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JT

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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2009 10:01:00 PM

How good a deal did you get when you bought your last vehicle?
I got a great deal
I paid about what it was worth
I got a lousy deal
I'm not sure / no opinion
I have never bought a vehicle

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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SDGathman
Sophomore Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 7:06:25 PM

I notice few thought they got a lousy deal.

Pro 20:14 "It's no good, it's no good!" says the buyer; then off he goes and boasts about his purchase.
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MacDad614
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 5:20:47 PM

Evidently, posters say what they want to say and don't read any further comments (discussion? NOT).

That sodium poured into the engine of the clunkers is actually sodium silicate, sometimes referred to as water glass - starts as a liquid and quickly gels and then solidifies.

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My 2003 car was bought through the internet after research in different makes and dealers. The interest rate was 4% - no dealer incentives were being offered at the time, and this was not a bad rate. The only down side to the transaction was that the dealer where I had to go to pick up the car is more than 30 miles away - and at least three other dealers are within 10 miles.
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TOPGUNN855
Champion Author Greensboro

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 4:53:05 PM

I got a great deal at Gate City Lincoln Mercury. Bought a 05 Merc Grand Marquis in Nov. 07. Only had 18,500 miles. One owner (little ole lady: true) came in for oil change and traded on the spot for a new one. Price was right & financed by Ford Motor Co.
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CruiserRoy
Rookie Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 4:39:24 PM

Got a great deal. It was the end of the year and just at the time when Chrysler was talking about closing out some dealerships. Got my 2008 for 10,100 by the time all was said and done. Even today the blue book price is 1k higher.
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moparmuscle76
Rookie Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 3:11:22 PM

Got a pretty good deal. Ended up talking the dealer up about $1200 more than what he originally offered for my trade.
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chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 2:49:27 PM

not good
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EdLeafs
All-Star Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 1:31:33 PM

I got a great deal
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bearscouter
Rookie Author Denver

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 1:21:04 PM

thought i got a good deal but the gas mileage has been a lot worse than the estimate. not even close 26 mpg in a 2007 KIA optima. I drive 90% highway so it should be over 30 mpg
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N9HVP
Champion Author Indiana

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 12:53:06 PM

I got a great deal.
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pulpwood
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 12:48:58 PM

I think we both made a good deal!
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ToriB
All-Star Author Washington

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 12:33:00 PM

I got a good deal on my little Mazda Pickup! It's pretty good on gas, too.
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JOANAG
Rookie Author Bakersfield

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 10:26:14 AM

got a great deal worked the dealership down from 29,000 to 24,500 without trade in
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CPGas1815
Champion Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 9:56:05 AM

I got totally screwed! Bought a clunker for $3000 that was operational for only 2 months. BEWARE THE CLUNKER.
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Peebo
Champion Author Baltimore

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 9:51:29 AM

It was a good deal, worth the money.
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ApacheGirl
Veteran Author Michigan

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 9:33:17 AM

I wouldn't say I got a great deal, more like a good one. 2003 Escape, minor problems like window motor, and air control valve. New tires and 73,000 miles later with 25mpg. on hwy. It's a keeper.
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illini73
Sophomore Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 8:54:49 AM

The last car was a 2005 Avalon and I got a pretty ggod deal. You have to do your homework to know what the car is really worth.
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Jeffgooey
Champion Author Spokane

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 8:38:06 AM

The blue book on the 97 Grand Marquis was around 3500 and I got it for 2 grand, so I felt pretty good about my deal.
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Vaquero
All-Star Author Idaho

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 7:34:25 AM

I think I got a real good deal at the time
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keo
Champion Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 6:41:53 AM

what it was worth
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dongo50
Champion Author West Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 6:27:13 AM

no deal
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Van Dad
Rookie Author Syracuse

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 6:02:34 AM

Fabulous time to buy a car. We bought 2 new cars last week, the deals were great. If you are in the market, it is a great time to buy! I did not think I could get out of both my cars, but with the incentives, discounts, etc, it happened.
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kerryllr
Veteran Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 6:01:33 AM

I got an excellent deal. I had a "junker" as a trade-in and I had arranged for delivery of a new vehicle (clear out of stock to make room for the new models) to coincide with my return from a six week absence from home. When I arrived back to pick up my new car, the salespeople had sold my ordered car, and tried to sell me another one, which was not what I had ordered. I knew the trade-in was scrapped, but I asked them to cancel the deal and return my trade-in (they could not). I refused to budge, even when the dealer tried to force me into rewriting my contract. So - they had to replace my order with the newest model which had just started production, so I got my car as ordered, but a newer model by one year. The owner/dealer did not act well, but I received a call from the salesman who told me to stick to my guns, it was not my fault they had sold my car as I had ordered it. I even got O% financing - as my contract had stated. This time, I won!
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stoopsy
Champion Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 5:39:14 AM

i think i got a pretty good deal
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Lengas
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 5:19:29 AM

A good deal.
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RxHugh
Champion Author Greensboro

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 5:16:53 AM

I paid about what it was worth
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daequitz
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 4:34:03 AM

Did the research. Shopped around. Negotiated. Paid cash. If I didn't think it was a good deal I would have gone elsewhere. They're the pros. I just try not to be the deer in the headlights.
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eromitlab
Champion Author Huntsville

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 4:16:03 AM


I'm not much of a negotiator. Could have done better on the price of my car when I bought it in 2003, but I don't kick myself constantly about paying too much. I had more regrets over having the loan spread out over five years instead of three or four, but the interest rate was low enough to not make it troublesome... plus I paid it off several months early anyway.
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musicguy2
Rookie Author New Hampshire

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 3:40:03 AM

Bought a 2006 Prius and thought I was getting $3K tax break from the Feds. Boy was I wrong. I got under $300 back. Great program Uncle Sam! It's still a great car, no deal on price but getting over 56 MPG, that's the deal I like.
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Bonanza
Champion Author Boston

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 3:35:51 AM

I paid what it's worth
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MacDad614
Champion Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2009 12:27:50 AM


THZebra: Yes, that's right. You child's next new lead paint covered toy may be your 1987 Oldsmobile.?

You got something against my 1987 Olds?

mreiff: the "cash for clunkers" program requires the dealer to drain the oil pan of the trade in and fill it with sodium then crank the engine; it immediately seizes and becomes useless.

Then add a little water and watch the explosion!

SODIUM? Where did you hear that one?

The whole point of the C4C is to remove gas guzzlers from the roads. That will prevent unnecessary gas consumption and air pollution, and it will get people who need to replace their cars and can afford the payments to buy a new car. Unfortunately, the expense is being borne by taxpayers, and many of the cars in this program are 4 cylinder models.
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CiVX
Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 11:36:31 PM

I got the best conventional car for mpg ever made for the American market for $3,000 unfortunately its 17 years old and had almost 300K on the odometer because they stoped making efficient cars at the onset of the cheap gas SUV era.
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gotahorse
Sophomore Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 10:01:12 PM

Did you know that a "vehicle" is anything that carries something? When you buy a can of paint for example, you are buying some pigment plus the vehicle (liquid) which carries the pigment. And, of course, I've gotahorse---
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ajhoier
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 10:00:53 PM

Probably didn't get the "best" deal. As it is, I'm paying off a car payment, and paying more than what the car is really worth. I didn't buy "new" but opted for "Pre-Owned".....but the slip-up was buying "pre-owned" from the dealer :)

In the future, I'll definitely research the "target" vehicle better, and go in knowing exactly what I want, with money in hand beforehand, so I can get it and go - for the sticker price.

After I bought the car, I learned that you can save some money by getting a loan on your own, through your OWN bank, or other financial institution (credit unions are usually lowest interest) so will definitely consider that route if I choose to purchase a car that I don't have cash for.

It was my first car though, so no hard regrets, live and learn :) And it was one of those things, I wanted something reliable to get me back and forth to work, and that I could get my license on.
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arcee
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 9:54:14 PM

We got a moderately good deal on a new Versa (back in mid-2007) -- usual dealer discounts and hype and trade-in; actually having them take our older "clunker" Pontiac for real cash made it seem really good at the time.
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TexasTon
Rookie Author Texas

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 9:47:23 PM

I got a great deal in several ways, one of which it's the best pickup/vehicle I've ever owned, 495K miles and have only put intake gaskets on the motor.

This is a 96 Chevy, I traded in a 92 with 179k miles and it was pristine, also never had a finger lifted to it except for tires/oil/filters/brakes. List on the 96 was just over $29K, I had saved up GM card points, got the Farm Bureau discount, rebates, and when I ordered the 96 the dealer picked up the phone and had my 92 sold within minutes, 5 weeks into the future, so I got a good deal there as well.

All in all, all discounts taken and subtracted with a deal on the ordered rig, it cost me $1800 when it arrived and I drove it off the railroad car lot.
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2coolhipdude
Sophomore Author Wisconsin

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 8:41:32 PM

Paid what it was worth. Which means, the sticker was $14,500 in '94, and I paid $10,500.
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TIGERPAW46
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 8:26:57 PM

I HAD TO GET RID OF A CLUNKER late 2008. Too bad they didn't have the $4,500 trade in then. I would have saved a lot. Except for a select few, it seems that's always the way it works; while the rest of us pay for them & we get nothing.
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jb107
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 8:24:12 PM

I got a good deal but not because of the dealer.
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OKRifle
Champion Author Oklahoma City

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 7:07:55 PM

I paid about what it was worth...high tech SUV!
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wharris3
Veteran Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 6:43:46 PM

Seems like I got a great deal when I got my truck I just priced out the same truck and they want $10,000.00 more for it now!!!! What a rip off!!!
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chui
Champion Author Dallas

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 6:36:40 PM

not good .............
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SavinOnFuel
Champion Author Gary

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 2:59:30 PM

I got a great deal because of a model bodystyle change for the following model year, low APR and I paid it off quickly plus I got $1000 cash back at signing-I can't complain.
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cal072557
Rookie Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 2:41:49 PM

The dealers always make money, therefore the buyers rarely get a great deal.
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FuelBarge
Champion Author Long Island

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 2:19:19 PM

Looks like paid what is worth is hold on. Glad to be in the pack again.
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Connie11
Veteran Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 1:23:53 PM

I got a great deal. Special ordered a brand new 2006 Ford F150 with special tow package $20,000. Paid cash and got a grat deal.
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HFAJR0034
Champion Author New Mexico

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 1:04:35 PM

I BOUGHT A 2004 BRAND NEW DODGE 3/4 TON.STARTED $41500.00 FINAL PRICE WITH ALL DISCOUNTS,AND TRADE IN FINAL PRICE.$22,000.00.FOR THE GOOD DEALS BUY IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER.
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jaxtrax
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 12:51:50 PM

I said 'what it was worth' but I think I got a pretty good deal for a 5-yr old Toyota. I bought last fall when the market was slow, but the cars I favoured were in short supply. However, I got a few hundred off the sticker and the price was well below other advertised prices. It's been a good car.
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DustyChalk
Rookie Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 12:27:10 PM

I bought new, so I didn't get the greatest deal, but I got a pretty good deal. I think I paid like $16k for a 2004 Suzuki Aerio SX (without the AWD). I almost got a Mazda3, but that would have been several thousand more expensive, due mostly to the moonroof option which the Suzuki didn't have. Also almost got a Scion xA. What I should have gotten was the $8K Forester with 84K on it that I was eyeballin'. I'm still not sure why I didn't.
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Mrs_PoohBear
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 12:26:22 PM

The last vehicle I bought was a 2005 Honda Civic. I bought it used in 2006 with 12k miles on it and got the 100k bumper-to-bumper certified pre-owned warranty included with the $12k purchase price. I thought it was a tremendous deal at the time, and nothing that's happened since has changed my mind. The car runs like a top, gets really good mileage, and only needs standard maintenance (no major defects).

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wshredder
Veteran Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 11:45:43 AM

The last vehicle I bought was a Honda Fit. We pretty well paid the sticker price, but they took our old 1997 Honda Civic on a trade. The only real deals we got on the Fit were for the accessories. But, my wife loves the car as it is an automatic and easier for her to get in and out of then the Civic was. Because of her bad ankles, no more changing gears, and no more struggling to get in and out of the car.
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WillyG
Champion Author Cincinnati

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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2009 11:30:44 AM

For the last 20+ years I've been buying those totally stripped one only cars brand new, for 50-75 cents on the dollar. I think I always get great deal. Last one was a Ford Focus with AC brand new for under 10 grand. Great gas mileage too: 34+ combined city/hwy
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