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I bought a new car today!

My current car, a 2012 Toyota Prius C, has around 100K miles on it.

I went to the local Toyota dealer and reserved a 2024 Toyota Prius Prime; It's supposed to arrive in a month, I'm tracking the ship that's bringing it from Japan.

I didn't tell the salesman,, but I'm thinking of paying cash when we close the deal.

So, mock me or advise me against paying with cash and tell me about your car purchases.

by Anonymousreply 87November 18, 2023 2:45 AM

Congratulations. Negotiate hard. Pay cash. It just makes sense. No payment looming each month. That’s what I did when I bought my 2018 VW Beetle convertible. Love it. Hoping they start making them again before I need another.

by Anonymousreply 1November 11, 2023 1:17 AM

[quote]So, mock me or advise me against paying with cash and tell me about your car purchases.

I would never mock someone for paying cash. If you can, knock yourself out. Paying interest when you don't have to (or there is some complicated tax reason beyond most mere mortals) is stupid.

I have two friends I've talked to who are very happy with their cars, but did not realize the long term ownership costs of an electric/hybrid.

The batteries are $10K minimum to replace. Now, does that $10K equal what a ECE car would cost? I have no idea.

by Anonymousreply 2November 11, 2023 1:19 AM

Congrats, OP!

I haven't bought a new vehicle since 2007 (a Harley ElectraGlide -- I put almost 95K miles on it before I wrecked it); new vehicles aren't worth what you paid for them five minutes off the lot, and I really don't have that kind of money anyway.

But I will rejoice with you when you receive it.

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by Anonymousreply 3November 11, 2023 1:20 AM

I was just looking at the Prius Prime online after seeing it IRL the other day. It’s gorgeous, OP - please let us know how it drives (my son drives my 2011 Prius). Congratulations!

by Anonymousreply 4November 11, 2023 1:23 AM

I took a shit today.

by Anonymousreply 5November 11, 2023 1:26 AM

I bought my first panettone of the season today!

by Anonymousreply 6November 11, 2023 1:42 AM

This reminds me of the cordless electric lawnmower I saw at Harbor Freight. I was excited that it was only $149, but then I found out the battery cost $300.

by Anonymousreply 7November 11, 2023 1:47 AM

I fell down last winter…

by Anonymousreply 8November 11, 2023 1:50 AM

I thought I wanted the new Prius but when I sat in one, I learned how much lower it is to the ground than my 2007 Prius. Little difficult getting in and out for this elder.

Now I wish there was a Corolla PHEV. ALAS ….

by Anonymousreply 9November 11, 2023 6:39 AM

^^ And when I asked the salesperson if I could order a new Prius Prime to get the exact car I would want, I was told not really, Toyota's ordering system does not allow it. I would have to put down a $1000 NON-REFUNDABLE (!!) deposit and be prepared to wait up to a year for a car with my specs to be made and scheduled for shipment to the USA. It would then be flagged to be sent to the Toyota distributorship serving my local dealership.

Too much hassle!

by Anonymousreply 10November 11, 2023 10:29 AM

Paying cash is nice to get it all out of the way. I suppose the only reason to not pay cash for me would be if I could make more money from the capital than what I would be paying in interest.

by Anonymousreply 11November 11, 2023 10:42 AM

The new rules redesigned Prius is gorgeous

by Anonymousreply 12November 11, 2023 10:52 AM

My personal belief is that you should never take on any debt if you have the ability to avoid it.

I see what you were saying R11 but markets are dynamic, and a debt will remain in case business conditions worsen. I say pay cash and be done with any worry.

by Anonymousreply 13November 11, 2023 10:53 AM

[quote]So, mock me or advise me against paying with cash and tell me about your car purchases.

Sure. Humblebragger.

My 2015 Honda Fit has 80,000 miles. Most of my driving is less than 5 miles and there's nothing currently wrong with the vehicle so I'm stuck with it until it starts to cost too much to maintain. A hybrid would be ideal though.

by Anonymousreply 14November 11, 2023 10:59 AM

Just looked up the Prius Prime. Didn’t know it was significantly different. Gorgeous! Which color did you get OP?

by Anonymousreply 15November 11, 2023 11:22 AM

Congrats, buying a new car is so exciting for me, especially one that's paid for when you drive it out of the dealer 👍

by Anonymousreply 16November 11, 2023 11:43 AM

The Prius is supposed to be one the longest-lasting cars on the road, and can easily go 250,000 miles or more.

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by Anonymousreply 17November 11, 2023 11:50 AM

I decided I would take on a small amount of debt when I purchased a '23 Honda Accord hybrid back in August. I haven't had a loan in years, figured it would be good to demonstrate to rating agencies that I can handle monthly payments.

The salesperson and sales manager... I don't think they were pleased with the amount I was depositing. Things got chilly when they realized that a) my loan was for just 3 years and b) that I'd be paying back around $250 per month. I do plan on ending the loan early.

But c'est la vie - I finally got the car and am really pleased with it. I love it's exterior and am very comfortable in it. Like many new cars it hoots and whistles at me a lot, but that's what a safety feature package gets you.

by Anonymousreply 18November 11, 2023 11:55 AM

[quote]The batteries are $10K minimum to replace.

That's such lame Republican pro Big Oil Company speak. First of all, it's very rare that the batteries fail, never met a person that actually happened to. Secondly, the Prius battery is under warranty for 10 years!

by Anonymousreply 19November 11, 2023 12:05 PM

[quote]when I asked the salesperson if I could order a new Prius Prime to get the exact car I would want, I was told not really

Yes, because you live in a bubble. What you are talking about is AMERICAN cars with a hundred different options like an order at Burger King...Have it Your Way. Most foreign car companies don't do that. If you are lucky they might have 3 different variants of a car. A base model, a luxury and sport version. That's it. You cant mix and match, that's how the world works outside the US.

by Anonymousreply 20November 11, 2023 12:10 PM

^ Calm down, angry foreigner, it works that way pretty much in the US these days. You CAN special order a car, but it's strongly discouraged, you'll wait a long time and you'll pay top dollar for it. Most cars come pretty well equipped these days so there is little to special order

by Anonymousreply 21November 11, 2023 12:17 PM

I have owned maybe a dozen cars in my lifetime, mostly brand new. I tried leasing, purchasing with a loan an straight cash. They all have different advantages.

-Leasing is the best financial deal if you have your own business and can write it off as an expense. Or if you want a really nice car for very low monthly. The catch is you never own the car. You can buy it at the end of the lease but you have no equity in it. Although the price is a lot lower since it's considered a used car.

-If you plan to keep it for a while, 3-5 years, purchase to own is a better deal. Most cars can last longer than that so you have a number of years payment free.

-paying cash if you can afford it is smarter since you don't spend years paying thousands of dollars in interest. The only catch there is the second you take it off the lot, you lost thousands of dollars in deprecation. So if you hated it, and tried to sell it a month later, you would be shit out of luck getting anything close to your money back.

by Anonymousreply 22November 11, 2023 12:26 PM

Congratulations OP. I have had two Prius in the past, both worked great no problems. One was a hybrid, and the other is a Plug-In hybrid. There is a difference.

For those that don't know a hybrid uses both gas and electrify to power the engine. As you drive, the battery gets charged up but if you need extra power like going 80mpr on the freeway, the gas engine kicks in. The PLUG-IN version does all of that but has a second large battery. That second battery is so you can use the car exclusively as an electric vehicle. Like a Tesla you could live off just using charging stations or how power outlets.

To be honest, I rarely use the plug in charge feature. It's just so easy to fill the tank up once a month and let it charge itself as I drive. Plus, I live in an older high-rise so the garage has no charging or outlets near by.

by Anonymousreply 23November 11, 2023 12:36 PM

I ordered my Audi in February 2000 and it took 3 months to build and ship to the USA.

I ordered my Toyota Cressida in early September of '82 and it came in the day before Thanksgiving. (However this one was already in transit and was diverted to my dealership.)

Both times to my exact specs.

by Anonymousreply 24November 11, 2023 12:37 PM

I love new cars. One of my clients has a 10 year old Porsche her husband bought her before the divorce. Last time I checked it was worth about 70,000. I keep telling her to buy a new car, something more mid-tier maybe more luxury than sport but she's totally against that ideal. She's 60 years old, a sports car like that is not comfortable for someone that age. You sit really low to the ground, difficult to get out of. I laugh because every time she takes it into the dealer for a tuneup it's $10,000 by the time they do everything. But nope, she wont let go of that car no matter how much of a money pit it is.

by Anonymousreply 25November 11, 2023 12:49 PM

I had a brandnew gold Cadillac delivered to the empty house we were squatting in. I swept out in my caftan and cubic zirconia- hair styled high by my Colombian house slave- and told them payment would be slightly delayed but I was good for it.

Then we left for Mexico in the middle of the night.

by Anonymousreply 26November 11, 2023 12:58 PM

^ Probably pisses her ex-husband off that she has that Porsche which gives her life 😉

by Anonymousreply 27November 11, 2023 1:10 PM

I have 2010 Acura with 100,000 miles and don’t intend to replace it anytime soon as it still drives well. Sometimes I feel like I’m supposed to get a new one, because people think it’s weird to drive a car that over 5 years old, but I only drive around town, don’t want the debt and I’m not trying to impress anyone. I figure the $400-500 a month I save is enough to save and take a good vacation every year.

by Anonymousreply 28November 11, 2023 1:13 PM

Good Point R27. I never thought of that. Well they are a War of the Roses kind of couple. That divorce has been going on for years. More than 5, maybe closer to 10.

by Anonymousreply 29November 11, 2023 1:14 PM

R28, there is nothing wrong with keep a a car 10 years if nothings wrong with it. Never buy a car for other people. That said, the money you are saving should be banked for a new car, not vacations. That car IS GOING TO DIE SOME DAY.

by Anonymousreply 30November 11, 2023 1:17 PM

R12- Who cares about the styling.

Consumer Reports gives the redesigned Prius a much lower road test score than the 2016- 2022 Prius.

by Anonymousreply 31November 11, 2023 1:17 PM

R30- I had my car for 14 years.

It was a 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit 🐰.

by Anonymousreply 32November 11, 2023 1:18 PM

You know, OP, I actually did pay cash for my new-to-me Nissan truck last fall. It had 70K miles on it and I paid $14K.

I don't believe in debt at my age. I always tell people, "I don't have much, but everything I have, I own."

by Anonymousreply 33November 11, 2023 1:19 PM

A Rabbit? that's such a cliche gay car. Was it white? Let me guess, do you have blond highlights too?

by Anonymousreply 34November 11, 2023 1:22 PM

[quote]I always tell people, "I don't have much, but everything I have, I own."

I am sure that makes you feel better in that comfort zone, but is that really good idea? My financial advisor tells me the smartest thing to do is not pay everything off. His richest clients who make millions of dollars still take out loans on their houses and cars because the money they would have spent paying for them cash makes more money in the stock market.

by Anonymousreply 35November 11, 2023 1:27 PM

^^ ALL wealth management peeps say that, r35! Less money in your account means less money for them.

by Anonymousreply 36November 11, 2023 1:32 PM

^ This ^ The older you are the less debt you want and I don't care what any money guy says

by Anonymousreply 37November 11, 2023 1:37 PM

Yeah, r36 but there is a lot of truth to it. My friend was not telling me that for his own gratification, he knows I dont have any money like that. He's also told me about how some people have 3 million sitting in the bank and live in the worst crime neighborhood with bars on the windows in a small 2 bedroom house. Then they just up and die never spending the money and it goes to some distant relative. But hey, their house was paid for.

by Anonymousreply 38November 11, 2023 1:39 PM

R34- A Subaru is a LESBIAN cliche. I've never heard of a Volkswagen Rabbit being a GAY cliche.

I drive a Toyota Camry- what type of cliche is that car?

by Anonymousreply 39November 11, 2023 1:41 PM

Actually R37, there are certain tax benefits to not having your house paid of when you are older. I know, it feels good to say everything is paid off but in reality it might not be the best financial decision depending on where you are financially.

by Anonymousreply 40November 11, 2023 1:42 PM

R39, has never been to WeHo in the 90's. Tons of gay men in the Rabbits. Usually the queeny shop bottoms. The butch guys drove Jeeps.

by Anonymousreply 41November 11, 2023 1:44 PM

"I drive a Toyota Camry- what type of cliche is that car? "


by Anonymousreply 42November 11, 2023 1:48 PM

This is my car-


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by Anonymousreply 43November 11, 2023 1:51 PM

I bought an unlimited Metrocard giving me access to over 5,000 square miles of hot mens from every country in the world. I'm having Greek for lunch and Colombian for dinner.

by Anonymousreply 44November 11, 2023 1:54 PM

^ Except none of them have jobs and will probably roll you after dinner... Hide the good silver

by Anonymousreply 45November 11, 2023 1:57 PM

Boy, some of you folks are really used to having $$! I live on $2000/month (and that includes a small pension) and have a little over 10K in the bank. And I am very glad to own everything I have (not much, believe me) outright.

And you think I should take out loans so I can put $ in investments? Hahahahahaha.

Come by my place and see how the other half lives.

by Anonymousreply 46November 11, 2023 2:00 PM

One of my former friends who turned out to be a Trumpeter drove a Prius until one of his friends told him it was a Lesbian car. He sold it a month later. 😂

by Anonymousreply 47November 11, 2023 2:02 PM

I bought my first new car with a loan, but it was 0% interest. I paid cash for the subsequent four. (I bought a new Toyota this summer, after I racked up 170,000 on my old one.) Not making payments is tremendously liberating.

by Anonymousreply 48November 11, 2023 2:05 PM

What sort of situation, r40? I'm curious. I cannot think of one where debt is better than no debt.

by Anonymousreply 49November 11, 2023 2:05 PM

[quote] I live on $2000/month (and that includes a small pension) and have a little over 10K in the bank...And you think I should take out loans so I can put $ in investments?

No it's too late for you Gramps. If you are retired, no one is going to give you a loan. You might die before it's paid off.

by Anonymousreply 50November 11, 2023 2:06 PM

R48- Was it a Toyota Camry ?

by Anonymousreply 51November 11, 2023 2:08 PM

[quote]What sort of situation, [R40]? I'm curious. I cannot think of one where debt is better than no debt.

Well, I am not a financial guy, but off the top of my head, if your house was worth say 500,000 and it's all paid off, you are open to losing all of it if for example you got sued or had a medical emergency that insurance didnt cover. If that same 500,000 was instead in some kind of trust, with conservative investments, even if you were forced to sell that house, you would still have all that money safe from creditors and lawsuits.

by Anonymousreply 52November 11, 2023 2:13 PM

R50, if you're as smart as you think you are, why didn't you know I'm a lesbian?

Gramps indeed.

by Anonymousreply 53November 11, 2023 2:25 PM

Thank god I've never had a car payment. My dad bought my cars for me and when he died, I used part of my inheritance to buy a new one. I can't imagine people having to fork over 500+ a month for that shit. I agree, if you have the cash to buy something, do it!

by Anonymousreply 54November 11, 2023 2:29 PM

I've been using the same old jalopy for years.

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by Anonymousreply 55November 11, 2023 2:40 PM

R55- The Beverly Hillbillies- Swimming Pools and HOMOSEXUALS

by Anonymousreply 56November 11, 2023 2:41 PM

r41, I seem to recall it was the topless Mazda Miata that was the car for WeHo gays.

by Anonymousreply 57November 11, 2023 2:48 PM

Hunh? R52

Would you be indebted to your trust? Is this what you’re saying?

by Anonymousreply 58November 11, 2023 4:54 PM

@r39, "I drive a Toyota Camry- what type of cliche is that car? "

Toyota said it best... 🙄

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by Anonymousreply 59November 11, 2023 5:04 PM

[quote]The batteries are $10K minimum to replace.

No, when mine failed (after 18 years and 250,000 miles) the dealer quoted me $3800 installed for a brand new battery. I went with used for $500 installed. It's a cottage industry reconditioning batteries salvaging them from accident vehicles (deer strikes are apparently a huge source of nice used Prius batteries).

I've never owned a car this long, but I see no reason to trade, especially since I got lifetime free satellite radio when I bought it. About 5 years ago I did buy a new interior and set of seats from a wreck, and it was like getting a brand new car.

by Anonymousreply 60November 11, 2023 5:17 PM

^ You sound like a smart shopper 👍

by Anonymousreply 61November 11, 2023 5:29 PM

r60, that is good to know, my Prius is from 2007, although my mileage is pretty low (135,000).

by Anonymousreply 62November 11, 2023 8:01 PM

I'm considering maybe buying a new Subaru Forrester Premium

What does the datalounge thing about that?

and NO - I'm not a Lesbian

by Anonymousreply 63November 11, 2023 10:42 PM

Paying cash or the dumb way?

by Anonymousreply 64November 11, 2023 10:46 PM

@r63, Doesn't matter, everyone will think you're a lesbian

by Anonymousreply 65November 11, 2023 10:46 PM

R64- If I do buy a car or that car- I'm leaning HEAVILY on buying the Subaru Forester - Consumer Reports gives it a high road test score and I've sat in it- it has a lot of front leg room ( I'm 6ft2in) and drove it as a loaner car once when my Crosstrek was in for a repair.

Oh- I forgot to answer your question- I will be paying for the car in full- no car loan.

by Anonymousreply 66November 11, 2023 10:49 PM

R63 / R66, sounds like you want to buy the Forrester, so go ahead and buy it. Who cares if a few posters on Datalounge think it's a "lesbian car." I would take the opinions of DLers with a huge grain of salt.

by Anonymousreply 67November 11, 2023 10:59 PM

R67- Thank you.

I guess I've been a Lesbian since December 31, 2018 because that is when I took delivery of my Subaru Crosstrek

by Anonymousreply 68November 11, 2023 11:11 PM

I ordered a car once – a Volvo S60R. They tried to talk me into flying to Sweden to pick it up in person and drive around for a month, then they would pay for shipping to the US. I passed on that option. It took about three months for the car to arrive at the dealership. By then there were huge incentives on that model but I was shit out of luck. I paid full MSRP. Never again. BTW, the car was junk, but I kept it for ten years.

My current car is nine years old and just turned 110K miles. Except for my first car in college, I keep mine for an average of ten years. I expect to keep the one I have now for much longer than that. I still enjoy driving it and looking at it when I'm approaching it in the parking lot at work. It's been in a couple minor accidents, but is free from damage. The only thing I worry about is missing out on new technological advances, but it has Bluetooth, satellite radio, lane change assistance, automatic braking, anti-skid, a zillion airbags, a good air filtration system. The emergency assistance feature went bye-bye last year, since it was on 3G instead of 4G, which was common at the time. I never used it anyway.

I'm 6'6" and about 300 lbs. My options are limited, unless I want a truck or SUV, which I don't.

by Anonymousreply 69November 11, 2023 11:15 PM

@r68, We're just kidding you, no matter what car you buy there's a stereotype to go with it. Buy what you like, you're the one who has to drive it

by Anonymousreply 70November 11, 2023 11:16 PM

One more thing about battery replacement--it's really simple. It takes about an hour, but that's mostly because you need to remove the back seat and some trim panels, and then unscrew about a thousand 14mm bolts that hold the battery to the car frame. The battery swap itself is nothing, and it's 99.9999% idiot proof (if there's a will theres a way, I guess). I gave my mechanic $100 to do it, but honestly if it needs replacement again I'll do it myself. YouTube has some really good videos on how to do it.

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by Anonymousreply 71November 11, 2023 11:34 PM

R69- For your height and girth you need to locate a time machine to take you back to 1975 so you can buy a brand new 1975 Oldsmobile 98 Regency with Pillow Velour Six Way Power Bench Seat- Those were extremely comfortable- lots of leg room, thigh support and seat width.

There are NO cars built today that offer such levels of comfort for US full figured gals.

by Anonymousreply 72November 11, 2023 11:46 PM

R14, my 2015 Fit has 76K miles and I plan on keeping it forever. I love this thing!

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by Anonymousreply 73November 11, 2023 11:55 PM

Paying cash may not be the best decision, depending on where you're getting the cash.

If you have to liquidate investments, such as mutual funds, you need to compare your annual returns to the interest rate for the car loan. For example, the APR for a new car from BoA in California is around 6.5%. Returns on most Morningstar 5-star large cap funds is higher. Additionally, there is the realized capital gains you'd have to pay taxes on.

If you're pulling from cash reserves, that reduces your cash cushion. The Prius is probably about $35K. You run the risk of a cash crunch in case of emergency or liquidating investments at a bad time.

In general, for most people who can afford to spend $35K cash on a car, it's probably NOT the best financial decision because people who have that much cash lying around probably got it by saving and investing, so the risks and opportunity costs are probably pretty high.

by Anonymousreply 74November 12, 2023 12:05 AM

People who pay cash for cars are probably living below their means. I'm guessing they are not liquidating assets or depleting their savings to pay for the car.

by Anonymousreply 75November 12, 2023 12:11 AM

I was told the best investment I made last year was my used Rav4. I paid cash from an inheritance and got a good trade in amount.

So far all I’ve done is oil changes and a battery. Good car.

by Anonymousreply 76November 12, 2023 12:15 AM

OP hope you get to test out the backseat soon, and have your knickers swinging over the rearview mirror!

by Anonymousreply 77November 12, 2023 12:23 AM

I bought a 2002 Volvo wagon on Craigslist for $2,000 five years ago with 135,000 miles on it. It still starts and rolls.

by Anonymousreply 78November 12, 2023 3:23 AM

But is it better than a blowjob?

by Anonymousreply 79November 12, 2023 1:16 PM

R15 The new car is "Midnight Black", I had no choice wrt any of the options. I grabbed the car that was available. I've heard horror stories of peoples' wait times.

They added some extra options over and above the trim level, glass roof, the larger multimedia screen (12.3" vs 9") and digital key capability.

by Anonymousreply 80November 12, 2023 5:25 PM

OP- I very curious about the new 2025 Toyota Camry. They are unveiling the new Camry on live streaming on Tuesday at 10pm Eastern Standard Time. It's been the same car now for seven model years. I mentioned earlier that I drive a 2017 Toyota Camry.

by Anonymousreply 81November 12, 2023 5:31 PM

They didn’t add anything that you didn’t pay for, whether you wanted it or not, OP.

by Anonymousreply 82November 12, 2023 5:36 PM

Do not tell the dealer you intend to pay cash. You may get a better deal with financing and then pay off the loan after purchase. Having said that, the Prius is very popular so it's unlikely you'll do any better.

by Anonymousreply 83November 12, 2023 6:04 PM

Prius is consistanly rated among the best cars to live in, if you're planning on retiring any time soon.

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by Anonymousreply 84November 12, 2023 6:27 PM

R84 That's horrific.

by Anonymousreply 85November 13, 2023 1:46 AM

I'm impressed with the restyled 2025 Toyota Camry but I need to see how it's rated on the road.

Consumer Reports won't be able to test one until next spring when the cars will be available.

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by Anonymousreply 86November 16, 2023 3:38 AM

I like the restyling Toyota has done on the 2025 Toyota Camry. It's not available for sale until the spring but it looks and sounds like a significant improvement over the current Camry. ALL 2025 Camrys will be hybrid. There will be no gasoline nor V-6 models anymore.

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