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Wife issued an ultimatum: Selling Volvo today (probably)

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So as I've written about before, I've replaced my beloved 1990 Volvo 760 turbo wagon with a 2003 Mazda6 S V6 sedan, because I needed something newer, safer, less persnickety, and my lovely wife had to approve of it because it would be our first major purchase together as a married couple (our house was owned and paid off before we married).

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So, with that there is good news and bad news: The good news, is - knock on wood - the Mazda has been great so far, and Mrs. Boxrocket is extremely pleased with the new 6, such that she's suggested - only slightly joking - that we should trade cars so she can drive it. The bad news is that because she's so pleased with the new 6 that she doesn't want to see the Volvo anymore at all, even if it means selling it for less than it's really worth, and there is no need to keep the Volvo as a backup car, even though the plates are good for another 18 months and the property taxes are paid through to 2016. So yesterday she dropped a bombshell: It needs to be gone today. I shouldn't have told her that a local Volvo specialty shop offered just over four figures for it, so she's convinced it's the best deal I'll get, and better to take the money and run than to string out the experience holding out for the best offer. She does have a fair point, and at least with it being sold to a Volvo shop (if I don't get anyone else to make a solid offer today) they'll be able to take care of it and I don't have to be paranoid about the new owner calling me every few weeks asking about this widget or that thingamajig. I'm a subscriber to the NPoCP school of used car pricing in that if it starts, runs, is a successful daily driver, and passes all local and state laws, then it's worth at least $2K, or almost double what the local shop has offered.

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So, any takers?

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