Waiting for a Mini Cooper
February 2, 2005 11:38 AM Subscribe
AutomotiveFilter: Adult (over 35) learning to drive for the first time. The car of my dreams, a Mini Cooper, would be waitlisted approximately 11 months. What to do in the meantime? More inside.
posted by matildaben to travel & transportation (16 answers total)
Continuing to ride the bus is a less desirable option, because I would like to be able to practice my driving skills and not forget what I have been learning. I am not eligible for FlexCar because they require at least a 5-year driving record.
I would like to acquire a car of my own for as cheaply as possible so that I can work on saving up the money for the Mini. I actually think it would be a good idea to have something else first in case I destroy the clutch or bang it up against curbs.
As I see it, the options are either to buy something used, or lease something cheap like a Kia or a Hyundai. But I'm concerned about the reliability of a used car.
Please offer benefits and drawbacks of either or both options, alternative options, what make/model of car you would get in that situation, and [optional] explain how leasing works and if it's possible/financially ok to lease for just 1 year.