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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: 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)
  • Re: Chronic Car Buyers Anonymous

    Our Samsung 32" LCD set is also flawless so figure getting another one should work out fine, though it'll be a LED unit. Have the o k to do "whatever I want", something every husband has heard and knows the meaning of. Am still looking and that's about it, for now. If I can find that 50" Samsung LED for under $400, think I'll jump as have never seen the price on that size Samsung that low. Thinking if it's ever gonna happen, the next two weeks will be that I wait to pounce!

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

    Had a 30 year back in '87, then went to a 15 year in '93. At that time, I was working crazy overtime and the wife went back to work part time so she started adding extra which came off the back end. With her being a CPA, she knew how to amortize it and by mid '95, she shows me this document which turned out to be the paid off mortgage. Don't know exactly how she did it but was definitely the right thing to do before the 3 kids started college. Looking back, I now understand why she had me keep my economobiles for such long periods!

    The Sandman :) B)
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