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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    Hey Mike! Welcome here. I'm glad to see you didn't quit edmunds for good. You are an awesome guy with some fantastic stories (as well as a chronic car buyer).

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    edited April 2013
    Hey Mike! Welcome here. I'm glad to see you didn't quit edmunds for good. You are an awesome guy with some fantastic stories (as well as a chronic car buyer).

    No, I did not quit Edmunds, just SFTSFL forum - had to get away from one of the posters there who has, on several occasions, attacked my verosity. Very uncouth individual.

    Yes, I am certainly a chronic car buyer - at least one new car a year, and often 2 a year.

    But thanks nyccarguy for the kind words. Yes, I monitor 3 other forums now that I do not monitor Sales Stories.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    You are an awesome guy with some fantastic stories (as well as a chronic car buyer)...

    Speaking of "chronic car buyer", I just found out that the new 2014 Mercedes E350 Sport Sedan I ordered in February is scheduled to arrive at the port on April 19th, next Friday. That should put it at the dealership by April 26th. But I am seriously considering waiting until May 3rd with hopes of some special incentives for loyalty.

    Getting antsy about its arrival - can't wait to see it.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,578
    You are correct...we just go through the sunpass lanes and the rental company's pay the tolls. The job is absolutely awesome and I enjoy it more every day! Hoping to get into a C Class very soon!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,578
    I pass by your place every night as I take Lyons Rd. from Atlantic up to Wiles and west on Wiles over past 441. We live two lights west of Wiles and across from the Super Target there on the corner. We have a meeting place down by the Fort Lauderdale airport where the chase vehicle picks us all up. That G37 I had to drive last week was an awesome vehicle but you are right, the mileage was pretty lame but it had gobs of power when I pressed the accelerator...just pulled so strongly! Figured you worked at the Infiniti dealer on Sample Rd. there. See you are going to get the new E Class, sounds really nice! Am keeping my Civic for another few years but almost traded for a Nissan Rogue on Monday at Autonation Ford in Margate but the price was a bit too high and the color wasn't exactly great, it was that awful red Nissan has. I do like the Rogue and the Hyundai Tuscon and will probably purchase one of those in 2016 as I plan to keep my '06 Civic for 10 years as it is driving so flawlessly...but I do maintain it very well. And like you, we purchase our rides for cash unless there is o% financing or a very low rate...we hate any kind of payments truth be told...and we own no one right now, a great feeling! :)

    The Coral Springs Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,106
    So you do realize now Mike that you have to properly introduce yourself to the forum members who don't know you.

    "Hi, my name is Mike, & I'm a chronic car buyer."

    Then you will get immediate CCBA "cred" by telling everyone about the years of E350s of recent vintage you've owned (with the GS 350 sprinkled in).

    Also, every time someone on the CCBA board buys a car, we "punch their card." We've got detailed notes on how many cards were "punched" last year, a pool on how many cards will be "punched" this year, and of course detailed notes on 2013 "punches."

    So like I said before, welcome here! This is a very laid back & awesome group. There is some overlap from "Frontlines," but only the cool kids;)

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,578
    Yes, this group of folks is more laid back than others on Edmunds and we love to hear stories of what folks are buying. No crazy folks here either and a pretty close knit group...think you'll fit in nicely!

    Your neighbor,
    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    edited April 2013
    So you do realize now Mike that you have to properly introduce yourself to the forum members who don't know you.

    OK, here goes nothing.

    "Hi, I'm Mike, and i am certainly a chronic car buyer!"

    I am a retired school principal and private school headmaster. When I moved to Florida to care for my aging Dad, I went to work as a car salesman and sold over 1000 Lexus vehicles. I then became a sales manager at an Infiniti dealership and finally retired in 2008.

    I do not lease cars, I buy them. I've purchased, on average, 2 new cars a year since 1965. I've owned Corvettes, BMW's, Fords, Mercury's, Lincoln's, Oldsmobiles, Buick's, Cadillac's, Pontiac's, and 2 GTO's, a Triumph TR6, a Lancia Beta, a 300ZX, a Charger R/T, an MGBGT, and have bought several Lexus's. In the past several years. I bought a 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2-2008 BMW's, and a 2008, 2009, 2010, 2-2011, a 2012 and a 2013 E Class Mercedes with a 2013 Lexus GS350 in between.

    So I guess you could consider me a chronic car buyer. It doesn't take much to get me to sign on the bottom line for a new car. As mentioned in my previous post, I have a new 2014 E Class Mercedes Sport Sedan on its way from Germany. As we speak.

    There you have it - and hi to everyone!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    I pass by your place every night as I take Lyons Rd. from Atlantic up to Wiles and west on Wiles over past 441. We live two lights west of Wiles and across from the...

    Yes, that is correct. Before you buy a new car, let me know as I have an "in" in many, many dealership organizations down here. I can save you a great deal on a new car - especially AutoNation.

    Just let me know and we'll meet somewhere close.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    Wow Mike, where have you been? You should have been a founding member in here. :shades: Welcome.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    Wow Mike, where have you been? You should have been a founding member in here. Welcome.

    Thanks, Steve. I was spending most of my posting time over on "Stories From The Sales Frontlines" because I was in the business. But it just got out of hand over there with a specific poster - so I left.

    I know a little about a lot of things, but when it comes to new cars, I know a lot about a lot!

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    Oh, a facelift - you should post pics when it arrives. About 2 months ago, I picked up a 2013 model - there are deals aplenty right now.

    Found this online, these are pretty crazy prices.

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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,121
    Oh, a facelift - you should post pics when it arrives. About 2 months ago, I picked up a 2013 model - there are deals aplenty right now.

    There were deals, but there are fewer than 5 or 6 left on most dealership lots. My dealer has 2 left - luxury models.

    I have seen the car at the auto show - and in the sport package model, it is significantly different than 2013's. That's why I ordered one. They pushed back the major changes to 2016/2017. I expect to hold on to the 2014 until the major change - but history shows that would be hard for me to do. I would really like to hold on to a car for more than 6-10 months - it remains to be seen.

    As for posting pictures, I have not acquired the skills necessary to do that here on Edmunds. I can take pictures on my iPhone and transfer them to my PC, but that's all.

    The car they had at the auto show was almost exactly like what I ordered. Can't wait for its arrival at the dealership.

    2014 Mercedes Benz CLS 550 - best car ever! 2nd best car ever, my 1967 Corvette Stingray Coupe with 435 hp.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,909
    edited April 2013
    What colors and options? I have seen the new cars have more of an ala carte option selection. I will admit I don't like the lack of a hood ornament on the sport, but I suppose a lux grille could be swapped in. Pics would have to be uploaded to a hosting site, and linked here.

    My dealer was running low on 13s, but then got in a handful again. The one I chose was what I wanted, other than interior color and a couple extra options on the car. But, the price was ok, so I went for it.

    I wouldn't expect a new model until 2016 at the earliest, yes. I am kind of puzzled about this heavy facelift, seems expensive for a short termer - but the margins on the E have to be huge. I know the facelift has been spotted in Europe for a couple months now.
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,591
    Let me know if I've missed anything.

    I'm not on the list and there's no bets on me, this has got to be a first! :P
  • akanglakangl Posts: 3,591
    interesting that after all the quite new and brand new vehicles that you end up back in an older pick up truck, haha. Of course the Sierra is bound to get way better mileage than your old F250...which I assume is finally history now..The 1/2 ton must ride a lot better too..

    The last I had read couple years ago was a bit after you got that great deal on the Escort. Did it end up being a good car for your son? How many miles did he end up putting on it?


    The Sierra is a 3/4 ton diesel, but does ride a bit better than the F-250. The F-250 left a while ago although now hubby wishes it was still here, I tried to tell him to keep it, but he didn't like the truck. Now he's on the hunt for an old pick up truck to call his own.

    The Escort left in August, sold it to a friend of mine. Was a great car, wish I had kept it since it would be cheaper to drive to school than the Sierra. Son put around 9k miles on it and it was a very reliable little bugger, still is.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    Try tinypic.com. Upload the pic there and then copy one of the links you'll get . Then paste the link here. Semi-easy.

    Akangl, I smell a trade along about August 25, just in time for the fall semester.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,578
    I will absolutely do this but the wife is going first, probably in December, and she has her heart set on a Hyundai Accent though I prefer the Kia Rio as I think it looks better inside and out. But her car and her cash so her choice! It's that simple. Unlike you, I plan on keeping my current '06 Civic at least for 10 years if my son doesn't take it before then...it runs well and is cheap to keep so why cut it from the herd. As much as I love cars, I just am not in a position to swap them out very frequently. But it is really cool that you can do that and with such stellar vehicles...very cool!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • michaellmichaell Posts: 4,300
    Welcome, Mike! Glad you're bringing your stories over here to CCBA.

    I'm the unofficial "ops manager" and maintain the punch list, plus the guesses of how many punches we'll have in 2013. Here is the full 2012 list as well as the 2013 punches to date (notice that we count both new and used, lease and purchase):

    2012 Punch List (total 22):
    01/12/12 corvette 2003 BMW 540i 85K
    01/29/12 anon 2007 Toyota RAV4 72K
    02/12/12 tifighter 2007 Mazda Miata PRHT 14K
    02/15/12 breld 2012 BMW X3
    02/15/12 stickguy 2007 Volvo S40 91K
    02/28/12 breld 2009 Honda Odyssey 45K
    03/22/12 nyccarguy 2011 BMW 328xi (lease)
    05/02/12 anon 2012 Toyota Prius
    07/22/12 roadburner 2009 BMW 328i
    07/31/12 breld 2011 Audi A5 17K
    08/05/12 qbrozen 1998 Volvo S70
    08/20/12 breld 2007 VW Beetle 56K
    08/23/12 xwesx 2011 Ford Fiesta 14K
    08/31/12 stickguy 2013 Acura RDX AWD
    09/14/12 steine13 1995 Toyota Camry 123K
    09/23/12 andre1969 2012 Dodge Ram
    09/25/12 anon 2008 Honda Odyssey 57K
    10/30/12 jpp5862 2002 Nissan Pathfinder SE 135K
    11/xx/12 jayrider 2012 Buick LaCrosse AWD
    12/17/12 mark156 2013 Honda CR-V EXL w/ nav
    12/21/12 stickguy 2000 Acura Integra LS 166K
    12/23/12 anon 2013 Honda Accord

    2013 Punch List (total 11):
    01/08/13 breld 2011 BMW 335xi 27K
    01/11/13 steine13 2013 Chevrolet Cruze LT (lease)
    01/15/13 breld 2010 BMW 328xi wagon 21K
    01/18/13 qbrozen 2013 Nissan Leaf (lease)
    01/19/13 anon 2013 Toyota Sienna (lease)
    02/13/13 corvette 2013 VW Jetta GLI
    02/16/13 fezo 2004 Mazda6 wagon 77k
    02/17/13 fintail 2013 Mercedes E350 Bluetec (lease)
    03/22/13 js06gv 2013 Ford F150 King Ranch 2WD
    04/04/13 kyfdx 2011 BMW X3
    04/09/13 au1994 2013 BMW 335i (lease)

    Hey, ky, how many miles were on your X3? Need to document that.

    And, finally, the guesses on the number of total punches for calendar year 2013:

    Punch guesses for 2013:
    Michaell 15-17
    Xwesx 22
    Stickguy 25
    Qbrozen 28
    Au1994 30
    Anon 31
    Tifighter 34
    Jpp5862 35
    Steve 36
    Roadburner 37
    Nyccarguy 38
    Rayainsw 39
    Ateixeira 40
    Kyfdx 45
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,585
    I still can't believe my 3 punches in 2012 was only good for the bronze medal.

    Though looking at the list, Anony, Breld and I accounted for exactly 1/2 of the total.

    You bunch of slackers.

    Though Mike gets the lifetime achievement award. Not only does he have frequency, he gets bonus points for buying hi end cars.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

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