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How to become a mechanic? With SA?

How does a person become a mechanic, ideally, and is this line of work compatible with social anxiety? [more inside]
posted by MrFish on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

How to sell a car in Colorado with an expired California registration?

I recently moved from California to Colorado, then acquired a new car. Meanwhile, my California registration on the old car expired. I want to sell the old car in Colorado, but it has no current registration and was never registered in this state. How can I take people on test drives? Just risk it? Is signing over the California title sufficient, then it's their job to get the car registered? Headache city, any advice is much appreciated.
posted by rzperllian on Jan 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Car accident and uninsured, complicated situation. What to do?

Got in a car accident two years; car rental, uninsured. Complicated situation, car rental company wants $35K from me. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2012 - 27 answers

What kind of car would a well to do family drive in the year 1968?

What car would a well-to-do family drive in the year 1968? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Jan 12, 2012 - 24 answers

How does one buy a very cheap car?

I need a car for a daily 6-mile each way commute. There are no public transportation alternatives and carpooling is not an option. Cycling is also not much of an option. I'd like to buy the cheapest car possible ($5000 or less, preferably much less), use it for a couple of years and then sell it or just donate it to charity. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Jump starting another car with a LeSabre

Is there a relatively painless way to jump start another car using a 2000 Buick LeSabre? [more inside]
posted by kmz on Jan 6, 2012 - 14 answers

Has a tiger taken up residence in my tires

Has a tiger taken up residence in my tires? [more inside]
posted by malhaley on Jan 5, 2012 - 10 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Struts for Jeep

Jeep Cherokee filter. I think my 1999 Jeep Cherokee needs front struts. Monro says $600!! Anyone have any experience with this? What would you expect to pay/ did you pay for this? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

How do i prevent ice or frost on my car windows

Car De-froster/De-icer? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Auto Accident Aftermath

Should I get a lawyer, and whose insurance should I make a claim against for an auto accident that was the other driver's fault and which caused significant injury? [more inside]
posted by Vectorcon Systems on Dec 12, 2011 - 15 answers

how do I make this popular retro car look more retro?

2012 Beetle-filter - I just got one and I'm looking for ways to make it MORE retro looking. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 5, 2011 - 10 answers

What to do when they've stolen your car seats?

Someone broke into my car and stole all the seats! What to do now? [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Dec 3, 2011 - 15 answers

I Want It Made Out of Black Box Material

Toyota Yaris 2012 or an alternative compact bubble car? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem?

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Nov 24, 2011 - 24 answers

Discharging leisure battery - diagnose solar panel or regulator?

Instead of charging my leisure battery my solar panel is discharging it. How do I diagnose? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 on Nov 21, 2011 - 5 answers

How to safely loan a car indefinitely

We want to give a car to my broke brother. How can we do this safely? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl on Nov 17, 2011 - 24 answers

What do you do when you're hit by someone without a driver's license or insurance?

My car was rear ended last night and it's starting to look like the guy who hit me does not have a driver's license or insurance. So I'm not really sure what my next move is. [more inside]
posted by dhammond on Nov 13, 2011 - 20 answers

Trying to find new-type winter tires to fit older car

I know very little about car tires. Having problems finding a Blizzak-type winter tire, and retailer of same, for lady friend's older car. Advice gratefully accepted! [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Nov 11, 2011 - 13 answers

It's Okay, Vibey... Just Show Me Where the Bad Man Hurt You...

I just had to replace my car's entire powertrain. What could've happened? How do I prevent it from happening AGAIN? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Could a steering repair to a Civic damage an XM antenna?

I gave my '07 Honda Civic to a mechanic who said it needed a replacement of the steering rack and/or pump, which he did. Problem: aftermarket XM radio was working perfectly before it went in, antenna had intermittent short which prevented radio from getting signal at least 50% of the time when I got it back. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Auto appraisal site?

A while back, I was pointed to a site that helped you price your car for sale. It asked you for make/model, year, miles, condition, and then allowed you to print up a 'certificate' that you could show to potential buyers. Does anyone know what this site was, or do you know of a similar one?
posted by Gilbert on Oct 24, 2011 - 8 answers

This fell off the bottom of my car, right?

As I was pulling away from the parking spot along the street this morning, my car ran over this gray light metal thing. I'm guessing that this cantaloupe-sized object fell off from the bottom of my car, but what is it and is this vital?? [more inside]
posted by of strange foe on Oct 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Craigslist Whitetext Mystery

What are the mysterious, apparently non-sensical, religious-sounding words that are appearing as small white text on white background on Craigslist car+truck ads across several cities? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

car question

shall i replace my tires now? [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Oct 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Keep your car parts to yourself!

Is it possible to make a claim against someone's auto insurance for lawn repair and removal of the debris their car left in my yard? [more inside]
posted by salsamander on Oct 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Yeah, I'm probably just bring greedy...but I'm curious.

Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Sep 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Buy where, pay where?

Help a guy with bad credit or no credit or no good credit (not sure which I have) get a modest car loan. [more inside]
posted by DuoJet on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

About To Step Into the Auto Dealership Belly of the Beast!

What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 22, 2011 - 11 answers

A penny saved is a penny insured

Downsides to setting aside cash to self-insure a car? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Sep 16, 2011 - 16 answers

I've Got the Blues Regarding My Auto Insurance DuesInsurance

Going to need auto insurance soon. Where can I find the best rates if I have 3-4 points on my driving record? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 13, 2011 - 6 answers

Am I being scammed?

Yesterday I sold a car and today I think the buyer is trying to scam me! [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Sep 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Is an older 4runner a good adventure vehicle + daily driver?

What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Aug 30, 2011 - 14 answers

Best driver's education video we can watch online?

1. Best driver's education video we can watch online? 2. In one sentence - single most important thing you learned in driver education class? [more inside]
posted by cda on Aug 25, 2011 - 60 answers

It Is Apparently Possible to Drink Yourself to Death on Valvoline.

If oil was vodka, my '05 Pontiac Vibe would be F. Scott Fitzgerald. Should we have the engine rebuilt or replaced? Automotive snowflakiness inside! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Aug 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Met with a minor accident (lady hit my parked car). Should I call insurance or take care of this myself?

A lady hit my car when it was parked at a mall. I have her insurance details and she is willing to take responsibility. My dilemma is this: - Even though this is a minor accident (scrath on the side) its going to show up on carfax as a accident - Correct??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 on Aug 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Let's Make a Deal

How can I get the best deal on a car? Based on my previous question, I haven't decided if I am going to buy or lease. For either path, what techniques and tactics should I employ to get the best deal. Where can I find reliable information on prices? Do I play dealers off of one another? This question is not about buying vs. leasing. Let's just assume I am going to buy one car and lease another. How do I get the best deal on both?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Rover rover mechanic, please come over...

Need reliable, dependable, honest Range Rover mechanic near or around Waldoboro, Maine [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon on Aug 18, 2011 - 6 answers

Financing on 10 year old car?

Best way to get a loan for an 8-10 year old car? My bank won't finance anything over 7 years old, and I'm not sure I trust dealer financing. [more inside]
posted by tonyx3 on Aug 18, 2011 - 9 answers

How do i get rid of a dead car in Cambridge ma

Auto salvage around Cambridge, MA: I have a dead car, I would like to get rid of it and perhaps get a bit of cash. Do you have a specific recommendation? It's about the spammiest, unmanageably seedy topic that I've ever searched for and I would like personal recommendations. Everyone claims that they pay the most, I just want fast and easy to deal with-- any money is a bonus to having it over with. Hopefully today. Feel free to memail if you feel weird about public recommendations. Thanks!
posted by Mayor Curley on Aug 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Rolling in My Hooptie

Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

What should I do about battery/alternator repairs on my Hyundai Elantra?

I have a question about car problems and the best course of action. On Tuesday my car made a thump/shuttering noise while driving and now Firestone says I need around $600 worth of repairs. 2004 Hyundai Elantra with around 56,000 miles. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Aug 3, 2011 - 10 answers

We're going to fill in the hole, but let's make it a little bigger first.

Leasefilter: Why does my dealer seem to be changing figures in my auto lease contract to make an error have a greater impact, and then compensating for the larger mistake, instead of just fixing the original error? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Aug 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Go Go Gadget Car

Selling my car (in California); am I getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next.

I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon on Jul 28, 2011 - 11 answers

What to know before buying an MG Midget?

How easy is it to own and maintain a 70's-era MG Midget? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Jul 11, 2011 - 26 answers

Whistle sound coming from Volvo V70 XC?

Volvo V70 XC whistle on acceleration. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by ascheele on Jul 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Please make this car go away

I need to get rid of a car that is in pretty bad condition and has a gas leak. How can I get it off my property and out of my life? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt on Jun 26, 2011 - 14 answers

Getting the most out of my auto insurance claim

My car is less than two years old, but has had a string of very bad luck. Help me figure out how to best handle my problems through my insurance company. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Jun 8, 2011 - 7 answers

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