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Old 01-04-2015, 07:30 PM   #81
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Spouse is retired & I still work part time because I like what I do. We are 40 - 50 years old & have net worth over 25x our current annual spending, no debt. We LBYM. However, I would like a luxury vehicle for my next car (60k) & just have trouble justifying it. What do you think? Can't take this money with us either.

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Even though I could've bought new w employee discount for 20 yrs, I never have bought a new car.

I've got a 2006 Audi A8L, bought in fall 2009 in Mt., and a 2007 BMW 750LI bought in fall 2012 w only 9k miles in Hi. Both bot around $30k, or less than 1/3 new cost.

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Old 01-04-2015, 07:34 PM   #82
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If I were spending $60k for a vehicle I'd look at a 60kWh Model S depending upon incentives in your area, or a 60kWh demo/loaner (for which you still get incentives but is discounted).

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Old 01-04-2015, 09:44 PM   #83
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:18 PM   #84
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We sold the house in Paris and the condo in Vail last year and now live in a retirement community in Texas. I am now in the witness protection program so we currently have plain cars.

DW drives a Hyundai Santa Fe (4 cylinder, of course)

I drive a Passat Diesel

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Old 01-04-2015, 10:34 PM   #85
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2014 Ford Escape AWD 2.0 ecoboost Titanium. We are now spoiled, and probably never go back to the middle of the road models. Fell in love with all the gizmos ie: keyless entry, bluetooth hands free calling, My ford touch, BLIS, heated seats, foot activated tailgate, reverse camera, bitchn tune system, traction control in the snow, and amazing automatic parallel park feature.

We've always bought new, and drove the cars 20 years and 300k miles. I do all the maintenance.

I say, buy new and enjoy, life's too short.
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Old 01-04-2015, 11:30 PM   #86
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Nothing too exciting here. I drive a 2009 Infiniti G37 that my DW 'handed down' to me when she got a 2012 Toyota Highlander. She didn't really like the cupholders in the G37, and that made her hate the car. I love the car and with 77k miles on it, I plan on keeping it for many more years!

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Old 01-05-2015, 12:10 AM   #87
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Looking to pick up a Toyota Sienna LE for travelling.
New dealers want $3,500 under MSRP ( $28,400)
or I can get used 2013 one with 45,000 miles on it for $19,000

I'm not sure which way to go, so will ponder it for a while more...
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:31 AM   #88
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The only vehicle that has been depreciating is the relatively new Toyota. The others are holding their value or increasing slightly. Insurance sucks with young drivers and too many toys... I plan to downsize the motorcycles at some point later this year because I now have to carry a big liability policy on each of the vehicles even though the toys are not used often --- it's a precondition to our umbrella liability policy.

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Old 01-05-2015, 03:00 AM   #89
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Just retired end of Dec so entering into retirement we wanted all cars paid off and free of debt. Made lots of extra payments in 2013 and 2014 to get it done.

Wife: 2013 Subaru Outback. She just loves Subaru's cause of their visibility, 4WD, mileage is pretty good. 5 star crash.

Me: 2014 Mazda CX-5 AWD GT. Needed a car that was both practical and toy. Meets both needs. Room enough for bike and stuff, handles well, 30+ mpg, 5 star crash Since it was my retirement car I did splurge for a lot of the bells and whistles and glad I did. We keep cars for 10+ years and it will make retirement more fun. Our first retirement road trip to FL in March.

Other cars:

Son1: 2007 Subaru Forester 51k miles.

Son2: 2011 Subaru Forester 22k miles.

See a trend in Subaru's They are god cars, can be expensive to maintain, but when it comes to cars I have to have 5 star crash tests for everyone.

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Old 01-05-2015, 04:48 AM   #90
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A Mercedes Benz -- Bus that is. Here in Switzerland I use public transit (city buses, trains) and it runs so smoothly that there is no need for the exhorbitant expense of a personal car. For 600 Swiss Francs (about 600 USD) I get a card giving me unlimited rides to multiple zones in Lugano and some outlying areas for an entire year. Rent a Smart Car for trips when a car is essential. Previous car was a Subaru Forester in Canyon Red (answered to the name of "Cowboy"), which I drove in Maine for 10 years and 253,000 miles before selling it and moving to Europe.

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Old 01-05-2015, 07:03 AM   #92
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:10 AM   #93
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Old 01-05-2015, 07:44 AM   #94
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I don't fit the normal retirement mode as still have two active boys at home:
1995 Freestar minivan with 106K miles
1995 Freestar minivan with 94K miles
2011 Kia Sedona minivan with 21K miles

All bought used, less than 3 yr old at time of purchase, not trendy so got great discounts from new pricing. Looking to replace one of the older cars with either a Toyota Venza or Kia Sorento right now, just keeping my eyes out for a good value, no hurry. While I can well afford a $60K vehicle, it is just a tool for me and can't justify the waste of $$, would rather spend it on a family adventure vacation. Looking to either Alaska or Europe for this summer. Just want a reliable comfortable car, just drove 2500 miles last week RT for family visit/death.
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Old 01-05-2015, 09:06 AM   #95
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2005 Lexus ES - 80K
2006 Sienna LE - 90K

Should have both for a long time coming. That's just how I roll.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:35 PM   #96
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:00 PM   #97
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So who is tabulating the results by make, model, year etc?
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:28 PM   #98
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2015 Acura MDX (base model with AWD; did not want the technology or entertainment package). I traded in two aging but fairly high value vehicles for it and paid the balance with my substantial retirement sick leave payout.

I had an Acura back in the late '80's (a manual transmission Legend) and liked it very much.

I have taken 3 road trips since retirement and felt more secure with a new vehicle in unfamiliar and sometimes isolated areas.
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Old 01-05-2015, 01:50 PM   #99
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Depends on where I plan to go and/or do. Over the past year my daily drivers have been a 2014 4x4 Sequoia about 40% of the time, 2013 4x4 Tundra about 40% of the time a 2009 Z51 Corvette about 15% of the time, other vehicles about 5% of the time.
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We drive older cars we got with low mileage and paid cash. We bought my husband's truck in the university auction, because it was low mileage and has a tommy lift. It's a 2004 Chevy. We have a 2001 Grand Marquis that we bought a few years ago and used mostly for travel, then we bought a 2008 Grand Marquis last year with very low mileage and inexpensive for mostly travel. We may sell the old one, but it's hardly worth much anymore. Then we got my dad's Mercury Sable station wagon when he died in 2010. It was a 2000 and he had it fully loaded and a fast engine, then almost immediately, my parents became unable to drive. It was only used for his caregiver to take them to appts. So we got a 10 year old car with 11,000 miles on it and it runs beautifully. I drive it to work and it still only has about 34,000 miles on it.

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