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Old 17th November 2012, 07:35   #1471
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Congratulations!
When you find yourself in the States you have to make your car dreams come true. If you can't do it in the States where else would you?

As said before, be careful with the throttle! These cars are notoriously tail happy.

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Old 17th November 2012, 10:54   #1472
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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
I think someone gave you wrong info, I have taken a defensive driving course and I get some discount on my monthly premium, and yes I have GEICO insurance and I am not 55+.
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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
Awesome buddy! Great car! Enjoy! This is the best part of buying cars in the US, getting these second hand gems that otherwise are incredibly expensive!
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Old 18th November 2012, 11:19   #1474
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I think someone gave you wrong info, I have taken a defensive driving course and I get some discount on my monthly premium, and yes I have GEICO insurance and I am not 55+.
How much difference did you see in premium?

Can you give link to the course. Appreciate it.

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Old 18th November 2012, 12:12   #1475
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Hi!!

Chevy Impala it is .
34k miles @ 13k usd, pre owned and certified with 2 year warranty. Leather and Bose music speakers. Less than Kbb price..

I managed to get a loan - 5 years @ 4.2 %.
Will keep you all updated. Intending to take delivery on Monday.
I have 2 Indian C Cards and the bank did consider the history as both of them are valid.They asked for indian bank statements and recommendation from Employers.

So far so good.
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Hi!!

Chevy Impala it is .
34k miles @ 13k usd, pre owned and certified with 2 year warranty. Leather and Bose music speakers. Less than Kbb price..

I managed to get a loan - 5 years @ 4.2 %.
Will keep you all updated. Intending to take delivery on Monday.
I have 2 Indian C Cards and the bank did consider the history as both of them are valid.They asked for indian bank statements and recommendation from Employers.

So far so good.
Thanks- Naj
Good stuff. Enjoy your new ride! Post some pictures.
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Hi!!

Chevy Impala it is .
34k miles @ 13k usd, pre owned and certified with 2 year warranty. Leather and Bose music speakers. Less than Kbb price..

I managed to get a loan - 5 years @ 4.2 %.
Will keep you all updated. Intending to take delivery on Monday.
I have 2 Indian C Cards and the bank did consider the history as both of them are valid.They asked for indian bank statements and recommendation from Employers.

So far so good.
Thanks- Naj

Congrats...hope you have many miles of motoring fun.

Being certified is the best thing you can get at this price. The loan you got is great too.

Good luck and have fun
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Congrats Naj,

The Impala should serve you really well as a family car. It's a very good choice.

If you can, pay that car of in less than two (2) years, less than one (1) year is really preferred. At $13k that should be quite doable. If you and when you've built up your 401k, I would recommend taking a loan from it and just paying it off. The advantage is that, with a 401k loan, you'll be paying the interest to yourself rather than a bank. For such a small amount, it's not going to make much difference to your overall investment growth. Hopefully, your company offers a 401k otherwise, start an IRA account and start investing in a diversified portfolio straightaway. Contributing to such an account should be the first priority, period.
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How much difference did you see in premium?

Can you give link to the course. Appreciate it.

thanks
Monthly difference will be roughly around $10, but more importantly IMO everyone should take such safety course especially people from India as we are not exposed to such safety practices, at least not in my case. Link is a follows

http://www.safetyserve.com/ax/Default.aspx?id=24
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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
WAY TO GO!!! Totally awsome. Congratulations mate!

Lets hope the two active Corvettes on the forum light up the space in the coming days.

Chevelle, VLOCT, keep us posted on your rides.
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WAY TO GO!!! Totally awsome. Congratulations mate!

Lets hope the two active Corvettes on the forum light up the space in the coming days.

Chevelle, VLOCT, keep us posted on your rides.
Thanks Ninad

Here is my ownership report. Hope you enjoy reading it.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-corvette.html (Owning a V8 Sports Car - The Chevrolet Corvette)
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Hello members,
I am newbie here and also new to the North American Car Scene. So, kindly bear with me.
Are there any TBHP members here in and around Minneapolis/ Minnesota ?
I am not expecting many raised hands though
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Old 22nd November 2012, 10:17   #1483
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I'm looking for an used car in US.

I've selected these. Can anybody suggest me which one i should buy?
Personally i like mustang and Jeep. BUt i've a family of 3, so Mustang may not be an practical option. Need this car for daily use off to home and grocery. Monthly run around 1200 miles.

Can spend max 10K or if it's a good car may stretch another 2K.

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3418719788.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3407924485.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3358521080.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3417324906.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3395677108.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3426535699.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3420205442.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3426554628.html
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Old 22nd November 2012, 13:15   #1484
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I'm looking for an used car in US.

I've selected these. Can anybody suggest me which one i should buy?
Personally i like mustang and Jeep. BUt i've a family of 3, so Mustang may not be an practical option. Need this car for daily use off to home and grocery. Monthly run around 1200 miles.

Can spend max 10K or if it's a good car may stretch another 2K.

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3418719788.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3407924485.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3358521080.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3417324906.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3395677108.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3426535699.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3420205442.html

http://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/3426554628.html
Look for a car/suv with <80000 miles on odo. In your price range, you should find plenty. Also consider, liberty will no longer be in production so parts will be hard to come by and also expensive. Pre 2008 mustangs were junk save for Shelby and other special editions. Not the best option for 3 member family. you should be able to get full size sedan or soft roaders easily in your price range.

look at websites like autotrader, cars, yahoo autos, msn autos and kbb for more pre-owned options. Naj - a member here got 2007 mpala in your price range with <80k miles on odo. You should get something similar.

Alternative to liberty, you have cr-v, rav4, rogue options. You may also be able to get murano, highlander, 4runner with a little bit higher miles since they are in a higher segment.

hope this helps.
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Hello members,
I am newbie here and also new to the North American Car Scene. So, kindly bear with me.
Are there any TBHP members here in and around Minneapolis/ Minnesota ?
I am not expecting many raised hands though
Welcome to State side! You are only 24 hours driving distance from me
But i think libranof1987 is somewhere near you.

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I'm looking for an used car in US.

I've selected these. Can anybody suggest me which one i should buy?
Personally i like mustang and Jeep. BUt i've a family of 3, so Mustang may not be an practical option. Need this car for daily use off to home and grocery. Monthly run around 1200 miles.
Of these, VW Jetta looks nice. But yeah, like Chevelle said, check out other sites too. The used car market here is endless!
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