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  1. bigruss

    Market/Financial Thread

    Do you mean Schwab? I didn't like their trading platform at all. When I moved off of Robinhood I moved into Fidelity, I wanted a broker that wasn't relying upon another clearinghouse (etrade, which I used to use years back uses apex). Fidelity is a pretty stable platform, but like most brokers their tech still looks like it was created in the 90s. I'm still amazed that not one of the big players hasnt found a way to develop a better UI.
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    Market/Financial Thread

    Huge day for the meme stonks. AMC up huge. GME up pretty well. RKT up big. Nok, PLTR, BB all with strong days. Not sure if shorts got margin called or what, but yea some got squeezed today.
  3. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    Nice congrats! I like the CRV quite a bit, it's really gotten better through the years.
  4. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    Trust me, big Costco fan here and I've used their tire services a lot 😃 Wish they did more car services as well, would trust them over many other places.
  5. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    When I was in HS, I took my car to a local oil change place and they sold me on it (helping with MPG, etc). $40 lesson right there. Funny thing, pretty sure I just topped them off down the road with an air compressor when at home anyways, so yea, really negated the whole thing. Parents gave me a good ribbing on that.
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    Automobile Thread

    Yea I really liked the exterior styling and the interior is well thought out. Ended up getting an SEL with convenience and premium pkgs, didn't think I would get that much in this purchase but the discount was too good to pass up, a version without those pkgs would have been thousands more.
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    Tax Questions

    Yea doesnt seem too bad after I talked to them, have to send my Wisconsin tax return and then prove residency which is kind of a pain in the butt since it was a few years ago but doable.
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    Automobile Thread

    Saw Hyundai has a great incentive of $4250 and 1.9 interest rate for 2020 Santa Fe’s, found a somewhat local dealer with one discounted after being used as a loaner, so jumped on it. Got it for thousands less than what 2020 used models are going for.
  9. bigruss

    2021 Catch-All

    No Stargate jokes on the UFO stuff with pyramid shaped UFOs? Or am I the only Stargate nerd here? 😐
  10. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    WHAAAAAT, that's insane. I would never pay MSRP and even more insane to pay over it. Paying 8k over MSRP is just ridiculous, cars aren't houses. I also think this is where a Costco deal would make sense, where they have agreements on price patterns to give you good, but not amazing deals. If there's a local toyota dealer that works with costco's auto program then you could have a no-negotiation deal that is under MSRP. I know when I looked at Audi's years ago, it was $500 below invoice so it was easy to figure out pricing. I may actually look at some lease deals, but I'm always nervous those advertised ones aren't real.
  11. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    It's laughable, 3-4 year old cars with 40k miles on them and mayyyybe $5k in difference, and thats MSRP. Warranties and negotiations alone make that up.
  12. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    So my brother got the Rav4 hybrid, said he's been really happy with it and getting great mileage. Though he wishes he went for their Prime plugin hybrid.
  13. bigruss

    Automobile Thread

    Interested in responses to this as well, I think the CX-5 and Tiguan look great from the outside. I know my brother just bought a Rav4, I'll see what he thinks of it.
  14. bigruss

    Tax Questions

    Sooo randomly I got a notice from Illinois for what it appears not paying taxes in 2018, even though I didn't work or live in the state that year. This is going to be fun...
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    Automobile Thread

    Starting to look at replacing my 2011 Audi Q5 (bought used). When I bought that I had a daily commute of about 60 miles total, now I'm working at home and spend way less time in the car so not looking for something fancy, just want a few things and a reliable ride. I'd like another ~mid-size SUV so I can haul stuff/friends when I need to, I've been eyeing used Ford Edges and Escapes, I've also liked Hyundai's Santa Fe (and love their new model but holy hell SUVs have skyrocketed in price). Anyone with some good personal experiences in that market? And has anyone traded with Carvana? Seems intriguing but not sure if it beats the simplicity and customer service of Carmax.