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Friday, December 30, 2005


Best Deals this Month? Jeep!

Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4

Through the January 3rd, you can get a reasonably well equipped Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 for $3,480 using a one pay lease at Golling Jeep in Bloomfield Hills, MI. That's crazy good. The retail on that car is over $29,000. How does this work?

You "rent" the car for 24 months/12,000 miles and hand it back to the dealer! This happens to be the employee price and Golling was allowing non employees to get the same deal. Additional fees include tax, title, document and plates. The military discount applies in that payment as well so if you're not in the military, you back that out (still a great deal, anyway). You also need A tier credit through Chrysler Financial. Click here to see if a local dealer will match that Golling deal. The current Jeep incentives will end January 3rd.

Monday, December 19, 2005


The Shopping List Changes

Ok...still a few months to go but of late, I've warmed and cooled on several cars:


Audi S4

Very, very nice car...but can you have a smaller backseat? Uhm...yes...in my C4 :-(
I'm thinking, more and more...that the backseat won't be large enough.

Audi RS6

Obnoxiously expensive...hard to find...better rear seat legroom though.


Porsche Cayenne S

This one shocked me. I've written and spoke passionately in the past of my disdain for a Porsche SUV. It doesn't feel right...and I still don't like the idea...but if given a choice...I'd rather drive a Porsche SUV if I HAVE to have a car with ample rear seat legroom that can manage a Michigan winter.

I must say that as I looked around for "deals" on a Cayenne I really liked what I saw at Luxury Motors. Very nice site...and excellent use of LivePerson to help browsers find a car. I had a request to chat from one of the live operators. I think this is an excellent use of the technology and not too intrusive.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005


Finding the Best Deal

Ok...so, here is the current line up of cars that we're considering:

Lexus GS430

Infiniti M35
Audi S4, used RS6 or new A4 3.2
BMW 5 series, probably new
Mercedes E500 (maybe 4WD), probably new

The last car makes no sense whatsoever...but then, I'm human:

Used Porsche C4 (2003 model year) and a used Jeep, Ford Explorer or one of those old Land Rovers from Daktari that will run on gasoline, diesel, turpentine or sheep's urine in case I have to take the kids somewhere. I could get a hunting rifle, a hat and fill the roof compartment with Lion cages, extra fuel tanks, water, beans, rice, etc. I'm going for a certain look. I'd lease the C4s and buy the 4x4 used, of course.

What will be my strategy? I've already been doing research using our top secret new BestDeals application on what dealers are offering around the country. In the next few weeks we'll show how that search feature works. But, basically, it will allow me/you to look both locally and nationally to see what dealers will sell a new car for...should be fun.

Speaking of best deals on a new car...year-end is especially a good time to buy. Why? Dealers are trying to close out the year and make "numbers" and, potentially, write off bad debts, fix their inventory, etc. etc. If you're serious about buying...now really is a good time...especially if you're shopping domestic makes that have high inventories (that's basically all domestics with the exception of hybrid vehicles and a few other high demand vehicles).

If all this fails, I'll buy my brother's race Ducati 996 (uses race fuel only) and tow the kids.

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