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Can I fix a scuffed bumper?

Somebody loaned me their car for a week. I managed to ding the bumper. Help me figure out if this is something I can fix myself or if I need to take it to a body shop. Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by floam on Nov 1, 2008 - 19 answers

Asset booking for cars

My organisation has entasked me with installing a computer-based car booking system. We have roughly 14 cars. We currently use a huge whiteboard to manage this. But we imagine it could be easier to manage if people used a computer to query a database via an asset booking GUI. At least one of the computers ought to be a touchscreen installed somewhere central with a super easy GUI for those who are not so computer-literate. Access control an advantage (registered users, etc). Ability to leave messages about what's wrong with the cars - and equally see what others have reported - a wonderful thing. Also a real boon could be the ability to tell the system, I want a car from then to then - what's available? [more inside]
posted by dance on Oct 27, 2008 - 5 answers

Volvo vs. Saab convertible

Looking for a decent year-round convertible which can comfortably fit two adults and two children. [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Oct 25, 2008 - 15 answers

Singing in the Car

How can I set up a mobile singing booth in a friend's car? [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom on Oct 23, 2008 - 2 answers

Fees to transfer a vehicle?

How do I go about trading cars? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Oct 17, 2008 - 3 answers

How does auto adjust work on an LCD monitor?

How does the auto-adjust feature on LCD monitors work? [more inside]
posted by wastelands on Oct 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Old car crashed + next car purchased + insurance office closed for the weekend = magical amnesty?

Canadian Auto Insurance Question: Nebulous limbo time between vehicles edition. "Everybody Knows" that there is a 14 day grace period to get your papers sorted out. Is there? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Oct 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Car Window Tinting Advice

I'm looking into tinting my car windows a) Should I do it myself or get a professional to do it? b) Can anyone recommend a good shop near Bristol, RI. c) Can cops tell if you tint the windows slightly more than the legal amount? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b on Sep 18, 2008 - 16 answers

Car accident/insurance advice

What should I do if I'm not sure someone's after the fact claim about a car accident is actually related to the accident? [more inside]
posted by rbellon on Sep 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Was I taken for a ride?

Did I get ripped off by my mechanic? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Sep 4, 2008 - 17 answers

Why won't my pickup start?

Please help me figure out what's wrong with my truck. It's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by lysistrata on Aug 25, 2008 - 6 answers

When gas goes above 4 bucks a gallon, it's the premium cars who hurt the most...

I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 22, 2008 - 14 answers

Need for Speed

What is the most powerful car you can buy for around $25k? [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo on Aug 7, 2008 - 31 answers

'75 Dodge Tradesman in dire need of assistance!

Remember the Manimal? Well his buddy Big Bird is in a bit of a pinch... Any classic Dodge mechanical types out there? [more inside]
posted by letahl on Aug 6, 2008 - 7 answers

Transfer Case Lease?

What is a transfer case leak? [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix on Aug 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Whay do they blur license plates on TV shows?

Why blur license plates on TV shows? [more inside]
posted by fixedgear on Jul 30, 2008 - 16 answers

Recommend a mechanic in Vancouver BC

Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Do I Call The Cops, And Where Are We Towing This Thing?

AutoAccident101: a) Do you always call the police? Surely if you don't the other party could later deny involvement. b) If your car is undriveable, when the tow truck turns up and they ask you, "where would you like it towed to?", where the hell do you get it towed to? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Jul 26, 2008 - 28 answers

Getting latex paint off a car

Yesterday I managed to rub my car against a steel pole with about umpteen layers of latex paint on it. It left a streak of latex on my car. How do I get the paint off without wrecking the clear-coat finish of my car? [more inside]
posted by dw on Jul 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Minneapolis/St. Paul Auto Glass Replacement Recommendations

Recommendations on an auto glass company in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Jul 21, 2008 - 3 answers

Old Car: How to decide on repair vs. replace?

I drive a 1992 Toyota Camry with just over 203,000 miles on it. As far as I know, the car is in good mechanical condition except that the rear struts are in fairly desperate need of replacement. How do you calculate the payback period for repairing an old but paid-off car, and how might you use this information to help decide whether to repair the car or buy a newer used car? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 18, 2008 - 20 answers

Recommended auto mechanic near Arlington, MA

Do you have a mechanic to recommend near Arlington, MA? My beloved old Volvo has a bunch of little issues that need addressing. I'm in Arlington Heights, but I will go a bit out of my way if anyone has someone reliable, reasonable and fairly timely to recommend.
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 13, 2008 - 6 answers

ABS + Brake lights lit - is my Windstar safe to drive?

Is my car safe to drive? My 2003 Ford Windstar's ABS + Brake lights intermittently go on. Searching yields lot of noise but I'm not sure what to make of it. [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jul 12, 2008 - 7 answers

How to free a stuck brake piston?

Car-repair-filter: Any mechanics got a trick for freeing a stuck brake piston? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich on Jul 9, 2008 - 8 answers

How do you negotiate with insurance companies after an accident?

How do we navigate auto insurance negotiation post accident? My partner was involved in a major auto accident this past week. We're now trying to figure out all the insurance craziness. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore on Jul 5, 2008 - 4 answers

Baby You Can Drive My Car

What happens to concept cars unveiled in Auto Shows? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Why is my minivan not selling?

Why is my van not selling? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jun 25, 2008 - 16 answers

It's gettin' hot here in Texas

(AutoRepairFilter) I'm so close to fixing my Nissan Frontier's A/C. I have to replace a leaky hose... or do I? What is the cheapest way for a budding DIYer to handle this? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 on Jun 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Where can I find a car database?

Where can I find a database of American cars? [more inside]
posted by pb on Jun 20, 2008 - 2 answers

Would you like to supersize that oil change?

Are the "extra services" that the oil change shops offer ever worth it? [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Jun 17, 2008 - 19 answers

Are these Volvos good?

This question is for my friend. He's looking to buy a more fuel efficient car (he gets 10-12 mpg from his Suburban—wants more like 20-25). He is looking at Volvo cars, specifically the 2000-2002 S60's, S70's, and C70's. Evidently the convertible models from the early 2000's weren't that safe. Looking to spend $11 grand or less. What information do you have about these Volvo models? What should he look out for? Are their similar convertibles to the C70 with similar MPG and better safety/maintenance records?
posted by Korou on Jun 7, 2008 - 7 answers

US auto rental advice

Some advice please on auto rental in the US please? [more inside]
posted by daveyt on Jun 3, 2008 - 11 answers

Tips for pimpin' my ride

I have this fantasy of deckin out my car... fast and the furious style. I drive a '99 Chrysler 300M fully loaded (minus the sunroof). I was thinkin of getting some ground effects to give it a tougher look, but still maintain it's classy appeal, and some nice rims to complement the classier (yet aggressive look). Also for interiors, I was hoping there is some kind of heads up display to show engine stats, radio info and more, as well as a nice receiver. How much would I be looking to spend? Any tips,pointers, links, are literature would be great!
posted by FireStyle on Jun 2, 2008 - 6 answers

My car was repoed and auctioned and now they want my soul!

My car was repossessed and auctioned and now Honda wants the difference paid in full. If I could have made the payments I would have...are there any lawyers out there that can help answer my questions, worries and anxieties? [more inside]
posted by eve28 on May 27, 2008 - 14 answers

Should I bail out of my SUV now?

Should I dump my SUV? I have a 2006 Expedition, I've only put 12,000 miles on it since I purchased it new. My commute is 12 miles round trip and I only drive it in the winter and when it rains in the spring and summer, I bike on all other days. My concern is two fold. First, I am currently under water on my loan and will have to come up with around $5,000 on a trade or private sale. Second, if I keep the vehicle am I effectively throwing good money after bad, will this vehicle be unsellable / undriveable in a few years. I know that my question requires some prognostication, but I would appreciate some opinions.
posted by revan on May 23, 2008 - 27 answers

Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now?

Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Recommend a VW mechanic in PDX

Can you recommend a Volkswagen mechanic in Portland or Eugene, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by maniactown on May 14, 2008 - 10 answers

Good auto glass repair shop in L.A.?

Anyone have a recommendation for a good auto glass repair shop in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by scody on May 11, 2008 - 5 answers

What's Involved In an Ethanol Conversion?

What are the differences between vehicles that are ethanol (e85+) compatible and those that are not? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard on May 8, 2008 - 14 answers

An Ill Volvo

Los Angeles Volvo Filter: Does anyone know of an auto shop that specializes in Volvo service? [more inside]
posted by thesiameseffect on May 8, 2008 - 9 answers

Identify this car part!

Please identify this part pulled from a car. [more inside]
posted by kaozity on May 4, 2008 - 11 answers

Enough with the Calvins wizzing on the Ford/Chevy logo.

Asking for Mr. Oflinkey: Where can he find reliable statistics about how many Americans are employed by various auto manufacturers (Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc.). This should not be limited to manufacturing jobs. He is seeking this information to answer a larger question: Does buying American-made cars really make much of a difference anymore?
posted by oflinkey on May 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. What do I do? The sale might happen today! Help!

Selling my car in Oklahoma, but it's registered in Texas. Can I get some advice on what to do here? More details inside, and this sale could happen today! [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch on May 1, 2008 - 1 answer

Ford's Law?

Is there a precursor to Moore's Law for internal combustion engines? If so, can you provide details, please?
posted by Exchequer on Apr 24, 2008 - 7 answers

Should I take the unlicensed driver who destroyed my car to Chicago small claims court?

My car was just totaled by an unlicensed, uninsured 16-year-old driver in Chicago. I'm insured, but I have no collision coverage, so any/all expenses are strictly out-of-pocket. The teen responsible was found to be 100% liable on the police report. Can/should I take the family to small claims court? Related: Can anyone suggest a salvage guy that pays a fair price for junked cars and a decent lawyer to represent me in small claims court? Do I even need a lawyer in small claims court? Sorry - I'm new to this. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross on Apr 21, 2008 - 33 answers

3-ply vs 4-ply tires

Do I need to buy 4-ply tires? I am starting a research position that will involve lots of travel on rock/sand/gravel roads in Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico. A desert rat friend of mine says I need to upgrade my 3-ply tires to 4-ply tires to avoid repeated flats. Is he right? [more inside]
posted by intoxicate on Apr 16, 2008 - 4 answers

Will it be difficult to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in stores on its release date?

Will it be difficult to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in stores on its release date? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Apr 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Do truck tuners and other supposed mileage boosting equipment work?

Does the Hypertech Max Energy Programmer really increase fuel economy for trucks and SUVs? If so, why do auto manufacturers not simply include them in their vehicles so as to beat out the competition? [more inside]
posted by tosteka on Apr 6, 2008 - 8 answers

Sell a classic sportscar with a brand new Ebay seller account?

Selling classic car Filter: Can a seller with no history/feedback/seller rating realistically sell a 1978 De Tomaso Longchamp for $25K on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by JustDerek on Apr 1, 2008 - 5 answers

Replacing fuel filter

I'm looking to replace the fuel filter on my 2003 Chevrolet Tracker. It's a relatively easy process, but I'm having some difficulty locating the exact position of the filter. Does anyone happen to have a diagram or link to where can I get this information?
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 31, 2008 - 4 answers

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