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Old 01-01-2013, 01:12 PM    (permalink
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Let's get this straight. You're a black man, with an Asian girlfriend, living in San Francisco, and paying for a vehicle in cash?

You sound like a Ford truck man.
Wrong, asian wife.

Also both are artist. So priyus might be the choice
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I'll sell you my Monte Carlo for $60,000.
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I'll sell you my Monte Carlo for $60,000.
I don't know if he's trying to live up to a stereotype or just trying to make the next Tiger Woods...
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Oh yeah. Maybe I should buy a used one then. Not lease. My bad.

My aunt had a Ford Explorer from the late 90's up until a few years ago. Got over 100,000 miles out of it. Seemed good. Maybe I'll take a look at one of their models. Ford Escape is the smaller version right? That would be interesting to check out too.

As for the Audi I was talking about, Audi Oakland has a used model of the 2012 A4 I'd feel comfortable taking a look at. A decent price range in terms of what we want to spend. The used A6 is even more expensive than I thought. Still researching the differences between the two.

http://www.audiofoakland.com/used/Au...700b6bc471.htm
100,000 miles ain't much.... once you start nearing 200,000 and going over thats alot. My brother actually has 2 cars over 200,000 miles. I have a 99 Chevy Blazer which has 152,000 on it. Its been really nice to me. I expect parts to begin failing but up until now besides the obvious brake pads and rotors that wear out naturally on any car. I've only replaced a fuel pump, brake line, and a exhaust sensor(trust me when it goes bad you'll know car runs like ****). None of it cost much but then again I fixed it all myself.
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I just realized you said you were paying cash.

Cash is better than financing. If you go for a 2012 model at this time of year and in cash, low ball the **** out of them.

Pay below the invoice price, and say you will put this much down, don't come off the bat telling them you are paying cash.

The car dealers take loans from banks to buy the cars from the companies. They have to sit no their hands while you pay the financing. But if you have straight cash and can drop it right there, they'll practically blow you. My parents have bought all their cars in cash, and you get it much cheaper than listed.

For the '12 models they want to get it off their lot since it is costing them, now you come in there, do the back and forth low ball them and say you'll leave with the car right now you got cash, they'll jump for joy.

With the '13 model you won't have as much wiggle room but you still can mess with them and see where you can get. If you find 2 comparable models of '13 and '12 try and play their price against each other.
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:53 AM    (permalink
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I found a black 2012 Ford Escape online for about $25,900. It has about 25,000 miles on it. I was going to take a look at the dealership tomorrow. It's used of course, but it's been user-certified. The carfax report on it states no history of problems.
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I would say Subaru or Ford. I have a VW now - can't wait to get rid of it.
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I found a black 2012 Ford Escape online for about $25,900. It has about 25,000 miles on it. I was going to take a look at the dealership tomorrow. It's used of course, but it's been user-certified. The carfax report on it states no history of problems.
25,000 miles is a lot on a year old car... not to mention that seems a bit high price wise.

I bought a car in November. I found a car I liked a year old that had 35,000 miles on it for $18,700. I then shopped a round and found the exact same car with 11k miles on it. They matched the price and gave me more for my trade in.

The best advice I have received in car buying is set a price that you will not go over and don't buy the first car you see.
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Yea 25k is a **** ton of miles when the average is about 12-15k a year and 15k is pushing it towards the high side.
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People just love Fords around here.. A big of yuck spare boring parts on a ford there is. Just go Toyota.
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Helping a friend find something really cheap (under 3K's the goal), small and fuel efficient. Any good sites to check or other tips?
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At 3k small is all there is, compact cars.

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I found my car on AutoTrader..
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For ~$3k, it's tough, but 90's Civics and Corollas are the best bet.
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anyone drive a kia forte koup or hyundai elantra? i'm on the fence between leasing one or the other.
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I've essentially settled on selecting a used 2012 Nissan Altima. About to close the deal tomorrow. Just wanted a day to think about it. Got a pretty good deal on it and it doesn't have that many miles on it as it's pretty new.
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I hope you haggled the **** out of them and are paying below invoice or whatever for used cars. Paying full cash is the best way to buy.
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I do wonder though since we have the financial leverage to buy out, if it's better to finance the car for a short period of time to build up credit history. Personally I like do things wild wild west style, but that isn't how things work in the United States as credit is used for a lot of things. If we finance for 36 months for example we'll be paying an extra 600-700 at the end of it. We would improve our credit score over time though I guess. But I wonder if the improvement in credit score is basically worth the 600-700 dollars extra we'd be paying. We're leaning towards just buying the thing and not having to worry about all the loose ends.
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Didn't you recently just say you bought a house with straight cash? Why the heck would you need credit?
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Do you rent or mortgage your home?

Pay credit card bills on regular basis?

pay all your other bills on time?

If yes, you are building credit, don't waste 600-700 dollars on something like that. Better way say at the end of year or something spend it on something with your credit card and pay it off when the bill comes. Paying your credit card bills in full is better to build credit than paying the minimum.

Using it regularly and staying within your limits to pay it off monthly is the best way. They know you will make payments and you don't have to worry about the money you are wasting from % charge.
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Still trying to figure that out. I think we'll just buy the car.
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Nissan Altima's are solid. I'm bias though. I was raised on Honda's my entire life. I've never driven a more reliable car than a Honda. My mom's Civic is almost 15 years old an every time she brings it in for a check up they say it seems brand new. I think she's almost put a sold 200,000 miles on it too.

I just recently invested in a 2012 Civic and I love it. I'm not somebody who really cares for fancy cars (it doesn't sound like you do either) so I don't mind driving it at all. As long as its safe (as you said), is reliable and gets good gas mileage that's all I care about.

I disagree about used cars for the most part though. I saw used Civics with 80,000+ miles selling for a few thousand dollars less than a new Civic. To me it just makes more sense to buy new in that case. Guess it depends on the car and dealership, though.

I'll always drive Honda's. Never had an issue and to me the most important thing is gas mileage. I can't comprehend how people still drive and big SUV's. It's insane.

I think when I have a family I may end up leaning toward a Honda CRV. My girlfriend's mom drives one and they are pretty damn nice. I still prefer my Civic but when you have a family it can be a necessity so I'm not opposed. And it still gets good gas mileage.
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I won't lie. If this wasn't my first car purchase and I had a lot more experience driving over a number of years + could afford to just throw away $70,000 like it was toilet paper I would like a Cadillac Escalade, newest model. Or some luxurious SUV. I like SUV's and I like having a better view of the road and sitting higher. They are more dangerous though.
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i love my '12 scion tc. however, it will turn a lot of people off since it's a coupe.
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