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Run away from a used car that's barely been driven in years?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I know that it's bad news when a car isn't driven regularly. I've found one that's otherwise good for me. I don't know how little driving is too little, whether the kinds of problems that result could be checked by a mechanic's pre-purchase inspection, and whether my own tough driving patterns make any difference. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 26, 2014 - 7 answers

are there secret ways to find a hard-to-find car part?

We need a center link for our 1994 G20 van. Our mechanic called around and couldn't find one, but said we might find one on the internet. No luck so far. Are there any secret places or techniques to find a part like this?
posted by lgyre on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Final pre-purchase car questions!

Continuing my car questions (1, 2, 3). We’re buying a gently used Forester. Two questions I need to resolve before picking up the car: should I finance any part of the purchase (can pay all cash), and should I pay to extend the bumper-to-bumper warranty to seven years? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Buying a computer in the U.S.

I live in an EU country and will be visiting the States soon. I also need a new laptop (I'm a Mac user). Given the favorable exchange rate, does it make sense to buy it while I'm there? What kind of hardware or other issues will I face (charger, keyboard, etc.), and is it worth the hassle?
posted by Paris Elk on Feb 5, 2014 - 15 answers

Hope me with Housing in NoVa? Renting. Buying.

Should I get a mortgage even if all the house I can afford right now in the Northern Virginia (NoVa) area is $120k to $150k (according to two different calculators)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2013 - 28 answers

Should I/am I ready to buy a place?

I thought I wasn't ready to buy a place, but with all the advice I've been getting from everyone, I wonder if I should. [more inside]
posted by glache on Dec 6, 2013 - 17 answers

To stay or to leave? that is the question.

What would you do? Im saving money to buy an apartment. Another part of me wants to go live in another country for a few months instead. [more inside]
posted by red47Apple on Nov 26, 2013 - 21 answers

Studying the masters, not their pupils (budget edition)

I am a frequent buyer of <$5 books on Amazon. Lately I am interested in math treatises but have been unable to find any that aren't way out of my price range. Am I being way too demanding? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Oct 20, 2013 - 9 answers

How to buy new car for cash...

I plan on buying a car in the next few days, for cash. My question is when do I pull out the checkbook and announce that I am not financing but want to pay by personal or cashier’s check? A few more details, of course... [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

The Musical Fruit?

What's the cheapest way to buy lots of dried beans and rice? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Jun 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Rent vs. Buy: Retiree edition!

Single retiree is selling a big paid-off house and asked me and huzzeh for help deciding whether or not it makes sense to rent an apartment or buy a condo. What questions should we consider to help make this decision? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Apr 18, 2013 - 17 answers

How do I choose strings for my kid's violin?

We busted a D-string on my kid's violin and now I need to buy a new one online. Which one to buy? And a complete set or just a single replacement? [more inside]
posted by sively on Mar 28, 2013 - 12 answers

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Someone wants to buy my 4-letter domain. What's it worth?

For a decade I've had a 4-letter English word domain at .be and a law firm contacted me about buying it. [more inside]
posted by skywhite on Feb 28, 2013 - 28 answers

Can I buy a car out of state (CA) without changing my driver's license?

I am a Rhode Island resident. I'm in San Francisco, CA for several months, working. I've decided to buy a car from a friend here, and today I'm going over to give him the money (I've been driving it for a week or two, since he already bought a new car and we trust each other). [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 26, 2013 - 6 answers

I'm good for it, I promise!

Should I attempt to buy a home with my poor credit (if it's even possible) or work on rehabing my abysmal credit? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 16, 2013 - 12 answers

Should I buy a new or refurbed MacBook Air?

Time for a new (to me) laptop! I know this isn't that complicated, but I hate computer shopping. Please give me your wise advice on what to get and where to get it. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Feb 11, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I buy my friend's car? How can we fairly value it?

One of my oldest friends is selling his 2002 VW Passat Station Wagon (GLX V6). He bought it new and has taken good care of it (I've known him for 30 years; he takes care of things). He has all of the car's records. As it turns out, I'm in the market for a used car. The car drives beautifully. He is listing it at $6K. But a thorough pre-purchase inspection uncovered several problems, for which he is willing to take the price down. How can we find a fair value for the car? And should I buy this Volkswagen at all? [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Jan 30, 2013 - 28 answers

A smaller car with great gas mileage?

It's time for me to get a new car. I'm leaning towards a smaller car. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2013 - 55 answers

(Very, very) cheap and hopefully safe

Inspired by all these threads (1, 2, 3) I was wondering which products are much cheaper than other products in the same class, but offer comparable, or exceptional performance. Generally, I would suppose these would mainly come from Chinese companies that aren't very well-established internationally. [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Jan 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Tell me about a surfboard based on these stats, please!

Help me buy a surfboard! [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Sep 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me purchase an HDTV!

I haven't seen a post for this in the last year. Help me buy a nice 32-42in TV by answering a few questions about my price range, TV options, etc :) [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Have some spare money, should we buy a condo to offer as rent?

Married, and have some savings. Does it make sense buying a condo just for giving it out as rental? Caveat - I may have to sell it off in about 3-4 years though so I'm wondering whether it'll all be worth it. [more inside]
posted by bbyboi on Jul 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones?

Best sites for Canadians to buy headphones? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge.

Help me figure out how to furnish my apartment in Boston/Cambridge. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Jul 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Suggestions for a $6500 windfall?

I am about to receive a one-time windfall of about $6500 after taxes. I would like to hear suggestions for spending it that will result in happy memories, a sense of accomplishment, or acquiring something that we enjoy owning. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on Jun 1, 2012 - 34 answers

Buying a parent's house

I want to buy my mom's house. What are the logistics of this? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Apr 28, 2012 - 12 answers

What kind of vehicle do we need?

I don't know enough about cars. Should we trade in the Subaru for a pick-up truck? If so, how do we pick a truck? [more inside]
posted by blue_bicycle on Apr 26, 2012 - 20 answers

Help I know nothing about cars

I need help buying a car. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Apr 24, 2012 - 35 answers

Can I trust eBay ?

Buying a pre-owned Mac in the UK. Where should I go ? [more inside]
posted by devious truculent and unreliable on Apr 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP!

Sell our House or Not? We are at an impasse, HELP! Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Apr 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area.

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Feb 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Buy Elements 10... or not?

Stick with Photoshop 6.0, or buy Elements 10? [more inside]
posted by Marky on Feb 18, 2012 - 7 answers

What do I need to know about buying vs renting?

Teach-Me-About-Renting-Vs-Buying Filter: I'm in my mid-20s and have been in my "grown up job" for about a year now, and it's about time to get my own place. What do I need to know, beyond just comparing rent and mortgage payments? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Feb 12, 2012 - 39 answers

About to buy my first used pickup. I Know very little about prices and mechanics.

Hey! So i am about to buy my very first vehicle and am pretty excited about the whole deal. My budget is no more than 5k and I am looking to get me a used small pickup truck. It seems like my best options are either a T100, Tacoma, frontier or a b2500. Are those considered reliable used pick ups? What kind of year/mileage y'all think 5k could bring? I am thinking a 2000 with about 120000 miles. Does that seems reasonable? The truck should be very reliable and could take some abuse, I don't really care about towing much because it will be used mainly for tools. I know VERY little about cars and mechanics and wouldn't even know the first thing to look out for when looking at a potential truck... I've been told to insist on a clean title, see that the engine and transmission are in good order, and pass it by a reliable mechanic. Anything else? Thank you for your time!
posted by Sentus on Jan 3, 2012 - 17 answers

Buy vs. Build: Maine style.

Should we buy (and renovate) or build? (Portland, ME filter) [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Dec 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Bulk/Discount Buy Group Management

I'm a member of a few different groups that periodically put together a bulk orders from wholesalers as a way to get a discount and also to bring products to our small island community that are hard to get otherwise. I'm managing one of these groups, and am finding that as it grows the amount of time spent keeping track of everybody's orders, calculating how much everyone owes, and dividing up the order after it's been received, has been increasing with each larger order. I've incorporated spreadsheets and a mailing list into my process but it still involved a great deal of manual processing. I've started writing some scripts to help out as well, but it occurs to me that others doing this must have faced these problems as well. I've tried some googling but haven't found much information out there, so I'm wondering how the rest of you do this. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel on Nov 29, 2011 - 9 answers

Wall poster maps with unusual projections

Where can I buy poster-style world maps with unusual projections? Or, is there somewhere I can get very high resolution printable images suitable for creating posters from? [more inside]
posted by dickasso on Nov 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for a new scooter helmet...

I am looking to buy a new helmet for the one I currently use with my scooter is falling apart....any suggestions for where I can try on before I buy in Los Angeles and surrounding cities? [more inside]
posted by matthelm on Sep 29, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find shoes that are stylish, comfortable, don't look sporty at all and are suitable for everyday use.

Help me find shoes that are stylish, comfortable, don't look sporty at all and are suitable for everyday use. [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Sep 5, 2011 - 18 answers

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz.

I am shopping for a violin. Help me plz. [more inside]
posted by bam on Aug 30, 2011 - 9 answers

to to buy or not to buy a house now

Do you think that buying a house right now is a good move or is it extremely risky? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 on Aug 26, 2011 - 24 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

Buy offers being made directly to (former-ish) owner during lapsed domain's "recovery period". Scam, or windfall?

Buy offers being made directly to (former-ish) owner during lapsed domain's "recovery period". Scam, or windfall? [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Aug 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Rolling in My Hooptie

Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Where can I get an undercut saw in Canberra?

Where can I buy an undercut saw (jamb saw) in Canberra (or online to arrive within a few days)? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 9, 2011 - 11 answers

Why is one area of a pretentious zip code so much cheaper than the others?

Very long post regarding a first-time home buying quandary, and yes, I've read the other recent threads. My immediate questions (meaning I know I'll have more as this process progresses) are quite specific and as a result haven't yet been addressed here. Mainly, if the Birmingham/Bloomfield area of metro Detroit is supposedly synonymous, why are houses in West Bloomfield so much cheaper than those in Birmingham? What am I missing? And in my particular situation (age, childlessness, etc) is there truly an advantage to buying versus renting? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Aug 1, 2011 - 16 answers

I need new glasses. Can you help me pick some out?

I need new glasses. Can you help me pick some out? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 18, 2011 - 11 answers

What truck should I buy?

I am slowly accepting that a motorcycle is not reliable year-round transportation in wintry rainy Ohio. What kind of cheap, light, dependable pickup truck should I buy? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Jun 11, 2011 - 16 answers

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