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Old 03-01-2005, 11:16 AM
DMark DMark is offline
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ONLY $229,000 For A Used Car

Yes, on the way into work a car dealership ran their weekly radio ad...they have a 2004 Maybach "sold new for over $350,000 now ONLY $229,000!"

OK...seems to me that if you can plunk down $229,000 for a car, you can probably reach down behind the sofa and scratch up the rest of the cash for a brand new Maybach.

Or are there a lot of people out there who think, "gee, I can't go a penny over $230,000...what kind of car can I get?"
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:33 AM
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Maybachs aren't exactly high-volume production vehicles. Most likely it's the difference between "Having a Maybach" and "Waiting on my Maybach". All sorts of exotic cars fall into this category.

I'd still be leary of buying (for example) a Lamborghini through a dealer from the "out of business sale" at the dream-for-a-day franchise though. You think ordinary rentals get abused?
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:33 AM
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I can't believe that anyone considering spending about a quarter mil on a car would do their shopping over the radio. What, do they talk to their banker and then hit Scan Stations?
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:13 PM
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Just because someone is rich doesn't mean they don't like to save money. That's how people aquire wealth.... by not spending all their money the minute they get it.

I could afford to spend 25.00 on a quesadilla maker, but I still waited for it to go on sale for less than 20.00; same thing, different scale.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:23 PM
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~35% is a pretty big savings. I don't know a thing about the model, much less the car in question, but I suppose if you've got that much money, you probably got it by taking advantage of sales and such, and this might appeal to you. Honestly, though, a $230k car is the definition of a luxury item, and I can't imagine many people impulsively buying it just because they heard it was on sale on the radio.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:29 PM
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No one has unlimited money, but since rich people have so much more money than the rest of us, it sometimes seems like they do.

I read a magazine article once on John Travolta. I've never cared for him as an actor, but I was impressed with how he handled his money.

Recall that he made it really big in the 70s and then entered a career lull. Lots of celebs in this situation keep spending like they're still on top, and end up broke.

Not Travolta -- he indulged his luxuries, but very shrewdly: e.g., he is a pilot, and talked about buying used planes. He also stressed the difference in price between a new and a used Rolls Royce.

Such practices are often what separate a rich person from a formerly rich person.
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:32 PM
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I don't know a thing about the model, much less the car in question...
Here it is: http://www.maybachusa.com/
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Old 03-01-2005, 01:50 PM
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Looks like a Mercedes trying to disguise itself as a Rolls.
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Old 03-01-2005, 03:14 PM
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Is Maybach pronounced mybitch ?
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Old 03-01-2005, 04:52 PM
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Looks like a Mercedes trying to disguise itself as a Rolls.
Isn't that exactly what it is?
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:07 PM
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Isn't that exactly what it is?
Well, no excuse for the price (even for the pre-owned model), but to be fair, Maybach is a luxury car that has been around for a very long time and this is an attempt to revive the brand.

Here is a photo of an early version and the history of the car http://www.maybach.ru/en/history/
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:40 PM
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Isn't this the car that has a Champaign chiller in the backseat?
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:47 AM
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Isn't this the car that has a Champaign chiller in the backseat?
Actuall, I think it'll work in any state.
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:55 AM
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I'm impressed with their panoramic sunroof. You can set the glass to be anywhere from opaque to clear. That's pretty cool. I don't know if it's $350k cool, or even $229k cool, but it's somewhere around the temperature of my car this morning while I waited for the heater to kick in cool.
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