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by harrington
Sat Nov 16, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)
Replies: 18
Views: 1944

Re: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)

I had a 1991 Miata in mint condition with under 20,000 miles on the clock. I bought it locally for $7,500 with the intent to resell. I drove it over the summer and listed it on BAT and it brought close to $15,000. Awesome site!!!
by harrington
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car
Replies: 544
Views: 72405

Re: Flaunt Your High-Mileage Car

I own a 2012 Fiat 500 that I purchased for 10k from a neighbor who made an impulse purchase and it only had 600 miles. I was looking for a cheap runaround. After hearing all the horrible reviews I decided to roll the dice since it still had a four year 50,000 warranty. It has been the most reliable ...
by harrington
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: HVAC check ups?
Replies: 46
Views: 2977

Re: HVAC check ups?

I have a relative in the heating and cooling business. He said it’s the biggest scam going and an annual checkup is not needed. I’ve never had my furnace checked except when I needed a repair done.
by harrington
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Do you buy new or used cars?
Replies: 183
Views: 19962

Re: Do you buy new or used cars?

I bought a new 2018 Jeep Wrangler and wasn’t much more than a used one. They are in the top three I believe for resale value. Wasn’t worth saving 2-3 grand and not getting a warranty to me. I bought I slightly used (600 miles) 2012 Fiat 500 in late 2011 for 12k. Believe it or not it is the most reli...
by harrington
Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???
Replies: 86
Views: 6149

Re: Anyone buy the Nissan Rogue over the Honda CRV???

My ex wife bought a brand new one last year and needed to replace the transmission at 14,000 miles. The CVT transmission in the Rogue is garbage.
by harrington
Fri Jun 21, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 17797

Re: what was your worst major purchase mine is a 2019 mazda3

Motorcycles and lots of them. I sometimes owned two or three at a time and lost interest and sold them. Then I’d get the itch in the spring and buy a new one and sell again. This went on for years until I sold the last one in 2012 and would never buy another. Then I bought new cars and would get bor...
by harrington
Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?
Replies: 52
Views: 4646

Re: Dealer 30K Service for 2017 RAV4--Unusual Items?

A car shouldn’t need anything at that mileage other than an oil change. All that other stuff is BS. Find a good local mechanic
by harrington
Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: lawn care cost
Replies: 70
Views: 6616

Re: lawn care cost

I pay $25 a week for a cut and trim for a quarter acre. When is starts to grow slower when it heats up he allows me to skip cuts for as long as I wish. Blows the driveway deck and porch to clean up the clippings. Would never go back to doing it myself.
by harrington
Sat May 25, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Finally broke down and bought a new ipad....
Replies: 20
Views: 3009

Finally broke down and bought a new ipad....

My 10 year old laptop was slowing down so after much debate I bought a new in the box ipad for $200 off a friend and I must say I like it way better than my laptop. I’m retired and I take it everywhere I go. Can’t believe I waited so long. Haven’t touched my laptop or my girlfriends since.
by harrington
Wed May 01, 2019 4:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Fun-ish Used Boglehead Car
Replies: 86
Views: 6406

Re: Fun-ish Used Boglehead Car

Golf R or first generation Miata
by harrington
Thu Apr 18, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Toyota Sienna all weather mats
Replies: 12
Views: 807

Re: 2016 Toyota Sienna all weather mats

Weathertech liners. I have bought them for every car. The liners cover way more than the mats.
by harrington
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: fun car advice
Replies: 140
Views: 10040

Re: fun car advice

Reconsider an early NA Miata. I just picked up an immaculate red 91 that looks like it just came off the assembly line with only 18,000 miles. I paid 8K for it and it might just be the best purchase I ever made. It is a blast to drive.
by harrington
Sat Mar 30, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Are independent garages cheaper than dealer?
Replies: 58
Views: 4690

Re: Are independent garages cheaper than dealer?

Cheap isn't always better. Honest is more important to me. I have been using the same Independent shop for many years and they probably land somewhere in the middle for pricing. They have great mechanics and always squeeze me in if I am in a bind. We have a huge local dealership that charges $15 for...
by harrington
Wed Mar 27, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone looking at a TV upgrade take a look at the 65" LG B8 OLED.....
Replies: 5
Views: 799

Anyone looking at a TV upgrade take a look at the 65" LG B8 OLED.....

A little more than I wanted to spend at just around 2K but well worth it.....
by harrington
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:05 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Paying cash for a vehicle
Replies: 87
Views: 11358

Re: Paying cash for a vehicle

Careful. Some people on this board apparently believe you’re driving around a tin can death trap with no safety features. Man you nailed it.....People always convince themselves that they need all the latest safety features and its an extremely overrated theory. Whatever happened to paying attentio...
by harrington
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you negotiate a lease buyout price?
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Re: Can you negotiate a lease buyout price?

RickBoglehead wrote:
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:07 pm
No, you cannot negotiate.

Yes, she would buy it and sell it to you.
Thanks
by harrington
Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Can you negotiate a lease buyout price?
Replies: 9
Views: 954

Can you negotiate a lease buyout price?

My car is getting up there in mileage and my step daughter is turning in a very low mileage (9,000) 2016 Subaru Forester in a few months and I'm considering buying it. I believe the purchase price is somewhere around 17K. Also would she have to buy the vehicle and then sell it to me? Thanks....
by harrington
Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Garbage Disposal: So many choices out there. How do you decide which one?
Replies: 54
Views: 4212

Re: Garbage Disposal: So many choices out there. How do you decide which one?

windaar wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:19 pm
We replaced ours last year; our trusted plumber told us to pick up a Badger 100 at Home Depot for $99 which he installed for us. Does just what you’d expect and need. Good luck!
My plumber suggested this also. Ten years no issues.
by harrington
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?
Replies: 167
Views: 9295

Re: How often do you and your friends change engine oil?

I follow whatever is in the owners manual. I have a 2012 Fiat that calls for 8,000 miles and a new Jeep Wrangler which is 7,500 miles. We have a local large dealership that charges $15 for regular and $25 for synthetic any make and model. Ironically my Fiat has been the most reliable car I have ever...
by harrington
Mon Feb 18, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Another "Is it worth it to fix" question [2002 Nissan Sentra]
Replies: 66
Views: 4494

Re: Another "Is it worth it to fix" question [2002 Nissan Sentra]

I live in WNY and know of many large repair shops that have no problem bringing your own parts in, some even welcome it.
by harrington
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How do YOU buy a car? (TrueCar, Costco, Carvana, etc)
Replies: 75
Views: 10021

Re: How do YOU buy a car? (TrueCar, Costco, Carvana, etc)

2-5% under invoice depending on supply and demand of the specific model.
by harrington
Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?
Replies: 104
Views: 9074

Re: 3 year old tires installed (Sam's club). Should I do anything about this?

Of course the tire companies will say replace your tires every 6 years regardless of miles. As long as there isn't visible dry rot it would be a waste to change tire every six years. I was driving a 2003 Buick I inherited last year with the original tires and extremely low miles and my local tire sh...
by harrington
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Starting from zero..literally.
Replies: 45
Views: 5233

Re: Starting from zero..literally.

These days 32 and no debt would be considered pretty good. Don't make the same mistakes going forward and he'll be fine. I had nothing at that age. I'm now in the 7 figure club and retired at 49.
by harrington
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Mazda Miata as Daily Commute Fun Car?
Replies: 94
Views: 5761

Re: Mazda Miata as Daily Commute Fun Car?

I just picked up a 1991 Miata with 18,000 miles on it in immaculate condition. I about 6 ft tall and it's only a part time fun car for me. I'm not sure I would like it as a commuter car. I'm retired so my situation is different. As far as fun they can't be beat. I've owned a few.
by harrington
Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Need Objective Mattresses Ratings and Reviews
Replies: 63
Views: 4233

Re: Need Objective Mattresses Ratings and Reviews

Saatva........Best $$$ I ever spent.
by harrington
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?
Replies: 90
Views: 5631

Re: Is it ever worth purchasing an extended warranty for a vehicle?

Never a good idea......They push these for a reason.....
by harrington
Sun Jan 13, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet
Replies: 242
Views: 14390

Re: Disciplined with finances, but not so with diet

After a visit to the Dr. in 2017 and weighing close to 250 pounds and being told I was a heart attack waiting to happen I decided to change my lifestyle and I became a vegan and started walking every morning. In 8 months I lost 80 pounds and I have kept it off. I feel like a new person and will neve...
by harrington
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Building Wealth Through Home Equity--Myth or Reality?
Replies: 94
Views: 6693

Re: Building Wealth Through Home Equity--Myth or Reality?

Lot's of luck involved in my opinion. I built a home in WNY 17 years ago this March. It is a 2000 sqft. custom build and total cost with a 100 x 180 lot was $208,000. I just happen to build at a good time and prices for new builds were very reasonable. Just last week I had a realtor price my home at...
by harrington
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:39 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?
Replies: 38
Views: 2852

Re: I bought a new iPad on sale...should I have?

I bought one and returned it after about two weeks of use. I also got it for $229 or so. I found I kept drifting back to my 10 year old MacBook and once the novelty wore off I wouldn't use it.
by harrington
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your ideal home size
Replies: 130
Views: 9119

Re: Your ideal home size

Built a 2000 sq ft home 18 years ago and now that my son has moved on it's actually probably more that I need. It also has a half finished basement which has added another 500 sq ft.
by harrington
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to afford a sports car?
Replies: 128
Views: 9899

Re: How to afford a sports car?

The answer is always Miata. Used NCs are below $10k, NBs or NAs below $5k. They may not be your “dream” sports car, but they are one of the most raced production car for a good reason. They will also help you learn car control skills that will help you when its time to step up to something more pow...
by harrington
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 375
Views: 24062

Re: What are others paying for property taxes around the US?

Thegame14 wrote:
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:49 pm
NJ taxes are around $11,500 for 1,900 sq ft house built 1969
Wow.....
by harrington
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: What are your property taxes?
Replies: 375
Views: 24062

What are others paying for property taxes around the US?

[Thread merged into here, see below (next page). --admin LadyGeek]

I live in WNY and my taxes run about 7K per year on a 2000 sq. ft. home built in 2001.
by harrington
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car Negotiation on MSRP?
Replies: 26
Views: 2419

Re: Car Negotiation on MSRP?

5% under invoice.....
by harrington
Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Weekend Toy Motorcycle - Honda Grom or Honda Monkey or ..?
Replies: 13
Views: 1256

Re: Weekend Toy Motorcycle - Honda Grom or Honda Monkey or ..?

Get a used Triumph Bonneville. Perfect size and a great bike.
by harrington
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help with choices for new car
Replies: 28
Views: 2696

Re: Help with choices for new car

You don't need a new car and you don't need AWD. What you need are winter tires - tires designed to perform optimally in low temperatures and on ice and snow. Even a RWD vehicle like your IS will perform much, much better than the best AWD system with "all-season" tires. I put "all-season" in quote...
by harrington
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Honda reliability slipping?
Replies: 58
Views: 8126

Re: Honda reliability slipping?

I drive a 2012 Fiat 500 that CR says is one of the worse cars on the road as far as reliability. I bought it used in 2012 for 10K from a Nissan dealer with only 600 miles on it. I maintain all my cars and I have to say it is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I'm currently at 130,000 miles and...
by harrington
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6
Replies: 56
Views: 12862

Re: 2019 Subaru Outback 2.5 vs 3.6

The 2020 redesign will only feature two different turbo four cylinders.
by harrington
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?
Replies: 48
Views: 3515

Re: Who has gotten the most value out of a car?

I bought a brand new leftover stripped down 1989 Mazda 323 for 6 grand in 1990. No a/c no radio 5 speed. Drove it for 12 years and put 225,000 miles on it and it was still running strong when I sold it for $500. I would have kept it but the body was so rusted I didn't feel safe driving it.
by harrington
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Older Toyota/Honda/Similar owners: How often do you clean your car?
Replies: 36
Views: 2387

Re: Older Toyota/Honda/Similar owners: How often do you clean your car?

I'm retired and I actually enjoy detailing my cars. I wash about once a week and usually vacuum and clean the interior about twice a month. My car is a 2012 with a 120,000 miles and looks brand new. I do suffer from OCD though :D
by harrington
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Does leasing car leave me more freedom to invest?
Replies: 39
Views: 3275

Re: Does leasing car leave me more freedom to invest?

I would never under any circumstance lease a car. Even if I was only keeping it for a short time I would still pay cash and only drive what I could afford.
by harrington
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick
Replies: 37
Views: 4030

Re: Should I spend $1,500 on getting some rust repaired on a 15 year old Buick

Well we decided to sell Dads car and was thrilled to get $4,000 from gentleman that wanted it as a second car. Glad I passed on the rust repair.
by harrington
Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Costco auto buying service is USELESS!
Replies: 43
Views: 29782

Re: Costco auto buying service is USELESS!

So is True Car....
by harrington
Tue Jul 31, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Best MacBook Value
Replies: 40
Views: 3573

Re: Best MacBook Value

Just picked up the MacBook Air today for $750.......A think it's a great value....
by harrington
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....
Replies: 103
Views: 9988

Re: I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....

I let my emotions get the best of me and I agree that selling the stock is the correct route to take......I used to tell my Parents that they were taking a huge risk holding all this stock in one company. I guess I knew the correct answer all along. Thanks for the advice.
by harrington
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Personal Investments
Topic: I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....
Replies: 103
Views: 9988

I'm about to inherit a single stock with a worth of just over 7 figures....

It is an energy stock that my Dad has held as an employee and through retirement and reinvested the dividends. It generates about $35,000 per year in dividends. My brother has no interest in hanging on to his share so I will probably buy him out. Part of me wants to continue holding it to pass on to...
by harrington
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Just purchased the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler
Replies: 30
Views: 3957

Re: Just purchased the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler

I've got a 14 JKU. It's my 4th Wrangler (YJ, TJ, JKU, JKU). Ours does everything I need done including pulling my trailer of brush to the recycling center this morning and plowing snow off the driveway in the winter. I've had zero issues with this vehicle. I'm actually on the waiting list to join a...