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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,276
    stickguy said:

    I hit Mega for $4 too. Just cashed those babies in today. Maybe I should go car shopping?

    Lost on the Mega and Power two weeks in a row. Third time is the charm this week.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848

    stickguy said:

    just saw that Carmax is offering 24 hour test drives. That might come in handy if I get the long list narrowed down to a short list. Good way to try out something different to see if it might be viable to live with. PU truck, EV, low sporty car. Basically something I have never really tried to live with.

    Many things might seem fine on a quick test drive, but a couple of hours in different conditions might change that.

    I remember when the new Mustang came out in 2005 I rented one to get a full day test drive. CarMax would have come in handy.

    The only thing better for you would be to come and work for Enterprise. Today I got to drive everything from a Caddy XT4 to a Nissan Kicks.





    Thanks for the offer, but I doubt they will meet my $ requirement. But, once I actually retire, could see doing it part time!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • rny421rny421 Posts: 125
    tifighter said:


    Our 3 has been dead reliable, and it was an earlier build. No issues, daily driven by my wife and not babied. Owned almost 2.5 years now, driven from Seattle to Portland or Vancouver BC multiple times. Autopilot rocks. I did have to change the wipers and fill the washer fluid. Lame.

    Can't speak to what will happen on the E B) V credit front; it's anyone's guess at the moment.

    Always nice to hear a positive take from someone that took an actual test drive.


    Thanks, good to know! I would also hope that the fact that they're in their third year of production would help ensure that most of the kinks are worked out. It would also be under warranty for 4 years, so if it really proved to be problematic over that time, I'd dump it at the end of the warranty.

    What do you do for home charging? Did you buy a Tesla Charger, or a generic charger? I'm also trying to figure out if our utility company allows you to have Time of Use charging for just the EV charger, or if it has to be the entire account (aka house)... Big learning curve, but it gives me something to do B)
    2017 Mercedes GLC300 | 2015 Acura TLX
  • rny421rny421 Posts: 125
    edited January 18
    breld said:

    Just did a quick search and found a table someone put together on Tesla's pricing adjustments.

    As an example, the Model 3 long range AWD was introduced at a price of $54k. That price has been reduced over time since then, and today you can order that model for $47k. If the rebate was still intact, I doubt those decreases would have been made, or certainly not to that extent.

    Nothing wrong with that IMO at all, but just saying you may not be paying much more by "losing out" on the tax rebate.

    What would really be interesting is if the rebate limit was retracted, allowing Tesla (and GM) to once again be eligible...would they increase the price accordingly?

    Yeah, it would be interesting to see if they simply increase the price if the federal government removes the sales cap on the EV rebate. Biden has indicated his support for EVs, but there are a few proposals I've seen floated out there from a removal of the sales cap on the federal EV rebate (helping Tesla, GM, and Nissan soon), to a twist on the cash-for-clunkers program, but focused on replacing gasoline vehicles with EVs. Politics aside, I do think that this could be a tipping point for EVs with a lot of manufacturers starting to put out EVs, which may set the trajectory of EVs if they don't catch on like manufacturers are betting on them to.
    2017 Mercedes GLC300 | 2015 Acura TLX
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 2,734
    edited January 18
    rny421 said:

    tifighter said:


    Our 3 has been dead reliable, and it was an earlier build. No issues, daily driven by my wife and not babied. Owned almost 2.5 years now, driven from Seattle to Portland or Vancouver BC multiple times. Autopilot rocks. I did have to change the wipers and fill the washer fluid. Lame.

    Can't speak to what will happen on the E B) V credit front; it's anyone's guess at the moment.

    Always nice to hear a positive take from someone that took an actual test drive.


    Thanks, good to know! I would also hope that the fact that they're in their third year of production would help ensure that most of the kinks are worked out. It would also be under warranty for 4 years, so if it really proved to be problematic over that time, I'd dump it at the end of the warranty.

    What do you do for home charging? Did you buy a Tesla Charger, or a generic charger? I'm also trying to figure out if our utility company allows you to have Time of Use charging for just the EV charger, or if it has to be the entire account (aka house)... Big learning curve, but it gives me something to do B)
    I had a charger from Clipper Creek before (Model 3 was our third EV) but ended up eventually upgrading to the Tesla charger in 2020 for higher output/faster speed. Tesla charger is no more costly than the others, and you can always get a L2 adapter that works for other brands if you need it later.

    I'd guess your utility just monitors overall home usage when determining TOU. But most likely your car charging would be the only thing pulling big amps overnight, so I don't think it really makes any difference.

    18 Tesla X Performance / 18 Tesla 3 Performance / 11 BMW Z4 6MT

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,956

    The ZHPs big brother is officially westbound. Should be here in about a week.

    I hope your dad is recovering well.

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,517
    @28firefighter - can you give us an update on your Dad?

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,502
    stickguy said:

    no front tag, so I actually wondered. But I walked behind it and it had a normal Jersey plate on it. Plus looked like a darker interior.

    I know Jersey basically extended expired tags indefinitely early on in the pandemic. No clue what the current rules are. Just glad my license expires in 12/2021, not last month.

    Speaking of temp tags, I had to wait a week and a half before I am allowed into our DMV. I have an appointment for 0900 tomorrow. Once I get the plates in hand, the next stop is the post office to mail them off to my wife.
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,502

    stickguy said:

    I hit Mega for $4 too. Just cashed those babies in today. Maybe I should go car shopping?

    Lost on the Mega and Power two weeks in a row. Third time is the charm this week.
    That's the spirit! :D
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    edited January 19
    It appears I spoke too soon about the lottery app messing me over. Just got an email from them advising that I should be receiving a $4.00 prize deposited to my account. It's still a horribly designed app, though.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    edited January 19
    Well, you don’t see a Hawaii plate every day... bonus, my favorite restaurant is also in the frame. (No, it’s not the one on the left.)


  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 180,406
    @corvette Making a note

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,350
    The Mexican place on the corner?

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
    At first I thought Meineke? Who's favorite restaurant is Meineke?
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • rny421rny421 Posts: 125
    edited January 19
    xwesx said:



    Speaking of temp tags, I had to wait a week and a half before I am allowed into our DMV. I have an appointment for 0900 tomorrow. Once I get the plates in hand, the next stop is the post office to mail them off to my wife.

    That's not too bad, New York DMVs have gone all appointment based (which is great), but they have significantly reduced their capacity. I need to get a new license, and last I checked they were booking out into early April!!! It would make it very difficult to register a car purchased anywhere other than a dealership that can register it on site.
    2017 Mercedes GLC300 | 2015 Acura TLX
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,363

    At first I thought Meineke? Who's favorite restaurant is Meineke?

    Yeah, I was thinking "When did Meineke start serving food?"

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    NJ had same issues with getting into DMV. though I believe they add a bunch more transactions that can be done online. And some paperwork you can do in advance.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • omarmanomarman Posts: 2,625
    Michaell said:

    At first I thought Meineke? Who's favorite restaurant is Meineke?

    Yeah, I was thinking "When did Meineke start serving food?"
    Made me hungry when I read that but at the same time was thinking, "I'm not going to pay a lot."
    A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,502
    rny421 said:

    xwesx said:



    Speaking of temp tags, I had to wait a week and a half before I am allowed into our DMV. I have an appointment for 0900 tomorrow. Once I get the plates in hand, the next stop is the post office to mail them off to my wife.

    That's not too bad, New York DMVs have gone all appointment based (which is great), but they have significantly reduced their capacity. I need to get a new license, and last I checked they were booking out into early April!!! It would make it very difficult to register a car purchased anywhere other than a dealership that can register it on site.
    Well, thank you. That makes me feel a lot better about the delay I experienced! On a good note, the actual in-person experience today was excellent: Quiet, low-stress, friendly, and took about twenty minutes in total.
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    That’s the plus. No longer spending 3 hours packed into a stinky DMV office waiting for your number to be called.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187

    The Mexican place on the corner?

    Close... it's a Cuban place and it's amazing.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
    edited January 19
    Sent out a quote request on a CPO 2020 Explorer Limited(14k+ miles). Former rental.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    mjfloyd1 said:

    Seriously?

    Where is your evidence that you gave two key fobs back to Kia when you returned the Kia?

    This has nothing to do with any other transaction.

    I guess if you use your evidence criteria, then I am completely healthy because I was once healthy

    Your argument is actually similar to Kia's, since I once had only one Key FOB made available for the pre-inspection, there could only be one Key FOB returned at a future date. Of course, that logic is faulty and subject to error.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    stickguy said:

    That’s the plus. No longer spending 3 hours packed into a stinky DMV office waiting for your number to be called.

    I wasted 2 hours registering the S4 in CA at the DMV. It wasn't stinky, and chairs were 6' apart, but the 2 hours seems eerily similar to previous visits.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,276

    At first I thought Meineke? Who's favorite restaurant is Meineke?

    I think he’s telling us he brings a sandwich on the bus.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
    @oldfarmer50,
    HA HA, that's one of the reasons why I love this place, perspectives you never would have thought of. :D
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    corvette said:

    @explorerx4 - that's unfortunate, maybe keep that dealer on your radar and see whether anything else that interests you pops up on their lot?

    @sda - CarMax stopped doing the super thorough reconditioning that made them famous quite some time ago. I remember seeing a Land Rover in their showroom with only 4,000 miles that had the aluminum trim in the center console beaten all to heck. Back in the old days, that would have been replaced.

    Apparently mismatched colored bumpers passes CarMax's "rigorous" review standards too. Shame.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    I had to get the Arizona S4 smogged in CA today, because I couldn't complete the registration in CA without it. Now, in 2021 as a 2015 model it's 6 years old, but a year ago CA got smart and raised the first smog check after purchase to 8 years from 6. However, all other 49 States be damned, if you bring a car in, your getting it smog checked, regardless of age or lack of age.

    It passed. $53 later.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    I was chuckling at the experience @xwesx had registering his wife's new car. In my state, you have to bring an out of state car in for an inspection before they will register it. If AK was the same way, could have gotten pretty dicey shipping from PA to AK and back! :D
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,502
    corvette said:

    I was chuckling at the experience @xwesx had registering his wife's new car. In my state, you have to bring an out of state car in for an inspection before they will register it. If AK was the same way, could have gotten pretty dicey shipping from PA to AK and back! :D

    That's hilarious. Yeah, definitely wouldn't happen. She would just have to take her chances.
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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,276
    corvette said:

    I was chuckling at the experience @xwesx had registering his wife's new car. In my state, you have to bring an out of state car in for an inspection before they will register it. If AK was the same way, could have gotten pretty dicey shipping from PA to AK and back! :D

    That’s an interesting problem. Any time I bought a car private party from in-state or out of state I would just take the title to DMV in person and get it registered. Now, with restrictions on office visits I wonder what I would have to do, make an appointment and wait a month? Not something I’d want to do if my recently purchased car had to be left in another state for a lengthy time.

    Makes me wonder to what extent this pandemic has disrupted the private car market.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    lots of people just driving around without plates. Just carry your paperwork.

    if I bought one now, I still have old plates with some registration time left on them. I would just put them on the car, and carry the old car's registration, and title to the new one. Until I could get an appointment at DMV.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,517
    @xwesx - I know you got your wife a new Crosstrek, but missed the story and details behind it.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,816
    Too bad this is on the other side of the country. Actually, that's likely a good thing.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    That one looks really well equipped. Seems like the majority of those sold were "lease special" sedans with few or no options and the base 2.0T engine.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    nice SAAB. would be even better with a manual trans of course.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    saw that Eliot Alvis (of the Wichita youtube group) sold his Hellcat on C&B. 2016 6 speed, hammered for $44k.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    this is gorgeous. I would take this, even with the inferior transmission!

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9W75pexw/2016-jaguar-f-type-convertible

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,187
    stickguy said:

    saw that Eliot Alvis (of the Wichita youtube group) sold his Hellcat on C&B. 2016 6 speed, hammered for $44k.

    CarMax offered him $47k back in September... Ouch!
  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,887
    stickguy said:

    this is gorgeous. I would take this, even with the inferior transmission!

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9W75pexw/2016-jaguar-f-type-convertible

    Yeah, thats stunning.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
  • au1994au1994 GAPosts: 1,887

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
    @au1994,
    I was thinking more for stickguy, since I already have a convertible.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 175,363

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,848
    nice car. I normally like that style blue, but IMO does not work on that car. And black leather in a convertible, a big no no.

    I really prefer that green one for the colors.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,816
    corvette said:

    stickguy said:

    saw that Eliot Alvis (of the Wichita youtube group) sold his Hellcat on C&B. 2016 6 speed, hammered for $44k.

    CarMax offered him $47k back in September... Ouch!
    Carmax was not aware of how it was treated. Lol

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 15,413
    @stickguy,
    I just happened to see it going by there yesterday. Not sure if I've ever seen one on the road.
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT, 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve 1
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,276
    qbrozen said:

    Too bad this is on the other side of the country. Actually, that's likely a good thing.

    I like the color, milage is ok too. Even the price is pretty good but you know that won’t last. What do you think that will go for?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

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