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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

Dashboard receipt flipped over. Can I get out of ticket?

Simple scenario: I put parking receipt on dashboard, face up, and closed door. Air made receipt flip over. I didn't notice. Ding! That'll be $35. Any recourse? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on May 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Can I replace an entire car door on the cheap?

Can I replace an entire car door & fender on the cheap with junkyard parts and parts ordered online? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on May 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I drive to Jersey for the cheap gas?

Is there a website that will tell you whether it makes financial sense to travel to a gas station with cheaper gas? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Best dual use tires for a newly addicted autocross junkie?

What kind of all-season tires would be best to put on a car that is both a daily driver and used for autocross? [more inside]
posted by empty vessel on May 9, 2011 - 17 answers

How to make a fair offer on my deceased father's sport car?

A close family member passed away recently and I would like to purchase his car. How do I propose a fair value for this while being sensitive to siblings and the memory of the deceased? [more inside]
posted by dgran on May 9, 2011 - 25 answers

Car won't start - could it be a loose timing belt?

Rainy day + Replaced timing belt (2005) that's loose + Car won't start. Could it be the loose timing belt or just a wet distributor cap? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman on Apr 16, 2011 - 10 answers

How do automotive firmware engineers do their jobs?

Are you an automotive engineer? Do you design engine control module firmware? Do you know or love someone who does? How is that firmware actually written? [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Apr 9, 2011 - 17 answers

$2200 to fix my car?

Is it crazy to spend $2200 to fix my car? Then replace the car in a year or two… [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2011 - 21 answers

Take my shitball car!

If I want to get rid of a car that isn't inspected/registered, how would I do that? In NC, if it matters. [more inside]
posted by katybird on Mar 23, 2011 - 4 answers

Auto Accident, biased highway patrol report, anyway to correct this? (California)

hi Mefites, I need some sound insights and advice regarding a recent auto accident I was involved in California. What to do when a highway patrol accident report is biased against you? what can I do to correct the situation? [more inside]
posted by wcmf on Mar 22, 2011 - 18 answers

Please make my life easier with file shuffling

Is there an easy way to transfer and rename files automagically from a micro SD card? [more inside]
posted by Brockles on Mar 21, 2011 - 3 answers

SUV/Car Buying Help

Have a baby on the way and need a new or slightly used car or SUV. My preference is for an SUV and I would like to spend less than $17,000 in cash (after trade in, cheaper the better). We will be trading in a 2004 Saturn Ion, black, with 135,000 miles. Good gas mileage is a definite factor since we drive several hundred miles a week. Are there any great deals out there or any car shopping sites that explain my options best? Help! Thanks.
posted by Paalen on Mar 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Help me diagnose my 1979 Ford Pickup.

I have a 1979 Ford F100, which once belonged to my father. Since he passed away, it's served as a backup vehicle for an array of relatives, and now it's my turn. Yesterday, I got into the truck and turned the key, and I heard a single "clunk" (not a click-click-click), as if something started moving and then froze up. I tried again, with the same result. The next time, I got a kind of whirring sound, like something spinning free. It's a continuous whirring, rather than a series of attempts to catch. Lights and radio work fine. Jumping it didn't help. I didn't try to roll it off, because I'm loathe to leave it at the bottom of the hill in my slighty sketchy neighborhood; I'll probably try that this weekend, when I can get some help. The battery is relatively new. It started easily up until yesterday. [more inside]
posted by steambadger on Mar 15, 2011 - 10 answers

And then I send them the money. Wait, what?

I'm selling my car. I'm pretty sure that this offer to buy is a scam, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by Sutekh on Mar 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Repair or replace 1992 Camry?

Repair or replace 1992 Camry? (with some interesting caveats) [more inside]
posted by armyman83 on Mar 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Can I set up an autoresponse script via Gmail to target a single person?

Gmail question: Is there a way to set up a script to auto-respond to an email with included attachments? I asked a guy if I could send him my resumé and cover letter so he can circulate to relevant people at a staff meeting tomorrow, but he hasn't responded and I cannot be sure I will be awake to get his response before the meeting. It seems that it would be a faux pas to send them blindly after asking for his go-ahead. If this is possible, is there a way to do it only if a specific person emails you, or will it have to be an automatic response to anyone who emails me during this period?
posted by Alcibiades. on Mar 13, 2011 - 4 answers

Car Crash = Insurance screwing me over

My beautiful car was destroyed in a crash, someone turned in front of me and it's totally their fault. But their insurance made me an offer for about half of my car's replacement value. And I'm injured too. Now they want to cut off my loaner rental car, to pressure me to settle. How can I get justice? [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf on Feb 25, 2011 - 44 answers

Should I call the auto insurance companies?

Very minor car accident. The other party exploded with anger even though I thought he was at fault. After he took down my insurance info, he sped away without exchanging more information. That was 2 days ago. I have not heard back from either his or my insurer. Should I call the insurers myself? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl on Feb 20, 2011 - 35 answers

Can I go to an independent garage or is dealer service the way to go?

I'm looking to have maintenance done on a 2.5-year old Nissan (40,000 mile tune-up and addressing a little tire/front-issue that probably stems from my wife running over curbs recreationally). Is a dealer absolutely my best option? If so which one? [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on Feb 15, 2011 - 7 answers

car insurance. how does it work?

How and where do I get my car repaired? (or, please explain to me how car insurance works) [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Feb 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Take a picture, it'll last longer...

We bought a car from a dealer in Massachusetts, but we live in Maine and the car will be registered in Maine. When we picked up the car yesterday, the dealer asked us to do something weird. Have you ever heard of this? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Jan 23, 2011 - 25 answers

Seeking Safety (Repair Shop)

Safety Insurance of Massachusetts, USA - does anyone have a list of their preferred repair shops? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jan 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Please do not feed the DVD player

How do I replace a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country's DVD player without spending obscene amounts of money? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter on Jan 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Does the spelling matter much on a car title?

Slight misspelling of bank's name on my car title - pursue fix or let it go? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jan 5, 2011 - 12 answers

How much will it cost to paint my car?

How much will it cost to get my car painted? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Dec 16, 2010 - 7 answers

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Leaky rims. What do I need to do to stop my car from gradually settling into the ground? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Dec 8, 2010 - 15 answers

How does probate work when a consumable or quickly depreciating asset is involved?

A relative of my husband's recently passed away, leaving him a car, among other things, in her will. The property is in the possession of a difficult and controlling aunt. What is this process like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2010 - 8 answers

What's up with the people who keep offering to do body work on my car?

Why do these skeezy guys solicit me in public to do body work on my car? [more inside]
posted by Kylio on Oct 29, 2010 - 31 answers

Mazda3 vs Impreza

Mazda3 vs Impreza for the long term? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Oct 23, 2010 - 41 answers

I want to automagically convert my video files to iTunes friendly files

I want my videos to show up in iTunes. iTunes only seems to play nice with mp4. Is there any program out there that will monitor a folder, convert the video that shows up, and add it to iTunes? I'm on a Windows 7 machine. [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Oct 22, 2010 - 4 answers

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