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Old 04-28-2020, 09:14 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Well, the ad's been up just over a week. 3 contacts, but no additional questions or tire-kickers yet.

I even adjusted the price to make it a tie for the cheapest Mirage within 1000 km of my postal code (out of 167 Mirages).

The strangest thing is I have gotten ZERO lowball offers. That's a first - usually I get one or two within a day of posting any car for sale ad.

Talking to a couple of other sellers, the market ranges from dead to very quiet.

I upped the ante with this new pic in the ad...



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Old 05-11-2020, 04:07 PM   #92 (permalink)
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Sayonara...

Well, it sold!



Above: the Mirage being driven away by its new owners, a retired couple whose 12 year-old Hyunda Accent was written off in a drive-through when the driver of the following car slipped off the brake pedal by accident.

I really liked this car. I'll be getting another one (or two, or three).

My only regret is I didn't get to see its warm weather MPG potential.
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Old 05-11-2020, 04:10 PM   #93 (permalink)
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Do any of your winter beaters see their warm weather MPG potential?
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:18 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Shopping already

^ True enough.

I'm too, ahem, fiscally conservative to have two of my vehicles insured at the same time. One day, when I win the lottery...

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I've already been Mirage shopping again. Well, let's say tire-kicking.



The above beauty -- decked out in ALL the dealer-installed bling you could double-sided tape onto it -- is the same year, make, trim & kilometers as my first one. Similar story too: traded in at a new car dealer in Ottawa (Chrysler/Jeep) that doesn't want to put any money into it, so they stuck it out back in the "as-is" section. Minor cosmetic damage, too (but not as bad as Mirage #1).

Get this: they've had it since LAST JULY!

They started out asking a delusional $5500. Eventually lowered to $3500, which is still a bit too much if I'm thinking about using it as a winter beater and then flipping it next spring (which I am thinking). I want a bit more buffer than that, knowing what I should be able to get for it next year. Have to factor in taxes, repairs, inspections & time investment.

For sitting so long, it's going to need a battery and brake work, at minimum.


I made an offer, which they didn't accept. They made a counter-offer, which I didn't accept. I thanked them for their time and left.

We were close though (couple of hundred apart). I'm honestly surprised they didn't contact me to follow up. I would have thought they need to get rid of it more than I need to buy it. Then again, maybe they really enjoy looking at it, considering how long it's been there.
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Old 05-18-2020, 06:32 PM   #95 (permalink)
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It seems to hurt people's pride to get a worse deal later when they have a better opportunity now.
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:38 AM   #96 (permalink)
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For sitting so long, it's going to need a battery and brake work, at minimum.
Nearly one year is not as bad as a few Nissan XTerras which were kept for 9 years a few meters from the sea...
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:00 PM   #97 (permalink)
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90 day: 61.98 mpg (US)

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Brand new ones? They would be pretty much ruined, wouldn't they?
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Old 05-20-2020, 01:55 AM   #98 (permalink)
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Brand new ones? They would be pretty much ruined, wouldn't they?
Yes, they were kept on storage since they left the factory, but weren't prepared for such a long storage. They had to be nearly rebuilt after that...
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Old 06-24-2020, 08:33 PM   #99 (permalink)
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Fancy Metro - '14 Mitsubishi Mirage top spec
90 day: 58.72 mpg (US)

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Update: Mirage #2 acquired!

Just a postscript to note that I ended up getting another Mirage -- the same one I looked at in May, mentioned a couple of posts back.


New thread: Oops, I did it again! (Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage)

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