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bwia
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Vehicle(s) that interest me
Jaguar XJ
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I like money
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2011 Buick LaCrosse CXS; 2014 Buick Encore (wife's)
  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Since others are bragging about their recent purchases I thought I'd share my nearly new wheels.

    It may not be not have the pedigree of Germany's Big Three but my 1999 RAV 4 purchased in Japan and shipped 8,800 miles across the Pacific, has arrived at its new home in the Caribbean. Sorry oldfarmer this one is spoken for.


    Note: the steering wheel is on the right since they drive on the wrong side of the road in the Caribbean.
  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Congrats on purchase and I'm glad the dealer did everything possible to earn back your business and hopefully your loyalty.

    With that said, that is the deal of the century--$15K off sticker? Wow!
    Don't know if it is my browser but I cannot see the Flickr images.

    And by the way, two Cadillac sales in two days, not to shabby for good old GM.
  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    @henryn said:

    I predict within the next 10 to 15 years, cars are going to be sold at a fixed price. It is what the majority of consumers want, and sooner or later the market will have to pay attention to what the customers want. It seems (at least to me) that it is the car dealers, not the manufacturers, who want to maintain the present status quo.

    I agree with you to a certain extent. The base price (with minimal options) will probably a fixed price, but the options will be priced as single options or as packages. This will lead to even higher prices for the consumer; Exhibit A, the cable and telecommunications companies.

    Price is not only a function of cost. It is based upon other variables such as supply and demand, prestige, information, and time sensitivity. As long as these factors are not in equilibrium prices will fluctuate; and that is how a market based economy works.

    By the way, Warren Buffett is getting into the car dealership business. Don't know what the overall impact will be but it sure will affect those areas where the dealerships are based.
  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Technology has come a long way and I'm loving it.  Night vision is something I would really like but I'm sure that would be an expensive option. 

    By the way this was a voice activated post from my Samsung Galaxy S5

  • Re: Buying and Selling Cars: Post Your Experiences

    Can you return a new vehicle?

    I would think not, but here is what Prime Auto says about its return policy. Sales gimmick or honest desire to please the customer?

    "Every car at Prime comes with Prime Peace of Mind; a guarantee that if you weren’t satisfied with your purchase you can return the vehicle within 48 hours and get your money back without a hassle. And on used vehicles sold at a Prime dealership, you can return your vehicle within 30 days or 750 miles and exchange it for a different vehicle of the same or greater value." http://www.driveprime.com/prime-peace-of-mind.

    And here is what a finance manager says about unwinding a sale: "It's an accounting nightmare," Eleazer wrote. "Commissions need to be charged back, even if the month has already closed and everyone has been paid. Your manufacturer's statement of origin must be retrieved from the DMV. Affidavits must be executed to retain the vehicle's new-car status; if you don't, you've got a huge depreciation on your hands. And, finally, if a trade-in was involved, the payoff must be refunded by the bank and the title received on that trade returned."

    I once bought a mattress with a return policy but there were so many conditions tacked on it that it was not worth the bother.