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Is my car going to ruin Christmas?

UK car. Have had to become Belgian resident, must register car but this takes weeks and my insurance runs out in a week and it's Christmas and I might be moving back in 3 months anyway and temporary insurance is absurdly expensive and aaarrrgh! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Dec 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Mysterious start-and-stop cylinder misfires on a 2001 Forester

Car Talkers of MeFi, help me solve a mystery! My 2001 Subaru Forester had a cylinder misfiring: car shook, check engine light flashed. Then it healed itself and the mechanic couldn't tell what was wrong, or that anything was wrong at all, so I brought it home. Then it started misfiring again tonight. Then it healed itself partway, but the check engine light is still on. What should I think and what should I do? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Dec 17, 2014 - 22 answers

Where can I learn about auto dealer's monthly and annual sales targets?

I'm in the market for a new Mazda. Invoice prices, holdbacks, dealer cash, special financing deals, and the like are all out there on the Internet. But I can't find is what bonuses Mazda offers to car dealers for hitting various monthly and yearly sales goals. How do I find out about this? [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on Dec 17, 2014 - 3 answers

ISO a tiny car in LA

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]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 15, 2014 - 22 answers

Lease or Buy Our Next Car?

We are staring down a new car -- both of our 12/13 year old cars are on their way out. We have no clue what to do, because we put very low mileage on our cars. I know conventional wisdom is that leasing is not as smart as buying, but I'd like to understand why. Here is where we stand: [more inside]
posted by michellew on Dec 15, 2014 - 15 answers

Why would moving a car stereo break the aircon?

My wife removed the stereo from our 2006 Renault Scenic to extract a coin that had been stuffed in the CD slot by one of our lovely children. This wasn't the first time she'd done this, and there haven't been any problems in the past. However, upon returning the unit this time, the dash controls for the stereo were found not to work, only those on the steering column. She removed the unit again, checked the fuses, replaced the unit - and now the bloody air conditioner is dead. [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Dec 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What to do on the periphery of an automobile collision?

Yesterday I was involved in the first automobile collision I have ever been involved in, and am unsure what the best way to proceed is. The pickup truck behind me was rear-ended on the interstate, resulting in it being pushed into my own vehicle. My car is practically undamaged, and I don't think I want to go through the process of filing a claim. Is this a bad idea? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Bahro on Dec 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How to stop car alarm

Asking for a neighbor: On ~10 year old Honda Accord, door lock broke so neighbor crawled in through the trunk. Upon starting engine, alarm activated (horn) and she couldn't get it to stop. I disconnected the battery & gave her a ride to an appointment. What next? [more inside]
posted by Kevin S on Dec 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Car registered and insured in two states.

I have a car with a loan I am currently paying that is titled, registered, and insured in Ohio (I am an Ohio resident). I would like to give this car to my grandfather and continue to pay on it, but he is a resident of Michigan. Can I register and insure the car in both states so that he can drive it legally in Michigan?
posted by m3thod4 on Dec 3, 2014 - 4 answers

What reliable used cars should I consider?

I am planning on buying a lightly used car in the next few months, so I’m starting to research what kind to buy. What make/models (and years) should I consider? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 2, 2014 - 18 answers

Stitched leather car seat + diarrhea = ?

Can this be cleaned? Should this be cleaned? Or should we go directly to replacing the seat? I've cleaned the surface, but it still smells, and I suspect the foam underneath must have gotten soaked. I'm willing to spend the money if it needs to be spent. I do not want to spend the next 10 years trying to excuse a faint eau de crap to my passengers.
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2014 - 6 answers

What car, and from where - East Bay edition

In January we (family of 3) are moving to the East Bay area and need to buy a car. Our budget is ideally around $10,000 but we could stretch. What cars should we be focussing our search on? Should we be buying new (obviously more than $10,000 - is the expense justified?), a manufacturer certified second hand vehicle, second hand on Craigslist, or ...? Is having a warranty important? [more inside]
posted by ogorki on Nov 26, 2014 - 20 answers

Turn on your lovelight! Headlight problem

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with 150,000 miles. I have a problem with the headlights. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Nov 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Home car salvage: "Totalled" old car, liability only insurance.

I was in an accident in a common mid-90s sports car. Summary: Body work, broken front axle. Because of the age and damage, the insurance will likely declare the car "totaled". My insurance will likely have to pay for repairs to the other car involved. I have liability only insurance, so they're not going to pay me anything regardless. No one was injured. Does my insurance need to care about my car, if it is liability only insurance, besides assessing for "fault"? One of my family members would like to repair the car. Assuming (he has done this kind of thing before, parts are plentiful, and time is not an issue) that he can make it safely drivable again, what do I need to do to make it legally drivable again? Is there anything I can do now to make it easier to get the car on the road in the future? I'm in northern Virginia.
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2014 - 8 answers

half finished whiskey bottle in the trunk

I am driving from Toronto to Philadelphia later this week for my brothers wedding. I have an opened bottle whiskey that I'd like to bring in the trunk of the car-- it's a bottle of great emotional significance and a family tradition. I know that in the US the open bottle is fine as long as it's in the trunk, but what about Ontario? also, where can I see these laws online?
posted by atetrachordofthree on Nov 11, 2014 - 8 answers

My poor car was the victim of a hit and run

It appears that my new car I only just got in May has it's first real injury. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 on Nov 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for an old flash/shockwave puzzle game: directing traffic

I remember playing a game ages (ten years?) ago on (now defunct) bonus.com, which involved manipulating different-coloured cars using switches and other things. I played it on a desktop computer, and it used flash or shockwave. One needed to get a certain amount of cars into specific places to pass the level. The game was played from a top-down perspective. There were many levels. I think, though I may be mistaken, that the game had a person's name in the title. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Need to buy new (to me) car. Budget is $6,000 cash. Advice?

I know very little about cars. But now I find myself needing to buy a car to replace my decrepit 1999 Chevy Prizm. I can pay cash up to a maximum of $6,000 (including all surcharges, taxes, etc.). I'd rather not get financing, as we're still paying-off my wife's car. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Nov 1, 2014 - 28 answers

Should I pay off my car early so I don't need full coverage insurance?

Wondering if you could help with a risk-benefit analysis of lowering the amount of insurance on my car. I still owe money on it, but I could potentially pay it off and then save money on my insurance. BUT is the insurance good to have anyway? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Oct 30, 2014 - 22 answers

How do you COMPLETELY disconnect a car's factory-installed panic alarm?

I need to know how to completely disconnect a factory-installed panic alarm on a 2002 Hyundai Sonata to keep it from drawing power on the battery. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Oct 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Will a faulty air bag sensor prevent dealer replacement of air bag?

My car has an air bag that is subject to the big air bag recall. Will a faulty passenger side air bag sensor cause my dealer not to replace my (presumably) faulty driver's side air bag? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Oct 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Time for an Executive E-mail Carpet Bomb for my Mazda service contract?

Local Dealership closed, low mileage, feeling screwed. [more inside]
posted by k8oglyph on Oct 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Car engine smoking on engine surface after repair--normal?

I had some work done on my car today. It's a 1994 Nissan Altima. I had a belt and pulley replaced, the engine gasket replaced, and the plugs and wires replaced. The oil was changed as well. Oil had leaked through the gasket and gotten on the engine, which they cleaned off. I drove 10 miles with no problems. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Oct 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Squeaky car parts: what do you do about them, and when?

I love my car. My car is in decent shape for being almost 5 years old and for just hitting the 100,000 mile mark, has never been in a wreck, oil is changed mostly on time. It's a good car. And I have a solo road trip coming up in a few days. Do I really need to get these repairs done now, or can they wait? [more inside]
posted by elken on Oct 20, 2014 - 4 answers

To lease or buy my next car?

I've looked all over the internet for a lease/buy calculator that fits my situation, but they all seem to compare leasing versus a car loan. I am wondering whether to lease or buy a new car with cash. Is there ever a valid argument for leasing over a cash purchase if you can afford to pay for the car outright? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Oct 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Am I liable for things police find rental cars?

Let's say I was driving a rental car and getting pulled over. Let's say the police found something that wasn't supposed to be there. Rental cars are being driven by lots of people. Would I be held liable? Is it my responsibility to i.e. search below rear seats to make sure nothing was left? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 14, 2014 - 16 answers

How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial?

How to Stop Never Ending Summon to Constantly Cancelled Trial? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Car's power window won't roll up - bad switch or larger problem?

One of the power windows in my car has stopped rolling up. The windows are controlled by a dual switch in the center console. The driver's side works, and the passenger "down" works, but the passenger "up" switch does not. I tried replacing it with a new switch I ordered online, and was able to get the window 90% up, but then that new switch abruptly stopped working. Is this likely to be a case of a bad part, or is there something wrong with my electrical system? More details below. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 13, 2014 - 5 answers

Expiring Texas Buyer's Tags

I bought a car (from a dealer) in Texas in August. The buyer's tag (which is what the temporary plate is called, I think) expires on Wednesday. I still don't have the license plates. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Oct 12, 2014 - 7 answers

What (else) is wrong with my car, and can I get 2 more years out of it?

My SO and I are planning on moving to another country in 2 years. We suspect it will be easier to not take any cars with us. We currently have 2 cars, but one seems to be auditioning to join the choir invisible. [more inside]
posted by neutralmojo on Oct 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Will my car pass an MA inspection?

Prominent damage to the hood (opens and closes normally). Radiator support is bent but everything under the hood is fine. Bumper is fixed, lights all work. The grille isn't particularly sturdy, but it stays in place, and there's a star about the size of a dime in the windshield. [more inside]
posted by sleepingcbw on Oct 7, 2014 - 6 answers

Give me a re Call!

My 2000 chevy malibu has an ignition recall. In looking up the other recalls this vehicle has had (but not vin specific), I see there is one that pertains directly to a problem I have been experiencing. Help me make sure this gets fixed! [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Sep 30, 2014 - 4 answers

How can non-profits accept car donations?

I work for a non-profit, and a donor asked about donating a used car to us. How does that work? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Sep 26, 2014 - 5 answers

Thinking Long-Term About My Vehicle

I have a good, reliable car that costs (in my opinion) too much money. I am not currently making the payments on this car, but I will start doing so soon. I am thinking of selling the car and getting a cheap one - but my mother (who is currently making the payments) adamantly believes that this would be a terrible financial decision. I can't see how she could be right. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Sep 26, 2014 - 24 answers

Looking for the Goldilocks of Prii

The stars have aligned and I am looking to purchase a new car in the Bay Area. I am drawn to the Toyota Prius, but am confused by all of the different options and models (all the while being distracted by other cars). I've read a lot of reviews and write-ups, but would appreciate an updated ask.me on the Prius! [more inside]
posted by sums on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Need some clever car names

What are some fictional car names that sound funny or would get someone to raise a smile? I know there are some out there; I get asked about car names sometimes and want to put some fun responses together.
posted by circular on Sep 17, 2014 - 47 answers

Keeping car battery charged over winter

Is a trickle charger the same as a 2 amp charger? [more inside]
posted by pmaxwell on Sep 15, 2014 - 4 answers

Car buying/insuring/registering/drivers licensing in North Carolina

I have never purchased a car. I got a handmedown as a teen/college student, then lived in public transportation friendly locations the last many years. I'm now in North Carolina-walk me through the steps like I'm the idiot I am. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Sep 15, 2014 - 14 answers

How can I get the gasoline smell out of a car?

I spilled some gasoline in a rental car. How can I clean it and get rid of the smell before I return it in a few days? [more inside]
posted by bradbane on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Portland, Oregon Auto mechanic recommendation?

As a result of a series of events, it looks like I will be driving my boyfriend's older Bronco as a daily vehicle for a while. Before I start doing this, the Bronco should be tuned up and given a once-over and determined to be mechanically sound. I don't have an existing relationship with an auto mechanic. Can you recommend one in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Sep 9, 2014 - 4 answers

New York City joint car ownership for a complete newbie

My unmarried partner and I live in Queens. He had a car when we moved in together, and the title, registration, and insurance have always been entirely in his name - I didn't even drive it. The car died this summer and we are looking to buy a used car free and clear from a friend, so car payments are thankfully not an issue. I have been thinking that maybe I should consider being more involved with the car, but I am utterly clueless about the most basic details, and don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Sep 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Things to do around Philadelphia with a car

We live in Philadelphia and just bought a car. Help us think of things to do and places to go outside of the city! [more inside]
posted by The Michael The on Sep 3, 2014 - 20 answers

Cheap car rental Albuquerque, NM?

Going to the reservation in Albuquerque, NM for about 5 weeks. Checked online for price quotes on car rental - and the cheapest I found online was about $58 per day --which is too much across the span of 5 weeks. Will need a ride from the airport to the reservation; and for just general getting around purposes on weekends etc. Any help or advice on where or how to get a better rate? Thanks in advance for any information or help.
posted by proficiency101 on Sep 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Whether to spend a whole year's salary on a car

I make $93,000 net a year and want to buy a $95,000 car. I'm 28, and keen to enjoy life before I get tied down with family and other commitments. I'm seeking your wisdom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 92 answers

Best car for a 'dry heat'

My boyfriend, who lives in Tempe, AZ near Phoenix, just had his 2000 Subaru Outback give up the head-gasket ghost. He's going to need another car, but neither of us know much about cars which are built to withstand heat. Please suggest cars to look at! [more inside]
posted by nat on Sep 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Should I jump start my car immediately? Or can I leave it till tomorrow?

Just went out to the family car to find it has a flat battery. Such a lovely day outside, I really don't feel like jump starting it, and I don't need it today. However, I was speaking to my father (who's overseas, I'm house sitting) and he'd prefer I do it today as car batteries shouldn't be left in an uncharged state as doing so does damage. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by tomargue on Aug 29, 2014 - 12 answers

I had a semi/car accident recently. Who would be at fault?

I'm in a tricky situation with a car accident. [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 on Aug 29, 2014 - 17 answers

What is a good non-mileage based car service schedule?

I own a 2004 Mazda3 5-door. I love my car and love not having car payments and want to keep it running well as long as possible. I get oil changes fairly regularly, but I don't know what other maintenance or inspections I should be getting. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 27, 2014 - 12 answers

Advice and information about maintaining the brakes on my Jeep, please.

My 2-wheel drive 2005 Jeep Liberty needs brakes and I need some advice, please. [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Aug 27, 2014 - 10 answers

Getting Rid of My Car: What's the easiest way that will make the most?

I inherited my mom's car three years ago, and since then my (old) car has been sitting in my driveway. I would like to get it out of my driveway, and if possible make a little money on it, but want to do it in the least time- or effort-intensive way. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Aug 26, 2014 - 19 answers

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