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Opportunity to buy LS460 w/FLSH, 07/80k; for price of selling my 09/IS250C/33k; and keep my 03/SC430/71k. Any thoughts?

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20 hours ago, twolexii said:

Opportunity to buy LS460 w/FLSH, 07/80k; for price of selling my 09/IS250C/33k; and keep my 03/SC430/71k. Any thoughts?

If I were in your shoes I would do it. The LS is a beautiful line of cars. Don't have any 460s but two ls430's for over a decade with no major issues since original purchase. If I understand correctly, your IS250 is the least valuable of your cars and on Ebay etc, they seem to sell privately for around 9-10k price. Therefore if you swap it for the 460 you want then you lose about 2k but you save yourself time and hassle and there's no guarantee you would get that much for the IS anyway due to condition and other variables. The 460 is only two years older and a more lavish car. So you have left the SC which is just as large though as the LS so you are stuck with two massive sedans which would be the drawback, but on the bright side you have a sporty one and a car for cruising. If you really want the 460 perhaps be patient and sell the IS first for 9-10K, then get the/a 460 and with money left over get a small 'run around' car. The IS and SC are similar- if I were you swap the SC for the LS then you really have a massive cruiser and a compact sporty smaller Lexus IS on the side.

Sorry for length guess I'm passionate about cars lol

Alex  

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I'd be keeping what you've got, a lovely convertible for the summer and a fairly rare V8.

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Defo keep SC and get a LS... ive both 

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Thank you, gentlemen, for responding with your advice. In my ideal world I’d keep the very pleasant IS250C and superb SC430 and add the stately LS460, particularly as my lady would now find the large saloon easier to get into. However I only drive 8k a year so insufficient use? Semi-retired and finding golf tedious, becoming threelexii does appeal. As does the fact that the newer hybrid models feel less Lexus and more sanitised BMW inside. So the triple fleet, at an all-in £25k, would still be less than one underwhelming CT200h. Next step? Drive an LS460 for an hour then decide.

BTW, comparing Lexus service Hedge End, Guildford and Twickenham, the latter definitely 3rd-rate with Hedge End top. I also have a nearby excellent independent engineer for instinctive fault-finding. 

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5 hours ago, twolexii said:

I only drive 8k a year so insufficient use?

definitely not, my neighbours Bentley covers about 300 miles a year  .........  not a patch on a Ls460 I'm sure

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Thanks, Malcolm, a good point, having played with the (Phaeton) Bentley. I’ve found a fun way to make it three lexii as I know I’d miss the IS250C. There’s a reason it is still a Which Best Buy, 7 years on from its demise. For the LS460, I’m quoted by Aviva £422 comp for 3k miles p.a. and £500 voluntary excess, with full NCD, for my Sussex postcode. Feels toppy as the IS250C is £272 for 5k miles and my wife’s 2013 Touareg is c. £480. Test drive of the LS460 next week but only at £1k over PX. 55 years buying and disposing of cars has shown that another beauty always comes  along.

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8 hours ago, twolexii said:

I’m quoted by Aviva £422 comp for 3k miles p.a. and £500 voluntary excess,

just seen that the Co-Op have re=entered the car insurance market now !

My very first insurer some 50+ years ago and that was £25 then, an absolute fortune when the car cost me £5 ..........

Malc

 

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47 minutes ago, Malc said:

just seen that the Co-Op have re=entered the car insurance market now !

My very first insurer some 50+ years ago and that was £25 then, an absolute fortune when the car cost me £5 ..........

Malc

 

£25 in  say 1965 is equivalent to approx £460 today. An increase of  1840 per cent.

£5 multiplied by 1840% is £92,

so, for a substantial prize, when did the value of 3 tomatoes equate to the value of 1 banana ??

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12 minutes ago, royoftherovers said:

when did the value of 3 tomatoes equate to the value of 1 banana

when they were squashed !

Malc

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On 2/4/2019 at 10:54 PM, twolexii said:

Thanks, Malcolm, a good point, having played with the (Phaeton) Bentley. I’ve found a fun way to make it three lexii as I know I’d miss the IS250C. There’s a reason it is still a Which Best Buy, 7 years on from its demise. For the LS460, I’m quoted by Aviva £422 comp for 3k miles p.a. and £500 voluntary excess, with full NCD, for my Sussex postcode. Feels toppy as the IS250C is £272 for 5k miles and my wife’s 2013 Touareg is c. £480. Test drive of the LS460 next week but only at £1k over PX. 55 years buying and disposing of cars has shown that another beauty always comes  along.

Hi,

Please feel free to give us a try for insurance if you like.

Regards,

Dan.

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I did. 🙂 Decided to keep SC430 & replace IS250C with LS460, IF the big thirsty car’s price is fair.

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Couldn't agree a fair price on the private ‘07/80k LS460 so walked. The SC430 is a classic small limo, a delight to drive, closed or open. The IS250C is a hidden secret. Thanks for commenting.

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