A Fast And Furious 2012 Audi S4 Prestige

2012S4.2Hey Cool Car Fans,

The Audi S4 is one of the more popular performance sedans.  It is often compared with the Lexus IS350, the BMW 335xi or even the BMW M3, along with the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG.  The latter two vehicles usually have more horses than a standard Audi S4, which is why some S4 enthusiasts will modify their vehicles to get more power out of the 3.0 liter, 6 cylinder engine.

This is one of those modified 2012 Audi S4’s that I decided to feature here to showcase as a cool car.  Here’s what has been done to this Audi S4 to make it a super fast and really unique ride.

Stasis Challenge Edition Supercharged 2012 Audi S4 Prestige Package
2012S4.5Monsoon Gray w Black Leather
3.0 Liter Supercharged V6
7 Speed paddle Shift Transmission
Approximately 30,000 Miles
19” Alloy Wheels/New Bridgestone Potenza All Season Tires
Extended Manufacturer Warrantee (Fully Transferable)

Car is a showroom condition, meticulously (professionally) maintained, Garaged, Summer-Only Driver.  One owner

2012S4.4Upgrades:

  • Stasis Engineering ECU Tune- (Horsepower increase 100+, Torque 90 lb ft +) $2500
  • Stasis Engineering 2” Stainless Steel Full Exhaust (Headers Back) $2500
  • Huper Optik Carbon Ceramic Window Tint (Windshield Included) $2000
  • Clear Mask (fully wrapped , including mirrors, A-Pillars $1500
  • Clifford Alarm with Integrated Smart Start GPS Locator/Engine Kill $1500
  • Passport 9500 Ci Integrated Radar/Laser Warning/Diffuser System $2000
  • JL Audio 12” Subwoofer (Integrated into Audi MMI System) $500
  • JL Audio 500 Watt Amplifier (Integrated into the Audi MMI System) $1000
    • Note: These last three components are being removed if the offer is not high enough for the vehicle.

2012S4.3Includes:

  • Audi Drive Select Package - $3,950Driver selectable responsive suspension features: electronic-control; Vehicle speed-proportional power steering; Sport suspension; Rear active differential; Dynamic engine/transmission settings; Driver modes includes engine mapping, steering and suspension; Requires: [WPT] Prestige; Excludes: [PDU] Sports Rear Differential Package
  • Sports Rear Differential Package – $1,100Rear active differential; Audi drive select controls; Excludes: [PDR] Audi Drive Select Package
  • 2012S4.1Audi MMI Navigation Plus – $2,000Internal HD navigation system with 3D and voice; Compass; Voice and display traffic Information; Multi-function display screen; Color driver information system; Rear cam&radar parking distance sensors; Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking; Voice activating system for phone and navigation system; Audio system , digital radio
  • Prestige – $6,700Headlight control and active headlights; Audi Adaptive Light; Audi Side Assist overtaking sensor; Nappa leather door armrests & pulls; Includes: [PND] Audi MMI Navigation Plus And [7X7] Rear Acoustic Parking Sensors And [4I3] Audi Advanced Key And [9VK] Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System And [PQ6] 19″ 5 Segment Spoke Wheels
  • 2012S4.6 Audi Advanced Key – $550Audi Advanced Key smart card/smart key; includes central locking ; includes ignition starter and memory seat; Card key power locks; Vehicle start button; Requires: [WPT] Prestige
  • Carbon Atlas Decorative Inlays – $500Luxury trim: carbon fiber-look and carbon fiber on dashboard; Excludes: [5MZ] Stainless Steel Texture Decorative Inlays And [5TZ] Gray Birch Wood Decorative Inlays
  • Rear Acoustic Parking Sensors – $550Rear radar parking distance sensors; Requires: [PND] Audi MMI Navigation Plus
  • 2012S4.7Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System – $850Bang & Olufsen audio system; Fourteen Bang & Olufsen speakers; Amplifier; Requires: [WPT] Prestige
  • 19″ 5 Segment Spoke Wheels – $800.  Front and rear alloy wheels: 19″x 8.5″; 5-spoke alloy wheels; Front and rear summer tires

If you’re a fan of the Audi S4 and you have some money to spend on one that has already been modified to over 400 plus horsepower than you should take a look at this vehicle.  Give me a call or send me an email, if you are interested in finding out more about this 2012 Audi S4 Prestige with all of these fantastic upgrades and to find out what it’s priced at – provided that it’s still available for sale.

Cool Car Guy Rating: Very Cool

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

 

A Very Cool 1964 F-100 Pickup Truck

Hey Cool Car Fans,

F-100.1As The Cool Car Guy, I get to see some really cool rides on a regular basis and this truck that is owned by a guy who contacted me to let me know he was selling it I thought was too cool to not feature here at CoolCarGuy.com.

Especially, when he told me what he had done to the vehicle and how much he was looking to get for it.  I told him that I would showcase it on my site and write an article about it to see if any of my visitors had an interest in it, since he’s trying to get into a home and needs to find a new home for this classic ride.

Here’s what he shared with me about his truck…

“Hi John,

F-100.4Here are some photos of my really nice 1964 Ford F-100.  It is the former show truck for Rockford Fosgate and has over 25k invested in it. It’s the perfect turn-key Sunday driver with less than 6k mi on everything. In fact, I drove it only 20 miles or less every weekend to cruise nights or go to dinner on nice evenings.

The motor is a fresh rebuilt 302, with a brand new automatic transmission in 2012 that cost over $3,000 and now it chirps 2nd at 6,200ft elevation where I live. It includes, new headers, custom 2 chamber side exhaust, (SOUNDS AMAZING! but not too loud), a new suspension, a custom radiator, custom gages, custom flip face Pioneer CD stereo with 8″ subs and direct iPod attachment with in dash controls, with low profile tires and custom wheels.  

It has a new battery, really cool looking blue LED volt meter, and professionally rolled and shaved F-100.2body work with an awesome Charcoal Metallic paint highlighted with a very faint ghost flame on the lower front fenders.  The truck really does run and drive great and is absolutely perfect for a night out cruising just as it is.  

Like any older truck that has been rebuilt, there are a few small items that can be done to it down the road for the new owner.  The gauges light up and are powered, but they are not hooked up and the shaved outer door handles are not hooked up yet either.  It used to have powered auto opening doors but they removed all that gear when I bought the truck 8years ago and I never bothered to reconnect it, so that is an option.

The body is perfectly straight with some small road chips, a couple small door dings and light scratches since the paint is nine years old and it still looks amazing as you can see from the photos.  F-100.5The drip rail above the front window has small bubbles, (this is very common unless you shave off the drip rail), there is some pitting and water marks on the rims, but nothing major and the tires still have plenty of tread left.

The only reason why I’m selling this vehicle is to buy a new house so my loss is your gain.  I’m going to miss this truck because it is awesome and I have never found another one like it!  It runs and drives excellent and always has people checking it out or giving me a thumbs up.  You really have to see it to appreciate it and thanks for putting it on CoolCarGuy.com to help me find a buyer.  

I think that with the small items addressed it could be worth $25,000, but I don’t have time to work on it before we close on the house.  Let me know if you have a buyer for it and thanks again.”

F-100.6If you’re looking for a cool vehicle to cruise around in or add to your collection just let me know and I’ll get you more information about it.  He may sell it on his own fairly quickly, but he asked me if I could assist him by featuring it here on CoolCarGuy.com.  I wanted to showcase his ride and have him share some of the information about it, since it’s a classic and very hard to find truck that is currently available for under $16,500.

Drop me an email if you want more information about it.  If you’re looking for a sweet classic truck from the 1960’s era this is worth investigating further.

Cool Car Guy Rating: Very Cool

 

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

 

 

Finally Some Honest Press On The Tesla Model S

BMWi8Hey Cool Car Fans,

Like many automobile enthusiasts, I have been watching Telsa Motors for years and the enormous fascination and love of the electric automobile maker by the public and the media.  This past Friday the stock was trading at $259.32 a share with a Market Cap of $32.32B, which is the most ridiculous and overpriced stock I can remember based on their annual car sales and product line.  Seriously, look at the number of car sales for Tesla Motors compared to Autonation, which is not an Automobile Manufacturer.

International Business Times reported that Tesla will sell 35,000 vehicles in 2014.  Autonation, which is a franchise automobile dealer and also a public company reported in a Press Release that retail new vehicle unit sales in the second quarter of 2014 alone were 81,394.  That’s not even close!  The stock price of Autonation though was only $51.44 a share and it has a Market Cap of only $6.1B compared to Tesla’s $32.32B Market Cap.  What about other competing specialty car companies like Mercedes Benz, Audi, BMW or others?  BMW stock price closed at $88.99 Euro a share and Mercedes Benz closed at just $63.70 Euro and they both have an electric vehicle that CarandDriver.com did a review about, but they are not getting the unprecedented and completely ridiculous media coverage that Tesla Motors has received.  Audi is releasing their A3 e-tron hybrid vehicle in 2015 as well, but it’s not a fully electric vehicle. They claim they will have one in about three years according to Audi and Edmunds.com.  And BMW reported the following on their website about their revenues and sales compared to Tesla Motors…

“The BMW Group continued to perform well throughout the period under report, recording its best-ever sales volume figures – both for a quarter and for a six-month period. The previous year’s second-quarter sales figure was topped once again, with 533,187 units delivered to customers (+5.3%). Six-month sales were also up solidly (1,020,211 units;6.9%), surpassing the one-million threshold for the first time in the first half of a year.”

My point in all of this is not to give stock advice, but simply to point out a fact that one company has an incredible amount of “hype” around their company based on their annual revenues and projected sales compared to other automobile manufacturers and even automobile retailers.  It’s a joke that Wall Street and the media power elite are helping Tesla Motors to be valued with a $32B Market Cap compared to Ford Motor Company for example that has a $64B Market Cap and sold 222,064 vehicles in the month of June 2014 alone.  Anyone with half a brain should see that the Telsa Motors is more hype than substance and the same holds true with their vehicles.  And even Fiat that owns Chrysler generates about $116 billion in U.S. annual revenues based on EUR $85 billion in sales.  Yet, I never hear a media outlet give Tesla any negative press compared to much larger and more successful car companies.  It’s crazy.

Sure, the Tesla Model S is a cool car, but they have limitations.  Such as only being able to drive about 300 miles before needing to be hooked up for almost five hours to fully recharge again.  Why is this not a big deal?  That would drive me crazy with the amount of miles that I drive each year.  I can get in a Model T and still put gasoline in that vehicle and drive it down the road.  Will you be able to do the same with the Tesla Model S and have it drive you anywhere you want to go even 20 years from now?  Probably not because it will be like your iPad and outdated technology.

There are finally a few articles that are showing up that are actually talking about some of the challenges of owning a Tesla Model S.   Like this article at Motor Authority written by a guy who talked about the claim that you can get a Tesla for only $500 a month, which is not reality.  The way the media and car enthusiasts promote this car you would think that it is the greatest invention since the wheel.   Personally, I think most of this media coverage is being purchased, but that’s my own personal opinion.  When I worked for a company selling Windsurfers back in the 1980’s, the company I was with frequently wrote the positive reviews for the magazine on some of their products because they spent so much with them on advertising.  If a bad review came out they called the Editor and told him they were pulling their ads and surprisingly the reviews became much better.  The exact same thing happened with a mail order computer company that I was with in the early 90’s.  Which is why I’m a bit skeptical of some of the things I read in many car magazines, on websites and through other media outlets about vehicles.

Uncle_SamThe other reason I’m skeptical is because as reported in the article “In Summary, The Tesla Model S Is A Dirty Car” the Government is giving Tesla Motors a great deal of help compared to other companies…

The Government Subsidy Insanity – The Model S is pretty clearly not a ‘green’ car. Despite this, Tesla enjoys massive financial support from the Federal government, as well as various state and local governments: The Department of Energy (DOE) provided Tesla with $465 mln of low-interest loans under its Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program, buyers of the Tesla Model S luxury sedan gain $7,500 of Federal tax credits (at an annual cost to taxpayers of $150 mln at ‘full output’ of 20,000 Model S sedans per year) and state and local government incentives include a $2,500 rebate for Model S buyers in California, sales tax waivers, free parking, free charging and authorized travel in car pool lanes. Electric vehicle charging stations have also been subsidized, with Federal tax credits ranging from 30% of the cost of a home charger, up to a $1,000 tax credit, to $30,000 for the installation of commercial chargers. In addition, government environmental credit schemes forced other automakers to pay Tesla roughly $108 mln in over the past six months to “offset” the CO2 produced by their gasoline engine-equipped vehicles with credits generated by Model S sales. All of these incentives are designed to help promote Electric Vehicles (EVs) and reduce CO2 emissions, saving the planet from the devastating effects of Global Climate Change.” – SeekingAlpha.com

All of this hype with this vehicle and what appears to be a total scam on the American taxpayer, even though the internal combustion engine is still one of the greatest inventions of all time has me scratching my head.  Gasoline actually sits in your vehicle in hot or cold weather and doesn’t drain the power efficiency out of your vehicle like a lithium / ion battery that changes based on the weather.  The reality is the price of gasoline, government subsidies, media hype and the iPhone type “cool factor” is really what makes Tesla a viable company.  If gasoline was selling for $.47 a gallon in America like it is in Iran or $.88 a gallon like in Kuwait the electric car company would hardly be relevant.

Now I will wait for the negative comments from Tesla Model S fans.  Before you do though, let’s race from Denver to Los Angeles and I’ll drive my BMW 3 Series and you can drive your amazing Tesla Model S  and we will see who gets there first?  It’s about 1,017 miles from Denver to Los Angeles and about a 15 hour to 17 hour drive in a gasoline vehicle according to Google Maps with places for me to fill up all along the way.  So while you’re sitting around after 300 miles waiting four or five hours for your vehicle to recharge, so you can drive another 300 miles, so you can wait another five more hours and then drive another 300 miles and wait another five hours to go a whopping 900 miles total and then wait another five hours, so you can drive another five hours and finish your trip – I will already be there lying on the beach.  At which point I will ask you what your time is worth?  And after a few days of that nonsense to simply drive from Denver to Los Angeles, you will be ready to get out your high-tech iPhone, hop on Expedia and take an airplane home!

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

1987 Buick Regal Turbo-T / Grand National Consignment

Hey Cool Car Fans,

Buick3I recently consigned a 1987 Buick Regal Turbo-T that is the same engine with many of the same features as the Grand National only in a different color and trim package.  It has the same 3.8 SFI Turbo and drive train that came in the black Grand National.  They only produced 5,905 of these vehicles with the Turbo-T W02 sport package and this has the Y56 package as well with only about 48,000 original miles on the odometer.  This is a very rare vehicle with a “cult” following for people who really know and love this car because they didn’t produce very many of them in 1987.

Buick4This particular Buick Regal Turbo-T is gray with gray cloth interior and it looks very cool and is in excellent condition with great miles and has been well maintained.  There is a great article over at Motor Trend discussing the black Grand National and the cool factor of this 1980’s throw back to the 1960’s Muscle Car with its 245hp motor for 1987.

1987 Buick Regal Turbo T / Grand National

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Price: $23,500
Make: Buick
Model: Regal
Trim: Turbo-T / Grand National
Mileage: 48,234
VIN: 1G4GJ1172HP404512
Transmission: Automatic
Color: Gray
Interior: Cloth
Vehicle Type: Coupe
State: CO
Driver Train: RWD
Engine: 3.8L OHV 12V Turbo

Buick2What’s nice about this Buick is that it is all stock, except for the cold air intake and piping that you can see in the photo.  He still has the original intake if you would want to swap it out.  And the interior of this car is still like new. It’s definitely a 9 out of 10 or even a 10 out of 10 for overall condition.

It also has an updated rear-view mirror with temperature and compass, which is pretty slick.  It has a bench seat, the classic column shifter, power windows, power locks, key-less entry and power seats.  It also has the rear defrost and air conditioning with no cracks in the dash or the horn cap.

Buick6It has the big trunk with the trunk carpet kit and the Turbo-T floor mats.  He also has the original floor mats, which you rarely find with these vehicles.  The exterior paint is in great condition and all the chrome and black trim is in really good condition too.   One thing that I look for with the older vehicles is scratches or dents and there are not any on this vehicle.  It also has the grand national wheels with the BFG tires, which is a nice touch if you like it equipped that way.  He also has the stock wheels and tires and documentation to prove the mileage is accurate.

Buick5He even has the original manuals and window sticker!  That’s really hard to find in a vehicle that is this age and that didn’t start out as a collector type car.  The bottom line is that the car is in pristine condition and has always been stored inside as an original Colorado car, so no rust and my client is the third-owner. He owns another one too, so you’re getting a vehicle from a true enthusiast of this make and model.  I like the old school speedometer on this vehicle, that was something you saw quite a bit of in the 1980’s vehicles.

If you’re into this vehicle than look no further and get in touch with me before it sells.  I’m putting it up on Ebay this Weekend as well and hopefully we’ll find a new owner for this vehicle quickly.

I found an excellent Youtube Video of someone drag racing their modified high-performance 1987 Buick Regal Turbo that I thought would be worth sharing in this article.  It shows what can be done with this vehicle to make it extremely fast.  Check it out.

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Cool Car Guy Rating: Very Cool

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

 

All Leases Are Not The Same

Hey Cool Car Fans,

I get quite a few people who ask me about leasing vehicles because they want to have a lower payment when driving a vehicle.  First of all, I work with people from all walks of life and leasing is not for everyone.  You need a minimum 680 FICO score or a strong co-signer, but sometimes leasing can be an unbelievable way to solve an automobile payment challenge or eliminate negative equity.

Longhorn_duo_blue_streakRecently, I was asked by a friend to help a woman who was upside down on her high mileage SUV by $10,500!  She owed $40,000 on a vehicle that was worth only $29,500 and her vehicle was a 2009, so it was five years old at the time with miles that were to the point where costly repairs could start adding up.  She still had four to five years left on her loan, so her situation was really a disaster. I worked with a friend of mine and gave her a few options, one that included leasing a new 2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum at 15,000 miles a year and doing a five year lease.  This was not a manufacturer’s lease or something that could be done at the Toyota dealership to hit a payment that would work for her.

The second option was to lease a loaded Dodge Ram 1500 that I knew had $6,000 in incentives available through a great program that I could have used for her.  I know that some of you think it is crazy to lease a vehicle for five years, but keep in mind that people are doing six and seven year loans on vehicles now.  They don’t actually own their vehicles, so they are making payments to a lender instead of a leasing company.  They also do not have a guaranteed buyer for their vehicle five years from now, like you do with a leasing company.  Most people also don’t know that if you structure the lease properly on the right vehicle, you can usually get out within 42 months instead of going to the full five year term.  However, in both of these instances the numbers were pretty fantastic for eliminating $10,500 in negative equity.

2014TundraI’m not going to go into all the details on this article. As The Cool Car Guy, I’m like a magician and I don’t share all of my tricks.  What I can tell you is that she ended up selecting the 2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum.  She is now driving a new vehicle that is under the full manufacturer warranty and the truck shouldn’t require anything more than oil changes for the next three years and very little maintenance over the next five years.

Her payment went up only slightly compared with what she was paying on her loan, even with the additional negative equity that is now being wiped out.  At the end of the lease term or possibly before, she should be in an equity position of about $5,000 based on current auction sales of the truck she selected.   I need to mention that had she selected the Dodge, she would have been in an even better position because of the $6,000 in additional cash they had under a special program at the time.  Although she would have had about the same payment as the Toyota, at the end of the lease term, she could have had much more equity based on the residual value of the truck, current Dodge auction sales and the incentives on the Dodge.

It’s all about the structure.  So, if you know someone who is frustrated about their vehicle situation, just have them contact me and I’ll see if I can work some magic.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

How Many Miles Are On That 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Jeep1Hey Cool Car Fans,

I spend a great deal of time each week cruising through the Dealer Auctions looking for vehicles for my clients.  I will often come across a vehicle that has been driven a ton of miles in a pretty short amount of time or just a great deal of miles in general.

It becomes a good data point for me when people tell me that they want a specific vehicle and they are concerned about how good of a vehicle it is for the money. I recently spotted this 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited with 302,999 miles on the odometer.

OdometerI had to take a second look since a friend of mine has 350,000 miles on his 1997 Ford Explorer.  This Wrangler traveled about 37,874 miles a year and it is still in really good shape.  I pulled the CARFAX for kicks and it was a one-owner vehicle, so this guy bought it new and drove the heck out of it.  I thought I would take a minute and post the auction photos, including a picture of the odometer to show my visitors.

I think it’s pretty cool and this vehicle is still really clean, but it’s also a manual transmission that fewer people today know how to drive.  What Jeep2is amazing is that it was still slated to go through the Dealer Auction for $9,000 in average condition, which is pretty crazy for a vehicle with 302,999 miles!   I doubt that it sold for that, but I’m tempted to see if I can go back and see what it did sell for just for kicks.  Regardless, I would say that the owner got his money’s worth out of this vehicle, wouldn’t you?

Many people I have met over the years will tell me about the ridiculous miles they have put on their Toyota, Nissan or Honda and they tend to believe that every other vehicle on the planet won’t go over 100,000 miles.  It’s just not true because I see cars and trucks in every make and model with ridiculous miles on them all the time.  Although, I do see quite a few high mileage Toyota’s, Nissan’s and Honda’s more often and I think it’s because those buyers tend to keep them longer than most.

Jeep4I have a 1996 Honda Accord EX Wagon that has 192,500 miles on it and it runs like a champ.  I use it to drop off at dealerships or other locations when I’m picking up a vehicle and I just want to leave a vehicle.  I call it my “personal assistant” because it’s just an old car for running around.  What is crazy is that vehicle still has an NADA retail book value of over $3,500!

It’s true that you can lose money on vehicles because they depreciate, but it’s also true that if you take care of and maintain your vehicle it can provide you with a great deal of mileage on the road. I’m willing to bet that the second owner of this vehicle gets another 200,000 miles out of this Jeep.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

Nice Cars Are Not Cheap

2003.5Hey Cool Car Fans,

Each week I have people contact me about helping them find a vehicle for their personal use or for a family member.  Why wouldn’t you contact me?  I’m free!  I buy, sell, trade and lease vehicles everyday and you do it once every three, four, five or ten years.  I only get paid if I deliver you a vehicle, so it’s like turning down free legal advice.

Unfortunately, I get so many people who are looking for the “deal” and they refuse to listen to me and then I get emails like this one below.

“Hi John,  We are in a confused bind. Our son bought a used 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS off of Craigslist and we have, put a new battery, new starter, new radiator, new thermostat, new tires and rims. Basically, the $3,000 car is now $5,600. It is overheating, and could be the water pump, which they have this $800 kit to also do the timing belt. No guarantee it will fix the overheating issue. So, We would like to sort of cut our losses, trade this car in for him to find one that will hopefully last a few years. Not sure what we can get for his car or what the heck to do.  Help.”

I have a saying that I picked up years ago from another guy who had sold cars for a few decades.  We were watching cars go through the dealer auction and there was a pretty big spread for the exact same vehicle.  This was because one vehicle was in excellent condition and another was in fair condition and still another was in rough condition.  The condition makes a huge difference on what you can expect to pay for a vehicle and people do not always take this into consideration when car shopping like the people above found out the hard way.

While we were watching cars go through the sale, he made a comment to me that I share this with my clients all the time.  These are words to live by when it comes to looking at automobiles because no two used vehicles are the same, regardless of what Kelly Blue Book or NADA might be telling you.  They are simply a guideline on what a vehicle should sell for.  We were laughing about how these cars had a $2,000 to $3,000 difference in price for the exact same vehicle and he turned to me and said, “Nice cars are not cheap and cheap cars are not nice.”  and then he laughed and walked away.

2003.4If you learn nothing else from visiting CoolCarGuy.com just remember what I just said when you’re out looking for a use vehicle.  You can learn from my years of experience, since I have looked at thousands of vehicles.  It’s the old saying that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.  Sure, there are some deals to be had when looking at vehicles, but what most people fail to realize is that used vehicles have already depreciated compared to the original MSRP.  This is true even when you’re looking at paying retail book for a used vehicle.  You are much better off paying retail book for a vehicle that needs nothing and that has been well maintained that getting someone else’s vehicle that is a piece of junk.

I do not inventory vehicles like most dealers.  There is a very simple reason why I do not inventory vehicles.  Cars and trucks depreciate and each month there are several third-party experts that do not purchase vehicles that come out with their books to tell the world what a used vehicle should be worth.  They are Kelly Blue Book and the NADA book and everyone has access to them for wholesale and retail prices based on the national depreciation based on what the vehicle should be worth.  However, this data comes from auction sales and other sales data in the marketplace.  I just told you how there can be a $3,000 spread between the same two vehicles running through the Dealer Auction based on the condition or if it has a clean CARFAX or a number of other factors.

2003.3What these books cannot tell you is that no two used vehicles are the same.  This is because they are used cars and people drive differently, they take care of their vehicles differently and they have different ideas about cars.  Some people trash their cars, they let their dogs live in them, they smoke in them, they don’t care about the vehicle, they don’t change the oil, etc.  You could look at two 2003 Porsche Boxster’s, each with about 25,000 miles and one was hanging out on the East Coast, the driver took it out a few times in the Winter for fun with his friends, with salt on the roads and mag chloride to do some donuts in a parking lot.  He didn’t wash it regularly, so rust is forming underneath it, and he also didn’t change the oil regularly.  They both have low miles and look great on the Internet, but the guy rode the clutch and was grinding the gears when he did drive it, he parked it outside on the street got a few door dings and somebody backed into the front bumper that he had fixed at a local body shop on the recommendation of his friend and paid cash.  By doing that he kept it out of CARFAX, so you think you have a vehicle that has not been in an accident, but there is no way for you to tell without an expert looking at it.  Are you getting the picture?

2003.2The other vehicle was in Colorado, garage kept, never was even out in the rain, while the guy owned it.  He kept it covered, changed the oil even when he wasn’t driving it much and he treated it like a baby.  He had rebuilt Jeeps on the side, was an Engineer and extremely meticulous about his vehicles.  The one vehicle is placed on consignment for retail book value, which I did for a client recently by the way and you can see the photos in this article and his car was in mint condition.  It was purchased by a gentlemen up in Steamboat Springs and he got a really nice vehicle.  The other one was traded with a used car dealer and he put it on Ebay for wholesale book because he ripped the vehicle apart with his paint meter when it showed up from the first guy.  You the consumer don’t know this because you are not in the car business.  However, you think you are an expert because you see these deals on Ebay and Craigslist all the time, so you know what the market should be without ever even cracking open KBB or NADA to see what the retail and wholesale price should really be for that particular vehicle.

These were the people who called me on this Porsche that I had for sale and told me about the lower priced vehicles they saw on Ebay and said that they wouldn’t pay the retail price for the vehicle.  My response was “good luck” because you’re going to get what you pay for because “Nice cars are not cheap and cheap cars are not nice.”.

2003.1Let’s hypothetically say that the difference between wholesale and retail is about $3,100 for a Porsche that sold new for $42,600.  That is about 7% of the original purchase price of a vehicle that only has been driven 3,000 miles a year.  This been my experience over and over because I get the phone calls from people when I have a consignment and they are more than willing to buy the car that is a potential nightmare with oil leaks and other issues because they are looking for the deal.  What they fail to realize is that “nice cars are not cheap and cheap cars are not nice.” and if they did then they would spend the additional $3,000 and pay closer to retail book instead of trying to pay closer to wholesale book and get the right vehicle.

Instead, most people will take the cheap car to their mechanic and have them check it out and then get the $3,000 bill over time from their mechanic who loves them.   I know that many of you don’t believe me, but that’s okay because I see it all the time.  I get the calls and emails from people telling me their nightmares that they want me to help them solve.  They end up making payments to their mechanic because they thought they were saving so much money.  Don’t get me wrong because there are some cars that are just lemons and you can’t always protect yourself from buying a bad vehicle, which everyone in the car industry has done at least once or twice in their career.  Most of the time though people are either buying someone else’s nightmare or creating their own.

Before I end this post, let me make it clear that just because a vehicle is priced at Retail Book doesn’t make it a nice vehicle either.  I’m simply pointing out the fact that nice cars are not cheap, most of the time.  I have access to the Dealer Auctions and I see some really great vehicles that I can buy closer to wholesale book than retail book and I pass the savings on to my clients.  I’m recently got a client a 2012 Infiniti G37x S that was going up for sale with only 14,500 miles on it and still under warranty.  I get that vehicle for my client back of retail book and they will get a really nice vehicle.  I’ve also seen vehicles being sold for retail book by some dealers that don’t do anything to them!  They don’t fix the brakes, change the oil, do the things necessary to sell the vehicle for retail book.  It’s always buyer beware when purchasing a vehicle, but hopefully I’ve given you some things to consider when you are looking at purchasing a used vehicle.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

The Cool Car Guy’s Current Shopping List

Hey Cool Car Fans,

2006BMWX5.1I am trying something new here at CoolCarGuy.com by putting a list of some of the vehicles that I’m looking for right now up here and asking for my visitors in Colorado to contact me, if they have one available.  It may or may not work for my client, but if you are considering selling I’ll still be happy to give you a fair offer for your vehicle.  I can also get you financed if you have already found a vehicle that you want to purchase, which is another service that I offer to my clients on a regular basis since I have access to numerous lending sources.

As most of you know, I have access to the Dealer Auctions around the country, along with other sources that are not available to the public for vehicles.  However, some vehicles are not as present currently or they are just not showing up right now on the auction lists.  If you’re looking for a specific vehicle be sure and send me an email, it’s free to use my services and I’ll let you know what is currently available that might work for your situation.

2006BMWX5.2My business is based on helping people find the right vehicles and making it a very easy transaction. If you or a friend have one of these vehicles that you need to get rid of than you can expect to get close to Wholesale Book, possibly more depending on the condition of the vehicle.  If you don’t see a vehicle on the list that you are interested in moving by putting it on consignment or just having me buy it, be sure and contact me as well because I come in contact with a number of people each month who are looking for cars, trucks and specialty vehicles.

  • 2009 – 2011 Porsche Carerra 4S Coupe or GTS, preferably white or silver, low miles, black interior
  • 2009 – 2012 BMW 328xi, low miles, preferably black and with navigation and cold weather package
  • 2010 Jeep Grand Cherokee, low miles and a sunroof
  • 2011 – 2012 Subaru Outback with Premium package and under 25,000 miles
  • 2012 – 2014 Mercedes Benz E550, black or dark gray in color, black interior
  • 2010-2012 Infiniti G37x preferably silver with black interior and under 40,000 miles
  • 2006- 2011 Honda CRV EX or EXL in any color
  • 2008 – 2012 Toyota 4Runner in any color
  • 2008 – 2012 Toyota Highlander in any color
  • 2008 – 2011 Toyota Rav4 in any color
  • 2007 – 2010 Jeep Wrangler or Wrangler Unlimited in any color
  • 2009 – 2010 Mercedes C300 4Matic
  • 2006 – 2009 BMW X5 3.0

If you didn’t see your vehicle on the list and  you would like to get an offer from me on your vehicle, send me photos, the VIN and details and I’ll give you a number on it.  If you purchase a replacement vehicle from me then I can use your vehicle as a trade and I do have special financing programs available, even if you’ve filed bankruptcy.

By the way, I also have a 2014 Ford Taurus Limited on consignment that is silver with leather interior and loads of options with only about 17,500 miles on it that someone could get a great deal on a lease right now.  It’s $25,500, but if you leased this vehicle, you will only be paying for the depreciation to drive a fantastic vehicle for the money.

I’ll be writing a separate article with a lease example about it later, but if you know someone looking for a great deal on a used vehicle lease have them call me on this one. Depending on how this works, I may be making this a more frequently feature at my site.
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John Boyd Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy John is an auto consultant with his license at  a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model,  new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next  vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

A Very Cool 2007 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Hey Cool Car Fans,

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As The Cool Car Guy, I get notified of some really cool cars that come around from various sources that I have access to and sometimes they include photos.  This particular vehicle, I had to showcase on CoolCarGuy.com because once in a while, a vehicle shows up on my radar that is an amazing deal.  I’m not selling this vehicle here at CoolCarGuy.com, but simply showcasing it as a cool car for my visitors.  I don’t know if it’s still available for sale, so if you are interested in it, you would have to contact me and I could check into it for you.  I might be able to track one down similar to it too, but this was one of those “deals” that if I did have a client that was in the market for one, at the time of writing this article, I would have called them immediately.

The 2007 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG

S65_2In 2007 Mercedes Benz did a redesign of their S-Class model.  If you’re not familiar with Mercedes-Benz the S-Class is their luxury sedan and in 2007 it was a top competitor with vehicles like the Audi A8 and S8, the BMW 7 Series, the Maserati Quattroporte, the Lexus LS460, the Jaguar XJ Series, The Cadillac DTS and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.   For the revamp, Mercedes focused on better handling and performance and expanding the scope of luxury with better technology oriented features.  I have heard that the owner’s manual is over 700 pages and it may take you a month to figure out all the features and options on this vehicle.

 

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It’s an amazingly cool car and one of the coolest luxury cars on the planet.  This is because it’s the ultimate sleeper cell  It is the proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing as you will discover when you drive it.  It’s the car where you are sitting at a stoplight next to the kid who pulls up in his tuner car and thinks he has a really fast car, until you hit the gas pedal for fun and you quickly start to disappear.  If you’ve ever driven one of these with the AMG package than you know what I’m talking about.

The 2007 S65 AMG came equipped with a 6.0L 604 hp twin-turbo V12 engine.  In case you just missed that, this vehicle delivers 604 horsepower @ 4800 RPM and 738 pounds of foot torque @ 2000 RPM in a luxury car.  You’re not buying this vehicle for the gas mileage, but it still does pretty well for being a high performance vehicle.  In the V8 S-Class you could expect to get between 14 and 22 mpg, but the V12 is still rated at 12mpg to 20mpg, which is fantastic for a muscle, luxury car like the S65 AMG.  It’s the incredible German engineering you would expect from a Mercedes Benz. 

 

S65_4When you punch that gas pedal you’re going to get awesome power delivery. with no hesitations. and the air suspension in this vehicle is fantastic.  It even feels good on bumpy roads.  The handling is amazing, but it is rear wheel drive in case you are wondering, with all the luxury features that you can dream of that were pretty much standard on the S65 AMG.  I will list the features and options that were included on the window sticker of this particular one below, so you can see what I mean.  

The features included things like heated and ventilated seats in the rear with massage and night view assist.  It’s the little things that I like included in German cars, like this one, with things like their remote sunroof controls, which allow you to open the sunroof as you approach the vehicle with your remote.  This allows you to let the heat escape the vehicle on a hot Summer day before you get into the vehicle, which is literally a cool feature that I use all the time on my BMW 335i in the Summer to cool off the inside of my black on black car before I get into it.  

S65_5This particular vehicle sold new for $191,215.  You could probably pick it up for about $65,000 to $67,000, based on it only having 13,000 miles, which is a steal for a one of a kind vehicle that had an original list price of $191,215. A lower priced V8 model is going to sell for as low as $25,000 to $40,000 and you may even be able to get a higher mileage 2007 with the AMG package for $40,000 to $50,000.  This one though with all the options and an original sticker of over $190,000 is unbelievable for the money because it is barely driven.

This is a car that very few people are going to have and the neat thing about Mercedes-Benz is that they do not have a body style change very often, every seven years as I recall.  They have a redesign of this vehicle for 2014.  What this means for the savvy car enthusiast is that they can drive a 2007 and the public doesn’t know that it’s not a 2013.  This would be a great car for a collector to add to their portfolio or the ultimate daily driver for someone who appreciates luxury and incredible performance.  If you like the Mercedes-Benz product line and you can afford this price range of vehicle, you should definitely check out the 2007 S65 AMG as a serious option.

OfF The Window Sticker

040 Black
501 Black Exclusive Leather

***** STANDARD ACCESSORIES *****
K11 Adaptive Brake Light
051 Phone Sys. with VCS (Handset/Cradle sold
218 Rearview Camera
297 Rear Side-Window Blinds
401 Heated and Active Ventilated Front Seats
423 5-Speed Automatic Transmission
432 Driving Dynamic Front Seats
461 English Inscriptions
475 Tire-Pressure Monitoring System
494 Emission Equipment
524 Paint Protection
530 DVD COMAND Navigation
536 SIRIUS Satellite Radio
581 3-Zone Automatic Climate Control
582 Climate Control/Rear Compartment
595 Infrared Glass
610 Night View Assist
615 Bi-Xenon Active Light System
619 Cornering Fog Lamps
634 First Aid Kit
636 Collective Code
668 Sea Packing & Dispatch
731 Burl Walnut Wood Trim
789 AMG 20″5 Spoke Wheels
814 DVD 6-Disc Changer
875 Heated Washer System
881 Electronic Trunk Closer
889 KEYLESS-GO

***** OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES *****
233 Distronic Plus $2,850
402 Active Ventilated Seats/Rear $1,690
406 Multi-Contour Seats Rear $800
413 Panorama Sunroof $1,000

Cool Car Guy Rating:  Blow The Doors Off Luxury

 

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

Why Buying The AAA Membership Makes Good Sense

Hey Cool Car Fans,

2008-Volvo-S60-10I get pretty busy as The Cool Car Guy tracking down vehicles and getting paid to solve problems for my clients.  This week I had an interesting situation take place with a client who had purchased a 2008 Volvo S60 with about 75,500 miles on it.  It was a used vehicle that is now six years old and in Colorado we are a very dry climate as a high desert region.

What this means is that hose can often crack, even on vehicles that have lower miles since this vehicle was only driven about 15,000 miles a year.  That is actually pretty low miles for Colorado where people like to live in the suburbs, work in the city and go to the mountains on the Weekends, so they tend to put on about 18,000 to 20,000 miles a year.  It wasn’t an expensive vehicle either, but as anyone who has owned a Volvo or other European car when something goes wrong it can be expensive.

The radiator hose ended up blowing on the vehicle and it damaged the radiator that needed to be repaired.  My client did some research on their own and they were going to get it installed at the Arvada Car Wash where it was shipwrecked for around $600 on site with refurbish parts.  I made a few phone calls and the cost was about $700 at a shop, but I put a call into my friends over at Tires Plus in Lone Tree where I get quite a bit of work done on vehicles.  They gave me a huge discount because of the amount of work that I do with them and they agreed to fix it for $440, including parts and labor.  I told my client that I would also pay the $40, so that they would be looking at a new radiator and hoses for $400.  Everything sounds good and my client is super happy, but then the problem arose.

“HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM.” 

join_card_members_2013The vehicle could not be driven because the radiator was toast, so it needed to be towed.  Unfortunately, my client didn’t have towing on his insurance.  I made a few calls to towing companies and I don’t know if you’ve checked into the cost of towing a vehicle, but I ship vehicles across the country all the time and getting one towed is ridiculous!  The first place a called with a discount for me as The Cool Car Guy they wanted $85 to hook it up and $4 per mile to tow it.  The distance between the two locations was 28 miles, so my client was looking at $197 to get it towed.  I called the next place and they were $80 to hook it up and $3 per mile, so $164 to get it towed.  That was enough for me, so I decided to call AAA and see how their program worked.

AAA offers a basic membership for $75 that includes four roadside assistance calls and they will tow your vehicle up to 4 miles with that membership.  They offers some other benefits as well, but that’s not what I was interested in finding out on this call.  I was trying to see if I could help my client solve their problem.  By the way, I’m doing all of this for free for my client while he’s working at his job, for those of you who wonder why people use my service.  The second package is called the Plus Membership and it’s $125 for this membership, but it includes up to 100 miles of towing included in the package.

Wow!  That’s less than a tow truck, but could he become a member today and actually use the service.  The answer is that he would have to wait until the next day when the service became active to get the membership benefits.  However, why not wait one more day and get your vehicle towed up to 100 miles for $125, plus get a year of AAA benefits?

That’s a great deal!

So for those of you driving older cars, you should make sure that you have towing on your insurance because it can be a costly experience or get a AAA membership with the Plus feature.  They also offer a car buying service like Costco, but they still can’t compete with The Cool Car Guy because this is all I do.

By the way, his wife ended up calling her Farmer’s Agent and they added towing to her policy that cost them $90 to get it towed.  The AAA was still the better deal because of the additional benefits, but they wanted it towed and fixed in one day.  Either way, problem was solved and their Volvo is getting fixed complete with a warranty from Tires Plus for the repair.

You can check out AAA’s Membership Programs by clicking here.

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John Boyd

Auto Consultant – John Boyd: The Cool Car Guy

John is an auto consultant with his license at a car dealership in Denver, Colorado. He can help you save time and money on any make or model, new or used, lease or purchase – nationwide! Call or email John about your next vehicle! jboyd@coolcarguy.com or Twitter @coolcarguy

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