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Old 16th November 2012, 03:07   #1456
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Taking a NSC defensive driving online course will also reduce your premium by a few dollars every month.
I was told by a Geico specialist that defensive driving is for 55+ people. It won't have effect on younger crowd
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I was told by a Geico specialist that defensive driving is for 55+ people. It won't have effect on younger crowd
That's not true in general (might be true for Geico - I'm not aware). Anyone can save (@10%) by doing a safe driving course.
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That's not true in general (might be true for Geico - I'm not aware). Anyone can save (@10%) by doing a safe driving course.
Several insurance companies ask you about the last defensive driving course that you have taken when you try to get a quote from them. If you have then it shows in your discounts as an additional item.
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My dream of owning a sports car finally turned into a reality. I thank you all for your support and opinions. It really helped a lot in my search which is well documented on this thread.

So without too much blabbering, here it is

2011 Chevrolet Corvette
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My dream of owning a sports car finally turned into a reality. I thank you all for your support and opinions. It really helped a lot in my search which is well documented on this thread.

So without too much blabbering, here it is

2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Sweet Ride there Chevelle.. Congrats..Looks stunning in Red..
Ride Safe!

Is this the first manual you are driving here? Do you plan to do track days

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My dream of owning a sports car finally turned into a reality. I thank you all for your support and opinions. It really helped a lot in my search which is well documented on this thread.

So without too much blabbering, here it is

2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Drool material. I should plan a visit to sacto .
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Amazing ride.

I think it is an auto, I think I see paddle shifters on the steering.
The C6 'vette is one car which really worth every $ spent. Most performance for the money.

Edit:- and Obviosly no clutch pedal.
But still an amazing car. Get some pics with the T Top off and cruising

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Sweet Ride there Chevelle.. Congrats..Looks stunning in Red..
Ride Safe!

Is this the first manual you are driving here? Do you plan to do track days
Thank you.

This is a 6-speed Automatic with paddle shifters. Since it will be driven occasionally by my wife, i had to get an auto. No compromise on that.

For now, no plan on track days. I may plan to go to corvette club events in summer but for now, i am just gonna use it as a commuter.

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Drool material. I should plan a visit to sacto .
Indeed it is drool worthy. The first i saw this pull out from wash, i was stunned and speechless for a moment. It was an amazing first look.

You are welcome anytime.

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Amazing ride.

I think it is an auto, I think like I see paddle shifters on the steering.
The C6 'vette is one car which really worth every $ spent. Most performance for the money.

Edit:- and Obviosly no clutch pedal.
But still an amazing car. Get some pics with the T Top off and cruising
Yes, it is an auto. Nothing beats Vette in terms of Performance->Money ratio. Its pure VFM in that sense.

Its suppose to rain today, not sure when will have the T-Top off.

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Congrats Chevelle,

Great car in a beautiful color, details on deal please
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Congrats Chevelle! Thats a zweeeeeeet ride in a stunning color!
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So without too much blabbering, here it is

2011 Chevrolet Corvette
Congrats Chevelle. The ride looks stunning. Please also post your ride experiences.

Thanks- Naj
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http://autos.yahoo.com/news/10-new-c....html?page=all

I guess I am now going to have to pay more for my car's insurance.
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Don't know if your friend tried out the Mazda CX-9 or, if he's even interested. The driving dynamics and the build quality are very good. In March 2011, I bargained a fully loaded (every option except the roof rails and rear dvd) top of the line 2011 Grand Sport AWD OTR for $35k (Black on Black). It comes with a 275 bhp V6 which, is plenty for almost anyone and does not require Premium fuel. It also has 3 row seating, full leather, navigation, Bose, blind spot monitoring, rear cameras, dual climate control, 20" wheels, blah blah. It's mostly city use, and typically gets around 21 mpg on the average.

I couldn't find anything even close to that deal with any other manufacturer. Not a single issue so far. I evaluated MB, BMW, Acura etc along with the Americans but, realized they were just rip-offs for half the stuff I got standard on the Mazda, for substantially more money. He can tryout the CX-7 also. I believe the new 7s do not require Premium Fuel.

If prestige is important, then Mazda typically takes a back seat. Substance wise, in my opinion, for that price there is no comparison. It's a hoot to drive for a full-sized CUV and equipped way better than much more expensive competitors.

At Grand Canyon..
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I love CX-9. it will be on top of my list when i consider SUVs. The CX-7 will be stopped from this year. They will concentrate on CX-5 and CX-9.

If one is a ok with a discontinued vehicle, CX-7 will have great deals if available.
Thanks R and Chevelle. I will suggest this model too, not sure if he was keen on MPV style. But from what I hear its a great VFM, which is worth considering.
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@Chevelle,

Yes, finally. Congrats on an absolutely stunning 'vette. Gentle on the throttle though, till you get familiar with the insane torque. The car needs total respect. You mash that throttle without respect, you'll be facing the way you were just coming from.

Would really like to hear your driving report once, you put a few miles on it. This should be a totally different experience from the G35. The power is real addictive. The 'vette is so beefy and robust, I find that when I drive the others cars, you have to be more gentle while shifting and throttle control. You'll probably feel the same.

Make a trip down to Vegas sometime. We'll go cruising. I'll look you up when I'm Sacramento.

Superb buy. Congrats again, man. I can see a torque addiction coming.
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Congrats Chevelle,

Great car in a beautiful color, details on deal please
Thanks a lot.

Here is the deal i got.

2011 Corvette with 24k miles. Traded in my camry for $2300.

Asking price was $39k + tax and fees. Seal the deal for $33900 + tax and fees.

They put in new GY Eagle F1 tires at the front costing $400 each. The registration is good till Oct 2013 so don't have to pay it for now where i saved about $300.

The whole deal was fixed over email conversation without seeing the car. The day i saw the car was the day i bought it.


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Congrats Chevelle! Thats a zweeeeeeet ride in a stunning color!
Thanks. I love this color.

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Congrats Chevelle. The ride looks stunning. Please also post your ride experiences.

Thanks- Naj
Thanks Naj.

Let me know your email id through PM i will send you various ride experience that i have documented.

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@Chevelle,

Yes, finally. Congrats on an absolutely stunning 'vette. Gentle on the throttle though, till you get familiar with the insane torque. The car needs total respect. You mash that throttle without respect, you'll be facing the way you were just coming from.

Would really like to hear your driving report once, you put a few miles on it. This should be a totally different experience from the G35. The power is real addictive. The 'vette is so beefy and robust, I find that when I drive the others cars, you have to be more gentle while shifting and throttle control. You'll probably feel the same.

Make a trip down to Vegas sometime. We'll go cruising. I'll look you up when I'm Sacramento.

Superb buy. Congrats again, man. I can see a torque addiction coming.
Thank you. Yes, finally after 5 months of hunting i finally got what i wanted.
I have done around 50 miles and the impressions are pretty awesome. Just love the torque and feels so good to see 1500 rpm at 70 mph.

It drives very differently from G35. The good thing about both is the power available at touch of feet. I am giving it all the respect it deserves.

I plan to do a Vegas time in summer next year. We will surely meet up and go cruising. Give me a shout out if you are in and around Sacramento.

I will surely post my ride impressions once i have put enough miles on it. Right now i am in honeymoon period so i may be a little biased.

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