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Driving SoCal freeways every day can be very entertaining. Yesterday, I saw a brand new Maserati GT Convertible.

Today, I saw this...





Sorry for the lousy pics, as you can imagine, holding an iphone and trying to frame a shot while doing 60 MPH on a busy freeway does not lend itself to Pulitzer Prize-winning photography... tongue.gif
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I had my fair share of Oscar Meyer Wiener Whistles when I was a kid. There's NO WAY those little "choking hazards" would have been given to kids today!


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Frak, you almost made me have a brain hemorrhage trying to remember the movie with that weenie whistle. (The Santa Clause)
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I went out shopping for a car for my daughter. There is a Hertz car sales lot in our town and they had 3 different 2011 Ford Fiesta, all with between 40-50K miles. The prices were reasonable - a bit under the Edmunds TMV. Condition was decent - typical rental car scratches on the rear bumper from people loading luggage in & out of the trunk. They were priced at the higher end of our budget range and I would prefer to pay less.

We also looked at a 2004 VW Jetta with only 69K miles at the VW dealer. It was a recent trade-in and had not yet been detailed, but it had gone through the mechanic checks. It was the base model - 2.0L automatic & no turbo. I drove it - it wasn't very peppy, but it felt tight and drove straight. It was about $4K dollars less than the Fiesta - BUT - that's still about $1000 *over* the Edmunds dealer retail and the KBB dealer retail. I'm also kind of curious why it was traded-in. The sales dweeb said that it was a 2-owner car, first was a woman, and the second was her daughter. The daughter is a local university student. This doesn't make sense to me. A college student doesn't normally have money for a new car - and why would she trade a good running, fairly low-miles VW for another VW?

Here's my pure speculation...

The car was brought to the dealer because something was wrong with it - something fairly expensive - like the transmission, catalytic converter or a head gasket. Something that would take some expensive labor to repair. So, when the college student saw the $2000+ bill for repairs, she traded the car. The dealer gave her $2500 or maybe $3000 for the car, then had their shop do the repairs for maybe $500 in parts. So, now they have (at most) $3500 into the car, and they advertise it for $7995. I would have no problem with this *if* it wasn't $1000 over book and *if* I knew what had been done to the car. I probably wouldn't mind a transmission rebuild, but I'm not so sure I want a car that might have a warped head or hinky valves. I haven't seen the carfax, but I doubt it says anything meaningful.
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LOL, I keep thinking that MalVeauX is posting in this thread.

 

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

Here's my pure speculation...

The car was brought to the dealer because something was wrong with it - something fairly expensive - like the transmission

 

Yeah, that sounds about right.

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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I went out shopping for a car for my daughter. There is a Hertz car sales lot in our town and they had 3 different 2011 Ford Fiesta, all with between 40-50K miles. The prices were reasonable - a bit under the Edmunds TMV. Condition was decent - typical rental car scratches on the rear bumper from people loading luggage in & out of the trunk. They were priced at the higher end of our budget range and I would prefer to pay less.

We also looked at a 2004 VW Jetta with only 69K miles at the VW dealer. It was a recent trade-in and had not yet been detailed, but it had gone through the mechanic checks. It was the base model - 2.0L automatic & no turbo. I drove it - it wasn't very peppy, but it felt tight and drove straight. It was about $4K dollars less than the Fiesta - BUT - that's still about $1000 *over* the Edmunds dealer retail and the KBB dealer retail. I'm also kind of curious why it was traded-in. The sales dweeb said that it was a 2-owner car, first was a woman, and the second was her daughter. The daughter is a local university student. This doesn't make sense to me. A college student doesn't normally have money for a new car - and why would she trade a good running, fairly low-miles VW for another VW?
 

Rental cars are usually treated without much care, which is why they sell them quite cheaply. The Old model VW Jetta is riddled with problems which is why I would be VERY VERY SKEPTICAL at that car. 

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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post

Rental cars are usually treated without much care, which is why they sell them quite cheaply. The Old model VW Jetta is riddled with problems which is why I would be VERY VERY SKEPTICAL at that car. 

Heya,

 

True dat.

Years ago, I knew a girl that worked as a rental agent at a Budget Rent-a-Car, and the cars they used were kept up until they hit 25,000 miles. Before each rental, they were cleaned, and the fluids were topped off, but never changed. So 25k miles on the first batch of engine oil....I can't believe that is good for long-term durability. And yeah, most people drive rentals like they just stole them, as well.

 

Very best, 

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I have purchased ex-rentals before and I've had good luck with them. It really depends on the car. I wouldn't buy a Shelby Mustang or Charger that was an ex-rental, but a Ford Fiesta or Focus is a different situation. The vast majority of compact & midsize rental cars are just used to get Mr. or Ms. Business Traveler from the airport to their hotel and back. As far as the maintenance - maybe - although I think the average car owner probably isn't much better. I previously bought an ex-rental with ~30K miles on it, and I put 120,000 more miles on it without any more or less issues than a typical new car. The car I'm driving now is also an ex-rental. It had 28K miles on it when I bought it, and I now have 49K miles on it with no issues.
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I went out shopping for a car for my daughter. There is a Hertz car sales lot in our town and they had 3 different 2011 Ford Fiesta, all with between 40-50K miles. The prices were reasonable - a bit under the Edmunds TMV. Condition was decent - typical rental car scratches on the rear bumper from people loading luggage in & out of the trunk. They were priced at the higher end of our budget range and I would prefer to pay less.

We also looked at a 2004 VW Jetta with only 69K miles at the VW dealer. It was a recent trade-in and had not yet been detailed, but it had gone through the mechanic checks. It was the base model - 2.0L automatic & no turbo. I drove it - it wasn't very peppy, but it felt tight and drove straight. It was about $4K dollars less than the Fiesta - BUT - that's still about $1000 *over* the Edmunds dealer retail and the KBB dealer retail. I'm also kind of curious why it was traded-in. The sales dweeb said that it was a 2-owner car, first was a woman, and the second was her daughter. The daughter is a local university student. This doesn't make sense to me. A college student doesn't normally have money for a new car - and why would she trade a good running, fairly low-miles VW for another VW?

Here's my pure speculation...

The car was brought to the dealer because something was wrong with it - something fairly expensive - like the transmission, catalytic converter or a head gasket. Something that would take some expensive labor to repair. So, when the college student saw the $2000+ bill for repairs, she traded the car. The dealer gave her $2500 or maybe $3000 for the car, then had their shop do the repairs for maybe $500 in parts. So, now they have (at most) $3500 into the car, and they advertise it for $7995. I would have no problem with this *if* it wasn't $1000 over book and *if* I knew what had been done to the car. I probably wouldn't mind a transmission rebuild, but I'm not so sure I want a car that might have a warped head or hinky valves. I haven't seen the carfax, but I doubt it says anything meaningful.

Good possibility. If you like it, check the Carfax, and if it's okay offer them $7200, but don't pay more than 7500. The nice thing about VWs, and most other Germans, is their resale is strong, especially in urban areas, but that can be a detriment as well. Rentals are good, because (on avg) they're maintained better than private cars.
Edited by Magick Man - 5/4/13 at 8:45pm
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We went to the track yesterday and took our 3rd driving lesson (1 more), and I think it went well, despite the light rain. It gave us a chance to see what it's like when the track's wet. We took the Mini, but this time I also brought the Fairlady, and that was great, until the fuel pump went out. It's the first car I've had completely die out there. Bad Nissan, bad Nissan. tongue.gif So we get done with the lesson, load up the cars and head back home, when my wife said, "Brad (NHRN) was really hitting on me". He's our instructor; mid-20s, good looks, athletic, cocky as hell, and a really good driver. "He what?" "Yeah, he's been doing it since the first day, but today he gave me the full-court press." I asked, "Why didn't you say something earlier?" "I didn't want to mess up the classes, and until today he was harmless." I stopped the truck. "What happened?" "He asked why I was with a broken down old man and then he tried to feel up my leg. I didn't know what to do, it was really awkward." At this point I'm pretty steamed. "I know what to do." So I called the track owners and filled them in on what had happened. They told him he needed to learn how to respect other men's wives. Otherwise, it would be tough for him to drive with his knees and fingers broken. Then he threw a tantrum, claimed she had lied, and quit, so I guess we'll have a new instructor next time. It's a shame, the idiot did know how to drive.
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As in drive husbands crazy?

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I wouldn't mind knowing his real name.  very_evil_smiley.gif

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Death Wish

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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

. He's our instructor; mid-20s, good looks, athletic, cocky as hell, and a really good driver. "He what?" "Yeah, he's been doing it since the first day, but today he gave me the full-court press." I asked, "Why didn't you say something earlier?" "I didn't want to mess up the classes, and until today he was harmless." I stopped the truck. "What happened?" "He asked why I was with a broken down old man and then he tried to feel up my leg. I didn't know what to do, it was really awkward."

Wait isn't that sexual harassment? even if she wasn't married, This Is Not Acceptable. I mean what gives him permission to harass a student? What a D-Bag. I can't care less if he could drive. dosen't make him a better being. 


Edited by veyrongatti - 5/5/13 at 4:30am
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