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Are we crazy to drive our two kids around in a 1984 Buick LeSabre?

My husband and I have two older cars ('84 and '94). Are the safety features in newer cars so far superior that it's irresponsible to drive children around in older cars if you can afford to upgrade? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Feb 16, 2010 - 50 answers

Dude.

My car was stolen. What else should I be doing that I haven't done yet? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr on Feb 6, 2010 - 17 answers

What is the "best" way to buy a vehicle for a relative?

Have made the likely-unwise decision to help my brother buy a vehicle. What is the least-messy way to accomplish this? Absurd level of detail, and... [more inside]
posted by Pufferish on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How to get an iPod to work in my 2007 non-Sport Honda Fit?

I have a non-Sport 2007 Honda Fit with a factory radio. It has an Auxiliary-in button on the controls, but no physical aux-input (unlike the Sport, which does). How can I best get my iPod to play through my Honda stereo (with an FM Modulator as a last resort)? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Jan 21, 2010 - 14 answers

What is this car for?

What is the nature and purpose of this Land Rover variant or customization?
posted by TheophileEscargot on Jan 19, 2010 - 14 answers

I need to connect!

I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on Jan 14, 2010 - 10 answers

My other car is the millennium falcon

(Probably) really basic car question: my car is taking longer to start than it used to. Battery problem or something else? [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger on Jan 5, 2010 - 22 answers

2006 Honda Pilot Headlight Replacement

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and noticed that my right headlight went out. Each headlight is comprised of two headlights, a top and bottom one. The top one seems to be working, but the bottom one is out. The top bulb is easy to replace, but the bottom one is a little bit more tricky, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Can anyone point me to a schematic or something? I think the replacement bulb size is H11, I just don' t understand how to replace the lower bulb.
posted by GatorFan2000 on Dec 27, 2009 - 6 answers

Can auto claim be reopened?

After I settled an auto injury claim I found out the adjuster mislead me on a number of issues. Had I known that I would have obtained an attorney. Can settled injury claims get reopened (Adjuster says no)?
posted by elizfield on Dec 17, 2009 - 9 answers

Car insurance in New Orleans

I bought a car!! It is a 1993 Honda Civic. I need to buy insurance. I will be driving my car about once a week, to buy groceries - otherwise I will be riding my bike around New Orleans, Louisiana. I don't know anything about car insurance. I am 34, have a perfect driving record. Can anyone help me figure out what kind of insurance I should get? [more inside]
posted by goneill on Dec 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Older car, cold weather?

My car's getting older, and I have recently moved to a new place with no garage. I'm worried about it starting in cold weather. More details inside! [more inside]
posted by Richat on Dec 11, 2009 - 13 answers

Why does my diesel run fine but start so poorly?

My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Dec 8, 2009 - 15 answers

sexy or shameful?

[nsfw] I found out that a guy I once briefly dated and who I expect to reunite with again in the very near future is capable of auto-fellatio. The idea of it doesn't exactly turn me on, but the gawker in me wants to watch him in the act. A while back he told me he was embarrassed about it; should I pressure him to show me anyways? [more inside]
posted by afabulousbeing on Dec 1, 2009 - 30 answers

How to drive home a car bought in another state?

So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

What is a dead car worth?

I own a 1997 VW Golf that threw a rod in 2004 and has been sitting (inside a garage) ever since. Donating it to charity has no tax benefit for me. It needs to go. Does it have any cash value at all? If so, how much? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Nov 10, 2009 - 14 answers

What are my best options if I only need a car for a year or less?

My car lease is ending soon. I thought I wouldn't need a car for any longer than my lease terms. But now I do. What are my best options if I only need a car for a year or less? [more inside]
posted by frippsie on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Auto-broker, good or bad idea?

Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
posted by furtive on Oct 31, 2009 - 3 answers

Did the seat belt fail?

Automobile accident: Did the seat belt fail? What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 20, 2009 - 10 answers

Trade honda for diesel Benz?

Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Oct 18, 2009 - 14 answers

Can bank charge off auto loan with totaled car despite continued payments?

Car was totaled, bank that gave auto loan charged off the loan account because the collateral is gone despite us continuing with full and on time payments. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Oct 11, 2009 - 4 answers

My Vehicle is a Piece of Crap

Car repair: I have a 2003 Kia Sedona. Due to a humming sound coming from the front end, we've taken it in to be diagnosed. It gets complicated . . . [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 answers

My car is like a mullet - sometimes business, sometimes party

How to put a bumpersticker on fiberglass so that it is easily (and instantaneously) removable and replacable? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Sep 21, 2009 - 5 answers

Need Minivan for Growing Family

It's that time in my life where my family is outgrowing our vehicles, and we are looking for something larger. I'll be the main driver and I am pretty big (6'3" 230 lbs). So we want something both economical and comfortable. I looked at the Mazda5, but it is too tiny for carseats and me... So... Which 2009/2010 minivan/crossover should I choose? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 on Sep 21, 2009 - 15 answers

Car/Sound practical/meta (u choose) question.

What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
posted by Jiff_and_theChoosyMuthers on Sep 18, 2009 - 19 answers

How can I tell if my auto glass was repaired?

How can I tell if the crack in my car windshield has been repaired? You would think it would be obvious.. but apparently it's not. [more inside]
posted by snorlaxx on Sep 15, 2009 - 8 answers

Where is a good spot to take pictures of a car in Seattle?

What's a good place in or near the greater Seattle area, to park and photograph a car? I'm looking for somewhere which is a nice area or has a nice backdrop, has space to stop a car, and which is generally fairly deserted (so that camera etc. can be set up without constantly being the path of people/cars, and pictures can be taken without having to wait for people to leave the frame, etc). To make things harder, this would most convenient during the day on a weekend, but if a good place is most empty during office hours (or whatever), it might be worth the inconvenience.
posted by -harlequin- on Sep 2, 2009 - 12 answers

Calling all MeFi Greasemonkeys!

Could brake pads wear down from 50% worn to metal against metal after one 12 hour round trip to Yosemite? (See details) [more inside]
posted by stevyb on Sep 1, 2009 - 17 answers

How to temporarily re-attach a car's side mirror?

I smashed my car's passenger side mirror against some scaffolding leading into my garage tonight. The mirror and plastic casing are still intact, but now dangling from a wire still attached to the car. I have to drive somewhere early tomorrow morning. What should I do until I can get to a garage? Duct tape it back in place? Will that damage my car's paint? Should I cut the wire and remove the mirror? TIA...
posted by Majorita on Aug 30, 2009 - 13 answers

Car loan and CarMax

Are there reasons I should avoid CarMax auto financing and go with my local bank? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Aug 24, 2009 - 13 answers

Where do you install this filter in this Renault?

In a 2006 Renault Kangoo (french car) where you do you install the passenger area air filter (filter's AC, heater vent air etc). In french it's referred to as the "filtre d' habiacle". [more inside]
posted by upc_head on Aug 23, 2009 - 5 answers

What Causes Traffic Noise?

Traffic noise. What percentage of it is caused by: 1) The internal combustion engine and associated systems (as opposed to an all electric vehicle) 2) Air turbulence of the vehicle moving through space, 3) Other mechanical issues.
posted by rhcclark on Aug 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Knife catching isn't just for real estate

How can I increase my chances of buying a new car below dealer cost? Would you get an additional discount if you paid cash in full? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Aug 20, 2009 - 13 answers

Insurance is good and I'd like to keep it.

Is filing too many claims always a death knell for your insurance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2009 - 6 answers

A good mechanic in Gurnee?

Anyone know a good mechanic in or around Gurnee Illinois for a used car pre-sale checkup? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Aug 16, 2009 - 2 answers

Do I have to call back?

I found out new information about someone on my auto insurance. To avoid compromising a potential future claim, do I need to inform my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Please help me find the make/model I want, so I can focus on the next steps. Thanks!

I need to buy a new, used or certified used car real quickly. I could use some help deciding on a make and model that meets some specific criteria. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Aug 7, 2009 - 13 answers

Name that vintage fabric!

Trying to restore a 1951 factory prototype auto (US). Need to match some seat upholstery cloth (printed canvas - image here). Any textile folk that can help track down the manufacturer or a source for high quality reproduction? [more inside]
posted by skyscraper on Aug 4, 2009 - 4 answers

How to buy a car from a person

I am looking to buy a used car for cash from a local (CA) private party, not a dealer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Aug 3, 2009 - 8 answers

New England Car Needed

I'm moving to the Upper Valley of New Hampshire in a month and need to buy a car for the first time. Help me choose the right one. [more inside]
posted by billtron on Jul 17, 2009 - 19 answers

Where can I donate a car to be used for auto repair training?

I'm looking for a charity that will take a non-operational car, use it to train people in auto repair by fixing it, then sell it or give it to someone that needs a car. This is in the SF bay area. [more inside]
posted by EatenByAGrue on Jul 14, 2009 - 3 answers

Advice needed for a fender bender.

[Auto Body Damage Filter] I need some advice on a minor fender bender I got into this weekend. Help me keep my 4th of Juplaya vacation from costing me an extra three thousand dollars! [more inside]
posted by sacrifix on Jul 8, 2009 - 9 answers

It was everywhere I tell you.

Car trouble: How loudly should I yell at my dealer's service department? [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars on Jul 8, 2009 - 13 answers

How to start my car

Car repair filter....Car has been sitting for 18 months, anything special to do before I fire it up? [more inside]
posted by mikedelic on Jul 1, 2009 - 7 answers

Can I / should I accept reimbursement for a car repair I didn't do?

Is it legal to accept $500 from a car insurance company, reimbursing me for a repair I'm not going to make? If it's legal, should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Should we buy our next car in Oregon or Colorado?

We're planning to move from Oregon to Colorado. We also plan to buy a new car soon. Should we buy it in Oregon (no sales tax) or just wait til we get to Colorado? [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Jun 13, 2009 - 6 answers

How can we get a car now if we're moving to Canada in 3 months?

We're moving to Canada in 3 months but we need a new car now. Buy? Lease? Here? There? [more inside]
posted by setanor on Jun 12, 2009 - 17 answers

Stop Gmail auto-adding to my contacts list?

Gmail, can you please stop automatically adding to my contacts list!? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Jun 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Blue Collar vs No Collar

Are there more car salespeople than automobile manufacturing people in the United States? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Jun 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I have my car repaired at a tire shop?

My car has 130K miles and I think I'm going to stop going to the dealership for repairs despite a great deal of trust in them; it is just too costly. I plan on going to an independent mechanic near my office, but it's one of those tire shop/muffler shop places who also seem to do other repairs/maintenance. Do these places actually fall into the category of an independent mechanic or are they simply rolling the dice when they are out of their area of expertise (like tires, brakes, or mufflers)? And second, where can I get the recommended maintenance *activities* for my vehicle based on mileage. I always followed my dealership's recommendations, so I need a better idea on what might be needed bringing it into an independent shop.
posted by teg4rvn on May 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Should I report my stolen car stereo to the insurance company?

My car stereo just got stolen - while my car was in my driveway. Should I report it to my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe on May 10, 2009 - 11 answers

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