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#92280 of 95832 Re: Short Impala update [isellhondas]
Jun 20, 2013 (7:51 am)
Really? Our son's is a four door Unlimited and I don't know HOW they could fit side airbags since the doors are removable.
I think the airbags are in the seats. I'll check later.
Or rather, what rob said.
#92281 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [verdugo]
Jun 20, 2013 (12:09 pm)
That is pretty brilliant. Wonder why it never took off?
I think it didn't take off for a few reasons. The car has to be pretty small, then it has to be prepped so the fluids don't run out. They wanted to keep the price of the Vega under $2000 and shipping was a whopping $300, so if they could cut the shipping in half it made the car cheaper.
Unfortunately, the Vega wasn't around for too long, since there were so many mechanical and reliability problems. Those special cars had to be used for something else...but you would think they could have shipped Beetles or Rabbits in them.
#92282 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [driver100]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jun 20, 2013 (12:31 pm)
Yeah, I was wondering about the fluids, and of course the battery would have to be installed at the receiving end. I have no idea whether vehicles are normally shipped with or without the battery, but that could be a problem as I don't think they like being anything but upright.
#92283 of 95832 Re: Sales Story [venture]
Jun 20, 2013 (12:47 pm)
I have the 2.0 in my Fusion, but I think I would have been happy with the 1.6.
We are taking the Escape on vacation next month. It should be interesting packing, since we have always taken an Explorer.
#92284 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [Kirstie@Edmunds]
Jun 20, 2013 (12:55 pm)
According to this:
they were shipped with all fluids and the battery installed. The fluid reservoirs were all specially designed to deal with it.
My Dad had a 75 Vega hatchback. He kept if for 4 years and commuted 50 miles a day with it. He traded it with over 60K and yes the engine was leaking coolant.
#92285 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [driver100]
Jun 20, 2013 (1:49 pm)
They wanted to keep the price of the Vega under $2000 and shipping was a whopping $300, so if they could cut the shipping in half it made the car cheaper.
I bought an orange Chevy Vega Hatchback for $1800 back in 1972. I was living in the far western suburbs of Chicago and used it to commute to Chicago every weekday. If I remember correctly, it had a 3-speed stick on the floor and, at times, I felt like I could accelerate faster if I got out and pushed. But, for strictly commuting 90 miles round-tip a day, it was perfect! Not a very safe car, from what I remember, but cheap to buy, cheap to commute in, and cheap to maintain.
It handled poorly on the highway at 65 mph, but around town, it was fine.
It had an AM radio, black bucket seats, no a/c (which was fine since I did not drive much in the summers with it), and had quite a noisy engine when reaching high rpm's. But it was a great little car and did what I needed it to do - basic daily commuting.
Jun 20, 2013 (1:55 pm)
Reposted for another forum.
At least one dealer gets the Internet and e-quotes.
I just closed on a 2013 Acura ILX Premium, polished metallic (grey) with black leather interior. The dealer provided a great price initially in response to the "e-price" link on their website, responded immediately by email in response to a request for an OTD quote, and negotiated the entire transaction in about three phone calls. I never actually went into the dealer, having test driven the model when I had as a service loaner and someone else going to the dealer to pick up the vehicle. Used FedEx to sign the papers and deliver the purchase price via cashier's check.
$24,988 Sales price
1,620 Sales tax
149 Dealer doc fee
143 Other taxes/title
$26,900 Total OTD
Comparisons (without taxes and fees):
$28,790 Edmunds TMV
I paid less than what I was quoted for a base model a month ago. With the 2014s now on the lot, there are great deals on the 2013s.
This is the future for a lot of buyers: using technology to avoid the hassles of the four square, the 30+ minutes of sitting there waiting for the sales guy to "talk" to the sales manager, etc. that many dealers like to use when you're there in person.
#92287 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [Kirstie@Edmunds]
Jun 20, 2013 (5:41 pm)
RE: Shipping Vegas
As Rob said the cars were specially made so they could ship them this way. Here is the relavant paragraph in the link;
Since the cars were stored with the nose down and shipped with all of their necessary fluids, certain aspects of the vehicles were designed specifically for this type of shipping process, including an oil baffle in the engine, a special anti-gravity (just kidding) battery, and even a repositioned windshield washer reservoir. Pretty cool, and — if nothing else — interesting… no?
#92288 of 95832 Re: Might be of interest [abacomike]
Jun 20, 2013 (5:45 pm)
I bought an orange Chevy Vega Hatchback for $1800 back in 1972
I was managing a retail store in 1973 and I bought a Racing Green Maverick with a 302 engine that year. My assistant manager bought an orange Vega.
Made my car look like crap....those Vegas looked good, even if they weren't mechanically sound.
#92289 of 95832 Re: A Sales Story [avatexrs1]
Jun 20, 2013 (5:53 pm)
149 Dealer doc fee
Where do you get a $149 doc fee these days?
That's a very good price if you plan on keeping the car for at least 5 or 6 years. Remember though, if you do trade it in say 2 or 3 years, then it will be one year older, and could be worth $4K or $5K less as a trade-in.
You are right though, that is the easy way to shop if you know what you want, and don't need a test drive or some help. I still like to talk to a real person....I have been given some very good advice by from the sales people I have dealt with.
I didn't like a regular 535 but it is a completely different car with the M Package. I was also considering a 550 but the salesman said I was more suited to the 535.
Also, did you have a trade-in, that might make buying on the internet more difficult?