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]
My car was stolen. What else should I be doing that I haven't done yet? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is the nature and purpose of this Land Rover variant or customization?
I'm having trouble finding automotive wiring repair kits. [more inside]
(Probably) really basic car question: my car is taking longer to start than it used to. Battery problem or something else? [more inside]
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.
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)?
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]
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]
My diesel-powered car doesn't want to start but once it does, it runs fine. What's up with that? [more inside]
[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]
So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
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]
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]
Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
Automobile accident: Did the seat belt fail? What should we do? [more inside]
Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
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]
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]
How to put a bumpersticker on fiberglass so that it is easily (and instantaneously) removable and replacable? [more inside]
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]
What is this mechanical (automotive in this case) sound called? Does it have a name? [more inside]
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]
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.
Could brake pads wear down from 50% worn to metal against metal after one 12 hour round trip to Yosemite? (See details) [more inside]
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...
Are there reasons I should avoid CarMax auto financing and go with my local bank? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Is filing too many claims always a death knell for your insurance? [more inside]
Anyone know a good mechanic in or around Gurnee Illinois for a used car pre-sale checkup? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
[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]
Car trouble: How loudly should I yell at my dealer's service department? [more inside]
Car repair filter....Car has been sitting for 18 months, anything special to do before I fire it up? [more inside]
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]
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]
We're moving to Canada in 3 months but we need a new car now. Buy? Lease? Here? There? [more inside]
Gmail, can you please stop automatically adding to my contacts list!? [more inside]
Are there more car salespeople than automobile manufacturing people in the United States? [more inside]
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.
My car stereo just got stolen - while my car was in my driveway. Should I report it to my insurance company? [more inside]