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by BrandonBogle
Mon Jul 27, 2015 7:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?
Replies: 29
Views: 2371

Re: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?

What is the incentive cap ? Is it a fixed $ cap ? Sounds to me like this installer is more concerned about pocketing the incentive than providing you a suitable cost-effective system. 35% of total system and installation cost, up to $10.5k tax incentive payback by NC. So the system should cost no m...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?
Replies: 29
Views: 2371

Re: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?

Your home uses quite a bit of electricity I would suggest a comprehensive review of how that usage could be cut. This would include a look at appliances, building performance, insulation, windows, etc. For each energy improvement, calculate the payback. I would bet that many of these have a shorter...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Jul 25, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?
Replies: 29
Views: 2371

Re: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?

I mentioned this in my reply to madbrain below, but basically, I am already expecting a $2k bill to upgrade my electrical panel and trim/remove trees on my property even if I do not do solar. As such, I've been lopping off $2k from the price when I consider my payback period. Still sounds like the g...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Jul 25, 2015 12:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?
Replies: 29
Views: 2371

Does a 6.5 kW Solar install make sense?

One of the area organizations organized a group buy discount with a solar installer and I wanted to get some feedback if these numbers make it look worthwhile to consider solar, or if it is more Bogleheadish to skip on it now and check back in a couple of years. Background: - Installer is recommende...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

You still have to schlep a charging station. It's an expensive toy for putting around town. If by charging station you mean the cord that comes with the car standard and the outlet I plug it into in my garage. Not a car for everyone, but like Bogleheads like to step back and look at the "big p...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

The USA gets 32% of its electricity via coal. Coal mining is hugely destructive to the health of both man and planet. If you live in an area where electricity is produced by coal, gas, natural liquid gas, or nuclear plants then an electric-powered car may not be the best choice. Big picture. While ...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Jul 11, 2015 12:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Well all I can say is that so far DC - Raleigh, Raleigh - Atlanta, and travel from city to city in NC have not been a problem. There will be a Miami trip coming up soon. None of this has been or will be as problematic as Car and Driver's experience -- but then, I don't try and get a 100% charge to g...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What happens when Admiral Shares drop below $50K?
Replies: 22
Views: 3696

Re: What happens when Admiral Shares drop below $50K?

I have had multiple funds under the Admiral shares limit for long periods of time, both due to market movements and sales, and never had any of them downgraded. But, most aren't way below the limit. I just counted, and currently have eight Admiral shares funds below the limit, including accounts I ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:51 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Happy Birthday to Mel [Lindauer]
Replies: 36
Views: 2850

Re: Happy Birthday to Mel [Lindauer]

Happy Birthday Mel!! Thank you so much for all you do. It was a pleasure meeting you at Bogleheads 2014. Since I'm not currently local, accept this as a digital substitute... :sharebeer
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

My understanding is that you can get 80% charged in 20 minutes with a Supercharger, but that the remaining 20% takes another 20 minutes. As most of life, it follows the 80/20 rule :D My wife brings up the charging question every chance she gets :annoyed , but in addition to Superchargers on main hi...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

When you hit retirement, how much distance driving will you do? My father used his car in retirement to go 2-3 mile distances for shopping (Tesla works great) and then long driving holidays and trips to see friends (Tesla would work not at all). I completely agree with most of Valuethinker's. Thing...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 08, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

When you hit retirement, how much distance driving will you do? My father used his car in retirement to go 2-3 mile distances for shopping (Tesla works great) and then long driving holidays and trips to see friends (Tesla would work not at all). I completely agree with most of Valuethinker's. Thing...
by BrandonBogle
Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:59 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: mailed US tax check 4/13 - not cashed yet
Replies: 46
Views: 8885

Re: mailed US tax check 4/13 - not cashed yet

For NJ state I mailed check on 4/13/15 via certified mail, with extension request. Certified mailed delievered on 4/17/15 7 weeks and check not cashed. How long does NJ take to cash check? I mailed the State of NC a check back in October (personal property taxes for auto) and now in June it still h...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

I absolutely love my Tesla! I enjoyed cars, but never had the budget for it previously. Recently, I found that I am on track for early retirement even if I cut my retirement contributions in half. I was looking at getting a new Tesla 70D since I am not a performance-oriented person and the extra pow...
by BrandonBogle
Wed May 27, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downside of placing a credit freeze?
Replies: 21
Views: 2565

Re: Downside of placing a credit freeze?

I have had mine frozen for years now with no regrets. One thing that I have read though is that if you forget or lose the PIN that they give you to unlock the freeze, then it is a lot of work and documentation to get it replaced, which makes sense. Just don't lose the PIN numbers. I was wondering h...
by BrandonBogle
Wed May 27, 2015 5:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Congrats tecmage!
by BrandonBogle
Wed May 27, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Downside of placing a credit freeze?
Replies: 21
Views: 2565

Re: Downside of placing a credit freeze?

After the Anthem breach, I froze my reports. Recently I had to get a car loan. I submitted the app online knowing I wouldn't get an instant decision. When I then called them, they told me which CRA to freeze. I quickly submitted a 48 hours release (I was shopping around, so figured I would leave it ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue May 26, 2015 11:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Penfed 0.99% auto loan
Replies: 34
Views: 3296

Re: Penfed 0.99% auto loan

If anyone is looking for a similar deal, DCU has a regular 1.49% on up to 5 years. We took a cash out refi against our car instead of a student loan last fall. They were VERY generous in the valuation, no minimum deductible that I recall (ours was $1000 at the time of disbursement), and I've heard ...
by BrandonBogle
Tue May 26, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I found a new coffee.
Replies: 86
Views: 9710

Re: I found a new coffee.

Can the "coffee snobs" share their coffee of choice? I rarely if ever drank coffee until about 10 years ago (age 33 then). Every time I was served weak/watery Folgers (parents or church). Someone was always putting sugar and cream in it. I was in Seattle for work and had "good" ...
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 17, 2015 3:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

I'm not likely to buy one of these in the near future. Especially because I tend to keep my cars for a long time, and a few years from now, when all my buddies are cruising along watching videos in their self-driving cars, I would feel like a fool stuck in traffic and cursing behind the wheel of my...
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 17, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

The battery in an EV also doesn't really stop working. In the Volt at 150k miles you can expect to have about 80% of your original capacity. I'm sure there's some type of degradation with a Tesla. So as long as you don't mind your capacity slowly decreasing over time there's no reason to think abou...
by BrandonBogle
Sat May 16, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Cool. What Lexus did you have and how do you compare the ride, finish, and other characteristics to the S? My mother has a Lexus IS. Fun drive and smooth drive. The seats are very supple and provide more support than the 1.0 seats I got in my Tesla (Tesla has since released 1.5 that match hers and ...
by BrandonBogle
Sat May 16, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!!!!! The Tesla CPO website went live tonight and I glanced around. Found a nice 2013 Dolphin Gray 85 w/ Tech and Air Suspension, Panoramic moonroof, Black Leather Seats, and Obece Wood Gloss interior. No autopilot, no folding mirrors, no parking sensors, no AWD, no alcantara headl...
by BrandonBogle
Sat May 16, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

BBOGLE, was the car local to you or does TSLA ship the car to your nearest center? Sorry, I missed this post somehow. You can pick up at the location that has the car for $0, or they ship to you (nearest center, or your house if the nearest center is over 160 miles away) for $500, $1k, or $1,500 de...
by BrandonBogle
Wed May 06, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: New Vanguard AMT-free National Municipal Bond Fund
Replies: 119
Views: 15016

Re: New Vanguard AMT-free National Municipal Bond Fund

Is anyone planning to move from the active fund to this new index fund? In the short term, no. In a couple years, I will consider if this investment option is worthy to replace something I already have. I plan to "stay the course" for the time being and take a "wait and see" app...
by BrandonBogle
Wed May 06, 2015 12:32 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I have turned server-side unread tracking back one. It has to start from scratch recording where everyone is, so it may not be exact at first. But threads you read from this point on and new threads should show unread information correctly. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! As a side note, it restor...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car every 5 years instead of 10?
Replies: 129
Views: 10840

Re: New car every 5 years instead of 10?

I enjoy driving and I enjoy the experience of getting from A to B. If I didn't and simply wanted to get there, then a safe, reliable econobox is fine. I enjoy going for walks. Walks are not just a way of getting from A to B. Does that mean I should buy Gucci shoes? Gucci shoes no (unless they provi...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

Interesting. It's not clear to me how a cookie-based system could work the way I've experienced. However, as took a day off work today, I haven't been able to try it. I would guess that some people have use multiple platforms by now and could comment. Earl If I had to guess (I am unfamiliar with ph...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car every 5 years instead of 10?
Replies: 129
Views: 10840

Re: New car every 5 years instead of 10?

I enjoy driving and I enjoy the experience of getting from A to B. If I didn't and simply wanted to get there, then a safe, reliable econobox is fine. I enjoy going for walks. Walks are not just a way of getting from A to B. Does that mean I should buy Gucci shoes? Gucci shoes no (unless they provi...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 11605

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

There are certainly times I want to drive and times I just want to be driven. I don't think manual mode will go away but within 10 years I think it will be very rare for people to use it. Computers are already safer drivers (even in environments where all other drivers on the road are human drivers...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I think the problem of having all of your posts showing up as unread is the result of one of those new features I turned off. Specifically 'Enable server-side topic marking: Stores read/unread status information in the database rather than a cookie". You can imagine the size of the database ta...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New car every 5 years instead of 10?
Replies: 129
Views: 10840

Re: New car every 5 years instead of 10?

This. If you trade in a car with shot breaks and bad tires, don't expect as high of a trade in. There is no free lunch. Point well taken. But as of right now the brakes and tires are still good. But they will probably need to be replaced over the next 10,000 miles. So if I sell or trade in now, the...
by BrandonBogle
Mon May 04, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Will you buy self-driving car?
Replies: 235
Views: 11605

Re: Will you buy self-driving car?

I'm in my early 30s and honestly do not think we will see 100% self-driving cars in my lifetime of capable driving. However, I do believe we will see vehicles that take over highway driving and eventually vehicles that take over city driving as an option . There are certainly times I want to drive a...
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 03, 2015 11:18 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I just wanted to add that while we are posting differences we are seeing and suggestions or tidbits, we are very, very appreciative of everything you do for the site and us Bogleheads! We thank you for your hard work and dedication! :sharebeer
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 03, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

One small request: we're wasting too much space at the top of each post. The field containing poster's name, exclamation point, and quote mark can be compressed down to almost half its present height, getting the poster's name closer to the title of the post... Not that I think Alex wants to have a...
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 03, 2015 12:50 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests
Replies: 232
Views: 22310

Re: Forum software upgrade bug reports and change requests

I must be missing it somewhere, but how do I switch to a "Desktop View" if I don't want to use the mobile view? The formatting is off on my phone and I was comfortable just using the desktop site for my browsing and commentating. I hope this is a semi-permanent setting as I do 90% of my br...
by BrandonBogle
Sun May 03, 2015 12:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Who's Buying I Bonds Now?
Replies: 39
Views: 3434

Re: New I bond rates out - not good news

I am thinking of using this opportunity to cash in my I-Bonds in December or January. I only 0.2% and 0.1% fixed rates bonds. The Treasury Direct website is a pain to deal with and I figure I could just roll these into my bond holdings (likely in addition to my munis).
by BrandonBogle
Fri May 01, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Test drove the 70D, wow! Refuse to buy new - ton of used rear wheel drive S models on the lot. Guess I have to wait at least 18 months or longer to get a decent price on a used 70D? or maybe used Model X (or any AWD). You can see about an inventory 70D. They will likely have 100 - 4k miles on them ...
by BrandonBogle
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

On the Tesla Motor Club forums, people have gotten quotes for $25k currently and expect to to move closer to $10k over the next few years as the gigafactory comes online. To me, until Tesla comes up with an official public price, it is a major impediment to buying the car, whether new or used, but ...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Apr 25, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use Roth funds for new car (lump sum) purchase?
Replies: 15
Views: 1414

Re: Should I use Roth funds for new car (lump sum) purchase?

^ I would also remark that the overall process varies quite a bit depending on the dealer. The Toyota 4Runner and Lexus IS required signing maybe 3-4 times. Everything was pretty much filled out and printed, and then you just sign once verifying. We once bought a VW and that dealer required on less ...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:39 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use Roth funds for new car (lump sum) purchase?
Replies: 15
Views: 1414

Re: Should I use Roth funds for new car purchase?

About a year ago, I got a 0% interest car loan after negotiating to pay cash. It certainly helps with cash flow and taxes. So I would rethink the idea of not financing. If that happened, I'd do it. I don't like to mess up the price negotiations so I go in there planning to negotiate a cash deal. If...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Congratulations BrandonBogle, that's awesome. Something that just occurred to me (I know, I'm slow on the uptake) is that purchasing a used Tesla (or other EV) will be less anxiety inducing than buying a used ICE vehicle. Unless it's been in an accident, or there are cosmetic (and visible) issues, ...
by BrandonBogle
Sat Apr 25, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

4nursebee wrote:BBOGLE, was the car local to you or does TSLA ship the car to your nearest center?


Mine is coming from DC; no transport fee either.
by BrandonBogle
Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

Wow, that's a heck of a deal, assuming it's a S85. Congrats! Yes. P85s seem to be in the mid-upper $60s and above. I've driven my neighbor's S85 and no need for the P for me (talk about Tesla spirit, 3 days after he got it he handed me the keys, said "enjoy and be back before six please!"...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Apr 24, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Tesla S
Replies: 731
Views: 103729

Re: Tesla S

OMG! OMG! OMG!!!!!!!!! The Tesla CPO website went live tonight and I glanced around. Found a nice 2013 Dolphin Gray 85 w/ Tech and Air Suspension, Panoramic moonroof, Black Leather Seats, and Obece Wood Gloss interior. No autopilot, no folding mirrors, no parking sensors, no AWD, no alcantara headli...
by BrandonBogle
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Should I use Roth funds for new car (lump sum) purchase?
Replies: 15
Views: 1414

Re: Should I use Roth funds for new car purchase?

The first point would be to evaluate whether you want to spend $25k on a "new" car or less on a "new-to-you" car. Regardless of that decision, then you need to decide how you will pay for it. Personally, I am NOT debt-adverse where it makes sense . If you have pay $1,500 in taxes...
by BrandonBogle
Tue Apr 21, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: “Entry level” luxury cars under 40k
Replies: 99
Views: 10881

Re: “Entry level” luxury cars under 40k

There have been a few mentions about this in the posts, but most seem to have glazed over them. Why limit the selection to new cars? You can find cars from 2010 and on in the "luxury" category for under 40k no problem. This could run the gamut of options. I almost bought a M37x after drivi...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Apr 16, 2015 8:50 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anxiety about market fluctuations
Replies: 13
Views: 1210

Re: Anxiety about market fluctuations

Would you please explain your avatar to me? I keep staring at it, trying to figure out what the texture is on the outside of that cup. - Tim Tim, I LOVE coffee and have a penchant for cookies. Seemed logical to seek out this cookie coffee cup! http://thewateringmouth.com/edible-cookie-cup-by-enriqu...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Apr 16, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anxiety about market fluctuations
Replies: 13
Views: 1210

Re: Anxiety about market fluctuations

Thank you all for your replies. As for the portfolio allocation, I have a 70/30 split Equity-Bond, 70/30 split US-Intl, and using a 3-fund approach. The value of the portfolio causes me no loss of sleep thankfully. I am very comfortable there, even if today there is a 50% drop in both equities and b...
by BrandonBogle
Thu Apr 16, 2015 7:37 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Anxiety about market fluctuations
Replies: 13
Views: 1210

Anxiety about market fluctuations

Good day fellow Bogleheads! First and foremost I want to thank you all for your help and inspiration over the last two years. While I had some Boglehead-like investing principles, it really changed things joining and learning over the past two years! Recently, I've been giving serious thought to loo...

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