer, but this was a picture I took when I brought it home, to compare.

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    Re: Ed's New Car Lease; 2017 Kinetic Blue Cruze RS

    What no Ford focus was available hahaha j/k. We test drove a hatch earlier in the week. Still trying to decide. Nice color good choice.
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    Re: Ed's New Car Lease; 2017 Kinetic Blue Cruze RS

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobaltss_King View Post
    What no Ford focus was available hahaha j/k. We test drove a hatch earlier in the week. Still trying to decide. Nice color good choice.
    You know most of guys that dog me for being a Ford fanboi drive Toyota's, Nissan's, Fiat's or 20 year-old Oldsmobile's right?

    I was actually eyeing the new Civic, but the wouldn't do anything with Volt lease, so that would have had to wait until at least June or July, and the EX-T I wanted was ~$300/month I can't justify that for a 3rd car, Focus was North of $200 and again, no help with the Volt buyout.

    I'm not sure this Cruze is going to be worth 65% of MSRP in 2 years, especially when I could have bought it for about 67% of MSRP yesterday; but that's not my problem, it's GMF's.


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    Re: Ed's New Car Lease; 2017 Kinetic Blue Cruze RS

    Great deal and I hope you like it as much as you liked your Volt! Though I am sorry to see the Volt go.

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    I need to bring you with me when I lease my next truck. :P

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    Nice lookin' Cruze, brotha man.
    Too bad ya got the slow one...
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    Congrats and the new Cruze.

    That is the same one I would buy.

    Keep us updated on the MPG/driving cost difference between the Volt and Cruze.

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    Many states if you have been a farm bureau member for 30 days, would have been another $500 off.
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    Nice deal! Congrats

    Terms? 24 mos. / 10k.?

    Is it one of those rare Mejico assembled models?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Great deal and I hope you like it as much as you liked your Volt! Though I am sorry to see the Volt go.
    Thanks, yeah I think I did alright!

    Wife was initially OK, with the 4-car overlap, but then when things started getting serious, she was starting to freak. I actually was trying to do the math; basically the $750 GM Card Money, a big reason I was considering doing something now, would get eaten-up in the "waste" of the fourth car, insurance/payments. Greasing the Volt's exit, made all that mute.

    Volt made it almost 3 years; we got it in May 2014 with 3,500 miles (only 500 EV) turned it in with ~25,500 and ~19,000 EV.


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    I need to bring you with me when I lease my next truck. :P

    Congrats on the new whip, playa.
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    Nice lookin' Cruze, brotha man.
    Too bad ya got the slow one...
    Yeah, and you got the stinky-one......


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    Congrats and the new Cruze.

    That is the same one I would buy.

    Keep us updated on the MPG/driving cost difference between the Volt and Cruze.
    My electric bill better go down at least $40!
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamjeeps View Post
    Many states if you have been a farm bureau member for 30 days, would have been another $500 off.
    Farm Bureau isn't stackable though. I remember when they offered the USAA discount I had to pick one or the other.
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    Sharp-looking car, Ed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamjeeps View Post
    Many states if you have been a farm bureau member for 30 days, would have been another $500 off.
    We don't have Farm Bureau, but past experience, most of the "affiliate rebates" don't coordinate with most other rebates.


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    Nice deal! Congrats

    Terms? 24 mos. / 10k.?

    Is it one of those rare Mejico assembled models?
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    And actually another reason I was frowning on the hatch.


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    Sharp-looking car, Ed!
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    Nice lookin caah there, podnah. I like that blue. I've recently been eyeballing an Optima EX in that same hue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed753 View Post
    The incentives/discount were insane: $1,770 Employee, $500 Base Rebate, $500 Bonus Tag, $2,000 Chevy Lease Loyalty, $1,225 Cap Cost Reduction, $750 GM Card Top-up (I had $756.56) = $6,751.56 - Plus however you value the Volt payoff/buyout funds.
    I think that's about $4500 more than I qualify for, congrats!

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