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by researcher
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)
Replies: 18
Views: 1952

Re: Bring A Trailer (car auction website)

I subscribe to and really enjoy BAT's... BAT can be pretty addicting . BAT has received favorable publicity from... The site's founder has been quoted as an expert on auto market trends... For only $350, ...take a couple hundred beautiful photos of your car... Buyers pay a 5% commission - a bargain...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 376
Views: 114975

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

See my post above for a recently purchased Prius Prime. SoCal area - please call a few dealers cold, and see how much of that "$500-$1500+" lower price you can manage. $1 gentleman's bet. On a $29K vehicle, the dealer gave you $3219 off MSRP. Actually less than that, because you rolled dealer fees ...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 376
Views: 114975

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

Last purchase we never spoke to the person until we met them in person at the dealer. All email. Went perfectly. I'm not saying you can't get a decent price and a smooth car-buying process via email only. I'm simply saying that if you want the BEST opportunity to save the MOST amount of money, pick...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 376
Views: 114975

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

no way I have the time to call 15 dealers and establish rapport. 15 emails, play best offers off each other works fine with less effort. You don't call 15 dealers. That is insane and a waste of everyone's time. You are the one who mentioned contacting 15 dealers (via email), which I also think is a...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maximize 1 Day at Disney
Replies: 48
Views: 2685

Re: Maximize 1 Day at Disney

1. Am I crazy trying to cram Magic Kingdom into 1 day? We may also have half a day the following day before our flight home - worth it to hit another park that day? 2. Would it be worth it to drive up the night before, stay the night and get in right when the park opens? 3. Which Disney hotel would...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

I am aware of my cars' capacity and I am sure they won't fit comfortably. I am not sure if something like RAV 4 would fit or not. I am not sure if any other class that is cheaper than a minivan would fit. This is where I would like to see people with experience to chime in. Thanks! You have receive...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

Aren't you guys worried that during an accident or even a very hard brake these bags will fly free inside the cabin, injuring the passengers?! :oops: You are WAY over-thinking, and WAY over-engineering, the most basic of life events (i.e. transporting people from the airport). If you are so fearful...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 376
Views: 114975

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

I think this approach stands out from the thousands of email the dealers get thru from various websites. Atleast the sales person knows I am a serious buyer who is willing to give a call instead of sending mass emails. Agreed. There shouldn't even be an argument that directly contacting the dealer ...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

We make trips every other year to South East Asia, 4 checked bags is very common. We sometimes do 6 bags :oops: In my camry (non-hybrid) , I can easily fit 4 checked bags and 2 cabin bags with one car seat, a teenager and my wife :) The trunk can take 2 checked bags fairly large suitcases and 2 cab...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HDHP comparison
Replies: 13
Views: 520

Re: HDHP comparison

To clarify, the premium is bi-weekly, so 26 pay periods per year. Wife Annual: $4992 My Annual: $4160 Before any medical expenses, you are ahead by $2132 using your plan ($832 in premiums + $1300 employer contribution). Yet your OOP max is only $1000 higher. Even if the OOP max applies to both you ...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

I would not cut it close since they may even have oversize bags. That is my thought as well. But is there anything smaller than minivan could do it with a reasonable buffer? Rav 4 or alike for example? Thanks You are way overthinking this. Just drive your sedan. Whatever doesn't fit in the trunk wi...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

Sedans trunk can hold only 2 checked luggage, and maybe 1 carry on. Never 4 checked and 2 carry-ons! If this is true, then simply put 2 checked bags and the carry-ons in the trunk. Then put the remaining 2 checked bags in the empty back seat spaces. You will only have 1 passenger in the three passe...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?
Replies: 63
Views: 1866

Re: What car fits comfortably 3 adults with luggages?

I will be picking 2 adults (immigrant family), 4 checked bags, 2 carry-ons from the airport (1.5 hours drive). I have 2 sedan cars, neither of them would fit. I was considering renting a minivan for that purpose but thought that there might be another cheaper car class that could serve the purpose ...
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HDHP comparison
Replies: 13
Views: 520

Re: HDHP comparison

AverageInvestor1982 wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:26 am
Are there any scenarios anyone sees where it makes sense to stay on the wife's plan?
No.
by researcher
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My New Car Buying Tips
Replies: 376
Views: 114975

Re: My New Car Buying Tips

- To get a really low OTD bid price I needed to either show up at the dealership and take a test drive or talk to the salesperson on the phone. I think dealerships need to know that the buyer is real and not an anonymous emailer. That's the way the sales manager will unlock the lowest prices. I wen...
by researcher
Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 101
Views: 9882

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

I have not. I owned a Civic for almost 10 years. Never again. It's an honest and reliable car but there are cars on the market a lot more enjoyable and better quality for only 10-20% more. I wouldn't put Type R in the same bag, it's a very different car. I would like to drive a Type R. When I looke...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question
Replies: 71
Views: 4131

Re: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question

We would agree though that if the wind knocked down a fence in the backyard that the LL would cover it right? The wind isn't the LL's fault any less than the fire that caused the power outages. Agree with the previous poster. The landlord IS responsible for repairing the fence/electric line/water l...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question
Replies: 71
Views: 4131

Re: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question

I'm not sure why you read the OP incorrectly or not, but I'm not looking to get a rent discount , and I don't think I deserve a rent discount . Your post isn't especially helpful or funny, so I'm guessing you misread! Have you forgotten what you've previously written? In your very first post, and a...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 101
Views: 9882

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

Choosing between Corolla por Civic is like death by hanging or beheading. Still unpleasant. To me these cars are very poor value in terms of experience offered vs price. Yes, they might be more reliable, so one will drive them for a long and torturous time. Same goes for Camry and Accord. Have you ...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question
Replies: 71
Views: 4131

Re: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question

All fair points. I do understand that the landlord isn't he tenant's electricity provider. A poster above added a link showing there's legal precedent for not paying rent if you don't have power. They consider the place "unlivable" without power. I'm not sure how California handles that though, sin...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question
Replies: 71
Views: 4131

Re: California Fires: Landlord/Tenant Question

My thought being that I'm guaranteed access to electricity living in this house. You think all renters are "guaranteed" access to electricity by the landlord? How could a landlord possibly guarantee this, short of having their own on-site power generation equipment? A critical flaw to your argument...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Low water pressure/flow in house
Replies: 52
Views: 2733

Re: Low water pressure/flow in house

The problem is mainly on the second floor where there are three bathrooms. Running one of the showers at a time produces flow that is acceptable but not great. The flow reduces when two showers are running. Then running the third shower results in the flow going down to a trickle. Do you have a nee...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home buying advice: Build new or buy used?
Replies: 76
Views: 5482

Re: Home buying advice: Build new or buy used?

For the homes built 50 years ago, or 100+ years ago, how much concern did you have about issues under the surface unable to be viewed by the naked eye ? I am not a handyman so I wouldn’t be able to see any red flags. For a brand new home , how much concern would you have about issues under the surf...
by researcher
Tue Oct 29, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Roadtrip & Space Camp Huntsville
Replies: 10
Views: 885

Re: Roadtrip & Space Camp Huntsville

- You will also pass Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Pick your flavor -- Pigeon Forge has amusement parks, tourist attractions, music shows, outlet stores, etc. Pigeon Forge has Dollywood, Indoor Sky Diving, and synchronized fountains.Gatlinburg is more compact and pedestrian friendly, slower paced, b...
by researcher
Mon Oct 28, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why does 2020 Hyundai Tucson have an uneven lower front grille?
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Why does 2020 Hyundai Tucson have an uneven lower front grille?

It's a little hard to see in the picture, but the lower left of the grill is just flat black, whereas the middle and right are 'bumpy'... any thoughts as to why? makes it look uneven/as if they forgot to uncover something on the left. Of the 6 trim levels, only the top "Ultimate" trim has the black...
by researcher
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:15 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is drive up storage worth the cost?
Replies: 16
Views: 1458

Re: Is drive up storage worth the cost?

I'm estimating from 2 to 4 months. Now that the OP has finally provided the most critical information, the answer is clear... Go with the Drive-Up storage unit. It will only cost you an additional $96 to $192. The time the movers will save using the Drive-Up unit (both when they move the stuff in, ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bought CPO car - checklist incomplete/wrong
Replies: 9
Views: 969

Re: Bought CPO car - checklist incomplete/wrong

I was impressed w/ the 160 point CPO checklist until I discovered a couple of the checklist items hadn't been completed - new cabin air filter, which I replaced because of my preference for charcoal filter, and in spite of TPMS, severely underinflated tires (dealer had put new tires on), plus 4 oth...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

Of course with a new car you would need to factor in high tax/registration costs at time of purchase and annually (state specific but could easily be ~$2k+ upfront and ~$500+ annually), higher insurance (comp/coll based on value of the car), and the fact your dropping another $12-18k on the purchas...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 24
Views: 1385

Re: Car choice help

We have 2 of them (13 limited and 19 premium manual) and they're great , cheap to buy cars. Are these the same Subaru vehicles you've previously mentioned having serious powertrain failures on? The 13 Crosstrek had the CVT that was replaced under warranty. These have been revised. I've heard of no ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

I look at it simplistically (probably too much so). My thought process goes as follows: New car = $23K, zero miles Used car = $9k, 144K miles How much of the life of the new car is used up. Let's say life is 250K So my math is as follows 250-144 = 106K life left. 106/250 * 23,000 = $9,752, which is...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

Edmunds estimates in 5 years of ownership the cheapest new Camry driven for 75,000 miles would cost $36,815. This would be 49 cents per mile. You apparently didn't read the lines directly above the one you quoted... Just looking at purchase price and the fact that you plan to keep this car until 27...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

BluesH wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 12:00 pm
LOL. $2.75/gallon??? Where the heck can you buy gas for that? It's over $4 here in California. Haven't seen $2.75 in years!
You should get out of California more often, or at least get in touch with what is happening in the rest of the country.

https://www.gasbuddy.com/GasPriceMap?z=4
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

Very good questions. Here is breakdown per year: 2017 - $4246 $850 - fixed rear bumper $400 - had indash system installed (luxury expense, living big here!) $600 - put 4 brand new tires $1500 - gas $820 - insurance rest is misc stuff like oil changes, registration, car wash. 2018 - $4762 372 - repl...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 24
Views: 1385

Re: Car choice help

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:23 am
We have 2 of them (13 limited and 19 premium manual) and they're great, cheap to buy cars.
Are these the same Subaru vehicles you've previously mentioned having serious powertrain failures on?
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Sharing my camry 2011 overall/annual ownership costs.

Sharing my camry 2011 annual ownership costs. Miles driven from april 2017 - october 2019: 55K 2017 - $4,246 (gas, maintenance, registration, insurance, etc) 2018 - $4,762 (gas, maintenance, registration, insurance, etc) 2019 - $4,182 (from jan to now) (gas, maintenance, registration, insurance, et...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 24
Views: 1385

Re: Car choice help

Why not the Subaru CrossTrek? Fun SUV. All the options OP listed are mid-size or large 3-row SUVs, and they are coming from a Minivan. I would expect a compact 2-row nearly two feet shorter than all of them probably doesn't come close to meeting their needs. It was only a matter of time before the ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 23, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Car choice help
Replies: 24
Views: 1385

Re: Car choice help

2018/2019 Volvo XC90 (CPO) (Concerned about Total Cost of Ownership and reliability over 8-10 years) 2018/2019 Acura MDX (CPO) (No glaring issues but feels boring for high end SUV. Sort of upgraded Honda Pilot) 2020 Hyundai Palisade Loaded version (Brand new exciting model with lots of bell and whi...
by researcher
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery
Replies: 118
Views: 6354

Re: car battery change or not? 2 year old battery

How has this thread continued on so long, given how simple the answer is? Regarding the dealer... - Stop going to the dealership for service. - If/when you do go, don't trust any of their maintenance suggestions. Regarding the battery... - Wait until the car is slow to turn over, then drive to the n...
by researcher
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...
Replies: 101
Views: 9882

Re: Time for a new car - Corolla or Civic...

I added the Mazda 3 to the Corolla/Civic mix, but there's no dealer near by, while I have two Honda dealers and one Toyota dealer within minutes. Having a dealer close by is a major plus over the longer-term. The Mazda dealer is way out of the way North, East, or West; and it would be a logistics i...
by researcher
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Commuting dilemma
Replies: 34
Views: 2655

Re: Commuting dilemma

With some very quick napkin calculations I've found that I'm going from putting 9,000 miles on my car per year to probably around 30-40k on it. I drive a 2015 Lexus IS. The Lexus is currently about to hit 50k miles on it. I feel guilty about putting all these miles on such a relatively new car that...
by researcher
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?
Replies: 69
Views: 7889

Re: Why are Mazda CX-5’s sales so much less than other brands?

The answer to your question is very simple, as explained below... Mazda is a MUCH smaller manufacturer. There are MANY fewer dealers and they spend MUCH less on marketing. Sales volumes aren't determined by product quality, so the fact that vehicle A sells less than vehicle B doesn't imply anything ...
by researcher
Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: X Country Driving Trip across the US, solo
Replies: 25
Views: 2101

Re: X Country Driving Trip across the US, solo

No offense, but this sounds like a nightmare. Agreed. I'm goal-driven, so if my goal was to drive to state X across the country, I'd likely plot the fastest and most direct route. Stopping along the way to see various sights is what I call dilly-dallying (again, no offense, that's just me). [OT com...
by researcher
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Neighbor filming a TV Show
Replies: 71
Views: 3868

Re: Neighbor filming a TV Show

They letter we got stated they would end at 10PM each night, but that didn't happen last time... How do I approach this? I would rent/purchase/borrow several high powered flood lights AND a loud stereo system the day before filming starts. At 10:01pm, I would turn on the flood lights and stereo (pl...
by researcher
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CR-V vs. 2-3 Year Old CR-V?
Replies: 68
Views: 5042

Re: New Honda CR-V vs. 2-3 Year Old CR-V?

simplesimon wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:56 pm
I know you don't recommend the CR-V but you're kind of selling me on it!
If your two options are a 2015 Honda CRV EXL with 20K miles and a brand new 2019 CRV EX with 0K miles, the choice is a no-brainer for me.

However, I'd still prefer the Mazda CX-5 by a wide margin.
by researcher
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New Honda CR-V vs. 2-3 Year Old CR-V?
Replies: 68
Views: 5042

Re: New Honda CR-V vs. 2-3 Year Old CR-V?

Actually, poster stated an EX-L, which is MSRP $29,850 (FWD, or $31,250 AWD) and is different from an EX -- if you look closely at the thread, lowest price for EX-L was just under $28k for that model and doesn't factor in sales tax. Comparing a 2015 CR-V to any trim level of the 2019 CR-V is apples...
by researcher
Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

Toyota 4Runner. This is a really bad suggestion, given that the OP wants a vehicle with "a more comfortable ride than the RAV4" for long road trips. The 4Runner is built on an ancient truck-based platform that is over a decade old. It was ranked #21 out of #22 midsize SUV's... - If you care at all ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 09, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

I would tell the OP just to go and drive the CX-5 and then drive a RX350, MDX, CX-9, etc. and tell me what they think. I've driven a 2018 CX-5 and it wasn't in the same ballpark. Probably the best vehicle in it's class but a whole different driving experience. So you don't even have any first hand ...
by researcher
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

I'd recommend looking at a year or two old CPO from Lexus, Infiniti, Acura, etc. Let someone else take that depreciation hit and at the same time get a luxury vehicle for the same price as a new run-of-the-mill SUV... So for roughly the same overall cost you can drive a better vehicle in nearly eve...
by researcher
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?
Replies: 63
Views: 4922

Re: Help Me Decide on a New Vehicle?

I know there is a core group of very passionate Subaru owners here, but I would urge you to test drive these three vehicles... - Honda Passport: Nice, spacious 2-row SUV. Reasonable ground clearance & AWD capability. - Mazda CX-9: By far the best driving vehicle in its segment, very nice materials/...
by researcher
Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:46 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Should I sell or keep my 5 year old depreciated Tesla
Replies: 89
Views: 7790

Re: Should I sell or keep my 5 year old depreciated Tesla

I doubt it. That 37k msrp honda sells for under 32. I haven't seen many places where you are paying almost 20% in tax/title/license... Personally i would keep the car. Why drive a honda given the minimal differences in costs. We are in agreement, that given the minimal differences in cost, they sho...