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View Poll Results: Should I ship my car to the East Coast?
Yes! Ship it and drive it in winter....YOLO! 8 44.44%
No! Stick to civic and buyout the car... Patience is key! 10 55.56%
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      10-22-2020, 02:28 AM   #1
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TL: DR - Would you ship your BMW even if it will mean driving in winter? Vote now!

Hello folks,

A bit confused but would love some input from you all. I have 19 M4 CS which is sitting in storage on west coast since June. I'm on east coast to be closer to family and now have been seriously missing the M4. Thought about renting a fast car from Turo but just did not feel like anything come close to it and frankly don't want to drive someone else's car.

My beater here is 2005 Honda Civic. Winters are right around the corner which also means snow. I was previously thinking about leaving in December but now with Covid, I'm not sure if I would be going back until ATLEAST mid-Jan or mid-Feb... or if things don't get better March. F*** granted it's going to be snow but I really feel like I should just have my car shipped.

Shipping, with my preferred shippers is about $2500 on-way (approx) so $5,000 return. Lease expires July 2021 and it only has 4800 miles out of 20000 allowed. Residual is $67K but I did not have intentions of keeping it long term as I am interested in new M3 (I need the 4 doors and the big hips). I already have winter tires here (VFF103s!).

So here's where I need your help:

1) Ship it to east coast:

Pros:
- Something to drive and reason to get out of house even if it is to pick up food. Take longer drives than my civic.
- Safer than civic in the winter.
-Civic has 295,000kms on it so there is a risk it might eventually breakdown. Car rental is $1500/month for a mid-size sedan so in two months, I would cover 50% of the cost of shipping.l
- If I was to rent something along the lines of M4, it would be expensive so better to have car here instead.
- Already have winter tires so no added cost.
- On east cost I have 17 M3 and absolutely loved driving in snow as well
- Big smile on my face!

Cons:
- Costs $5,000 round trip. Can put that towards $67K residual and buy out the car.
- Can still sell in private market but I don't think I'm ready to move on from it just yet.
- Exposure to snow... any significant long-term issues?


2) Keep it in the Storage and wait until Feb or March:

Pros:
- No exposure to snow.
- No $5,000 out of pocket for 3 months of driving before shipping it back (road trip is not an option yet - 2 kids).
Cons:
- Financing a $67K car down the road.
- Will miss it everyday as I have been since September

What would you do? Would love to know some experiences.

Thanks!
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      10-22-2020, 11:12 AM   #2
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It makes me sad the M4 is in storage. But It makes no sense to me to ship it back and forth for a few months of driving though. Keeping it or not. For $5k you could buy a less beat up beater for the season with some more reliability, and sell it for probably about the same as you bought it for.

I would only bother shipping it if your intent was to get out of the lease early and/or sell the car on the East coast. I would also keep it out of the salt/snow if you can.
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      10-22-2020, 01:55 PM   #3
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It makes me sad the M4 is in storage. But It makes no sense to me to ship it back and forth for a few months of driving though. Keeping it or not. For $5k you could buy a less beat up beater for the season with some more reliability, and sell it for probably about the same as you bought it for.

I would only bother shipping it if your intent was to get out of the lease early and/or sell the car on the East coast. I would also keep it out of the salt/snow if you can.
^^^ This make total sense, why did you put the car in storage especially if its leased, your just throwing money away.. but its your money.. its cheaper to fly your while family to the west coast, drive your car and fly back to the east coast .

$5 grand just to drive a few weeks is not worth it plus your monthly payments.
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      10-22-2020, 02:51 PM   #4
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Roadtrip to bring her over? Maybe use up some of those miles you are paying for.
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      10-22-2020, 03:07 PM   #5
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I would've drove from the Bay to NY if it meant saving $5,000.. That's just me though.
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      10-22-2020, 03:12 PM   #6
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Sounds like a perfect excuse for a long roadtrip and rip some rubber!
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I don't think it's worth 5k to drive for a few months, especially during winter and with covid, most people are hardly driving. I've only put 2k miles on my car in over 6 months. Just be patient and enjoy the car is warm CA weather on summer tires. The car is not nearly as fun in the cold anyway.
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      10-23-2020, 12:18 PM   #8
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Roadtrip. I just drove from SF across the country in my M4 and it was such a cool experience. Unless you don't have heated seats.
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      10-23-2020, 01:06 PM   #9
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Couple of options:

1) You've got tons of miles to put on it... just fly over and drive it for an epic road trip and some bonding time!

2) Go back to the Bay area because winters in CA still allow for some driving.
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      10-23-2020, 04:47 PM   #10
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What a waste. Why did you buy this car anyway? Itís a lease ... enjoy it and donít worry about it. These arenít vintage Ferraris.
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      10-23-2020, 06:48 PM   #11
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Drive it in the winter; it's a car and meant to be used. I daily drive my F80 M3 (and every sports car I've ever had) in Michigan year round and they do great as long as you have dedicated snow tires. Use the car!
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