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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    edited February 2013
    Just got home from a short run...Miami to the Ft. Lauderdale Manheim auction location. A really big installation with cars lined up everywhere. Drove a Dodge caravan with just over 46k on the clock to be auctioned. Two hours from start to end which was o k by me since we're doing a run to Ft. Myers in the morning. Not sure where where pickup is tomorrow...at this point it don't matter really. Overall, the Dodge van was pretty plain jane actually, a SXT version I believe. Compared to the new Quest I drove last week, it was definitely lower grade but since the Quest was definitely a pricier sled, it was outfitted o k. It did have sat radio so that was cool. I do have a 4 gig flash drive that I put music on so if I do get a car with a usb port in the dash, I will probably be able to use it...just not sure what to do once it's plugged in. Hopefully someone in here will send me easy directions later tonite. There must be a radio button one needs to push to make the unit recognize the flash drive somehow. Help anybody???

    Also got my free car cell phone charger from Amazon on Saturday...yay! I had looked at a new cell last week at Tiger Direct, an unlocked one, but the tech guy there said the Pantech Impact I've got now is a newer, better phone with more up to date features and he advised me to save my $49.99.

    I wanted the LG 550 and it was a very cool looking phone. He couldn't tell me if when texting it showed all the texts in the thread, something I have now and don't want to give up at this point. Since he really pushed me to keep mine, that's what I did do and will wait a bit. I don't have a data plan and don't really want one at this point and the freebies at ATT are pretty lame right now, so similar to what I have that it's not worth signing up for another 2 year contract. And I don't want a smart phone quite yet. If the free phone had been super cool, that would have been a different situation and I would've gone ahead. In time a smart phone will probably be a better move since it would have gps capabilities on it but not ready to change quite yet, so I'll stay put for the time being. And a few guys went with Metro PC and have everything for $50 not including the phone. If we do decide to stop paying for all the kids phones, then I'll seriously look at Metro but as of now, mom and dad will continue to pick up the tab for everyone as our gift to them...they're worth it.

    I'll update the Sandman Chronicles about yesterdays trip and tomorrows when I get home after Ft. Myers. I have a lot of posts to go through in my other threads in Edmunds to catch up on. So readers, until tomorrow, I am...

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,990
    Oh man, you get to go to the auctions too - even just cruising the parking lot would be fun, even if they won't let you in the door.

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    Minivan fan. Feel free to message or email me - stever@edmunds.com.

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,683
    depends on the car, but there should be an Aux button of some kind on the radio, along with the usual FM/AM/XM. Or, just keep hitting the mode button on the steering wheel, and eventually it will cycle through to your stick.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,683
    A few years ago, I was talking to a guy that has a dealers license but mostly does private buys now (no lot) about getting a Volvo for me. I stopped by his house to look at the auction listing (it was at Manheim), and he showed my his streaming. The whole auction was on 2 big monitors. I think he could watch 4 lanes at a time on each one. Real time, so he could bid on anything running through.

    I could have stayed there all day watching it. Much better than anything on TV.

    I would love to see one in person some day. Just have to remember to keep my hands in my pockets.

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    edited February 2013
    Funny what people like and dislike...I'm a auto tranny guy all the way, no manual for me! Luckily with my job, all the cars are auto trannys so I'm good to go. The best thing is we'll never know what we're gonna drive. That's the fun part for me...the anticipation! The cars or suv's are lined up in a row and one has to think fast to decide which one to walk over to and start the procedure in place when checking out each vehicle. The one guy who had a problem with me picking, in his words, "the best cars" has been settled...I was taken aback by this as I just went to cars that I personally wanted to try, I had no idea which one's are better or worse really. Turns out, we both like and want the same cars and he felt that I as the new guy should defer to him. Pretty high schoolish and silly to me but we talked and I explained my point of view to him and we shook hands and hopefully he'll be cool. I will just let him go pick what he wants and then get mine...don't want to upset the pecking order really...just want to drive cool cars!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,357
    I like renting cars for that very reason. It's like Christmas morning for a kid. Sometimes you get skunked, sometimes you are grinning ear to ear.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    Was talking with my crew chief earlier and he told me that the company has a contract with Hertz, Dollar, Sixt and a local one named Fox. Hertz and Dollar are the ones who we do most of the work for which is great as they're so big. They need a tremendous amount of cars all over the state and we work when cars are needed at different cities and they don't have them. They call our company with a list of how many vehicles to move and to where and we just do it. Just from the airports that I've gone to since I've started this job, the drop off/pick up areas are huge with vehicles everywhere. Logistically it all seems to work pretty well but there have been some major screw ups which cause significant delays. Keeping one's cool is rule #1 from what they've been telling me. Since I'm the new guy, everyone is helping me learn the ropes and they've only played one trick on me so far otherwise, everyone has been great and the crew chief has already told me he likes my work and my eagerness to just get the job done in a professional and safe manner. He told me that from what he's seen, he can count on me to answer my phone when there is work and to show up with a good attitude. He wants happy folks in his crew who are willing to work when needed and are flexible time wise...he thinks I'll fit in perfectly which is great as I do want to work, am extremely flexible time wise and the extra $ is definitely great to have.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    So all I need to do is plug the flash drive into the port and push the appropriate button and the music should start to play through the system I guess. Seems simple enough to do really as I've seen the usb port in some of the cars already. Having the sat radio the last few trips has spoiled me completely now. I know the VW Jetta's they have don't have sat radio so the flash drive should do the trick. Driving across Florida on the Alley is terrible radio wise so something like sat or a flash drive is imperative if one wants to listen to good music. Luckily I already have my flash drive for use in my laptop since my itunes account is on my desk top only right now.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    Fin, I've had a perpetual grin on my face since I was hired for this great job! Just think...to get to do something you love and to then get paid $ to do it...how cool is that? And the best part is that I can work as much as they have work available. Even though this is supposed to be a part time job and I really wanted to work about 15 hours/week, got a funny feeling that I'm gonna have the opportunity to work as long as they have requests from the companies they service. The others have said that certain times are busier than others also...they worked 23 days straight in December, which makes sense. So the ball is really in my court here, I can work as much as they call me. And I'm learning to schedule personal stuff one day within 2 weeks so I can have the other days free. And we work 24/7 also, another good perk. Working weekends is no big deal for me at this point and now that we're in tax season, the wife is super busy so she told me to just go for it. If my spine feels o k, then I'm gonna work and if not, I'll take a day off to rest it. Now how cool is this job! :)

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 6,067
    Sandy, I understand how you pick up the cars and drive them to a certain place...but how do you get back? Do they run a shuttle or bus? Are you still getting paid on the return trip?

    2013 LX 570 2010 LS 460 2002 Tacoma 4x4

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,823
    Yes, our crew chief drives the big shuttle van and drives us all back to the meeting place. The only bad thing is that it's very uncomfortable. I got to use the front seat on one trip but an old cranky guy had a problem with the newbie riding shotgun so I made up a comfy cushion to sit on. It seems to do the job so all I need do is remember to take it with me when we change vehicles. A few of the other folks also have back issues so I decided to come up with a comfortable solution for myself. Just wish all seating positions had head rests cause after awhile my neck hurts also. Ah, the joys of getting older! But I told my crew chief to please treat me like anyone else and I will manage best I can...period. And I will!

    Seems like we get paid a certain amount for each airport we go to and by the hour when we move cars around the Ft. Lauderdale airport. Sometimes we have to move vehicles within the garage just at FLL. Each day is different and on Friday, we had to do two different jobs for two different company's...we just never know what orders will come through. So we do what we have to to get the work done. After my small trip today, some of the other guys were going to do a Tampa run...and this was at 3 p m already...they won't return until after midnight! So glad they didn't need me for that as it would've been to much for my spine. I have to be smart here and not hurt myself, it's just not worth it! This is only supposed to be part time for me unlike some of the other guys who have this as their only job and for them I feel bad. I just need to get my 40 quarters so I'll be able to collect social security when I reach 65. I get a pension from the government as I was a civil service employee for my whole postal career.The pension is great to have but I also want ss later on in life and the extra $ from this part time gig is coming in very handy to boot. I want to fund last years and this years Roth IRA and then save whatever I can for the future. So this job is just perfect for us.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf SE (me) / 2009 Nissan Versa SL Hatch (daughter #1) / 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS (daughter #2)

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,907
    For those of you who don't visit the Stories from the Sales Frontlines topic:

    I took my son's X3 in for an Oil Service today and my dealer gave me a new X1 loaner. I drove it to a hearing located in a town 100 miles away. Herewith my impressions:

    While our X3 handles almost like a 3 Series, the X1 drives better than a new 3 Series. Unlike the current 3er, the X1 still uses a hydraulic steering rack that lets you know exactly what the front wheels are doing. The ride is on the soft side of firm. The interior is functional and attractive; most all of the instrumentation and switchgear has been lifted from the previous(E9x) generation 3 Series- which suits me just fine. The only nod to form over function is the "beer tap" shifter- an excellent example of a Bavarian answer to a question no one has asked.

    This car had the start/stop enabled and it seemed to function much more smoothly than in the new 5ers and 3ers I have driven. Vibration was minimal, and I couldn't tell the engine had stopped without looking at the tach. Most of my time was cruising at 70 or better on the interstate, so I activated the "Eco Pro" mode, which is the über-efficient fuel economy mode. According to the OBC I averaged 29.7 mpg. The OBC also alleged that the Eco Pro mode allowed me to travel 30 miles further on the fuel consumed. And speaking of Eco Pro, it's a great feature to use at a steady cruise, but it is unpleasant in city/suburban driving; Eco Pro softens up response to the accelerator to the point that you think you are driving a car with 55 bhp.

    So, would I buy an X1? If I needed AWD capability with BMW driving dynamics-and I could live without a third pedal-it would be my first choice. I'd really like to try an X1 M Sport; I suspect that it is a much more involving drive than most anything in Munich's US line up aside from the 1 Series and the ///M cars...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport 1975 2002A 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 1999 Wrangler 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2009 328i Son's: 2004 X3 2.5

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    I should take Rock Creek home once a week to remind me why I bought it.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    We sat in one at the car show and my daughter's back seat comment was priceless:

    This is NOT a car for tall people!

    She's only 13 and still growing. Fine for an empty nester or a young single.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,706
    It definitely will depend on the car. I only have 1 factory USB port, and that's in the Chrysler. That, unfortunately, doesn't read off that port. If you plug in a stick, you have to copy the playlist to the hard drive in order to listen to it. Pretty silly.

    However, in both my aftermarket units with USB ports, it will play right from the stick.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,706
    So, would I buy an X1? If I needed AWD capability with BMW driving dynamics-and I could live without a third pedal-it would be my first choice.

    Except you can get it without AWD.

    Too bad you can't get a RWD 35i, though.

    A RWD 28i with premium and tech totals near $42k. Pretty pricey, IMHO. And I can't package cold weather with the sport steering wheel. :(

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Real world price around $38k or so?

    Nowadays that's not even a high transaction cost.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,706
    edited February 2013
    Tough for me to wrap my head around a 4-cyl compact CUV for that money, though.

    I agree, its probably competitive. I mean, lousy CRVs are over $30k and a FWD SEL Tiguan is near $35k. So its there. But I think all of those are too much money.

    '13 Stang GT; '15 Fit; '98 Volvo S70; '14 Town&Country

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,683
    makes my AWD RDX, with an incredibly nice powertrain, look like a bargain at 33.5k!

    2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4i Limited Tech (mine), 2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (daughters college car)

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,357
    Pretty funny revelation of what the mainstream lux cars have become, when a little mommymobile pretend SUV handles better than normal cars. Americans really do want Buicks after all, and the makers are just catering to this. You can still get a sportier model, but you have to join the 1% and buy a tuned variant, or find that one odd model that hasn't been beiged.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 8,024
    I noticed that too! You can't get the heated steering wheel with the M SPort Pkg! I love my E90's heated steering wheel. I use it pretty much every dya it is in the 40s and under.

    Too bad you can't get a RWD 35i, though.

    They don't want us to have TOO much fun!

    A RWD 28i with premium and tech totals near $42k

    You'd most likely have to special order something like that.

    Personally I like the $40,645 (MSRP) 35i I "built" on the website. As much as I would LOVE the ///M Sport Seats, Suspension, & various other goodies, getting an N55 Turbo Inline 6 powered BMW for under $40K (brand new) would suit my daily driving needs just fine.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2011 Pilot EX-L 4WD, 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    edited February 2013
    Fin, I've had a perpetual grin on my face since I was hired for this great job! Just think...to get to do something you love and to then get paid $ to do it...how cool is that?

    You would have loved my previous automotive job then. I was a marketing manager for a local exotic car dealer for about a year.

    My job consisted of photographing the entire inventory (Porsches, Ferraris, Bentleys, and such), putting them online, updating our social media pages and website, and organizing high end events for our clients.

    We sponsored a lot fo luxury related events aroud the city which required us to take some of our cars there on site. Basically I got to drive $200k+ cars, go have fun, mingle with some folks, and drive the car(s) back.

    At one product launch we had over $2 million in cars (4 in the picture plus a few more) on site that we towed for liability reasons which I was responsible for, but I still had to drive and park them in the appropriate spots.

    And my first week there we had a track day organized for our clients where they brought their cars and we brought some of ours. So I got to pilot a Ferrari there and back (about 1 hour drive each way) and got to drive in on the track. Although I miss the fun stuff, I don't miss the job as it was stressful as hell. :sick: :mad:

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    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,396
    Not really a Ferrari guy, but I do like that FF.

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,357
    Nice two door wagon there :shades:

    I bet some of the clientele and management in a business like that would grate on me.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,357
    I hope jobs like that exist when I hit my older years. Seems like a way to keep active and have a little fun at the same time - fun for car people anyway. I think I mentioned my grandfather did that after his retirement (public sector, I think at age 61 or so). He kept on doing the rental car transits until he was maybe 75-76, got him out of the house.
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    The FF received very mixed opinions from the established clients and at nearly half a million dollars Canadian for almost a fully loaded model, it was not a "no brainer" purchase even for the wealthiest clients. That's RR territory in terms of price although now I hear they have some pre orders for them with a bit of a wait.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,396
    This youtube review of the FF came out a few weeks ago; any supercar you can take for a week of skiing works for me, personally.

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaPosts: 5,108
    That's the exact idea behind it. Since Ferrari doesn't offer an SUV this is the next best thing to take up to the mountains with all your gear.

    2007 BMW 328i Sports Pkg, 1993 Honda Accord EXR (my 33rd car).

  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,455
    Rented a brand new Camry for a week in Phoenix. Very surprising vehicle. First, it was tight,solid, quiet, with a nice transmission. The seats were a bit too firm and lumpy for me but they were passable. The ride was super firm -- lots of feedback over every expansion joint. They must be looking for folks who like a euro ride. My prius is smoother without being sloppy and more comfortable seats. On power mode, it has just as much pep and gets double the mpg. The Camry averaged 23.5 in mixed driving. I have a feeling the new Accord has a broader target audience.
    Test drive a new Camry and see what you think about the ride.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 34,357
    Was it an SE? Maybe the wheels and cladding make it firmer.
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