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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,472
    don't panic on the price yet. Give it a few days at least. Just let it sit and percolate. Yeah, it might be on the higher end of the price spectrum,. which cuts down on the initial hits, but if it really is as nice as you say someone will find it and appreciate the quality.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,562
    edited November 2013
    The Florida DMV has forms, including this one to notify the state that you should be off the title. Don't see much in the way of a helpful FAQ there like some states have, basically just this one.

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  • riley3riley3 Twin Cities MNPosts: 27
    If you repost your ad after 48 hours, put the mileage in the header so it shows up in the listings. Low miles is a very strong selling point. Leave the price there too. Good luck.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,591
    The used Maxima. Nissan is now offering 0% for 72 months (or $3,500 cash) plus an additional $2,000 rebates. That could put a new Maxima in my driveway (a year from now) for under $30K plus TTL.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • bolivarbolivar Posts: 2,316
    -I just ran 2006 Civic LX sedan 4 door with 48,000 miles, for my zip code since I don't know yours, thru Edmunds pricing site and got about $8,500 retail and $7,300 private sale out of it. I added no options. I would say your $9,995 is somewhat too high. I also say you can always come down, while you can't go up. So I would leave the price as is for a week or two. You've got to be willing to wait when private selling a car.

    -If you get a check/bank draft, don't go to your bank, go to the bank it's drawn on and get cash. Then sign over the title. If there is something wrong with the check, your bank can come back on you for the amount of the check. If you have successfully cashed at the issuing bank, you are gone with the cash.

    If you are hiding stuff from the IRS, doing this isn't a good idea. The bank will probably want an Id from you and will send in the form to the IRS about giving you cash money. I know the limit is $10,000, but this is the requirement limit. A bank can turn the info into the IRS for any cash amount they wish. If your tax return is squeaky clean, who cares about it being reported.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,299
    In the St. Louis area you can get a new 2013 Maxima SV with leather for 23K -- $11366 off msrp. Bought a Murano from them in 09 -- the prices are real.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,666
    I married a cpa so we're pretty squeaky clean actually. I agree that the price is a bit high but I am just not going to give my vehicle away here so if it sells great...if not, great also and then we go to plan B which is upgrading the head unit. I'll still be happy but not as happy if that makes any sense...one of the perks of purchasing new is the new tech that I really want now. Going with plan B will give that to me but in the old package, so I still get what I want here for less green. And I can live with this to. I truly believe in timing and if the Civic is meant to go, then I will get the right person to come by and buy it. If the new head unit is the way to go, no one will come by in the time allotment for my ad and I'll go that route. Either way, I still win here!

    The Sandman

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,119
    Yeah, they tend to advertise $10k off sticker on new Maximas around here. Not sure how many are available at that price. A used one would have to be a lot cheaper (i.e., low $20s) to make it a good deal.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,722
    One thing to watch for with late model used Maximas, if it matters to you, is ex-rental cars. A lot of them end up in fleets these days, I saw several at National at LAX.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,666
    edited November 2013
    Posted some new pics earlier but kept the price just under $10k at $9995...want to wait a bit here. That car selling service called again but told them I am going to do this myself for a few weeks and then decide...true they do give it more exposure and will refund the $200 if it don't sell in a specific time period but want to try this on my own first. $200 is still $200 and if it takes a bit longer on my own, so be it. I think I can really do this on my own.
    That company in West Palm hired me...couldn't wait much longer so called them. He was out of the office but called me back in 10 minutes and said I'm in! Told him I am ready to start in the morning so this is a good thing...a better run organization on paper so we'll see how it pans out. Now I'll keep USA on hold for awhile to see what happens there...don't want to tell them to go "F" themselves quite yet...want the appropriate time to do it. And I will let the owner know at that time why I did quit and about the unfairness...doubt she'll care though! Not even gonna post it on fb for a bit...want to keep things under the hat for the time being since Hertz hasn't said yes or no yet and don't want to jinx that job, my "dream job"!
    I am very blessed today and very happy...thank you G-d!!!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,299
    Never give them a negative reason as to why you left. Everything was great, really appreciate working for them -- blah-blah. You never know when a reference will be needed or other networking info is shared in a particular business. You have nothing to lose by being friendly and respectful. Just felt like moving on.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,666
    Totally agree with ya...and told myself the same thing the minute the post went up...best to leave on a high note than the other way around. One never knows what the future will bring and if I will ever see these folks again. Plan to just keep USA at bay right now until I see how the new gig works out to...could even be worse but doubt that strongly. the interviewer was a pretty straight shooter...said they want good dependable workers which I am that show up on time and ready to work. I am perfect for that description and I do want to work and I am flexible time was, the main thing he said because as I already know, no two days are alike and things always pop up at the last moment.
    Best to go out on top with my dignity in place because i am a gentleman above all else! I am a professional! I am...

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,492
    "...price too high...no one is calling..."

    As others have said, give it time. If you feel the need to do something just update the listing once a week which will put it at the top of the list. If you have priced it fairly you shouldn't start bidding against yourself by lowering the price. Any buyer will only try to grind you down from whatever price you ask. Leave yourself some room. If the car is worth $9995 to you and no one else, keep it. You can always sell it in a year or two.

    If you want to get down and dirty you can do what guys like that Mustang seller did and include a million keywords in your ad so it comes up in every search. That seems kind of like cheating to me but a lot do it in your area.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,666
    No, taking your words to heart here and just staying the course for the time being. This is a holiday week and folks have two things on their minds right now...turkey and shopping, so gonna sit tight and relax here. I know it will sell eventually to someone who will really want it so I can wait. And if it stays with us until next year...or the year after that, not the worst case scenario either. Have decided that by January 1st if it doesn't sell, take it off and swap out that head unit for the nicer one and treat myself to XM radio for the rest of the time I own it. Really, it's not such a bad idea really, not such a bad idea. Sure, I really like that back up camera in the Verano and I just know that the wife would love it also, but can wait. And I'd bet that would happen, I buy it, she tries it and then she decides she wants it daily and flips me the keys to her Mazda...I can see that playing out to! Mot the worst thing that could ever happen either. But let's keep to our January 1st plan and then go from there...who knows, it may sell before then anyways!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,492
    "...low miles is a strong selling point..."

    So true. I'm a low mileage junkie. I'd buy that 47k miles in a heartbeat especially if I saw the mature gentleman seller with the cane. I'd figure it wasn't abused.

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,492
    "...this is a holiday week..."

    Yes indeed. Last concurrence of the two holidays for the next 79,000 years. Happy Hanukkah. Forget about cars, enjoy your family.

    Ooops, did I really say that? :(

    2009 PT Cruiser, 2008 Eclipse, 1995 Mark VIII, 1988 GMC Van

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,666
    edited November 2013
    And Merry Christmas to you sir. Yes, am just putting things in their proper place now and waiting to hear about my new gig. Called when I was supposed to but got a voicemail and left a message. When we talked earlier basically told him I am free from here on out so all should be good. And my current boss never called about me working Hertz tomorrow since it's been 2 weeks now since I was there and I know some of the others worked today and will again tomorrow. So when he told me he'd be fair, he was lying also, and right to my face! I am so done with this group and company but just will bite my tongue and hang in the background here...want to watch USA implode after they lose Hertz on 12/28 as they won't be able to stay afloat with the other two rental companies. But really, I am supposed to work tomorrow if he was being fair!
    Hoping this new company will do things better...already I know the chase driver doesn't choose the crew, the dispatcher does, so I need to make nice with her and not decline much. I will be my nice self and see where that leads and hopefully I will start working regularly now like I was for a short while there! I miss driving!

    The Sandman

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 217
    For some reason, I have always had a soft spot for the GS Lexus sedans. Even though they are not the most sporty, I find the ride quality and RWD to just be correct blend. There's a Lexus dealer near me offering a 2008 GS 460 (the V8 is rare, most sold were the 350's) CPO, mileage in the high 40's for the high $28's. I can't do $~29, but I wonder if they get hungry during the Xmas season. I'd probably bite at $25, but who knows if that's doable. Here's a link ...
    http://www.lexusofconcord.com/VehicleDetails/certified-2008-Lexus-GS_460-4dr_Sed- an-Concord-CA/2119199863
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,331
    edited November 2013
    Man, that seems expensive. However, turns out they paid $24,500 for it at the Riverside auction on 10/3. So they've got more than $25k in it.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '14 Town&Country

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 217
    qbrozen ... thanks, you're amazing! I don't know how you get that information but that's exactly what I needed to know. No need to go even look at it then.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,135
    I've had the E-GT now for a few weeks and thought I'd provide a quick update on how we're getting along.

    Put the third tank of gas into it this morning - I'm getting a shade under 27MPG so far, but with only 900 miles on the odometer, I expect that the engine isn't fully broken in yet. About 90% or more city driving.

    As far as the amenities go, I'm really smitten. Love the heated seats - two stages, no less. Nice when delivering in freezing (or below) temps. 'Comfort' setting for steering is nice for getting around town, especially when making the all-to-frequent U-turns to get to an address. Loving the 3-month XM trial - have to decide to extend the subscription in February.

    Quiet, roomy (enough for 50 pizzas!), practical - checks off all the boxes for me.

    I do have one problem -- I took a look at the gas log for the last year I had the Saturn. As of 11/6/12 I had 80,xxx miles, and with the last tank on 11/2/13 it had 98,xxx miles. If I'm allowed 15K a year and I'm averaging 18K, there may be a big decision looming at lease end as to whether I keep it or not.

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  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,299
    Extra miles on a lease car can be a problem. If you like the car as much as you seem to, just buy it -- unless the depreciated price is out of line.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,299
    Had my LaCrosse for a year now [6500 miles] and really like it. Perfect geezer car and am learning to use the nav. Reminds me of my 71 Impala with the smooth big car ride. Made a great choice as long as there aren't any problems. The Prius looks to be the next one on the block [perfect car]-- my wife prefers to sit up higher so a compact suv--CRV - Terrain --etc possible.May try to sell the Prius myself -- has a 7 year zero deductible Toyota extended warranty and new tires which makes it way better than Toyota Certified. Maybe next summer. Anyone used cars.com or autotrader ? The Prius won't be Craigslist material. Could just run an ad in the Post-Dispatch.
    Won $200 at the casino today and can't wait to get back to reinvest !!!
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,119
    Beautiful color, inside and out, and the miles are low. But, the infotainment and nav systems are going to be from 2008. And it has "Vogue" brand tires...?
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,135
    May go that route and buy it at the end of the lease.

    Two things I'm not happy about - the tires aren't all that great in snow and the horn has quite the wimpy tone.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,119
    Those are both fixable.

    The Dunlops on the GLI have good dry traction and outstanding wet traction. Haven't driven them in the snow yet.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,472
    well, that you can take care of pretty quickly.

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,472
    some of the OEM tires really are crappy in the wet. But, in a lease, not likely to want to spend the money to change them out!

    unless you are pretty sure you will need to replace them before turning it in. If that is the case, buy some good quality ones now, stash the cheap OEMs in the garage, and just have them put back on before giving the car back.

    I am overall liking what I am hearing about the GT. I like them anyway. Maybe next year (year after?) when I have a need for a cheap deal on a new small car, I might get one too!

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (daughter stole that one), and 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again)

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,135
    Thanks, guys. I'll take that under advisement.

    Corvette, where do we stand with the punch list and guesses? I ask since the time is near to start placing guesses for 2014. would be good to see the punch list for 2012 and 2013 as a baseline.

    I figure breld is good for 3 or 4 a year.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 5,135
    I've gone back and read some of the reviews on the E-GT. One common comment is that the automatic transmission is a bit, well, confused about what gear it wants to be in.

    I'm finding there is quite a bit of truth in that. The town I live in has a number of hills, and the tranny holds onto lower gears longer than I'd like. I can slide the shift lever over and manually upshift (4th to 5th) then bring the lever back to D and all is well.

    Perhaps its still in "learning" mode. Perhaps it's because I'm using "Eco" mode. I'll continue to play around with it and see. Nothing serious, just a little aggravating.

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