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Enclosed shipping from Georgia would be $1000-1500.

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Re: shipping cost

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Any one knows what is the estimate shipping cost for Elise from Georgia to Californa San Jose area?
Chris can you arrange the shipping, if I bid and win?
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i paid 1675.00 from NY to CA (SF) using enclosed transport (Intercity).
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So what exactly is the complaint here?
I think anyone with anything close to a complaint is dancing around the point, mincing words as not to offend anyone. FWIW, compared to other boards I frequent, Elisetalk is exceedingly polite -- possibly to the point where otherwise healthy debate is being avoided. (Not in the case of this "issue," but in other matters that could benefit from more poking and prodding.)

I think this is what people want to write, but aren't:

- "Chris didn't deserve the first car. I did. If I had an Elise -- any Elise, the first or the 100th -- I'd cherish it forever. If you like motorcycles so much, why don't you marry one."

Or...

- "Perhaps, son, you should have thought about the realities of owning an expensive car before you got yourself in this mess." (To be read in the voice of Hugh Beaumont.)

I'll close by saying that I think it's rather absurd that a single individual's financial situation has become a matter of public debate. But that's the Internet for you. These so-called virtual communities have downsides as well. As for my take on the situation, I'm disillusioned that Chris is selling the car -- I'd like to live in a world where cars are more important that motorcycles -- but I give him props for finagling six-seven months of what I'm sure is glorious Elise ownership. All for a very small rental fee, when all is said and done.

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Damn dude ! I wasn't expecting to see this thread ...

If funds allow, will you be looking to get another Elise ? Or are you Lotused out ?
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re: Shipping Cost

Thanks for reply to my question.
I just receice two quotes
$1820 ( Passport Transport)
$1780 (Intercity)
To pick up myself it will be a three long days drive !!
On day left on eBay, still undecided.
Will it be a special collective, as the FIRST DELIVERED (but #28)?
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If you like motorcycles so much, why don't you marry one."
To bikers, that is not an unreasonable comment. Riding is a passion bordering on pathology, it worms itself in your life like nothing else.

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I'll close by saying that I think it's rather absurd that a single individual's financial situation has become a matter of public debate.
...I give him props for finagling six-seven months of what I'm sure is glorious Elise ownership. All for a very small rental fee, when all is said and done.
Ding Ding, on both counts. We need to grow up and get over it.


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Re: re: Shipping Cost

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Thanks for reply to my question.
I just receice two quotes
$1820 ( Passport Transport)
$1780 (Intercity)
To pick up myself it will be a three long days drive !!
On day left on eBay, still undecided.
Will it be a special collective, as the FIRST DELIVERED (but #28)?
special because it's the 1st US elise?

I wouldn't think so. Maybe someday the LAST Elise will be worth something more...
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To bikers, that is not an unreasonable comment. Riding is a passion bordering on pathology, it worms itself in your life like nothing else.



Ding Ding, on both counts. We need to grow up and get over it.
Exactly. I understand Chris' situation (even if it's none of my business) because I've had to drop other hobbies or alter what I do in order to cover the expense of the Elise.
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If you like motorcycles so much, why don't you marry one.
That's why I'm still single. I once had a girl friend say, "I don't want you riding motorcycles anymore. It's too dangerous if we're going to get married. It's the bike or me."

Needless to say, I traded her in for a newer model.
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Allan - good call!

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That's why I'm still single. I once had a girl friend say, "I don't want you riding motorcycles anymore. It's too dangerous if we're going to get married. It's the bike or me."

Needless to say, I traded her in for a newer model.
Be careful. I was a confirmed bachelor and met my wife to be when I was 32.
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all right it gone who bought it????
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Be careful. I was a confirmed bachelor and met my wife to be when I was 32.
Me too. I'm just waiting for her to graduate high school.

Seriously, I'm in the near-engaugement stage. My girlfriend (same age as I am- 32) isn't fond of motorcycles and claims to like cars. She really doesn't but I give her major points for trying.
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looks like chris' car sold for abit over 40K... he didnt get msrp for it...does anyone else know someone who has sold elise and lost money(not including tax)??...I tend to not keep cars for more than 3 yrs hence I am abit worried about buying a loaded elise...my other cars have held their value quite well but Im guessing when I sell I will lose big on this car despite keeping the miles very low.
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looks like chris' car sold for abit over 40K... he didnt get msrp for it...does anyone else know someone who has sold elise and lost money(not including tax)??...I tend to not keep cars for more than 3 yrs hence I am abit worried about buying a loaded elise...my other cars have held their value quite well but Im guessing when I sell I will lose big on this car despite keeping the miles very low.
it's a used car... only a fool would pay msrp, no?

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Congrats to Chris - got about 6 months of fun in and recouped most of the cost. Hope you stay on the board - admired the grace with which you handled your notoriety as Elise US #1.
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Congrats to Chris - got about 6 months of fun in and recouped most of the cost. Hope you stay on the board - admired the grace with which you handled your notoriety as Elise US #1.
Now, if the guy who bought it, winds up putting it in the Barrett-Jackson Auction later this month
and gets in the 'fiftys' because of its pedigree, Chris will have to let out a heavy 'gosh, darn!'
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looks like chris' car sold for abit over 40K... he didnt get msrp for it...does anyone else know someone who has sold elise and lost money(not including tax)??...I tend to not keep cars for more than 3 yrs hence I am abit worried about buying a loaded elise...my other cars have held their value quite well but Im guessing when I sell I will lose big on this car despite keeping the miles very low.
I think as long as they are available, they will depreciate just like every other car. But, once the redesign happens (especially if they "fatten" the car up a bit, change styling, etc) I think the prices on used "1st generation Feds" will begin to rise.

I think many people are now willing to wait to get a new one at MSRP, rather than pay big $$$ now for a used one. I think once all the "waiver Elises" are built, you then have a set number and if you want one, you'll need to pay extra $$$ for it (since you're dealing then with a set number of cars).

Just my $.02
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Anybody know who purchased Chris' car?


Did it stay in the elisetalk family?
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....but Im guessing when I sell I will lose big on this car despite keeping the miles very low.
I kept the mileage extremely low (5K!) on my 1991 BRG Miata and sold it last year for over $11k. I had not meant to keep it to sell, but the Elise showed up, and somthing had to go. I consider the amount I got for essentially a 'new' car to be low, but that's the way it is. The new owner is very happy with it and impresses those who see the car, so he has emailed to me. Still waiting to order the Elise....

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