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#92976 of 96012 Re: Smartest way to negotiate when you're fixated on COLOR [cadillacmike]
Jul 29, 2013 (2:26 am)
The OP never stated that the original color was rare.
Uhh, yeah he did.
You trying to "usurp" drivers crown?
The dark red, as in my Honda Civics crimson ivory,seem to be more popular these days. Also seems that even with silver, Grey's , and dark blues... these colors look better on some models than others.
#92977 of 96012 Re: Good one for this crowd? [cadillacmike]
Jul 29, 2013 (4:25 am)
Passive tags / chips have a limited range.
That is correct - probably a couple of feet. The idea is that you can hand it to a border agent who can scan it with a handheld device that verifies the authenticity of the license and the person. I don't have an issue with that.
Really scared? Then take a magnetic bulk eraser (used for erasing floppy disks and VCR tapes) and zap the DL.
RFID chips aren't damaged by magnets. You either have to microwave it to damage it - and melt your license in the process - or pierce the transmitter with a sharp object.
#92978 of 96012 Re: DINNER OUT WITH THE FAMILY [houdini1]
Jul 29, 2013 (5:29 am)
>consistently good food and service, our local Red Lobster is hard to beat
I get the impression that Red Lobster's food is portion pack. I like the taste and quality, although most of what I want is rich in fats for my diet, but I like to splurge on good taste--my wife doesn't like RL because she's very good at her diabetic diet and has trouble finding foods.
>service varies by location with "O"...
Indeed. It goes back to the manager. When they could hire only the best servers, quality was good. As the servers deteriorated because of lower pay or lower tips, the food quality went down.
When the front or kitchen manager in any restaurant makes rounds in the dining room chatting quickly with folks who are in the middle or end of their meal to ask how it was, I know it's a good place and that any problems will be fixed. Several times we've had the manager take a seat or kneel next to the table as my wife told him what the server did or how food came out that she refused. If she refuses something, she usually doesn't substitute another item. She just sits and eats a K-Bar. That vexes most servers and managers.
When my wife's done with a store, she's done with them. Serve her chicken burned on the bottom (O) or with barbecue sauce when she ordered without sauce (O), she's done.
#92979 of 96012 Re: Colors, colors - who's got the colors? [cadillacmike]
Jul 29, 2013 (6:59 am)
quoting "cadillacmike", That's a myth; here in Florida, the sun load will rapidly make even the white car an oven inside.
Where I am in Texas is probably about the same as where you are in Florida, and yes, all cars sitting in the sun will get HOT. But (you knew there was a "but", right?)
Check this link:
And here's a quote from that article:
The researchers had two cars in the sun for an hour, one black and the other silver, parked facing south, in Sacramento, California. The silver Honda Civic (shell SR 0.57) had a cabin air temperature of about 5-6°C (9-11°F) lower than an identical black car (shell SR 0.05).
#92980 of 96012 Re: Colors, colors - who's got the colors? [ohenryx]
Jul 29, 2013 (8:21 am)
Where I am in Texas is probably about the same as where you are in Florida
I am assuming you are near Dallas - if that is correct, I am about 500 miles further south than you. If you are in Houston, about 300 miles further south. The direct rays of the sun are more powerful in south Florida than any other state in the U.S. That is why we get sunburns more easily here. But because of the ocean breezes, our temps rarely get above 92, but our humidity is very high.
In any case, the article you refer to is correct. Silver/White cars "absorb" less heat from the sun than most other colors. I would think that light beige cars and tan cars are also less heat absorbent than other colors.
What amazes me is the number of black cars down here in south Florida. The most popular color is silver followed by gray followed by white, etc. And that is for the same reason as the article notes - they absorb less heat and thus remain a bit cooler. Also, that is why most cars down here are tinted. I have a very light tint, but I am only interested in filtering ultra-violet light and heat -which 3M Crystalline does well. I have the 60% light reduction and 99% ultra-violet reduction and 80% heat reduction.
Another essential down here in the April-November months is front and rear sunshades to reduce light and heat from the interior. I have both and it is much cooler than cars I have owned that did not have rear shades.
#92981 of 96012 Re: Colors, colors - who's got the colors? [abacomike]
Jul 29, 2013 (8:47 am)
Remember black also radiates more, not just absorbs. It is fully reversible effect. In other words, when ambient temperature is below the object temperature, black will dissipate the heat (cool down) faster. You said it yourself, air does not get as hot in FL. Because of this effect, I think color is basically a wash for the interior of the car. I think it's the window area (exposure) that matters most, not the color for the interior heating up under Sun rays, especially seat and dashboard surfaces.
BTW, you may have noticed indigenous people in Arab countries (Bedouines) often wear black in the middle of the desert. Also, most hot climate native population (African, Australian, south India, Americas) have dark skin pigment. It somehow doesn't hurt them.
#92982 of 96012 Question about private sales in Florida
Jul 29, 2013 (8:43 am)
Here in NY when you sell your car privately you remove your plates and then turn them in to motor vehicles before you can drop your insurance. Is it similar in Florida or could a new owner drive around on the previous owner's plates and registration? Something I saw in an ad made me wonder.
#92983 of 96012 Re: Question about private sales in Florida [oldfarmer50]
Jul 29, 2013 (8:48 am)
Yes, it is the same here.
Jul 29, 2013 (9:00 am)
Well, I'm still looking at the Abarth(I did learn that the motor is assembled at a UAW plant in Detroit, which may yet disqualify it, but I digress). Anyway, prices are all over the map, with dealers offering anywhere from 0 to $3000 off of MSRP. My dealer is offering $2475 off MSRP, but nowhere do I find any customer or dealer cash to explain the large discounts. I'm not complaining mind you, I'm just wondering what is going on- as as even $2500 off is a deep discount below invoice.
#92985 of 96012 Re: Price deltas... [roadburner]
Jul 29, 2013 (10:35 am)
as as even $2500 off is a deep discount below invoice
roadburner, one of the first rules you learn when you are in the car business is that there are many, many different "invoices" on cars. There is a dealer invoice, a factory invoice, and with some brands, there is also a "net dealer" invoice. The reason they are discounting $2500 is because there is probably a factory to dealer special incentive which is not publicized or even known by the outside world.
Dealers who sell lots of these cars - especially those who go over their sales targets for the month - get special incentives over and above other incentives.
Thus, a "net dealer invoice" on some cars could be as much as $2000 below factory invoice, depending upon how incentives are handled by the manufacturer.
Thus, there are many ways dealers can sell cars under invoice. Mercedes had $10,000 certificates on S550's the past several months. That's right, if you picked out a $95,000 S550 out of inventory at a dealer, you could conceivably have paid $20,000 under MSRP on that car. They may even still have some of those available. Those certificates are carefully guarded by dealers because they are usually given to their best customers.
Just thought I'd share a little info for you, roadburner.