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Impact of car reposession in Nevada?

Hello, We have a car we can no longer afford, but we owe about $3K more than we could potentially sell it for and we cannot come up with that difference. We are in Nevada and I want to know if we turn the car over to the bank and they sell it, can they come after us for the difference in the balance and what they sell it for. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Selling Used Car - Disclosing Defect

I am selling my old car because I needed a car that could tow my trailer. Old Car is generally terrific for being 11 years old, but the AC doesn't work. Price reflects this. Needs new AC compressor. Should I put it in the ad, or tell people on the phone?
posted by theora55 on Jun 27, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me close the deal on a new car!

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time. So far things have proceeded fairly smoothly, but I just wanted to be clear on how the steps should proceed as we enter the end game. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Fix before car insurance declares a total loss?

I got into an accident this weekend and I dented my door & part of the fender. My insurance company says that if the fix is more than 80%, they are legally obligated to declare is salvage / total loss which means I lose my car. I'm scared that this is the case. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Jun 23, 2015 - 17 answers

What should I do with my car?

I was going to sell my mini cooper, but then I spun a bearing. Now what? [more inside]
posted by RUPure on Jun 23, 2015 - 7 answers

how register a car in a vacation home

Is it possible to get a car registered in Oregon if you a) own property there but don’t live there year-round and b) don’t want to change your out-of-state driver’s license? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Best way to care for a care with a faded red body and BRIGHT red bumpers

I inherited a red Honda Fit (2007) that has taken a bit of a beating from the sun. The red color has faded to a pinkish shade, except on the bumpers which are bright red (since they were replaced under a recall). The top coat of the body is mostly intact except for a few spots. What's the best way to take care of the car from a pragmatic and aesthetic point of view? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jun 15, 2015 - 7 answers

What tips are there for buying a used car?

I've always bought new cars and driven them for 15+ years. Need a car for my teen and have no intentions to buy new. I've never bought a used car. What tips/tricks do you have for the buying process regardless of whether it's from a private party, used car lot, or from a dealership?
posted by teg4rvn on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Rear window, what happened to you?

Rear windows on cars have been getting smaller, right? What kind of car still has good visibility, and why isn't this a safety concern? [more inside]
posted by casualinference on Jun 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Cheapest way to get audio from my phone to my car speakers?

I have a 2003 VW Passat with no aux in jack. I have been using a cassette adapter to get audio from my phone, but the tape deck has stopped working. (It beeps and says Tape error.) I have tried replacing the cassette adapter but the same thing happens, so I know it is the player. [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Brooklyn to Long Island on a Saturday

Four of us will be heading from Williamsburg (Brooklyn) to Roslyn Harbor/Glen Head in Long Island for a wedding on a Saturday. Does anyone have any car service recommendations that will be less than $100 each way? FYI it looks to be about 45 mins/25 miles on a Saturday afternoon. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 5, 2015 - 5 answers

Tips or references for an honest mechanic in NYC?

Honda fit needs serious work, both engine and body. Neither me nor my partner know(s?) much about cars... (or grammar apparently) [more inside]
posted by microcarpetus on Jun 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Random car search - how thorough was it?

I got chosen for a random car search yesterday at the US/Canada border, and I have a few questions about it. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on May 31, 2015 - 11 answers

Sporty lightweight robust car recommendation

I'm unironically mourning the demise of my '95 Del Sol. Looking for a lightweight, sporty, fun, comfortable car. If everything works out, anticipating that in a year/12 months time that I'll have to do a 20-30 minute rural highway commute (on good highway). However, I'd like capability to deal with rough roads. Please recommend me an appropriate vehicle. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on May 31, 2015 - 19 answers

Long distance car shipping advice needed.

I've been really surprised by how shady the car shipping industry is, with shell companies, brokers, fraud reports everywhere, high-pressure sales tactics, etc. I'm looking for first-hand advice and experience from anybody who has had a good experience shipping their car. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on May 28, 2015 - 19 answers

Help me find the best aftermarket car backup camera / tablet interface

Mrs. Lattiboy just purchased a 2015 Kia Soul. It's the "base" model with a manual transmission and basically no bells and whistles. She is coming from a fully loaded 2013 Prius with every possible electronic option, including navigation and backup cameras. I want to put in an aftermarket system with a decent radio, bluetooth, tablet interface, and backup cameras. She has an Android phone, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on May 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Is this car a good deal?

Is it worth paying over Blue Book value for a car that was just purchased from a dealer? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen on May 26, 2015 - 6 answers

How to temporarily put a parking sticker on a car

My workplace demands a permanent sticker in the back windshield of all cars on the premises. I hate having stickers on my car. The rules state the sticker cannot be taped, etc. but held by its adhesive. Can anyone help me brainstorm a hack to make this sticker look like it's put right on the windshield, but have it actually on in such a way that I can put it on before work and take it off after?
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Getting A Tow-Hold

Rather than driving a minivan and a big pickup to a distant destination, what are the pros and cons of just towing the minivan by the big pickup? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on May 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Honest auto mechanic in Olympa, WA

My mother lives in Olympia, WA, drives a Honda Fit, and says she needs to get her brakes checked (among whatever else). She also thinks every mechanic is out to scam her. Please give me some recommendations that I can pass on to her. [more inside]
posted by czytm on May 19, 2015 - 9 answers

What are standard ways I should take care of my Honda Civic?

What maintenance do you recommend at different milestones for my 2014 Honda Civic? For example, oil change, tire rotations, have timing belt checked, clean air filter, etc? What should I be checking on and repairing myself, vs solely having the dealership/mechanic do? They could be things I need to do weekly, or every few thousand miles. [more inside]
posted by watrlily on May 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Bringing an out of state car to New York

In a month or so, I will be buying a used car from a relative in a far away state to bring to New York state (not city). What do I need to do to be in compliance with the law, regarding insurance and registration? I already have a NY state license.
posted by ocherdraco on May 17, 2015 - 5 answers

Click n go

We are road tripping today and have just found one seat belt isn't working. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

where can i get my car inspected this weekend in manhattan?

i got a ticket! "inspection sticker mutilated." i can't just get a new sticker, i have to get my car reinspected. where can i do this in manhattan this weekend? [more inside]
posted by sabh on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

What's up with a car rental at Dublin airport?

I will be renting a car at Dublin airport in mid-july, and driving to near Galway. The prices online are insanely low. I frankly do not believe them. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on May 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Auto Paint Job: Use insurance? Cut corners?

I managed to scratch my car doors on a parking garage column. Should I use insurance to cover it or pay myself? [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich on May 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Renting an apartment and car in Mount Vernon, Baltimore for 4 months

My partner and I are looking to rent a furnished in Mount Vernon, Baltimore from September 1-January 1. Where should we look, and how does the rental proces work? Also, we need a car. [more inside]
posted by coraline on May 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Hybrid me!

Suggestions, please, for a smallish hybrid vehicle to replace a worn-out Civic. We're in Ontario, Canada, so choices are limited (and dealers entirely apathetic). Likely to keep the car for 10 years or so, and looking for low total cost of ownership. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Yet another "what car should I buy?" question.

Need a car that will comfortably fit two adults, one child, and a very large dog plus a suitcase or two. Reliable, good mileage. Don't want to spend more than $11K. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 license rent a car in ON or BC?

Soon I'll have a G2 license, and I've got some questions about renting cars in Ontario, British Columbia, as well as potentially driving into Washington, Oregon, and California. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

New Car, best deal, 2015?

I would like to buy a Toyota Sienna. I was going to lease because of the financing, but now figure a purchase is the way to go. We are willing to put down enough to warrant 0% financing, our goal is to keep the payment below $300. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this thing, and did it come from my car?

I found this thing under my husband's car in the driveway, and I'm wondering if anyone can identify it or at least tell me that it's not a Very Important Car Widget. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Apr 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Palo Alto without a car

I will be moving to Palo Alto pretty soon -- likely living on or near Stanford campus. I can't drive and do not plan to have a car. How will that impact my lifestyle, and what should I do to mitigate the impact? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Apr 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Bought Car Trouble

Bought a car, and it didn't pass inspection, and it may need an expensive repair. What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 16, 2015 - 17 answers

What's a good car for me?

I take public transit to work but drive a few miles approximately twice a week to take kids to activities. Car2Go doesn't work well with carseats and may not be reliable enough for my needs. Given my infrequent driving, what are some reliable, affordable used cars I should consider. With carpooling, there might be 3 school-aged kids in the car in boosters.
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Trade-in or sell 2013 Prius in Seattle?

My wife has a 2013 Prius Persona Edition with only 10,000 miles on it in perfect condition. After almost two years of ownership, she wants to get something less expensive and more fun to drive. She got a 0% APR loan and paid nothing down. The dealership has made us an offer very close to what she owes on the loan, so we could essentially pay it off and come close to even. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

How on earth do people figure out what car to buy??

I'm in the market for a new (to me) car. I've looked at old AskMes and googled, but still have a lot of questions on how to determine which car to buy and how best to buy it. Would greatly appreciate your help! [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Apr 13, 2015 - 20 answers

Most comfortable seat cushion for a long drive...we needs it.

We're taking my 2013 Jetta on a 2000 mile drive this spring and while it's a blast to drive and great on gas mileage, the seats are not butt friendly at all. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Why has my car's radiator cracked 3 times in 3 years?

The radiator on my 2009 Honda Civic has cracked yet again. Why does this keep happening? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Apr 10, 2015 - 5 answers

What is draining my car battery and how do I make it stop?

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 with battery problems. I'm looking for: 1. Any thoughts as to what the underlying issue might be (and how expensive it should be to diagnose/fix); and, 2. Recommendations for anglo mechanics in Montreal (specifically Verdun, ideally). [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 6, 2015 - 16 answers

What should I do about my expired license plates?

Why does it cost so much to renew vehicle registration? This is bullshit. How much trouble could I get in if I don't do it? Is there some sort of loop hole to register more cheaply? This question involves California and Oregon. [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

Any informed assessments of Allied Insurance?

I can get somewhat cheaper auto insurance from Allied, but have not heard of this company. Googling for reviews get mixed results. Has anyone had experience with them - customer service, paying claims, etc.?
posted by mmiddle on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for a sun shade to block New Mexico sun

I need to buy a sun shade for my car. I’m in New Mexico and am looking for a high quality sun shade that is well fitted to the windshield that blocks heat extremely well. [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

New versus used car: pros and cons?

What are the key variables to consider when deciding whether to buy a new versus a used car? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Mar 17, 2015 - 24 answers

I haven't owned a car since 1999--what do I need to know?

I'm moving from Brooklyn, NY to Portland, OR and will be owning a car, at least for the first couple of months. All the advice for this situation is about *what* car to buy, but I'm being given a used car, so I'm more curious about the top things to keep in mind about owning a car, how your life changes, all that sort of stuff. What am I forgetting, what am I missing, what do you wish you knew about owning a car before you owned one, have you been in a similar situation?
posted by Automocar on Mar 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Pole Position: Make It Go Away!

There is a metal (possibly filled with concrete?) pole on the side of our building and we want it gone! [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Mar 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for great, intense scenes of hopefully slo-motion car crashes.

Doing a visual project for work. I'm looking for movies (or ads) that have great, highly visual car crashes. Slow motion glass shattering etc. Hopefully less action movie and more real life cars and actors. Fast and the Furious vehicles might be a bit over the top for what I am trying to do. But I'll take any and all suggestions. Anyone who has any favourite car crash scenes they want to mention, I'd love any and all advice which movies or commercials to look for.
posted by cascando on Mar 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Leasing a small SUV?

We are leasing a new SUV (I don't need any discussion on leasing -- it's the option right now). Looking at the Volvo XC60, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Acura RDX. Any insights? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How do i drive legally in ohio

I moved from PA to OH a while ago but my car still has a PA plate. I'm still paying off my car which means I dont have the title. What is the easiest process to get an OH plate? Thank you!
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Mar 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Advice on brighter car headlights?

I just replaced my 1995 300zx turbo's burned-out headlights with some cheap factory 9006 bulbs and can barely see anything at night. I don't want to get HIDs but would like to find a headlight that actually illuminates the road and makes driving safer. I've narrowed it down to three options: Philips X-treme Vision, Philips HIR2 9012, or Sylvania SilverStar Ultra (which I may rule out, because apparently they burn out really quickly). Does anyone have any advice on these, or any other suggestions? I do plan to clean out the headlights as well, if there's anything to clean out.
posted by roxie110 on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

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