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MINI Cooper Lease Questions



  • You're very welcome, earcom. As usual, Mini is not currently providing any sort of lease support on its cars. As a result, if you were to lease one through its captive finance company right now, you will have to use its standard lease money factor. Its standard factors vary by region, but should currently be around .00289 for consumers who qualify for its top credit tier, give or take. Its current residual value for a 36 month lease of a 2006 Mini Cooper with 12,000 miles per year is 67%. Its residual for an otherwise identical lease of a Mini Cooper S is 63%.

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  • Hey I was Quoted a money factor of .00320 at manhattan mini is there a sure fire way to know if they havea ajusted it or not?
  • Hi bgates222. There's no definite way to prove that the dealer that you are working with is marking up your vehicle's money factor, but the factor that you were quoted does sound a little high to me. I suspect that Mini's current buy rate lease money factor is below .00300. You may want to try shopping around at another Mini dealer or two, there should be a number of them in the New York City area, to see what sort of money factor they quote you.

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  • i went to the other mini dealers and they were all about the same on everything which surprised me lol thanks for your help though.
  • You're welcome, bgates222. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  • I recently saw an ad for 2006 Mini's at zero down, $219 month (48 months)+ tax, fees, 1st month. (Based on an msrp of $19600) What should I be very wary of? I have never leased....

    I'm new here, please be nice :)

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,102
    how much down?

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Supposedly zero down. Just tax, title, FEES???, and first month payment
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 22,102
    heck, sounds darned good to me. I assume this isn't a national deal? where did you hear the ad?

    the fees could of course be the stumbling block, but, really, doc fees shouldn't be too high, and they are negotiable. bank fees should be set by the bank.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • Can you provide me with the current residuals for both base and S modles, '06 and '07. I want to run the numbers as on both as I think they are close to invoice on the '06, but not budging from MSRP on the '07. Any incentives coming soon on any modles?

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    I was just quoted 70% residual on the base and S MINI here in the SF Bay Area...well that's great, but the MF is .0034 (8.16% interest!) and the MSRP is rock solid. Unreal at the MINI dealership, the cars were flying out the door. I had to stand in LINE to get a salesman.

    You should be able to get a real good deal on an '06 because the '07 seems a much improved product (to me) and everyone's hot for it. I'd bargain hard on an '06 right now, since the '07s are in the showrooms right next to them.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,604
    lowest money rate so far I've found for a MINI lease in the Bay Area has been 0032. Still searching. If you're working with a good dealer, you can lock in the present rate by ordering the car but if it drops next month you can change the lease to take advantage of that. Looks like about 2 months wait if you "build" your own MINI. I did find a dealer who doesn't mark up OVER MSRP though.

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  • ticatica Posts: 64
    I've never owned a car (having lived in London and now NYC) where you don't need one. But finally am revving up to buy a Mini I think. I had sort of concluded that a 3year lease made no sense since you don't own it after paying all that money. But I just saw a dealer that is offering a 1 year lease and it seems like the amount to buy it after teh 12 months-is pretty much the extra amount that would be due if you'd just bought it upfront and not leased.

    This seems too good to be true. Is the dealer losing out here, if so, why? Seems like a great deal not to pass up, esp. to have a trial 1-yr with the mini, if I"m not entirely sure if I need it or whatever (and in which case the $4000 spent for the year would be like renting but not too much wasated, really)

    Here are the numbers--does this make sense? Also, what's a money factor and residual percentage? I have no clue what folks are talkinga bout here..
    Is This The Best Lease Ever? Call us let us know your opinion!
    The One Year Lease Special is back!
    The all new 2007 MINI Cooper
    is available to well qualified lesees with;
    NO Bank Fee !
    No Security Deposit!
    Starting at as little as $99 per month with only $1,799 down
    $1898 due at inception, plus taxes, registration and title fees
    for a 2007 MINI Cooper, MSRP $18,700. Order yours today!
    10,000 mile per year lease. lesee responsible for excess wear and tear, taxes, insurance, registration and title fees. available to well qualified lesee's through MINI Financial Services. Some restrictions may apply,call for details. Must be approved by 4/30/2007 and delivered by 5/31/07

    I called and spoke to the sales guy and he said--

    A mini I would want would be roughly--TO BUY--$21,000 ish
    (18,700 plus automatic 1300 plus a few options)

    The 1-year lease is $2300 down payment (includes the down payment plus taxes, title, regis and first month)
    then 11 months at $130ish--so $1400 for year

    So the total year's leasing would cost around $3700 or 300/month.
    Not bad to rent a brand new car (and not having to do it for 3 years like those usual leases)

    then if I wanted to buy it after a year it would be the 'residual value' (whatever that is): $17, 800--

    ...and this is where it doesn't make sense to me--
    so if I leased for a year, then bought it, it would be around the same price 17,800+3700= 21,000ish as if I had just bought it straight out WITHOUT leasing it for a year...?

    Does that make sense for the dealer? doesn't seem like they make EXTRA money from leasing it that way? But the sales guy said that was the case.

    Anyway, so it sounds like a win-win no-comittment deal. And I could give it back after a year if I move out of NYC and want a bigger car or I could just buy it and not have lost anything...(other than the free freind's car, but then it probably would've started to break down by then anyway!)

    anyway this seems to be such a good deal I'm wondering if I'm being dumb about something...?

    anyway, what do experienced car buyers/owners/leasers think?
    any feedback much appreciated!
  • Hi Car_Man,

    I'm interested in the MF/residuals for a 2006 Mini Cooper for 15K/3yrs. My sister was looking at the 07's, but they seem to be going for full MSRP, so I advised her to consider 06's. Can you give me a ballpark to be shooting for on 06's, for example, $1K over invoice?

    Anyone know if car leases can be completed over phone/fax/email? My sister will be purchasing from a dealer in Los Angeles, but I'd like to complete the lease transaction with her from NJ before she goes out to LA.

  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,458
    HAHA you are going to end up in a MINI I Bet.

    Those money factors sound about right. I don't have the contact I used to have at the local MINI dealership but .0032 is pretty standard now for low production/high demand cars.

    The 70% residual is outstanding you won't find any other cars with that kind of residual.

    Just buy the car out right like I did and then sell it privately after two years if you want to getting all but a few thousand of your dollars back.
  • ticatica Posts: 64
    what is a money factor and what is a residual percentage?

    I'm about to do a one year I need to know these things? I've never owned, bought or leased a car before, this is my first. any help appreciated
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Shifty, I took the advice of Kyfdx and purchased a Mini instead of leasing it. The $700-900 lease acquisition cost, plus security deposit ($400+), plus lease return fees ($350) adds over 1k to the cost of the lease. Add in the obscene lease MF (over 7%) and you're paying far more to lease a Mini than it would cost to buy one.

    Strange but true. On cars like the 3 series - which BMW props up with lease deals - leasing is a bargain. On a car that loses less than 15% per year and you can get 5% loans, there's a good case for buy over lease. You will pay more or about the same for the lease in the scheme of things.
  • ticatica Posts: 64
    we're you looking at a 3year lease? I'm thinking about doing a 1-year, and it seems to me like its not much extra money really, so worth it to 'test' out ownership.

    is it unlikely then, that you'd get the security deposit back?
    also--is the lease acquisiton cost the 'acquisition fee' on the lease (I have a copy of a lease to look at)--and what does this mean exactly?

    also, from what I can see on my lease--teh 'disposition fee' of 350 is only paid if you DO NOT purchase the vehicle after the lease it would not be extra cost compared to buying..


  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    All BMW vehicles have a destination fee. That's normal. Look up the same car at and destination fee will be listed. BMW cars have a $795 destination fee.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    What's the MF? Residual? Promised sale price?

    you should get the security deposit back, just once it's outa my pocket, I'm annoyed at its disappearance.

    Acquisition fee = acquisition cost. Some mini dealers will add to your MF rather than charge all the acq cost. Cool dealers will. Most will boost the acq fee to $895 and either charge it up front or roll it into the lease cost. That fee is tough to avoid.
  • chittuschittus Posts: 8
    Hello All

    I am new to this forum and trying to get some help in leasing a 2007 mini cooper S hatchback in the bay area. Can you guys help me with what the money factor is for 3 year lease and residual for 12K/15K Miles for 24 months and 36 months. I am just trying to get some ball park numbers before I see the dealer on saturday. My credit score is over 700. Any help is appreciated. One more help who is the best dealer out in northern california?
  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hi slipstreamv2. I don't believe that BMW is offering leases on 2006 Mini models any longer. There may be an independent bank out there that you can lease one through, but given the fact that the 2007 model's residual values will probably be much higher you may find that there isn't much of a difference between the payment for an '07 and an '06 model. Make sure to stop by the following discussion for feedback from other community members on how much your sister should pay for the Mini that she wants: "MINI Cooper: Prices Paid & Buying Experience".

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Greetings tica. Since you are new to the world of leasing, you definitely should check out the following informative articles that are available here at prior to visiting any dealers: 10 Steps to Leasing a New Car and Calculate Your Own Lease Payment. Check them out and let me know if you have any specific questions.

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Hey tica. All new vehicles have a destination charge. The $650 destination charge that you were quoted on the Mini that you are interested in is right in line with what BMW charges on it. This charge is essentially part of the car's price and it cannot be waived.

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  • CarMan@EdmundsCarMan@Edmunds Posts: 38,515
    Welcome chittus. Mini has never provided lease support on its cars. As a result, consumers who want to lease one through its captive finance company have to use its standard lease money factor. This standard factor varies by region, but it should currently be around .00265 to .00300. The 24 month, 15,000 mile per year residual value for a 2007 Mini Cooper S Hatchback is 72%. The residual for an otherwise identical 36 month lease is 67%. The residuals for leases with 12,000 miles per year would be 2% higher.

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  • sml6sml6 Posts: 4
    Is the residual value different from 2007 Cooper to Cooper S? I'm new to the forum and new to the world of leasing, and am trying to plug in these numbers to get a better idea. I'm from NJ and one of the dealerships here quoted $410 for Cooper 24 months, 15,000 mi/yr with zero $down! And $489 for Cooper S. :confuse:
  • How close in Mini's payment estimator? I get $350 on the Mini Site and $300 on your lease estimator.

    My credit is in the mid 600's...will that effect the payment?
  • gpowergpower Posts: 3
    I am being quoted a MF of 0.00335 by MINI dealer in my neighbourhood whereas the LeaseCompare website gives 0.00225.

    Can someone recommend a dealer who gives better lease factor in SOCAL area? I believe that with a credit score of above 700 should give more.
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Why not do lease compare instead of BMWFS?
  • esgamesgam Posts: 29
    Hi Folks,

    It's been a long time coming and I'm almost at a place where I can afford my MINI, but I'm not quite there. I've been working with a dealer on a lease and here's what their current offer is on a new build:

    36m/10k $2000 down

    The $2000 down = $1219 CCR, $100.58tax, $277.75 DMV Fee, $402.56 1st Payment

    MSRP: $27,295
    Costs Added to Lease: $870 ($45 doc fee, Bank Acquisition Fee $825)
    Cap Cost Reduction: $1219
    Adjusted Cap Cost: $26,076
    Residual: 69% ($19113)
    Money Factor: .00335
    Term: 36 months
    Sales Tax: 8.25

    Monthly Payment: $402.56

    Here are my questions:

    1) Is this a good deal?

    2) Can I negotiate on the Doc Fee and Bank Acquisition fee? Is the BAF high? These make my monthly payments about $30 higher.

    3) The MF seems to be accurate for SoCal. If I put a $450 "Security Deposit" down they'll drop it to .00320. I guess they figure the interest off of the $450 will more than cover the loss. Is the Residual Value at 69% negotiable? I've seen 70% being mentioned.

    4) Can someone show me the math as to why purchasing the car and selling it in 3 years would be better than leasing?

    Thanks very much!!!
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