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We are road tripping today and have just found one seat belt isn't working. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on May 15, 2015 - 4 answers

where can i get my car inspected this weekend in manhattan?

i got a ticket! "inspection sticker mutilated." i can't just get a new sticker, i have to get my car reinspected. where can i do this in manhattan this weekend? [more inside]
posted by sabh on May 14, 2015 - 5 answers

What's up with a car rental at Dublin airport?

I will be renting a car at Dublin airport in mid-july, and driving to near Galway. The prices online are insanely low. I frankly do not believe them. [more inside]
posted by hexatron on May 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Auto Paint Job: Use insurance? Cut corners?

I managed to scratch my car doors on a parking garage column. Should I use insurance to cover it or pay myself? [more inside]
posted by earlsofsandwich on May 11, 2015 - 12 answers

Renting an apartment and car in Mount Vernon, Baltimore for 4 months

My partner and I are looking to rent a furnished in Mount Vernon, Baltimore from September 1-January 1. Where should we look, and how does the rental proces work? Also, we need a car. [more inside]
posted by coraline on May 1, 2015 - 7 answers

Hybrid me!

Suggestions, please, for a smallish hybrid vehicle to replace a worn-out Civic. We're in Ontario, Canada, so choices are limited (and dealers entirely apathetic). Likely to keep the car for 10 years or so, and looking for low total cost of ownership. [more inside]
posted by scruss on Apr 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Yet another "what car should I buy?" question.

Need a car that will comfortably fit two adults, one child, and a very large dog plus a suitcase or two. Reliable, good mileage. Don't want to spend more than $11K. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Can an Ontario driver with a G2 license rent a car in ON or BC?

Soon I'll have a G2 license, and I've got some questions about renting cars in Ontario, British Columbia, as well as potentially driving into Washington, Oregon, and California. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

New Car, best deal, 2015?

I would like to buy a Toyota Sienna. I was going to lease because of the financing, but now figure a purchase is the way to go. We are willing to put down enough to warrant 0% financing, our goal is to keep the payment below $300. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this thing, and did it come from my car?

I found this thing under my husband's car in the driveway, and I'm wondering if anyone can identify it or at least tell me that it's not a Very Important Car Widget. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Apr 20, 2015 - 8 answers

Palo Alto without a car

I will be moving to Palo Alto pretty soon -- likely living on or near Stanford campus. I can't drive and do not plan to have a car. How will that impact my lifestyle, and what should I do to mitigate the impact? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on Apr 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Bought Car Trouble

Bought a car, and it didn't pass inspection, and it may need an expensive repair. What to do? [more inside]
posted by mkb on Apr 16, 2015 - 17 answers

What's a good car for me?

I take public transit to work but drive a few miles approximately twice a week to take kids to activities. Car2Go doesn't work well with carseats and may not be reliable enough for my needs. Given my infrequent driving, what are some reliable, affordable used cars I should consider. With carpooling, there might be 3 school-aged kids in the car in boosters.
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Trade-in or sell 2013 Prius in Seattle?

My wife has a 2013 Prius Persona Edition with only 10,000 miles on it in perfect condition. After almost two years of ownership, she wants to get something less expensive and more fun to drive. She got a 0% APR loan and paid nothing down. The dealership has made us an offer very close to what she owes on the loan, so we could essentially pay it off and come close to even. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Apr 14, 2015 - 13 answers

How on earth do people figure out what car to buy??

I'm in the market for a new (to me) car. I've looked at old AskMes and googled, but still have a lot of questions on how to determine which car to buy and how best to buy it. Would greatly appreciate your help! [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Apr 13, 2015 - 20 answers

Most comfortable seat cushion for a long drive...we needs it.

We're taking my 2013 Jetta on a 2000 mile drive this spring and while it's a blast to drive and great on gas mileage, the seats are not butt friendly at all. [more inside]
posted by the webmistress on Apr 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Why has my car's radiator cracked 3 times in 3 years?

The radiator on my 2009 Honda Civic has cracked yet again. Why does this keep happening? [more inside]
posted by matkline on Apr 10, 2015 - 5 answers

What is draining my car battery and how do I make it stop?

I have a 2007 Mazda 3 with battery problems. I'm looking for: 1. Any thoughts as to what the underlying issue might be (and how expensive it should be to diagnose/fix); and, 2. Recommendations for anglo mechanics in Montreal (specifically Verdun, ideally). [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 6, 2015 - 16 answers

What should I do about my expired license plates?

Why does it cost so much to renew vehicle registration? This is bullshit. How much trouble could I get in if I don't do it? Is there some sort of loop hole to register more cheaply? This question involves California and Oregon. [more inside]
posted by peachpie on Apr 1, 2015 - 47 answers

Any informed assessments of Allied Insurance?

I can get somewhat cheaper auto insurance from Allied, but have not heard of this company. Googling for reviews get mixed results. Has anyone had experience with them - customer service, paying claims, etc.?
posted by mmiddle on Mar 19, 2015 - 4 answers

Looking for a sun shade to block New Mexico sun

I need to buy a sun shade for my car. Iā€™m in New Mexico and am looking for a high quality sun shade that is well fitted to the windshield that blocks heat extremely well. [more inside]
posted by jroybal on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

New versus used car: pros and cons?

What are the key variables to consider when deciding whether to buy a new versus a used car? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Mar 17, 2015 - 24 answers

I haven't owned a car since 1999--what do I need to know?

I'm moving from Brooklyn, NY to Portland, OR and will be owning a car, at least for the first couple of months. All the advice for this situation is about *what* car to buy, but I'm being given a used car, so I'm more curious about the top things to keep in mind about owning a car, how your life changes, all that sort of stuff. What am I forgetting, what am I missing, what do you wish you knew about owning a car before you owned one, have you been in a similar situation?
posted by Automocar on Mar 12, 2015 - 21 answers

Pole Position: Make It Go Away!

There is a metal (possibly filled with concrete?) pole on the side of our building and we want it gone! [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Mar 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Looking for great, intense scenes of hopefully slo-motion car crashes.

Doing a visual project for work. I'm looking for movies (or ads) that have great, highly visual car crashes. Slow motion glass shattering etc. Hopefully less action movie and more real life cars and actors. Fast and the Furious vehicles might be a bit over the top for what I am trying to do. But I'll take any and all suggestions. Anyone who has any favourite car crash scenes they want to mention, I'd love any and all advice which movies or commercials to look for.
posted by cascando on Mar 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Leasing a small SUV?

We are leasing a new SUV (I don't need any discussion on leasing -- it's the option right now). Looking at the Volvo XC60, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Acura RDX. Any insights? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Mar 5, 2015 - 12 answers

How do i drive legally in ohio

I moved from PA to OH a while ago but my car still has a PA plate. I'm still paying off my car which means I dont have the title. What is the easiest process to get an OH plate? Thank you!
posted by lijiaxiaoniu on Mar 2, 2015 - 3 answers

Advice on brighter car headlights?

I just replaced my 1995 300zx turbo's burned-out headlights with some cheap factory 9006 bulbs and can barely see anything at night. I don't want to get HIDs but would like to find a headlight that actually illuminates the road and makes driving safer. I've narrowed it down to three options: Philips X-treme Vision, Philips HIR2 9012, or Sylvania SilverStar Ultra (which I may rule out, because apparently they burn out really quickly). Does anyone have any advice on these, or any other suggestions? I do plan to clean out the headlights as well, if there's anything to clean out.
posted by roxie110 on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Clueless and need to register a car in PA

I will try to list all the main points to my question. I am getting confused as to what steps I need to take and which forms I need to complete. My parents own a car in NY. They want to give me the car as a gift. I live in Pennsylvania. I am trying to make sense of the title transfer paperwork and the affidvait of gift form. Has anyone done this before? If so, can you walk me through which forms I need to fill out? Do I need proof of insurance before I attempt to register the car? The car is currently insured through my parent's and I am listed on their policy. This is my first time registering a car and I don't have much experience with PennDOT. Not sure if this matters but I have a PA driver's license. Thank you!
posted by allthingsconsidered on Feb 25, 2015 - 4 answers

A very expensive, very mediocre car. There's got to be a better way!

I'm feeling frustrated with my automobile situation and don't really know where to start. The gist of it is that I can't really afford the payments and maintenance on my car, and I think I want out, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Feb 23, 2015 - 20 answers

What car is this?

Can you identify from screenshots the car that the Mythbusters used in their recent drifting episode? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Best strategy for quick car sell in Buffalo?

We're going to drive to the Buffalo area to sell the 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid mentioned in my last question, "How to sell our Ontario-registered never-imported American car". The car has 111,000 miles and is missing its front bumper cover due to a collision with a deer but is otherwise in good condition. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I convince myself to buy a car?

I car share with my former partner. How do I get myself to buy my own car? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Feb 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Help me not hate my Camry.

I recently acquired a 2007 Toyota Camry XLE. I dislike this car far more than I ever would have thought possible. Please help me learn to tolerate it. Many more details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay on Feb 13, 2015 - 29 answers

Gauging the reliability of a Japanese Imported yet European make of car

Hello, I am thinking of importing a car from Japan to Canada. To import to Canada, the vehicles must be 15 years old, but usually have very low mileage. I have done this before with Japanese models with great results. Now I am thinking of importing either a 2000 Alfa Romeo 156, or a 2000 BMW 3 series Wagon. Both have relatively low mileage of around 75K... [more inside]
posted by cascando on Feb 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Car has been in the shop for 4 months. We just want it back.

Took our Subaru to the transmission shop recommended by the local Subaru mechanic. That was in October. It's still there, and we are at the end of our rope. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Feb 6, 2015 - 11 answers

vinecar

Help me please I did a dumb and now my car reeks of the acrid stench of defeat. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 5, 2015 - 15 answers

Can I disable the AC Compressor on my '95 Chrysler Concorde?

The AC compressor attempts to run when I start the defroster, presumably to dehumidify the air. For some reason though either the compressor itself or the belt that runs it (and the water pump, I think) is smoking when the compressor is on. I'm not worried about humidity and I can't think of a downside. Is there some safety or reliability reason I shouldn't do this? If not, is it as simple as disconnecting a wire?
posted by Perthuz on Feb 5, 2015 - 7 answers

My car's winter woes...

I have to jump my car almost every time I drive it in the wintertime. Help! This is not fun at all. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Feb 4, 2015 - 16 answers

This never happened when I rode a tauntaun.

The passenger side doors on my Honda Odyssey keep freezing shut in cold weather, and last night the windshield iced over on the inside. Do I need to have it checked out, or is that normal? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Feb 3, 2015 - 32 answers

Is it sensible to restore/upgrade a car in the long run?

In October 2014 I bought my first car ā€“ a used 2003 Audi A4 3.0 convertible ā€“ and despite being in excellent condition, there is some work I'd like to have done on it in the future, but is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

When to say when on used car maintenance costs?

I'm looking at yet another maintenance issue on my expensive-but-fun (and 100% paid off) sporty car. I'm starting to think the maintenance overhead trumps the value, and looking for advice on knowing when to say when, in terms of cutting my losses and buying another vehicle. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 31, 2015 - 12 answers

What to do about my mother-in-law's car?

My mother-in-law has a completely borked car. This is apparently my job to fix. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Jan 27, 2015 - 16 answers

How to sell our Ontario-registered never-imported American car

How can we sell, in the U.S., a car from the U.S. with Canadian plates that was never permanently imported into Canada, but that has Canadian plates? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Selling without title transfer.

I am selling my car without a title transfer. Need quick advice on how to best protect myself. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jan 26, 2015 - 7 answers

Intermittent battery problem. Should I buy a new battery?

Twice in the last 6 weeks, our car wouldn't start without a jump. Rest of time it's fine. Should I buy a new battery or is it something else? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe on Jan 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I drive or fly from Baltimore to Nashville and Knoxville Tenessee

Should I drive or fly from Baltimore to Nashville and Knoxville Tenessee? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jan 20, 2015 - 12 answers

Sideswiped in a parking lot

I switched cars with a friend because they needed to borrow mine. I parked their car in a parking lot. Came back to find that their car had been sideswiped and no note left. Parking attendant didn't see anything. What are my next steps? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2015 - 13 answers

How to dispose of a car body

Our 2004 Chevy Venture minivan (120,000 miles) developed major transmission issues pretty much on schedule that would cost an estimated $2000-3000 to fix. Its condition minus the transmission issue would put it at the lower end of good/upper end of fair, with about a $2,000 trade-in value. Its only strong point is that following a catastrophic engine failure a couple years ago, we put in a brand new engine that now has only 23,000 miles on it. What's the best way to get the most money when we get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by drlith on Jan 11, 2015 - 7 answers

High quality cassette convertor for a car stereo to play iPhone music?

I just bought a 2000 VW Golf, which has a cassette player. Can anyone recommend a convertor to play music from my iPhone? The best review I've seen is for the Sony, but there is still a lot of criticism. Please recommend the best option, whether it is the Sony, or another. Thank you.
posted by miss tea on Jan 7, 2015 - 19 answers

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