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Mar. 15th, 2005 @ 03:10 pm Travel tips
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Before you sell your car (because after you move 2400 miles it would be worth less because of the drive), it's a very good idea to check out that assumption using the Kelly Blue Book or some other online service.

I checked the value locally, and was resigned to the numbers, then I added 4000 miles to the current odometer reading and checked the value in Phoenix. I'll make $3K if I sell it there! Ok I'll have to put new tires on it to get it there, but I was thinking of doing that to sell it anyway.

Go figure!
(No I haven't found work yet, but I'm pretty much decided that I'll be better off looking from out there. I can coast for 6 months, longer if I get a nice tenant for my condo here in VA, say kalligraphy! how'd you like to pay my rent? :)
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From:mr_zeugma
Date:March 15th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Life is nothing if not a risk (Ooooooo how I love those cliches)...but it's a proven fact when it comes to getting a job, it's much easier if you're in the place where you want to be.

Good luck.

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From:suricattus
Date:March 15th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I've been thinking of selling Darcy *sob* and buying something a little more beat up. And then I think of someone else driving him, and I scrap those plans until the next time I look at my car insurance bill...
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From:ferragus
Date:March 15th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
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Commiserations, I've heard that Your State has the highest car insurance rates going, anyway you could fib and tell folks you're in PA?

Or Say! If kalligraphy doesn't want the place, you could be my tenant!

1 bedroom, 895 Sq Ft with balcony view of the park (5th floor), minutes from National airport and think of all the folks you know down here! Oh your also minutes from the Alexandria Train station, if you don't want to fly back to NY.

Tempted yet? how about all utilities included (except cable, phone and internet, and I'm thinking about that with a VOIP option)?

(Pitching this to DPVA too ;) )
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From:suricattus
Date:March 15th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
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If I hadn't just firmed up the next year's rental situation, I'd be very tempted.

Hey, you guys going to stop by and meet The Felines this weekend?
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From:ferragus
Date:March 15th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
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Sure! that would be very cool.

We'll firm up a time when we catch up on Friday.
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From:terrymcgarry
Date:March 15th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
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I had absolutely no idea that the blue-book value of a car differed from state to state. Learn sumpin' ever' day. I'm glad you checked! (I'm also already in mourning for the vehicle, which is such a great ferragusmobile, and I commiserate.)

Fingers crossed for a good tenant (esp. if it's kalligraphy!), and that a job search conducted from a local base of operations will yield something especially dreamily perfect for you.

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From:kalligraphy
Date:March 15th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
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You have any idea how tempting it is to have space? Room? A desk? Bills??? Ummmm, we'll talk. :)
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From:janni
Date:March 16th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
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One thing to keep in mind--one reason--maybe the main reason--cars lose value out here less quickly is because they don't tend to rust in the dry air. So an east coast car, with normal east coast rust, might be a hard sell in Phoenix, unless you find someone who doesn't think to look for same.

Then again, as a trade in it may not matter--but you'll be paid too little for that anyway.

My mechanic used to look at the rusted undercarriage of my old (upstate NY purchased) car with horror, and complained about how everything was rusted together, even though I thought the car was in pretty good shape.
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From:ferragus
Date:March 16th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
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Good point Janni, but I'll wager my 2000 Benz is very nearly rust free.
I've had it since Dec of 2000, it gets washed once a week and after every snow storm (even in the winter) and it's mostly stainless steel too.

I can recall getting 1960's era Corvairs from Phoenix in the early 80's, every bit of rubber and vinyl was ruined, but the metal parts all looked like they had just come off the showroom floor! (Yes even the paint, it really held up in those days).
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From:janni
Date:March 17th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
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Ah, well, sounds like you already know what the local car issues are, and I don't need to ramble on about them. (It's true that one reason I bought my first car before moving here was because I could better afford something from a rust belt state. :-)

Good luck!