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Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

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  • michaellnomichaellno Posts: 4,300
    We may be limping home on three wheels at this rate, lol. Even if we do dump it a bit short of 200k, I still don't qualify for CCBA membership.

    While you may not qualify for CCBA, it'll be quite a bit of fun helping you spend your money to get a replacement.

    Sorry that you found Denver not to your liking. Been unseasonably warm the past few days, which didn't help the pollution.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,276
    edited September 2013
    I used to visit friends in Evergreen back in the late 70s when everyone complained about Denver Power & Light or whatever it was called. Was really surprised to drive in after the big storm and still see brown haze. Traffic has made up for the utility company I guess. The botanic garden was really nice though - spent a good three hours there.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,530
    congrats.

    Originally you stated $13,992, which would have been auction value. At 14992, its still a very very good deal for you, and they made a little money, so everybody wins. enjoy!

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

  • rocketace1rocketace1 Posts: 7
    edited September 2013
    @qbrozen, the $13992 was for one with 21,xxx miles, and no Preferred Pkg (FL-based dealership and will require shipping to CA). The one I ultimately bought is local here in the Bay Area with only 12,7xx miles and more gizmos (according to Carfax, the MSRP was $19,720, manufactured June 2012). Just took delivery a few minutes ago... Other small perks I found were that the car is registered thru June 2014 (so no need to pay for new tags) and XM service paid through Dec 2013 (nice)... Truly happy with the deal.

    And thanks, again, to you all for your thoughts and suggestions... CCBA is a great thread and has become one of the longest-lived one on Edmunds.
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    edited September 2013
    Seeing if this works with my new ID.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,530
    ah, ok. Well, certainly the local one was the way to go. :)

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

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,530
    edited September 2013
    So, for some reason, probably because I was commuting in the Leaf this morning and that gives me plenty of time to ponder life, ;) I was thinking about which cars in my history have been private party purchases vs non-private (I can't say just dealers because I have 2 that were bought from repair shops).

    Anyhoo, I thought mine was drastically tilted in the non-private direction, but its not as bad as I thought. Out of my 37-car history, 10 were purchased from their owners.

    And, it turns out there are only 7 new cars out of those 37.

    So that means 20/30 used cars were from dealers.

    What does that mean and why does it matter? Beats me. Just my random thoughts. But it did make me add a new column to my spreadsheet just now to differentiate between the used/new. :)

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

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,171
    Wow, congratulations on the new gig!
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    edited April 2013
    Thanks - I've got some large shoes to fill, since I've effectively replaced car_man over there.

    And, I'm officially turning over the mantle to you with regards to the CCBA punch list and punch guess document maintenance.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,770
    edited September 2013
    Congrats on the new gig!

    Wow! What happened to car_man?

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  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,550
    Congrats - and enjoy!
    - Ray
    On the CCBA punch list ....
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    edited September 2013
    Congrats on the new gig!

    Wow! What happened to car_man?


    As I understand it, car_man has moved on to new opportunities and relinquished his hosting duties.

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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,384
    Whoa, does that mean you'll be monitoring all the lease forums? You'll be a busy guy...

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    edited September 2013
    Whoa, does that mean you'll be monitoring all the lease forums? You'll be a busy guy...

    Yep .. I've been watching most of the car-related discussions for years now. Just gotta add the truck/suv/cuv makes and models.

    Fortunately, I've got great help with kyfdx.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,899
    Yup, car_man had a big increase in responsibilities at his day job, and decided he couldn't give forums the attention he would like to give them, so he "retired."

    We're thrilled that Michaell was available and willing!

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,953
    congrats. This mean you are out of the pizza delivery business now?

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    congrats. This mean you are out of the pizza delivery business now?

    Nope .. the instant gratification of walking out after every shift with cash in hand is something that neither my wife nor I are wanting to give up.

    Sonic, Starbucks, etc. :-)

    Since I work from home and am on-line with Edmunds every day, it won't be hard to add the hosting responsibilities. Plus, I'll still have time on evenings I don't deliver and weekends to host as well.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,264
    edited September 2013
    As someone who took the cure (reluctantly, they had to do an intervention and send me away), I am no longer eligible for the CCBA, as my recent car-buying experiences are fairly limited and tame in nature by comparison to my glory days.

    But all your posts motivated me to try and remember all the cars I've owned. I'm sure I've left out some.

    Once a chronic car buyer, always a chronic car buyer. I must be constantly monitored. I wear a tracking bracklet in fact. :P My only consolation is that my nephew has taken up the fallen regimental colors, and he's on a tear to exceed my lifetime achievements.

    From the No-Longer Hoarded Shiftright Collection

    These are in no particular chronological order.

    41 Oldsmobile (hydramatic!)
    1955 Studebaker President 2D HT
    51 Studebaker coupe
    63 Buick Riviera
    57 Morgan Plus 4
    57 Jaguar XK 140 FHC
    57 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster
    59 Chevrolet 4D sedan
    58 Ford 4D sedan
    51 Mercedes 220a Cabriolet
    61 Mercedes 220 Sb
    56 Studebaker Golden Hawk
    53 Studebaker Starliner Coupe
    59 Chevy Impala convertible
    49 Oldsmobile 88
    71 Mercedes 280SL
    Subaru FF1
    53 International Pickup
    63 Studebaker GT Hawk
    71 Volvo 145 wagon
    19?? Renault R16
    1953 BMW R/67 motorcycle
    55 Dodge Royal Lancer 2D HT
    56 Buick 4D sedan
    37 Terraplane (basket case)
    49 Packard Convertible (basket case)
    ?? Fiat 124 convertible
    ?? Fiat 600 cpe
    71 Honda 600 cpe
    ?? Honda CVCC cpe
    83 Saab Turbo cpe
    86 Saab Turbo convertible
    ?? Audi 100 LS
    Yamaha 650 motorcycle
    71 BMW R/75 motorcycle
    ?? Norton Atlas P11
    Honda Trail 90
    68 VW Squareback
    71 Toyota Corolla
    73 Dodge Dart
    68 Pontiac Cpe
    65 Valiant (4-speed!)
    ?? VW bug (early 60s)
    71 VW bug
    64 Cadillac DV
    70 MGB
    71 MGB
    ?? A-H Sprite
    73 Mazda RX3 cpe
    74 Mazda RX3 wagon (nice car!)
    67 Volvo 122S
    64 Volvo 544
    2006 Scion xA
    2003 Mini Cooper S
    56 Chevy Wagon
    81 Mercedes 380SL roadster
    ?? Morris Minor 2D coupe
    69 Volvo 142
    ?? Saab 96 cpe
    ?? Saab 93 (2 stroke)
    1969 Porsche 912
    197? Porsche 914
    1983 Porsche 928
    1968 Porsche 911 (basket)
    1963 Porsche 356 (basket)
    1971 BMW 2002
    197? BMW 3.0 CS coupe (basket)
    1997 Subaru Outback wagon
    1968 Triumph TR250 roadster
    19?? Fiat X1/9
    1966 Olds Toronado (awesome!)
    1950 GMC Pickup (basket)
    19?? Peugeot 504 diesel
    19?? Peugeot convertible
    19?? Simca Aronde
    71 Chevy wagon
    1985 Alfa Romeo Spider
    198? Mercedes 300D diesel sedan
    1988 BMW 735 sedan
    1980 BMW 320i coupe
    1964 Pontiac GTO 2D HT
    1958 MGA
    1962 Triump Herald

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  • rayainswrayainsw Posts: 2,550
    Wow.
    Wow.
    'no longer eligible for the CCBA'.
    I think that you should be extended some sort of
    'CCBA Member Emeritus' status???
    - Ray
    Wow.
    Piker by comparison.....
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,264
    No, no, you guys are operating in a much more difficult environment, with more complicated cars, probably costing more money, and with families to consider, etc.

    I hit my home runs when the fences were in closer, when storage was cheap, and when a dollar was a dollar.

    I was also on steroids :)

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  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,384
    edited September 2013
    I'll go back 10 years only but will include spouse's cars. And I'll include a few bikes since Shifty did:

    90 Honda Accord
    91 Audi 90Q 20v
    89 Audi 100 Avant
    94 Isuzu Trooper
    00 Honda Accord Coupe v6
    02 Mazda Protege 5
    00 BMW Z3
    06 Subaru Forester
    06 Suzuki DL650
    06 Triumph Sprint ST 1050
    06 Honda ST1300A
    08 Honda Pilot
    10 Nissan Versa
    08 Acura RDX (current)
    07 Mazda MX5 PRHT
    13 Honda Accord (current)

    With the latest addition, I seem to have come full circle.

    15 Leaf / 08 RDX

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,171
    I'll try to keep it updated.

    "...car_man had a big increase in responsibilities at his day job..."

    The conspiracy theorist in me says there's some sort of secret, lucrative Edmunds forum host pension system he's cashing in on. :P He was very helpful to people in the lease forums. There are a lot of "one hit wonder" messages there, it seems like a lot of people don't come back to say thanks or at least provide feedback about what kind of deal they were offered.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,264
    hey you just reminded me of another car I owned---an early 2-door Isuzu Trooper. I really like that truck. Shoulda kept it. :(

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 14,953
    Impressive. My BIL had a Trooper II in the late 80s. I used it once. Kind of liked it.

    I used to be more active, but that has come to an end more recently, mostly due to finances. Not sure what will happen when the kids are done college and moved out! I hope to move to a cheaper area with a bigger garage, that lets me have a rotating "junker" slot to feed my habit.

    I do know that I had 3 in my 1 HS driving year, and I think 6? by the time I got out of college?

    '67 camaro (rust bucket)
    '73 Duster
    '69 Nova (only one never registered)
    '74 Gremlin
    '75 Hornet
    '75 Corolla
    '75 Opel Manta (money pit)

    Hmm, guess that was 7 before I even graduated and got a real job.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • gouldngouldn Posts: 219
    Stick: The rotating junker is a great way to do this on the cheap. One of my favorites was 1994 (bought in 2006) Ford Thunderbird LX V8 that I bought for $2250 and drove trouble free for two years and about 40k miles! I sold it for $1800 with 140k on it. The delta insurance on top of my primary was actualy negative ... it cost less to ensure both cars than just my primary (as I used the liability only Ford as the commute vehicle).
  • ClairesClaires Chicago areaPosts: 979
    Woop! The new tag looks good on you :)

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 17,530
    that's a hell of a partial list! And so many oddballs, to boot.

    not 1, not 2, but 3 Studebakers.

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 6,383
    edited September 2013
    Woop! The new tag looks good on you

    Aw, shucks, ma'am.

    I don't feel any different.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,956
    Wow, what a list. You win ;)

    Wasn't your fintail an SE?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,264
    No, c'mon, I don't "win"--this is mostly ancient history! And you know, some of these cars I just bought and flipped in a few weeks---I was quite the "curbstoner" for a while there.

    Nope, my "fintail" was an Sb, twin carb, once owned by the exec officer on the submarine Nautilus---which could explain why it tended to dive when I braked hard. :)

    Not three Studebakers, but FIVE -- 51, 53, 55, 56, 63.

    The '51 Coupe was neat. It had an aluminum cylinder head and twin carbs! (not stock, obviously). How fast was it? Not very.

    Cars were cheap in the 60s and 70s and through the early 80s. You could buy pretty interesting cars for mere hundreds of dollars. Or really nice ones for $3,000 to $5,000.

    I'm SURE I left out some cars I had.....(thinking....thinking....)

    AHA!

    53 Ford 2D Sedan (hated that car)
    63 Checker Marathon (no, not a taxi--loved that car)
    62 Corvair Monza 2D coupe, 4-speed (t-boned by a drunk...sigh...)

    maybe more will come to mind...this is fun, I never attempted this before :)

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