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    should have taken a hammer to an impact sensor. But Williamhood is right get your aches and pains documented. Because got forbid something does creep up you have something to fall back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    If not total, at least push for diminished value.
    The car is leased, so any DV would go to Kia. If I trade the car before the end of the lease, I get stuck with the DV. And I'm probably going to be trading (for another Optima in all likelihood).


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    Welp, just short of 6 weeks later my car is out of the shop. This time, there are multiple (like a dozen) small paint defects I'm going to have to have them fix. Maybe it was the humid weather, or maybe they were just sloppy.

    After driving a Nissan Altima for a month and a half (and putting 4500 miles on it ), it's like I have a new car again. The SX-L just runs SO much better than the Altima. Man I love turbos!

    But ... I'm most likely going to be trading the car soon. Being wrecked twice doesn't help the trade-in value, and the longer i wait the worse it's going to be. And since I lease, I can pay a monthly payment on this car or I can pay it on a new one.

    And unless something changes, I'll probably go back with another Optima SX-L. There just isn't another car that has the things I want on it at anywhere near the price. I've been looking at everything from Audi A4's to Jaguar XE's, but it's hard to get all the things that I have on my Optima ... brake hold, auto-dimming headlights, bird's eye view camera system, paddle shifters, auto-folding mirrors, pano sunroof, etc., etc., at any price. And with LED headlights on the 2017's (and better wheels), the Optima just comes in first place.

    Now, if I can just wrangle a 2-year lease .... lol


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    if you have more than 6 months left on your lease, trading it early will cost you a pretty penny. they'll just roll the remaining payments toward your next lease and essentially, you'll be paying for two cars, but drive one. i'd just wait it out, especially if you're getting the same one. perhaps, 3rd time you total it and walk scott free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XxHaimBondxX View Post
    if you have more than 6 months left on your lease, trading it early will cost you a pretty penny. they'll just roll the remaining payments toward your next lease and essentially, you'll be paying for two cars, but drive one. i'd just wait it out, especially if you're getting the same one. perhaps, 3rd time you total it and walk scott free.
    Mmmm ... not quite. I've traded out of my last 7 or 8 leases early. What they do is just appraise your car the same as they would if you financed it. Your lease has a payoff just like a "financed" car, and if your car is worth less than the payoff (which they usually are), you just have to add the shortage to the new lease (or pay it off in cash if you choose).

    You are NOT obligated to pay remaining payments on the lease. A lease is just a different way to finance a car, but it has the benefit of a guaranteed buyback, and the payments are usually 30-40% less than buying.

    As it turns out, I traded my 2016 SX-L for a 2017 SX-L yesterday, and my lease payment is actually $3 LESS than before! Credit Kia's Summer and Memorial Day incentives for that ... it shaved about 3 grand off the cost.

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    Black like mine, congrats Mike. Now please let's keep this one out of accidents, unlike your last one.

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