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Rompho Ray

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  1. Rompho Ray

    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Not that I'm aware of. If you want to keep the car you have to then buy out the lease though. I'll have to ask about that.
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    Travel horror stories

    Bwahahahahahaha! Absolutely priceless.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    I know you're a former car salesman, but I've told both salesmen so far that I'm not sure whether I'm buying or leasing. I'd have no way of knowing what the price basis of the lease payment is, so it really doesn't matter; I'll have to haggle down the lease payment anyway. I've both done this and done the "build your own car" thing on the corporate websites. Interestingly the stickers don't seem to be quite as expensive as I remember, maybe I'm just a little looser now that I'm actually on the payroll. Really where you make your best gains is with the dealer options, since they can give you those at their cost. That "throw in the fancy floor mats" shit. And this is the thing I just don't know yet. I'm expecting an order from a customer for my side business, already been notified that contracts are being signed etc., and if I get that I should be able to put about $10K down. That will put me into a nicer trim level on the cars I've been looking at, and lower my monthly payments. I won't look at fancier models, Beemers, etc. if/when I get it.
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    Ever Broken A Bone?

    Sounds like a thread topic to me.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Yep, correct. It was standard on both cars I looked at, at the higher trim levels. Feck me, I was relieved when they told me how to turn it off! No, not available here that I know of. That's another point in favor of leasing, totally agree. That's OK, I want to see both prices. I'll negotiate when the time comes, already teeing them up for that.
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    What are you drinking?

    While waiting for my washing: First had this in Mexico, worked in the city where it's brewed (Monterrey). The Mexicans tend to refer to certain things in the diminutive, so this could be ordered as a "negrita", as in "Dos negritas por favor!"
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Well, you don't know how the car was driven, especially considering that how you break in the motor makes a huge difference. Also, you trade the depreciation for the warranty, so the car is basically fixed for free for at least 3 years if anything goes wrong. Kinda like buying insurance with the money.
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    Ever Broken A Bone?

    All from the same fight?
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    I keep cars forever, or at least try to. Back home I have a 1986 Toyota 4Runner that I bought brand new. Before that I had a Volkswagen Rabbit (called Golf in the Old Country) that I had for 4 years but only got rid of it when I tore the oil pan out on a curb. Had a Nissan 300ZX Turbo that I had to sell at 5 years old to pay for my divorce. If I had kept the car and ran the bitch over with it instead, I probably would have driven that down here. Very good promotions here in the US at the moment. Toyota dealer told me he could give me $5000 off the price right away before any haggling, similar with Nissan. This is how I ordinarily think, but I'm open to being persuaded otherwise. One positive thing about leasing is that I can write it off my business.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Good, then I can tell you how I feel about the Compass: It is the biggest pile of shit I have ever been within a mile of, and that counts sewage treatment plants. The steering is numb and imprecise, the automation features are weirdly inconsistent and no feature works the same way twice, the navigation system is stupid, the climate control is ridiculous and forgets its settings, and the car has a million software bugs in it. Yesterday when I was driving it, it kept warning me that there was a break in attempt under way. Fecking fast-running criminals around here! Also, I signaled for a lane change, and when I returned the stalk to the center position the fecking blinker kept blinking! Moved it the other way, blinking light changed sides, then same thing. Took me about 6 tries to get the blinking to stop. After driving the Toyota and Nissan cars, I was flat-out embarrassed by the Jeep. There is not a single thing that vehicle does right. A rolling catastrophe.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    If the US had the same gas prices as Europe, we wouldn't have them for long, because there would be open rebellion. Most of your fuel price is taxes (like ours), and we don't allow our government to kill us with taxes like that. I do understand that some of the need for smaller cars is due to the narrow streets in some of the cities though.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    At the moment I'm driving a 2018 Compass as a rental. In deference to the fact that you probably like the Cherokee, I won't tell you exactly how I feel about the Compass. I'll only say that if the Compass was the only car in the world, I'd walk the 17 miles to work.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Yep, that's what I'm thinking about. I have a friend who lives in West Palm Beach Florida, about 8 hours driving from here. If I were visiting him for any length of time I'd drive down there so I had wheels while there (a weekend trip would be done by air of course). Do that once, a trip to see my daughter in New Orleans, couple of trips to Myrtle Beach, and there's me done. Almost worth buying to save money on airline flights alone!
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    Ever Broken A Bone?

    Yep, I have a titanium ass, two new hips.
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    New Car: Which one? Buy or lease?

    Believable, considering that it isn't really your car, and that's got to be hard to keep in mind. About the mileage limit, my commute is about 17 miles one way. That's a shade less than 9,000 miles per year. Lease terms tend to be around 10K - 15K per year. Cutting it a little close at the lower end.
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