I completely understand that this is a thing. I flipped a brand new 2022 Ram 2500 Cummins earlier this year for 5k more than I paid for it after 2 months and 2,000 miles...and still got my Affiliate discount against a new in-stock Gladiator. The dealers were hard up to get Heavy Duty trucks on the lot because stock orders were taking at least 6 months at the time. I've seen a multitude of Chargers and Challengers that appear to have a similar history...one local owner and low miles.
The thing with these cars is that they are all around the same mileage, they all have prior lease as the use with prior Michigan registrations on the CarFax, and they are spread between 2 separate dealer groups in my area. This led me to believe that they were demo or possibly press cars or something similar that were picked up at auction. Some of the dealer groups contract with the same buyers to do their auction bidding so it's not unreasonable to expect different dealers to have cars from the same auction lot. Exec lease seems to make sense in this case.
You got that right. 3/4 ton trucks were real difficult to get for awhile there (I'm not sure if that has improved much by now or not - I'm out of the loop on those). Intelligent people make intelligent moves; capitalize when you are able. Your money should be guided by your head, not your heart (I would argue to an extent).
Could be a possibility. I can't really project without knowing much more of the specifics. I will say that it would be very odd for a demo or press vehicle to be leased in any event. Demo are 9.5/10 sold as "demo's", not preowned leased vehicles. They are still sold as "new" because they can be. They are typically not titled and are often incentivized by the manufacturer (given the vehicle meets the demo contingencies).
I'll also say that vehicles sales/dealerships are much
more intricate & involved than the average Joe has even a remote idea about. It is by no means black/white as some believe. I know I'm WELL above average, and others on here are as well (possibly including you), and I know there are many areas that I still don't have a clear picture on.