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Old 11-06-2016, 12:02 PM   #41
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It's a secret. I already asked.
Here's a clue: I don't understand the personal economics of California

Perhaps it starts with "P"?
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:00 PM   #42
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Here's a clue: I don't understand the personal economics of California

Perhaps it starts with "P"?
Hahahaha.... good attempt at sleuthing, but it doesn't start with a P. As I mentioned before, this particular model is so rarely seen on the road that I'd rather not post the details for the sake of preserving my anonymity. I do really appreciate all the responses and suggestions.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:42 PM   #43
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Since you are in Georgia, there should be a little consideration to the 'new' title tax. If you trade it, the value will be deducted frome the net price you pay the tax on. If you private party sell it, then you will pay the tax on the full purchase price of the new car. Granted, the difference may be negligible, but I would at least look at the calculator the state provides.

Also, since I know you, if you send me a text (or PM) I can put you in touch with a good friend of mine who's quite talented with cars and he *might* be able to help..if you are interested.
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:33 PM   #44
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It's a secret. I already asked.

Yeah if privacy is that important maybe OP should forget about private sales (esp on Craigslist) and lean towards donation.
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Old 11-06-2016, 04:40 PM   #45
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Since you are in Georgia, there should be a little consideration to the 'new' title tax. If you trade it, the value will be deducted frome the net price you pay the tax on. If you private party sell it, then you will pay the tax on the full purchase price of the new car. Granted, the difference may be negligible, but I would at least look at the calculator the state provides.

Also, since I know you, if you send me a text (or PM) I can put you in touch with a good friend of mine who's quite talented with cars and he *might* be able to help..if you are interested.
Actually in states that charge sales tax on cars typically the tax is charged on the net price i.e. the price less the trade in. So this applies to states where sales tax is handled this way on newly purchased cars. (42 of 50 states)
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:36 AM   #46
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Actually in states that charge sales tax on cars typically the tax is charged on the net price i.e. the price less the trade in. So this applies to states where sales tax is handled this way on newly purchased cars. (42 of 50 states)
I *think* you are saying exactly what I was saying, just in other words.

Georgia changed how they taxed car sales a few years ago (used to be an annual ad valorem tax) but now it's just a straight tax. So, as the math works, you often will lose any "extra" money you would gain from a private sale to the tax man (currently 7%).
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Old 11-07-2016, 07:20 AM   #47
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Sojourner, you've gotten lots of excellent responses; all of which could work, depending on how you like to spend your time and your personal value of money. For me, my time is precious; my wife has cancer and every hour of every day is meaningful. So I'll tell you what I would do, and perhaps this will be the oomph you are looking for. Donate the car and move on. Buy that shiny new one and enjoy the smell, the looks, and the new technologies and features. And enjoy every moment of the experience.
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Old 11-11-2016, 01:18 PM   #48
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I am curious to know what make/model of 17 yr old car requires a replacement shifter to be calibrated with the ECM. That info could be useful to me since I am attracted to older oddball cars.
I know that Mercedes S-Class of year model 2000+ has a "linkage" between the shifter and ECM through the VIN number. It takes a dealership computer (STAR) (or grey market clone) to install a new shifter unit and link it to the ECM.

I imagine that the SL and CL models are also the same.

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