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Old Mar 19th 2008, 3:55 pm
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Hubby has a rental car from avis for a month, but then has to find his own - he wants to do one of these lease over 3 year thingys (i dont really understand...) but Im wondering if they will let him do it with just a UK drivers licence???? I think he is test phobic lol!! I told him if he takes the test then he has ID and wont have to carry around his passport but will he listen!!!!
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Hubby has a rental car from avis for a month, but then has to find his own - he wants to do one of these lease over 3 year thingys (i dont really understand...) but Im wondering if they will let him do it with just a UK drivers licence???? I think he is test phobic lol!! I told him if he takes the test then he has ID and wont have to carry around his passport but will he listen!!!!
In Georgia, if you are resident then you are required to get a Georgia licence within 30 days.

http://www.dds.ga.gov/drivers/DLdata...44173714&ty=dl
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Father Zargof is correct, you should get Georgia licences as soon as possible. It will make your lives much easier. With regard to leasing, be careful. The lease limits the number of miles you are allowed: often 12,000 per year, so 36,000 over a 3 year period. That number is often lower for luxury cars; Lexus, BMW, etc. leases might be only 10,000 per year. If you exceed the allowance the overage charges are VERY high. Be absolutely positive you won't exceed the limit before signing the lease. The US is a big place, and it's easy to do a lot of driving; you can turn 12,000 miles in a year easier than you might think.

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12,000 miles a year???

365 days
- 104 weekend days
- 10 days (generous) annual leave/vacation
251 days of driving to work. Let's say you're sick one day and make it a round number.

12,000 / 500 trips to or from work = 24 miles

If you find a job within a 24 mile radius in this economy, good luck to you! And make sure you always have the pizza delivered.

Why lease a nice brand new car if you can't bloody drive it?

I bought a 6yo Buick Lesabre 5 years ago. Had 80,000 miles on it. Now it has 220,000. 140,000 miles in five years. That's 28,000 a year. But it's a nice car and it makes trips to St Louis, Toronto, DC, all around Lake Michigan, all the more enjoyable.

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I didn't know that about the leasing. 12,000 miles is nothing here.
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I didn't know that about the leasing. 12,000 miles is nothing here.
Nope, it's just a drop in the bucket. Melly, make sure your hubby negotiates for more miles before signing the leasing contract, otherwise you could be stuck paying for a lot of overage charges at the end of your lease. Try to overestimate your mileage per year, not underestimate. Personally, I wouldn't touch a lease with a barge pole. Why pay to rent a car for 3 years, when I could own it in 3 years? Most people get fleeced by leases - they are generally not good deals.
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Hubby has a rental car from avis for a month, but then has to find his own - he wants to do one of these lease over 3 year thingys (i dont really understand...) but Im wondering if they will let him do it with just a UK drivers licence???? I think he is test phobic lol!! I told him if he takes the test then he has ID and wont have to carry around his passport but will he listen!!!!
This is what you should do.

1.) Get your GA licenses and auto insurance.
2.) Dump the rental for an affordable used car. Leasing is not good considering that you are in a commuter type of city. Plus you'll want to do some exploring that will easily put you over the edge on your miles.
3.) Check for a used car on Autotrader.com, Vehix.com, or CarMax.com (if that's available).
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Thanks all for the advice - have passed it on to hubby
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I spent $900 on my Lincoln Town Car and it's done me proud! Didn't need an American licence to insure or register it (although I have one now.)

My BIL leased a BMW for $1400 a month... Ended up almost running out of miles, so he has 1,200 miles left before he gets charged (10c a mile!!) and over a year left on the lease.
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Lease only makes sense if it's a spare car that wouldn't be driven very much, otherwise it's a money pit.

Get a local license, a blind, epileptic ape could pass the test so don't waste time in not getting it. Technically, if you ain't an LPR, your supposed to carry your passport at all times, but I don't think most people do, but anyway, a drivers license is a good form of ID because not all grocery stores or bars will accept a passport as ID...stupid I know.

And you'll kill 12K miles just doing your grocery shop, never mind commute to work if it's your primary motor.
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Lease only makes sense if it's a spare car that wouldn't be driven very much,
So it makes sense to spend hundreds of dollars on a car that can only be taken for the weekend drive to church?

Leasing makes no sense as it stands, but then add the crazy limited mileage and you may as well forget it. Get a car loan (if needed) and a decent used vehicle. Credit unions offer good deals on car loans if they put a lien on the vehicle.
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My BIL leased a BMW for $1400 a month... Ended up almost running out of miles, so he has 1,200 miles left before he gets charged (10c a mile!!) and over a year left on the lease.
Pwned! It's gonna look nice sitting in his driveway for a year, though.
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So it makes sense to spend hundreds of dollars on a car that can only be taken for the weekend drive to church?
Well if you only work a few miles from home, don't want to have to maintain it and don't mind not owning any collateral and have good credit, you can get a nice motor for not much money. It makes sense to some, but for most, it would be daft because there aren't many people that drive a few miles to and from work.

Also a good option if you get a car through work, can get more for the money and it's not like you car about it needing miles topped off, that's if you don't end up with a fleet car.
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Well if you only work a few miles from home, don't want to have to maintain it and don't mind not owning any collateral and have good credit, you can get a nice motor for not much money. It makes sense to some, but for most, it would be daft because there aren't many people that drive a few miles to and from work.

Also a good option if you get a car through work, can get more for the money and it's not like you car about it needing miles topped off, that's if you don't end up with a fleet car.
That's a lot of conditions there Bob. As we all know those conditions are very tough to meet. I think anyone would like knowing they don't have to meet them. Melly and her hubby can get up and go to Orlando or Miami without having to worry about it or driving around Atlanta proper for that matter. Her hubby's job could change and send him around the Perimeter sending him 20 plus 30 miles away. It could happen to them mid-lease. They'd be screwed then.
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Pwned! It's gonna look nice sitting in his driveway for a year, though.
Yep. Expensive decoration. Getting them to buy back the lease is almost as much as just paying to keep it in the garage.

Leasing makes sense if you want a new car every three years, plus all maintence etc. is paid for and taken care of. If you're buying a new car, the payments are similar.

My Lincoln cost $900 to buy and we've spent $500 on maintence, so until recently, it was costing us about $100 a month. Considering you can get a new car for $200 a month it's not nessecarily more sensible.

But I can't stand the thought of buying a $15,000 car and having it drop $2,000 the INSTANT we drive it off the lot.

Baring high mileage or damage, an older used car is going to stick roughly the same value as when you bought it (in fact, we sold our $1,200 Subaru for $1,500, so YAY us.)
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