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Should I buy a new car in Washington or Oregon?

I'm thinking about buying a new car in the next year. I live in Seattle, Washington, where the sales tax is about 8.8%, but I visit Oregon frequently, where there is no sales tax. Would there be any drawbacks to buying the car in Oregon to avoid the sales tax? I would still register and insure it in Washington.
posted by matildaben on Mar 17, 2006 - 18 answers

Hooray I own my car

Paid off my car. The bank sent me the title and a letter that tells me to submit the title to the DMV, who will then issue me a lien-free title in my name alone. [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Mar 8, 2006 - 20 answers

Tijuana Upholstery Recommendations?

Does anyone have any experience with getting auto upholstery done in Tijuana, Mexico? How about tips for the brave soul willing to try it? Any particular establishments? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi on Feb 26, 2006 - 1 answer

What scheduled service is REALLY required?

Scheduled car maintenance -- what's needed? My owner's manual and service technician disagree. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Feb 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Can someone else make a claim on my car insurance?

Can someone else make a claim on my auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Feb 18, 2006 - 14 answers

Car Repairs and extended warranty companies

Dodgy charges for a car repair and recommendations for extended warranties? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 on Feb 16, 2006 - 11 answers

Insurance for a first-time car buyer

When do I need to get insurance for my new car? [more inside]
posted by mbrubeck on Feb 11, 2006 - 18 answers

I am selling a car with a loan on it, but how do I complete the sale with the buyer if I am "upside-down" on the loan? (search used already!)

I am selling a car with a loan on it, but how do I complete the sale with the buyer if I am "upside-down" on the loan? (search used already!) [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 on Feb 6, 2006 - 4 answers

Can I write off my car?

Can I write off all or part of my car purchase? While it will be used to ferry me about, it is primarily being purchased as a test vehicle at my non-profit workplace (engine/battery modifications), where I serve as a consultant. [more inside]
posted by johndavi on Feb 2, 2006 - 4 answers

How much gas does starting the car use?

Do I waste more gas by letting the car idle for 5 minutes or by turning off and restarting? [more inside]
posted by SwingingJohnson1968 on Jan 30, 2006 - 25 answers

Which is safest? Air or ground?

Is it true that commercial airlines are safer than cars or is this just one of those things that people say? [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jan 28, 2006 - 30 answers

should i opt for auto insurance when renting a car?

i will be renting a car while on vacation in arizona next week. should i opt for the auto insurance? i currently own a car and have both liability and collision insurance. i live in massachusetts, if that makes a difference.
posted by brandz on Jan 26, 2006 - 11 answers

Speedometer acting sluggish

My '97 Saturn sedan is having speedometer gets stuck on 31 mph and sometimes (after a smack) gets up to the speed I am going, but never goes below 31 unless I smack the dash multiple times, and even park and take the key out of the ignition! Any idea what the problem is and an estimate to the repair cost?
posted by psususe on Jan 18, 2006 - 10 answers

What kind of car is the safest to drive?

What kind of car is the safest to drive? There are lots of studies on which cars are best in a crash, but I suspect that some cars crash less often than others, so I am interested in statistics that take the rate of accidents as well as crashworthiness into account. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 27, 2005 - 24 answers

central jersey to jfk airport?

Does anyone have any polite advice on driving from central new jersey to jfk airport so to get there for a 7:00 am flight? [more inside]
posted by ProfLinusPauling on Dec 25, 2005 - 7 answers

a better auto club? Betterworld?

Auto club/Road service/car club question. I've decided to join AAA or an equivalent, for the road service. A while ago, The Center for a New American Dream recommended Better World Club which sounds good, doesn't lobby against transit and for the car mfr coalition. And Car Talk likes it, or did, a few years ago. But how is their service? [more inside]
posted by judybxxx on Dec 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Honda Odyssey van speed sensor cost?

What's a reasonable price to pay to replace a speed sensor in a 1995 Honda Odyssey van?
posted by wsg on Dec 7, 2005 - 6 answers

Winter Driving Tips

Winter Driving: Subaru AWD, automatic transmission, ice, and other fun. [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish on Dec 2, 2005 - 19 answers

keeping my car's feet in good condition

What are some good wheel and alignment shops in or around Montclair, NJ? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew on Nov 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Old car with low miles = dry rot or not?

I just inherited a 1998 Mountaineer that has only 20,000 miles. It's never been tuned up and still has the original tires. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are fouled because it's never been driven at highway speeds. Everything appears to be in great shape. What kind of problems can I expect from this car? [more inside]
posted by Slap Incognito on Nov 28, 2005 - 7 answers

collapsible roof-top luggage carriers

I'm thinking about getting a tiny car, and using a roof-top luggage carrier for trips. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie on Nov 26, 2005 - 18 answers

My car, she is missing.

So my car was stolen last night from outside of my work. The police are confident that -- considering the age, make and condition -- it will turn up in anywhere from a few days to a week. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske on Nov 17, 2005 - 8 answers

Auto repair shop reviews?

Any good online references for finding an auto repair shop? Reports, reviews, horror stories? [more inside]
posted by intermod on Oct 24, 2005 - 9 answers

I wuz robbed

What do people really do with the CDs they steal? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo on Oct 22, 2005 - 23 answers

Is my VW service guy ripping me off?

How much should a 20,000 mile dealer service cost for a 2003 VW Passat? $470? Am I getting ripped off? Should I fight? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Oct 11, 2005 - 12 answers

Car title

What is the proper procedure for signing over a vehicle title and ensuring a kosher, risk-free transaction. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Sep 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Is locking the lug nuts on your tires a deterrent from someone stealing the tires and rims?

Is locking the lug nuts an effective deterrent from someone stealing the tires and rims? [more inside]
posted by Gooney on Sep 29, 2005 - 8 answers

Honda Odyssey question

1995 Honda Odyssey van question [more inside]
posted by wsg on Sep 28, 2005 - 4 answers

Please help my wounded Civic.

I have a 1991 Honda Civic DX hatchback with ~125k miles on it. It runs like a champ, except when it doesn't start.... [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Sep 28, 2005 - 16 answers

The Fate Of The Curse Mobile!

TheFateOfTheCurseMobile! I purchased a used automobile about 18 months ago. Over the past year, the car has been involved in 3 minor collisions (but major headaches), none of which were my fault. I'm trying to weigh my options between getting it fixed (again!) or trading it in for a car with some (hopefully) better karma. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by paulychamp on Sep 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Why don't we use existing technology for fuel efficient vehicles?

MefiEngineers: Shouldn't there be a simpler solution to hybrid vehicles? [more inside]
posted by pjern on Sep 12, 2005 - 20 answers

LA Carwash

What's the best car wash in LA? In a perfect world, it'd be within 2 miles East of West of the Sepulveda corridor -- between Sherman Oaks and Culver City. I've tried the Handy J, which some internet sites recommend, but they are inconsistent.
posted by Carsey on Sep 7, 2005 - 3 answers

Is an extended car warranty worth the expense?

i need advice on purchasing an extended car warranty for a new vehicle. [more inside]
posted by lescour on Sep 6, 2005 - 16 answers

travel tips for New Hampshire and Maine?

In my quest to visit all 50 states, I'm finally going to New Hampshire and Maine this fall. Please help me decide where to go and what to do. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 25, 2005 - 27 answers

Maintaining a high mileage car

What proactive maintence is worth doing on a car with 120,000 miles on it? I have 2000 VW Golf automatic trans with 120,000 miles on it. Id like the keep the car until it basicly drops say 200,000 miles. Besides the usual oil changes, brake jobs, tires. etc.. whats worth doing to the car to keep it runnings indefinitely. For instance is it worth $900 to change the shocks and struts. Are the various "flushes" worth the cost. Etc etc...
posted by nightocean on Aug 25, 2005 - 20 answers

Suzuki Esteem Door Handles?

I'm looking for a reputable online auto parts store. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Aug 24, 2005 - 7 answers

Bad Gas Mileage

Why is my Outback only getting 21 MPG! [more inside]
posted by retro88 on Aug 18, 2005 - 24 answers

Should I sell my car to a junkyard?

Do I want to sell my car to a salvage yard? If so, how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Aug 10, 2005 - 13 answers

Can I paint my white car blue?

I recently bought a used car and I don't particularly care for the color. Can I have it repainted to a different color? Nothing special, just a new solid color. I see they do this to the extreme on shows like "Pimp My Ride" etc. [more inside]
posted by clgregor on Aug 10, 2005 - 17 answers

Auto insurance payouts

How does standard full coverage auto insurance in Minneasota work? [more inside]
posted by supplement710 on Aug 1, 2005 - 3 answers

What to do to get rid of car?

Ready to get rid of my car. I want it to look good so as to maximize value. Do I need a detailer, or just an autobody shop? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts on Jul 7, 2005 - 5 answers

One-way auto rental.

My wife and I are planning to fly into Seattle and drive down the coast of Oregon and California to San Francisco. We want to rent a car one-way, but the prices seem horrific. Are there any tips or alternatives?
posted by malaprohibita on Jun 30, 2005 - 19 answers

New Vs. Used Car?

I am in the market for a new car. Does anyone have some remarks on Pro’s and Con’s of buying new vs. used? I am looking to replace my 95 Subaru wagon which was totaled last weekend. I am considering buying a used Subaru outback (99-04) range or a new 05 outback. Some Pro’s I see for buying used are price obviously, Con’s being unknown history, no warranty, won’t last as long etc. Pro’s of buying new would be Warranty, one owner etc. Anyone else have some insight on these pro’s and con’s and maybe what else should be taken into consideration? Also, I read a thread a while back about tricks to prevent overpaying at the dealer for a car, anyone know where that is? Thanks,
posted by retro88 on Jun 28, 2005 - 23 answers

Want auto broker, not broke auto.

AutoBrokerFilter: I'm trying to get hold of a specific make model and year of car (Audi A8 2001). Where I live (West Coast) these cars have v. high mileages, whereas on the East Coast they have low mileages. So... [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jun 9, 2005 - 4 answers


I have a POS, 1990 Mitsubishi Galant. The air conditioner doesn't work. [more inside]
posted by LilBucner on May 29, 2005 - 9 answers

How do I find a vehicle based only on vehicle type and color?

CSI Filter: How do I find the person who hit my car given that it was a woman driving a blue SUV that hit my car in State College, PA at approximately 12:11 AM May 26th, 2005? [more inside]
posted by Fat Guy on May 26, 2005 - 14 answers

Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Car Insurance question - I was in an accident over New Years, where a friend of mine and I were hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street. The driver fled, and was never caught by the cops. 5 months later, I've found out he filed a claim with his car insurance company for a significant amount of money, and been approved. [more inside]
posted by SweetJesus on May 18, 2005 - 17 answers

Gas caps on cars - which side?

Sitting in a car today as my friend was filling her tank, and my colleagues and I wondered aloud why there doesn't seem to be a standard for which side of the car has the gas cap on it. The car we were in had it on the right, as do both my cars, but the others in the car had cars with the caps on the left. What logic do car manufacturers use to determine from which side fuel is delivered? Some vehicles have the delivery point at the rear, and I believe I once saw a car with the gas cap near the front somewhere. Anyone know a rough ratio of left / right on North American cars? If there is a majority, is it an ergonomics thing? Just curious.
posted by galto on May 18, 2005 - 45 answers

rental car insurance?

Do I need insurance on my rental car? [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on May 12, 2005 - 9 answers

Why did you flash your brights at me tonight?

Either I'm way too sensitive to the phenomenon of having an oncoming car's brights flashed at me, or it actually is happening too often to me. So, my question is: who out there is flashing their brights at other cars and why? [more inside]
posted by achmorrison on May 11, 2005 - 23 answers

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