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by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I just googled it.... 2017 Hyundai Elantra/MPG Up to 32 city / 40 highway I don't know if that is accurate or not. But if so, with a 14 gal. tank (larger than the Civic, Fit or Corolla), that translates to a potential range of 500 + miles between fill-ups. The difference between a car that gets 30 m...
by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I'm really not fussy about cars. As long as they drive ok and are durable that is good enough for me. That's always been my attitude. That said, the features available in the new cars are pretty seductive, unlike the older ones which had heat, A/C , cruise control, a CD player and not much else wor...
by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I have a 2009 Honda Fit and a 2010 Hyundai Elantra Fit: better gas millage average 32-33mpg acceleration is better mechanically very durable except for A/C a lot of cheap not as durable plastic interior parts and the paint scratches and body dents on the exterior if you blow on it. Elantra Nicer in...
by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I just bought the car. I will look out for the blind spot. I imagine the blind spot detection system, assuming it works well, will eliminate that problem (at least once I get used to using it...that is if I am still alive and kicking). I eliminated the blind spot issue on my 2006 Element and on my g...
by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choosing tax lots to sell
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Choosing tax lots to sell

Thanks for your perspective, livesoft. You make a good point. I haven't bought stock in over a decade, so all of my tax lots have huge gains....probably all over 100%. Whatever I do will eat up lots of carryover losses, which makes me hesitant to sell. I realize that is the cart dragging the horse, ...
by protagonist
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Choosing tax lots to sell
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Choosing tax lots to sell

My situation: -65 y o retiree, not taking SS, income very low- I pay state income tax but barely pay any federal if any. - Next year I start getting spousal benefits. Age 70 I get SS and have to start taking RMDs. So my income tax will increase. - I think about $150K in carryover losses Under those ...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I think $7000 off MSRP is a great deal. The Elantra is a great car and Hyundai really picked up their quality in recent years. I would take it! Thanks. I probably will. I have emailed about 50 dealers and so far nobody has given me a better price than my local dealer down the street (the price abov...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

Thank you , Tamarind and Harrington. To somebody who has been a loyal Honda driver since the 80s that is reassuring.
I live in MA so winter handling is important.
by protagonist
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Re: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

I think $7000 off MSRP is a great deal. The Elantra is a great car and Hyundai really picked up their quality in recent years. I would take it! Thanks. I probably will. I have emailed about 50 dealers and so far nobody has given me a better price than my local dealer down the street (the price abov...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?
Replies: 18
Views: 1153

Hyundai Elantra Special Edition- any thoughts?

The local dealer is offering a new 2017 with the Ultimate (top end) Package for $7000 below MSRP. $21280 plus state tax and license/registration fees.

That's about $2000 less than a Honda Civic EX Hatchback with Honda Sensing.

Anybody have experience with this car and care to comment?

Thanks.
by protagonist
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Re: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?

I was excited a day or two ago and ready to jump at the deal. But I am having reservations. Though the Accord Hybrid is definitely a nicer car than a Civic Hatchback in similar trim (and roughly $4500 more expensive than the 2018 Civic Hatchback despite the 2017 Accord Hybrid being a great deal), th...
by protagonist
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Re: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?

I'm actually rethinking and may opt for a Civic EX Hatchback instead.

I doubt that I can get nearly as good a deal on the Civic Hatchback, but I like the idea of more cargo space and ease of city parking.

I'm suffering from analysis paralysis.
by protagonist
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Re: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?

If you already wanted an Accord, that seems like a pretty good discount to get one new kjvm I'm on the fence about what I want. When I bought my Element it was the best car for my needs...I knew that right away. Now I have test driven several cars and they each have their advantages and disadvantag...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 14, 2017 6:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Re: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?

Well, personally I would never buy a hybrid since oil (gasoline) is cheap and in over-supply (the shale boom had a lot to do with this). And hybrid cars are more complex and could easily have higher repair costs over the long haul. That's probably why I think the price is low, as there is a demand ...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L- great deal or not?

The local Honda dealer is offering a $7000 incentive on a new (leftover) 2017 Hybrid Accord EX-L (part dealer and part Honda incentive). He has one leftover on the lot . MSRP $32905 "Total Vehicle Price" $33790 (incl. destination charge) With the incentive that would bring the price down to $26790. ...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Typical Dealership Documentation Fee in MA??
Replies: 25
Views: 9899

Re: Typical Dealership Documentation Fee in MA??

Old thread, but I just came across this, which might prove useful. http://www.dowd.com/2012/02/29/massachusetts-car-buyers-charged-hundreds-in-document-fees/ According to that reference, "There is a statute that deals with this practice by dealers. It says: “Dealers who procure, or assist purchasers...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why NOT make more money?
Replies: 159
Views: 12774

Re: Why NOT make more money?

There is a thread about "why make more money"? So this one is to discuss about the other side of the story. For myself, I am actually in the middle and in a difficult situation to go either way. Here is my situation (said before in other threads): We are in early 50s and have achieved financial ind...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?
Replies: 138
Views: 9130

Re: Anyone planning on getting the new Pixel phone?

I do use Google Maps though on trips, but haven't done that yet to see how much data it uses. Tip: Use Data Saver mode when driving, see: https://support.google.com/pixelphone/answer/7055392?hl=en Waze and Google Maps don't use a huge amount. I use them both just about every weekend when I do a 320...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warm Shirt for Winter
Replies: 39
Views: 3613

Re: Warm Shirt for Winter

I use polypropylene long sleeve shirts that I also use when backpacking. They wick moisture away and dry quickly and come in a variety of weights so you can get the warmth that you need. Another reason I like them is because I can throw a coat on over them and generally be comfortable outside as we...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why NOT make more money?
Replies: 159
Views: 12774

Re: Why NOT make more money?

There is a thread about "why make more money"? So this one is to discuss about the other side of the story. For myself, I am actually in the middle and in a difficult situation to go either way. Here is my situation (said before in other threads): We are in early 50s and have achieved financial ind...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about buying a used car
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Re: Questions about buying a used car

Thanks for comments above. Are manufacturer's warranties transferable to second parties buying used cars? This might answer my question (from Autotrader): "In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownershi...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

Which color(s) are most likely to be stolen? According to the Australian statistics linked by TravelGeek, there are more white cars on the roads than other colors. If the base rate of white cars is higher, more of them are stolen. The specifics depend on the thief. A professional thief will choose ...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

Another question for Kia owners....

Kias come with great warranties.

Have you had any issues getting warranty service on your car?
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Questions about buying a used car
Replies: 9
Views: 555

Questions about buying a used car

I noticed Hertz sells cars from their fleet and has some seemingly good deals on late model used cars, certified and with Carfax history reports. Three questions: 1. Is it a bad idea to buy from Hertz, given the way many renters treat their rental cars? 2. How reliable are Carfax reports? Are all ac...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

Re: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.

You wouldn't think that my car had a problem from driving it....it drives fine...but the engine light is on and it failed inspection based on a cylinder misfire. I changed the spark plug myself and switched the ignition coils myself between the "bad" cylinder and a good one....same cylinder misfired...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

I drove a Kia Soul for 2 months as a rental. It was OK, but the reason I'd never buy one is that is has really bad blind spots because of the wide roof pillars (do a web-search on "kia soul blind spot" to find info on this). I was afraid to change lanes for the entire 2 months. I'd suggest checking...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

I had a Kia Soul (2014 model, I believe?). It wasn't bad, but it had a lot of road noise. Perhaps the models have improved, but the road noise struck me as particularly annoying at the time. A friend of mine with the same make/model/year also commented on the road noise. My experience, too, for a K...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Comments on Kia Soul?

Not important at all: 1. Color I don't care about color esthetics but after I've read that white cars are more noticeable by other drivers I buy only white cars. I consider it a free safety feature. Victoria I have always wondered what the safest color for a car was? Have I convinced you? Victoria ...
by protagonist
Fri Nov 10, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1413

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

TO ALL WHO RECOMMENDED SWAPPA....THANK YOU!

I sold my phone on Swappa within less than 24 hours of listing it and got more than I thought I would for it. It all went smoothly, and yes, I agree, it seems more secure than eBay.

Great tip! Thanks!!
by protagonist
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

Re: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.

Get a written offer from Carmax Interesting. How is Carmax different than any other dealer? I have a 2006 Honda. It failed inspection. The engine light stays on. It is perfectly driveable (I have 60 days on the failed inspection) but it has an issue that is too expensive to be worth fixing. I don't...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

Re: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.

Get a written offer from Carmax Interesting. How is Carmax different than any other dealer? I have a 2006 Honda. It failed inspection. The engine light stays on. It is perfectly driveable (I have 60 days on the failed inspection) but it has an issue that is too expensive to be worth fixing. I don't...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Comments on Kia Soul?
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Comments on Kia Soul?

I have driven Hondas since the mid-80s and have been extremely pleased. My assumption (backed up by reviewers year after year) is that, generally, Honda and Toyota make the best cars. Whenever I have branched out to other manufacturers I have been burned. Reliability is very important to me as I ten...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to buy a new car with a trade-in.
Replies: 24
Views: 1516

How to buy a new car with a trade-in.

This old thread proved extremely useful the last time we purchased a car: https://www.bogleheads.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=124638 However, now I want to buy a new car and want to trade in an old car. The old car has issues that will reduce its value. How should I adapt that strategy to buying a...
by protagonist
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1413

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

I sell on CL, swappa and ebay. I always get pretty much top dollar unless I want something sold quickly and I give some discount. I have never been scammed on ebay. I'm not a power seller but I have sold over 120 items at eBay, roughly half of them electronics: 50+inch TV/phones/tablets/laptop. Gaz...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?
Replies: 35
Views: 4359

Re: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?

Hi, Victoria. Since I started this thread, I signed up with xfinity mobile and can now compare 5 phones. In addition to the Axon 7, I got 3 phones dirt cheap during a promo via xfinity mobile, and I still have my old oneplus one. My conclusion....there is very little difference between cell phones ...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1413

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

I have a like-new (replacement unused- I think it may be a brand new phone but I cannot guarantee that it is not reconditioned) Axon 7 for sale....the phone seems to get about $200-250 used on eBay. I am selling it in its original box with a quality Spigen case that I purchased separately, and charg...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1413

Re: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

My thoughts were that eBay gets a lot more potential customers than Swappa or other competitors, so one is more likely to get top dollar in a sale. Also, as a seller, I didn't think I need to worry about being scammed since I can receive payment via Paypal. But so many people here down on eBay has m...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?
Replies: 27
Views: 1413

Best strategy for selling cell phone on Ebay?

Does one get better results with an auction, or by setting a Buy it Now price?

Also, does one do better by factoring shipping costs into the price and advertising free shipping, or by setting a lower price and adding a shipping fee?

Thanks in advance.
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?
Replies: 35
Views: 4359

Re: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?

The XCharge has a major advantage over the other phones since if you drop it in the toilet or break it or your battery dies you won't be miserable about having to replace it. That gives it an edge both from a financial and a psychological perspective. I'm using my $1 X Charge. It works just fine. I...
by protagonist
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?
Replies: 35
Views: 4359

Re: Considering buying a new cell phone- ideas?

Hi Protagonist, FYI, I have received a Costco flyer with the upcoming holiday sales. Between November 17 and 27, they will be selling unlocked Moto G5 Plus at $50 off, for $169.99. Victoria Hi, Victoria. Since I started this thread, I signed up with xfinity mobile and can now compare 5 phones. In a...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:50 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State
Replies: 9
Views: 918

Re: $35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State

According to an email I received. Seems like a pretty good deal if it includes filing. Maybe. Have you used H&R Block tax software before? I purchased last year based on having bought the package previously to file my 2015 returns. But, the software did not work at all for me last year. Best way to...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: History of World Stock Market Bubbles, 1900-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: History of World Stock Market Bubbles, 1900-2014

Either way, nobody who publishes data from the previous century seems to acknowledge the fact that it has been a wholly remarkable century, with growth that has been perhaps unprecedented in the entire history of civilization. Whether that can be extrapolated to the upcoming century (or any given p...
by protagonist
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State
Replies: 9
Views: 918

$35- HR Block Deluxe Fed+State

According to an email I received.
Seems like a pretty good deal if it includes filing.
by protagonist
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: History of World Stock Market Bubbles, 1900-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 3299

Re: History of World Stock Market Bubbles, 1900-2014

The author found 72 cases where markets more than doubled in 1 year . After 5 years, about 15% had crashed to less than 50% of their value (chart below). However, over 26% of these markets had at least doubled again in value: Hi, Simplegift. By "doubled again". do they mean doubled from their origi...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6071

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Make sure you are on the National Do Not Call Registry. When you get a spam call, use a phone app to block the number and immediately report the call to the DNC Registry. As far as I can tell Do Not Call accomplishes nothing. If anyone has information to the contrary, I would like to hear it. I can...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Spam calls to cell phone...
Replies: 87
Views: 6071

Re: Spam calls to cell phone...

Make sure you are on the National Do Not Call Registry.

When you get a spam call, use a phone app to block the number and immediately report the call to the DNC Registry.
by protagonist
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unable to Escape from Quicken Island ...
Replies: 66
Views: 5990

Re: Unable to Escape from Quicken Island ...

The older versions were great. Simply enter your data manually and avoid online updates. The time you will spend doing so may be less than the time you spend dealing with Quciken problems. Plus your info remains on your computer and thus is more secure, and you don't have to worry about invasivenes...
by protagonist
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Credit Card Advice: Hilton and Citi breaking up
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Credit Card Advice: Hilton and Citi breaking up

Consider the Starwood Amex if you are specifically looking for a hotel card. Personal and business cards. Probably the best bang for the buck in terms of hotel stays, and your points can be transferred to airlines (1:1.25) and other partners. You can also trade your points 1:3 for Marriott points. D...
by protagonist
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Unable to Escape from Quicken Island ...
Replies: 66
Views: 5990

Re: Unable to Escape from Quicken Island ...

The older versions were great. Simply enter your data manually and avoid online updates. The time you will spend doing so may be less than the time you spend dealing with Quciken problems. Plus your info remains on your computer and thus is more secure, and you don't have to worry about invasiveness...
by protagonist
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Warning Buffet Indicator?!?
Replies: 31
Views: 2494

Re: Warning Buffet Indicator?!?

Hi, Livesoft. Having practiced medicine for over 30 years, I can tell you that the number of cases of serious food poisoning I have encountered is very low. There is probably a risk at any restaurant...and probably more at buffets....but given all the risks we encounter in our day to day lives it is...