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#28577 of 35363 Re: Stickguy [stickguy]
Dec 11, 2012 (3:29 am)
"Figure, roughly, 3K or below. But I may have to wait until after the holidays to see how much is actually available, since that will also cover our final tuition payment for my son. "
Earth to Stickguy: Buy your car now, now, now.
From a private owner, you'll have a little extra time in January, maybe, but the dealers all have their high holy days starting, basically, with Christmas.
Tax season is coming, that's whene America gets their income tax returns, aka the only time when most low-income people have cash in their pockets.
And $3k cars become $4 cars in the blink of an eye. I learned this from a local car dealer, and have had it corroborated many times, most vocally by Steven Lang over on ttac dot com.
You want a cheap car, late fall is the time, maybe up to Christmas, when nobody's buying.
Shop like the wind.
#28578 of 35363 Re: evening Craig's to amuse you all [stickguy]
Dec 11, 2012 (7:58 am)
I have toyed around with finding a nice non-numbers matching 1973 Corvette with SB and stick. I like the smooth nose coupled with the twin bumpers in the rear. I don't care about the numbers matching because I'd drop a GM Performance crate motor in it along with a five speed. I may have over 25K in it when I was finished but I bet very few cars could catch it- especially after I tinkered with the suspension a bit...
#28579 of 35363 Re: Stickguy [stickguy]
Dec 11, 2012 (8:23 am)
volvo is sticking around. No way I could ever find its equal for what I have in it, and no way I could ever have a better, lower mileage, spare car.
Yes, you can buy the Benz. But its more than your budget.
I was going to suggest the Fiat $199 lease. Hard to beat that for a new car. Although you do have to realize it is a $7200 commitment overall.
#28580 of 35363 My favorie oddball classic...
Dec 11, 2012 (9:19 am)
1972 Jensen Interceptor
It looks very clean; in it's day it was considered to be competition to the DBS. The fact that the engine and slushbox Chrysler means the mechanicals are cheap and easy to maintain. And you gotta love the Lear 8-track...
#28581 of 35363 Re: My favorie oddball classic... [roadburner]
Dec 11, 2012 (9:38 am)
And you gotta love the Lear 8-track...
You think anyone has created an 8-track to USB conversion?
#28582 of 35363 Re: My favorie oddball classic... [michaell]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 11, 2012 (9:51 am)
8 Track USB Drive
Supposedly if your player has an audio-out connection, you can hook it up to your PC line-in and use Audacity or a similar program to play the tunes.
#28583 of 35363 Re: My favorie oddball classic... [roadburner]
Dec 11, 2012 (10:04 am)
At least 1 rusted inner rocker in those pics. and the driver's seat doesn't look like I'd expect after just being redone last year.
#28584 of 35363 Re: My favorie oddball classic... [michaell]
Dec 11, 2012 (11:17 am)
You think anyone has created an 8-track to USB conversion
No but I've seen someone take one of those 8Track to Cassette adapters and then put in a tape to line out plug so they could play their MP3 player. This was the best solution to keeping the factory 8track player in the car.
#28585 of 35363 Re: Stickguy [steine13]
Dec 11, 2012 (11:54 am)
good point. I better get going. And I pretty much have only been looking at private sales. really don't want to spend time at the local bottom feeder car lots!
I am going stir crazy cooped up at home, even though I work from here. it is nice to get out on occasion.
Maybe I should take Farmer on a quick trip to tampa to go shopping?
#28586 of 35363 Re: Stickguy [qbrozen]
Dec 11, 2012 (12:00 pm)
the money is not a big deal over 3 years. Anything I buy, factoring in repairs along the way, is going to cost something! at least with a lease there are no worries about it.
a bigger wildcard is how long I will need something. In june, i could inherit the Acura back from my son (if he manages to get a job after graduation), since it is not worth much, but he should then get something more trustworthy. most likely, I help get him into new and he does the payments. So in effect I would be "buying back" the TL.
Then in 18 months or so (8/2014) my daughter will go to college, so for at least 1 year, the Volvo will be laying around looking for someone to drive it (except when she is home on break).
cheap and flippable, or a toy to keep long term (like that overpriced CRX I found)
I should have bought your MR2 when I had the chance.