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Car leasing volume grew by 91% in the past 5 years

One-third of millennials who got new vehicles in 2016, leased the new vehicle instead of purchasing it
Also, many leases require gap insurance on top of full insurance.

Again if it suits your needs, by all means, but it's not cheaper on average than buying (average means non rust belt apparently, but rust belt people are replying no guaranteed huge rust repairs).

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We'd be reading Subaru forums, or whatever dreadful practical stuff is out there.
I would like to point out that my Subaru allows my Challenger to survive the indignity of a roof rack with a kayak attached and more importantly keeps me from snow blowing my drive way every time it snows.

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Also, many leases require gap insurance on top of full insurance.

Again if it suits your needs, by all means, but it's not cheaper on average than buying (average means non rust belt apparently, but rust belt people are replying no guaranteed huge rust repairs).

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Gap insurance is included in the payments my Challenger Scar Pack Wide Body lease.
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I would like to point out that my Subaru allows my Challenger to survive the indignity of a roof rack with a kayak attached and more importantly keeps me from snow blowing my drive way every time it snows.

My friend leases a Subaru. After learning that I’m leasing a Wide Body, he now wants to lease one too.
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My 2009 Dodge challenger rear quarter panels are rusting and getting even worse. It didn't matter I kept it in my garage every night too. I always washed it as often as possible to remove any winter salt but made no difference. From this forum (what I've read) it's a design flaw with the drainage holes and Dodge has made no changes to Challenger (long term) to resolve the issue so no matter what the rust will return anyway? So what's the solution? Rework and rediesgn the drainage holes? It is however my daily driver, so it has seen plenty of NJ winters and rain. I noticed the RUST starting to show back in 2017 but from what I'm told, once you see rust, it's probably much worse then you know.. I now have 170,000+ miles on it. Got a couple of quotes of over $1000 maybe more to fix. this doesn't include the stock rims also have corrosion too and are pitted badly. It'll cost more to fix than it's worth.


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Rear Quarter Panel RUST

Yeah, LOOK at my 10 year old 2009 Dodge Challenger and this RUST in the REAR quarter panels. The other side is equally as bad IF not worse too! POOR design, quality control or drainage hole misplacement? EVEN if they fix it for over $1000 (maybe more) depending on how deep or far it goes, it will return because the drainage hole aren't correct? So WHAT is the LONG term solution? I want to KEEP my car forever but now I'm like what to do? The wheel skins are one fix, now this too? What's NEXT?
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Yeah, LOOK at my 10 year old 2009 Dodge Challenger and this RUST in the REAR quarter panels. The other side is equally as bad IF not worse too! POOR design, quality control or drainage hole misplacement? EVEN if they fix it for over $1000 (maybe more) depending on how deep or far it goes, it will return because the drainage hole aren't correct? So WHAT is the LONG term solution? I want to KEEP my car forever but now I'm like what to do? The wheel skins are one fix, now this too? What's NEXT?
I too have it on both sides on my '09. First noticed I think in 2015 (maybe 2016). It was just one side at first, but the other side had tiny bumps I could feel though not really see.

I complained to Chrysler Fiat, and they did agree to repair the first side. Now, the 2nd side is worse than the first side was and the repaired side has bumps popping up again.

It was $1,500ish to repair the first side, so it would be double that to fix both sides...with a high probability of it returning.

My wife wants me to sell it, but I don't know how much that will kill the value in a sale, and I still really like the car and it drives great. I wanted this to be a 20 year car for me (at 10.5 now), but with this rust, I am not sure how to proceed. I don't want to constantly be repairing rust, but don't want to sell it either.


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That was one of the reasons I got rid of my 2006 Charger in 2015, it was getting up there in miles and needed a couple other things, and I did a poor repair job on that side, but it looked okish.

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I still can''t believe these cars rust out like that- it is so unfortunate. I know there is talk of the 2015+ models being redesigned in that rear wheel-well area, which *should* help with the issue, but I have my doubts. I typically like to keep my cars for 15+ years, but it seems that these Challengers just may not be "long-term" material - not matter how good you take care of them, which really sucks. I really keep my vehicle costs down by buying lightly-used (less than 3 years old with less than 30k miles) and then keeping them for anywhere between 10 to 15+ years - which was also the plan for my 2018 Challenger GT - but it doesn't look like that plan is going to work out well for my 2018 GT (AWD - will be driven year-round in PA).

The "trick" is going to be knowing when the rust is *almost* ready start showing it's ugly head via paint bubbling - and trade it in before that occcurs. Probably easier said than done though. Even with a boroscope, I'm not sure if you can easily see the inside of the area where they rust.

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