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      11-24-2009, 11:01 AM   #1
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Drives: E46 M3
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Planet earth, top part.

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Is now the time to buy?

I am in the market for a new M3, and I am wondering if now is the time to buy.

The car that I want would be pretty well equipped (premium, tech, 19" wheels, heated seats, can take or leave the DCT). However, I have concerns about an immediate purchase. The only incentive on this $70k car is a $1500 rebate. I would put down roughly half in cash and finance the rest. At the moment finance rates on 2010 M3's are nothing special (not really interested in a lease as I tend to keep cars 5 years or longer). Also, I am put off by the low resale value these cars are showing. Finally, a LCI is set for mid February 2010 production (I think). I don't want to plunk down a premium price for a car and then 2 months later see the resale value tank even more.

There is a bit of a wild card with what Audi is going to introduce at the end of November with the RS5. I am not an Audi fan, but the RS5 will be competition to the M3. Not sure how this plays with M3 pricing.

Taking all this into consideration, now does not seem to be a good time to buy. I would pull the trigger now if I could find the right car at the right price, but unfortunately this seems like too many "ifs". Consequently, I am left waiting.

Thoughts?