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$175 to replace a driver's side rear-view mirror?

I've been going to a repair shop here in LA for a while that I found through the Car Talk fora, but have been increasingly unhappy with them. I took my girlfriend's 2002 Ford Focus in to get an estimate on replacing the mirror, and got back a quote of $175ish, $100 for the part and $75 for the labor (meaning, an hour and a quarter for them at $60 per hour). The thing is, there are third-party mirrors for about $30, and from doing the same thing on a car years ago, I remember it taking about 20 minutes with the right tools. Are they trying to rip me off? Is this a reasonable ballpark for what seems like pretty minor work (the whole assembly pops on and off)? I don't have the tools to do this now (I'd need a deeper socket), so should I buy the part and take it to them? Are dealer mirrors really that superior? (It's out of warranty by now, obviously.) Should I take it to someone else? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Apr 1, 2014 - 19 answers

 

Help us budget for scouting L.A.

My wife is working on a grant application for a research trip to Los Angeles centered around getting a feel for old Hollywood and the western part of L.A. (this is working towards a novel taking place from the 50s to roughly the early 90s, FWIW). We're trying to put together a budget for the proposal, and were hoping to get some guidance. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Mar 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Where are the most interesting places in Downtown Los Angeles?

I recently moved to Downtown Los Angeles, and am getting a kick out of exploring the neighborhood--it's changed a lot since I last visited in the early 2000s, has amazing architecture, and a fascinating mix of people and different communities. But I'm new to Los Angeles and unfamiliar with the neighborhood... what are the gems of downtown that are worth checking out?
posted by huskerdont on Mar 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there *really* no tipping with Uber?

I just signed up for Uber and I want to do right by the driver. A service charge is included, and the web site says "no need to tip." Is tipping really not expected? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Mar 4, 2014 - 22 answers

What to do with a few weekdays in Los Angeles?

We'll be in L.A. for 2-3 weekdays in mid-March, and while one of our evenings is scheduled, we have no idea what to do with the rest of our time. We'll be staying in or near Hollywood, and won't have a car, but don't mind taking transit. We're especially looking for suggestions for one really very nice, splurge-y place for dinner, as well as great inexpensive places to eat. Also interested in: coffee-snob coffee; fancy cocktails; craft beer; fun/interesting/unique places to shop; anything else that seems interesting. We also really like live shows (comedy/improv/podcast/music), but most of the L.A. shows we know about are on the weekend. And I'm planning to go to Jenette Bras for a fitting, but I'd love suggestions for any other bra shops that carry sizes in the G+ range.
posted by rhiannonstone on Feb 22, 2014 - 17 answers

things to do in LA with an 11-month old?

my 11-month old son and i are tagging along on my husband's business trip to LA. staying in seal beach and looking for things to do! [more inside]
posted by sabh on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Moving to LA Question Part Nth: The Movening

It never rains snows in California. But a blizzard of questions about moving to LA is blanketed beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Jan 31, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for volunteer opportunities in LA.

Please help an enthusiastic young woman find appropriate volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles. More inside. [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Jan 30, 2014 - 7 answers

How early should I show up for ASSCAT and Doug Loves Movies?

Simple as the question is. I'm going on a trip to LA in a few weeks and I would like to attend a taping of Doug Loves Movies and attend the free Sunday version of ASSSCAT and I understand you have to show up early to wait in line and guarantee a seat. So my question to you lovely people who live in Los Angeles and have been/go to these shows is - How early should I show up?
posted by danlewis84 on Jan 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Recommendations for trips/sightseeing out of Los Angeles

I'm going to be in Los Angeles from June 6 to June 11. I'll be hiring a car to get around L.A. - though we'll mostly be sticking to Central LA and Santa Monica over that weekend (7/8 June). I've been to L.A. before and done most of the touristy things - relying on both local buses and hop on/hop off tourist buses. Because I'll have a car this time, I was wondering what recommendations people have for things to see and places to go that are tricky to get to without a car. Anything within a couple of hours drive of Los Angeles. Thanks.
posted by crossoverman on Jan 19, 2014 - 11 answers

LA eats for a big group

Where can my large family go eat on a Friday night in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by cheeserk on Dec 30, 2013 - 33 answers

Where should we stay in LA?

What part of LA should we stay in for a long weekend trip of exploring and eating, preferably without a car? [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Nov 14, 2013 - 36 answers

"Can't miss" food and relaxation options in Los Angeles

I recently moved to the Los Angeles metropolitan area. I am looking for recommendations of your favorite low-key restaurants and food options as well as great "relaxation" spots. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Nov 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for a production/entertainment accountant in L.A.

I'm making a feature film and I need an accountant to maybe handle payroll, but mainly to advise on tax matters for my LLC and me personally. [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

The mustard is off the hot dog: What's in store for L.A. basketball?

Until last season I was a more-than-casual basketball fan in general and Lakers fan in particular, but for various reasons last season completely fell off my radar. Help catch me up. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

snapbacks & tattoos

I want to buy a cap for summer. Five panel, fitted, snapback, whatever. Something like this, this, this, or this. I'm in Los Angeles this week and Portland next week. What streetwear shops should I visit? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on May 2, 2013 - 4 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked. So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Apr 29, 2013 - 60 answers

things to do in LA this weekend

So I find myself alone in Los Angeles this weekend, and didn't have time for much planning prior to the trip. Anyr of things to do & see this Easter weekend? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Mar 30, 2013 - 32 answers

Specific Housing Search in LA

Moving in a few months within LA and need a place where music practice is tolerated - tips? neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by Red Desk on Mar 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Where to find a cinematographer for an indie feature film?

We're shooting a low-budget feature and are having trouble finding a cinematographer/DP. Where else can we look (details inside)? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Where should I live if I work in Woodland Hills?

I just got a job offer in Woodland Hills. I live too far away so I need to move. I would like to live in a leafy, beautiful, walkable neighborhood with lots of young professionals (I'm in my 20s), although I suspect that is a pipe dream. [more inside]
posted by acidic on Feb 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Help identifying two Southern CA trees?

These two trees are in my friend's new Los Angeles backyard. Any idea what they are? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl on Jan 23, 2013 - 5 answers

¿dónde están los tacos de pescado en la playa?

Mexican restaurant on a beach in southern Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

It looks great but could you make it a little bigger?

I bought a print of a painting I love in the only format available: A full bleed art show poster on glossy 11"x17" bond. The painting reproduction is approximately the top half of the poster, say 10"x8". I can clearly see the grain of the canvas in the print, and it is entirely possible that the original painting is not much larger than the reprint. So my question is, is it feasible to have this print blown up to twice or thrice it's size without sacrificing quality? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Dec 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Tips for a Winter Trip to LA

We're spending the 20th-27th in LA, where I haven't been for almost a decade. Please give us your recommendations for wondrous and strange and delicious things to do, see, and eat! [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Dec 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Which downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers can you easily go up in?

Which high-rises in downtown Los Angeles can you easily get to the top of (or pretty high up in)? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Nov 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Can someone recommend a startup-friendly tax/business attorney in LA?

I'm transferring my consulting business from out of state to west LA and I need to find an attorney to help with: - Forming the company - Helping me put together contracts for my clients - Coming up with a tax strategy Does anyone have a recommendation?
posted by mistermc on Oct 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Los Angeles Travel advice needed!

Visiting Los Angeles this weekend. In need of some suggestions and tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by vespabelle on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Los Angeles Life Hacks

I'd like some every day hacks for life in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 26, 2012 - 59 answers

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic (Santa Monica)?

What are some cities/neighborhoods to live in that are bike commutable (<45 minutes) to 24th and Olympic in Santa Monica? Are there any specific trails or routes I should be paying attention when hunting for housing? Any specific intersections to be avoided? [more inside]
posted by minedev on Aug 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s?

Can you help me identify this indie film from the last half of the 90s? It was shown repeatedly on either IFC or Sundance in that period. Set in LA, it seems now like a precursor to "mumblecore" films with non-actors poorly recorded with only a bit of a plot. The protagonist was male, shorter, dark-haired, and kind of aggressive in the way he would talk to people; I especially remember he would mostly repeat what other people would say, maybe two or three times, rapidly, with this angry tone. [more inside]
posted by stevil on Aug 18, 2012 - 2 answers

Toes-down best pedicurist in Hollywood?

Please recommend the best plan of action for a man in Hollywood, CA who has some fairly wicked ingrown toenails. [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Why did LA get sprayed with a pesticide?

Was a pesticide sprayed over Los Angeles in the late 80s? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Aug 11, 2012 - 13 answers

How can she be gone when she was just here and I see her everywhere?

My mom died. Now what? (In the abstract, existential sense.) [more inside]
posted by ApathyGirl on Jul 31, 2012 - 28 answers

Take me to LA

What films, songs and books should I see/hear/read to get a feel for LA? [more inside]
posted by litleozy on Jul 13, 2012 - 54 answers

I Love Food

You filled my eyeballs, now please stuff my belly! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Apr 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Where in LA do I take someone who hates LA?

I live in L.A. and I have someone special coming to visit. He didn't much care for this city the last few times he visited, so I want to take him to places that are very un-L.A. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta on Apr 4, 2012 - 40 answers

L.A. Mefites, I have a only couple of hours in your city. What should I do?

L.A. Mefites, I have only a couple of hours in your city. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by justgary on Apr 2, 2012 - 14 answers

I'm sofa-king clueless on furniture (hur hur hur)

Affordable furniture in Los Angeles? What should we even look for in terms of a (moderate) quality couch? [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews on Mar 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Temping in LA

Good temp agencies in LA? [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Feb 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to eat on I5?

We're driving down to LA from the East Bay Area later via I5 next month, and we'd love to get your recommendations on a place to eat on the way. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

I got tricked by a rental scam in LA. What are my legal options?

Okay, so it finally happened. I got hit by a rental scam in LA. Now what? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jan 30, 2012 - 15 answers

DJ or Dominion?

Wedding DJ recommendations in L.A.? Alternatively, do we really need dancing at an evening wedding? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Jan 24, 2012 - 22 answers

Searching for Lady Things in LA!

Hello savvy LA lady shoppers, male or female! My sister's boyfriend is visiting LA and would like to scope out some local lady stores/boutiques (clothes, jewelry, accessories) for a gift for my sister. He doesn't have a car, is in Venice, and can get to Santa Monica. Any suggestions for good places to hit?
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Jan 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Finding Art Classes

I would like to buy my girlfriend a gift certificate for some art classes, but I don't know where to start. Help! We're in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by phaedon on Dec 21, 2011 - 8 answers

See, kids, grandma and grandpa were young and photogenic once...

Great locations in L.A. for an engagement photo shoot? Bonus for unconventional or indoor suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Dec 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Things to do in LA - mid- to late-December

Dobbs and I are going to Los Angeles from Dec 15 - 23rd. Recommendations for any film, music, theatre, or gallery events that should not be missed (screenings, tributes, retrospectives, concerts, etc)? Restaurant recommendations are also welcome. I'll be staying downtown and he'll be in West Hollywood. Also, as Canadians who've never been to LA in winter, what outerwear is appropriate (rain much? how cold?)? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Nov 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me certify a copy of my Brit passport in LA!

Which is the best way to certify a copy of my UK passport in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Oct 31, 2011 - 7 answers

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