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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Because brand new it’s over $100,000 and it screams I have money to burn.
    The used one is not all that much......less than $19,000!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    The used one is not all that much......less than $19,000!!
    Yeap, thatís the bottom. Luxury Cars all have a bottom like that. Once they hit it they will not drop more than that over time. You can keep it for 5 to 10 years and still get that money back ( unless of course you make it go to shit and let it rust in your yard).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    The used one is not all that much......less than $19,000!!
    In 1996 they were about $100,000 fully loaded, now in 2018 they are $210,000 +

    https://www.iseecars.com/used_cars-t...MwNDkwMQ%3D%3D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    Yeap, that’s the bottom. Luxury Cars all have a bottom like that. Once they hit it they will not drop more than that over time. You can keep it for 5 to 10 years and still get that money back ( unless of course you make it go to shit and let it rust in your yard).
    You don’t like the Bentley then get an old Porsche or a Ferrari. The trick is to find the car model that has hit its bottom and you don’t have to restore to keep it running. You buy it, use it like you do ( a few miles ever week) and sell it a few years later and lose no money. Rinse and repeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    In 1996 they were about $100,000 fully loaded, now in 2018 they are $210,000 +

    https://www.iseecars.com/used_cars-t...MwNDkwMQ%3D%3D
    Any idea why the one you linked to is selling so cheap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    Any idea why the one you linked to is selling so cheap?
    It has reached its bottom. At 100,000 miles and and 22 years this model Bentley will not depreciate lower unless it becomes undriveable. I’d make sure it’s had its major service first at the mileage reached example: new brakes, oil and filter changes, rad flush, a/c and heat maintenance, new belts, transmission check, and so forth and so on, including new tires. It can cost thousands to do it if maintenance has been neglected as instead of prevention you are doing costly repairing. It’s a dealer selling the car so get it checked by an independent mechanic that knows that car make and model. If something needs doing don’t buy it until the seller takes care of it. Always, and I mean always, get an independent mechanic to inspect it before purchase, both before the repairs/maintenance and after the repairs/maintenance are done by the seller to make sure it’s all done correctly.

    PS: have an auto body expert confirm body frame is solid and the car has no rust problems. They will be able to tell you if the car has been in an accident and has had prior body work. Never trust the word of the seller that it has never been in an accident or never been repainted.

    The money you spend on getting the car checked inside and out is money well spent as you avoid buying a car you need to spend more money on after purchase and will have no surprises. It also ensures you are being told the truth about its prior accident history. All this will when you turn around and sell it 5 years later. You can show the records to the next buyer and include copies of service records you have done since you purchased it.
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    Sales are still strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    I don't think this is entirely to blame on Mr. Trump. I think, in fact, that we have probably hit peak auto sales.

    Driverless automobiles are looming. Once they have arrived, the incentive to actually OWN a car may simply vanish.

    What to do with all those garages? People may simply convert them into storage areas, or maybe rec rooms.
    The self driving cars still have people in them though.

    I don't really see a situation where there are millions of eighteen wheelers driving around with nobody actually in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by libertariat720 View Post
    The self driving cars still have people in them though.

    I don't really see a situation where there are millions of eighteen wheelers driving around with nobody actually in them.
    I actually think it will make the actual older cars more attractive as novelty items, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eve1 View Post
    I actually think it will make the actual older cars more attractive as novelty items, lol.
    We have a friend who owns a vintage car shop and also a junkyard. He has been telling us the recent craze isnt to fix up the old cars but to have them as original as possible. Also that they cant keep older cars in stock. Seems people now want cars without computers and such both because they are cheaper to fix but also because a lot of people feel they are tracked with computers/black boxes in their cars.

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