As with many transplants to LA, I am in need of a new-to-me small/tiny car, as well as a mechanic somewhere between Santa Monica and Koreatown. Any small car advice or other welcome; ca(r)eats inside. [more inside]
I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
I'm searching for a movie similar to John Hughes' 1987 classic, Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Something with a warm message and the same kind of comedy. Preferably something with Steve Martin or John Candy, but not necessarily. Recommendations?
Yes, I know this is a truly silly question, but what does Volvo's logo represent? It looks like a pair of manicure or embroidery sissors! [more inside]
How do you stay safe while barrelling down the highway in a tin can? [more inside]
About two weeks ago my 2002 PT Cruiser Limited suffered a head gasket failure. This is the second time it's happened on this car in recent years and I'm not having it repaired it again. About a week ago my wife and I bought a nice 2011 Toyota Corolla LE to replace that car. Now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the Cruiser and how to keep its nice new tires for the Corolla. [more inside]
I have one of those cherry red gasoline jugs that I use to store gas for my lawnmower. Usually I just re-use the gas from year to year, but I know that's bad (OLD GAS!), and I'm trying to take better care of my mower and do things like use new gas and change the oil and, you know, stuff, so I'd like to get rid of it and get some new gas... [more inside]
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.)
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]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
I know, I know: it's silly to have an argument about this, but please help! [more inside]
I am worried about the sounds emanating from my car. Could it be an alignment issue? [more inside]
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]
Help me get over anxiety from learning to drive stick on surface streets in a moderately hilly town, please? [more inside]
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]
I need to get to Indian River County in Florida from Orlando International Airport. How am I going to do it? [more inside]
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]
Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: he needs a new (or new used) car, but there are complications..... [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
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]
Why do car speedometers go so high? [more inside]
Need recommendations for a used car that meets certain conditions, snowflake inside. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for some ideas on the numerous weird electrical issues with my car. [more inside]
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]
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]
I need advice for planning a trip to Europe next summer. [more inside]
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]
Help me identify a classic car by this limited description. [more inside]
Why to people tailgate on the interstate? [more inside]
Do women sing about cars? [more inside]
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]
I want to travel from Wroclaw, Poland to my family in Seattle, with less than 1000USD, without flying, within five weeks. [more inside]
Buying a slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less, big enough for a growing family. [more inside]
Please help me decide whether a cracked auto windshield ought to be replaced quickly, and not simply endured. [more inside]
Why don't car manufacturers make pink cars? [more inside]
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?
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