Yes, many are buying out the Lease including my dealer's svc mgr and me to name just 2. I start my Lease Buyout process in 2 weeks. Buy the car out and you have a known-reliable asset to keep or trade that is and has proven to be reliable. During the Buyout, get an Extended Warranty added and you are good to go.I started putting my wife in a perpetual lease cycle, so she's always driving something newish, under warranty, and really never have to be too concerned with breakdowns and such (although I know they can happen, had a 2020 scat pack die on me at 71 miles....).
This first lease cycle is ending soon (2019 Honda Pilot), and I'm getting a bit concerned with finding anything new...Value (at least on-line resources) is still about what we paid for it, so I guess technically I can buy it and trade it in for whatever's available (trying to find a tahoe or yukon, but challenging)...
Anyone ever do something similar, and make a few bucks at lease end? Is it a pain to do?
Have your priced your Honda on NADA.com & Kelley Blue Book to see current value compared to the Lease Residual??
You have to watch out on ordering a new car. It may take a while and may come in with Features/Options removed because of chip shortages, the dealer was not told or had any idea and you were not told (yes, some manufacturers are doing this). The car appears, options/features are missing, possibly some Safety Items, so then you have another choice... do you complete the deal or reject while trading in a known-good car in the process.
Buy out the Lease, take a beat and let the new car market settle down.