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Carvana offered me $175.00 for my PT Cruiser

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The towers will probably be used by whatever car dealer buys the surplus real estate if Carvanna goes under.
 

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I knew Carvana was on trouble. I didn't realize how MUCH trouble they are in. 6.6 Billion dollars in debt? Buying stolen cars? I often look at companies in trouble and think about how they could have avoided it. Sears for instance started out as mail order. The internet of its day. They didn't pay attention to their start and got into deep trouble. I think they are still around, but maybe not. Carvana though, I see no way they can come back from this. I think a lot of investors are going to lose their shirts.

 

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Carvana is trying to appeal to Millennials and Gen Z customers. You know, the ones who pay $300-400 a year in hidden charges because plastic the best thing. Never carry cash and use plastic everywhere.
I am a "boomer" and rarely carry "cash". My folks, who are their 80's, are sort of old school. Long since retired, they write a check for cash to have on hand for groceries, etc. Mom is okay with paying bills online, but she still writes checks for some bills.
 

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I knew Carvana was on trouble. I didn't realize how MUCH trouble they are in. 6.6 Billion dollars in debt? Buying stolen cars? I often look at companies in trouble and think about how they could have avoided it. Sears for instance started out as mail order. The internet of its day. They didn't pay attention to their start and got into deep trouble. I think they are still around, but maybe not. Carvana though, I see no way they can come back from this. I think a lot of investors are going to lose their shirts.

Carvana isn’t buying and selling stolen cars. But they aren’t providing timely titles for the cars they are legitimately selling.
 

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My opinion, the car vending machines are simply a means of getting around local business signage laws. A stand alone street sign is typically limited to height and size. By building the 'vending machine' they can put a sign on the 8-10 story building many times the size that would be allowed on the street.

Kind of sums up their business attitude - rules? we don't need to follow your stinkin' rules.
 

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Tell that to the guy who bought a car that got towed because it was stolen.
Still very rare, compared to their inability to deliver titles for legitimate cars. A local guy used their 7 day guarantee, got his trade and money back but didn’t get the title back for his trade for months. And people buying cars and waiting months to get registration papers is very common.
 

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My favorite web sight to sell and to look over vehicles is autotrader or auto trader classics. Classics also sell: kit cars. Modern performance / exotics, - 9 different categories.
Autotrader sell. Just up load pictures to your computer or use smart phone. List the vin #, damage, issues. Mileage or estimate since rebuild, tire %. Price.
If you just want the car gone, just call your favorite donation, I chose "habitat for Humanity" and they will send a truck to haul it off to auction. Like any donation. They will take anything that can go to auction. Boat, ATV, property, RV etc...
 

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I deinsured the PT, but going to look into adding it back on in 6 months, the insurance was getting very expensive.

Used that savings to buy new tires on my 1965 C10, well it was a little over half what 4 new tires cost, come summer truck is miserable with no A/C in Phoenix, will start driving PT again.
 

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I deinsured the PT, but going to look into adding it back on in 6 months, the insurance was getting very expensive.
Check your state regulations. In VA, if you take a vehicle off insurance you are supposed to turn in the tags. (I think).

VA periodically checks insurance rolls (I think the insurance co's have to submit a listing of VIN's for which they are providing insurance coverage). If a VIN is not found the listed owner gets a nasty letter requesting a) insurance information (company and policy #), b) $600 uninsured motorist fee, or c) turn in the license plates.

In VA, you can have untagged vehicles, but they cannot be driven on public roads and must be out of sight from the street or covered.
 

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Here in Alabama, I found out that you can't drop your insurance on a car unless you've sold it, traded it or it gets totaled. What a racket!!
 

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Here in Alabama, I found out that you can't drop your insurance on a car unless you've sold it, traded it or it gets totaled. What a racket!!
So, if you have a race car (dragster), it has to have insurance?

I checked the following website, and nowhere does it mandate the owner must sell, or trade the vehicle if it is not insured.

Alabama Department of Revenue

Like many other states it does state insurance is required to register and operate a vehicle on state roads.
 

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Hmmmmmm, I was told that by my insurance agent. Seems like I MIGHT be looking for an honest agent before long. I'm sure that will be as easy as finding an honest politician or lawyer. LOL
 

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Here in Alabama, I found out that you can't drop your insurance on a car unless you've sold it, traded it or it gets totaled. What a racket!!

That seems odd. I keep comprehensive on all my vehicles and if I take one off the road, I still carry comprehensive, I just can't legally drive it on the road. If the garage burns down, the car is covered. If I have one that gets hit, if I part it out, I cancel the coverage, period. Indiana just cares if you pay the road taxes. A junker not driven, they don't care about.
 

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Check your state regulations. In VA, if you take a vehicle off insurance you are supposed to turn in the tags. (I think).

VA periodically checks insurance rolls (I think the insurance co's have to submit a listing of VIN's for which they are providing insurance coverage). If a VIN is not found the listed owner gets a nasty letter requesting a) insurance information (company and policy #), b) $600 uninsured motorist fee, or c) turn in the license plates.

In VA, you can have untagged vehicles, but they cannot be driven on public roads and must be out of sight from the street or covered.
I filled out a De insure form online for state of Arizona, and agreed it will not be driven on public roads, if you drop insurance and don’t fill out this form I believe they mail you a letter and threaten to suspend your registration on the vehicle if you can’t send in proof of insurance.

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I have a 28 year old daughter who is TERRIFED of driving. She's okay riding in a car with me and even if I crank it up to 100mph to get around slow moving traffic. BUT, she's disabled and even though I think she'd be able to do okay with it, she's not really interested. I keep telling her that I'm not going to be around forever and she's going to have to learn eventually. She saw the after effects of a head on collision that my son and I were in back in 2010 and freaked out over that. We were both fine, but it left a negative impression on her. I STILL miss that 2008 Caliber. At least all of the airbags worked the way they were supposed to and other than my son getting a damaged knee, we walked away. I was sore for weeks from the seat belt and had a couple of burns from the airbag. The other driver lived as she was a drunk/stoned 18 year old teenager at the time. She passed out behind the steering wheel of her 2002 Neon. They had to cut her out and she had a broken ankle and a few scrapes and bruises as a result. Lucky girl!
I am terrified of stick shift.
I can't drive that to this day. My dad screwed me up on it, because he decided he wanted a belly laugh and my first time out directed me up a super-steep hill, so of course I konked out, and the worst part was, I could not get started again...not only that, it was so steep that even with the car in gear and the e-brake set I was still going backwards.

I had to cruise backward turning till I was perpendicular to the road to stop creeping back, and I got out of the car and told dad he was driving the rest of that way. Of course, he got his laugh, and I got soured on stick for the rest of my life.

I tried, one other time, and konked even on a flat stop...tried 11 times to start up again, and could not do it in a Mazda Miata. I gave up after that. No stick for me ever again.
 

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I am terrified of stick shift.
I can't drive that to this day.
My wife can't drive a vehicle with a manual transmission. I tried to teach her when we were first married 36 years ago, but she couldn't get it so almost every vehicle (except one) we've bought has an automatic transmission. God knows, I tried to teach her. The one vehicle was a hand-me-down from my dad - a 1979 Chevrolet El Camino 305 V8 w/4-speed manual. We didn't have it long.

Of our 4 children the middle two learned how to drive a manual. My second daughter's first car as a Mazda MX-6 with a 5-speed manual. It took a friend of hers to teach her, but she learned quickly since she was a teenager and wanted to drive her own car.

Our son learned on a '98 Avenger 5-speed driving it around the neighborhood - ended up selling it since some of the needed repairs were too expensive for him to handle, but he did learn how to operate a manual.

Oldest daughter never learned to drive a manual and my youngest doesn't have her license yet.

I learned long ago - first on motorcycles, then later on vehicles. With motorcycles your left hand operates the clutch while your left foot shifts (up or down). With a car it's more or less opposite - operate the clutch with your left foot and shift with your right hand. Admittedly it has been a while since I operated a vehicle with a manual transmission, but in a pinch I can do it. It's like riding a bicycle - you never forget.
 
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