never read the older parts of this thread
the daily driving video: If you cannot afford the depreciation, you cannot afford the car. Who picks up two people in a two seater? If you worry so much, plan your parking better[like not next to the carriage return]
Lease deals: You lease a car assuming you are going to walk into the dealer in three years and toss them the keys. The leasing company either auctions it or the dealer buys it from the leasing company. Either way they get current wholesale for the car. You are free to offer them whatever you wish, some leasing companies will entertain that, others will not.
In the best case, you lease a car you like, the value tanks[you don't care, you like the car] you buy it off lease for the fully depreciated value and can, potentially, save money. Usually it amounts to the interest you would have been paying on the full note.
Cheap lease deals are all predicated on inflated residual values that never pan out.
When I leased a new A4 20 years ago, it was a 26k car, 18k residual after 39 months, something like 340 a month. Actual auction values were about 12k. When I called to ask about buyout, there was literally no one there because the place was going out of business. Not a surprise when hundreds of Audis costing them 6k a pop to return