I rented from PAVCO a few years ago and they had some nice new millenium edition cessnas on the line for reasonable rates. Nice new facility too. Dont know if there are still there. East side of Tacoma Narrows field. They will be in the phone book.
It'll be this way through Oct-Nov. Then we have the rainy season in the winter, then it's back to what you see above. But, keep that weather myth alive. I would prefer to keep the "curious" types on the outside looking in.
We have all the interlopers our highways can handle at the present time.
I was a flight instructor in the Seattle area for years before going to the airlines. It's one of the best areas I can think of for training. Yes we do have an occasional day where we sit and watch the water pour out of the sky. But for the most part, even on rainy days, there's plenty of ceiling and visibility to go fly. It's very good at teaching private students about real world weather and visibility. And it's great that my instrument students got to work in the system doing real approaches in real weather during training. How many FL or AZ students end up with a decent amount of actual IMC when they get their instrument rating?
You usually don't have to worry about severe weather in the summer either, and you have the choice of working in some very busy airspace (BFI, RNT, Auburn) or go just a few minutes away and have plenty of room to practice maneuvers at a quiet non-towered airport.