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Iconic, Street-Legal Cars In The US?

An actual help-me-with-my-story question: I've got a group of characters who need to ride around in an eye catching, iconic vintage automobile. It was orginally going to be a VW bus for the Mystery Machine echos but it turns out that's not actually street legal in the US. So, what's an old-fashioned auto that seats four or more, can be driven on US roads, and is antique/unusual enough to attract attention from car people but not enough that it sticks out like a surreal visitation ( like say, a Model T would.)
posted by The Whelk on Feb 2, 2014 - 54 answers

 

Good Toyota shop in Los Angeles for maintenance and repairs

Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
posted by jayder on Dec 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Used car price weirdly low -- what to look/ask for?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I've found one that looks great (on paper). I have not seen it in person yet. It's being sold by a new/used car dealership that seems to have positive reviews (or at least, no negative reviews that I can find). The only thing is, the asking price appears to be too low, based on what I'm finding online, by something like $2,000-3,000. Carfax report comes up clean except for a fender bender, and the mileage is kind of high (190k for a 2005 car). I plan to check it out in person and ask questions about it, but (1) what should I be looking for -- especially non-obvious things? and (2) what are some good questions to ask about it? Also: if the car is in decent condition, should I try to haggle, or just take the car at the listed price?
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Oct 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Taking action about a dangerous road/intersection

Near where I live in Boston, there is a dangerous road, and a particularly dangerous intersection. I'd like to take action to have someone take steps to remediate it. Can you recommend specific resources and data to use to make the most compelling call to action? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 27, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I remove smoke oder from a car?

My mom gave my daughter a great deal on a car previously driven by my step-dad. However he was a smoker, and he smoked in the car for 10 years. How do I deoderize the interior and remove the stale smoke oder?
posted by COD on Aug 2, 2013 - 19 answers

Help me become a better, more confident driver

Until very recently, I lived in a college town where having a car was completely unnecessary. Though I had my license, I rarely drove. I am now in a place where having a car isn't absolutely necessary, but more convenient. At my parents' behest, I also now have a car, which I'm very grateful for. However, there's such a mental block for me to drive said car that I haven't driven anywhere for over a week. Any suggestions to overcome this general avoidance of driving? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Best transportation between PHL and ROC?

During the last year, my long-distance boyfriend and I have gotten used to making the trip between NYC and Rochester, NY for weekend visits. Now I'm moving to Philadelphia, and we need a new plan. What's the fastest, least painful, least expensive way to get between Philadelphia and Rochester? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Stupid question about a '69 VW Beetle I sold years ago

I know, I know: it's silly to have an argument about this, but please help! [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Jan 23, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me figure out why my car is making horrible sounds?

I am worried about the sounds emanating from my car. Could it be an alignment issue? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?

New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Jul 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Learn to drive stick-filter

Help me get over anxiety from learning to drive stick on surface streets in a moderately hilly town, please? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Jun 12, 2012 - 44 answers

What do you think is a fair asking price?

How can I price a used car that *might* need to have the transmission replaced or rebuilt soon? Looking for tips, guidelines, experiences, etc. [more inside]
posted by imagineerit on Apr 6, 2012 - 11 answers

Help a Brit with an American travel conundrum?

I need to get to Indian River County in Florida from Orlando International Airport. How am I going to do it? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin on Mar 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Mass transit.

I'm spending nearly $400/month on automotive-related expenses for a car I don't enjoy driving. That's about 25% of my monthly income, and when it really comes down to it, I think I'd rather be saving that money for something better, like travel. Or education. Or Scotch. Lots and lots of Scotch. [more inside]
posted by bhayes82 on Nov 7, 2011 - 34 answers

Why are all the cars in the UK new?

Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

How much is that car in my window?

What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
posted by alfanut on Sep 21, 2011 - 2 answers

Cars without transmission humps?

Asking for a friend: he needs a new (or new used) car, but there are complications..... [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Sep 10, 2011 - 17 answers

Let's Make a Deal

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?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town...

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town. In what order to I get license plates, receive the title, and so on? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Aug 17, 2011 - 10 answers

The book John Candy is reading in Planes, Trains & Automobiles?

In the film "Planes, Trains & Automobiles," Del Griffith (John Candy) is reading a book titled "The Canadian Mounted." Is this a real book or just a joke prop for the film? [more inside]
posted by beta male on Jul 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Explain driving and cars.

Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 16, 2011 - 37 answers

so far away argh!

What would be the most streamlined/cheap/quickest way to get to go between Rochester, NY and Port Jefferson(Long Island), NY on a semi regular basis? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on May 5, 2011 - 19 answers

Why do speedometers go so high?

Why do car speedometers go so high? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Apr 4, 2011 - 28 answers

Need used car recommendations

Need recommendations for a used car that meets certain conditions, snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Feb 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me identify these cars!

What are the makes/models/years of the cars in this photo? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

Oh look it's my special snowflake car thread

My wife and I would like to buy a new used car... the perfect vehicle would be a reliable wagon with a nice ride/interior. I have 15k. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Dec 12, 2010 - 41 answers

Help dating old photo with cars

Can anyone help date this photo by looking at the cars? (United States, 1950's) [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Jun 12, 2010 - 22 answers

What's that thingie do?

How do I fake classic car knowledge and say intelligent things about what's under the hood at a car show? 50s-60s American cars in particular. [more inside]
posted by smackfu on May 10, 2010 - 16 answers

Which of These Cars is Best for Me?

The batmonkeymobile was in an accident today (everyone's ok) and will be totaled. My last car-buying attempt worked out splendidly and I want to repeat it, but I'm having a harder time figuring out which makes/models will best fulfill my desire to have car happiness many years into the future. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Mar 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Weird automotive electrical issues.

I'm looking for some ideas on the numerous weird electrical issues with my car. [more inside]
posted by kingbenny on Jan 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Cheap and cheerful fixes for a sideswiped car

Car filter: my car got sideswiped on New Year's Eve. Need some direction on what types of places can fix what's broken and/or suggestions on ways to do so. [more inside]
posted by micawber on Jan 2, 2009 - 5 answers

It's nice to be wanted, just not all at once

It's MBA hiring season. I have been selected to attend second round interviews with three different companies in three different cities on three consecutive days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me see some of Europe!

I need advice for planning a trip to Europe next summer. [more inside]
posted by bDiddy on Sep 29, 2008 - 17 answers

Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi?

Looking for an antique automobile renter/dealer in Florida panhandle, South Alabama, or South Mississippi? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Sep 18, 2008 - 0 answers

Help me identify a classic car by this limited description.

Help me identify a classic car by this limited description. [more inside]
posted by gummo on Aug 30, 2008 - 13 answers

On your bumper and accelerating

Why to people tailgate on the interstate? [more inside]
posted by quin on Jul 23, 2008 - 50 answers

Do women sing about cars?

Do women sing about cars? [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Jul 12, 2008 - 33 answers

Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age?

Would it be absolutely ludicrous to look into buying a car that takes premium fuel in this day and age? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on Jun 15, 2008 - 55 answers

How to cross an ocean

I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
posted by Galen on May 17, 2008 - 18 answers

A slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less

Buying a slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less, big enough for a growing family. [more inside]
posted by codger on May 9, 2008 - 32 answers

Why replace a cracked windshield immediately?

Please help me decide whether a cracked auto windshield ought to be replaced quickly, and not simply endured. [more inside]
posted by sacre_bleu on May 8, 2008 - 21 answers

Why aren't there more pink cars?

Why don't car manufacturers make pink cars? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Apr 24, 2008 - 44 answers

Help me remember the name of this movie about a new breed of carmaker who was shut down by the Big Three

Someone told me about a movie that tells the story of someone who starts making really different and cool cars. He starts a small company with the intention of selling them on a small scale. However, the "Big 3" learn about his company and set out to shut him down. I can't for the life of me remember what the name of that movie is. Does anyone know?
posted by J Parker on Apr 14, 2008 - 11 answers

Can you convince me NOT to buy a hybrid?

What are the downsides to owning a hybrid? In the market for a new car, and wondering about the cost/benefit ratio, among other things. [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Mar 7, 2008 - 30 answers

where can cars be sold parts only

Is there a place on the internet with a list of every state and whether not it is legal to sell cars there as "Parts Only" (i.e., without a title)? If not, does anyone happen to know this information off-hand?
posted by srrh on Feb 1, 2008 - 6 answers

Tips on driving standard?

I've recently purchased a standard because I used to drive one and loved it, but I've never really been properly trained in how to drive one. The car I bought is much more powerful than the one I've learned on, and I'd appreciate some answers to a few questions and any general tips you've got to help me get the most of out my new clutch (and car). [more inside]
posted by patr1ck on Sep 21, 2007 - 37 answers

What Unmarked Black Helicopter Pilots drive on their days off?

The unmarked black cars cars: why is their existence a secret? [more inside]
posted by univac on Sep 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Help a hick drive out of the sticks.

What are your best tips and techniques for driving in a big city? [more inside]
posted by barchan on Aug 27, 2007 - 52 answers

My baby (car) has a secret (compartment)

My hatchback car (Honda Fit) doesn't have a separately-locking trunk or glovebox. Can I add a lock-box or secret compartment somewhere inside the car for stashing a few items, for those times I must turn over my keys (parking garage, valet)? Ideally I'd only be securing/concealing 3 deck-of-cards-sized items: iPod, GPS, EZPass. There are no official Honda accessories that do this, nor can I find any Fit-fanatic mods that have addressed it.
posted by xo on Aug 1, 2007 - 4 answers

I have a car! But it smells funny. How can I fix it?

How can I make my car smell better? I have recently been passed partial stewardship of a family car and I want to fix it up. It's a good car, but recently it's had some window issues that have, in turn, led to some smell issues. [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jul 1, 2007 - 12 answers

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