AutomotiveEra |OT| Four are better than two

Oct 25, 2017
1,135
Hello! I recently just came back from Japan and wanted to share some photos with all of you! Growing up in SoCal during the hype of Gran Turismo and Fast and Furious, these were always the "holy grail" cars for me so I was quite in awe of all of these. Of course that awe turned into great excitement when I rented an R34 GT-R and drove it up Mt Tsukuba....man I loved it.
Sounds like an amazing time! Was just in Japan too for Tokyo Auto Show but didnt get to do any actual driving. Prob gonna be back there later this year, can you let me know what rental car company you went through and what kind of paperwork/insurance was necessary? You need an international drivers license to operate vehicles in Japan, right?
 
Sounds like an amazing time! Was just in Japan too for Tokyo Auto Show but didnt get to do any actual driving. Prob gonna be back there later this year, can you let me know what rental car company you went through and what kind of paperwork/insurance was necessary? You need an international drivers license to operate vehicles in Japan, right?
Oh man, I literally left right when Tokyo Auto Salon started, was pretty bummed but I didn't go to Japan for it. How was that show? Yes all you need is your International Drivers License and to reserve your car. I went to Omoshiro Rent a Car, specifically I went to their Noda location because it was the closes and it also happened to be their main shop so they have the widest selection available. - https://www.omoren.com/en/shop/detail/1

I reserved the R34 on their website, went over there on the reserved day, they copied my original Driver's License, Passport and International Driver's License, made me sign agreements that I wouldn't imitate Initial D, showed me all the dings on the car, and they said ENJOY!

The process to rent a JDM legend is much easier than renting from Enterprise or Hertz, haha.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,135
Oh man, I literally left right when Tokyo Auto Salon started, was pretty bummed but I didn't go to Japan for it. How was that show?
That show is a total carnival lol. Half the people seemed to be there for the booth models rather than the cars but there was lots of cool vehicles though from supercars to classics.


Also went by Mooneyes in Yokohama, an american speed shop that was purchased by japanese owners. They have a combo parts store and american diner in their building as well as a garage, really cool. Planning to delve more into the auto culture next time im there.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,534
Where do you guys go for oil changes... the dealership or local independent shops?
Historically, local shop. Wiith the exception of my Cadillac, since I'm still in the free oil changes period. Once that's over I'll decide if I want to keep taking it to the dealer or go to a local shop.
 
Oct 25, 2017
422
Hey Y'all,

I figure y'all be the most well-informed in the community about my forthcoming purchase. First time getting a car, and I want to make sure I'm not getting screwed. I'll copy and paste what I wrote over at Reddit:

Car: 2018 Toyota Camry LE
Certified Pre Owened
Pre-Approval for 4.49% via a Credit Union (five year, no early payment penalty).
Mileage: 14596.
Original Car Price (Pre-Tax): $20K, got it down to $18500.
State: Colorado
Down Payment will be $5000.00.

This is my first car purchase in my life, so I want to ensure I'm not screwing myself in any way. Went to the dealership due to my 1999 Lincoln Towncar slowly dying on me (trade in at dealership is $250; I'm ok with getting rid of that car at that price). I've planned on waiting to get a new car until I got promoted later this year (from $55000 to $66000), but the car is forcing my hand a little. I went to the dealership pre-approved and negotiated the car down a couple thousand dollars from its listing price.

I spoke to the manager as we spoke prices, and we've reached a tentative deal of $18500 for this particular car. I put down a $1000 deposit, as I wanted to be certain in my purchase (I have until Tuesday to pick up the car). I expect this will be the best deal I can muster for this particular vehicle. I'll be spending about 10% of my monthly take home on my car payments (until I get promoted and be more aggressive about paying it all off). Want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I finalize the deal and take the car home.

I appreciate any advice or thoughts on my situation!
 
Oct 27, 2017
5,389
Hey Y'all,

I figure y'all be the most well-informed in the community about my forthcoming purchase. First time getting a car, and I want to make sure I'm not getting screwed. I'll copy and paste what I wrote over at Reddit:

Car: 2018 Toyota Camry LE
Certified Pre Owened
Pre-Approval for 4.49% via a Credit Union (five year, no early payment penalty).
Mileage: 14596.
Original Car Price (Pre-Tax): $20K, got it down to $18500.
State: Colorado
Down Payment will be $5000.00.

This is my first car purchase in my life, so I want to ensure I'm not screwing myself in any way. Went to the dealership due to my 1999 Lincoln Towncar slowly dying on me (trade in at dealership is $250; I'm ok with getting rid of that car at that price). I've planned on waiting to get a new car until I got promoted later this year (from $55000 to $66000), but the car is forcing my hand a little. I went to the dealership pre-approved and negotiated the car down a couple thousand dollars from its listing price.

I spoke to the manager as we spoke prices, and we've reached a tentative deal of $18500 for this particular car. I put down a $1000 deposit, as I wanted to be certain in my purchase (I have until Tuesday to pick up the car). I expect this will be the best deal I can muster for this particular vehicle. I'll be spending about 10% of my monthly take home on my car payments (until I get promoted and be more aggressive about paying it all off). Want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I finalize the deal and take the car home.

I appreciate any advice or thoughts on my situation!
I’ll let others chime in but I think it’s a good deal.
 
Oct 27, 2017
782
Hey Y'all,

I figure y'all be the most well-informed in the community about my forthcoming purchase. First time getting a car, and I want to make sure I'm not getting screwed. I'll copy and paste what I wrote over at Reddit:

Car: 2018 Toyota Camry LE
Certified Pre Owened
Pre-Approval for 4.49% via a Credit Union (five year, no early payment penalty).
Mileage: 14596.
Original Car Price (Pre-Tax): $20K, got it down to $18500.
State: Colorado
Down Payment will be $5000.00.

This is my first car purchase in my life, so I want to ensure I'm not screwing myself in any way. Went to the dealership due to my 1999 Lincoln Towncar slowly dying on me (trade in at dealership is $250; I'm ok with getting rid of that car at that price). I've planned on waiting to get a new car until I got promoted later this year (from $55000 to $66000), but the car is forcing my hand a little. I went to the dealership pre-approved and negotiated the car down a couple thousand dollars from its listing price.

I spoke to the manager as we spoke prices, and we've reached a tentative deal of $18500 for this particular car. I put down a $1000 deposit, as I wanted to be certain in my purchase (I have until Tuesday to pick up the car). I expect this will be the best deal I can muster for this particular vehicle. I'll be spending about 10% of my monthly take home on my car payments (until I get promoted and be more aggressive about paying it all off). Want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I finalize the deal and take the car home.

I appreciate any advice or thoughts on my situation!
This looks good to me, I say go for it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,534
Hey Y'all,

I figure y'all be the most well-informed in the community about my forthcoming purchase. First time getting a car, and I want to make sure I'm not getting screwed. I'll copy and paste what I wrote over at Reddit:

Car: 2018 Toyota Camry LE
Certified Pre Owened
Pre-Approval for 4.49% via a Credit Union (five year, no early payment penalty).
Mileage: 14596.
Original Car Price (Pre-Tax): $20K, got it down to $18500.
State: Colorado
Down Payment will be $5000.00.

This is my first car purchase in my life, so I want to ensure I'm not screwing myself in any way. Went to the dealership due to my 1999 Lincoln Towncar slowly dying on me (trade in at dealership is $250; I'm ok with getting rid of that car at that price). I've planned on waiting to get a new car until I got promoted later this year (from $55000 to $66000), but the car is forcing my hand a little. I went to the dealership pre-approved and negotiated the car down a couple thousand dollars from its listing price.

I spoke to the manager as we spoke prices, and we've reached a tentative deal of $18500 for this particular car. I put down a $1000 deposit, as I wanted to be certain in my purchase (I have until Tuesday to pick up the car). I expect this will be the best deal I can muster for this particular vehicle. I'll be spending about 10% of my monthly take home on my car payments (until I get promoted and be more aggressive about paying it all off). Want to make sure I'm not overlooking anything before I finalize the deal and take the car home.

I appreciate any advice or thoughts on my situation!
Looks like a solid purchase to me.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,135
Hey Y'all,

I figure y'all be the most well-informed in the community about my forthcoming purchase. First time getting a car, and I want to make sure I'm not getting screwed. I'll copy and paste what I wrote over at Reddit:

I appreciate any advice or thoughts on my situation!
This is what your dealer likely paid or would pay for a similar car

So seems like its a solid purchase.
 
Oct 25, 2017
2,981
I'm toying with the idea of getting a Civic Type R. Anyone have that car here? My wife isn't really happy with my Focus RS and, as a daily driver, it's pretty raw. I hate the looks of the Type R but I could probably live with it in black.
 
Oct 28, 2017
623
I had an '06 Si four door and it was a great daily driver, suspension far more forgiving than my WRX for example. The rev hang on the drive by wire was a bit eh as I remember it but nothing terrible. I can't get down with the new aesthetics but would be willing to test drive one if I was in the market at that price range.