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Old 12-12-2012, 10:56 AM
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Re: When people ask you the price you paid how do you react?

Saw this thread pop up and even though it doesnt apply to my 06 XK I still get asked all the time. I usually wont tell them exactly what I got it for, I say 15k.. I do see everyones POV and I agree with the ones that if someone has a great response as to why Ill let them know. I also remind them you will not find this color combo, very rare and also that work Ive put into it. As far as salary goes, Im self employed and dont work on salary but on straight commission, harder I work more I make and thats all they get. When I see someone in a nice car/Jeep I can careless what they paid or what they make and my envious side says time to work harder!
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:09 AM
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Re: When people ask you the price you paid how do you react?

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Another thing i'll add - why people are asking will also depend on location and age.

Where I grew up in South Florida, it wasn't uncommon for 16 year old's first cars to be things like my Overland. It wasn't uncommon to see young professionals in brand new Lexus, BMWs, Range Rovers, etc. In many companies, it was expected for the young professionals to go out and buy a entry level luxury car actually.

Where I live now, not so much. In NC, for a younger person to be driving a newer, nicer looking vehicle it takes on a level of skepticism. I've had people ask me stupid things like "Wow, where did you rent a vehicle as nice as that?", some people assume it's borrowed from a parent, etc.

To me, it's just a Jeep. It's a nice vehicle that I like a lot, and I don't want people to ding it up, but it's nothing amazing. It's not a million dollar Veyron, it's not an original Shelby Cobra, it's just another vehicle that is a step up from basic transportation. Apparently, a lot of people don't see it that way and think it's more of a big deal than I do. I can't really think of a car as a "big deal" until it's over 100k.
I had to laugh at your post --- so true about South Florida. I'm from the midwest where car brands aren't so status oriented. South Florida is soooo 3rd world country in many respects and the car status thing is part of that. I know a grocery store shelf stocker that probably spends 50% of pay on his car. I know several other people who spend more on their car than their condo (they are renting, no surprise) and in one case leasing a Volvo at almost 25% interest rate (not joking) AND wanting to move up to a BMW as the Volvo wasn't status enough. Crazy crazy! LOL

I feel prices for vehicles are readily available and agree with others that most inquiries are because they are interested in the vehicle and want more information on the car market to get a sense of what is out there.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:42 PM
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I say no as well, for the same reason. Lots of people have my vehicle or will buy one but no one else has my job or will have it.
I have to ask. What job is that?
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:56 PM
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I have to ask. What job is that?

One that allows him to be quite full of himself. I'd bet he had a difficult time waiting for someone to ask this very question.
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Old 12-12-2012, 04:22 PM
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One that allows him to be quite full of himself. I'd bet he had a difficult time waiting for someone to ask this very question.
And I thought people in my career were bad about that. You know how to tell if someone is a helicopter pilot? He'll tell you, constantly.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:18 PM
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I have to ask. What job is that?
I'm self employed.
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Old 12-12-2012, 05:24 PM
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Re: When people ask you the price you paid how do you react?

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How did you get the price of a 3.6L WK2 up to 60G? Bullet proof doors?
We get severely ripped of for cars down here in Aus.
Base model Laredo retails for $49k, all the way up to just under $80k for Overland.
10% GST, 5% import duty, 3.5% Stamp duty, 30% luxury car tax above $50kish makes up a big chunk of the difference. But all that still doesn't account for the total difference. The rest is I think they just get away with a bigger profit margin here because they can (Jeeps are still cheap here when you compare to Toyota, etc).
Sorry for the rant...
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:24 PM
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We get severely ripped of for cars down here in Aus.
Base model Laredo retails for $49k, all the way up to just under $80k for Overland.
10% GST, 5% import duty, 3.5% Stamp duty, 30% luxury car tax above $50kish makes up a big chunk of the difference. But all that still doesn't account for the total difference. The rest is I think they just get away with a bigger profit margin here because they can (Jeeps are still cheap here when you compare to Toyota, etc).
Sorry for the rant...
No apology needed. I've seriously considered retiring overseas due to the mess we have going here in the states but the reality is that your situation is probably worse. I guess I need to be looking at Texas, Utah or the Lakota Nation.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:34 PM
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And I thought people in my career were bad about that. You know how to tell if someone is a helicopter pilot? He'll tell you, constantly.
I actually know a guy who is a helicopter stunt pilot and we spent a weekend together making some repairs and modifications to our mutual friend's classic car. I was more interested in hearing about his career than he was telling, and he was more interested in learning from me how to put the car back together. But no, my career isn't anything near that glamorous. I mainly diagnose problems and design fixes for buildings. There are plenty of guys with my talent, but no one with my job, since I created it and built the client list and reputation that supports it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:06 PM
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I had to laugh at your post --- so true about South Florida. I'm from the midwest where car brands aren't so status oriented. South Florida is soooo 3rd world country in many respects and the car status thing is part of that. I know a grocery store shelf stocker that probably spends 50% of pay on his car. I know several other people who spend more on their car than their condo (they are renting, no surprise) and in one case leasing a Volvo at almost 25% interest rate (not joking) AND wanting to move up to a BMW as the Volvo wasn't status enough. Crazy crazy! LOL

I feel prices for vehicles are readily available and agree with others that most inquiries are because they are interested in the vehicle and want more information on the car market to get a sense of what is out there.
I'll give you one better than that.

In college I lived in an apartment complex that was decidedly "OK". It was nice enough to not need bars on the windows, but I wouldn't leave my door unlocked. It was relatively modern, but still modest.

One of my neighbors drove a new BMW M6. I can get wanting to have a nice car, and indeed I still rent an apartment, but that is just WAY over the top. Came to find out, not only was he renting, he was actually renting out a room in someone else's apartment! And he wasn't someone just uber hardcore into cars either, he was a mid 40s guy who wanted people to think he was more successful than he really was.

There was also someone in that complex with a new Audi S5. That one was driven by an early 20s girl, her father had given it to her as a birthday gift.

South Florida is a wonderful place with a small number of very wealthy people in it. Then there's a whole lot more people that want to pretend they're very wealthy that live there as well.

One more story before this post is up. In college, I worked at Best Buy. Before the SuperBowl one year, a man and his wife came in looking at TVs. They wanted the biggest, nicest TVs we had, installed, all the surround sound money could buy, because they were going to have the SuperBowl party this year and they wanted to impress everyone (they specifically said that too BTW). The guy working with them was very excited because he thought he would make a big sale and impress his boss (BBY isn't commission based so he didn't even get that going for him). I warned him that they were biting off more than they could chew as they wanted to get financed for a $25k home theater. He scoffed at me and said that they had plenty of money because "the wife had Gucci everything and the man was wearing Tommy Bahama and had a big gold Rolex". So after jumping through hoops to try to get them an install appointment ASAP, spending hours picking out everything nd whatnot, they go to fill out the credit app. They get denied. Not just "not approved for enough", but flat out denied. The sales guy was crushed, the couple after finding out that they were denied said "oh there must be some mistake, we will go call the bank and come right back!", which of course they didn't.

Yeah, South Florida is a crazy place. Someday I'll have to write a book with all the crazy stuff I saw working retail in South Florida. I saw two middle aged women get into a fist fight over an XBOX one year, and had a repo guy come repo a car that had been dropped off for us to work on it. Lots of other crazy stuff too, lol.
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Re: When people ask you the price you paid how do you react?

Geez, $25k HT set just to impress friends without even knowing what they're buying? That's crazy right there, but then to get denied. Oh man, that takes the cake.

I can see having a nice car and renting an apartment. Owning a house is like owning a headache. If the toilet breaks at a rental just call the landlord. If it breaks at a house you own, oh man! I obviously live in a place where most residents rent.
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I'll give you one better than that.

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Yeah, South Florida is a crazy place. Someday I'll have to write a book with all the crazy stuff I saw working retail in South Florida. I saw two middle aged women get into a fist fight over an XBOX one year, and had a repo guy come repo a car that had been dropped off for us to work on it. Lots of other crazy stuff too, lol.
In the few years I have lived here I have witnessed outright theft in stores, beyond rude people in line, the rudest cashiers ever that may not even acknowledge you exist as they smack on gum and ring you up, people eating out of things in grocery stores before paying for them while they shop --- and of course some of them then ditch the packages and never pay for the item they just ate ... numerous times I have seen chicken wing bones left on shelves and hidden in things. I kid you not. Last week an old man scolded a cashier telling her she could never get away with her rudeness anywhere in the U.S. outside of South Florida. LOL It was funny to hear and so true. In South Florida, some people have a nice car but don't pay for insurance......LOL
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