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EvenBob
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March 26th, 2021 at 10:00:58 AM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

Sure, you can always keep a battery jumper pack on hand and it will start right up. It really isn't that big of a deal.



Yeah, that's what I want. Be in my early 70s and
have to jump start my car in January anytime I want
to go anywhere. You got to be kidding me.
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March 26th, 2021 at 4:17:34 PM permalink
Quote: DRich

My experience in looking at cars tells me that buying a one year old car from the dealer is not cheaper because you are not getting the manufacturers cash incentives. I usually only lease cars that have a large discount incentive and a higher residual. If the car doesn't have at least a $5000 manufacturer incentive and a dealer discount of at least 10% I am not getting it.

Maybe close if youíre stick to that. Cars tend to lose 20-28% of value in their first year. Thatís a big nut between new and one year old.

And selling three years later is the sweet spot because it still has a year of warranty left.
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March 26th, 2021 at 8:27:30 PM permalink
Quote: unJon



And selling three years later is the sweet spot because it still has a year of warranty left.



I believe most cars only have a 3 year bumper to bumper warranty.
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EvenBob
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April 18th, 2021 at 12:08:54 AM permalink
Remember when you could buy a car from a private party for $6,000 and have them write $2,500 on the bill of sale so you can get out of paying sales tax on $6,000 at the DMV. Sadly those days are long gone, apparently. Now if they suspect you're claiming you paid far less than actual value, they look it up in the Kelley Blue Book and that's what they tax you on. I have no idea how long this has been going on, the 1980s was probably the last time I was familiar with this stunt.
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onenickelmiracle
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April 18th, 2021 at 5:30:52 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Yeah, that's what I want. Be in my early 70s and
have to jump start my car in January anytime I want
to go anywhere. You got to be kidding me.



It's such a small inconvenience. Pop the hood, attach your battery pack, start car, remove battery pack, close hood and drive off. You otherwise liked the minivan, this battery issue really isn't any predictor of other problems. The car being old and low priced was, but that's what you were paying for.
DRich
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April 18th, 2021 at 6:01:42 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

Remember when you could buy a car from a private party for $6,000 and have them write $2,500 on the bill of sale so you can get out of paying sales tax on $6,000 at the DMV. Sadly those days are long gone, apparently. Now if they suspect you're claiming you paid far less than actual value, they look it up in the Kelley Blue Book and that's what they tax you on. I have no idea how long this has been going on, the 1980s was probably the last time I was familiar with this stunt.



Yes, in Nevada all cars are taxed on the value of the car and not what you paid for it.

I am currently in the process of selling my SUV to Carvana. They offered a price $3000 higher than anyone else and over Blur Book value. It is a lease and I had no intention of selling it because I assumed it was under water. My lease was only $197 a month for 3 years with no money down and it turns out somehow I have $4400 in equity.
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EvenBob
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April 18th, 2021 at 9:17:04 AM permalink
Quote: onenickelmiracle

It's such a small inconvenience. Pop the hood,



You do it and let me know how that works out. After about the tenth time you'll go, screw this, what have I gotten myself into.
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onenickelmiracle
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April 18th, 2021 at 10:11:17 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

You do it and let me know how that works out. After about the tenth time you'll go, screw this, what have I gotten myself into.

I've been doing it for at a few years. Yeah aggravating sometimes, but my car usually is fine as long as I drive it every 24 hours. Wish I can go back in time and buy 2 of my cars for the same price, stole it so bad.
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April 18th, 2021 at 11:33:36 AM permalink
I got the ABS Control unit replaced and a shorted tail light replaced & fixed, and got a new battery. Instead of having a hard 5 day limit on not driving the car, it's been extended to 7-10 days. I have to drive for 2 hours to really recharge the battery for the longest rest before the next drive. No tow truck will replace my battery because it's in the back seat. I may have killed my battery trying to jump a dead battery, and really, that could have been a 2 year lemon battery that I could have done without. I only get 4 tows a year with AAA, and a dead battery might top the list as reasons why. My parents used to park the car at the airport for a week or two when they went on vacation. I wouldn't even think of doing that now because a tow would be potentially necessary.

My Escort radar detector has a voltage meter feature. If I get in the car and it reads 10.9 volts, the car will likely not start. Sometimes if I wait a couple minutes before starting the car, the voltage will creep up a quarter volt and the car will start. Then I have to drive 45 minutes to get out of the red zone.
DRich
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April 18th, 2021 at 11:42:00 AM permalink
Quote: ChumpChange

I got the ABS Control unit replaced and a shorted tail light replaced & fixed, and got a new battery. Instead of having a hard 5 day limit on not driving the car, it's been extended to 7-10 days. I have to drive for 2 hours to really recharge the battery for the longest rest before the next drive. No tow truck will replace my battery because it's in the back seat. I may have killed my battery trying to jump a dead battery, and really, that could have been a 2 year lemon battery that I could have done without. I only get 4 tows a year with AAA, and a dead battery might top the list as reasons why. My parents used to park the car at the airport for a week or two when they went on vacation. I wouldn't even think of doing that now because a tow would be potentially necessary.

My Escort radar detector has a voltage meter feature. If I get in the car and it reads 10.9 volts, the car will likely not start. Sometimes if I wait a couple minutes before starting the car, the voltage will creep up a quarter volt and the car will start. Then I have to drive 45 minutes to get out of the red zone.



If I have a car not start even once, I get rid of the car. Luckily, it hasn't happened to me in over 20 years. Of course, my cars are never more than 3 years old.
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