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Old 01-03-08, 08:03 PM   #1
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How much are they asking for my van?

Will somebody please call them and ask how much they are asking for my van that i just traded in?

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Old 01-03-08, 08:04 PM   #2
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You could just call them yourself, they won't know who you are; but why do you want to torture yourself?
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You could just call them yourself, they won't know who you are; but why do you want to torture yourself?
They will ask who I am. Haven't you been to a car dealer lately? They will probably ask for blood type. Of course i could lie but i am still dealing with them on stuff and it is a small dealership. Not worth it.
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Good point. Guess i just like to torture myself. Trading cars is like war to me. (Disabled link)
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I just buy a car and keep it for 20 years. I've only own three since 1979.
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I just buy a car and keep it for 20 years. I've only own three since 1979.
Its been 60 years since 1979? Damn, no wonder I feel old. On the other hand, I look good for 65.
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so my math sucked. the first one was already old when I bought it, it still lasted six years; the last one I'm still driving after seven years, and there was some overlap on the last two
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I own vehicles for a long time myself. I buy new, then drive them for a long time, and when it comes time to get a new vehicle, I also keep the old one as a spare (selling it when its mechanical costs are too prohibitive to keep.) Another advantage of having an older car is being able to park it when downtown or around UT campus and not care too much if someone hits it.

I understand trading a vehicle in when lifestyle change (trading in a car for a minivan/SUV when kids are on the way). I also understand trading in a vehicle every 7-10 years before they start mounting mechanical problems. I even understand a sales rep leasing cars so they have a showy vehicle for clients to sit in.

However, what I just don't get are the people who trade in their vehicles every 2-3 years, and eat that monsterous depreciation, just for appearance sake. To me, a four year old Acura looks almost as snazzy as one just off the showroom floor, and the difference between the two doesn't mean much to me. I'm pretty sure most people here feel similar.
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I own vehicles for a long time myself. I buy new, then drive them for a long time, and when it comes time to get a new vehicle, I also keep the old one as a spare (selling it when its mechanical costs are too prohibitive to keep.) Another advantage of having an older car is being able to park it when downtown or around UT campus and not care too much if someone hits it.

I understand trading a vehicle in when lifestyle change (trading in a car for a minivan/SUV when kids are on the way). I also understand trading in a vehicle every 7-10 years before they start mounting mechanical problems. I even understand a sales rep leasing cars so they have a showy vehicle for clients to sit in.

However, what I just don't get are the people who trade in their vehicles every 2-3 years, and eat that monsterous depreciation, just for appearance sake. To me, a four year old Acura looks almost as snazzy as one just off the showroom floor, and the difference between the two doesn't mean much to me. I'm pretty sure most people here feel similar.

I want a VW bus.

The one with the split screen windsheild. The microbus, I belive.
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Whats the year make and model of it, the link doesn't work. If the car was traded in for less than $5k, its probably been marked up 100%, under 10k, maybe 50%.

Trades in are a rip off no matter what happens. Car dealerships are like casino's, the house always wins. I honestly think you're better throwing the car on ebay unless you live in the middle of no where. I sold my truck in a matter of days and got triple what a dealership offered for a trade in.

I don't think I'll ever buy a car from a dealership; there's too much depreciation on new cars, and unless they have something rare I want, there's no point in buying a used car from one cause they're all sold 'as-is'. Even if the car falls apart on the ride home, its off the lot and not their responsibility, anything they do for you after that, its a 'favor'.
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I want a VW bus.

The one with the split screen windsheild. The microbus, I belive.

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However, what I just don't get are the people who trade in their vehicles every 2-3 years, and eat that monsterous depreciation, just for appearance sake. To me, a four year old Acura looks almost as snazzy as one just off the showroom floor, and the difference between the two doesn't mean much to me. I'm pretty sure most people here feel similar.
One reason is the cost isn't as high as you think. 3 year old vehicles are still under warranty, most still have free service deals, no need to replace tires - essentially no cost other than your monthly financing or lease payments and fuel. When I take a car in for the free service, I get a no cost loaner. One place even does free car washes so I stop by periodically and get that.

It's nice having a new car that looks and handles like new. By the time a car gets 4-5 years old, the handling starts to suffer and major things need replacing. I was talking to a friend yesterday while he was getting new tires. He shopped all over the place and was proud that he paid only $700 for four tires. That's two monthly payments for me.
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However, what I just don't get are the people who trade in their vehicles every 2-3 years, and eat that monsterous depreciation, just for appearance sake.
I work with a guy who just traded his '05 or '06 maxima in on an '07. The '07 came with chrome wheels and had a factory subwoofer. Yeah... like those are REALLY that hard to add to your previous car

Then again, I'm the one that started with a base model S-10 pickup and put a camaro/vette motor, camaro transmission, Kenwood head-unit and amp, 12in sub, Boston acoustic highs, polished aluminum wheels, lowered susupension, and a long list of other things.

I believe it's called the "built vs bought" argument.


As for me... I have my play truck, and I have a daily that i bought at 3yrs old.... just after major depreciation, but still under 30k miles Extended warranty to cover me till the 5 year loan is up or till it hits 100k miles.
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I want a VW bus.

The one with the split screen windsheild. The microbus, I belive.
Well you did say micro...



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One reason is the cost isn't as high as you think. 3 year old vehicles are still under warranty, most still have free service deals, no need to replace tires - essentially no cost other than your monthly financing or lease payments and fuel. When I take a car in for the free service, I get a no cost loaner. One place even does free car washes so I stop by periodically and get that.

It's nice having a new car that looks and handles like new. By the time a car gets 4-5 years old, the handling starts to suffer and major things need replacing. I was talking to a friend yesterday while he was getting new tires. He shopped all over the place and was proud that he paid only $700 for four tires. That's two monthly payments for me.
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You can easily make an argument that buying a car and keeping it as long as possible is the prudent way to do it. It probably is but along with that come some headaches. My van was 6 or 7 years old with 80,000 miles and was in amazing shape. It probably would have run another 20,000 or so with minimal issues, but who knows?

I've probably put $3500 in repairs into it in the last two years. With my new vehicle it will be under bumper to bumper warranty for the next 4 years or so and will have a drivetrain warranty for the next 8 yrs or 80 K. Roadside assistance is provided that entire time.

Plus the vehicle is more modern, cool and fun to drive.
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I was talking to a friend yesterday while he was getting new tires. He shopped all over the place and was proud that he paid only $700 for four tires. That's two monthly payments for me.
Yeah, but he won't have to buy new tires before you need to make another monthly payment.

To me a car is transportation. You take care of them and they will last a long time. Once paid for you can easily do the needed repairs for much less money than you'd spend on payments.

It's all about priorities though, and I don't care about appearance. I'm glad there are people out there tht believe they are better off buying new every couple of years, it means that there will always be clean, reliable used cars available.
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I want a VW bus.

The one with the split screen windsheild. The microbus, I belive.
You'd better start saving your paper route money. In good condition, they aren't cheap. In awful condition, they still aren't very cheap.

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I love those. If I could get one in the US, I would. Probably wouldn't fit in it, though...
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Will somebody please call them and ask how much they are asking for my van that i just traded in?

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You can easily make an argument that buying a car and keeping it as long as possible is the prudent way to do it. It probably is but along with that come some headaches. My van was 6 or 7 years old with 80,000 miles and was in amazing shape. It probably would have run another 20,000 or so with minimal issues, but who knows?

I've probably put $3500 in repairs into it in the last two years. With my new vehicle it will be under bumper to bumper warranty for the next 4 years or so and will have a drivetrain warranty for the next 8 yrs or 80 K. Roadside assistance is provided that entire time.

Plus the vehicle is more modern, cool and fun to drive.
and you are constantly making car payments, every month of your life...
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If they keep your car for resale, and that's a big if as the majority of new car trade-ins go to wholesale auction; you'd probably be surprised at how much they put into it up to get it up to standards. Now I am assuming that they're a reputable dealer
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and you are constantly making car payments, every month of your life...
Not necessarily.
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OK, so you're throwing cash away, either way I think it's better from a financial point of view to pay for a vehicle and keep it as long as possible, most vehicles run to 100K + without the need for any expensive major repairs, if a set of new tires costs the same as two month's payment and lasts five years, the tires are a better buy than a new vehicle.
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OK, so you're throwing cash away, either way I think it's better from a financial point of view to pay for a vehicle and keep it as long as possible,
I agree with you. Even said so in an earlier post. Owning a new or new(ish) vehicle isn't what you would consider a good investment.
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