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]
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]
Looking for a decent year-round convertible which can comfortably fit two adults and two children. [more inside]
How can I set up a mobile singing booth in a friend's car? [more inside]
How do I go about trading cars? [more inside]
How does the auto-adjust feature on LCD monitors work? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Did I get ripped off by my mechanic? [more inside]
Please help me figure out what's wrong with my truck. It's driving me nuts! [more inside]
I want to use cheap gas in my 2006 Audi A4. Will this void my warranty? [more inside]
What is the most powerful car you can buy for around $25k? [more inside]
Remember the Manimal? Well his buddy Big Bird is in a bit of a pinch... Any classic Dodge mechanical types out there? [more inside]
What is a transfer case leak? [more inside]
Why blur license plates on TV shows? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a mechanic in Vancouver, BC, preferably in the westside? [more inside]
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]
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]
Recommendations on an auto glass company in Minneapolis/St. Paul? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Car-repair-filter: Any mechanics got a trick for freeing a stuck brake piston? [more inside]
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]
What happens to concept cars unveiled in Auto Shows? [more inside]
Why is my van not selling? [more inside]
(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]
Where can I find a database of American cars? [more inside]
Are the "extra services" that the oil change shops offer ever worth it? [more inside]
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?
Some advice please on auto rental in the US please? [more inside]
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!
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]
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.
Insurance claim against other driver denied. So what now? [more inside]
Can you recommend a Volkswagen mechanic in Portland or Eugene, Oregon? [more inside]
Anyone have a recommendation for a good auto glass repair shop in L.A.? [more inside]
What are the differences between vehicles that are ethanol (e85+) compatible and those that are not? [more inside]
Los Angeles Volvo Filter: Does anyone know of an auto shop that specializes in Volvo service? [more inside]
Please identify this part pulled from a car. [more inside]
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?
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]
Is there a precursor to Moore's Law for internal combustion engines? If so, can you provide details, please?
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]
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]
Will it be difficult to buy Grand Theft Auto IV in stores on its release date? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?