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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

How can I cheaply repair this curb damage on the fender?

Whoops... had a bit of a scrape this morning: http://i.imgur.com/2rVDhM6.jpg I can simply buy some touch up paint and paint over this? Or are there other steps I should take to make this better? It's about the width of a dollar bill.
posted by Mushroom12345 on Jun 24, 2016 - 9 answers

How to catch a kitty?

I need your help catching this kitty and potentially finding a new home for it! [more inside]
posted by QueenHawkeye on Jun 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Diminished Value on Rear-Ended Vehicle

Have any Mefi drivers successfuly gone through the process of applying for and receiving payment for a car in an accident that was not your fault? [more inside]
posted by Elsie on Jun 18, 2016 - 1 answer

How to register my lease car in Florida

Hi I lease a GM- Chevy Malibu in Ohio I am moving to Florida and I called the registration office and they say that they need the title... Florida holds the title in their office and not the lienholder?? I am so confused about this This is crazy- GM owns the car not Florida
posted by barexamfreak on Jun 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Renting a Car without credit card in hand

I am going to be renting a car in a few days. I have a credit card account, but I lost the actual card and will not be getting the replacement before I am renting the car. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by 3urypteris on Jun 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Car backed into, the driver wants to handle without insurance

I left my car on the street in front of a friend's and it was backed into by one of their neighbors while I was out of town. My friend took the guy's info, but the driver wants to handle without involving insurance. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jun 9, 2016 - 29 answers

New car, old tree

My driveway has a magnolia tree and I have a new car. I'm resigning myself to more frequent washing but would like to do a regular quick job rather than a huge undertaking. What are your car washing / sap / driveway tree maintenance / bird dropping hacks? [more inside]
posted by Ness on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Why won't they just let me pay for my car?

Short version: Bought a car with ex in 2012 with "and" instead of "or" between our names. MISTAKE. Refinanced the car loan with a new lender a little while ago and was told by that lender that all I needed to do now was to record the lien with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and I could worry about updating the title later. They even gave me a pre-filled form to record the lien I just needed to sign and turn in. Unfortunately, PennDOT is not having it. What is the best way to proceed? YANML. [more inside]
posted by helloimjennsco on Jun 7, 2016 - 4 answers

Can I lease a car? How does it work?

I own a huge truck currently and live in the city. I'd like to get something smaller. I currently own ~13k in a loan on the truck. How does this work? Does the leasing company pay my loan and then charge me for a lease? Help me understand this? [more inside]
posted by Draccy on Jun 7, 2016 - 7 answers

How long should insurance take to finalize an auto damage estimate?

I was hit by another driver, who sped off and likely won't be caught (no plate). I have coverage for this but it took nearly three weeks for my insurance company to approve the estimate from the shop. The first adjuster assigned to the claim wasn't local to the area and tried to do everything by phone/email and the company wasn't particularly communicative about the process. Is this run-of-the-mill feet-dragging for insurance companies or does mine suck? [more inside]
posted by DyRE on May 26, 2016 - 9 answers

Replacing driver's seat due to back pain?

My mom has been experiencing back pain due to the driver's seat in her car for the last five months. She's now looking into replacing the seat. Is this the right solution, and if so, what is a good seat to replace with? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 24, 2016 - 14 answers

Selling a car registered in one state in another, how to?

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester I want to sell ("as is", it starts/runs, but has a misfire issue that makes it not something I want to drive at this point even short distances and it also has a small oil leak and small coolant leak). I drove this car from PA to Baton Rouge, LA and now want to be rid of it. I have the title (no lien), it is registered in PA, and I still have it under my insurance policy. [more inside]
posted by PinkPoodle on May 20, 2016 - 6 answers

Winter tires in the summer?

Is there any strong reason not to leave my winter tires on this summer? [more inside]
posted by raf on May 16, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me find another car

I'd like to get a car with backup cameras, blind spot monitoring, brake assist, and HD radio for under $30k USD. It could be new or used. I have a Mazda3 right now and like it quite a bit. But I'd prefer something with better safety technology and a quieter ride if possible. I've been looking at other Mazdas and Volvos, but I'm not set on either. I'd like to avoid VW and (perhaps) Toyota for sketchy business practices. I'm in SoCal, if that matters. Thanks!
posted by persona au gratin on May 10, 2016 - 15 answers

Identify This Car

This car has been sitting in my neighbor's driveway, untouched, since 1983. [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on May 9, 2016 - 8 answers

Best Cargo Space in a Car in a Non-Huge Car

I am curious if anyone knows which car (i.e., non-SUV) has the most interior cabin space, while at the same time not being very large in and of itself. In other words, which car gives you the most storage space bang for your buck (I realize this varies with seats folded down, etc.). Currently own a 2009 Subaru Outback, and favor that brand, but curious to hear of others' experiences.
posted by dearleader on May 8, 2016 - 32 answers

Car was stolen, I think I found it for sale on Craigslist. What do I do?

My car was stolen about 3 weeks ago. Now I just found a listing on craigslist that looks exactly like my car. There are some identifying features in the paint job and interior details that make me think this is, in fact, my car that someone is trying to resell. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on May 6, 2016 - 19 answers

Aftermarket HID or LED headlights on new cars?

I'm looking at a new car purchase and have noticed that the "better" headlights (HID or LED) are typically only available on the highest trim level or with an options package that includes a bunch of other features that I'm a lot less interested in. What should I know about doing an aftermarket install of HID or LED headlights on a new car purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Forgot to return the car I am leasing!

I am leasing a car. I just noticed the "maturity date" was yesterday, meaning I forgot to return it on time. Doh! I feel like a total idiot, but then I was under the impression that there would be tons of notice about how to schedule an inspection, etc., so I wasn't expecting to need to pay close attention to when it needed to be returned. I haven't heard anything--no mail, calls, nothing. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty on May 2, 2016 - 5 answers

How To Ask Mechanic/Friend About Body Damage

What is the most non-accusatory or neutral way to bring up body damage/scratches that likely occurred during a repair, when you are friends with the mechanic and he was already giving you a discount? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk on Apr 30, 2016 - 14 answers

I just sold someone a used car "as is" that broke down within 5km

What is my moral responsibility when I sell someone a perfectly functional car that is explicitly "as-is" that then breaks down almost immediately after the sale is completed, when I legitimately had no inkling that there was any underlying problem. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Apr 29, 2016 - 43 answers

For a car newbie, are swap meets useful?

I'm a really new automotive DIYer. I'm interested in all the auto swap meets that will happen this spring/summer. Should I go, or will it all go over my head? [more inside]
posted by methroach on Apr 22, 2016 - 6 answers

AudioFilter: Help me listen to podcasts in the car

I play podcasts from my Android device through an external-audio input cable in my car. The volume range gives me migraines. Please help? [more inside]
posted by Dashy on Apr 20, 2016 - 5 answers

Electric Car Owning Experience

My SO and I are planning to purchase a car before the end of the year. At this point, we're considering (but not sold on) an electric car so I'd like to hear people who own or owned an EV for over a year. What did you like? Not like? Wish you'd known? Snowflake flurry below the fold. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl on Apr 17, 2016 - 22 answers

Car was stolen. No comprehensive. Now what?

My car was stolen (from a major suburb in the Boston area). Wondering about next steps. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Apr 17, 2016 - 11 answers

Mechanic Panic - Are They Ripping Me Off??

I've taken my car to the mechanic what seems like an unreasonable number of times to fix an issue. Mostly, the car keeps overheating. First, they replaced the entire radiator. The next time it broke down, it was the water pump, which also necessitated a new timing belt. It's been overheating again, and came close to breaking down. I talked with a guy who knows cars, but is not a mechanic. He says if it's still having problems, it's likely the thermostat. Am I overreacting to not want this same shop to fix it? [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Apr 8, 2016 - 15 answers

MBTA vs. rental car for short Boston visit

I'm planning a visit to Boston where I grew up but haven't been in a while. I don't like stressing about traffic and parking. Should I take the T or rent a car? [more inside]
posted by HaveYouTriedRebooting on Apr 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Chicago Vehicle Ticketing

does anyone have experience with parking a car in chicago that has an expired registration??? asking for a friend - details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Apr 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Not-My-Fault Accident. Other driver wants to settle without insurance

Yesterday I was rear ended by a young woman driving a scooter. She apologized and admitted fault. I took her contact information and insurance information, but did not file a police report. I thought the proper thing to do was to call my insurer, tell them what happened, and give them the other driver's insurance information, and I did so. I assumed that I should let them handle the claim. Now I'm wondering if I made a mistake. Your help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Mar 31, 2016 - 16 answers

Car rental in Maui?

I've just booked a trip for three to Maui. We're staying near the Kaanapali Beach, but would like to explore the forests and volcanoes and all the groovy nature stuff. Should I rent a small car to get around, or is there fairly reliable public transport? Renting a car isn't that expensive, but hotel does have parking fees, and I'm not sure how hard it is to find parking around the island.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet on Mar 30, 2016 - 16 answers

Where oh where can this picture be -- from?

OK, knowing the answer will probably not make me a better, happier, wiser person, but I've got to know: in some random Tumblr surfing I saw this picture, apparently a still from a movie... [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Mar 25, 2016 - 5 answers

Uses for a Second Car

I have a second car. I know I can donate it or sell it or gift it. But can I rent it or lend it? I wouldn't mind making money from it before I let it go, but if that's not feasible, is it more or less so to find an altruistic purpose for it? Or should I just say goodbye?
posted by CollectiveMind on Mar 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Searching for a vehicle that can handle big potholes and puddles

My lease is almost up and I'd like to replace it with a car with a high ground clearance that can handle seriously terrible city streets...but I also take the highway to work every day. I live in a city with terribly maintained streets and frequent flooding when it rains (think lots of puddles of indeterminate depth). My commute is a mix of both city streets and highway and I'm looking for a used car, automatic, probably under 20K. [more inside]
posted by pourtant on Mar 19, 2016 - 13 answers

How to care for pretty new car?

I've just received a wonderful and unexpected gift in the form of a shiny red 2016 Toyota Corolla LE. I know, it's not the kind of car people usually pamper, but it's the nicest and most expensive thing I've ever owned. And frankly, I'm clumsy, messy and careless. For the first time in my life I want to try to keep something nice looking! [more inside]
posted by A hidden well on Mar 17, 2016 - 29 answers

Car insurance, Ontario edition

(Asking for a family member). They were rear-ended in someone else's car, as a passenger, in February. The insurance of the driver of the car she was in has told them that claims (for physio etc) need to go through their soon-to-be-ex-spouse's insurance--they separated in September. My family member said that the insurance adjuster used a specific word they can't remember, but that essentially as a married (on paper) person, the spouse's insurance takes precedence. [more inside]
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Mar 15, 2016 - 8 answers

New Car Smell: Only Great in Theory

I just got a new car! Hooray! The new car smell was exciting at first, but now it's giving me a headache. What can I do to get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by yasaman on Mar 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Help me shop for a new car!

My current car is done, needs a new engine that's worth more then the car itself. I have no idea where to start with the vehicle search but we want to purchase something in the next week or so. What would some of your recommendations be for the person who is not car savvy? More info below... [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Mar 7, 2016 - 18 answers

Ways to avoid a one-way car rental "drop off fee"?

I need to drive a rental car one way from Memphis to Atlanta and want to know if there's a way to avoid the hefty "drop off fee" that I wasn't aware I'd have to pay. [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Mar 6, 2016 - 14 answers

Credit Question - Buying Automobile and Residence

I am planning on buying or leasing a car and buying or renting an apartment or condo. I plan to do both withing the next 4-6 months. As far as my credit is concerned, is there a certain amount of time that you need to space between these two things? I have perfect credit, savings and am not overextending myself financially. What do I need to know or consider as far as timeline? Thank you
posted by kbbbo on Mar 1, 2016 - 5 answers

Cannot start the battery. Battery!

I tried to jump start my car with two different cars on the other end. What's my next move? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Feb 11, 2016 - 23 answers

When is rebuilding a transmission worth it?

I had my transmission diagnosed as needing a rebuild and they quoted about $2800 in the northern Virginia area. The shop is well reviewed and recommended by another shop that I trust so I'm not concerned that I'm being scammed, but I'm having trouble weighing out whether I should just start looking at a new to me car or if we should have the transmission rebuilt. [more inside]
posted by brilliantine on Feb 5, 2016 - 10 answers

I need a new car but what?

After 18 years of sterling service, my old Toyota Corolla is starting to fall to pieces. Literally. It's time to replace it - but with what? I want something with a bit more room this time around so was thinking a small SUV. Or do I? Please help me walk through the decision-making process because I really don't have a clue. Wall of text inside... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Feb 2, 2016 - 20 answers

Is my accessory belt misaligned, and if so, (how) can I fix it?

I think my accessory belt is misaligned and/or loose. Can you confirm or advise? More info and pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by methroach on Jan 31, 2016 - 2 answers

2007 Toyota Avalon starting problem...

About two weeks ago I started my Avalon and pulled it into my garage. I turned the car off and decided to restart it to pull a little closer inside. It would try to turn over but would not start until after about 4 tries. The same thing today, I started the car, turned it off and went in the house for something, came out and it would not start until about 4 tries. There are no dash lights burning after starting, what could be the problem?
posted by just asking on Jan 30, 2016 - 13 answers

Two hours a day in the car. What else should I be doing?

I spend two hours a day in a car, alone, commuting. Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, books on tape, language learning, Kegels. What the hell else could I be doing? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jan 28, 2016 - 28 answers

How much car will $2,500 buy in Canada these days?

Will be returning to North America for about a year of traveling across Canada and the US. Will be looking for a used car able to make it a year without needing expensive repairs. Difficulty: a budget of around $2,500. More inside. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jan 27, 2016 - 10 answers

Inland Empire Travel - This Sucks!

I am having a hard time coordinating travel from Pomona to Palm Springs, CA and could use some insider/local help. [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Jan 24, 2016 - 6 answers

Automotive design, modification, & customization career advice?

I am an art professor and one of my freshmen is interested in professionally working in automotive design and/or car modification & customization. Yes, I know those areas encompass a range of positions and skills. Do you have any resources for her as she tailors her interests and studies in this realm, particularly if they're local to our KCMO area? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Jan 19, 2016 - 4 answers

Viper Remote Car Start - 2016 car - novice question

My questions boils down to: "What hardware do I need for a Viper Remote Smartstart to work with a 2016 Honda Odyssey?" I don't know much about cars and I'm trying to figure out what the least amount I have to spend to get a car to remote start [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Jan 17, 2016 - 7 answers

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