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by atikovi
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)
Replies: 15
Views: 1354

Re: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)

What happens when your auction ends and you've sold your car? What if your buyer refuses to pay? BAT apparently has a completely hands-off policy for that: "The transaction for a vehicle won on BAT is between the buyer and the seller." What if you win an auction, but your seller disappears? Again: ...
by atikovi
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Digitizing Old Family Photos
Replies: 14
Views: 603

Re: Digitizing Old Family Photos

Just need a scanner or just turn them over to a photo service that would put them on a DVD or flash drive. And never throw out the originals. If some major cosmic event occurs causing most of worlds digital media to be wiped, you're screwed.
by atikovi
Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Consequence of senior not paying phone bill and closing account
Replies: 27
Views: 1265

Re: Consequence of senior not paying phone bill and closing account

Some 2 years ago I signed up with Comcast on a 30 day free trial. I cancelled but they said I owed $202 which was bs and never paid. For the first year I'd get calls and letters from collection agencies. It's still in collections on my credit report but my credit score is nearly 800 so it doesn't af...
by atikovi
Sun Nov 10, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items
Replies: 36
Views: 3312

Re: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items

Off topic - but FYI for Toyota owners: You don't need to replace the full wiper blades on Toyotas. You can replace just the rubber thingy's inside the actual wiper blade. I recently went by my local dealer to get wiper blade inserts for my '07 4Runner. When the parts counter guy brought them to me ...
by atikovi
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CPO BMW 5 Series
Replies: 17
Views: 1340

Re: CPO BMW 5 Series

Bought back by the manufacturer and then purchased at auction by dealers. To be sprung on unsuspecting American consumers. It happened to me. Don’t let it happen to you. What unsuspecting American consumers? It's either branded on the title or noted on the Carfax, not to mention it's required to be...
by atikovi
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fully loaded 2016 Lexus RX350 for $34K - good deal?
Replies: 11
Views: 1354

Re: Fully loaded 2016 Lexus RX350 for $34K - good deal?

Dealer has around $30,000 in it, maybe $31K tops. Might be no haggle, but if you don't really have to have that one, maybe tell them you could pay up to $33K if you want it.
by atikovi
Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: House for Sale--How Much to Tell Potential Buyer
Replies: 35
Views: 2817

Re: House for Sale--How Much to Tell Potential Buyer

It's not my direct business, since I am not the seller of the house. However since I am on the Board of the HOA, homeowners who buy these houses tend to gripe to the HOA about the noise and be unsatisfied (as evidenced by numerous proposals to spend HOA money they think will increase the value of t...
by atikovi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Received bill from sub-contractor after paying general contractor in full
Replies: 14
Views: 3063

Re: Received bill from sub-contractor after paying general contractor in full

You didn't contract with the sub for the work. Tell him to go pound sand. After 3 months he could be scamming you. What's he going to do? Get a lawyer and sue you? That will cost him a lot more. Take you to small claims? Judge will ask to see the contract you signed with him. When he can't show it, ...
by atikovi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items
Replies: 36
Views: 3312

Re: Question for Car experts - how urgent/important are these maintenance items

I don't delay any necessary maintenance (e.g. did break pads + rotor resurfacing immediately, as soon as suggested for several hundred $$s, during the 40k service). Are any of the above maintenance items suggested really necessary for the long term health of the car? They saw you as an easy mark af...
by atikovi
Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Acura TLX owners
Replies: 17
Views: 1480

Re: Acura TLX owners

I'm considering purchasing a used CPO Acura TLX, maybe on the last day of the year. My options currently are 2019 V6 FWD A-Spec (~$31,000) , 2018 AWD V6 with Tech package (~$32,000), 2018 AWD V6 A-spec (~$33,000). I am confused ----- why are you including vehicles with prices, but possibly waiting ...
by atikovi
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state
Replies: 47
Views: 3098

Re: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state

gasman wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:58 pm
The RN placed a bladder catheter just before leaving for the airport.
TMI
by atikovi
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you wash berries?
Replies: 83
Views: 6307

Re: Do you wash berries?

dm200 wrote:
Sat Sep 28, 2019 2:04 pm
The Number One reason I rinse produce is the risk that someone along the way that handled or touched it had things on their hands that could contaminate the produce - such as folks who do not wash their hands after defecation.
What if they had a no-wiper?
by atikovi
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Less expensive alternative to Soda Stream for home-made / "no name" Cola?
Replies: 10
Views: 668

Re: Less expensive alternative to Soda Stream for home-made / "no name" Cola?

Just how much are you drinking that 50 cents a liter is too expensive? You do know the health effects of drinking that much?
by atikovi
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 544
Views: 72277

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

06 Jeep

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06 Jetta

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by atikovi
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

None taken and that may be true, but if the makers of Windows 7, or any other system, released a product with so many problems, they should be held liable. Cars get recalls a few times during their lifespan, but if they were subject to as many as these software products, there would be an uproar.
by atikovi
Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

bertilak wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 5:50 am
atikovi wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:22 pm
sport wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:58 pm
With the end of support for Windows 7 coming in January
What support do you need?
Security patches.
Of all the billions of computers out there, how would anybody know mine was missing said patches, let alone that there is anything worthwhile to steal?
by atikovi
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

02nz wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 6:06 pm
Windows 10 works well and the upgrade from Windows 7 remains free. Why anyone thinks it’s a good idea to keep running decade-old software that no longer receives updates is beyond me.
Because I have programs that won't work on anything newer than W7.
by atikovi
Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

With the end of support for Windows 7 coming in January What support do you need? I've had my Windows 7 computer for 3 years and have never contacted Windows support. On the contrary, I get calls from Microsoft support all the time. The support needed are security update patches. I would not want t...
by atikovi
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

With the end of support for Windows 7 coming in January What support do you need? I've had my Windows 7 computer for 3 years and have never contacted Windows support. On the contrary, I get calls from Microsoft support all the time. The support needed are security update patches. I would not want t...
by atikovi
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Computer with or without SSD?
Replies: 78
Views: 4299

Re: New Computer with or without SSD?

sport wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:58 pm
With the end of support for Windows 7 coming in January
What support do you need? I've had my Windows 7 computer for 3 years and have never contacted Windows support. On the contrary, I get calls from Microsoft support all the time.
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

All this syncing and cloud storage is complicated. I have 3 categories of stuff I save. 35GB of photos, 3 GB of documents and the Favorites list. For backup I have an external hard drive, a flash drive, two lap tops and the Google drive I added a year ago thinking if a natural disaster or fire happe...
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

michaeljc70 wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:39 pm
I encrypt my files before backing them up and keep a different backup for each day. This is all automated.
What's the point? How will you know you need the backup of file X saved on May 18th 2017 and not the one saved on May 4th?
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state
Replies: 47
Views: 3098

Re: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state

I thought the patient was bedridden and sitting in a chair wasn't possible? And getting through security might be a problem.
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 9:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

All this paperless stuff is going to come back and haunt us one of these days. If there are no more paper copies of photos and documents, couldn't generations of records be wiped out instantly by something like a gamma ray burst or magnetic radiation?
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

OK that makes sense. Then just make settings such that new files get transferred to G drive but deleted files don't get deleted from G drive?
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

However, if for example I mistakenly deleted a file from my home PC, it will be removed forever from G Drive as well! How is that possible? You would have to log in to G Drive and delete there too. No, when i delete a file that synced to my G drive, it gets deleted there as well. How else synchroni...
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 8:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state
Replies: 47
Views: 3098

Re: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state

How is an RV used for medical transport any less safe than if used for recreation? Most families can't afford the $10,000 -$20,000 cost of flying, and this would get it done at a fraction of the cost. You could also hire a nurse to accompany her. OP says she is bedridden so this wouldn't be any wors...
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state
Replies: 47
Views: 3098

Re: Transporting elderly parent state-to-state

What about renting an RV one way? There is a big bed in the back for her and 2 drivers can easily switch off.
by atikovi
Fri Oct 25, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

However, if for example I mistakenly deleted a file from my home PC, it will be removed forever from G Drive as well! How is that possible? You would have to log in to G Drive and delete there too. No, when i delete a file that synced to my G drive, it gets deleted there as well. How else synchroni...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Re: Security camera questions

Like I mentioned, it's an hour away plus I only go there 2 or 3 times a month.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

What he said, even if it sounds like a foreign language.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

Trader Joe wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 8:01 pm
I use my own external hard drives for backup. They are cheap. I would never use Google for backup.
That's fine until your have a flood, fire, natural disaster.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is Google Drive enough for me?
Replies: 64
Views: 3742

Re: Is Google Drive enough for me?

BogleMelon wrote:
Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:28 am
However, if for example I mistakenly deleted a file from my home PC, it will be removed forever from G Drive as well!
How is that possible? You would have to log in to G Drive and delete there too.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 24, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Security camera questions
Replies: 10
Views: 1202

Security camera questions

I want to put up security cameras, maybe 4 to 8, on the outside of a storage building an hour from home. Want to be able to view in real time as well record from home. I have electricity and phone lines there although phone isn’t connected. Not sure if internet was ever installed but Verizon interne...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:40 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter
Replies: 19
Views: 1926

Re: Car cover for vehicle parked outside during winter

Lay a thick plastic sheet on the ground and park over that. Wax the paint and coat the frame with a rust preventer. A cover may be more trouble than it's worth. Wind can blow it off or cause it to rub through the paint along the edges.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?
Replies: 101
Views: 8066

Re: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?

Their insurance would only cover negligence. The few times I've left a car at a shop there is a disclaimer I have to sign something to the effect that the shop isn't responsible for damage beyond willful negligence. It was an accident. You're collision insurance should cover it. So you have additio...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?
Replies: 101
Views: 8066

Re: My mechanic just wrecked my car - advice?

The garage will have insurance that covers property that is in their "care, custody and control" . It's really not that complicated. Accidents happen the garage has insurance to cover the incident. End of story. Their insurance would only cover negligence. The few times I've left a car at a shop th...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Req for gardeners/ snow removers to have liability and workmen's comp
Replies: 9
Views: 805

Re: Req for gardeners/ snow removers to have liability and workmen's comp

If they don't have workmans comp, are they not breaking the law? For shoveling snow? Do the neighbourhood kids have workmans comp when they offer to shovel your walk for a few bucks? I have a guy that cuts the grass and shovels the sidewalk at my commercial property during his spare time. I couldn'...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 10, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...
Replies: 28
Views: 4078

Re: Concerned I may have somehow gotten scammed on Craigslist (as a seller)...

RickBoglehead wrote:
Thu Oct 10, 2019 2:54 pm
I have a big piece of furniture to sell. I meet the person at the safe zone, and they show me their DL. I take a picture of it, which is now stored on the cloud, and accessible to my family.
No way in hell am I showing a stranger my DL let alone allowing them to take a picture of it.
by atikovi
Tue Oct 08, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?

There is something about a common access easement between two lots that the owners are supposed to share the costs equally.
by atikovi
Tue Oct 08, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Re: Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?

If there is a lien on the property, it would show up in the title report so I'm not worried about that. Can this association come after me for something the previous owner was supposed to pay 10 years ago? Isn't there a statute of limitations involved as well?
by atikovi
Tue Oct 08, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

Does title insurance cover unpaid HOA type fees?

Looking at a commercial vacant lot for sale. About to make an offer when the listing agent messages me, oh by the way, " In 2008 my client received the attached invoice for some access road improvement. His reply is attached. The matter has NOT come up again since 2008." It looks like the owner of t...
by atikovi
Sun Oct 06, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?
Replies: 67
Views: 4883

Re: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?

Minimum wage around here about $12 an hour going to $15 so couldn't imagine tipping cleaning staff. Wait staff who are paid a below minimum rate are the only ones that really need to be tipped. For others, a nice gesture but how do you know the person that cleaned the room will get the cash you left...
by atikovi
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: French Doors Suggestions/Tips?
Replies: 11
Views: 1153

Re: French Doors Suggestions/Tips?

Why would you replace sliders with french doors? With sliders you can have a mosquito screen in place and have the door open for ventilation.
by atikovi
Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Social Security Card as Identification for Real ID
Replies: 78
Views: 6168

Re: Social Security Card as Identification for Real ID

drawpoker wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:37 am
jebmke wrote:
Sat Oct 05, 2019 11:34 am

A passport is accepted -- a birth certificate isn't necessary.
It is when you don't have a passport!
I have a passport but no birth certificate. If you have a bc, why not get a passport? It lasts 10 years.
by atikovi
Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you change the date interest is credited to a bank account?
Replies: 24
Views: 1449

Re: Can you change the date interest is credited to a bank account?

Rates are changing pretty often these days. When I check the balance every month I can see if the interest rate has dropped significantly in an account and transfer to my other higher rate accounts.
by atikovi
Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can you change the date interest is credited to a bank account?
Replies: 24
Views: 1449

Re: Can you change the date interest is credited to a bank account?

Yea sure, but I want to see how much they gave me soon after it hit my account.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Classic car (~70s convertible)
Replies: 19
Views: 1870

Re: Classic car (~70s convertible)

Not looking to do real mechanic work, nor any serious restoration. Among other classic cars that appeal to me, I've been particularly interested, for a long time, in big boat-y American convertibles, circa early-mid 70s or maybe late 60s. If you can't or don't want to learn simple stuff like brake,...
by atikovi
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?
Replies: 67
Views: 4883

Re: Would or should you tip AAA road assistance?

Tipped $20 once because the driver didn't make an issue that I was driving a commercial vehicle which AAA isn't supposed to cover and it was a long tow, just over 100 miles.
by atikovi
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First car for child
Replies: 129
Views: 8039

Re: First car for child

Get him a Smart Fortwo. The Tridon safety cell is like a roll cage on race cars. Good crash ratings for such a small car. Only one passenger for less peer pressure to do stupid stuff. Not too fast to get him in trouble. Easy to park so he will breeze through the driving test. Under $5K for nice exam...