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Car alarm misbehaving

The alarm on my 2001 Audi A6 Wagon goes off arbitrarily. This may happen more in hot weather. I've played with what appears to be, judging from the icon, the interior alarm button (near the trunk release button, on the driver's door frame on the b post), but this has no effect. [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Oct 12, 2015 - 0 answers

Sold at auction 6 times? Too many?

In the last 3 months, it's been to 6 auctions. It was reported as a dealer vehicle twice in that time as well. Should I continue looking at it? It's $4500 and I'm thinking of seeing if they'll go down by $500. I've never bought a car this way so I'm open to opinions. [more inside]
posted by grablife365 on Oct 11, 2015 - 10 answers

The unicorn of cars: cheap, reliable, good gas mileage

I need to get a new car tomorrow. I am looking for something that is cheap, highly reliable, and fuel-efficient. Right now I’m stuck trying to decide between the Honda Fit and the Toyota Corolla, but will also eagerly consider suggestions for cars I haven’t thought of. Any and all anecdata is welcome. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2015 - 32 answers

Older car in an accident. No collision insurance. What now?

Got in a car accident last night (in Philadelphia... a block from my house). (Both drivers alone and ok.) Haven't gotten the final adjuster report yet but it looks like it's going to come back mostly my fault (no matter how much I disagree). The car was towed to someplace really annoying to get to because I was suggestible to vulture tow truck operator. Trying to decide between trying to repair and salvage, but it's hard when the car is an hour+ away. [more inside]
posted by supercres on Oct 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Do I really need to bring my car in for scheduled maintenance already?

I received an email from my Kia dealership today saying that it's time for my "next regularly scheduled maintenance visit." It has been three months since I bought the car (a 2015 Soul), and the owner's manual states that the first recommended maintenance visit should be at 6 months or 12,000 km, whichever comes first (and I'm nowhere near that number). There are no signs of anything being wrong with the car, and I've been regularly checking fluid levels, tire pressure, etc. Can I just ignore this email? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Is it worth $640 to get OEM lower control arms over aftermarket?

I have a '92 Geo Tracker with shot front lower control arm bushings and ball joints. My mechanic has recommended replacing the entire control arms rather than using a bushing kit, which I am onboard with. Given that this is a 25 year old car, OEM parts are preposterously overpriced. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Sep 24, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me buy a new set of winter tires!

What winter tires should I buy this time around? And where is the best place to get them? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Sep 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Buying a car. Difficulty level: Pacific Northwesterner in Maine

My son has just been stationed in Kittery, Maine for the foreseeable future (three years) and needs a car. He believes he needs a vehicle with a little extra something-something: ground clearance and AWD or 4WD. But I'm here visiting for a week and I'm 110% positive all these folks aren't swapping out their small sedans for big trucks when winter hits. Or, do they? [more inside]
posted by Mysterious Trousers on Sep 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Is there a great universal garage door opener remote?

I have 4 different garage door opener remotes and half of them are failing. I'd like to replace them with a single universal remote. I think I need a learning remote with 4 different buttons, but I'm open to suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Sep 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Help for 2000 Toyota Solara convertible: top goes down, won't go up

2000 Toyota Solara convertible, treated very well, the one previous owner was my mom. And of course the actual day I got this car the automatic top stopped working -- but only one way, putting it back up. (The top can still be pulled up manually but it is very heavy and I am but one small person.) Automatic top still works great putting the top down. I'm looking for resources and my Google-fu is weak. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Did someone just try to Blair Witch my Toyota?

Sometime in the past three months, someone tied a six inch length of twine (with an acorn hot-glued to one end) to the undercarriage of my car. Trying to figure out why -- pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 6, 2015 - 27 answers

Pimp my (car) commute!

Just started a job with a 25-35 min commute. Please give me all the tips to make this as un-sucky as possible. [more inside]
posted by genmonster on Sep 5, 2015 - 23 answers

Ford Hybrid Mechanic near Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti MI?

I am looking at buying a used Ford Fusion hybrid but would like to get it inspected by an independent mechanic as to its condition before doing so. I don't have personal experience with any local mechanics or repair shops, nor do I have any idea which ones are familiar with Ford hybrids. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Is it a good idea to buy this Volvo that used to be in Hawaii?

We're thinking of buying a 2013 Volvo that is up for sale at a non-Volvo car dealer in Southern California. A background check revealed that apparently the car was initially licensed as a rental in Hawaii (?!?) and later owned in California. This seems really ... odd. Is there any reason to be afraid there is something wrong with the car? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 4, 2015 - 11 answers

Corolla or Prius c? So many special snowflakes...

If you're on a super-tight budget, would you go with the practical regular ol' car or spring for a (maybe reliable, I dunno) hybrid? [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Aug 31, 2015 - 21 answers

Which vehicle would you buy?

If you only had $5000 for a used vehicle, would you buy a RAV4, CRV, or Lexus RX? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda on Aug 28, 2015 - 27 answers

Out, damned dent

There is too much advice online. What's the best way to remove a small dent from my car? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

Leasing in my situation: Good/bad idea? Is this a good deal for a lease?

I've never leased before, but am considering giving it a try. Given my driving preferences (inside), is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Aug 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Advice on driving around Georgia (the country, not the state)

I'm headed to Georgia on vacation in a few weeks. We're thinking of renting a car in Tblisi and traveling around the countryside- to Stepantsminda and Mtskheta. I'd appreciate any advice on driving in Georgia! Do we need to rent a 4 wheel drive? Or are the roads good enough that we can just use a regular economy-sized car? Thank you!
posted by b_alex_a on Aug 17, 2015 - 3 answers

So, my partners car got hit when it was parked...

I've read through the previous questions on this. But a ladies daughter with a learners permit hit my partners car while it was parked, and now she just wants to pay cash because she's convinced involving insurance will be a nightmare... [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Aug 11, 2015 - 47 answers

Should I repair this scrape on my new car immediately?

So some wonderful individual in a parking lot has christened my new car with its first scrape. Photo here. Is it sufficiently serious/deep that I should get it repainted immediately to avoid rusting issues? And if so, is it at all feasible to attempt a patch job myself? The internet at large is inconclusive on both counts.
posted by The Card Cheat on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Is this category C write off all above board?

My car was rear ended recently, but as it's too old I get to keep the car... and the money? [more inside]
posted by Cannon Fodder on Aug 6, 2015 - 10 answers

Can I sell my just paid off car in Maryland without titling in my name?

I need to clarify if I can sign the title over on the back of the title I have now since I have a release of the prior lienholders interest, or if I have to go through the whole process of reititling in my name. I have a buyer for the car and apparently Maryland will take 14-30 days to send me a new title if I have to go through the process described above. [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Aug 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Car insurance for temporary move from Canada to US

I live in Montreal and am taking a 1-year sabbatical in the United States (North Carolina). My car will be coming with me. Can I insure the car in NC without importing it into the US? [more inside]
posted by googly on Jul 30, 2015 - 6 answers

What headlights can I buy in the US that will fit a 2006 Toyota Voxy?

Some friends of mine are visiting the USA from Guyana. In Guyana they drive a 2006 Toyota Voxy. This car is not sold in the US. They want to buy brighter-than-stock headlights for it while they're here in the US, to take back to Guyana with them. But because the car isn't sold here, they can't find any information on which headlights might be compatible. [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Jul 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me compare a 2002 and 2006 Prius - both low mileage

Similar to this question, but I am looking at a 2002 and a 2006 Prius. Both have similarly low mileage, but the 2006 is listed at ~$5000 more than the 2002. I would prefer the larger interior space and the newer car, but am not sure it's worth it. What else should I consider? [more inside]
posted by SirNovember on Jul 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Used/new hybrid hatchback car with manual transmission?

Hi there, It's nearly time for another car. Does this exist (new or used): a high-mpg hybrid hatchback or wagon with a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Jul 28, 2015 - 15 answers

Kids left in car??

My partners kids (two-8 year old twin girls) came home last night after spending a weekend at their other home with their other parent. They were telling us about their weekend and told us that they were left in the car twice (Walmart & Target) while their mom shopped. They said the first time seemed like an hour & the second time they were scared so hid where people passing by could not see them. They said she left the doors locked, air conditioner on, car running, and that they were told not to open the door for any reason. I feel really uncomfortable with this for so many different reasons!! So my question is: Is there any way leaving kids in the car is ok? My feeling is 'absolutely not'!! and my partner feels the same. I'm new to this (no kids of my own) so I'm trying to determine if my really really uncomfortable feelings about this are in any way an overreaction. Thanks all!!
posted by lullu73 on Jul 27, 2015 - 66 answers

Stupid newbie doesn't understand smog testing

First time I've ever had to smog a car. It did not go well for the car's previous owner. I just got a ton of repairs done on it, but what else do I have to do first? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Jul 24, 2015 - 10 answers

Car won't start--ruled out the usual suspects..what next?

I have a 2008 Dodge caliber base model, CVT. It's been making more noise than usual lately, and sometimes it feels like it's going to stall out at traffic lights. I got an oil change yesterday, and that seemed to help with the noise a little, however when I got home, I started it to show the noise to a friend (it was difficult to describe) and, although it didn't die while on, after turning off then it now will not start. [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect on Jul 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Is it time to put my '99 Honda Civic to pasture?

'99 Civic Four-Door. 101k miles. $2k in repairs over the past year. Now needs new O2 sensors and brake lines, coming to $850 or so. Should I stay or should I go? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 22, 2015 - 22 answers

How is the money in an armored car organized?

Because of this article I'm wondering how the money inside an armored car works. [more inside]
posted by kate blank on Jul 17, 2015 - 2 answers

Selling a car from 2,400 miles away

My friend lives in California. Her car is in New York. She would like to sell this car. Assuming no trusted intermediaries are available in New York, and travel to New York is not an option right now, how might she go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 16, 2015 - 5 answers

Rest stops / amenities on US road trip?

Driving from central Illinois to DC area, only have limited experience driving in the US. What's the best route and what to expect (rest stops, food, etc)? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me own the car that I have owned for the last 10 years

You have no idea the kind of self-shaming feedback loop this has been causing me. I've had, and continue to have, immense internal resistance to fixing this problem, but I must fix it and need your help. When I bought and financed my car 10 years ago, the financing dept got my last name wrong. It has been wrong on my registration and title (since I paid it off 5 years ago) ever since. I'm looking to trade this car in for a new one and need to get this fixed. How? [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on Jul 13, 2015 - 8 answers

Urgent search for a blind spot mirror with "lane-change corner" line

Hoping to find a convex blind spot mirror like this, with a "corner line", indicating whether the car behind you is far enough away for safe lane-changing. Google and Autozone etc. have plenty of convex blind spot mirrors, but none with the all-important line. What is the name of this feature/do you recognize this product? [more inside]
posted by warm_planet on Jul 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Why is water entering through the undercarriage of my car?

I took my 2004 Mercedes ML350 to the touchless car wash today and for the first time ever water entered through the undercarriage and was leaking around my feet. [more inside]
posted by ramix on Jul 6, 2015 - 4 answers

What do I use to glue plastic that's safe for the inside of a hot car?

I have a bunch of Lego Minifigures in the back window of my car. I live in Los Angeles, and when my car gets too hot, the plastic in the Legos expands and everything starts coming apart. I want to glue each figure together so I'm not constantly having to reassemble them, but I don't want glue that would give off harmful fumes when in those hot car conditions. I've tried basic craft glue so far, but it doesn't seem to last very well in the heat. Any thoughts? Thanks!
posted by dithmer on Jul 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me plan the best road trip ever

One woman. One old-ass Prius. 157,724 miles of highway. Help me plan a summer road trip that (a) maximizes awesomeness, and (b) minimizes horrible death? [more inside]
posted by the thought-fox on Jul 3, 2015 - 33 answers

NYC to Falling Water Road trip

NYC to Falling Water road trip info. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tulim on Jul 3, 2015 - 7 answers

Car accident & worker's compensation

Yesterday afternoon, while on the job, I was involved in a car accident. I was crossing an intersection when a car ran a red light and slammed into my front passenger side. My car went into a telephone pole. Thankfully there were no serious injuries to either parties however both cars were totaled. Witnesses called the police and a police report was filed. The investigator took the statement of one witness who watched the other car run the red light and hit me. I have a few questions about what happens next to make sure I am taking the right steps. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Moving and want to buy a car...but don't want to pay state fees twice.

I currently live in DC and am moving to NC on August 13th. I am planning to purchase a new car at some point in the next two months. Ideally, it would be before the move because that means a safer and roomier ride down. But I can't figure out if we might have to pay a bunch of fees twice - and can't get a straight answer from dealers. [mi] [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jul 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Car stereo upgrade

So I just made the decision to keep my old 2002 Subaru Outback rather than buy a new (to me) car. It's a great car and runs well, so I should be able to get another few years out of it. But it occurred to me that one thing that would significantly improve my enjoyment of the car is if I upgraded the audio system. Problem is, I don't even know what possibilities are out there. Can you look at my list of wants and tell me which are possible/what I should buy? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jul 1, 2015 - 6 answers

Impact of car reposession in Nevada?

Hello, We have a car we can no longer afford, but we owe about $3K more than we could potentially sell it for and we cannot come up with that difference. We are in Nevada and I want to know if we turn the car over to the bank and they sell it, can they come after us for the difference in the balance and what they sell it for. Thank you.
posted by harrietthespy on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

Selling Used Car - Disclosing Defect

I am selling my old car because I needed a car that could tow my trailer. Old Car is generally terrific for being 11 years old, but the AC doesn't work. Price reflects this. Needs new AC compressor. Should I put it in the ad, or tell people on the phone?
posted by theora55 on Jun 27, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me close the deal on a new car!

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time. So far things have proceeded fairly smoothly, but I just wanted to be clear on how the steps should proceed as we enter the end game. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Fix before car insurance declares a total loss?

I got into an accident this weekend and I dented my door & part of the fender. My insurance company says that if the fix is more than 80%, they are legally obligated to declare is salvage / total loss which means I lose my car. I'm scared that this is the case. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Jun 23, 2015 - 17 answers

What should I do with my car?

I was going to sell my mini cooper, but then I spun a bearing. Now what? [more inside]
posted by RUPure on Jun 23, 2015 - 7 answers

how register a car in a vacation home

Is it possible to get a car registered in Oregon if you a) own property there but don’t live there year-round and b) don’t want to change your out-of-state driver’s license? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Best way to care for a care with a faded red body and BRIGHT red bumpers

I inherited a red Honda Fit (2007) that has taken a bit of a beating from the sun. The red color has faded to a pinkish shade, except on the bumpers which are bright red (since they were replaced under a recall). The top coat of the body is mostly intact except for a few spots. What's the best way to take care of the car from a pragmatic and aesthetic point of view? [more inside]
posted by vegetableagony on Jun 15, 2015 - 7 answers

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