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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 08-14-2014, 10:40 AM   #106
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Isn't the apricot BMW an official car of Chiefs Planet? Are you even allowed to sell it?
Only if he sells it to another Planet member.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:54 AM   #107
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I have to admit. I've never understood car bras.
they help prevent rock chips from happening on the front of the car when you drive it around. Some cars come with a factory option to put a plastic see through bra over the clear coat to prevent chipping.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:56 AM   #108
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they help prevent rock chips from happening on the front of the car when you drive it around. Some cars come with a factory option to put a plastic see through bra over the clear coat to prevent chipping.
They can scratch the shit out of your paint, too, especially if you get sand or a small rock under them. That doesn't happen with the clear, obviously.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:59 AM   #109
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They can scratch the shit out of your paint, too, especially if you get sand or a small rock under them. That doesn't happen with the clear, obviously.
yep, you should never leave the car bra on full time. You put it on when you want to drive it, especially on long trips, then you take it off at night, make sure it's clean, then put it back on in the morning. If you use it right, it works fantastic. If you are lazy and just leave it on, it does more harm than good IMHO because it traps dirt and moisture and ultimately screws up the paint because the paint that is not covered by the bra fades while the paint under the bra stays the same color, thus creating a very bad overall look.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:10 AM   #110
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The only love affair I have ever had with a car was my first one, which I bought in HS - 1970 Cutlass Supreme. It looked a lot like this:


A lot of first's happened in that car Beyond that, I've never given a shit about cars. They are transportation only. Granted, I like having a new car every so often, but there's no emotional attachment.
A close friend bought a Cutlass 442 in high school. He still owns it. I honestly don't think he would sell unless offered ridiculous money. He has owned since 1977~
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:20 AM   #111
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Isn't the apricot BMW an official car of Chiefs Planet? Are you even allowed to sell it?
Can't believe it's been 12 years, it's like I've grown up with that car.
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:45 AM   #112
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A close friend bought a Cutlass 442 in high school. He still owns it. I honestly don't think he would sell unless offered ridiculous money. He has owned since 1977~
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:46 AM   #113
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The key is the right mechanic. I have a cayenne s and an M3. I got both at a great price. If you don't mind going a little older since you don't put a lot of miles on cars I would highly suggest those. Cayenne hasn't changed all that much over the years so you can get a lot of bang for the buck. X1 is just too small. My wife LOVES that Cayenne S. That's the real danger, she will never want anything else.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:45 PM   #114
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The key is the right mechanic. I have a cayenne s and an M3. I got both at a great price. If you don't mind going a little older since you don't put a lot of miles on cars I would highly suggest those. Cayenne hasn't changed all that much over the years so you can get a lot of bang for the buck. X1 is just too small. My wife LOVES that Cayenne S. That's the real danger, she will never want anything else.
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Old 08-14-2014, 03:56 PM   #115
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Troy! Long time no see, good to see you around.
Tons of big real life things happening now. I don't anticipate being able to come up for air much over the next year or so. I appreciate the sentiment though.

I will get back to you on the picture soon. I really love your work.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:00 PM   #116
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I've purchased every car I've owned through a wholesaler, with the exception of brideowanian's current luxury ride.

No use paying new price, have that wholesale friend take your list of requirements along to auctions and eventually you'll get a call with what you want, at a superior price....the ones the lots pay plus commission.

Also, if you really love your current car and are only selling it due to yearly expenses......put it in storage state.
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:08 PM   #117
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:19 PM   #118
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I've purchased every car I've owned through a wholesaler, with the exception of brideowanian's current luxury ride.

No use paying new price, have that wholesale friend take your list of requirements along to auctions and eventually you'll get a call with what you want, at a superior price....the ones the lots pay plus commission.

Also, if you really love your current car and are only selling it due to yearly expenses......put it in storage state.


err....how does one find a wholesaler, or do you just happen to know one. A good friend to have, no doubt...
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You just need to make friends with a used car dealer or someone who can go to the auctions. The key is to be patient and give them enough time to find what you want, not care if one little thing isn't right....and reward them for their time.
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When I sell mine I am going to pick up a Shelby Cobra. I have wanted one of those forever. I don't care if it's original, I just want the most bad ass one I can find.
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