It would be nice to have a friend that can get you into lease-return auctions, so that you can pick a car up for CHEAP, instead of paying dealer prices.
My Manheim account allows me to view auctions, but not participate because I haven't renewed the subscription in a long time. I'm not a dealer per se but as a hobby, I used import about 12-15 cars per year into Canada back in the day the USD/CAD was on par with each other, and flip them. Now, when I go shopping for a personal car, I just use Manheim as a tool so I know what the dealer paid for the car before making my own offer.
I haven't looked up lease Bolt lease returns (mostly, because there wasn't any) but there is a misconception that dealers have a high profit margin on every lease returned unit they sell. This is not the case.
The best advice I can give people is to check out the Carfax report...not ONLY for accidents, but to find out how long
the dealer has had the car on their lot. In my experience, and generally speaking, for cars in the $25,000 - $30,000 price range - dealers typically try to make about $4,000 (more or less) above the cost of auction fees, and the logistics in getting the unit from the auction to their lot. There is also the cost in getting the car "frontline ready". This is dealer lingo for detailing the car, and replacing missing items like floor mats, owner's manuals, cigarette lighters, and yes, even EVSE's - all the stuff that gets stolen from the auction (that finds its way on Ebay).
That $4,000 profit withers away to $1000 or less after the car has been sitting on the lot for 90 days. Keep in mind, that dealerships rarely "own" cars on their lots - the banks do. Dealers are on the "juice", that is...pay interest on they money they buy their cars with. The longer a car sits on their lot, the more motivated they are to dump it & move onto the next deal. My Mercedes was on the lot for almost six months. They sold it to me at just above the auction price - but after fees, my guess is they probably lost about $500 on the car.