car buying thread (look at me)

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  1. CUgator

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    RS6 avant
     
  2. Killy Me Please

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    Very comfortable sleek looking vehicles. But utter trash reliability wise.
     
  3. Bricktop the white

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    if you can comfortably afford a lincoln i feel like reliability wont be a problem since you won't be keeping it beyond the the warranty anyway.
     
  4. ramszoolander

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    Those are awesome but about twice what a normal Merc wagon is. Plus, if you're spending that, you should buy the AMG wagon. E-Class is actually a super practical, reliable car if you keep after the maintenance. Brakes on AMG are the only really ridiculously expensive thing (well, and tires if you like burnouts).
     
  5. nofatchildren

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    Are most new cars (at least from GM) coming without heated seats as an available option now? I was looking for my GF a bit and it seems like the shortages have caused GM to drop heated seats on most models.
     
  6. Det. Frank Bullitt

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    These things depend on the model, and even then, it can change by the week it seems.

    Here is the last thing I saw for Tahoes/Yukons. My November build date Tahoe has them, as well as heated steering wheel.

    https://gmauthority.com/blog/2022/03/2022-chevy-tahoe-and-suburban-get-heated-steering-wheel-back/
     
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  7. racer

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    My sister bought an equinox with the capabilities, but no chip to run it.
     
  8. hood b. goode

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    car inflation right now is insane. Absolute POS cars going for $10k
     
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  9. TC

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    What should I do with the following vehicle -- sell, trade, donate?

    • 2000 Honda Accord
    • 140k miles
    • Bad paint job
    • Permanent "check engine" problem affecting gas mileage
    • Cranks but haven't driven in 9 months
     
  10. racer

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  11. Willpépé

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    I’d either sell as a fixer up or get it fixed and make some additional money. Either way it will be some extra change for you.
     
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  12. ramszoolander

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    the CEL light is probably something really dumb/easy: MAF sensor or the like, especially if it's affecting gas mileage. If you clean that part, it's usually in the intake hoses on Hondas just after the air filter. There's a specific MAF cleaner you want to use, though. If it's a V6, they do have an issue in the intake manifold that messes with the mileage. Was starting to get that in my 03 Odyssey which is why I finally ditched it.
     
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  13. DollarBillHokie

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    Is there a good website to monitor used car prices for a specific make & model? I’m starting to look and want to be better informed on what prices are doing.
     
  14. danny2430

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    Have always liked cargurus.com
     
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  15. DollarBillHokie

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    Is there a place that shows me historical prices for similar cars? That website has a nice “vehicle history” section which shows the price declining pretty quickly for this specific car.
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  16. ramszoolander

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    A combination of CarGurus and AutoTrader is probably about the best you're going to do. They were promoting a site called AutoTempest for a while that is an aggregator, too.
     
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  17. blind dog

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    shopping rn, did you get it delivered or did you pick it up from one of their vending machines things?
     
  18. Bruce Bowen

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    Pickup. I've had some friends do delivery and don't recall them having any issues.
     
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  19. blind dog

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    272,000 miles RIP in peace

    Would be able to fix but can't buy a new or used transmission. Good thing car prices are so reasonable rn!!!
    :cryingjordan:
     
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  20. ramszoolander

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    You're not looking hard enough if you think you can't get a transmission for that.
     
  21. blind dog

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    I’m not saying you’re wrong

    but the transmission guy who my mechanic recommended is, I don’t have a clue. I do know I’ve put 2 grand into it this year and I’m sick of that shit
     
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  22. Old_Gregg

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    Look up places like Land Cruiser Heaven. They have shops in Colombia and Dubai so they are able to get a ton of parts for pretty much any year land cruiser.
     
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  23. ramszoolander

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    Yes, what Old_Gregg said. You'd be surprised what you can turn up. We have an 18 year old Saab and a 11 year old MB wagon. I do most of the basic work on it now, and before I bought them, I made sure there were specialists around. The online forums for both are super helpful, and I guarantee you that a LC is going to be way easier to find support for. The other thing is that people are flipping them all the time. So you are going to get lowballed.
     
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  24. THF

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  25. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Love this thread, love living vicariously.

    I don't want to buy a new car but I need to. My credit is 800+, but I have no real money. Circumstances prevail. 25k for a car is a bitch for me but it's happening
    Car savants, I do Google and get things, but I'd like the pain to be minimal. Subaru Impreza, Mazda3/cz30, Corolla. I realize I'm not asking a question, necessarily, but I never had a dad so any advice
     
  26. Montclaire de Haviland

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    And I'm not that incoherent, but any savvy negotiation, particularly now, appreciated
     
  27. Montclaire de Haviland

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    And fwiw, saving a few bucks to buy an 80k Honda for the same price just doesn't seem right
     
  28. Bricktop the white

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    Mazda 3 hatch. It can be had for below 25k. Looks amazing in Red. Will comfortably run 200k miles with only oil changes. Interior quality is on par with cars twice as expensive. Fun to drive. Practical. Fuel efficient.

    The era of negotiating for cars is largely dead, even pre-pandemic. Pick the car you want and the options you want, search for that exact car in a range of 200-300 miles on autotrader/cargurus, find the cheapest one and try to buy it. Don't be surprised if they refuse to budge at all. At best, you'll get like a grand off*

    *there is limited exceptions to this with unpopular versions of expensive cars.
     
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  29. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Perfect response and advice. Pretty much the car I narrowed it down to.
     
  30. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Ordering cars from dealers seems to be the future. Is their a way to adequately compare their fees
     
  31. Bricktop the white

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    some of it is legit (taxes and registration). Any time you see a dealer or doc fee, its bullshit profit tacked onto the sale. Look for a dealer with no dealer/doc fees if you can, but in Florida ive found anything below $500 to be a win. Highest i saw was nearly a grand.
     
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  32. steamengine

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    Dealer talked me into signing up for a new one in a color I didn’t want because it would be here fast and my current car is kind of a health risk. A month later the entire system is down and it’s on a train from California apparently.

    We don’t win anymore folks.
     
  33. Montclaire de Haviland

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    I would love to read the reality of those fees, which most people just accept. Apparently if you persist, a lot of those don't apply? Again, ignorance.
     
  34. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Taxes/registration not included
     
  35. Montclaire de Haviland

    Montclaire de Haviland Crass with a friend, trying to be funny

    I've heard a lot of add-ons, including things we generally just accept, are easily refused. Any truth to that
     
  36. Bricktop the white

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    the reality is that dealers basically don't make any money on the actual sale of the car so they've tacked on bullshit like dealer fees and dealer installed options to make more money.

    You used to be able to try and get them to take some of the dealer installed options off, but that was pre-pandemic. they will not budge at all now.
     
  37. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Not meaning the undercoat, but things like delivery costs. i.e.: the car is here, I didn't have it delivered
     
  38. Montclaire de Haviland

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    I get that. As a consumer, I know dealers are squeezed, too. My heart doesn't break for them, but eh
     
  39. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Btw, thanks for responding
     
  40. Montclaire de Haviland

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    I'm a little fucked and advice in navigating is appreciated
     
  41. Montclaire de Haviland

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    A couple grand is important to me. Id rather the games played worked towards me on this one. The shit that goes to the dealer for no reason, I just want to skip the that that, but I could
     
  42. HowdyHorns

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    Will be shopping for my daughter this weekend. Same basic cars but no Corolla and adding the civic and cx5 as options. Will be interesting to see the options and availability. Cx5 seems to be the most available with the cx50 releasing.
     
  43. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Dude, if $ isn't a thing, get cx5. Great vehicle
     
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  44. It'sAlwaysSunnyInAthens

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    Yall should look at the hyundais (tuscon/Santa fe) they are comparable and getting great reviews.
     
  45. HowdyHorns

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    Money is definitely a consideration but I think a cx5 can be purchased near cx3/30 money. Get to test that theory this weekend.
     
  46. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Fwiw, have a Hyundai now. It's been a good car until the 100k warranty wore out. Suppose that's cool, but wouldn't but one after that
     
  47. Montclaire de Haviland

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    Cx5 is pretty dreamy. It'll be $10-15k more, especially If you want stuff. If you have the money, they really do seem to be the best band for the buck. Even at $40k.
     
  48. Simon Templar

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    I told dblplay1212 about it but go through costcos program if you can saved us both like 10%
     
  49. Chumbolone

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    You need to negotiate an “out the door” price - a number that includes all taxes/title/fees. Find a number you’re comfortable with, and tell
    them you need it “out the door” at that price, you don’t really care how they configure their fees, etc. For a starting point, back in the day you’d want to shoot for a few $k under MSRP, more if it’s been sitting on the lot for 300+ days (CarGurus will show you how long how it’s been on the lot, there’s another site you can search the vin and also tell how long it’s been at the dealer), today’s market I’d say getting out the door at MSRP/sticker price (no market adjustment!) would be a good deal for most makes/models.
     
  50. Tricky Gator

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    40K to spend on an SUV what should I be looking at? I know the market sucks but my 2006 Tahoe is on its last leg