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Cars We Drive!

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Jr Mouse

    Jr Mouse Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    No you are completely right here. It was such a drastically different experience then I have had before or was expecting, that it really surprised me.
     


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    Thats a Morgan Plus 4 from maybe the early 90's or so. Really hard to tell because they have made them to look the same for like 50 years. I have one of those in my dream car garage, plus a classic MB G-wagen - both are probably the only cars to have been made the same basic way for so long. True classics.
     


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    ^Yup, it's nice.


    What's up with the car that looks a little like this Jaguar, just "modern", non-convertible, more compact design? I've seen it a few times now and have no idea.

    [​IMG]
     


  4. impolyt_one

    impolyt_one Senior member

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    That is the Wiesmann, it's a boutique car made with BMW ///M engines. Seems fun but I think they're ugly, and also only avaialble in the EU.
     


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    Thanks. I don't love nor hate them. They're not very common either.
     
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    Thanks for the advice! It'll be a straightforward cash deal, so that should cut down on the complications. I'm now trying to decide between a new car or a slightly used one (loaner car, etc.). Unfortunately, the Camry Hybrid is both well loved (consumer reports, NYT, etc.), low stocks, and the 2013s haven't been announced yet. I'm also looking at the Altima which might have better negotiating angles to it.
     


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    It might be harder to find a used one with the options/color you want for that vehicle because of the reasons you just stated. I could see the dealer wanting to play hardball with you too. Best bet is to get your pricing figured out and use that spreadsheet I linked to. That website is a wonderful resource, even if it looks dated.

    The advantage in paying cash is they may agree to a low-ball offer since they are getting the full amount up front. Just keep in mind dealerships also make money off financing so it could end up working against you too. Honestly, the whole process can be a headache and I understand why some people choose to shop at those "one simple price/no haggle" dealerships even if you don't end up getting the best deal possible. :embar:

    Good luck!!!
     


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    Thanks for the encouragement! It's a tiring moment in my life, so the prospect of haggling is slightly exhausting. Does anyone know anything about shopping through AAA or the like (they seem hooked up with Truecar, which used to be ZAG)?
     


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    I am starting a new job which has a decent commute (30 km's each way) and will require a vehicle. Thus far, we have got by without one, but looks like we will finally have to bite the bullet and purchase something. After narrowing down the many choices out there, we are looking at a VW Golf wagon TDI or a Mazda CX-5. While these are quite different, they are the most appealing of the ~$30,000 models we have looked at interns of efficiency, usability and price.
    Wondering if anyone has any input or suggestions in regards to either of these, or something else out there that we should also consider...

    PS: thanks for all the recent tips and links on purchasing... Very helpful!! :)
     
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    Can we please try to stop this thread from derailing into a "How to get the best deal on an ugly car nobody cares about" thread?
     


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    Damn, the CX5 is $30k in Canada?

    (Yeah I know Finn, it's $100k over there :lol: )

    I think a Tiguan or Rav4 is a better choice but the CX5 is pretty nice too. I was going to suggest the Murano but it's probably $35k-$40k in Canada. I'm sure others would approve of the Gold Wagon TDI here but I am simply not a wagon fan so I'd opt for a crossover over it any day.
     


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    The thread has pretty much become "cars we'd like to drive" anyways so I don't see the problem with asking since the thread will pretty much be dead if all we do is wait for someone to post a car they actually drive.
     


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    Zero experience w/ AAA, but I do know a fair number of people who have shopped w/ Amex pricing for these very reasons. You simply visit Amex' car site, equip a car, and they'll hook you up with a dealership that is willing to sell said car at a modest pre-negotiated markup over invoice. You may not get the absolute best deal, but you'll get a good deal and won't have to deal with any haggling. Can be a good way to go for a bunch of folks.

    For what it's worth, I actually find haggling to be kind of fun. Certainly was when I was purchasing a BMW in December of '09 (first car purchase ever btw). Granted, I live in an area where there are BMW dealers all over the place so it's just unbelievably easy to play them off of each other. And I was also haggling during the last week of December. And I also had invoice pricing sheets as well as other goodies (snagged off of some BMW forums) in hand. At one point I was sitting in one BMW dealer with another on my cell, debating with both managers whether their respective choices of bathroom tissue, high or low wattage light bulbs, dealer decor, and frequency of sweeping, etc. was the reason one was giving me $200 less than the other. As long as you don't come off as a dick and realize that you're the guy with all of the money and ultimate decision making, the process can be fairly entertaining, particularly when the dealer also wants to move inventory. And yeah, got a really great deal on a 3er.
     


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    If it will make you feel better, I will post a picture of my ugly car that nobody cares about after I purchase it to keep the thread on track.... I just thought it would be better to post the question hee rather than start a new thread that no one would read...

    RFX45 - thanks for the comments, I have considered the Tiguan as well, and they offering 0% financing on a new one which helps make it a bit more attractive. It is pricier than than the CX-5, however...
     


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    I could get two for the price of one here in europe.
     


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