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Out of the Blue

Well, the cautious part of my cautious optimism about our car turned out to be more accurate than the optimism part, as it refused to start after having a couple of days to drain the battery. It spent the night at the mechanic: He found a problem with a dome light that stayed on when the door was closed, but he's not sure that's the entirety of the problem (and I'm pretty sure he's right that it isn't), so he's taking some more time to suss it out.

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18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 4, 2013, 10:13 BobBob
 
Verno wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 18:29:
Having trouble seeing those kinds of problems crop with regularity to the point where you would claim that a new car should be purchased after your warranty period ends, I don't know, seems iffy. Maybe you just put your cars through the ringer in mileage or buy lemons, I don't know but I would think about doing some research Biff

It's mostly cultural. In California we drive, drive, drive, drive, and drive some more. It is very common to have extensive mileage on a car versus living in another State.
 
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17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 19:52 Prez
 
Creston wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 18:47:
Prez wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 10:46:
nin wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 09:22:
HE'S THE COMPUTER MAN!

That was painful...


That video may be old but IT dudes still look exactly like that.

Okay, fortunately I don't look THAT bad.

*watches video*

Dad?

Creston

LMAO! That was awkward, huh? Laugh
 
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16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 18:50 Creston
 
The key is to always pay cash for a car. Never get a loan.


Actually, no. The best thing to do is get it financed and take the cash discount versus the 0% APR, then pay it off the next day. You can typically save yourself a thousand bucks that way, and the turn-around is fast enough that you basically take no hit on your credit score.

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15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 18:47 Creston
 
Prez wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 10:46:
nin wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 09:22:
HE'S THE COMPUTER MAN!

That was painful...


That video may be old but IT dudes still look exactly like that.

Okay, fortunately I don't look THAT bad.

*watches video*

Dad?

Creston
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 18:42 1badmf
 
also why pay cash? it takes forever for most people to save up enough to buy a new car. not to mention the fact that with payments, what you pay over time is actually less than the value of the car when it was new even though monetarily it's the same; especially if you can get a zero interest loan (like i did).

also, i just made my last payment on said car. go me!
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 18:29 Verno
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 16:57:
Often the repairs on a used car, without warranty, can cost more in time, money, and energy than simply recycling to a new or used one with a decent warranty. Think McFly, think.

Having trouble seeing those kinds of problems crop with regularity to the point where you would claim that a new car should be purchased after your warranty period ends, I don't know, seems iffy. Maybe you just put your cars through the ringer in mileage or buy lemons, I don't know but I would think about doing some research Biff
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 16:57 BobBob
 
Verno wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 13:39:
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 13:06:
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 12:33:
Looks like they trained you to be a good little consumer

It's called: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

The key is to always pay cash for a car. Never get a loan.

What does that have to do with buying a new car every time you hit the engine warranty an older one?

Often the repairs on a used car, without warranty, can cost more in time, money, and energy than simply recycling to a new or used one with a decent warranty. Think McFly, think.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 13:54 Cutter
 
I always love Patti's 'Tennessee Waltz'.

And it could be your car's solenoid, Blue. I had similar problems once and that's what it was.
 
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 13:50 Shok
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 13:06:
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 12:33:
Looks like they trained you to be a good little consumer

It's called: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

The key is to always pay cash for a car. Never get a loan.

Whatever. I could have paid cash when I bought my car in 2009 but the dealer had a 0% financing promotion. So I made money off interest in my bank instead of paying for it all at once. And it padded my credit rating at the same time...
 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 13:39 Verno
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 13:06:
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 12:33:
Looks like they trained you to be a good little consumer

It's called: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

The key is to always pay cash for a car. Never get a loan.

What does that have to do with buying a new car every time you hit the engine warranty an older one?
 
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 13:06 BobBob
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 12:33:
Looks like they trained you to be a good little consumer

It's called: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism

The key is to always pay cash for a car. Never get a loan.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 13:02  Blue 
 
Steelcamp wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 09:31:
Blue dude,

With dead car batteries come shorts in the electrical system. Mostly in the battery itself as a result of other shorts.
Opinion: replace battery, alternator, battery cables and make sure you have new battery cable connectors. Then be done with it.

When you are lucky enough to have a good trustworthy mechanic, letting him diagnose the problem seems desirable. I just spoke with my guy and this broken dome light switch on the door seems to be the culprit. Replacing the alternator would not have addressed that, so I think I made the correct choice.

I know it sounds like throwing money at it and hope it works...but that is what I usually do with older cars. How old is you car BTW?

Older fits. It's an '03 so it's probably about 10 (we got it used). It's an Accord, and has never cost us much for repairs (which is the idea behind getting such a car). We've had two serious issues along the way, and both of them were handled for free by Honda out-of-warranty, since they still deemed themselves responsible.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 12:33 dj LiTh
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 12:27:
A car is as good as its warranty. Once the warranty runs out you might as well sell it and buy another one.

Looks like they trained you to be a good little consumer
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 12:27 BobBob
 
A car is as good as its warranty. Once the warranty runs out you might as well sell it and buy another one.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 10:46 Prez
 
nin wrote on Jan 3, 2013, 09:22:
HE'S THE COMPUTER MAN!

That was painful...


That video may be old but IT dudes still look exactly like that.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 10:40 RoboNerd
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 09:31 Steelcamp
 
Blue dude,

With dead car batteries come shorts in the electrical system. Mostly in the battery itself as a result of other shorts.
Opinion: replace battery, alternator, battery cables and make sure you have new battery cable connectors. Then be done with it.
I know it sounds like throwing money at it and hope it works...but that is what I usually do with older cars. How old is you car BTW?
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 3, 2013, 09:22 nin
 
HE'S THE COMPUTER MAN!

That was painful...

 
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