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In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon #5337690 01/31/20 09:13 PM
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Hey guys, starting a new position within the company and will be traveling pretty much all the time (home on weekends) for the first couple years, from Sioux Falls to San Antonio and Memphis to Western Nebraska. I'll be looking for a vehicle that is economical, comfortable, and reliable, gets good mileage and reasonable TCO. Considering a Camry, though not a new one. My mind is open to suggestions. I'm not a luxury guy, but probably wouldn't care for bare bones either. Whaddya think?


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337695 01/31/20 09:20 PM
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Somethin comfortable/used and made in last 5 years so gets excellent MPG.

Bare bones is not fun despite the the justifications you see from people who wanted more but need pacify themselves.

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Can you right it off as a business expense? If so, why not lease.


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337711 01/31/20 09:32 PM
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Are you getting reimbursed for the car or mileage? Do you need to carry anything with you? Equipment, samples, passengers?


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: Snagglefoot] #5337714 01/31/20 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Snagglefoot
Can you right it off as a business expense? If so, why not lease.


Good point. Company pays mileage so don't think so. Don't know for sure though. Aren't there usually mileage limitations on leased vehicles? I've never looked into that.


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: Leo99] #5337716 01/31/20 09:36 PM
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A few tools, it's an IT gig so not a whole lot, maybe a passenger on occasion but mostly by myself. A trunk should be sufficient. I wouldn't mind taking my guitar along though. No amp needed. cool

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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337719 01/31/20 09:41 PM
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The guys with company vehicles usually drive Fusions or Tauruses.


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337720 01/31/20 09:44 PM
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Used Toyota Avalon. My aunt has a 2016, that V6 has plenty of pep for the highway, and got us 29 mpg on a 5,000 mile road trip to Seattle & Montana. And we really did full throttle runs/passes all the time, 80 mph whenever possible, and adventuring through 5 national parks with that mpg included.


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: Nick1994] #5337722 01/31/20 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Nick1994
Used Toyota Avalon. My aunt has a 2016, that V6 has plenty of pep for the highway, and got us 29 mpg on a 5,000 mile road trip to Seattle & Montana. And we really did full throttle runs/passes all the time, 80 mph whenever possible, and adventuring through 5 national parks with that mpg included.


Nice.


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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337725 01/31/20 09:49 PM
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This may sound a little far fetched but:

If you have a nice acoustic guitar and travel with it be sure to not put in a vehicle where strong sun can shine on it. I heard of someone who had a nice acoustic in a case and put it in as the last thing going in a hatch back. He went on a long trip and the sun shone at the right angle strong enough and long enough to heat the guitar enough to warp it.

When I travel with mine it is on the back seat belted in with several very thick fluffy blankets over it to protect it from the sun being able to transfer solar heat to it.

I told you it is far fetched, but when you pay the kind of money a good one cost and you really have a good one you enjoy, why take the chance.

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Boy will I be happy when ALL vehicles on public roads are autonomous.


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Originally Posted by JimPghPA
This may sound a little far fetched but:

If you have a nice acoustic guitar and travel with it be sure to not put in a vehicle where strong sun can shine on it. I heard of someone who had a nice acoustic in a case and put it in as the last thing going in a hatch back. He went on a long trip and the sun shone at the right angle strong enough and long enough to heat the guitar enough to warp it.

When I travel with mine it is on the back seat belted in with several blankets over it.


You're absolutely right, but I play electrics. You can put a little amp pedal on a pedalboard, plug headphones in and jam away in a hotel room without bothering a soul. Most likely bringing a Telecaster. They're tough as nails and I know to keep it covered and out of the sun.

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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337736 01/31/20 10:07 PM
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I think a 2-3 year old Impala would be an affordable and comfortable car. Fuel mileage on the highway should be decent.

I’d also consider something like a 2016- 2018 Sonata SE. these can be bought very cheap 10-12k with low miles. They are comfortable cars and get great mpg.

If you’re doing 50-60k miles a year you’re destroying a cars value, so I wouldn’t buy anything that is expensive or it’s going to be a burden financially.


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I'd look at a mazda cx-5, gets good fuel mileage. If you are on the road a lot, a comfortable ride will matter after a while. I think the Avalon suggestion is good too.

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Re: In the Market for a Travel Vehicle Soon [Re: riff1006] #5337743 01/31/20 10:16 PM
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Look at a 16 or 17 Lexus ES 350. Low 20k mileage with a nice V6 and is a great cruiser.


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Originally Posted by dbias
Look at a 16 or 17 Lexus ES 350. Low 20k mileage with a nice V6 and is a great cruiser.


My previous job I was reimbursed mileage. It worked out to about $1000 a month cash. A nice extra bit of cash in my pocket tax free.


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