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Hi everyone...

So, I leased a 2011 Kia Soul ! for 3 years, and the lease ends around September.

I know that, if I return the car, I have to pay a $900ish 'disposition fee' Otherwise, I can buy the Soul for the 'residual value' at the time of the lease (somewhere in the $9000 range.

I know last year, folks on the Kia forums were predicting that the Soul would be worth more than the residual value (Kia was too conservative), so I am wondering what my next move will be.

Since the lease, we have moved to the 'burbs, and no longer 'need' a tiny car (we use to live in an urban area where parking was a major concern). We also have a 2 YO who will be going to school in the next 3 years, etc.

Long story short, I am thinking that-dollar wise--buying the Soul might be a 'good deal'... Lifestyle wise, I think we need something a little bigger (like a CRV/Sportage/Rav4, etc)

I have been getting more frequent mailings from Honda dealers, etc, offering to 'buy out your lease'...

Now, I learned a LOT during my initial leasing experience... This 'lease end' phase is new to me. I really am not looking to get into a discussion for or against leasing (I know the pros/cons, I feel).. I am more looking to see if anyone has experience with leasing a new car AND having that dealership buy out your current lease--seems like a lot of options for the dealer to take advantage of the situation...

Thoughts? Should I buy out the Kia then trade it in? Or should I look now, when I dont 'need' to get another car yet...

TIA!
K
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