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What are your proven ways to stay safe on the roads these days?

How do you stay safe while barrelling down the highway in a tin can? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jul 1, 2014 - 41 answers

Dead car--how to get rid of the car and keep its nice new tires?

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]
posted by FelineoidEntity on Jun 23, 2014 - 15 answers

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

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 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

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

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

Explain driving and cars.

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

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

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

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

Cars sold in US?

Looking for car *brands* currently sold at dealerships in the United States. I've got a 40+ member list (after the jump) that strikes me as fairly exhaustive but I also have this nagging feeling that I'm missing one or more "niche" brands. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on May 9, 2006 - 18 answers

What is the origin and significance of furry dice?

What is the origin and significance of furry dice (or fuzzy dice), which some motorists hang from their rear-view mirror?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Feb 27, 2006 - 5 answers

When to replace an old car

At what point is it not worth putting any more money into keeping an old car running, and just going out and getting a new one? What's the equation? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Aug 29, 2005 - 15 answers

Getting a car from A to B

International auto shipping recommendations wanted... [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Jul 25, 2005 - 3 answers

Why can't car shopping be simple?

How do the taxes work when buying used (but fairly new) cars? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jul 15, 2005 - 7 answers

Tax Refund?

AccountingFilter:
I purchase a car for 10,000. with a $1000 rebate
The state levies a 5% sales tax of $500 . Am I not entitled to to a tax refund of $100 ?
My good buddy Google is uncharacteristically mum about this query.
posted by Fupped Duck on Feb 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Can anyone recommend cars with a great deal of headroom?

I need to buy a car in the near future. I am on the tall side (6'3") and most of this height is in my torso. Can anyone recommend cars with a great deal of headroom? [+]
posted by al_fresco on Feb 2, 2005 - 45 answers

Car Temperature

[CarTalkFilter] '94 Buick with electronic heat & a/c controls. External temperature reads 94 degrees F (it's currently around 10 above). What do I check out to fix this? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Jan 15, 2005 - 2 answers

Wet Weather Car Trouble

ClickandClackFilter: My car will not start in wet weather. [+] [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 8, 2005 - 24 answers

Can I slow down the spreading of a windshield crack?

Cracked Windshield Filter: Anyone ever successfully slowed down the spreading of a windshield crack? Mine's moving at about an inch a day and I'd really like to put off getting a new windshield for as long as possible.
posted by amro on Jan 3, 2005 - 24 answers

How is the word "merc" pronounced and what does it mean?

Pronunciation/Definition Filter: The "word" merc. (+) [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Dec 17, 2004 - 21 answers

zipcar and car donation questions

Does anyone have any experience with zipcar? I have to get rid of my car but would like an alternative to occassional rentals. Also, ancillarily, any advice on donating an old but much beloved car to charity? [more inside]
posted by helcat on Dec 17, 2004 - 19 answers

MP3 player specifically for the car?

XmasGiftFilter: I would like to get my sweetie an MP3 player for the upcoming holiday ... but what he really needs is a player that is built exclusively for use in his car. I've tried stuff like cnet reviews with little success -- any suggestions?
posted by anastasiav on Dec 16, 2004 - 22 answers

Good Auto Mechanic (for American Car) Near Berkeley or Emeryville?

Can someone recommend a good, trustworthy, American-car auto mechanic, preferably near my work in Berkeley/Emeryville?
posted by fandango_matt on Dec 15, 2004 - 4 answers

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