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Coral Springs, FL
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Compact luxury vehicles and crossovers
More about me
Have loved automobiles since I was about 3 and that love grows every year!!!
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2015 Golf SE/ 2015 Audi A3/ 2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/ 2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Laurasdada, I guess you must've gotten a divorce sometime during the last few years. Funny how we think we know folks in here from some of the things they say about their regular lives. Even though most of us have never met face to face, we discuss automobiles and such like friends, so maybe that's what makes this forum so interesting. Glad to hear that you are seeing a nice woman...and that she likes you and not your vehicle more.

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Real-World Trade-In Values

    $14k-$14.5K for a '16 Golf S with less miles than my '15 SE with just about 22k on the clock is very disappointing, thinking mine would probably be on the lower side even with the nicer rims on it. Very disappointing indeed, as I didn't think the depreciation was that steep on VW's. Be fore the Tucson, I'd always kept a vehicle at least three years, the '03 Sentra, and all others at least eight or more...depreciation never came into the picture. TheTucson did open my eyes a bit as I wasn't too pleased with the trade-in offers I got and now with the Golf's range, am totally disappointed. Just makes me think that keeping it for the long haul might be the path I end up taking if it doesn't have any issues. The more I drive the A3, the more I like the hatch on my Golf and the flexibility it gives.
    So far, it's been super reliable except for the starter hiccup it had, and it's a hoot to drive. And liking the fact that I don't see one on every street corner plus the nice color combo, keeping it for the long haul looks better as time goes by. Luckily, found a good indie repair shop right down the street and they seem pretty knowledgable. Only way I'd want to keep it for the long run is to have a good mechanic near to keep me on the road while I'm still employed. Once I retire again, less of an issue.

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    After living through a bunch of hurricanes, I have a healthy respect for the damage they can inflict. Sure, most times they get it wrong because well, hurricanes aren't predictable. But trust me, living with no power for nine days and losing a part of one's roof is serious stuff...after day five with no power, we were past miserable!
    So, all I can tell ya is to get some supplies and be ready. And if it misses you or isn't half bad, be thankful because things could always be worse!!

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Finally broke down and called the old company in West Palm Beach to see about coming back on a limited basis. I called my old boss first and found out the office had moved and he texted me the info. Called the new number and was told that she doubted I'd be allowed back as they weren't hiring any of the old drivers but she said she'd call me back next week to tell me what's what. I texted my old boss and asked him to put a good word in for me since we got along well and he knew I'd show up whenever he needed me to without question. Not sure what he said but not more than 10 minutes later, got a call to come in for an orientation next Wednesday and if my driving record clicks, might be joining the new crew. She asked if I wanted full time but said I work 3 days so just looking for those other days, a couple days a week really.
    Funny thing was I was going to go up this past Wednesday but over slept. Good thing because they moved to new offices last year and got a new phone number. Just hoping my driving record gets me back in as I do miss it, the driving over the state. Saw some old co-workers on Monday and Tuesday and they asked when I was coming back so that's what prompted my decision to see if they'd take me back. Can see me working Wednesdays and Saturdays and the occasional Sunday especially now since season is right around the corner. I think I'm ready mentally and physically to go back but this time I won't push myself. The extra $ won't hurt either!! Not telling anyone until I know I'm back in, don't like telling everyone my business at Hertz, just because. So mum's the word.

    The Sandman :) B)
  • Re: Midsize Sedans 2.0

    Like the Mini, a lot, but am a bit weary after hearing that it's a really hard riding vehicle. My Golf, on the other hand, rides really nice and my spinal issues have never been a problem. I just like the looks of the Mini and the "coolness" factor because one doesn't see them on every corner, like a Civic. The Golf is also a vehicle that's not on every corner and I do like the looks of it. To be perfectly honest, my Golf does everything I want my daily driver to do and have no complaints except the lack of usb/aux input. A major faux pas on VW's part being that the 2015 model was a first year vehicle...they included them both in the 2016 model! My only complaint and it's a minor one.
    Just hit 22K and all is well. Tires wearing very evenly and with my commute, averaging 250 miles per week. This number might be going up if I do go back to that other company but luckily, they have moved a bit closer to our house since last working there...I'll take anything I can get. Figuring doing that 2 days each week, sometimes 3, G-d willing!

    The Sandman :) B)
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