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Car recommendations: AWD Sedan that's quiet and safe

We're starting to look for a second car. Much research will follow, but can you point us on our way with any recommendations for a AWD sedan that's quiet and safe? Generally always will be two adults and a car seat, so will need four doors. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Help us re-car the household.

We've never been a 2 car family. But we might need to be. How do non-car-folks pick out cars? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Dec 4, 2016 - 15 answers

Can I get compensation for a near-miss accident?

Earlier this week, a possibly-intoxicated driver barreled through a red light at high speed, nearly hitting several cars (including mine) which were in the process of making a protected left turn. The resulting braking and skidding damaged the brake system in my car, resulting in about $800 worth of damage. The driver escaped, but can I file an insurance claim, or sue the driver, based on the intersection camera footage or something? If so, how would I go about that?
posted by Maximian on Dec 2, 2016 - 15 answers

DCA to BOS = Snow Tires?

I am moving to Boston at the end of December. I have never lived north of DC before and thus have never had a need for snow tires before. Help a displaced Southerner out. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Nov 20, 2016 - 26 answers

Is this car rental price in San Jose Del Cabo too good to be true?

My brother and his partner are traveling to San Jose del Cabo Mexico and are trying to secure a car rental for the trip. They have done some research online and have found a cheap fare on Travelocity through Budget Car Rental, but it's not at the airport. We are trying to get a sense of whether: A) The price might be too good to be true (ie. hidden fees etc...) the fee is stated as $75 for two weeks which seems ridiculous to me. B) Is it safe to be renting anywhere outside of an airport. Does anyone have experience with car rentals in or around this area and could offer some advice or suggestion.
posted by thelastgirl on Nov 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Uber, or not Uber?

I am debating getting a car and becoming an Uber driver. Is this a good plan? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Nov 1, 2016 - 20 answers

Car in Brooklyn

Thinking about getting a car and live in Brooklyn. What's the best move? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 on Oct 31, 2016 - 8 answers

How much does it cost to wrap a car?

One color, nothing super fancy, average size car. In the US.
posted by fixedgear on Oct 30, 2016 - 2 answers

Rides ain't cheap in America

Does anyone know why car rentals cost about $50/day in the States, on average, and cost about $30/day in Canada? [more inside]
posted by kinoeye on Oct 17, 2016 - 15 answers

Getting keys for 2012 Honda without any existing keys

Someone close to me has lost the only key to her 2012 Honda. Assuming they will never be found and there are (just go with me here), what's the cheapest way to get new keys made? I suppose it doesn't have to be electronic if that will save $$$. [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur on Oct 15, 2016 - 6 answers

Best way to add wifi during car trips with a dongle/hotspot

Looking for the simplest device/way to set up a mobile hotspot in the car that ideally doesn't involve tethering to another phone. Google research is making it tough to figure out what I need exactly. [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Oct 13, 2016 - 8 answers

Used Car Buying Advice

I want a car that is roadtrip-worthy and reliable. I can spend about $2700 cash and could maybe spend $100/month on a car loan, though I'd rather not. I don't care about what the car looks like, just that it's reliable and roadtrip-worthy and automatic transmission. I would be purchasing in the SF Bay Area but potentially moving to colder/snowy areas next year. What should I be looking at and what should my expectations be for that price range? ( Plus bonus q about my current car inside.) [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Oct 13, 2016 - 22 answers

Liability for car broken into while in garage.

My car was broken into sometime last evening or night while it was parked in our gated apartment complex garage. Is my apartment company at all liable for this? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Oct 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Short-term overnight parking near Central Square, Cambridge, MA?

I'm driving to visit some friends in Cambridge, MA next weekend, near Central Square. I'll need somewhere to park my car while I'm there (3 nights). How hard is it to find parking for a few days within, say, a 30-minute walk from Central Square? [more inside]
posted by mekily on Oct 2, 2016 - 8 answers

Car rental in Tulum/Cancun?

What's my best car rental strategy in Cancun/Tulum? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mid on Sep 25, 2016 - 9 answers

How secure is a car with a 'remote keyless entry' system?

I just had to get a new car, and the one I got (a 2016 Honda HR-V) has remote keyless entry plus a pushbutton start/stop for the ignition. How secure is this when it comes to car thieves? [more inside]
posted by easily confused on Sep 25, 2016 - 19 answers

Germy McGermerson comes for a ride

I, a person who catches every single little virus that comes my way, foolishly agreed to driving a local kid to a weekly activity. Said kid is a germ pit; he seems to have a new virus every week. What kind of cleaning products can I use in my car to minimize my exposure to viruses? (I have already ruled out creating a complete bubble wrap enclosure around Germy's car seat.) [more inside]
posted by bluebelle on Sep 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Two weeks in Ireland without a car?

I’ll be in Ireland in October, but won’t be able to rent a car (no license). Is it enough of a disadvantage that I’d be better off visiting just Dublin, leaving other areas to be properly explored with a car on my next trip? [more inside]
posted by taupe on Sep 20, 2016 - 18 answers

Should I buy a new car or stick with what I've got?

I owe $9,000 on my 2011 Ford F-150 with 67k miles that I purchased used in 2012. It has been a great truck, especially when I lived up in the mountains. I used it a fair amount for my business, which is advertised on the side, and the expenses are run through the business. Now I go to school in the city and it's not so practical. Is it worth finding something new? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Sep 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Selling a car in NJ

I have a beater car that runs. The registration is expired and it has no insurance. How do I actually go about selling this to someone else? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Sep 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Cleaning your windshield

How can I remove a film on the inside of my windshield and keep it clear ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Sep 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Stop for a schoolbus with flashing red on a road perpendicular to yours?

Do drivers of a vehicle on a road perpendicular to a road with a school bus stopped with flashing red lights have to stop for that school bus? I'm in Maryland. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Sep 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Shadetree mechanics: am I fully insane?

Am I crazy to think about replacing cleaning my car's EGR valve if I have trouble even changing a tire on my own? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar on Sep 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Protection for bucket passenger seat of car

I'm looking for (older) child-proof protection for the back of my car's passenger seat. What would work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Sep 3, 2016 - 12 answers

Life Without Wheels

I sold my car. After a bad experience at a car dealership, I'm now wondering: do I actually need a car? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Sep 3, 2016 - 33 answers

Missed the bus to New Hampshire tonight! Oh no!

My friend and I were supposed to catch a bus tonight from Boston to Lincoln, NH (White Mountains area). Unfortunately, we're going to miss the bus! What can we do? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Sep 2, 2016 - 3 answers

Bumped a car -- didn't exchange info. Now what?

Oh dear. I bumped another woman's car with my car at a very low speed. I thought she wasn't stopping so I drove on -- then I saw her taking down my plate number but couldn't indicate to her that she should follow me to pull over. Now what will happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 31, 2016 - 6 answers

How should I sell my car, which needs a replacement door?

[UK used car filter] I'm selling a car with some cosmetic but not-cheap-to-fix damage and would like advice on the best way to sell it. [more inside]
posted by EndsOfInvention on Aug 30, 2016 - 6 answers

How do I sell a friend's car in AZ when friend is out of country?

Friend is in Saudi Arabia. His car and title is here in Phoenix. He is asking for my help in selling his car. If I find a buyer, how do I transfer title to new buyer without him not being here? I have the title for his car but he has not signed it. He is not scheduled to return anytime soon. What do I do? Ship him the title and have him get a notary there in Saudi Arabia? Is there something else that the MVD in Maricopa county will accept for this sale to proceed? My google-fu is failing me in finding an answer. Thank you!
posted by dealing away on Aug 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Car accident in a rental car -- legal obligations?

I was involved in a minor car accident while driving a rental car. What do I need to do now? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Aug 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Will I regret signing up for this VW lease?

Lease with high drive off fee and insanely low monthly payments. Seems like it would be good for me but I feel like I'm missing something. Deepest gratitude in advance for the insight of more experienced car owners. Details within. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Aug 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Toddler seat me

I need to switch up to a front facing toddler seat for a tiny car. Too many options. Going insane. Help! [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Aug 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Driving my Mexican bought car into the USA as a US citizen

Hi folks, I have a car that I bought in mexico, used, that is in my name and I am planning on driving it from the Yucatan into the USA. I obviously don't want to drive it all the way through mexico only to be turned away at the border with all of my belongings, so any info is greatly appreciated. I am hoping to keep using this car - a 2008 toyota in good condition - while I resettle back into the USA. I know there are some requirements for emissions and other standards, so again - any info you all can give is greatly appreciated. Thanks
posted by MD_yeahright on Aug 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Unicorn of a used car

The only car I have ever owned was totaled recently, and I have no idea how to research this, so trying here. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Aug 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Where do people keep their guns?

I want to know where gun owners tend to keep their guns. As I reason, there are only a few places that can be; (1) at home, (2) in their car or (3) on their person. Are there any statistics or studies that show where people keep their primary firearm - one they may say is mostly for protection as opposed to hunting or target practice (even though that firearm may be used interchangeably by some owners)?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 31, 2016 - 13 answers

Truck drove into my car door. Any recourse?

A truck backed into my driver's side door as I was getting out to go to the grocery store. His insurance says we're 50-50 at fault. I don't agree, but of course I don't. I have anxiety and don't trust most of my gut reactions to things. Most of the people in my life say "No. The other driver's at fault. Push back." I'm looking for outside opinions. [more inside]
posted by timesarrow on Jul 28, 2016 - 16 answers

car theft(!), recovery(?), and purchase(??!?)

About a week ago, I woke up to discover that my car had been stolen overnight. Can you help me figure out my next steps for dealing with insurance in both scenarios ('recovered' or 'not recovered') and possibly buying another car? [more inside]
posted by amnesia and magnets on Jul 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Which Subaru should I buy?

After eight car-free years using public transportation, I am moving to a new region where I’ll need to own a car. I’m pretty sure I’d like to get a Subaru, but am stuck between the Impreza hatchback, Crosstrek, or Forester. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Jul 23, 2016 - 17 answers

Roadtrip destinations in the PNW

Please recommend roadtrip destinations from Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Jul 20, 2016 - 11 answers

Tan Sedan Caravan?

Not long ago, I was traveling on Interstate 35, driving north from Laredo, Texas to San Antonio. On the way, I saw a line of about six late model cars traveling together. Each was a basic four-door sedan in a neutral color, each had a four-digit number in large white lettering on the rear window, and each had a very large grill guard attached to the front--the kind you usually see on heavy duty pick up trucks. What was going on?
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jul 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Experience with a Daimler fortwo smart car?

I'm seriously considering a smart car and am looking at the Daimler fortwo. I don't know anyone who has one though. Would love to hear people's experiences of the car and things to consider when I go to the dealership tomorrow. Thank you!!
posted by namemeansgazelle on Jul 17, 2016 - 17 answers

6 of everything and nothing in its place - hill edition

I live in a valley but my car (and bike) live up a steep hill. it takes a few minutes to get from my front door to my vehicle, carrying my (increasingly-heavy-but-unable-to-climb) toddler the whole way. How do I (or how do YOU) organize stuff so that i am carrying as little as possible uselessly in and out all the time, but also so that my car doesn't feel like i also live in that? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jul 13, 2016 - 10 answers

What is the most fuel efficient used light pickup?

I will soon be in the market for a used car and am thinking of getting a pickup. Likely I'll be looking at trucks that are roughly 10 years old (I am flexible but want something new enough to not have a lot of maintenance issues). My biggest priority is having the least impact on the environment I can while still driving a pickup truck. What should I shop for? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jul 13, 2016 - 18 answers

When should a frugal person give up on a high-mileage car?

I'm on a tight budget and my 2008 Honda Accord is coming on 150,000 miles. My income depends on my ability to drive to clients. In an ideal world, I'd hope to get another 20,000 miles out of the car. I'm just looking for advice on a "decision tree" type template for what I should do and when. [more inside]
posted by Jon44 on Jul 12, 2016 - 19 answers

Need suggestions for camping cookwear

I need cookwear for car camping. These will be used on a 2-burner propane stove. Based on the kinds of things I cook, I need 2 frying pans and 1 pot or kettle for boiling water. I'd like to have folding or removable handles, and at least 1 teflon or other non-stick pan. No cast iron. What specific brands and pans or pots would you suggest for me? I am in the U.S.
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 6, 2016 - 15 answers

DC/Winchester to Jacksonville with kids

I'm heading off for my first semi-solo road trip with kids (and my mom) from either DC or Winchester to the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area of Florida. We are planning to take two days and stop every few hours for a break, preferably somewhere scenic and fun for the kids. [more inside]
posted by instamatic on Jul 6, 2016 - 5 answers

Slow leak in my tire; may need a new wheel. Help!

About a month ago I realized my tire was leaking air and required adding pressure about once a week. I took it to a tire shop and they told me a nail was in it but hadn't gone through, they removed it, "shouldn't have any more problems." This didn't make much sense to me but I left. Of course, a few days later the tire again needed air added. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on Jul 4, 2016 - 16 answers

What Affordable Car has an Ergonomic Driver's Seat?

I've got to get a new or "new used" car. I've got all sorts of joint issues and have found Volvo's to have the best seats for me. Alas, they're outside my budget (and I've heard they cost a lot to repair). Would appreciate suggestions for an affordable alternative....
posted by Jon44 on Jul 3, 2016 - 12 answers

You Must Be This Tall To Ride The Cyclone

What is the meaning of this declaration by Jeremy Clarkson? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Jun 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Today in "because I'm an idiot..."

I just noticed that my OH registration tags on my car expired 3 months ago. I'm living in Mississippi and moving to WA on 7/15. I thought about trying to renew my OH registration before I move, but it takes 10 business days to process and requires an emissions check number, which I don't have (it's also very expired). Is there anything I can do at this point to get registered and/or avoid getting ticketed until I can?
posted by deus ex machina on Jun 27, 2016 - 15 answers

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