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Fix it or Sell it

Over the past month or two my car has started exhibiting several problems, and I'm trying to figure out if it's worth the expense and hassle of repairing it or start looking for a new car. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Sep 24, 2013 - 21 answers

 

Taxes On Used Car Purchase Chicago?

I am buying a used car in Cook County, IL. (I am in the dealership right now.) Is the dealer correct to charge me 9.5% tax? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Sep 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Possible reasons for engine idling higher, and "auto revs?"

Carfilter: Car had been running fine all summer. Saw a bit of this yesterday, more during today's commute. Engine idling slightly higher and it revs itself at rest. Otherwise, it runs normally under load. [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Sep 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Airbag off by design with 100 pound passenger. What to do?

I frequently drive with an adult passenger who weighs about 100 pounds. The car is designed so the Passenger Airbag Off light turns on for a passenger under about 100 pounds, which the car assumes is a child. This isn't a defect. It's definitely by design. I'm concerned about safety with the airbag off. What to do? [more inside]
posted by cnc on Sep 17, 2013 - 16 answers

I am a worrier, but maybe now I have a reason to be worried? Car woes.

Car experts of Metafilter, please help me assuage my fears and/or prepare for the worst. My car overheated on Saturday. My mechanic tells me a hose came loose and I lost most of my coolant, hence the overheating. It's an easy enough fix but now he's got me all paranoid that I have engine damage. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Someone bumped into my car this morning

Her car edged forward and bumped into mine while waiting on a red. What should I have done? [more inside]
posted by mlo on Sep 17, 2013 - 13 answers

How to buy new car for cash...

I plan on buying a car in the next few days, for cash. My question is when do I pull out the checkbook and announce that I am not financing but want to pay by personal or cashier’s check? A few more details, of course... [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Might have been scammed at a car dealership

What are the ramifications for unknowingly leasing a new car that has minor damage? [more inside]
posted by jiblets on Sep 12, 2013 - 2 answers

I don't know how to buy a used car, but I need to buy one soon.

The family's cars all got busted around the same time. They need to be replaced. I, individually, need to buy a used car. This will be the first car I buy on my own account. I have a tight budget, and I can't afford a mistake. I don't want to buy a money sink, but I don't want to sink all my money up front, either. I don't know cars at all: How can I find a good deal? What should I avoid? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Sep 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Knock, Knock. Who's There? CAR TROUBLE!

My car started making a weird noise on my drive home from work tonight. I got home, did some research, and discovered that the noise sounds a lot like "engine knock". I checked my oil level, and it's borderline low-ish. Is is OK to drive to a mechanic or should I walk/take the bus to AutoZone and top up the oil before starting it again? Am I already completely screwed? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Can I drive my car if the engine has Hydraulic Lifter Ticking?

The "tappets" or hydraulic lifters in my ten-year-old Hyundai Elantra have started making noise. tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Sep 9, 2013 - 12 answers

Selling my car without getting any money.. How to protect myself?

For reasons that were mutually beneficial at face value, I sold my car to my SO's parent. However, therein lies the problem.. any way to get myself in a better situation than the one I've inadvertently gotten myself into without realizing the full ramifications of my decision? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 5, 2013 - 23 answers

How should I cope when sharing a car with a dangerous driver?

I've recently had occasion to take a multi-hour drive with someone who who very consistently drove in a matter that felt very dangerous to me. There was a lot of tailgating, sudden lane changing, and more than a few last-second turns. I sat quietly in the back seat. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Sep 5, 2013 - 24 answers

Ford Fusion Cigarette Lighter: Re-wire to Turn On and Off with Ignition?

I have a 2010 Ford Fusion and a lot of electrical gadgets which plug into the cigarette lighter. The car I previously drove (for over ten years) had a cigarette lighter which turned itself on and off with the ignition. The Fusion, however, leaves the lighter socket on all the time. Because of this, I sometimes forget to unplug things from the cigarette lighter and end up with a dead battery after a day or two with the car parked. Is there some relatively-easy way for me (or a mechanic) to re-wire the cigarette lighter so that it powers itself on and off with the ignition? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 answers

The Aux Input on my car radio menu is missing!

I have a 2004 Hyundai Tiburon with its original factory radio, a Kenwood KDC-MPV6022. I've just now tried to use its Aux In feature by connecting a cable to its RCA cables as listed on page 31 of the manual. According to Page 27 of the manual, the radio's configuration menu should have an Aux On/Off setting but this setting doesn't appear in my menu. I can hear the music from the iPhone but it's in addition to the other source (radio or CD), not instead of the other source, i.e. I hear both the iPhone and the other sound combined. I've tried connecting older iPods in case there were some equipment compatibility issues but the results were the same. What am I missing here? The radio has the Aux In cables so clearly it's expecting the audio. Why doesn't the radio allow me to select it as an input?
posted by Jamesonian on Sep 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Help a dip stick a dipstick

Through circumstances, I cannot find the right place to put the oil dipstick on a Japanese car (1995 Mazda MPV Efini). Help? [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Sep 2, 2013 - 10 answers

Vinyl separated from car roof. How to fix?

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.
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 31, 2013 - 8 answers

A car that's beautiful on the inside...

I live in a busy urban center and need to park on the street, and I've watched a number of beautiful new or used cars parked in my area rapidly degrade from the sunlight, from being hit or scratched as others park, or from being keyed. My old car - meh on the outside, pretty nice on the inside, a combination that worked well in the neighborhood - is in its death throes, and I'm looking to "upgrade". If I wanted to get a used car that was a good deal because it looked blah on the outside but had a really nice, modern, well designed, roomy interior - I'm thinking black leather and bluetooth - what's the most "luxurious on the inside" used car I can get in the $7000-$10000 range? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Aug 30, 2013 - 10 answers

I may have admitted fault at the scene of an accident.

I got into an accident yesterday. It was my first accident so I really had no idea what to do. The other driver kept insisting it was my fault and I just kept apologizing (which is admitting fault?). How does this play in during the insurance claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2013 - 16 answers

advice about getting out of this parking ticket saga PLEASE

....also serves as a cautionary tale about owning a car in nyc, timeline follows (apology for the long-winded-ness): 1. bought a car in 2008 and got a new NY state license / 2. moved from nyc to seattle in 2009, mailed back the license plate to ny dmv and got a WA state license / 3. moved back to nyc in may 2010, but kept my valid WA state license for about 3 months (was looking for a job so not sure if i would be in NYC permanently) / 4. almost immediately got a parking ticket due to "expired NY state registration" although the car was not even a NY car. curiously, the ticket was issued against my OLD NY state license #, which i sent back to government more than a year ago / 5. responded to NYC City Finance immediately, but have never heard back since.. / 6. fast forward, five weeks ago got a letter from NYC City Finance saying that i have TWO parking tickets due from 2010. / 7. responded to their advocacy unit that the tickets were lodged against an expired license / 8. was told just now that i can no longer argue against these tickets as they are more than a year old. so basically pay up or my car gets booted. / [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Aug 30, 2013 - 9 answers

Bumper Stickers!

I want to slather the tailgate of my truck in bumper stickers. I am a science-minded, fun-loving, environmentalist, social-justice-oriented, politically-progressive dude who fancies himself a connoisseur of the pithy phrase. (So, pretty much your average MeFite.) What are some of your favorite bumper stickers that you think a chap like me would appreciate, and where can I buy them? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Aug 28, 2013 - 36 answers

iPod amplifier for car

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive portable amplifier to use in my car so I can listen to my iPod? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Aug 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Power steering rack and windshield wipers. Any connection?

The power steering rack in my 2000 Honda Civic was replaced last week. Today, I noticed my windshield wipers only work on the highest setting. They were working fine right before I took the car into the shop. Could these two issues be related, or is this likely just a coincidence? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Aug 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Liability with untransferred car title

Can my parents be held liable for a car that they sold but still hold the title on due to buyer negligence? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn on Aug 24, 2013 - 4 answers

I hate cars

Is what my tire shop did negligent? Or am I in the wrong for not being more thorough in my description of what was wrong with my car? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Aug 21, 2013 - 23 answers

Am I being scammed?

I returned from vacation to find out that my car had apparently been keyed and my neighbor, who is also an employee of my landlord, had it repaired for $80. What's the best way to handle this? I don't want to be taken advantage of, but I feel obligated to reimburse him. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on Aug 19, 2013 - 49 answers

Old car repairs

The catalytic converter needs to be replaced. The car is old and I don't have much spare money. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 17, 2013 - 25 answers

I want to leave my high-paying job to sell BMWs -- am I crazy?

Long story short, I graduated two years ago and broke into a prestigious industry with high pay and high stress that I thought I would at least find interesting Very soon after joining, I quickly realized the job was not interesting at all. I believe my role does not have as big of an impact as I initially thought it would, and most of all, I don't believe in the industry anymore. I'm tired of the politics and I started off on the wrong foot, which ultimately tainted people's perception of me early on. As a result, I've had motivation issues from early on and my performance has been average. I am one of the few people in my class of hires who was not promoted this last cycle. Oh, and I had been dealing with social anxiety and depression for the longest time, which had a huge, huge, huge impact on my performance. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Aug 13, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I sell my car?

I'm selling my car, a 2002 Honda Civic with about 80,000 miles. It's my first time selling a car, and I don't really know what I'm doing - how do I go about this? Can I minimize hassle without getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by naoko on Aug 11, 2013 - 12 answers

The car will be TOTALLY mine

How can I find out if a car really has been totaled? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Need to ship cars from Florida to San Francisco Bay Area

Asking for a friend. We've seen this question, but figure there might be more up-to date info: I need to ship 3 cars from Fort Lauderdale, FL to San Francisco Bay Area. What car shipping companies are reputable and who should be avoided? Any recommendations or warnings? Thanks
posted by rsclark on Aug 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Cool art decals for a car

I just bought a car! But it's plain boring white. Help me find some cool art decals for it. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Could getting towed have damaged my new car?

My new car was recently towed from my apartment parking lot without my knowledge. After I got it back and started it up, warning lights for the power steering and traction control system/dynamic stability control stayed on. The lights have since gone off, but considering that my car is front-wheel drive and was removed by pulling it backwards out of a parking spot with the transmission in Park, could any long-term damage have been done to the car? Or are temporary warning lights normal after being towed? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Read ended by truck a month ago; their ins co won't make a decision

I was hit by a garbage truck a little over a month ago. He had a stop sign that he decided to ignore. I was on a rte/main road with no stop sign, going with the flow of (considerable) traffic. My car was pretty seriously damaged and needs to be fixed, but so far the truck company's insurance company hasn't accepted liability, and are hanging their decision on a guy who apparently doesn't exist. In the meantime, my car's a mess. How to get a response so I can get my car fixed and not have to cover the rental myself? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Deisel and sustainability

I'm will be looking for a car soon. A USED car, as I simply can not afford a new hybrid or anything like that. I have heard of TDI Jettas being as few efficient as Prius's. I am aware that diesel is not so awesome environmentally. But I want to know if it evens out. I'm looking for links to reputable information on the topic. NOT - opinion of hear say. If you know enough to talk my ear off about it then you know where to find the information, then do so and send me a well resourced link to back it up. [more inside]
posted by misformiche on Jul 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Car Title transfer from an ELT state to a non-ELT state

Electric car title needs to be sent from California to Michigan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 1 answer

Anything special about buying a car in a really hot, humid climate?

Is there anything I should look out for or try to get when buying a car in a really hot, humid climate? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 29, 2013 - 19 answers

how to clean the leather seats in my toyota highlander

i have a 7 year old and a 9 year old and the backseat of my highlander has gotten filthy. i took it to get detailed and i was surprised at how little effect it had on the leather seats ... the grime is gone but they still look dirty. i want to get to work on it myself this week... any suggestions on how to clean leather car seats?
posted by alcahofa on Jul 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Spending a semester in LA: When to buy a car?

I'm leaving in about a month to study in Los Angeles for the semester (until mid-December). I'll need a car in LA for getting around and can't decide how to handle it. [more inside]
posted by Kronios on Jul 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Frustrating Car Question

I have a huge car financing question that is giving me a headache. I plan to travel soon so I wish to pay off the amount I owe on a car that I've financed through Toyota Financial Services. This didn't seem like it would be such a huge deal, but then I run into this gem. [more inside]
posted by ishrinkmajeans on Jul 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Is CarBuyCo a reputable service? Experiences?

CarBuyCo is offering me my asking craigslist price for my vehicle I haven't been able to sell? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jul 20, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get at something stuck between dashboard and dash in VW Jetta?

This morning, I tossed the RFID parking strip that automatically opens the gate for my building onto the dash and it slid under windshield. I can't see it, but when I slip a thin piece of cardboard in, I can feel it rattling around. Has anyone else ever experienced this and have any suggestions? Is it possible to remove the dash?
posted by perpetualstroll on Jul 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me become a better, more confident driver

Until very recently, I lived in a college town where having a car was completely unnecessary. Though I had my license, I rarely drove. I am now in a place where having a car isn't absolutely necessary, but more convenient. At my parents' behest, I also now have a car, which I'm very grateful for. However, there's such a mental block for me to drive said car that I haven't driven anywhere for over a week. Any suggestions to overcome this general avoidance of driving? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

Some questions on purchasing a used car

I am in the new (used) car market for the first time ever. I've found some very helpful advice in past Asks but have some specific questions about the process. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Best practice for charging iPods and iPads in the car?

Everyone seems to have a different opinion about best practice for charging iPads and iPods in the car. Two guys at best buy just told me exactly opposite things! Looking for people who either actually know what they're talking about or who have experience on the matter. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jul 13, 2013 - 18 answers

Tow dolly or car carrier?

I'm having trouble figuring out if I can use a tow dolly to tow my car halfway across the country, or if doing so would destroy the transmission. [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Jul 13, 2013 - 6 answers

This car is older than I am. Also more attractive and more fun.

In less than a month, a classic car auction is coming to my neck of the woods, and by pure chance they're auctioning off an oddball car that I think is fantastic. Help me proceed without making any foolish mistakes. [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jul 12, 2013 - 13 answers

How to avoid getting screwed by another driver's insurance company?

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]
posted by RobotNinja on Jul 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

ISO Travelers and Immigrants Aid, 2013

Asking on behalf of a neighbor whose daughter (early 20s) is stranded in Ohio with car problems, i.e., she needs an alternator. [more inside]
posted by she's not there on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

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