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View Poll Results: What's the most you've ever spent on a vehicle as a % of your household income?
I've never purchased a vehicle. 6 6.45%
Less than 10% of my annual household income at the time. 13 13.98%
10-25% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
26-50% of my annual household income at the time. 27 29.03%
51-75% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
76-100% of my annual household income at the time. 5 5.38%
More than 100% of my annual household income at the time. 3 3.23%
My servants track these sorts of things. 7 7.53%
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:21 PM  
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For sale (sniffle). Apricot BMW.

I've had the apricot BMW for 12 years now, and it's an awesome car. But it's been our only car for about five years, and the wife has some hobbies where she needs to carry around bigger things (art canvases? art canvassi? art canvi?). We also got a taste of the new technology with a loaner a while back and were both intrigued. I love my little roadster and it look like it's straight off the showroom floor, but it makes no sense to own two cars. So anyone want a good deal on an awesome roadster convertible?

Anyway, it's kind of my wife's turn to pick the new car, and ... my god, who can afford to buy a new car these days? She was initially hoping to buy a brand new car, which we've never done, and she liked those Lexus SUVs. However, we sat down and started pricing out what she wanted and the price came to $61,157. That's not even fully tricked out. Admittedly, it was probably 80 percent of the way to fully tricked out, but come on. $61,000 for something that's going to depreciate? If I'm going to pay that kind of coinage, I'm buying a DeLorean or something. Fortunately, my wife also shook her head and said that we're not doing that.

I think we're going back to our standard approach of buying a two-year old car with relatively high mileage of 20,000 to 40,000 miles. We're low-mileage drivers, so we tend to convert high-mileage cars to low-mileage cars over time, and the mileage will pull the price down.

I'm pretty sure we're going to go with a 2014 BMW X1. We drove one for a couple of days this summer as a loaner, and it was really nice. It'll be big enough to satisfy my wife's hobbies, and you can buy a tricked-out one in the low $30s. If I can't sell my beloved apricot Z3 outright, we'll trade it in and can probably get the cost below $30k, which seems reasonable. Anyone got a good deal on a BMW X1 for me?

But seriously, how do these companies sell $60,000 vehicles? Many of the BMWs run in that range, the Lexus SUVs run that, and don't even get me started on the Porsches. I was kind of interested in that new SUV of theirs, but I'm not going to put off retirement to buy one.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:11 PM   #46
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As a fellow BMW owner I would recommend looking for a X3. I bet you can get one that may have a few more miles, but still not too many more, very close to the price range of a used X1. And if I may ask. What are you looking to get for your little roadster?
See my last post. But I would discount it to a good owner. I love that car and I want it to go to a good home.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:14 PM   #47
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Sure I can put a BMW frame on it.

If your half ass local, I have a BMW dealership as well, if you are interested in pre-owned. PM me.

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Hey, I drove halfway across Kansas to buy the apricot Z. I've got no issue with a remote purchase. What kind of deal can you give me on a 2014 X1, preferably not black or silver, with the larger engine and as many bells and whistles as possible? I'm a buyer. And maybe a trade-in of a rare apricot Z3 if you'll promise to send it to a good home.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:16 PM   #48
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Hey, I drove halfway across Kansas to buy the apricot Z. I've got no issue with a remote purchase. What kind of deal can you give me on a 2014 X1, preferably not black or silver, with the larger engine and as many bells and whistles as possible? I'm a buyer. And maybe a trade-in of a rare apricot Z3 if you'll promise to send it to a good home.
Only have one, just came in, availability pending~

Price and trade in im open to discussion.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:19 PM   #49
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Do you have a picture of your current BMW? I have a friend here in KC that buys all sorts of BWMs, especially odd color ones.
I just took this picture today. Other than a bit of a sag in the glove compartment (which is common - design problem) and a handful of very small rock chips and door dings (1/4 the size of a plain M&M), it looks like new. I've owned it for 12 years, and it's at 99,500 miles. It's always been garaged and always had every maintenance done on time.
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:22 PM   #50
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:23 PM   #51
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Only have one, just came in, availability pending~

Price and trade in im open to discussion.

Looks interesting. I'll admit that the local dealer here told me they have an X35 (bigger engine) with 9,000 miles and all the bells and whistles except the M package for $34K. I haven't seen it yet, though, and it kind of seems too good to be true if it really has everything on it.
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I just took this picture today. Other than a bit of a sag in the glove compartment (which is common - design problem) and a handful of very small rock chips and door dings (1/4 the size of a plain M&M), it looks like new. I've owned it for 12 years, and it's at 99,500 miles. It's always been garaged and always had every maintenance done on time.
How many clowns are you able to fit in that thing?
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I'm assuming you own the car outright. What's the reason you can't keep it as the insurance and maintenance costs shouldn't be a ton if it's in that good of shape like you say. Not to mention financially your obviously doing ok if you're looking to buy another BMW! I doubt my wife and I could ever share one car either.
Yeah, I'm tempted to keep it. But why pay $1,000+ a year when I don't need to? I can rent a car on the three occasions per year when my wife and I both need a car. Plus, I rent the second garage space out for $50 per month if I only have one car. That's $600 in revenues lost if I need that garage spot.

Admittedly, my situation is unusual since I walk to work and live in a central city. Most households legitimately need two cars, but mine doesn't.
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Yeah, I'm tempted to keep it. But why pay $1,000+ a year when I don't need to? I can rent a car on the three occasions per year when my wife and I both need a car. Plus, I rent the second garage space out for $50 per month if I only have one car. That's $600 in revenues lost if I need that garage spot.

Admittedly, my situation is unusual since I walk to work and live in a central city. Most households legitimately need two cars, but mine doesn't.
Ah, living in the city is much different. We'd probably only have one car if that was the case too as I'd love if I could use public transport to get to work.

Guess it's up to how much you love that thing. You aren't going to be able to rent many Apricot colored BMWs you know?!
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2011 with 19k miles.
Hmm. Maybe you went a year or so older than I'm looking? That's probably a good strategy, but in our case the car's age is ultimately the reason for trade-in, so I think we want to go as new as possible without buying new.
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Looks interesting. I'll admit that the local dealer here told me they have an X35 (bigger engine) with 9,000 miles and all the bells and whistles except the M package for $34K. I haven't seen it yet, though, and it kind of seems too good to be true if it really has everything on it.


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I really didn't want to put it on, but I noticed that I was getting some little chips in the front when I first bought the car. Since the paint never went to production I was wondering if perhaps it chipped easily, so I put the bra on it to protect it.

I've ended up with one tiny chip on the trunk in the ensuing years and have no idea how that one occurred, but otherwise the paint has held up very well. I think the chips in front may have been an anomaly from a particular drive in the mountains where I got caught behind a gravel truck right after I bought the car.
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I really didn't want to put it on, but I noticed that I was getting some little chips in the front when I first bought the car. Since the paint never went to production I was wondering if perhaps it chipped easily, so I put the bra on it to protect it.

I've ended up with one tiny chip on the trunk in the ensuing years and have no idea how that one occurred, but otherwise the paint has held up very well. I think the chips in front may have been an anomaly from a particular drive in the mountains where I got caught behind a gravel truck right after I bought the car.
Lower ride height sports cars are more prone to rock chips in general and driving up the mountains is particularly bad for getting hit. Kind of one of those things you either deal with with or get Clearbra.
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