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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    Michaell said:
    I know I still have two weeks until the money is in the bank, but if I am ever in Denver - I'm buying @breld several cold ones. This is unreal.
    Ill buy my own, but would love to join you.
    Of course - I'll grab yours too!  Now to get that trip planned...
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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729

    Buyback scheduled. January 13 at 4pm. I had to end up scheduling it at Audi of Tacoma (an hour south of Seattle) because it was the earliest. The next available appointments in Seattle or Bellevue were after February 2nd, which happens to be baby's due date.

    I would have had to take the 13th in Tacoma or wait until late February, which seemed less than ideal.

    My 3 year old girl was supposed to arrive December 12th, 2013, but as you can't plan life sometimes, she was born on November 8th. My S4 arrived ready for pickup November 9th (after a 3 month wait). I hope that doesn't happen to you or your baby (not good to be born 5 weeks premature), but sometimes you can't plan things out.

    When I told my Parents I wanted to get a track weekend in just before Thanksgiving they thought I was being unreasonable (this was before the baby was born). I said it was a good 2-1/2 weeks before the due date, I should be fine being out of town for the weekend. They said 4 weeks would be reasonable minimum buffer to leave a pregnant woman alone. Turns out even with their "reasonable" chosen margin for error I'd have had a change in plans!
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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    Hah! Yeah, no doubt. Those little ones have a way of modifying one's plans, whether it is before, after, or during their birth!

    I thought my son was throwing a wrench in our plans when he was a week prior to the "due date." As our first, I had this unreasonable notion that due date meant "on or after." LOL Our daughter ended up coming two weeks after her due date, which was five days prior to a planned drive to Oregon. We still took the trip, with a few comfort modifications for my wife.

    That turned out to be one of our most memorable trips (and mostly for good reasons!).
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    I know for sure that he is going to arrive whenever he feels like it. I'm well aware even with the 13th, I may need to cancel and reschedule. My nephew was 3 weeks early and my niece a week.
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633

    I know for sure that he is going to arrive whenever he feels like it. I'm well aware even with the 13th, I may need to cancel and reschedule. My nephew was 3 weeks early and my niece a week.

    Hey... you have to make that buyback appointment. Priorities! ;)

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    edited December 2016
    My wife has me pricing out ductless A/C to have installed at the house now. That profit is going to go out as quickly as it came in... :'(
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,929
    What in the world is ductless AC? A window unit? Ha!

    half my profit is already gone. Family finally talked me into getting a dog, which involved fencing and a dog door and care supplies. Not to mention the cost of the dog. 

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    Signed up with Chase, last night... money in account today.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,505
    congrats.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    stickguy said:

    congrats.

    Thanks!

    My profit? New HVAC this past summer... ;)

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    qbrozen said:

    What in the world is ductless AC? A window unit? Ha!

    half my profit is already gone. Family finally talked me into getting a dog, which involved fencing and a dog door and care supplies. Not to mention the cost of the dog. 

    They are the systems you see throughout most of Europe - typically from Mitsubishi. The compressor sits outside with cooling and drainage tubing running to individual condensers/blowers in each room. Newer homes here aren't built with centralized vents and don't have room for them, so ductless is our solution.
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  • corvettecorvette Member Posts: 10,259
    I put a mini-split in the sunroom at my old house. More efficient than the standard forced-air HVAC in the rest of the house and the mini-split was far quieter, almost silent. Wasn't cheap, though. 
  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    I just have a lot of concrete in my house. Once I turn off the radiant heating system on or around May 1, the floors tend to keep the house cool (between 60 and 70) through any summer heat snaps. And, living in the subarctic, we don't get an excessive number of those!

    I sorta spent part of return about the same time I bought the car via a large donation to a friend who suffered a stroke this summer. But, in reality, that was just a hit to our overall savings, as we would have done that regardless of any other actions.

    I have no intention of doing anything "different" as a result of this investment.
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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Member Posts: 6,966
    Funny how kids are...my 3rd tried to come 6 weeks early but they stopped it at the hospital. A week later, he came and that was that! Our second was on time but our first, two weeks late. These major life events seem to happen whenever they want, science can only predict a reasonable date based on previous data. Luckily, they all turned out great and have turned into awesome adults, and all working! Oldest and youngest are now engaged to wonderful folks, so 2017 is looking to be a very exciting year for the Sandman family!

    The Sandman :)B)

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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    edited January 2017
    Appointment for VW buyback set for 1/30/17 at 4 PM for $29,986.73. I'll need to look at the contract to get the exact original out the door price, but more or less a 1,000 dollar loss for 19,000 miles of use by the time we return it.

    This data is good for @Michaell spreadsheet.

    I checked at 3 other local dealers and this one was the earliest appointment by chance.
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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,505
    well, not many cars you can drive for 19k miles and 2 years, for $40/month.

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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    stickguy said:

    well, not many cars you can drive for 19k miles and 2 years, for $40/month.

    If they wanted more to select the emissions modification they shouldn't have tied half the money to the actual fix getting completed, as there is no timetable for that. With that regulation, anyone on the fence like me quickly jumped ship, as money today is worth a lot more than money tomorrow, or who knows how far down the road.

    I'd of been a lot more tempted by $7K+ immediately, than percentages spread out over an unknown time period.
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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,505
    they may be happy to be done with you all, and end up with a fleet of used cars just waiting for the fix so they can resell them.

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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    I received my appointment reminder, and it did include an upward adjustment as expected, but was still about $100 lower than the calculator had "predicted." So, I had to do more snooping to try and figure out why it was off. After reading through all of the related calculation documentation in the settlement and on the FTC website, I came to two conclusions:

    1. I should just be satisfied with the number presented, which is about $150 higher than what the tables and calculation methods would suggest. I don't know what went wrong with the process as compared to the "exact" numbers others reported, but so it goes.
    2. I played this thing all wrong! I'm not sure if anyone read through this fine print (perhaps @qbrozen did?), but the settlement states that it will pay up to 130% of the buyback amount (that's the sum of modified 9/15 NADA trade value and restitution) for loan forgiveness! Seriously; I could have borrowed up to $35,000 on this car and the settlement would have paid it all off. So, let's see..... $35K - $18.5K for vehicle = 16,500. Less, of course, probably 3x for the cost of the money (i.e., interest), but, still. That would have netted me a solid $13K in the pocket, or upwards of $5,000 more than the method I took. I doubt my institution would have gone that far upside down on a loan, but I'm sure I could have played it a lot better than I did.

    Ah, sigh. The roads not traveled. :)
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,929
    edited January 2017
     I did know about that, in fact. But it is nearly impossible to bury that much on those cars at this point since they were worth so little. They had a hard time getting me financed as it was, and that was with borrowing 23,000 on a 16,000 car with a 30,000 buyback.

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    I think the financing help was only for those who owned the cars, pre- 09/2015.

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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,709
    Yeah - the loan forgiveness terms exclude any amounts that became delinquent after June 21, 2016 and any additional loan amounts made after June 21, 2016. So, basically you couldn't inflate your loan amount after news broke of the settlement.

    And it effectively prevented us new owners from getting a loan paid off in excess of the buyback amount.

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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    edited January 2017
    breld said:

    Yeah - the loan forgiveness terms exclude any amounts that became delinquent after June 21, 2016 and any additional loan amounts made after June 21, 2016. So, basically you couldn't inflate your loan amount after news broke of the settlement.

    And it effectively prevented us new owners from getting a loan paid off in excess of the buyback amount.

    Ah, yes, I see that now. I saw the part about "additional loan amounts," but did not notice that it also said "including new loans." This was in "Exhibit 1" on page six. it definitely did not exclude post-9/15 buyers, though. It just set a cut-off point of 6/21/16 that did not exist for other aspects of the settlement.

    Okay then, sticking with #1. I feel better about that now. :)
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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    edited January 2017
    xwesx said:

    I received my appointment reminder, and it did include an upward adjustment as expected, but was still about $100 lower than the calculator had "predicted." So, I had to do more snooping to try and figure out why it was off. After reading through all of the related calculation documentation in the settlement and on the FTC website, I came to two conclusions:

    1. I should just be satisfied with the number presented, which is about $150 higher than what the tables and calculation methods would suggest. I don't know what went wrong with the process as compared to the "exact" numbers others reported, but so it goes.
    2. I played this thing all wrong! I'm not sure if anyone read through this fine print (perhaps @qbrozen did?), but the settlement states that it will pay up to 130% of the buyback amount (that's the sum of modified 9/15 NADA trade value and restitution) for loan forgiveness! Seriously; I could have borrowed up to $35,000 on this car and the settlement would have paid it all off. So, let's see..... $35K - $18.5K for vehicle = 16,500. Less, of course, probably 3x for the cost of the money (i.e., interest), but, still. That would have netted me a solid $13K in the pocket, or upwards of $5,000 more than the method I took. I doubt my institution would have gone that far upside down on a loan, but I'm sure I could have played it a lot better than I did.

    Ah, sigh. The roads not traveled. :)

    The whole "loan forgiveness" part of the settlement irked me. Another bailout for those that over-borrow and over-leverage with no means or intention of paying it back unless they are "bailed out." Why not just give everyone 130% so as to be fair? Or maybe 115% to all so that the number is spread out over everyone fairly.

    How long would it have taken us to open an Edmunds Bank of Auto Loans specifically designed to over-lend to TDI buyers? If we wanted to open a bank right now, how long would it take us?

    Never mind, just read about the cut off date clause.
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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    andres3 said:


    The whole "loan forgiveness" part of the settlement irked me. Another bailout for those that over-borrow and over-leverage with no means or intention of paying it back unless they are "bailed out." Why not just give everyone 130% so as to be fair? Or maybe 115% to all so that the number is spread out over everyone fairly.

    How long would it have taken us to open an Edmunds Bank of Auto Loans specifically designed to over-lend to TDI buyers? If we wanted to open a bank right now, how long would it take us?

    Never mind, just read about the cut off date clause.

    Well, no, that's still somewhat true for others that got in way too upside down on these cars. I think it's ridiculous that anyone should bail them out. I mean, 30% over the buyback?! That's ludicrous. The buyback amount itself was still about 30% over FMV, so we're talking folks that are way, way upside down.
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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    xwesx said:

    andres3 said:


    The whole "loan forgiveness" part of the settlement irked me. Another bailout for those that over-borrow and over-leverage with no means or intention of paying it back unless they are "bailed out." Why not just give everyone 130% so as to be fair? Or maybe 115% to all so that the number is spread out over everyone fairly.

    How long would it have taken us to open an Edmunds Bank of Auto Loans specifically designed to over-lend to TDI buyers? If we wanted to open a bank right now, how long would it take us?

    Never mind, just read about the cut off date clause.

    Well, no, that's still somewhat true for others that got in way too upside down on these cars. I think it's ridiculous that anyone should bail them out. I mean, 30% over the buyback?! That's ludicrous. The buyback amount itself was still about 30% over FMV, so we're talking folks that are way, way upside down.
    I attribute the generosity to bailout underwater TDI owners to the fact the main courthouse for the settlement was San Francisco, correct? Blue states generally like their bailouts. Some want to forgive all student debt.

    Can someone teach me how to refinance my home loan into student debt if one of those ever gets elected.
    '15 Audi Misano Red Pearl S4, '16 Audi TTS Daytona Gray Pearl, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion
  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,709
    Well, I imagine the motivation on VWs part is that they need to achieve that 85% buyback rate at some date (in 2019 I believe?) or face substantial penalties.

    So I suppose they wanted to encourage all owners, including those who are upside down on their loans, to turn their cars back in.

    Not saying it's fair, but I'd say the settlement as a whole was pretty generous. Doesn't seem they are going down the same road for the 3.0l TDI vehicles.

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  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Member Posts: 6,966
    Seems like everyone is going to get that extra compensation for the issue of falsifying the info on the diesel engines so just be happy with the amount over and above your costs. I have found that it's best to never look a gift horse in the mouth as they say! At the end of the day, most everyone is ending up with extra funds for going through the whole process and that's a win/win for everybody! Take the money and run folks...run!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,929
    I couldn't really think of a way someone would be THAT upside-down at this point. 

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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    qbrozen said:

    I couldn't really think of a way someone would be THAT upside-down at this point. 

    No doubt! However, I have a family member who is 100% upside down on a car (e.g., owes twice what the car is worth), so I guess it is possible.
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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,929
    Ok, please explain!

    I'm thinking...hmmm...bought a new S-class and rolled in 24 mos of a 48-mo 7-series lease? ;)

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  • corvettecorvette Member Posts: 10,259
    I'm doubting there are many banks that will touch that kind of risk.
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 50,505
    if you have enough income, maybe. Basically ends up being like an unsecured personal loan. I hear rich folk can get those!

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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    qbrozen said:

    Ok, please explain!

    I'm thinking...hmmm...bought a new S-class and rolled in 24 mos of a 48-mo 7-series lease? ;)

    I think it is mostly the combination of a long loan term with a quickly depreciating car. I think you said previously that his trade-in was something like $4,500. He bought it two years ago, paid something like $16K for it, and still owes $11,500.

    For once, he didn't go into the car rolling negative equity from a previous vehicle, but now he's stuck with this car until he gets right on it. He had done the rolling negative equity thing three times previously, and was nearly 6K upside down on his prior car at the time of purchase (on a $22K car). In a way, he lucked out on that car and it was declared totalled in a fender-bender, so his gap covered the loan.
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    Yeah.. with the premium paid for the TDI buybacks, getting to 130% of the buyback amount would be just about impossible, I think.

    I don't really look at it as those upside-down owners being "bailed out". They didn't ask for this situation. They just got lucky and took advantage (as the rest of us did).

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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    kyfdx said:

    Yeah.. with the premium paid for the TDI buybacks, getting to 130% of the buyback amount would be just about impossible, I think.

    I don't really look at it as those upside-down owners being "bailed out". They didn't ask for this situation. They just got lucky and took advantage (as the rest of us did).

    But none of the original buyers asked for this situation. Why should one get 30% more than another just because they owe more? The car is worth what it is worth and that's all there is to it.

    My theory is the way to be upside down is to have rolled-in negative equity from a previous purchase and loan.
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    andres3 said:

    kyfdx said:

    Yeah.. with the premium paid for the TDI buybacks, getting to 130% of the buyback amount would be just about impossible, I think.

    I don't really look at it as those upside-down owners being "bailed out". They didn't ask for this situation. They just got lucky and took advantage (as the rest of us did).

    But none of the original buyers asked for this situation. Why should one get 30% more than another just because they owe more? The car is worth what it is worth and that's all there is to it.

    My theory is the way to be upside down is to have rolled-in negative equity from a previous purchase and loan.
    Why give me $25,576 for a car that I only paid $16,100 for? Just lucky. (as I noted above).

    Also, as noted, it would be pretty hard to still owe 130% of the buyback amount, over 15 months after you bought the vehicle. You could easily owe 130% of present value, but not the buyback amount, I don't think.
    High mileage drivers could possibly come close, as their buyback amounts are less.

    Plus, that's the maximum allowed. I'll guess the percentage of owners that had negative equity from the buyback amount at 1%, at most.

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  • andres3andres3 Member Posts: 13,729
    kyfdx said:

    andres3 said:

    kyfdx said:

    Yeah.. with the premium paid for the TDI buybacks, getting to 130% of the buyback amount would be just about impossible, I think.

    I don't really look at it as those upside-down owners being "bailed out". They didn't ask for this situation. They just got lucky and took advantage (as the rest of us did).

    But none of the original buyers asked for this situation. Why should one get 30% more than another just because they owe more? The car is worth what it is worth and that's all there is to it.

    My theory is the way to be upside down is to have rolled-in negative equity from a previous purchase and loan.
    Why give me $25,576 for a car that I only paid $16,100 for? Just lucky. (as I noted above).

    Also, as noted, it would be pretty hard to still owe 130% of the buyback amount, over 15 months after you bought the vehicle. You could easily owe 130% of present value, but not the buyback amount, I don't think.
    High mileage drivers could possibly come close, as their buyback amounts are less.

    Plus, that's the maximum allowed. I'll guess the percentage of owners that had negative equity from the buyback amount at 1%, at most.
    Whoever sold it to you the TDI for $16,100 made a mistake in your favor is all. :open_mouth:
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  • xwesxxwesx Member Posts: 16,784
    edited January 2017
    kyfdx said:

    Plus, that's the maximum allowed. I'll guess the percentage of owners that had negative equity from the buyback amount at 1%, at most.

    Ladies and gentlemen of the juy, I turn your attention back to Exhibit One:

    3. Funding Pool. The “Funding Pool” means the maximum $10,033,000,000 funding pool from which Class Members will be compensated and is the same funding pool described in the FTC Consent Order and the DOJ Consent Decree. The Funding Pool amount of $10,033,000,000 was calculated based on an assumed 100% Buyback of purchased Eligible Vehicles and 100% Lease Termination of leased Eligible Vehicles. The Funding Pool includes (1) $42,670,723 designated for loan forgiveness for Eligible Owners who choose a Buyback and who owe more on their Eligible Vehicles than they would receive in the Buyback, as described in ¶ 14 below (the “Loan Forgiveness Designated Fund”); (2) $26,000,000 designated to pay remaining future lease payments previously owed to VCI as the lessor of leased Eligible Vehicles held by lessees choosing Lease Termination (the “Future Lease Payments Designated Fund”); and (3) $9,964,329,277 to pay Vehicle Value, Owner Restitution, Lessee Restitution, and Seller Restitution as described in ¶¶ 4, 7, and 9 below (the “Principal Fund”). For more information, see the definition of “Funding Pool” in the Class Action Agreement.

    The pool for loan forgiveness is $43.7M. If we estimate that the average maximum forgiveness amount is $8,000 (i.e., the amount beyond the buyback total), this works out to about 5,400 owners. In a pool of 500,000 vehicles, that is, not surprisingly about 1%.

    Still, that is a HUGE sum of money, and the majority of folks who take advantage of this are likely not $8K upside down over the buyback. So, if they were to use that pool up, on an average of maybe $3K over, you're looking at about 14,000 owners in this pickle. And who said Americans aren't irresponsible?

    Oh, nobody.... B)
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633
    andres3 said:

    kyfdx said:

    andres3 said:

    kyfdx said:

    Yeah.. with the premium paid for the TDI buybacks, getting to 130% of the buyback amount would be just about impossible, I think.

    I don't really look at it as those upside-down owners being "bailed out". They didn't ask for this situation. They just got lucky and took advantage (as the rest of us did).

    But none of the original buyers asked for this situation. Why should one get 30% more than another just because they owe more? The car is worth what it is worth and that's all there is to it.

    My theory is the way to be upside down is to have rolled-in negative equity from a previous purchase and loan.
    Why give me $25,576 for a car that I only paid $16,100 for? Just lucky. (as I noted above).

    Also, as noted, it would be pretty hard to still owe 130% of the buyback amount, over 15 months after you bought the vehicle. You could easily owe 130% of present value, but not the buyback amount, I don't think.
    High mileage drivers could possibly come close, as their buyback amounts are less.

    Plus, that's the maximum allowed. I'll guess the percentage of owners that had negative equity from the buyback amount at 1%, at most.
    Whoever sold it to you the TDI for $16,100 made a mistake in your favor is all. :open_mouth:
    A new car dealer that had the car on the lot for over 4 months. I talked him down a whopping $650 from his asking price. I didn't steal it. B)

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  • henrynhenryn Member Posts: 4,289
    I bought mine from a small used car lot. He showed me the amount he paid at auction, we negotiated for a few minutes, and I gave him about $800 more than he paid at auction. He was happy, I was happy. We talked about the "potential buyback", he was aware of it, did not want to gamble on it, and did not want to have his money tied up waiting for it.
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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,709
    edited January 2017
    My dealer had the JSW on his lot for a shockingly long time - going on a year. As he put it, they're a Chevy dealer in a small town - not much of an audience for an import wagon. He was happy to have me take it off his hands - it had been discounted so much that I got a good deal at a few hundred off their asking price.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    Same boat for my ozone destroyer. The car was subject to the Takata recall, so the local Audi dealer did not want it any longer for their lot. He picked it up and had it sitting for more than 4 months before I came around. He was more than aware of the buyback and just did not want his money tied up any longer than necessary.
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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    Received my reminder email tonight for the appointment next week. Amount in the email matches the offer letter, as expected.
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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 236,633

    Received my reminder email tonight for the appointment next week. Amount in the email matches the offer letter, as expected.

    Woo hoo!!

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,929
    $29,987. That is the updated buyback I just received in the reminder email. I know I drove it quite a bit, but a $990 hit is pretty harsh. Oh well. Good thing it is still a tidy profit. 

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    For some poetic justice, someone hit the A3 while it was parked on the street. Doesn't look like a big deal but the front drivers side bumper is definitely pretty scraped up. 

    No note, of course. 
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  • breldbreld Member Posts: 6,709
    That's unbelievable. Fortunately it won't affect you, but it's not like they knew that.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,384
    breld said:
    That's unbelievable. Fortunately it won't affect you, but it's not like they knew that.
    It's very believable. The drivers here are so oblivious that I'm willing to bet they didn't even know they hit it. 
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  • corvettecorvette Member Posts: 10,259
    If the damage is above your collision deductible, you can probably make a claim on your own insurance, get a check, and not fix it before selling it back.
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