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Old 08-18-2010, 11:38 AM   #181
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All the posts make for great reading and the details of ownership, recommendations on future purchases and all around comments are very valuable. Don't think your comments ever go to waste. I have them filed and will dig them out whan I go to purchase or lease in a few months. Since I'm only looking for a SUV, I'll certainly be looking at the Honda CRV. I've had that one on my list but haven't gotten to the test drive. Also, some 2011 models are out there already but not many. Thanks for all the information.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:46 AM   #182
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If I had the means I would probably have a dozen cars.
Maybe it's a "men vs women" thing, but I don't think I will ever want more than one car (much less a dozen or 35).
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:58 AM   #183
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Maybe it's a "men vs women" thing, but I don't think I will ever want more than one car (much less a dozen or 35).
If I had the means i'd like:

Porsche Cayenne Turbo S
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Mercedes SL65 AMG

That would give me a fast luxurious SUV to travel and for daily use. The 911 Turbo would be the true sports car. The mercedes is ultimate luxury and performance in one and it also has a retractable hard-top roof. 3 cars would be plenty for me. I may increase it to close to 10 but definitly not 35.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:31 PM   #184
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I guess I am in the absolute minority who did not spend that much time shopping for a car. But then, it could be because I was still working and did not have much free time. Recently, I spent a heck of a lot of time shopping for my used RV and the used car for a toad, in fact a lot more than I spent looking for my 2nd home. And I am still working part-time.

I can see that when I fully retire, I may just turn car shopping into a month or year long process. It's inexpensive entertainment, I have to agree.
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I guess I am in the absolute minority who did not spend that much time shopping for a car.
When I bought my current vehicle I spent 1 hour researching it online then went to the dealer and took it for a test drive and went home with it the same day.
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I guess I am in the absolute minority who did not spend that much time shopping for a car. But then, it could be because I was still working and did not have much free time. Recently, I spent a heck of a lot of time shopping for my used RV and the used car for a toad, in fact a lot more than I spent looking for my 2nd home. And I am still working part-time.

I can see that when I fully retire, I may just turn car shopping into a month or year long process. It's inexpensive entertainment, I have to agree.
I'm sure the sales people will be thrilled.
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:11 PM   #188
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I'm sure the sales people will be thrilled.
Well, Moe has done some of that already.

Actually, the chance of me carrying out that threat is slim. I asked myself if I would want a dozen cars if I were a centimillionaire, and the answer was no. Would I want to not own them, but just to test drive them? The answer is still no. I am simply not interested.

So, there! Car salesmen have nothing to fear from me, as I do not and will not frequent their showroom. But, I am sure if there are any here on this forum, they have already taken a peek at my profile to see if there's my photo to commit to their memory.

PS. My recent claimed "extensive shopping" for the RV and the toad was mainly done on-line, by surfing the Web looking for the right deal to surface; I already knew what I wanted, and was only waiting for the right vehicle with the right mileage and a price that I couldn't refuse. I would buy from either dealerships or private parties, but prefer the latter as there are no sales taxes for private sales in our state. In the end, I did end up buying from private parties.

Very little car salesman's time was wasted, I assure you!
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Old 08-18-2010, 02:16 PM   #189
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Maybe it's a "men vs women" thing, but I don't think I will ever want more than one car (much less a dozen or 35).
Probably; I have a Cadillac SRX to satisfy my "needs"; I also have a Mustang GT convertible to satisfy my "wants"....

One is love; the other is sex (sort of like Engelbert Humperdinck vs. Tom Jones).

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I can't imagine wanting to own more than one car per person, but then I don't like cars that much. Now bicycles....
I saw a friend at a bike swap, and as I sheepishly tried to explain why I was looking for another bicycle, she put it very clearly.
The number of bicycles you need is n+1, where n=the number of bicycles you have.
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I can't imagine wanting to own more than one car per person, but then I don't like cars that much.
Ah, now that's another advantage of a couple. We share, hence can have different cars.
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You mentioned the Accord Coupe earlier, I think - - have you had a chance to try that one yet? Also the Crosstour might be attractive.

It sounds like another coupe might be more appealing than a four door sedan or SUV, maybe.

Too bad Toyota isn't making the Solara any more, but maybe a (lightly) used Solara that is just a couple of years old or so? The Solara was such a great car. Even though they keep their value so well, if that is really the car you want then it might be worth it to you.

For me, it took a lot of online research over a year or two but luckily I was able to narrow it down to the Venza, with the Rav4 or CRV as alternate choices, by the time I went to the dealers. My main concern was the size of the Venza. The test drive showed me that the Venza drives just like the Solara and didn't seem too big for me at all. So, I was done in 2 hours and didn't have to go through the ordeal you have been going through. I was pretty lucky.

Thanks , But unfortunately I am as blocked on this car purchase as you are on the Missouri move . I 'm sure one day I will just do it but for now I'm indecisive and luckily the Camry & the Durango are running great .
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Maybe I need to think outside the box and buy two cars ??
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Go for it Moe; and if you decide on just one get the first vehicle. You would look FABULOUS driving that car!

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Thanks ! That car is me !
That would be a great car for you! You could ride around in the Florida sunshine with the convertible top down and have a lot of fun.
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So, after test driving and choosing your car, you are now ready to buy.

But, but, but what color do you want? Isn't that one of the most important options, being the principal attribute that affects the look of the car, your object of desire and devoted love? Being practical, I usually stay with a light color, due to the summer heat and the harsh sun in the SouthWest. And that means white or silver.

And I found out that I am not alone. According to a recent released industry report (BusinessWeek Aug 16), the #1 color of new cars in North America last year was white at 17.8%. Black was #2 at 17%, followed by silver at 16.7%. The report added that silver is #1 color globally.
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A bright color like red is practical too, in terms of safety. It's easier for other drivers to see than silver.
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