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  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440

    @breld said:
    A minivan has been brought up once or twice in my wife's and my conversations. Yes, it would certainly be best at meeting all the functional needs we have in mind, but c'mon, we still want to take the opportunity to put something in the garage that we can actually get excited about.

    When the kids were younger and were all at home on a more consistent basis, we did have about 6 years of minivan ownership between the Odyssey and Sedona, so we absolutely recognize the benefits. Those sliding doors and ease of getting in and out of the 3rd row were amazing when we were running around with 4 kids, including one with special needs.

    Starting at about 8 minutes and 30 seconds one of the guys at savagegeese floors in in their Odyssey tester. Since it has a vtec V-6 it actually performs pretty well.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • dad23dad23 ColoradoMember Posts: 635

    @henryn said:

    @stickguy said:
    For $9/hour, forget the drug test. Just check for a pulse.

    I hope you at least get some tips too!

    Sandman, if you're happy, that's what counts. I've never heard of anyone tipping a dealership shuttle driver, but I suppose it does happen. I do tip Uber drivers.

    The last time I took the shuttle, there was a cup labeled tips in the cup holder between the front seats.

  • dad23dad23 ColoradoMember Posts: 635

    @Michaell said:

    @au1994 said:

    @Michaell said:

    @au1994 said:

    @Michaell said:

    @stickguy said:
    For $9/hour, forget the drug test. Just check for a pulse.

    I hope you at least get some tips too!

    Different economy in FL.

    We pay our part time high schoolers at the cooking studio $13/hr.

    I’m sending my high schooler to you for the summer.

    This is very part time work - 20 or so hours a week during the summer, because of camps. Less during the school year.

    Probably not enough earnings to pay rent, etc. :stuck_out_tongue:

    Or food. He’s a growing 15 year old.

    Yikes. I remember when the stepkids were teenagers. It was a constant battle to keep enough food in the house.

    Even now, when the stepson and his wife visit, we have to make sure we have more than normal supplies of food and drink for them.

    You are 110% correct there! We normally shop on Sundays for the week. With three teenage boys in the house, most of it's gone by Wednesday...

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440
    edited May 5

    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,168

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    Not an unattractive ride. Heck get a Vroomaxana quote on it for S&G’s.

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

  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,168

    @benjaminh said:

    @breld said:
    A minivan has been brought up once or twice in my wife's and my conversations. Yes, it would certainly be best at meeting all the functional needs we have in mind, but c'mon, we still want to take the opportunity to put something in the garage that we can actually get excited about.

    When the kids were younger and were all at home on a more consistent basis, we did have about 6 years of minivan ownership between the Odyssey and Sedona, so we absolutely recognize the benefits. Those sliding doors and ease of getting in and out of the 3rd row were amazing when we were running around with 4 kids, including one with special needs.

    Starting at about 8 minutes and 30 seconds one of the guys at savagegeese floors in in their Odyssey tester. Since it has a vtec V-6 it actually performs pretty well.

    I was impressed with the V6 in the Pilot I drove.

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

  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,523
    edited May 5

    $7500 for a 19 year old Lexus ES? Excuse me? :)

    A friend of mine has had a couple MKZ, likes them, has had no significant issues. His current one is a loaded 2017 model in an odd color combo, kind of a jade green with a similar interior.

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440
    edited May 5

    It only had 80k miles and it was in nice shape, but yeah, that's nice cash offer for a car that old—even a Lexus.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440

    I was driving around in rural Indiana today and was surprised to see this sign for the "Smiling Irishman" car salesman's lot now being used seemingly as a yard decoration by someone. Maybe the retired Smiling Irishman himself? The sign had some very old cars parked under it that were from the early 1950s. I should have taken a picture, but here's this old ad I found on youtube.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,172
    edited May 5

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    I like the MKZ. In all honesty very similar to a Lexus ES. You can get some pretty nice powertrains too. Nice sleeper.

    I never really tried to see what kind of lease you could get on one. I’m thinking residuals would be laughable.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Member Posts: 25,731

    @stickguy said:
    I think the old $1k cars are now $2,000-2,500 (runs but ugly) and the old $5k units (decent shape, higher miles maybe but overall solid basic transportation) now push $10k.

    My $2000 Cobalt that used to be a $1000 Cobalt is now a $3295 Cobalt at a local dealer
    for an older model than my 2008.

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,763

    @Michaell said:

    @stickguy said:
    For $9/hour, forget the drug test. Just check for a pulse.

    I hope you at least get some tips too!

    Different economy in FL.

    We pay our part time high schoolers at the cooking studio $13/hr.

    What does that net down to after all is said & done?

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

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,779

    @benjaminh said:
    I was driving around in rural Indiana today and was surprised to see this sign for the "Smiling Irishman" car salesman's lot now being used seemingly as a yard decoration by someone. Maybe the retired Smiling Irishman himself? The sign had some very old cars parked under it that were from the early 1950s. I should have taken a picture, but here's this old ad I found on youtube.

    I believe he passed.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,168

    @28firefighter said:
    My wrangler will be delivered to the dealer between 5/12 and 5/26. Pretty good timing.

    Awesome. Can’t wait to hear your impressions.

    Hope your dad is doing well. How much longer will you be babysitting the Touring?

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

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 187,033

    @nyccarguy said:

    @Michaell said:

    @stickguy said:
    For $9/hour, forget the drug test. Just check for a pulse.

    I hope you at least get some tips too!

    Different economy in FL.

    We pay our part time high schoolers at the cooking studio $13/hr.

    What does that net down to after all is said & done?

    I suppose it would depend on the employees choices for tax withholdings.

    Minimum wage in Colorado is $12.32.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,973
    edited May 5

    @henryn said:
    Could someone remind me of how to change the "cars owned" that shows at the bottom of my posts?

    If you click on your avatar at the top of the right menu bar, it will bring up a small set of options. Click on "Edit Profile."

    Once there, and again on the right side, click on "Signature Settings." You can then make the changes you need and save it.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,973

    @benjaminh said:
    I was driving around in rural Indiana today and was surprised to see this sign for the "Smiling Irishman" car salesman's lot now being used seemingly as a yard decoration by someone. Maybe the retired Smiling Irishman himself? The sign had some very old cars parked under it that were from the early 1950s. I should have taken a picture, but here's this old ad I found on youtube.

    Cracks me up when he says "smiling Irishman." It almost sounds like "smelling Irishman." Ew.

    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,026

    @xwesx said:

    @henryn said:
    Could someone remind me of how to change the "cars owned" that shows at the bottom of my posts?

    If you click on your avatar at the top of the right menu bar, it will bring up a small set of options. Click on "Edit Profile."

    Once there, and again on the right side, click on "Signature Settings." You can then make the changes you need and save it.

    Thank you. "Signature Settings" was the part I was missing.

    2019 Chrysler Pacifica
  • greg128greg128 Member Posts: 463
    edited May 5

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    That is a great price but would not be a fan of the turbo 4. Besides worrying about long term reliability the 7.5 sec 0-60 time would disappoint. Probably requires premium gas too which is getting very pricey. Of course if it has the 400HP turbo V-6 that would make it an unbelievable deal.

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,779

    @28firefighter said:
    My wrangler will be delivered to the dealer between 5/12 and 5/26. Pretty good timing.

    I’ve been driving my TJ quite a bit lately. My local Jeep dealer has a used JL Rubicon that has a nice set of aftermarket bumpers. It’s even a two door. If I didn’t want to replace the M235i I’d be tempted.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 14,779

    @greg128 said:

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    That is a great price but would not be a fan of the turbo 4. Besides worrying about long term reliability the 7.5 sec 0-60 time would disappoint. Probably requires premium gas too which is getting very pricey. Of course if it has the 400HP turbo V-6 that would make it an unbelievable deal.

    The turbo four and the premium fuel requirements wouldn’t be a cause for concern. The glacial acceleration on the other hand...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,139
    edited May 5

    @henryn said:
    Could someone remind me of how to change the "cars owned" that shows at the bottom of my posts?

    It’s a mystery like what’s buried on Oak Island. Somehow I blundered the correct buttons for listings under my posts but I still can’t get rid of my PT Cruiser in my profile. I’ve followed directions offered by members and hosts but I must be too dumb.

    I just tried it again and it says I don’t have permission to do that. ?????

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,139

    @benjaminh said:

    @breld said:
    A minivan has been brought up once or twice in my wife's and my conversations. Yes, it would certainly be best at meeting all the functional needs we have in mind, but c'mon, we still want to take the opportunity to put something in the garage that we can actually get excited about.

    When the kids were younger and were all at home on a more consistent basis, we did have about 6 years of minivan ownership between the Odyssey and Sedona, so we absolutely recognize the benefits. Those sliding doors and ease of getting in and out of the 3rd row were amazing when we were running around with 4 kids, including one with special needs.

    Starting at about 8 minutes and 30 seconds one of the guys at savagegeese floors in in their Odyssey tester. Since it has a vtec V-6 it actually performs pretty well.

    If you floor the Chrysler Pacifica like that you’d burn the rubber off one tire. Their 3.6L is a torque monster.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,139

    @benjaminh said:
    A friend of mine picked up a good deal on a 2018 Lincoln MKZ with only 2000 miles at an estate sale. Original msrp 48k, but they only asked 20k for it. My friend sold his old 2002 Lexus ES to Carmax for 7500, and is now driving around this bright red car that is almost identical to this pic from wikipedia.

    Man, I would wrestle grandma herself to get a low mile beauty like that.

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

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,139

    @Michaell said:

    @nyccarguy said:

    @Michaell said:

    @stickguy said:
    For $9/hour, forget the drug test. Just check for a pulse.

    I hope you at least get some tips too!

    Different economy in FL.

    We pay our part time high schoolers at the cooking studio $13/hr.

    What does that net down to after all is said & done?

    I suppose it would depend on the employees choices for tax withholdings.

    Minimum wage in Colorado is $12.32.

    Here in NY minimum wage is either $12.50 or $15 depending on how your region votes.

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

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440

    I feel like we might be in for some tough times here at CCBA when it comes to new purchases because of the high prices for new and used cars.

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,168

    @benjaminh said:
    I feel like we might be in for some tough times here at CCBA when it comes to new purchases because of the high prices for new and used cars.

    And lack of inventory.

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

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808

    Think I mentioned about that shuttle drivers gig at the local Toyota dealer. Turned it down the first time as the days were an issue. Had second thoughts and called back on Friday and had my interview on Monday morning. Got a voicemail that afternoon about the new three day schedule and to find out when could I come in to meet the big boss. About dinner time, after having agonized over it for days now, I texted the hiring guy that I really appreciate the invite but working 6 days a week is more than I want to do right now. Thanked him for considering me and said, if y'all ever want a river for just 2 days a week, the afternoons, please give me a holler and I'll do it. Funny thing is I've been trying for years to get a shuttle drive job at one of the dealers right near the house and now that it's finally happened, I turn it down. Bummer really but I don't ant to push my body as I know my limitations.
    Go for breakfast Tuesday before work and get a text! Two days a week is doable so please come in today to meet the big guy and schedule the urine test! Text back that I'm working the next couple of days but can come by Thursday after my 3 PM dental appointment, so that's where we stand now. Saturday and Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 6 but won't be surprised if they ask me to start around 11 which would work. Still have Thursday and Sunday as my n/s days so I can do the things I need to, and rest up a bit. So, we'll see how this works out but think it's totally doable. Pay is only $9.00/hour but can live with that. From what I saw, they use some Camry's, Prius's and a Sienna minivan as their shuttle vehicles which works great for me, especially the Sienna's. They all have the Toyota and owners name on them which is probably a great marketing tool.
    So, we're going to give this a whirl as they've really bent over backwards to want me. Using my cane didn't seem to be an issue and the guy never brought it up. Figured I'd not mention it either. Think the shuttle area will be Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County but the tri-county area isn't that far away really. Seems they like having retirees doing this job so works for me. Truthfully, I really only wanted another day at Enterprise but at this juncture, that ain't happening so, I'll see how this works out. Those hours, I'm usually home anyways just hanging out or napping. Or out & about spending money so working those 11 hours should work out fine. But, I really agonized over all this and knew that working those 6 days wold be fine at first but eventually would be an issue.
    So, will go in tomorrow to meet whomever and see what happens next. I did take a drug test before working for Hertz, so it ain't a problem really. I'm on two medications from my pain doctor and I'm always upfront about that so it's known before the results come back. And then, I want to try the job. I've wanted to be a shuttle driver for years and this is the first shot at getting it. And like I say, doing it only two afternoons a week should work out nicely. And I'm o k with the $9/hour. Best thing is if it doesn't meet my expectations, I can always give my notice. But it's something I've just got to try. Who knows, I might really like it and just do both for awhile. I just know I can't work 6 days a week nor do I want to!

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808
    edited May 5

    Drove the Voyager all day at work and we had to do two runs from PBI, Palm Beach International airport, to MIA, Miami's airport. Seems like the demand for vehicles is greater down there so in the last couple of days, we've run like 50 vehicles down there. The Voyager is a very nice minivan to drive, plenty of acceleration and not real thirsty. Having the SAT radio is the best thing besides the ease of getting in & out for me. Will probably let some of the others drive it, eventually, but so far, it's mine! And the others aren't complaining much at all.
    Wife just called, nail in one of the tires! Luckily, we're on her 1st set that we bought so all have that road hazard protection plan. Told her she'll have to take it over there for them to check out and patch if necessary. And if unfixable, they'll pro-rate a new tire and install it. She works in Ft. Lauderdale tomorrow so it'll have to be done Friday but since I have to work, she'll need to take care of it. Her new hours at TurboTax are from 8 PM to midnight Friday through Tuesday, so she'll have all day Friday to take care of it. I'm busy the next few days so she'll need to step up here.
    Like I told the kids, with any vehicle, stuff happens and they must be taken care of. Just part of owning a car.

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • breldbreld Member Posts: 5,796

    @benjaminh said:
    I feel like we might be in for some tough times here at CCBA when it comes to new purchases because of the high prices for new and used cars.

    I think we'll find a way to persevere. :)

    I was curious as to the value on the X3 that I will be trading soon - one month ago, Carvana was at $39,300 and Vroom at $39,400. Polestar offered $39,500 (and that value was written into my contract).

    Yesterday's value from Carvana is down to $37,100.

    I'd like to think the market is coming back down on used cars, but I think it's simply indicative of the volatility.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162

    that is a pricier, more "specialty" car. Not sure if the more mainstream stuff like my Daughters Jetta is tanking. She did check Carvana again Sunday night, and that had gone up another 1-200 dollars since the week before. But that is gone, so I am done checking!

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 191,803

    @henryn said:
    Could someone remind me of how to change the "cars owned" that shows at the bottom of my posts?

    https://forums.edmunds.com/profile/edit

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,139
    edited May 5

    @Sandman6472 said:
    Think I mentioned about that shuttle drivers gig at the local Toyota dealer. Turned it down the first time as the days were an issue. Had second thoughts and called back on Friday and had my interview on Monday morning. Got a voicemail that afternoon about the new three day schedule and to find out when could I come in to meet the big boss. About dinner time, after having agonized over it for days now, I texted the hiring guy that I really appreciate the invite but working 6 days a week is more than I want to do right now. Thanked him for considering me and said, if y'all ever want a river for just 2 days a week, the afternoons, please give me a holler and I'll do it. Funny thing is I've been trying for years to get a shuttle drive job at one of the dealers right near the house and now that it's finally happened, I turn it down. Bummer really but I don't ant to push my body as I know my limitations.
    Go for breakfast Tuesday before work and get a text! Two days a week is doable so please come in today to meet the big guy and schedule the urine test! Text back that I'm working the next couple of days but can come by Thursday after my 3 PM dental appointment, so that's where we stand now. Saturday and Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 6 but won't be surprised if they ask me to start around 11 which would work. Still have Thursday and Sunday as my n/s days so I can do the things I need to, and rest up a bit. So, we'll see how this works out but think it's totally doable. Pay is only $9.00/hour but can live with that. From what I saw, they use some Camry's, Prius's and a Sienna minivan as their shuttle vehicles which works great for me, especially the Sienna's. They all have the Toyota and owners name on them which is probably a great marketing tool.
    So, we're going to give this a whirl as they've really bent over backwards to want me. Using my cane didn't seem to be an issue and the guy never brought it up. Figured I'd not mention it either. Think the shuttle area will be Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County but the tri-county area isn't that far away really. Seems they like having retirees doing this job so works for me. Truthfully, I really only wanted another day at Enterprise but at this juncture, that ain't happening so, I'll see how this works out. Those hours, I'm usually home anyways just hanging out or napping. Or out & about spending money so working those 11 hours should work out fine. But, I really agonized over all this and knew that working those 6 days wold be fine at first but eventually would be an issue.
    So, will go in tomorrow to meet whomever and see what happens next. I did take a drug test before working for Hertz, so it ain't a problem really. I'm on two medications from my pain doctor and I'm always upfront about that so it's known before the results come back. And then, I want to try the job. I've wanted to be a shuttle driver for years and this is the first shot at getting it. And like I say, doing it only two afternoons a week should work out nicely. And I'm o k with the $9/hour. Best thing is if it doesn't meet my expectations, I can always give my notice. But it's something I've just got to try. Who knows, I might really like it and just do both for awhile. I just know I can't work 6 days a week nor do I want to!

    You know, with the government paying people to stay home that dealership probably can’t get enough applicants. They have to compromise and give people what they want.

    I know that my HR people couldn’t understand why I wanted to come back since I was making 3X as much on unemployment.

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

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162

    @oldfarmer50 said:

    @Sandman6472 said:
    Think I mentioned about that shuttle drivers gig at the local Toyota dealer. Turned it down the first time as the days were an issue. Had second thoughts and called back on Friday and had my interview on Monday morning. Got a voicemail that afternoon about the new three day schedule and to find out when could I come in to meet the big boss. About dinner time, after having agonized over it for days now, I texted the hiring guy that I really appreciate the invite but working 6 days a week is more than I want to do right now. Thanked him for considering me and said, if y'all ever want a river for just 2 days a week, the afternoons, please give me a holler and I'll do it. Funny thing is I've been trying for years to get a shuttle drive job at one of the dealers right near the house and now that it's finally happened, I turn it down. Bummer really but I don't ant to push my body as I know my limitations.
    Go for breakfast Tuesday before work and get a text! Two days a week is doable so please come in today to meet the big guy and schedule the urine test! Text back that I'm working the next couple of days but can come by Thursday after my 3 PM dental appointment, so that's where we stand now. Saturday and Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 6 but won't be surprised if they ask me to start around 11 which would work. Still have Thursday and Sunday as my n/s days so I can do the things I need to, and rest up a bit. So, we'll see how this works out but think it's totally doable. Pay is only $9.00/hour but can live with that. From what I saw, they use some Camry's, Prius's and a Sienna minivan as their shuttle vehicles which works great for me, especially the Sienna's. They all have the Toyota and owners name on them which is probably a great marketing tool.
    So, we're going to give this a whirl as they've really bent over backwards to want me. Using my cane didn't seem to be an issue and the guy never brought it up. Figured I'd not mention it either. Think the shuttle area will be Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Palm Beach County but the tri-county area isn't that far away really. Seems they like having retirees doing this job so works for me. Truthfully, I really only wanted another day at Enterprise but at this juncture, that ain't happening so, I'll see how this works out. Those hours, I'm usually home anyways just hanging out or napping. Or out & about spending money so working those 11 hours should work out fine. But, I really agonized over all this and knew that working those 6 days wold be fine at first but eventually would be an issue.
    So, will go in tomorrow to meet whomever and see what happens next. I did take a drug test before working for Hertz, so it ain't a problem really. I'm on two medications from my pain doctor and I'm always upfront about that so it's known before the results come back. And then, I want to try the job. I've wanted to be a shuttle driver for years and this is the first shot at getting it. And like I say, doing it only two afternoons a week should work out nicely. And I'm o k with the $9/hour. Best thing is if it doesn't meet my expectations, I can always give my notice. But it's something I've just got to try. Who knows, I might really like it and just do both for awhile. I just know I can't work 6 days a week nor do I want to!

    You know, with the government paying people to stay home that dealership probably can’t get enough applicants. They have to compromise and give people what they want.

    I know that my HR people couldn’t understand why I wanted to come back since I was making 3X as much on unemployment.

    that should be changing soon. But technically, if they offer you your job back, you lose UI if you refuse it. Or did that rule also change with the cares act?

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,808

    I was so ready to go back last June. Now the folks that waited weren't called back to work, there were at least a half dozen folks who we've not seen since. I was so ready that once I heard the northern folks were starting back, I texted my boss and said when can I come back, I'm ready now even if it means driving up to West Palm Beach for a little bit. I heard back from him within the hour about when I should come up for the new orientation. Staying home any longer and getting paid more to do so was no longer an option for me. I know most of the time, especially when my spinal issues are at bay, I like working at my job. Strange maybe, but I like my job. And now I'm going to find out if a job I've always wanted is all I think it will be. Giving it my best shot here and know it'll be fine. I mean, hey, it's only going to be for 11 hours a week, time I'd either be watching t v, surfing on the net or taking a nap. This will be more fun and I'll make a few extra bucks to.

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  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXMember Posts: 3,026

    @Sandman6472, I don’t quite understand why the job of shuttle driver appeals to you so much. I get it about the job delivering cars for Enterprise. On that job, you get to drive a lot of different cars, which is for most of us a fun thing. But as a shuttle driver, you are going to be in one vehicle, and one vehicle only. So what exactly is the appeal?

    Not that it’s any of my business, and I wish you the absolute best in your new endeavor, just curious.

    2019 Chrysler Pacifica
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162

    @henryn said:
    @Sandman6472, I don’t quite understand why the job of shuttle driver appeals to you so much. I get it about the job delivering cars for Enterprise. On that job, you get to drive a lot of different cars, which is for most of us a fun thing. But as a shuttle driver, you are going to be in one vehicle, and one vehicle only. So what exactly is the appeal?

    Not that it’s any of my business, and I wish you the absolute best in your new endeavor, just curious.

    what kind of man wouldn't want to spend all day driving a minivan around? B)

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 53,523

    Didn't change as far as I know. The real issue is, to borrow from a famous line, the wages are too darn low. Federal min wage would be almost 50% higher than it is now, if it tracked even the most rudimentary CPI stats over the past 40-50 years. I've also read lack of childcare availability (and affordability) is also a disincentive to return.

    @stickguy said:
    that should be changing soon. But technically, if they offer you your job back, you lose UI if you refuse it. Or did that rule also change with the cares act?

  • benjaminhbenjaminh Member Posts: 5,440

    https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a36342329/new-cars-expensive-prices/
    "....How long will these higher prices last? We don't know, but surely not forever. Reuters reported that many auto executives, including GM CEO Mary Barra, believe that the chip shortage will worsen in the second quarter of 2021, which could further impact inventories and drive prices even higher. The bottleneck is expected to improve in the second half of the year, at which point the supply and demand could start to balance out. If you can hold off on your new-vehicle purchase for a few more months, your wallet might thank you."

    2018 Acura TLX 2.4 Tech 4WS (mine), 2018 Honda CR-V EX AWD (wife's)
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162

    as long as there is an excess around Christmas when I hope to be shopping, I'm good! Just hope I don't need to go shopping in July instead.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 7,762

    I’m thrilled I was able to land the Jeep deal. Of course it’s not done until it is signed and funded, but…

    In other news Jeep raised the MSRP of wrangler 4xE by nearly $2k and apparently reduced spiffs to the dealers. Thankfully my order got in and produced before the change. That would’ve changed the dynamic on my deal for sure.

    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2021 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4xE, 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,172
    edited May 6

    I’m constantly fighting for labor. My GC’s are solid with the skilled labor but getting temps to fill headcount has been especially challenging. It makes it very difficult to maintain timelines. Adding in the steel shortages for fixtures and that the entire shipping industry is basically behind on everything is making for stressful days!

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 42,162
    Good example of why I don’t want a full sized new PU. the thumbnail picture (front shot) shows how massively oversized front ends have become. Too tall and bulky. The old ones, easy to see out of and over the hood, and look much easier to maneuver and park!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusMember Posts: 13,085

    @benjaminh said:

    I feel like we might be in for some tough times here at CCBA when it comes to new purchases because of the high prices for new and used cars.

    I agree. I’m totally discouraged when I go browsing car listings. However, we have some dedicated autophiles here who are very skilled at getting what they want.


    There are deals out there. Just have to work a little harder to find what you want, at the price you want. Patience helps a lot, too. If I had decided I wanted the Bronco Sport, for example, I would have been able to get exactly what I wanted, probably at a decent discount (not $xxx over invoice, though) if I were willing to wait and/or travel to a different state to get it.

    I believe it’s going to be that way for the rest of this year.

    That said, just like real estate, used cars are riding on a demand/pricing bubble. That bubble is going to crash, sooner rather than later. There is no way used cars that are selling at the prices they’re selling at now can be sustained.
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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,172

    @stickguy said:
    Good example of why I don’t want a full sized new PU. the thumbnail picture (front shot) shows how massively oversized front ends have become. Too tall and bulky. The old ones, easy to see out of and over the hood, and look much easier to maneuver and park!

    It all started with the 94 Dodge Ram IMO

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,168
    tjc78 said:

    @stickguy said:

    Good example of why I don’t want a full sized new PU. the thumbnail picture (front shot) shows how massively oversized front ends have become. Too tall and bulky. The old ones, easy to see out of and over the hood, and look much easier to maneuver and park!

    image

    It all started with the 94 Dodge Ram IMO


    I agree and when they started their slow and steady climb into the luxury realm they are in now. They once sold well because they were a relative bargain. You could get a regular cab, V8 truck with a few options (A/C, cassette player, PS, PB) for a very reasonable price and plenty of people just starting out or who already had the family car covered went that route. Plus back then, given their simplicity, they would run forever and were easy to fix when something went wrong.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,329
    stickguy said:

    Good example of why I don’t want a full sized new PU. the thumbnail picture (front shot) shows how massively oversized front ends have become. Too tall and bulky. The old ones, easy to see out of and over the hood, and look much easier to maneuver and park!

    Selective imagery there. Check the real specs and a 1971 C10 4x4 and 2021 1500 4x4 are actually both 75.6 inches tall.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

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