ironphoenix: (no return)
( Nov. 9th, 2015 08:22 am)
Yesterday, I discovered that the drivers' window control switch didn't seem to be working properly: I could lower, but not raise, the window. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, although it might make for a chilly ride.

On my way into the car wash, however, was not a good time to discover this. )
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ironphoenix: (gear)
( Jul. 20th, 2012 11:08 am)
When the garage calls to say that both front wheel bearings need to be replaced, to the tune of $640 plus tax, and that it's not covered under the powertrain warranty, I'm very happy to find that they are mistaken, and it is indeed covered for my 2009 Mazda. I got them to check again, and they came around to my way of thinking.
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ironphoenix: (gear)
( Jan. 22nd, 2011 10:58 am)
Maybe it's a bad idea for me to watch videos like this... some folks already find my driving a bit enthusiastic!
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So the old car is finally gone, with a happy ending to the whole story.

Yesterday, a bunch of folks (thanks again!) helped shove the Volvo out of the garage; today, I got Tow Truck Guy to pick it up at last; he didn't show up yesterday. The original deal with $WRECKER_1 was that I would get $50 for it, but while Tow Truck Guy was hooking up, Random Guy saw us and said that his buddy $WRECKER_2 would want to take it, and could beat $WRECKER_1's offer; Tow Truck Guy was skeptical, citing his expenses, but I smelled a deal, so we waited for $WRECKER_2 to arrive. Sadly, $WRECKER_1 is closed Sundays, so he couldn't counteroffer, but $WRECKER_2 offered $100 to me and I asked for $50 more for Tow Truck Guy to cover his expenses (he'd had to come here twice, etc., etc.), so everybody came out ahead except $WRECKER_1, who made the mistake of lowballing his bid!
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There will be games this Saturday, after the Great Volvo Disposal Exercise.

Those of you who are helping with the car, please come around 1:00, and come directly to the garage on the right-hand side of the building. Once we've gathered sufficient troops, we'll get started; the actual operation should take no more than 15 minutes. I've asked for a tow truck to come for the car at 1:30.

Games will start around 2:00, by which time the old car should be happily on its way to its final rusting place. If there's no answer, we may still be dealing with the car, or on our way upstairs; check around the right side of the building (towards the parking garage), then try again if you don't see us.

I have a few new games as yet untried from the bulk order... Nefertiti, Hamburgum and Tannhauser, as well as the Citadels expansion and one of the German card games, Meinz.
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ironphoenix: (gear)
( Mar. 29th, 2009 12:05 pm)
Getting rid of the old Volvo is proving more cumbersome than originally anticipated, because it's in the parking garage and the wrecking company can't seem to organize their way out of a wet crepe paper bag to get a suitable tow truck.

Thus, next Saturday, I would like the help of a few people to push it out of the garage. Fortunately, it's downhill, so this will not require the Largest Army Bonus; I think that with 5 or so people plus myself, it should be relatively painless.

I'll need:
3 people to push;
1 person to open the garage door;
1 person to guard a parking space in the visitors' lot; and optionally,
1 or 2 people to relay information.

(Since I know the car and the garage best, I'll steer; once we hit the first ramp down, the rest should mostly be coasting!)

Only the people doing the actual pushing need to worry about exertion, of course.

I'm thinking to gather people at 1:00, and be done by 1:30 or 2:00 (depending on when people arrive), then following this with gaming etc. I'll try to get the tow truck people to come and pick it up from outside the garage that afternoon. (General gaming announcement to follow once this is figured out!)

Volunteers, please form one orderly queue and reply here or by email! Those of you who are constitutionally unable to be orderly, but still wish to volunteer, mill about and reply here or by e-mail. Thanks in advance!

In other news, I'm getting close to buying the new car, and will likely close tomorrow. Does anyone have last-minute input on how good a price $20,000 CDN for a 2009 Mazda3 GX with Auto, Air and Comfort package, including taxes, freight, PDI etc. really is?
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Mar. 12th, 2009 09:24 am)
Step 1 towards a new car happens tomorrow morning: they're coming to pick up the old one at 8 A.M. We'll be $50 richer; yay us. This frees up the spot in the garage so we will then be free to procure a new one, which we want to do sooner than later.

After looking at prices, a new car looks rather more interesting than a used one: the difference in price just doesn't make up for the difference in maintenance and fuel costs on an older car. Subcompacts are probably a bit too small for us, both from a capacity and a safety point of view: if I'm driving to work anything like regularly, that's 50 km per day, most of it highway, and mass matters in a collision. I'm used to driving a refrigerator Volvo station wagon, so I don't really fancy a folded-tinfoil wrapper around a sewing-machine engine. Japanese cars still seem to be the best value for money, in terms of reliability, fuel efficiency, and parts availability and cost, but the Honda Fit seems a bit lightweight.

So here are a couple of questions for those of you who've done this car-buying thing before: where should one end up at the end of negotiations, relative to the MSRP? Also, how much room is there to push back on "shipping and preparation" charges and suchlike? And finally, what "little extras" should I be anticipating being offered, which should I buy, and what should I expect to pay for them?
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ironphoenix: Raven flying (Default)
( Feb. 16th, 2009 10:13 pm)
Well, the old '94 Volvo has finally passed away peacefully in its sleep, after more than 15 years and almost 350 000 km. It's fixable, but the cost of fixing it is considerably greater than the car's residual value.

We will likely want to replace it with a less thirsty car; my inclination is to get something like a 4-year-old Mazda 3 with automatic transmission (at [livejournal.com profile] soul_diaspora's request!).

I have a few requests for y'all:
  • Recommended ways of getting rid of the old car, preferably receiving some cash for it.
  • Recommended sources for a vehicle, and/or for specific kinds of vehicle.
  • Recommended mechanics etc. to check out prospective vehicles.
What does the great LJ brain trust have for us?
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ironphoenix: (wake up call)
( Feb. 20th, 2007 10:07 am)
The Volvo was cheap to get, but maintaining it is teh bitch. Surprise surprise, parts for a '94 import are hard to find and expen$ive.
  • Headlight replacement: not too bad: $20 parts, $20 labour; done and done.
  • Backing light cover: they would have to replace the whole housing. $240 part, $30 labour; let's see if I can find that part cheaper, hmm?
  • Driver's seat warmer: $200 parts + $300 labour. Thanks, I'll keep my butt warm some other way.
  • Driver's window (slow): Egads... $790 part, $150 labour. Not gonna happen!
Sigh.

[edit: online quotes for the window part are much better: $174 US, for about 75% off, but the housing is just half-price at $119 US.]
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