I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline. [more inside]
The internet says positive should be reconnected first, but that's not as easy as it should be. What's the best option? [more inside]
My 2001 Honda Accord was sideswiped and I had to replace the driver's side mirror. The first replacement shook and was an aftermarket part, so I paid an extra $150 out of pocket (the other driver's insurance covered the first one) to have a Honda mirror attached today. I just took it for a test drive, and I think it shakes less... but it still shakes. Like it barely noticeably shifts at 30mph and distinctly vibrates at 60+mph. What do I do now? [more inside]
I am 35 months into a 39 month lease with a 2011 Nissan Maxima. This is the first vehicle I have ever leased/owned on my own so would like any hints/tips that will help me in the next few months as I prepare to either buy out my lease, or go in another direction. [more inside]
Hi everyone. I have an old 1992 Toyota Camry. The interior vinyl has separated from the car roof, as you can see in these pictures. How do I fix this? Any suggestions very much appreciated.
A relative was recently in an accident, and the other driver is at fault. It occurs to me that car insurance seems broken, since my relative is now trying to get paid by a company whose client is the other driver. How do we make sure they have our best interests in mind? [more inside]
Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
I temporarily swapped cars with my parents. While my mother was driving it alone, another driver sideswiped her and damaged the vehicle. How does the insurance get handled? Obviously, the driver-at-fault's insurance should pay for the repairs. But do we contact my insurance company, my parent's insurance company, or only the other driver's insurance company? [more inside]
Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
I need a car. I'm poor. I've never bought a car before, and it's been a long time since anyone in my family has bought one. Need guidance. How do you buy a car? [more inside]
Why do anti-lock brake systems [seem to] work so much better than traction control systems on modern sedans? [more inside]
It's time for me to get a new car. I'm leaning towards a smaller car. What should I get? [more inside]
How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
Have you imported a 16+ year old vehicle from the US to Canada (BC)? What was the experience like and roughly how much did it end up costing? [more inside]
Should I spend 2-3 thousand on a "premier" Maaco job, try my luck at a mom and pop (WPB, FL area if you have any recommendations), or go for a vehicle wrap? Any MeFites with experience with either? [more inside]
Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
I need help buying a car. [more inside]
What should I look for/value in a used car when shopping on a tight budget? [more inside]
Should my mother's mechanic have caught a failing fuel pump when he repaired a closely related relay? [more inside]
I am looking for a new Aux-In Cable (3.5mm, male to male) to use my mp3 player in my car. I had a couple of cheaper retractable ones, but they usually break after a short period of use. I live in a cold climate and the cord gets cold in the car for long periods of time and I think this has an affect on its life. I have seen some people with thicker aux-in cables in their car and I have searched, but I can't seem to locate one for a decent price. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a thick (preferably white, but not critical) 3.5mm Aux-in cable?
What's the best way to access a car in L.A. for two weeks without going through a traditional car rental agency? [more inside]
Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
How much should a tire shop charge to dismount four tires from a car, mount four new tires (purchased from tirerack.com and provided by the customer), balance the wheels and verify alignment/camber? [more inside]
When does it make financial sense to replace a car? [more inside]
How can I get a title to a previously owned car that was sold to a junkyard? [more inside]
For the California folks: I go to school out of state, and I accidentally let my vehicle registration expire. I'm trying to figure out how I can get it done quickly and remotely. My primary concern is the smog test - I'm due for one this year. Searching the internet has given me mixed responses, with some saying you have to go back to CA to get smog tests, and others saying you can waive it in absentia. I need to drive as soon as possible, so I'd really appreciate a prompt response! Thanks!
Ghost in the van: our 12-passenger van has started up a few times without a key in the ignition. Also, the locking mechanism sometimes engages continuously, leaving us briefly locked in/out of the vehicle. Is it haunted? [more inside]
How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
Looking for options to replace my dying car radio/cd player and the separate satellite radio unit that plays thru the radio. Would like as few pieces to install as possible, hopefully something that's all in one and preferably $250 or under. Any recommendations? [more inside]
Just bought a used car last week with cash and received the title and other paperwork at time of purchase. Now I can't find the title and I need to get the car registered. What do I need to do? [more inside]
I want to buy a car stereo with a USB input. Any suggestions? [more inside]
Honda Element for bicycle hauling, car camping, road tripping, and general use? [more inside]
Please help me navigate a mess involving an expired car registration, a speeding ticket, a lost insurance card, a license held as bond and a omg I can't even think. This involves Illinois and Wisconsin. [more inside]
So I bought a car from out of state...please help me with the logistics! [more inside]
I just moved to Northern Virginia for a new job- how likely is it that my car with out of state plates will be ticketed or towed? [more inside]
Car selling questions: (1) Is there any reason for me, as a seller, not to disclose the VIN in a car ad, say on Craigslist? A Carfax lookup would reflect favorably on this car, but I don't know if there are "car identity thief" issues here. I know dealers list VINs all the time. (2) What is considered a reasonable precaution if someone wants to take a test drive or have their mechanic inspect the car? I'm not sure what would stop a thief from asking for a test drive and then never coming back. This is an older model car so I don't have any loss/damage coverage, but I'm guessing I should until it's sold.
I need to buy a new, used or certified used car real quickly. I could use some help deciding on a make and model that meets some specific criteria. [more inside]
I am looking to buy a used car for cash from a local (CA) private party, not a dealer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
As a non-AAA member, what are my cheapest options for transporting a broken vehicle 12 miles? [more inside]
60,000K Mile Car Servicing, good idea or not? I own a 2003 Mazda M6 and I'm 3K miles from 60K. I'm torn between just getting an annual checkup at my local Firestone or paying for a 60K mile checkup at a Mazda dealership. Should I just go with the dealership or seek some other way? Is it just me or do car salesmen, mechanics, and lawyers (of which I will be one soon) rank at the bottom of professional respect because of their perceived unscrupulous actions?
My son and I love playing in the cars on Lego Batman: The Video Game (Wii). What other "vehicle toy" games are there? [more inside]
Source of creaky sounds in an older model vehicle plus general maintenance questions? [more inside]
I love my Peugeot, but I might be moving to the USA. Can I bring it with me or am I just stupid to want to? [more inside]
Will transporting a weight set weighing roughly 600 lbs in my car for a long distance damage the vehicle in any way? [more inside]
The digital odometer on my 2000 Honda Accord is not displaying numbers fully. Any way to fix this? [more inside]
Washington State: Embarrassingly overdue car registration, what do I need to know? [more inside]
First-time car seller looking for best way to sell a car in NYC? [more inside]
Car accident in Sept. Swapped info; didn't call police. Now the guy who hit us has never heard of us. What can I reasonably expect? [more inside]
Standard-transmission-filter: the point of engagement of the clutch (in my mid-90s Acura Integra, if it matters) has suddenly moved, and I now have to push the clutch pedal almost to the floor in order to get the transmission to disengage. What's going on, and how much is it likely to cost to repair? [more inside]
Anyone know a good BMW mechanic in the Fort Lee, NJ (Near the George Washington Bridge) area? I have a 1988 325ix and need someone trustworthy and competent to take care of it. Service at the BMW dealer is outrageously expensive. I've tried various BMW message boards and come up empty. Something in a 30 minute radius would be nice, but I'll take what you got!
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