cars

July 25

DOD RX7W+ Car Rearview Mirror Camera Only $179.99 & Free Shipping @ NCIX Canada

Posted by on July 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

DOD RX7W+ Car Rearview Mirror Camera Only $179.99 & Free Shipping @ NCIX Canada

Does putting your car into reverse send you into a full-blown, sweat-covered panic?  Never fear putting it in R again with this deal from NCIX Canada.  The regular price of the DOD RX7W+ Car Rearview Mirror was $219.99, but right now you can get it for only $179.99 as well as get free shipping right to your door!

I recently bought a truck: a huge truck.  This thing is a monster. On top of that, my boyfriend wanted to add a trailer hitch.  I am an absolute parking disaster in this thing, to the point that I generally park as far away from my destination as possible to avoid having to wedge my truck between any other vehicles.  There are, however, those rare occasions where I can’t find an isolated spot and may have to *gasp* put the truck into reverse to get out.  What’s a girl to do?  The truck bed is about a mile long and being up so high I’m just never entirely sure there isn’t a brood of little ducklings crossing behind me.  For the safety of everyone out there, I really need to get one of these rearview mirror cameras.

Now, most rearview DVRs include a dash camera which may be enticing to anyone interested in forcibly entering your vehicle, and I for one am always forgetting to put stuff like that away. This particular model, however, is actually disguised as a rearview mirror and attaches to your existing mirror with Velcro very easily, and is compatible with most vehicles on the market.  It has a Wide Dynamic Range lens and wide angle superior low light performance, helping you back out of the most troublesome locations.

Price comparison

I did a little snooping and found this same rearview mirror camera at CanadaComputers.com for $189.99 (plus shipping) and at Henrys.com for $219.99.

Shipping

Shipping on this item is completely free!

If you happen to be in the Surrey, BC area, be sure to check out NCIX’s Surrey store grand opening on Saturday July 26th from 9:00am to 6:00pm for door crashers and prizes.

(Expiry: These deals are in place until 30th July 2014.)

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May 26

Amazon Canada: The Club Anti-Theft Device Only $22

Posted by on May 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Amazon Canada: The Club Anti Theft Device Only $22

Worried about your car getting stolen? Spend $22 at Amazon on The Club anti-theft device. It is normally $59.99 and I couldn’t find it at a lesser price anywhere.

(Click the “3 new” link on the Amazon page if you cannot see the deal, you will see Amazon listed as the seller in there)

This is The Club you’ve heard about, except it doesn’t go on your steering wheel. Instead, it attaches to your brakes or clutch so they can’t be depressed and the person can’t drive the vehicle. It is so easy to use, with one pull it locks on and fits most cars, trucks and SUVs. It has a red finish so potential thieves know not to bother. Sometimes prevention is the key in keeping thefts from happening – just having a device like this is a deterrent. The company states that The Club is virtually impossible to defeat. Truly, car thieves want to get in and get out, they don’t want to have to take an additional step, so they’ll just move on to the next car.

There are 68 reviews on Amazon for this club device and most sing its praises. Where the reviewers said The Club failed is on older cars. Older cars can be stolen with the club in place because they can be driven without the regular brakes using the emergency brake. An ex-car thief suggest putting it on your clutch. You can’t deny that kind of review!

This item will ship for free if you spend just another $3, which I’m sure will be quite easy at Amazon.

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn

(Expiry: Unknown)

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April 12

Car Sharing Versus Owning a Car: Which one Saves More Money?

Posted by on April 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Car Sharing Versus Owning a Car: Which one Saves More Money?

If you live in a larger Canadian city, you will likely have noticed a large number of car sharing companies cropping up recently.  Some companies include Zipcar, Modo, and Car2go.  For example, in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary, you might see little white and blue smart cars parked everywhere.  Before I used a car sharing program, it seemed very complicated, like I was not part of an elite club of car sharers.  However, once I signed up, I experienced first-hand just how easy it is, and now when I need to go downtown, or I want to jog one way, or go to a place where parking is going to be iffy, I just hop in a Car2go instead of hopping in my car.  All I need to do is check out my app to see where there is a Car2go nearby and reserve it and then hop in.  It is very easy.  Cars are easy to drive, clean, and no fuss or no muss.  Though one time I found a wet bathing suit in the glove compartment, but that is beside the point I guess!

Car2go

Car2go is a car sharing company that originated in Ulm, Germany and has quickly gone viral in 23 other cities in Europe and North America.  Most cities have about 200-300 car2go cars in their fleet.

The cost?

For example, in Vancouver to rent a Car2go, it is $0.38 per minute, $13.99 per hour, and $72.99 per day plus tax.  This includes the gasoline, insurance, maintenance, and parking (except at meter parking of course, but you can park your Car2go at all permit parking spots and you can park for free at many parking garages – these will be highlighted in the Car2go GPS located in the car).  The start up cost is $35 for registration, but this can be easily waived by entering a coupon code at the time of sign up.  Bargainmoose has a great coupon code for Car2go that reduces your membership fee to $10 and gives you 30 free minutes of driving time.

  • Insurance- included
  • Gas- included in the per minute cost
  • Maintenance- included
  • Parking- free (provided you do not park at meter parking)
  • Assuming a 15 minute commute (minimal traffic) to work Monday to Friday = $12.88 per day (including tax) equals $258 per month

Owning a Car

On the other hand, if you have more than a few car trips per week or if you can only commute to work by car, it may make more sense to own a car.

Some of the regular costs of owning a car to factor in when comparing it to a car sharing program include:

  • Insurance- estimate $150-$200 per month
  • Gas- estimate $100-$400 per month (depending on how much one drives)
  • Maintenance- estimate $25 to $100 per month (only oil and filter a few times a year versus bigger things like maintaining brakes etc.)
  • Parking- $180 (average $9 per day at a parkade, Monday to Friday)

Average total cost per month: $455 to $880 per month.  In fact, the average car costs over $8700 on an annual basis to maintain, gas up, and provide insurance for in the United States (source: Time).

(This does not include costs of leasing the car or financing the car, assuming that you own the car outright already!)

Although there may seem to be significant cost savings with using a car sharing program, the convenience of owning a car obviously plays a huge factor.  Sometimes finding a Car2go car can be difficult and requires extra time to find one to reserve.  Moneysense magazine has a handy chart comparing the cost of car sharing programs versus owning a car, factoring in average car costs over an 8 year period.  The verdict was that if you used a car sharing program more than a few times per week, owning a car makes more sense.  Of course, owning a car makes more sense if you have multiple trips, like taking your children to and from daycare, or to and from soccer practice.  The car sharing programs are likely targeted towards drivers without children.

Granted, another benefit to car sharing is a sense of community, social responsibility, a sense of doing good for the environment and not adding to the carbon footprint, and “walking the walk” of a minimalistic lifestyle.

Bargainmoosers, have you ever used a car sharing program?

Photo credit: Billy Wilson

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March 28

5 Tips to Save You Money on your Next Car Purchase

Posted by on March 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM

5 Tips to Save You Money on your Next Car Purchase

Buying a new car (or a new used car) can be a daunting task, especially since it is usually the second largest purchase that we make aside from buying a house. It does not help when there are aggressive car sales people who are pressuring you to buy a new car, or add things that you would not necessarily get yourself, such as a sun roof. It also does not help when you are buying a used car and you have to worry if you are getting a lemon, which is a defective vehicle which looks better than it actually is, according to Investopedia. Even though you may be adept at haggling or bargaining when at night markets or when traveling, negotiating a big purchase like this requires much more consideration and thought. Buying a car is definitely not an impulse buy (or it should not be, at least).

So with all these factors to consider, here are a few tips that might help you save a few hundred or a few thousand dollars on your next car purchase:

Think About What you Really Need
Just like with buying a house, we can be easily distracted by the allure of things and want things that we don’t necessarily need. For example, if you like driving manual, do you need to get an automatic? Do you really need that SUV for your family of three? Are the heated seats necessary? Is the sunroof necessary?

Just like with buying a house, make a list of negotiables (or “wants”) and non-negotiables, or needs (for example, 5 star safety rating and side airbags). This will help you sort out what is important to you in your next car purchase.

Timing is Key
Like many things in life, timing is key. Focus on dealing with car salespeople at the end of the month, this is when they are anxious to make their quotas and their sales targets, and they will be more flexible on pricing. Also, Yahoo suggests that there are two buying seasons when there are deep discounts on new cars (if you must buy new, that is), these are the end of December (last two weeks), and from the July to October months.

Do Your Research
The best way to deal with crafty car salespeople (other than sniffing out the schmoozy ones by first glance) is to do your research and be knowledgeable. Make notes of what they tell you, ask them to calculate the net purchase price (it all sounds fine and dandy but when you add taxes and levies, the price doesn’t sound as great in the end). Also, the Kelley Blue Book is your friend. It lists the standard prices of cars depending on the year and the make. Look online at different prices, make phone calls to dealers. Sometimes when you ask for Internet pricing you get a better deal. Oftentimes it is easier to negotiate on the phone rather than in person.

Get your Financing Arranged

Gail Vaz Oxlade and Moneysense recommends getting your financing arranged. If you are lucky enough to not require financing and can pay by straight cash, then you may even be able to get some more money off your purchase price. Oftentimes arranging financing independently works out better than using the dealerships financing. For example, a friend of mine was financing his car at 7%, but now only pays 3.25%, which he ended up using his Home Equity Line of Credit for.

Trade-In Later or Sell Your Old Car Yourself

According to Forbes, keeping quiet about trading in your used car can save you a lot of money. They recommend not telling the salesperson that you want to trade in your used car until you reach a final price after negotiating, otherwise, the salesperson may inflate the cost of the new car that you are buying. Keeping the two transactions and deals separate is key.

If you have the time and energy, selling your car yourself will get you much more than the dealer can give you, as they have to make money on the car that they buy off you. In fact, car salespeople make more commission selling used cars than they do on new cars. To sell your used car, check out classifieds such as Craigslist, Kijiji, and Autotrader.ca

I think a good compromise is to try and sell the car yourself and if after a pre-set time period you are unable to, you can consider trading it in. Smart Cookies blog has a great article on deciding whether to sell or trade in your car.

Bargainmoosers, do you have any other tips to save money when buying a new (or a new-old) car?

Photo credit: NRMA New Cars

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February 23

Mr. Lube Coupon: Printable $10 Off $40+

Posted by on February 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Mr. Lube Coupon: Printable $10 Off $40+

Pretty much everyone nowadays not only owns one car, but they own two or more.  Car maintenance can be a big expense so saving here and there can really add up and help.  Right now, you can save at Mr Lube.  Save $10 on services of $40 or more with this printable Mr Lube coupon.

In our home, my husband is in charge of taking care of our vehicles and he takes both of then to Mr Lube every time they need an oil change. Every single time he takes them in, he gets the works done.  He get an oil change, transmission fluids done, coolant fluids done and anything else that needs it.  The total cost every single time is around $50.  I looked on their website and they don’t actually have their prices for services listed but my husband is frugal like me and this is what it costs us for the works every single time.

His favourite part of the Mr Lube experience is getting to sit in his car, they give him a free coffee and newspaper and just reads and relaxes while they do all this…with no appointment required.  It is a holiday for a married man with two toddlers!

Since this coupon is for any service of $40 or more, you could use it like my husband will and get any service really and still save. Another great bonus, Mr Lube often sends out extra coupons and deals after your service as an appreciation type of thing.  We have got coupons for the next time, BOGO free movie passes and more.

We will have this and all other Mr Lube coupons posted up on the Bargainmoose coupon forum.

(Expiry: 28th February 2014)

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February 17

PrincessAuto Canada: 4 Ton Hydraulic Body and Frame Repair Kit Only $100

Posted by on February 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

PrincessAuto Canada: 4 Ton Hydraulic Body and Frame Repair Kit Only $100

Fancy yourself a car repair expert? Get the tools to do the job from PrincessAuto for only $99.99.

This isn’t going to have broad appeal here, I suspect, but it’s still a good deal. As usual I checked Canadian Tire, Princess Auto’s biggest competitor, for a price comparison and an almost identical set is $169.99. The regular price on the Princess Auto one with $159.99. You’re saving $60 so you get it for $99.99. Shipping to me on the east coast is about $20 so if you live close to their shipping facility (in BC, i think) then it’ll be cheaper. You may also be able to get this deal in store.

This is basically a hydraulic system that lets you manipulate the body and frame of a car. Generally this is something you need to do after you get in an accident or something. This is definitely something I’m going to leave to the pros but there are people out there with way more skill and confidence than I have who would definitely be up for the challenge.

It seems like something you might buy once and never use again but I’ve never been to a body shop for less than $300 (and that might have just been parts) so if I could cut out the labour portion of the bill by doing it myself, I’d definitely be saving money by getting this.

Do you do your own car work? Let me know in the comments below!

(Expires: 2nd March 2014)

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January 19

Canadian Tire: Buy 3 Tires Get 1 Free

Posted by on January 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Canadian Tire: Buy 3 Tires Get 1 Free

The bad winter roads seem to be all over Canada right now, and the safest thing you can do for yourself and your family is to have a good set of tires for your vehicle.  Canadian Tire has a really great deal on right now for anyone looking for a new set of tires. Buy three tires and the fourth tire will be free on select brands.

This deal applies to five different kinds of tires:

  • MotoMaster
  • AW/H
  • MotoMaster SE2
  • Goodyear Wrangler Territory

The actual price of the tires will vary depending on what size and which ones you would like to purchase, but you can get them as low as just $129.99 per tire.  Since you get a fourth when you buy three of them, there is the potential to get all four tires for just $389.97 which is truly an incredible deal.

With the deal you must buy all three tires the same, and the fourth free tire will also be the same.  To be honest though, who would want to buy anything but all the same tires? If you are not sure what size of tire you need for your vehicle, just head into your local store and ask one of the tire experts in the tire department for some advice.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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October 17

AutoPartsWay Canada Coupon Code: Exclusive 8% Off $100+

Posted by on October 17, 2013 at 9:00 AM

AutoPartsWay Canada Coupon Code: Exclusive 8% Off $100+

Fix or enhance your car for less with this awesome exclusive coupon code from Auto Parts Way!

Click here to shop @ AutoPartsWay.ca now

  • Coupon Code: MOOSE923
  • Discount: 8% off when you spend $100
  • Expiry: 20th October 2013

I’m not a car guy, but I know a bit about how to fix them. I’m talking replacing batteries, brake pads, etc… The simple stuff. And I know electronics. Other than that I need to bring it to a shop or to one of my mechanic friends. Most of the time when I bring my car in, I bring my own parts because it’s just cheaper that way. The frustrating part is that I can find parts super cheap but the shipping is killer. I got a side view mirror shipped to me once and, if I remember correctly, it was more for shipping that the actual part cost. On top of that it took forever. I didn’t get hit with duty but if I had, it would have cost more.

That’s why I’m so glad I’ve found Auto Parts Way. These guys ship almost all their parts from within Canada. And their prices are quite good too. I need to get a couple of sway bar links (I think) and I’m going to be getting them at Auto Parts Way assuming my warranty doesn’t cover it. And of course I’ll be using this coupon code to get 8% off if I happen to spend $100 or more on my order.

Click here to get all the best savings with our AutoPartsWay Coupon Code page!

AutoPartsWay Canada Coupon Code: Exclusive 8% Off $100+

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September 15

PrincessAuto Canada: 6V/12V Battery Tester For Only $20 (Save $30)

Posted by on September 15, 2013 at 9:00 PM

PrincessAuto Canada: 6V/12V Battery Tester For Only $20 (Save $30)

A car battery tester is an essential for everyone reading this and for $20, there is no excuse not to pick up this one from PrincessAuto.

A battery tester seems like a waste. It sits on a shelf for years, but when you need it, you are glad you have it. There are a lot of crooked mechanics out there who just want to get your money and they will lie to do so. If you go in there already knowing your battery is bad (or better yet, avoided going in there) then the tester has paid for itself. Everyone should have one sitting in their basement or closet.

This one is normally $49.99, but you save $20, bringing it down to $19.99. Shipping, for me, was $8.

Continuing on my investigation of how badly Princess Auto outperforms Canadian Tire in just about every way, I looked into a near identical battery tester at Canadian Tire. Much to my shock, the original price was $49.99 – the same as Princess Auto! But Princess Auto has it on sale, so that’s obviously a better – wait… What’s that?! Canadian Tire has a sale too and it’s a birthday sale!? Oh no, this doesn’t look good for my deal. I mean, you’d figure Canadian Tire would at least have price matched their sale, especially on their birthday. Oh, hold one. No. That’s right, at Canadian Tire the tester, on sale, is $29.99, and they won’t ship it to your door for $8.

One of these days I’m going to write up a great Canadian Tire deal, and someone reading it is going to come back to this article and throw it in my face. Oh well, until then, enjoy your cheap battery tester from PrincessAuto!

(Expiry: Unknown)

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July 29

Princess Auto: 40% off 3 1/2 Ton Low Profile Floor Jack ($120)

Posted by on July 29, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Princess Auto: 40% off 3 1/2 Ton Low Profile Floor Jack ($120)

Get 40% off this 3 1/2 ton floor jack from PrincessAuto Canada!

I’m going to be up front with you guys and tell you that this thing is expensive to ship. It’s like $40. If you happen to have a princess auto nearby, you’d probably be best served by going there. But if you don’t you’re actually saving $80 on the original $199.99 price of the product so with shipping you’re still saving 20% or $40. Regardless, the product itself is only $119.99. I checked out other retailers and they are all around $200. Some are a bit more or a bit less than $200 but none come close to the $119.99 mark of this one. Even with shipping, you aren’t going to find anything this cheap.

So why do you need a 3 1/2 ton floor jack? Well, primarily to jack 3 1/2 tons off the floor. Specifically, you are likely going to be using this for your car. A lot of people out there have the skills to work on their cars but do not have the tools. Generally this is because it’s really expensive to get the tools. Getting a floor jack of this quality for this price would be a huge boost to anyone looking to do this stuff.

I feel compelled to mention that working on your own car is dangerous. Be safe, don’t do anything dumb. If you drop a truck on your head, I’m going to be very disappointed in you!

(Expires: 11th August 2013)

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July 9

Princess Auto Canada: Save $60 On AutoLink AL519 OBDII & CAN Scan Tool ($89.99)

Posted by on July 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Princess Auto Canada: Save $60 On AutoLink AL519 OBDII & CAN Scan Tool ($89.99)

Absolutely everyone should have one of these, and at this price, you can’t afford not to have one. Get $60 off an AutoLink OBDII & CAN Scan Tool and get it for $89.99!

Seriously. I think everyone should have one of these. Doesn’t matter if you’re a car guy or if you’re car clueless. What is this device I speak of, and why do I think you all need it? I’ll tell you what it is first. Before I do that, I want to mention that I’m not a mechanic, so the information I’m giving you here is only what I’ve been told by mechanics. It could be incorrect for your vehicle or wrong altogether.

You know when you bring your car to the mechanic and he says he’s gonna hook it up to the computer? Well this is the computer. Basically, it scans the car’s sensors and computer to figure out what’s broken.

But why do you, the consumer, want one of these? Well, it could save you tons of money. You know that ominous “check engine” light that comes on in your car on occasion? Well it doesn’t always mean your engine is gonna explode. Sometimes, in some cars, it means that your gas cap is loose or not on. It could even mean the gas cap vent is plugged and there is too much pressure in your gas tank. I know this because these are all things I’ve experienced. In one instance I actually paid some local crook… er… mechanic… $70 to tell me that my gas cap was loose. What makes it worse is that in some cars the only way to clear the light is to run one of these scanners on the car.

In most cars there is an OBDII port under your steering column, down by the driver’s feet. You just plug in this scanner and see what’s up. Make sure that you do your research and find out if your car has an OBDII port. You can find that out online, or in your car’s user manual.

Shipping varies based on where you are, but it was $8 to ship to me on the east coast.

I hope your Land Rover doesn’t melt, Klaus Nahr, and thanks for the image!

Do you dabble in the dark art of car repair? Let me know in the comments below!

(Expires: Unknown)

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May 10

Auto Parts Way Canada: Save 5% With This Coupon Code (Expired)

Posted by on May 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Auto Parts Way Canada: Save 5% With This Coupon Code (Expired)

This is baring marketed as a Mother’s Day deal but I’m pretty sure they aren’t checking to make sure you’re a Mom so go ahead and get 5% off your purchase of $100 or more in honuor of Moms everywhere!

 Click here to show for car parts @ AutoPartsWay.ca

  • Coupon Code: MOM512
  • Discount: 5% Off Your Order of $100 or More
  • Expires: 13th May 2013

I don’t know about your Mom but mine wasn’t very mechanically inclined. So if your Mom is like mine was and you are mechanically inclined, why not pick up some parts and give her car a tune up. You can buy her flowers and a card but changing her brakes, caring about her safety, seems like a much better gift to me. Well… Maybe a brake job and a nice bouquet would be best.

But times have changed. My Mom would be almost sixty now and in the time and place she grew up, women didn’t learn about cars. Maybe your Mom or wife is a car girl and picking her up some performance parts would make her day.

Of course, as I mentioned in the intro, they aren’t checking to see if you’re a Mom so if you’re just some dude who needs a new muffler, you can get it here for 5% off!

Get free ground shipping when you spend $100 or more.

Check out any future Auto Parts Way coupons in our Bargainmoose Coupon Forum.

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June 18

Fountain Tire Coupon

Posted by on June 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Fountain Tire Coupon

Here’s a free printable coupon which you can use at Fountain Tire Canada!

The printable coupon gets you a $20 discount if you book a mechanical service.

Terms:

Offer valid until August 9, 2010 at participating Fountain Tire retailers. No cash surrender value. No change will be provided. One coupon per transaction. Not for payment on account. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

I suppose it would be handy if you are checking your car in for some maintenance…I will probably not write any more about this though, as I know nothing about cars! I can barely check the oil on my car…!

(Ends 9th August 2010)

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February 8

Partsource Canada Save $10 Printable Coupon

Posted by on February 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Partsource Canada Save $10 Printable Coupon

When you spend $35 or more at Partsource Canada, save $10 with this printable coupon, which recently arrived by email.

Until 28th February, 2010, save $10 on your next purchase of $35 or more (before tax) at Part Source stores in Canada. Canadian winters can be especially harsh on your vehicles, this is a good deal for anyone who need to replace some parts this season.

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January 25

Canadian Tire Auto Service Printable Coupons

Posted by on January 25, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Canadian Tire Auto Service Printable CouponsSave on Canadian Tire Auto Services when you bring in these printable coupons!

Save money on car maintenance and even a few free services when you present these coupons. All coupons expire February 28 2010.

Canadian Tire Auto Service Printable Coupons include:

  • Free Battery Test
  • Save $20 on Auto Service Of Over $100
  • Save $25 on Canadian Tire Roadside Assistance Gold Plan
  • Save $5 on Oils Change
  • Free Wiper Blade Installation
  • Save $10 on Coolant Flush
  • Save $20 on Transmission Maintenance

Besides changing tires, I know nothing about car maintenance. But I do know, free service is always a deal.

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