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August 09, 2022 09:29AM
I decided to go ahead and buy my son another car whether the Kia Optima is recovered or not. If it IS recovered, the same design defect will still be there making it easy to steal and I'm pretty sure my son doesn't want to go through this again. He is STILL traumatized. So, if the cops ever find it and it still has some value (most cars are trashed, totaled, and not worth a red cent), we will just sell it. It was a really nice car... except for the theft defect which the manufacturers knew about. There are several class action suits against KIA and Hyundai because of it.

The problem I'm facing now is that inventory for pre-owned cars is pretty slim. Frank and I have been on the internet and phone all day today and it is VERY difficult to find a 2015-2018 mid-size car (Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Suburu for less than $18K, Chevy Malibu, plus a few others) with under 80,000 miles, that's never been wrecked, gets good gas mileage, is reliable, and has a good reputation in terms of repairs and recalls. I found about 1/2 dozen this morning and they were all sold or under contract or the car was a decent price with 125,000 miles on it. Really frustrating. I bought his 2015 Kia Optima in April 2021 for $13,995 and it had 40,000 miles on it. That same car now is selling for a little over $18K!!

This is going to take longer than I thought.


  Kia, Hyundai, and Thieves

MamaRAMa301August 08, 2022 07:14AM

  You couldn't be more right...

JamesJM110August 08, 2022 07:19AM

  I just saw a story about that..

sstrams203August 08, 2022 07:42AM

  I hate a thief! I never REALLY understood till my house got cleaned out back in 1993

Ramgator119August 08, 2022 10:04AM

  How to treat a Thief... Remember the movie "Casino"???

Ramgator131August 08, 2022 10:07AM

  Now that's how you stop a thief..

sstrams105August 08, 2022 10:17AM

  Re: Kia, Hyundai, and Thieves

canadaram140August 09, 2022 06:07AM

  Tried buying a vehicle lately?

MamaRAMa145August 09, 2022 09:29AM

  Not sure about Missouri... but here in Calif....

JamesJM133August 09, 2022 09:41AM

  Same in Texas..

sstrams180August 09, 2022 09:49AM

  A few years ago....

JamesJM203August 09, 2022 09:52AM

  Yeah, I get that..

sstrams126August 09, 2022 10:38AM

  If ANY car maker, like GM or any of them sink again, I hope there is NO bail out.

Ramgator85August 09, 2022 12:33PM

  Same story up here.

canadaram248August 09, 2022 07:05PM

  I found a car! Attachments

MamaRAMa117August 10, 2022 10:12AM


sstrams189August 10, 2022 10:43AM

  Wonderful! That is a dream scenario for buying pre-owned

canadaram269August 10, 2022 01:12PM


canadaram114August 10, 2022 02:54PM

  that's great......happy for you guys nm

21Dog145August 10, 2022 03:51PM

  Most used cars have lower mileage than expected

waterfield119August 15, 2022 10:01AM

  Re: Most used cars have lower mileage than expected

MamaRAMa191August 15, 2022 10:13AM

  I'll buy it Tony!!!

ferragamo7969September 03, 2022 02:10PM

  An amazing coincidence...

JamesJM126August 09, 2022 09:17AM

  Re: An amazing coincidence...

MamaRAMa134August 09, 2022 09:34AM

  I think you're right...

JamesJM141August 09, 2022 09:43AM

  Stolen car has been found

MamaRAMa147August 12, 2022 09:27AM

  I saw a story last night..

sstrams101August 12, 2022 10:57AM

  Re: I saw a story last night..

MamaRAMa145August 12, 2022 11:11AM


sstrams250August 12, 2022 12:08PM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

canadaram92August 12, 2022 04:06PM

  my stolen vehicle story

21Dog106August 13, 2022 05:33AM

  Ok, here's mine:

sstrams105August 13, 2022 06:06AM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

MamaRAMa227August 13, 2022 11:38AM

  Re: Stolen car has been found

canadaram167August 13, 2022 01:33PM

  Pics at towing yard Attachments

MamaRAMa142August 15, 2022 07:48AM

  I would sit and stare at that..

sstrams112August 15, 2022 09:29AM

  Re: Pics at towing yard

canadaram135August 16, 2022 04:37AM


MamaRAMa71August 30, 2022 06:08AM

  Glad you're wrapping it up..

sstrams68August 30, 2022 06:45AM

  That’s some good news..

canadaram75September 02, 2022 02:23AM

  It's Always Something

MamaRAMa185August 14, 2022 07:32AM

  someone can correct me, but......

21Dog195August 14, 2022 07:42AM

  Re: someone can correct me, but......

MamaRAMa99August 14, 2022 08:59AM

  Sure sounds like a starter to me (nm)

JamesJM138August 14, 2022 09:57AM

  If she can find the the starter..

sstrams144August 14, 2022 09:58AM

  Re: If she can find the the starter..

21Dog109August 14, 2022 10:24AM

  Yup, good advice... BUT...

JamesJM94August 14, 2022 10:27AM

  Re: Yup, good advice... BUT...

MamaRAMa92August 14, 2022 10:37AM

  Well, just keep in mind..

sstrams80August 14, 2022 11:23AM

  I'm in like Flint

MamaRAMa102August 15, 2022 12:58PM

  Yeah, the red..

sstrams77August 15, 2022 01:34PM

  Re: Yeah, the red..

MamaRAMa79August 15, 2022 01:55PM

  I need to read your posts better haha..

sstrams181August 15, 2022 02:37PM

  Actually it's the solenoid that can get stuck up......

roman18156August 15, 2022 06:48AM

  Can't remember when the changeover occurred...

JamesJM96August 15, 2022 12:27PM

  You need so much more torque now.....

roman18195August 15, 2022 01:55PM

  Re: You need so much more torque now.....

MamaRAMa94August 15, 2022 01:58PM

  Yeah, Jet ski batteries BLOW these days, as well..

sstrams88August 15, 2022 02:39PM

  Never had any watercraft.....

roman1893August 15, 2022 03:14PM

  Not 100% sure..

sstrams91August 15, 2022 03:34PM

  Is it just fast clicking sounds? Like a ratchet spinning?

sstrams95August 14, 2022 07:58AM


canadaram124August 14, 2022 03:18PM

  As I type this, our Morning News show is doing a story on this.

Ramgator81August 17, 2022 02:38AM

  Re: As I type this, our Morning News show is doing a story on this.

MamaRAMa94August 17, 2022 05:48AM

  You left out one big one.

Ramgator84August 17, 2022 08:46AM

  Re: You left out one big one.

MamaRAMa87August 17, 2022 09:00AM

  Doh! Looked right past that! EXACTLY....

Ramgator79August 17, 2022 10:33AM

  I don't feel violated... I get pissed...

JamesJM90August 17, 2022 01:55PM

  Yeah, they always ask that..

sstrams84August 17, 2022 10:13AM

  Clint asked THE question, IMO..

Ramgator141August 17, 2022 10:38AM