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Driving vs. Buses in Costa Rica?

I am going to Costa Rica in November for one week. What are the advantages of renting a car vs. using public transportation? [more inside]
posted by zach4000 on Oct 28, 2007 - 10 answers

Yet another Used Car question

I’ve found a nice used 2004 Honda Accord EX that I’m interested in which is about 30 miles away in another town. The dealership is only asking $14,995 and both KBB and NADA both list the worth over $18,000. I did a carfax report for the car and it shows a one owner history with no accidents or anything. I also contacted the local Honda dealership (not the selling dealer) and asked them to pull warranty work done to this car via VIN. The only thing that was done was an Automatic transmission that was recalled and replaced under warranty. What am I missing? Why are they selling this car for what seems to me, much less than the worth of it? I have always assumed that car dealerships are there to screw you however they can. Any help would be appreciated
posted by tradeer33 on Oct 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas

Renting a 15 seater passenger van in Las Vegas [more inside]
posted by A189Nut on Oct 26, 2007 - 9 answers

If an insurance adjustor gives an estimate twice what's expected, should I worry?

What happens if an insurance adjustor gives you an estimate that's twice as large as the original body shop estimate you got before the adjustor saw the damage? [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay on Oct 25, 2007 - 11 answers

NYC car battery replacement?

I have a 1995 Ford Thunderbird in NYC/upper Manhattan. I suspect my battery is dead. Where can I get it replaced? [more inside]
posted by ofthestrait on Oct 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Buy clear floor mats for new car?

I just bought a brand new car and wondered about buying clear floor mats. The car comes with floor mats that are rubber on one side and carpet on the other side and right now I have them turned to the rubber side because we have wet weather. I live in a drier area of the Pacific Northwest but do not want my carpet dirty when we do get snow and slush. If I buy clear mats, are the ones at the local car supply store good enough? some people cut their own from the clear runners you find at office supply stores but that sounds like a pain. Any advice? Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity on Oct 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Commuting with a friend's car, and my wallet.

I'm going to be temporarily using a friend's car to commute. The concern is that my friend only has minimum liability insurance. I think I'm a safe driver and all, but I'd prefer for any potential accidents or damage to involve only myself, my wallet, and my insurance - and for my friend to get off scot-free. What do I need to do? This is in CA. [more inside]
posted by Xere on Oct 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Could driving with a parking brake on wear out the normal brakes?

Could driving with the parking brake on rapidly wear out or destroy the brakes on a car? [more inside]
posted by Dasein on Oct 19, 2007 - 20 answers

Cash or carry?

I'm buying a new car, I have bad to mediocre credit (my score is 563) and I have an inheritance I could use to pay cash instead. Which is best for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2007 - 18 answers

What the clunk is wrong with my corolla?

[my old jalopy filter] What is my Corolla's clunking problem? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy on Oct 16, 2007 - 9 answers

What's this short film?

Help me find this short film about a fast moving car... [more inside]
posted by rocco on Oct 13, 2007 - 3 answers

How do i fix my car window?

How do I jerry-rig my rear window to keep it from falling down? [more inside]
posted by Kraki on Oct 12, 2007 - 11 answers

Stupid car radio thieves!!

Will broken car window glass give my car a flat tire? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 on Oct 12, 2007 - 9 answers

Which is best for the environment: driving or flying?

Is it better for the environment to drive or fly a long distance? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Oct 12, 2007 - 16 answers

Car help sought for non car-minded person

Car help sought for non car-minded person: Before I head to a local repair shop can anyone suggest what possibly ails my car? [more inside]
posted by worker_bee on Oct 10, 2007 - 12 answers

SF To Tahoe: ideal used auto?

Need to get from SF to Tahoe to snowboard on a regular basis: recommendations for a relatively affordable used car to handle the snow/ice? [more inside]
posted by soda pop on Oct 8, 2007 - 14 answers

How can I stop my car from rusting?

My car's paint is wearing off. I don't care about the cosmetic impact, but I'm worried about rust. What can I do myself (or have done cheaply) that will prevent further damage? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Oct 7, 2007 - 12 answers

Does my car know something I don't?

Shouldn't my car run without an air filter? [more inside]
posted by knave on Oct 6, 2007 - 12 answers

When my taillights are on, my brake lights don't work. How to fix?

While my taillights are off, my brake lights work just fine. When they are on, my left one goes out. How can I fix this? I'm driving a mid 80's Volvo. My car uses the same bulb for taillight and brake-light. Basically, while my taillights are supposed to be on, and I step on the brakes, that entire bulb turns off (on the left side). [more inside]
posted by k7lim on Oct 6, 2007 - 7 answers

What is wrong with the MIGHTY MERCURY?

What is going on with my 1998 Mercury Sable? [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage?

Where can I find a Car Stereo Installation Guide for a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Oct 5, 2007 - 8 answers

Damned dirty rat!

Help! Mice are eating my car and, subsequently, my bank account. [more inside]
posted by wg on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Car warranty rights?

Car warranty rights? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Sep 30, 2007 - 7 answers

Idiot light

The e-brake idiot light on my winter rat stays on when the brake is disengaged. [more inside]
posted by Mblue on Sep 29, 2007 - 7 answers

working on a car - on a gravel driveway

I want to do minor maintenance on my cars (oil changes, brake checks, and so on), but I don't have a garage to do it in or a concrete driveway. All I have is a gravel / dirt driveway to work on. I would like to jack up my cars (and put them on jack stands), but I'm not comfortable at all doing it on this kind of surface. How can I do this without putting myself in harms way? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Sep 24, 2007 - 9 answers

Is there a short course to learn for fix my old BMW?

Are there any schools that have something like a week-long auto repair course? Preferably BMW-focused, and preferably in the DC Metro area, but even without those two, would still be useful. [more inside]
posted by mboszko on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Where to garage a car near Manhattan for a few months at least?

ManhattanParkingFilter: I am moving up to Manhattan and I need a garage to keep my car for at least a couple of months, while I decide what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Sep 24, 2007 - 10 answers

Am I getting ripped off paying for a car dent repair?

How much do a body shops typically charge for repairng small dents on cars? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror on Sep 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Gimme brakes

Teach me the best way to drive to save my brakes [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Sep 20, 2007 - 29 answers

How to avoid an insurance write-off?

How can I avoid an insurance company writing off my car? [more inside]
posted by beniamino on Sep 20, 2007 - 13 answers

How can I make giant, durable, light-weight lobster claws?

I'm doing a road rallye in New England next weekend, and my team is turning my '85 Saab 900 hatchback into a giant lobster. I will be putting 4-foot long claws onto the front of it, and actuators inside will actually make the claws move. So, there will be a metal frame/skeleton at the heart of it, but I want to encase that in realistic looking giant lobster claws. What material will look good, be cheap, and hold up for a day on the road? [more inside]
posted by excitementMD on Sep 19, 2007 - 9 answers

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive?

how much money can I save by turning off air-conditioning when I drive? [more inside]
posted by esolo on Sep 18, 2007 - 21 answers

How to teach someone to drive stick?

How do I teach my wife to operate a manual transmission? [more inside]
posted by rush on Sep 17, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking for an iPod car kit

iPhone car kit that does hands free calls, and plays my music, who's got it?
posted by davidstith on Sep 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Should I buy a used rental car?

UsedCarFilter: Is buying used from a rental car company, specifically Enterprise, a good idea? First hand experiences appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Cogito on Sep 14, 2007 - 26 answers

Best way to make a car-cam and (hopefully) avoid police malfeasance

What is the best way to make a car-mounted camera system, a la Brett Darrow? [more inside]
posted by bulanjing on Sep 13, 2007 - 4 answers

Worry about my car tail lights or not?

Should I worry about my car tail lights or not? I have a 98 Saturn station wagon (150K+ miles, I've owned it all this time) and today when I took it in for inspection, they told me the brake lights - in fact, all the tail lights - weren't working. Then, 30 seconds later, they worked fine. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Sep 13, 2007 - 12 answers

crying while driving over spilled milk

I just had this unfortunate incident where I was cleaning up from a meeting and someone placed the open quart of half&half in a bag which tipped over in the trunk of a new Prius (which is, of course, rented). I've been soaking it up with towels, lots of water (being careful to avoid the batteries) and even used some "Nature's Miracle" odor remover. What's the best way to continue cleaning up this mess and hopefully be able to preempt any negative effects (i.e. horrible smell).
posted by buttercup on Sep 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Put the left trigger to the plastic casing: driving cars with game controllers?

Aside from the problem of retraining people to use the new system, and the problems inherent in any drive-by-wire system, is there anything stopping us from using Playstation and Xbox controllers to drive cars? [more inside]
posted by chrominance on Sep 10, 2007 - 18 answers

How much to rebuild a transmission and replace a clutch

Roughly, how much should it cost to rebuild a manual 5-speed transmission and replace the clutch in a 1999 Saturn SC2? The car has 104,000 miles on it, and is in Los Angeles, CA if that matters at all.
posted by willnot on Sep 10, 2007 - 8 answers

What Unmarked Black Helicopter Pilots drive on their days off?

The unmarked black cars cars: why is their existence a secret? [more inside]
posted by univac on Sep 8, 2007 - 14 answers

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family?

Inherited car problems, fun for the whole family? [more inside]
posted by torpark on Sep 8, 2007 - 7 answers

VW Golf wants to stall after A/C repair. Fixable?

After having the A/C compressor replaced in our VW Golf, the engine idle speed drops way down to near-stalling whenever the clutch is released while driving. It pops right back up, but it's a bit unnerving. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Buying a wreak

Is it a good idea to buy a salvaged car? [more inside]
posted by JPDD on Sep 7, 2007 - 13 answers

I left a note, but no call.

EthicsFilter. My teenager with a learner's permit backed into a parked car (whilst practicing driving with me in the front passenger seat screaming "no, no, no!"). I left a note with my phone number, asked a passerby whether they knew who owned the car (they did not), and called my insurance company to make a claim. But the owners haven't called and it's been a week -- now what? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter on Sep 6, 2007 - 21 answers

This is what procrastination will get ya: rust on your paint job.

AutoFilter: How to remove rust from on *top* of paint? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Sep 6, 2007 - 6 answers

Timing belt in 2003 Hyundai Accent

car question: timing belt replacement on Hyundai 2003 Accent at 60k? [more inside]
posted by advil on Sep 5, 2007 - 13 answers

Transfer funds internationally - fast!

What's the fastest way to transfer money from a British bank account into an American (Honda car dealer's) account? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo on Sep 4, 2007 - 7 answers

I can't drive... 55

When to drive our new car up a long distance and up a mountain... (more inside!) [more inside]
posted by ForeverDcember on Sep 4, 2007 - 16 answers

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