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Car accident in a rental car -- legal obligations?

I was involved in a minor car accident while driving a rental car. What do I need to do now? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Aug 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Will I regret signing up for this VW lease?

Lease with high drive off fee and insanely low monthly payments. Seems like it would be good for me but I feel like I'm missing something. Deepest gratitude in advance for the insight of more experienced car owners. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Aug 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Toddler seat me

I need to switch up to a front facing toddler seat for a tiny car. Too many options. Going insane. Help! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Aug 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Driving my Mexican bought car into the USA as a US citizen

Hi folks, I have a car that I bought in mexico, used, that is in my name and I am planning on driving it from the Yucatan into the USA. I obviously don't want to drive it all the way through mexico only to be turned away at the border with all of my belongings, so any info is greatly appreciated. I am hoping to keep using this car - a 2008 toyota in good condition - while I resettle back into the USA. I know there are some requirements for emissions and other standards, so again - any info you all can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks
posted by MD_yeahright on Aug 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Unicorn of a used car

The only car I have ever owned was totaled recently, and I have no idea how to research this, so trying here. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Aug 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Where do people keep their guns?

I want to know where gun owners tend to keep their guns. As I reason, there are only a few places that can be; (1) at home, (2) in their car or (3) on their person. Are there any statistics or studies that show where people keep their primary firearm - one they may say is mostly for protection as opposed to hunting or target practice (even though that firearm may be used interchangeably by some owners)?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Truck drove into my car door. Any recourse?

A truck backed into my driver's side door as I was getting out to go to the grocery store. His insurance says we're 50-50 at fault. I don't agree, but of course I don't. I have anxiety and don't trust most of my gut reactions to things. Most of the people in my life say "No. The other driver's at fault. Push back." I'm looking for outside opinions. [more inside]
posted by timesarrow on Jul 28, 2016 - 16 answers

car theft(!), recovery(?), and purchase(??!?)

About a week ago, I woke up to discover that my car had been stolen overnight. Can you help me figure out my next steps for dealing with insurance in both scenarios ('recovered' or 'not recovered') and possibly buying another car? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Jul 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Which Subaru should I buy?

After eight car-free years using public transportation, I am moving to a new region where I’ll need to own a car. I’m pretty sure I’d like to get a Subaru, but am stuck between the Impreza hatchback, Crosstrek, or Forester. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Jul 23, 2016 - 17 answers

Roadtrip destinations in the PNW

Please recommend roadtrip destinations from Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Tan Sedan Caravan?

Not long ago, I was traveling on Interstate 35, driving north from Laredo, Texas to San Antonio. On the way, I saw a line of about six late model cars traveling together. Each was a basic four-door sedan in a neutral color, each had a four-digit number in large white lettering on the rear window, and each had a very large grill guard attached to the front--the kind you usually see on heavy duty pick up trucks. What was going on?
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Experience with a Daimler fortwo smart car?

I'm seriously considering a smart car and am looking at the Daimler fortwo. I don't know anyone who has one though. Would love to hear people's experiences of the car and things to consider when I go to the dealership tomorrow. Thank you!!
posted by namemeansgazelle on Jul 17, 2016 - 17 answers

6 of everything and nothing in its place - hill edition

I live in a valley but my car (and bike) live up a steep hill. it takes a few minutes to get from my front door to my vehicle, carrying my (increasingly-heavy-but-unable-to-climb) toddler the whole way. How do I (or how do YOU) organize stuff so that i am carrying as little as possible uselessly in and out all the time, but also so that my car doesn't feel like i also live in that? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jul 13, 2016 - 10 answers

What is the most fuel efficient used light pickup?

I will soon be in the market for a used car and am thinking of getting a pickup. Likely I'll be looking at trucks that are roughly 10 years old (I am flexible but want something new enough to not have a lot of maintenance issues). My biggest priority is having the least impact on the environment I can while still driving a pickup truck. What should I shop for? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 13, 2016 - 18 answers

When should a frugal person give up on a high-mileage car?

I'm on a tight budget and my 2008 Honda Accord is coming on 150,000 miles. My income depends on my ability to drive to clients. In an ideal world, I'd hope to get another 20,000 miles out of the car. I'm just looking for advice on a "decision tree" type template for what I should do and when. [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jul 12, 2016 - 19 answers

Need suggestions for camping cookwear

I need cookwear for car camping. These will be used on a 2-burner propane stove. Based on the kinds of things I cook, I need 2 frying pans and 1 pot or kettle for boiling water. I'd like to have folding or removable handles, and at least 1 teflon or other non-stick pan. No cast iron. What specific brands and pans or pots would you suggest for me? I am in the U.S.
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 6, 2016 - 15 answers

DC/Winchester to Jacksonville with kids

I'm heading off for my first semi-solo road trip with kids (and my mom) from either DC or Winchester to the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area of Florida. We are planning to take two days and stop every few hours for a break, preferably somewhere scenic and fun for the kids. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jul 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Slow leak in my tire; may need a new wheel. Help!

About a month ago I realized my tire was leaking air and required adding pressure about once a week. I took it to a tire shop and they told me a nail was in it but hadn't gone through, they removed it, "shouldn't have any more problems." This didn't make much sense to me but I left. Of course, a few days later the tire again needed air added. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 4, 2016 - 16 answers

What Affordable Car has an Ergonomic Driver's Seat?

I've got to get a new or "new used" car. I've got all sorts of joint issues and have found Volvo's to have the best seats for me. Alas, they're outside my budget (and I've heard they cost a lot to repair). Would appreciate suggestions for an affordable alternative....
posted by Jon44 on Jul 3, 2016 - 12 answers

You Must Be This Tall To Ride The Cyclone

What is the meaning of this declaration by Jeremy Clarkson? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Jun 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Today in "because I'm an idiot..."

I just noticed that my OH registration tags on my car expired 3 months ago. I'm living in Mississippi and moving to WA on 7/15. I thought about trying to renew my OH registration before I move, but it takes 10 business days to process and requires an emissions check number, which I don't have (it's also very expired). Is there anything I can do at this point to get registered and/or avoid getting ticketed until I can?
posted by deus ex machina on Jun 27, 2016 - 15 answers

How can I cheaply repair this curb damage on the fender?

Whoops... had a bit of a scrape this morning: http://i.imgur.com/2rVDhM6.jpg I can simply buy some touch up paint and paint over this? Or are there other steps I should take to make this better? It's about the width of a dollar bill.
posted by Mushroom12345 on Jun 24, 2016 - 9 answers

How to catch a kitty?

I need your help catching this kitty and potentially finding a new home for it! [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye on Jun 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Diminished Value on Rear-Ended Vehicle

Have any Mefi drivers successfuly gone through the process of applying for and receiving payment for a car in an accident that was not your fault? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jun 18, 2016 - 1 answer

How to register my lease car in Florida

Hi I lease a GM- Chevy Malibu in Ohio I am moving to Florida and I called the registration office and they say that they need the title... Florida holds the title in their office and not the lienholder?? I am so confused about this This is crazy- GM owns the car not Florida
posted by barexamfreak on Jun 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Renting a Car without credit card in hand

I am going to be renting a car in a few days. I have a credit card account, but I lost the actual card and will not be getting the replacement before I am renting the car. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by 3urypteris on Jun 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Car backed into, the driver wants to handle without insurance

I left my car on the street in front of a friend's and it was backed into by one of their neighbors while I was out of town. My friend took the guy's info, but the driver wants to handle without involving insurance. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 9, 2016 - 29 answers

New car, old tree

My driveway has a magnolia tree and I have a new car. I'm resigning myself to more frequent washing but would like to do a regular quick job rather than a huge undertaking. What are your car washing / sap / driveway tree maintenance / bird dropping hacks? [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Why won't they just let me pay for my car?

Short version: Bought a car with ex in 2012 with "and" instead of "or" between our names. MISTAKE. Refinanced the car loan with a new lender a little while ago and was told by that lender that all I needed to do now was to record the lien with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and I could worry about updating the title later. They even gave me a pre-filled form to record the lien I just needed to sign and turn in. Unfortunately, PennDOT is not having it. What is the best way to proceed? YANML. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jun 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I lease a car? How does it work?

I own a huge truck currently and live in the city. I'd like to get something smaller. I currently own ~13k in a loan on the truck. How does this work? Does the leasing company pay my loan and then charge me for a lease? Help me understand this? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jun 7, 2016 - 7 answers

How long should insurance take to finalize an auto damage estimate?

I was hit by another driver, who sped off and likely won't be caught (no plate). I have coverage for this but it took nearly three weeks for my insurance company to approve the estimate from the shop. The first adjuster assigned to the claim wasn't local to the area and tried to do everything by phone/email and the company wasn't particularly communicative about the process. Is this run-of-the-mill feet-dragging for insurance companies or does mine suck? [more inside]
posted by DyRE on May 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Replacing driver's seat due to back pain?

My mom has been experiencing back pain due to the driver's seat in her car for the last five months. She's now looking into replacing the seat. Is this the right solution, and if so, what is a good seat to replace with? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 24, 2016 - 14 answers

Selling a car registered in one state in another, how to?

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester I want to sell ("as is", it starts/runs, but has a misfire issue that makes it not something I want to drive at this point even short distances and it also has a small oil leak and small coolant leak). I drove this car from PA to Baton Rouge, LA and now want to be rid of it. I have the title (no lien), it is registered in PA, and I still have it under my insurance policy. [more inside]
posted by PinkPoodle on May 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Winter tires in the summer?

Is there any strong reason not to leave my winter tires on this summer? [more inside]
posted by raf on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me find another car

I'd like to get a car with backup cameras, blind spot monitoring, brake assist, and HD radio for under $30k USD. It could be new or used. I have a Mazda3 right now and like it quite a bit. But I'd prefer something with better safety technology and a quieter ride if possible. I've been looking at other Mazdas and Volvos, but I'm not set on either. I'd like to avoid VW and (perhaps) Toyota for sketchy business practices. I'm in SoCal, if that matters. Thanks!
posted by persona au gratin on May 10, 2016 - 15 answers

Identify This Car

This car has been sitting in my neighbor's driveway, untouched, since 1983. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on May 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Best Cargo Space in a Car in a Non-Huge Car

I am curious if anyone knows which car (i.e., non-SUV) has the most interior cabin space, while at the same time not being very large in and of itself. In other words, which car gives you the most storage space bang for your buck (I realize this varies with seats folded down, etc.). Currently own a 2009 Subaru Outback, and favor that brand, but curious to hear of others' experiences.
posted by dearleader on May 8, 2016 - 32 answers

Car was stolen, I think I found it for sale on Craigslist. What do I do?

My car was stolen about 3 weeks ago. Now I just found a listing on craigslist that looks exactly like my car. There are some identifying features in the paint job and interior details that make me think this is, in fact, my car that someone is trying to resell. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on May 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Aftermarket HID or LED headlights on new cars?

I'm looking at a new car purchase and have noticed that the "better" headlights (HID or LED) are typically only available on the highest trim level or with an options package that includes a bunch of other features that I'm a lot less interested in. What should I know about doing an aftermarket install of HID or LED headlights on a new car purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Forgot to return the car I am leasing!

I am leasing a car. I just noticed the "maturity date" was yesterday, meaning I forgot to return it on time. Doh! I feel like a total idiot, but then I was under the impression that there would be tons of notice about how to schedule an inspection, etc., so I wasn't expecting to need to pay close attention to when it needed to be returned. I haven't heard anything--no mail, calls, nothing. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on May 2, 2016 - 5 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Apr 30, 2016 - 14 answers

I just sold someone a used car "as is" that broke down within 5km

What is my moral responsibility when I sell someone a perfectly functional car that is explicitly "as-is" that then breaks down almost immediately after the sale is completed, when I legitimately had no inkling that there was any underlying problem. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 29, 2016 - 43 answers

For a car newbie, are swap meets useful?

I'm a really new automotive DIYer. I'm interested in all the auto swap meets that will happen this spring/summer. Should I go, or will it all go over my head? [more inside]
posted by methroach on Apr 22, 2016 - 6 answers

AudioFilter: Help me listen to podcasts in the car

I play podcasts from my Android device through an external-audio input cable in my car. The volume range gives me migraines. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Apr 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Electric Car Owning Experience

My SO and I are planning to purchase a car before the end of the year. At this point, we're considering (but not sold on) an electric car so I'd like to hear people who own or owned an EV for over a year. What did you like? Not like? Wish you'd known? Snowflake flurry below the fold. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Apr 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Car was stolen. No comprehensive. Now what?

My car was stolen (from a major suburb in the Boston area). Wondering about next steps. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Apr 17, 2016 - 11 answers

Mechanic Panic - Are They Ripping Me Off??

I've taken my car to the mechanic what seems like an unreasonable number of times to fix an issue. Mostly, the car keeps overheating. First, they replaced the entire radiator. The next time it broke down, it was the water pump, which also necessitated a new timing belt. It's been overheating again, and came close to breaking down. I talked with a guy who knows cars, but is not a mechanic. He says if it's still having problems, it's likely the thermostat. Am I overreacting to not want this same shop to fix it? [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Apr 8, 2016 - 15 answers

MBTA vs. rental car for short Boston visit

I'm planning a visit to Boston where I grew up but haven't been in a while. I don't like stressing about traffic and parking. Should I take the T or rent a car? [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Apr 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Chicago Vehicle Ticketing

does anyone have experience with parking a car in chicago that has an expired registration??? asking for a friend - details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Apr 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Not-My-Fault Accident. Other driver wants to settle without insurance

Yesterday I was rear ended by a young woman driving a scooter. She apologized and admitted fault. I took her contact information and insurance information, but did not file a police report. I thought the proper thing to do was to call my insurer, tell them what happened, and give them the other driver's insurance information, and I did so. I assumed that I should let them handle the claim. Now I'm wondering if I made a mistake. Your help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 31, 2016 - 16 answers

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