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?
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]
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]
shall i replace my tires now? [more inside]
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]
Selling my car to a private party before lease term expires, how to maximize potential profit and deal with sales tax issues? [more inside]
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]
What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
Downsides to setting aside cash to self-insure a car? [more inside]
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]
Yesterday I sold a car and today I think the buyer is trying to scam me! [more inside]
What automatic used 4runner should I buy that will be best for both rugged roads and daily driving? Specific project plans inside... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Need reliable, dependable, honest Range Rover mechanic near or around Waldoboro, Maine [more inside]
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]
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!
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.
Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title [more inside]
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]
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]
Selling my car (in California); am I getting screwed? [more inside]
I was rear ended at a light yesterday. Have a few questions and concerns over what do do next. [more inside]
How easy is it to own and maintain a 70's-era MG Midget? [more inside]
Volvo V70 XC whistle on acceleration. What's up with that? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Can I replace an entire car door & fender on the cheap with junkyard parts and parts ordered online? [more inside]
Is there a website that will tell you whether it makes financial sense to travel to a gas station with cheaper gas? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is it crazy to spend $2200 to fix my car? Then replace the car in a year or two… [more inside]
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]
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]
Is there an easy way to transfer and rename files automagically from a micro SD card? [more inside]
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.
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]
I'm selling my car. I'm pretty sure that this offer to buy is a scam, but how does it work? [more inside]
Repair or replace 1992 Camry? (with some interesting caveats) [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
How and where do I get my car repaired? (or, please explain to me how car insurance works) [more inside]
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]