Originally Posted by MShift
^ Most people lease or finance.
Would be interesting to find out what the average salary of folks around here is.
Salary is pointless. Net worth is more critical. This board has some seriously rich folks (I'm not one of them), although I'm fortunate enough that I could have purchased mine outright. I ended up leasing it because I see myself changing the car after 3 years (I'll have 60K miles on it by then), and I have two other cars that are my keepers, so I don't think I'll keep this one. I might, but unlikely. Leasing also was favorable due to tax reasons, but even without that, it just made a lot of sense for me and my situation. Looking back at it, I'm glad I didn't pay cash up front, given how good the lease deals were (and still are).