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Old 09-13-2013, 02:36 PM
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So I wrote off my 2011 Mazda 3 on Sunday night.

I'm fine and the kids were with their mother so they were not involved.

I liked the car but their really was not enough room for the kids in the back seat so I'm not going to buy the same vehicle.

I have full replacement value on my insurance so I'll be getting hopefully around 30K for it.

Anybody buy a new car lately, what did you get, and how is it with younger kids.

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FB...I'm really glad you're ok!

(By the way, I'm not going to give you car recommendations because I'm biased...I work for one of the domestic OEMs)
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FB...I'm really glad you're ok!

(By the way, I'm not going to give you car recommendations because I'm biased...I work for one of the domestic OEMs)
I am biased because my company works with car companies and dealers. But that wouldn't stop me recommending one of the manufacturers we don't deal with.

30 K seems like a very pricey Mazda 3. If you liked the car, and just want more room, the CX 5 looks good.
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30 K seems like a very pricey Mazda 3. If you liked the car, and just want more room, the CX 5 looks good
I had a CX7 two cars ago. It was a great vehicle except it had a turbo engine, took premium gas and wasn't very fuel efficient.
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I had a CX7 two cars ago. It was a great vehicle except it had a turbo engine, took premium gas and wasn't very fuel efficient.
CX5 is a different beast altogether, much smaller, and very very fuel efficient. It uses the Skyactiv technology.
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I have a 2003 Subaru Impreza (AWD, manual transmission). It's not a car to wow and dazzle onlookers as you flash by, but it has been awesome. Minimal repairs (in ten years: one radiator replacement, one clutch replacement, one passenger door replacement as a result of parking lot hit & run); excellent in crappy winter, has never left me on the side of the road, and sustained a major icy-road skid and crash into a concrete median, with no injuries whatsoever beyond a bruised knee (insurance adjustor couldn't believe it: said "that's the kind of accident where people die", and announced her intention to buy an Impreza). When this one's time comes, I'm buying another.
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I can tell you this though, try to stay away from the domestic brands especially GM (you get what you pay for), and once you decide on a choice, get a carcostcanada report and take that to the dealership, as what you are looking to pay for the interested car.

Suggestions: Subaru, Toyota, Honda, Passat / Jetta
I don't have the same feeling about GM. Their small cars are getting much much better.

As for carcost, up to you if you want to spend the money. What you won't know about is the incentives that manufacturers give to dealers, they don't show up and they can vary. Some dealers qualify for incentives based on volume, sometimes based on volume of a particular model, so it can be complicated.

I think once you have landed on a vehicle, try asking three dealerships for a best price written quote, and tell them the lowest wins. That usually gets them to sharpen their pencils.
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I'd guess your insurance company will offer you under 12K for the car. Get ready to haggle!! The most efficient tactic in my experience seems to be to ask for access to your car ... so you can get your own appraisal. That chops off their absurd claims based on ghost comparables.

Ah ... but on further investigating I see for new vehicles, there is a full replacement value option meaning 'no depreciation will be applied for 24 months'.

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I'd guess your insurance company will offer you under 12K for the car. Get ready to haggle!! The most efficient tactic in my experience seems to be to ask for access to your car ... so you can get your own appraisal. That chops off their absurd claims based on ghost comparables.
That would be hard to do if he has replacement value, those things are usually nailed down to a black book number on depreciation. It should be roughly what he would pay for the same car in good condition on a dealer's lot.
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