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Old 09-20-2022, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Car #10

I had just planned on posting one picture and moving on, but I still had the ad open, so here are the photographs from the advertisement:






The paint is scratched, there is a small dent in the rear bumper, the headlights are foggy, the interior is dirty, and there was only a quarter-tank of gas.

Do you guys know anyone with recent experience cleaning Camries, polishing Camry headlights, and popping a dent out of the back bumper of a Camry?

The seller turned out to be a dealer and the ad was in Spanish:
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Toyota Camry 4 cilindros
titulo normal
100k miles originales
2 aņos de placas
AC helado
Corre como nuevo
No luz prendida
$4,200 obo


I didn't think that he communicated great and my phone didn't want to work, but hey, 104,000 miles for $4,200.

Kelley says it it is worth $5,200 in good condition and $4,600 in fair.

Last night the VA sent a text asking if I wanted to move my appointment over a month away to today at 1300.

I thought it was Zoom with a doctor here, but apparently the doctor is in Show Low, and everyone in the Phoenix VA is useless.

Data finally started working, so I looked up the Show Low phone number, called the VA, told it to let me leave a message for my provider, and it wouldn't let me leave a message for my provider.

So, I was AWOL while at the main hospital.

I had wanted to find a mechanic nearby, drop off my car to be inspected, grab a bite to eat, and walk to the hospital, but my data wasn't working, and I ran out of time.

I had just found the cantina when my sister messaged me that she had food at her home, so I drove around until I found gas, filled up, cleaned my windshield, and discovered that the insides are dirty!

I tried wiping it with a wet paper towel, but the streak didn't seem to go away, although now that bit looks cleaner than the rest.

The cruise control seems to resume, the shocks aren't worn out, and there don't seem to be the leaks that Ralph had when I bought it.

There aren't five chips in the windshield--or that crack that Ralph developed about a week ago.

The second vent is cracked, though. The plastic with the control is split and I doubt that one can simply super glue that back together.

#4 is broken in my Accord.

Thanks, Alaskans!

Oddly, this lacks a little bit of storage that Gramps and Mom's car have, with a third cupholder up front.

I have an appointment at Toyota to have the car inspected at 8 and then I will drive home.

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A white Camry of this generation always reminds me one that was featured on many stunt driving videos from Saudi Arabia


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Didn't you speak Spanish too? Recently a chubby chick from Venezuela told me I speak Bolivian instead of Spanish
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How does her chubbiness affect her opinion or the value thereof?

My Spanish wasn't great, but frustratingly, I have articulation difficulties in English.

I am a speech therapist.
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How does her chubbiness affect her opinion or the value thereof?
Doesn't affect at all. But she is from Venezuela, and right now there are people starving to death in her country...


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Neither is mine, yet a cousin who lives closer to the border with Uruguay says it's better than his.
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Native speakers often tell me that I speak great Spanish, just like people from some other Latin country.

Independent of that they say that people from that country are ruining Spanish!
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Do you guys know anyone with recent experience cleaning Camries, polishing Camry headlights, and popping a dent out of the back bumper of a Camry?
My brother in law has probably fixed a hundred.
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I didn't think that he communicated great and my phone didn't want to work, but hey, 104,000 miles for $4,200.

Kelley says it it is worth $5,200 in good condition and $4,600 in fair.
Probably a reconstructed title or in poor condition.

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I thought it was Zoom with a doctor here
I would never be "seen" by a doctor over Zoom unless it was a mental health session. There's nothing that can be diagnosed by talking to someone that can't simply be googled... in fact, I just asked my wife if she's ever had a productive telehealth appointment, and she said "that's for mental health". It's a waste of time and money.

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cleaned my windshield, and discovered that the insides are dirty!
Might be an indication of a bad heater core or other leak inside the cabin. Inside windshields don't normally just get dirty. You know what it takes to replace a heater core. Other leaks can be insanely difficult to troubleshoot even for experienced people.
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I have fixed all of the issues that I mentioned.

I just don't want to do it again.

The CarFax is clean and the car runs and drives well.

We will see what the dealership says.
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They want $60 to replace wipers, $108 to replace air filters, $822 to replace both power steering lines and flush, $165 to replace four $10 spark plugs, $170 to flush the fuel injectors, $140 to clean the AC evaporator, $160 to flush the brakes. $226 to flush the coolant, $240 to flush the transmission, $1,612 to replace the motor mounts, $346 to replace the left half shaft, and $1,703 to replace the front control arm and perform a 4-wheel alignment.

I will just tell them I am returning the car, drive home, and do this stuff myself--if the damage merits it.

I don't care if a 17-year-old car is seeping. I care if there are actual leaks.

Ah, their actual report summed the charges, added shop fees, and added tax, totaling $7,670.84 on a 17-year-old car that cost $4,200.
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Who currently owns it?

Is the damage a scratch abaft the right rear door handle? Perfect spot for a [Not For Hire] sticker.

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