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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,078
    edited November 2013
    "Does SirusXM sound as powerful and crystal clear (i.e. no noticeable harmonic distortion that wasn't part of the produced original soundtrack) as a CD?"

    I have no idea, my ears aren't that good. Some of the songs on SiriusXM sound slightly different than the iTunes version, I'm not sure if they're edited differently or what.

    Plus I listen to a lot of Pandora streaming audio (~128 kbits/sec encode on the computer) and cached Slacker stations in the car (~40 kbits/sec encode).
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 924
    So you gave up on the Lexus hybrid? That sure sounded nice and I would love the fuel economy.

    I think you may have priced your Civic too high. Did you check out Edmunds TMV? It's a helpful guideline. Kbb is also good.
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    edited November 2013
    "The wife just told me again it's dumb to sell a perfectly good vehicle and spend the $ on something new...and logically and financially she's correct. But I just want to do it...and all you guys understand this I know...it's something I just can't put into words here. "

    If anyone can understand this, it is probably all of us on this forum. My F.I.L. used to say, "do you need it or want it?"

    Believe me, WE understand (and are all vicariously contemplating it with you).
  • crkyolfrtcrkyolfrt Posts: 2,345
    Believe me, WE understand (and are all vicariously contemplating it with you).

    I dunno 'bout that...sandman has gotten my hopes up so many times, it's been almost torturous during the many change-of-minds for this vicarious one..
    He's in a conundrum that only a car purchase will cure. Too bad you guys don't get the Kia Rondo down there. It would be absolutely perfect for his ingress/egress, and bad back. The seats are terrific, it has pretty good visibility, has a pretty good stock stereo. Short enough to fit in his garage. Relatively good value allround which we know would help appease Mrs Sandman too..and if she boots him to the curb when he comes home from buying it, has enough room to stretch out and sleep in in the driveway for a few nights till she better gets used to the idea! lol

    All that said tho..it is cool to read that he has finally decided on the Verano. Now it's just a matter of finding the perfect buyer for hi$ Civic.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Ah yes, the "wants and needs" game...we used to play this while we were standing in front of our cases casing the mail...ya have to do something standing there for so many hours, and this was years ago. We all need...and want stuff and the want stuff is always a nice wish list. So though I "don't need" a new vehicle, I "want" it now, something about turning 59 and actually making it is the impedous here. One sibling died from cancer at 57 and another died from it on his 58th birthday, so making it to that 59 mark is a big deal and who knows if I will see 60...my dad passed from cancer related at 64. What are the odds huh! Whatever, I do want to do this and can afford to though the logical and prudent thing would be to save it for later retirement...I get that. And I am not an impulsive kind of person by any means but deep down, I really do want to do this. So, in time, I will...I just don't know exactly when.
    So, I will continue to see if I can sell the Civic and when I finally get that check, I will invest it but leave enough liquid so I can do this or just pay off any small loan I take out. And if I wait till 2016 as was the original plan, and which I keep getting thrown into my face, then I'll do it then...but it won't be that long, trust me. When confronted earlier, I just said that "I've changed my mid here" and left it at that...and now I left it at I'm going to do what I think is right "for me"...period...I have closed the discussion!

    The Sandman

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

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,250
    Just saw that the 2015 Lincoln MKC [Escape] will have buttons for controls. Going to put in an order as soon as possible.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,509
    That might be it. I also don't play music particularly loud. My past 2 cars had Bose and the current one has HK - all the same to me.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    What website did you see this at? I do like the Ford Escape, the difference between the old and new is very striking and even though I am not a Ford guy, it does drive, look very nice. Am interested in what Lincoln will do with it. Not sure if I'd ever buy a Ford but will go give it a look in the next few days...I know it was pretty easy to get in and out of which is an important variable to me. I am a bit all over the place in my vehicle search right now but I don't do this that often so I really do a ton of research before I finally decide on a vehicle as I'm sure most in here do. And having this small windfall just makes things different than all the other times...and this time I won't settle for an smallish econobox...still want smallish but want lux this time and won't settle for less because I shouldn't have to. But that's another story really. Also, having the kind of job I have now has made things a bit easier in that I've driven so many different makes and models this past 11 months and have definite likes and dislikes...and G-d willing, I'll have a similar job for years to come. But it helped to open my eyes to how vastly different the vehicles are and it has educated me into what I really want...and don't want, in my next and possibly last vehicle!

    The Sandman

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

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Don't know how I did it, but I got a few pics onto the ad, the ones I had moved from my phone last week...not great, but will do for now, will take and upload more soon. Also lowered the price to $10k even but it's still negotiable so we'll see about that also. Hopefully this will do the trick!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,078
    "Also lowered the price to $10k even..."

    I think $9995 might make it sound better. Consumer psychology is weird like that.
  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    Yeah, do $9,995, since it sounds like that is already a bit over private party value. That $10,000 is a huge price point - once you get below that and have a Honda like yours with low miles, you should start getting a lot of interest.

    Very excited to hear how it all goes.

    I echo everyone else's comments as far as craigslist sales techniques. The scammers are usually pretty obvious. Meeting at a "neutral" location is a good suggestion - large open parking lot somewhere. Definitely require something like a certified bank check (if not straight cash), and consider verifying the check with the bank before completing the transaction.

    Verano does sound like a good option. I just wonder, with the back issues, if it's worth continuing to pursue the small SUV route. Sliding in and out of the driver's position could be priceless.

    If an Acura is still in play, I'd personally go for a used TSX over a new ILX. Doesn't necessarily have all the latest tech updates, but I think it's just a better platform.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,995
    A local bank branch can be a good place to "do the deal", especially if they know you.

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  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    My boys were at a birthday party yesterday afternoon - too far to go back home, so I killed time running some errands. Ran out of errands and still had time, so since there is a BMW dealership near the party location. :P

    I love the new 3 series GT. The smaller size works much better with that hatchback shape than the 5 series GT. I read in a recent article that it had the rear seat headroom of the X3, and the legroom of a 7 series. Seems pretty spot on. I adjusted the driver's seat for me (I'm 6' 3") and there was loads of room behind me in the rear seat. Love that.

    Sits a bit higher than the sedan/wagon, so entry in and out is nice.

    So, most of the dynamics of a 3 series (apparently weight distribution is not 50/50 as with the sedan, and it weighs something like 400 lbs more), but with more than ample rear seat room and a hatchback for utility.

    They also had plenty of 328d's (diesel). About $1,300 more than a 328i, combined EPA of 35 mpg, with 43 on the highway. 180 hp, but 240 (I think?) lb-ft of torque. They had both sedans and wagons. Pretty tempting too.

    Of course, I'd want to wait for a used version, so probably out a couple of years. But I see one of those GTs in my garage at some point.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,226
    "...I think $9995 might sound better..."

    Yes, certainly.

    http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/cto/4206254826.html

    Nice ad. I like seeing it in the garage as being out of the Florida sun is a big plus. Might want to have one shot out in the driveway with the passing clouds reflected off the hood. Couldn't see any scratches on the bumper, they must be pretty minor.

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

  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    I also want this.

    ZHP Sedan

    They're getting more and more rare with these kind of miles. Too bad the seller has priced it as such. If it were at the KBB PP value of $13-14k, which still is kinda high, I'd consider it more strongly.

    I'd half consider having this be the "fun" BMW, replacing the 335xi, and freeing up funds for that GT. :P

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 39,995
    I've sold a lot of stuff on craigslist over the years, and never put my phone number or email address in the ad. The anonymizer works fine.

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  • breldbreld Posts: 1,252
    edited November 2013
    Oh I think that ad looks great Sandy - I didn't realize those were the wheels you had on it. They dress up that LX immensely.

    Maybe there's more supply down in Florida, but I would think your car would get snatched up immediately here in CO. Again, I know the book values are lower, but that generation Civic, with such low miles may be one of those examples of getting a little "crazy" value.

    2011 BMW 535xi - 2008 Audi TT - 2008 A3 - 2009 Ody

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 27,667
    That price makes me feel good... Mine is one year newer, two fewer doors and 12K more miles... I think that puts me in the same price range..

    Paid $21K for mine in April, 2010.....

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,168
    those wheels certainly do look nice on that car. certainly transforms the style of an LX.

    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!)

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,226
    "...never put my phone number or email address..."

    To each his own I guess. I've sold a few minor car parts and a trailer successfully using my phone #. I don't think you can actually put your email in the ad but I could be wrong.

    Without a phone # you might miss a buyer like me who is too paranoid to email. I've seen a few curbstoners locally go the anonymous route after being outed using the same phone # on a dozen cars so that makes me suspicious.

    Not sure why you'd not want the buyer coming to your home either but that's just me. I'd be more worried about someone jumping out of the bushes at the mall than in my driveway.

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

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