I live in California but will be spending all of December in a small city in Tennessee. I need a car to get around the city and perhaps do one longer drive to Atlanta and back. I won't have a car available to borrow there. What kind of options would I have for transportation? [more inside]
My 2004 Honda Civic sometimes makes a squealing noise when I start it up. I took it to a mechanic, but it doesn't look like he fixed the problem. Looking for advice on whether to take it back again and what to do. [more inside]
Is there a way I can use 205/65 r15 tires on a car that's recommended to have 205/60/r16 tires? The r15 tires are not on rims but I would purchase if needed. I would like to avoid buying a new set of tires if I can, but if it'll damage the car or affect safety in any way then that becomes more important. Thanks in advance!
My 2001 325i that I absolutely babied got totaled this weekend. I need a replacement. What should I get next? Details inside... [more inside]
Returned a rental car recently, had some damage in a crowded parking garage. Seems like the rental agent was trying to get me not to admit fault, but I was dumb and did so. Can they void my LDW by saying it was "reckless"? I'm worried: only light body damage, but will be hella expensive, plus downtime charges, if I'm on the hook.
I will be living in a city that requires a car for the first time and I'm kind of lost on how to approach this. Help? [more inside]
The Multifunction Display in my 2003 Prius will cheerfully display the settings for the Audio and all that, but the main screen which shows the fuel efficiency is just black. If I show the audio or the Display settings, that comes up just fine, and brightness is normal, but the main display won't show, and the backlight doesn't seem to be lit when on that display. I hooked up a code reader to the socket under the dash, but it's coming back clean. Any ideas?
I am in the process of buying a new car and I think I have it narrowed down to a 2016 Mazda3 or a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Manual either way. [more inside]
Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
Someone who lives in a flea-infested house got a ride in one of our company-owned cars (we found out about the fleas later). A co-worker just sat in the car for a few minutes this morning, and she found a flea on her person a few minutes ago. She does not have pets, so we're pretty sure the flea came from the car. I have to drive the car home. I have cats. What, if anything, should I be doing to deflea the car? Car is a four-door with cloth upholstery.
Last month I hit a neighbor's parked car. Since then, I've let the insurance company handle it, but the neighbor has reached out to me several times, and I'm not sure how to respond. Details under the cut. [more inside]
How do I fix it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What winter tires should I buy this time around? And where is the best place to get them? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
If you only had $5000 for a used vehicle, would you buy a RAV4, CRV, or Lexus RX? [more inside]
There is too much advice online. What's the best way to remove a small dent from my car? [more inside]
I've never leased before, but am considering giving it a try. Given my driving preferences (inside), is this a good idea? [more inside]
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!
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]
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.
My car was rear ended recently, but as it's too old I get to keep the car... and the money? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!!
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]
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]
'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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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!