rnch saidWho has "been there......done that"
Not myself, but 3 people close to me, including my partner and his sister (she calls me "brother" -- awwwww).
Before I met him my partner way overpaid on the purchase, and he'll never get another lease. His sister paid a little higher than I would have, but she likes the car (still has it), so I just shrug.
A fellow Army officer with whom I worked also paid too much at the end of the lease, but she had gotten herself into a penalty issue with having put excess miles on the car.
All I can say is do the math. What are your total lease payments, plus the pay-off amount, versus the original value of the car? Also factor how much interest you would have paid, had you originally bought the car on a loan.
How's your mileage doing? Are you within your annual allowance, so you can walk away from the lease clean? If you're gonna hafta pay a hefty penalty at the end of the lease then purchase can look more attractive.