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Jan 11, 2013 (3:56 pm)
Was talking with the wife this morning and now a new thought has come into her mind. She's thinking of just taking the Accent once her Mazda3 gets to the point where it doesn't pay to fix it anymore and just sell it private party. She hit 115k this morning and tells me the a/c doesn't work on speed 1 or 2 anymore and we did replace the blower motor last year. She knows I don't want to throw anymore $ into it also. The daughter walks across the street to pharmacy school and the car is only used when the wife goes shopping with her. Daughter also decided she wants a "cooler" car once she becomes a pharmacist so it probably makes sense for us to eventually take back the Accent and just give the kid the money her car is worth towards her new "cooler" ride, which means we'd be footing the bill anyways.
Probably not a bad idea but somehow I think the wife might wind up wanting new in a few years anyways. Who knows...all talk now and we'll just have to see how things play out with her Mazda as I don't really think we'd get much for it anyways with the increasing mileage...maybe 3k at best. Glad I'm keeping the miles down on my Civic just in case I end up with the Accent somehow. Not my cup of tea for a dd, but I'd survive!
#29241 of 32427 Re: Talking With Wife [sandman_6472]
by steve_ HOST
Jan 11, 2013 (4:03 pm)
A blower resistor may fix it and it's usually not too expensive a part.
#29242 of 32427 need me a lift, or why old cars are fun
Jan 11, 2013 (4:52 pm)
Son is home from school for another week, so I had him take the TL in for an oil change. Checked out fine at the dealer, but they are all freaked out that it needs a new oil pan gasket, or the world as we know if might come to an end.
of course, they tell him at the end, after the oil was changed, instead of asking prior if we wanted to drop the pan! So by then, it would involve another visit anyway.
I looked in the road where he has been parking, and it looks dry. So my guess, it is seeping but not enough to really matter.
so, given the car has 167K on it, and he is unemployed college kid (meaning it is my wallet supporting the car!), I told him to stick some plywood underneath to see if it is leaking, and check the oil before he goes anywhere far. Given how few miles he puts on it, I think we can safely go another 4 months and maybe 2K miles, at most, keeping an eye on the oil and throwing in a quart if needed.
He really wants a new car. bad. I hope he manages to find himself a job quick so he can get it! then I either fix/keep the TL for me, or just sell it on down the road.
#29244 of 32427 Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (6:58 pm)
Regarding the question of "honoring" the advertised lease deal: I just got an education in that...
Tax can be an issue: If there is $2k lease support, there'll be use tax on that amount up front. If it's rolled in, there'll be interest on the tax...
The advertised deal on my car worked out to $125/month, and if the dealer doesn't make a nickel extra, I would have had to plunk down $800+ just to cover registration + tax on rebate + 1st payment. If that gets rolled into the "$0 down" lease, the payments will go up significantly, and nobody's padding the bill.
Which will happen in addition
But nationally advertised leases need to be taken with a grain of salt.
#29245 of 32427 crime against humanity
Jan 11, 2013 (7:07 pm)
someone should be jailed at minimum over this.
#29246 of 32427 Re: sister update [steine13]
Jan 11, 2013 (7:29 pm)
Where do you live again?
In NJ, tax is on the lease payment, so I don't think they can tax the rebate.
Anyhoo... I just put a deposit on a Leaf tonight! Man, I wasn't due for another car for a long time! Anyhoo... this was a tad interesting exchange. They were adamant that the advertised deal I was looking at was a mistake. The 36-mo deal was $219, not $199. However, there was an unadvertised deal for $199 for 24-mos. .... alrighty. So they gave me that deal, no muss, no fuss. And I even got a pleasant surprise when I was told that there is no sales tax on the Leaf! So I wound up reducing the down payment and rolling in the fees to take advantage of the near zero money factor (.00003 or something like that). Wife wasn't comfy at more than $250/mo for a spare car, so it worked out to $1400 out of pocket. I was perfectly willing to still go 36 mos to better amortize the out of pocket, but she's the boss, and she's probably right that we'd want to change in 2 years anyway.
That's just so ridiculously cheap for that car. The fuel savings alone will just about make the payments on it.
We had our choice of colors... as long as it was silver. They should be able to get it in next week. Only 2 SVs left within 100 miles. A few more SLs, but that was about $36 more per month, which isn't worth it for heated seats, IMHO.
#29247 of 32427 Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (7:43 pm)
Interesting. Can't wait to see how this works out.
and if your buns get cold, just sit on the battery. That should be nice and warm.
#29248 of 32427 Re: sister update [qbrozen]
Jan 11, 2013 (9:02 pm)
Punch #3 for 2013 coming up! I love this board! I'm also really interested about hearing qbrozen's real life experiences with the Leaf.
"Drag raced some sucker in a 1st gen Prius today. Only problem is that I ran out of juice afterwards." Ha Ha
I'm excited for you. So that's 2 years/24,000 mile lease? Is the no sales tax on a Leaf just a NJ thing or is it national?
#29249 of 32427 Re: need me a lift, or why old cars are fun [stickguy]
Jan 11, 2013 (9:48 pm)
"So by then, it would involve another visit anyway."
Ha! And another oil change, too!