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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

    Drove a '16 Civic all day at the Honda store and it's quite stellar compared to the others in it's class. Blows the Corolla out of the water and as good as the Jetta. Haven't driven the new Elantra yet so can not comment but expecting good things. Hertz got in a mess load of new Elantra's and Cruze's but we can't get at them because they go to the airport first. Eventually, they will trickle down to the HLE offices and after 5K on the clock, we should have plenty.
    Missed the big fight in the chase vehicle today but heard they had to pull over before the punches started flying. Got a text within 5 minutes describing the whole affair and wasn't surprised as I was just waiting for it to happen. The newest crew member just isn't fitting in well and it's causing big problems now. I just avoid him by working the days he doesn't and if I do see him, say hello and goodbye since I don't like drama of any sort. Best just to not be there on his days on and will continue this pattern.

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

    Outside water leak by the outside faucet. Plumber here right now fixing problem, wife found it at 6:30 when she put the trash cans away, was home sick today and didn't hear anything at 5:50 this morning when I took the trash and recycling bins to the curb. Should be about $190ish with the coupon we have but will have water tonight as we had to turn it off to the whole house. Ah, the pleasures of home ownership!! But even with renting, we'd have to call someone to fix it. Like a garage door breaking, these things usually happen at night or on a weekend, never happens at midday when it's easier.
    Plumber just left, took him under an hour and all is fixed for $193.90 using coupon. Folks, have your kids become plumbers as they do very well it seems!!! We have water...yay!!!

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

    Saw a newish MDX in black over black at the Honda dealer today. Very sharp looking in that color combo though a bit too large. Did look at the ILX back in 2013 but only liked the top tier model and it was a bit past my limit at the time. Have decided with the Golf to go a bit above my comfort zone and will in the future. At this stage of my life, just isn't worth it anymore to always go the economy way...after working hard all these years figure we need to reward ourselves which just means the kids will inherit less!

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

    Audi did a great job of washing/vacuuming and checking the air pressures this morning. Told me it would be over an hour thinking I would leave but I said sure, I'm cool. Within twenty minutes, the A3 appears and took me a few since I forgot her license plate number. As I was saying to myself that the white A3 they backed in looks like ours, the attendant came over and said I was done. I was a happy camper and headed over to Home Depot for our new toilet seat.
    Man, I do live an exciting life, lol!!

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

    The latest MT I think had a long term wrap up of a 2014 Kia Soul and the upkeep costs were extremely low. Have a friend who bought a 2015 model and loves it...kinda quirky vehicle to be honest which is why I didn't buy back in 2013. Did the test drive and all and liked it especially the higher seating height but in the end, went with the Tucson. Looking back, maybe should of gone with the Soul. Ah yes, the " coulda, shoulda, woulda" game...funny how one small decision like which vehicle to purchase from our short lists can lead to happiness, love or extreme frustration. As much as we like our current rides, think we're always looking ahead to the next ride which is probably kind of strange really. But know I do it, am in the process now, and think most in here are the same.
    Plan A is of course to take over the wife's A3 and call it a day depending on a few important factors. Plan B is to go the CPO route with MB and BMW at the top of the list right now. Plan C will take form if in fact A & B fall through. After speaking with a few friends in the auto business, all suggested when the time comes for me to switch out of the Golf, I should definitely try and sell it myself instead of doing a straight trade in. They think some kid would like it enough to take it off my hands but need to do it somewhere around the 50K mark or thereabouts. Makes sense and that should put me somewhere in year 4 or so of ownership. Around 2019 or 2020 and by then, there should be plenty of CPO iron out there to go with Plan B. By that time, I'll be fully retired again and will want a long term vehicle to scoot around town in as am sure I will be driving maybe half of what I do now.
    Always fun to make future plans and see where we actually end up. Definitely enjoying the ride though!!

    The Sandman :) B)
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