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Is this behaviour reasonable for a mechanic?

Is this behaviour reasonable for a mechanic? Also, why is there so little consumer protection laws for this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by mbatch on Jun 15, 2007 - 28 answers

Accellerate/Coast method more fuel efficient than cruise control?

Question about cruise control vs. a special acceleration/coasting technique in terms of fuel efficiency. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Jun 14, 2007 - 11 answers

What is the best way to live-blog a cross-country road trip??

What is the best method & location for live-blogging a cross country trip using a MacBook, DSLR camera, DV camera, t-mobile EDGE and intermittent wifi? [more inside]
posted by tarthur on Jun 13, 2007 - 6 answers

I love the car, but the car can't love me back.

Should I sell my car? Am I doing the math right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2007 - 21 answers

My kingdom for a horse: Trustworthy SoCal car dealers/mechanics

Buying-a-used-Car in SoCal-filter : I'm looking for good used car dealerships in the Pomona / Inland Empire / greater LA area. Also, for good independent mechanics to examine a prospective used car. Also: Examples of dealers/mechanics to avoid and general advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

How do you make a new (used) car feel like it's your own?

Just got a new (used) car! Looking for suggestions on ways to "make it my own." What's the first thing you do to a new car? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Jun 11, 2007 - 30 answers

buying a used car vs. importing one ... what taxes, fees should I expect?

buying a used car vs. importing one ... what taxes, fees should I expect? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jun 11, 2007 - 4 answers

What's the damage?

A friend and I were charging the battery of a 2001 Honda Odyssey. He attached the cables to the wrong terminals of the dead battery. How much damage might we have done? [more inside]
posted by torticat on Jun 10, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me drive up a hill safely.

I'm driving an automatic car for the first time. How should I safely move off when stationary in heavy traffic pointing up a steep hill? [more inside]
posted by thparkth on Jun 10, 2007 - 18 answers

To claim or not to claim?

I am facing an expensive car repair ($1500+) due to flooding damage in a recent rainstorm. The driver side floor and driver side door panel were filled with about 3" of water, ruining some of the electronics. Should I file a claim or pay out of pocket? [more inside]
posted by dudeman on Jun 8, 2007 - 9 answers

Why is the car less windy with two windows open than one?

When I'm driving, why is the wind less strong when two windows are open than when I just have the driver's window down? [more inside]
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg on Jun 7, 2007 - 8 answers

How to drive fast while sparing the planet?

Hypothetical-sensible-dream-car-boyzone-filter: After a long phase of big-city living, I may have to drive a lot. I don't want to be a total pig about fuel consumption or emissions. But I want serious performance. Let's say I have $25K . . . . [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jun 7, 2007 - 53 answers

car gas diesel used

Diesel vs. Gas used car. Help me decide. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jun 6, 2007 - 16 answers

Chipped windshield: should I have it replaced? Or just have the chip filled in?

Chipped windshield: should I have it replaced? Or just have the chip filled in? I want my windshield to look as good as new... does that mean I need to get a new one? [more inside]
posted by stilly on Jun 4, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me live out of my car!

I'm about to live out of my car for about two months. What tips or tricks should I know before doing this? [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Jun 3, 2007 - 23 answers

Exhaust pipes for 1985 Thunderbird

When buying exhaust flex pipes like these, to fit over an H-pipe with a diameter of 2.5", would you buy the flex pipes with the 2.5" outlet diameter or do you need something bigger? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jun 2, 2007 - 1 answer

How to deal with car paint?

Over the weekend, a weekend in which my father was away on vacation, some car damage happened to occur. Problem? The car is my father's. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2007 - 24 answers

Looking to buy an SUV as my first new car ever.

The time has come to buy a new car, and I've got a LOT of questions with regards to cost, options, leasing vs. buying, and haggling. Also recommendations on Toyota Highlanders and Mazda CX-9's... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal on May 26, 2007 - 15 answers

Celebrate patriotism with no money down

What's the cultural history behind car dealerships in the US flying massive flags? [more inside]
posted by holgate on May 24, 2007 - 27 answers

Life span of auto parts

What is the REAL life span of auto spare parts compared to what the manufacturer or the auto mechanic tells you? Is there some sort of graph showing risk of failure of parts versus time out there? Specifically I am interested in Peugeot cambelt life spans. How dead am I if it fails? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on May 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Broke down in Berkeley.

My car won't start. [more inside]
posted by sophist on May 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Inter State Car Buying Questions.

Buy a car in Florida for use in Georgia - How do I save on Title/Tax etc? [more inside]
posted by carthik on May 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Help identify my mystery aroma!

What is the smell in my car? [more inside]
posted by crinklebat on May 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Add an auxiliary line-in to Lexus ES300?

I have a 2003 Lexus ES300. I'm looking to slowly upgrade the factory audio system. First step, enable the system to play my mp3 player without using a tape adapter or fm transmitter. I can't add a new headunit with this input, as the Lexus has a custom dash that would make install sloppy looking, and would cost a lot of money... [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 on May 18, 2007 - 6 answers

My milkshake brings all the stains to my car

Spilled chocolate milkshake + cloth car seat + several months time = Icky stain. Remedies? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on May 18, 2007 - 14 answers

What should I do after a hit-and-run car accident?

I was pulling out of my parking spot as some guy, going at high speed, out of nowhere cut in front of me, causing me to bump into him, and then ran away. What's my best action at this point? [more inside]
posted by zavulon on May 15, 2007 - 22 answers

Taxi!

People of Toronto, do you know of anywhere we can hire a London black cab for our wedding? [more inside]
posted by randomination on May 13, 2007 - 5 answers

How long can I drive on a lightweight spare?

How long can I drive on a temporary (light-weight) spare tire? What are the dangers involved? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah on May 12, 2007 - 19 answers

Vicious circle

My car dies periodically and the shop tinkers with it (starter, alternator, battery, etc.) but my mechanic has opined that part of the problem may be that I don't drive it enough. Does anyone have any experience with trickle chargers? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 7, 2007 - 31 answers

How to revive a dormant car?

How to revive a dormant car? I've a once-functioning car sitting in a garage for a year. What's the least damaging way of getting it working again? [more inside]
posted by todbot on May 5, 2007 - 6 answers

How do I insure my car for the whole of Europe??

How do I find a cheap but good insurance company for my car for a trip through Europe? [more inside]
posted by moocheen on May 3, 2007 - 5 answers

Money between friends...

So I wrecked my friend's car... [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Apr 30, 2007 - 64 answers

Car noob buying used Civic, in Ontario.

I need to buy a car, quickly. There's a used Civic I have my eye on. I have some stupid (?) questions about purchasing it. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Apr 30, 2007 - 29 answers

Can I do anything about an auto repair guy who ripped me off?

It looks like I've been sort of ripped off by an auto glass repair guy. Is there anything I can/should do? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Apr 26, 2007 - 16 answers

Is there a single US Highway Code?

Is there a US-wide equivalent to the Highway Code? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on Apr 25, 2007 - 19 answers

How to get the Training Day car?

How to get the 1979 Monte Carlo that Denzel drives in Training Day? [more inside]
posted by charlesv on Apr 22, 2007 - 4 answers

Why is this so hard?

Anybody know how to change the license plates on a '95 Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by Heminator on Apr 21, 2007 - 15 answers

Crosswords without pencils?

Anyone have reccomendations for audio brain-teasers? [more inside]
posted by mzurer on Apr 21, 2007 - 8 answers

Can I get a North Carolina owned and registered vehicle inspected in the State of Vermont?

Can I get a North Carolina owned and registered vehicle inspected in the State of Vermont? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Apr 19, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I state the purchase price of a vehicle acquired in a trade?

Wisconsin Car Title Filter: I'm trading my vehicle for another vehicle plus cash. Wondering what to do about titling the new vehicle. [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself on Apr 18, 2007 - 3 answers

Is someone messing with me?

Is someone stealing the valve caps off my tires, and why? [more inside]
posted by unreasonable on Apr 12, 2007 - 9 answers

How do I find a *good* insurance company?

How do I find a car insurance company that has good service and won't screw me over if something happens? [more inside]
posted by raf on Apr 2, 2007 - 26 answers

Start me up! Old Buick needs love.

BuickFilter: I have an '86 Buick Century 4-cylinder (it's the "Iron Duke" motor). Yes, I know, hot. I think I need a new starter. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Apr 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Did I ruin my car?

Did I totally screw up my car? It got all wet inside and I'm worried that I've ruined it. [more inside]
posted by sutel on Mar 30, 2007 - 12 answers

What is a good high mileage car?

I'm going to have to start driving many many miles throughout the week...let's say around 500-600. What kind of car should I get? [more inside]
posted by taumeson on Mar 28, 2007 - 34 answers

Out damn spot!

How do I get these black spots off my car? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot on Mar 27, 2007 - 8 answers

Need professional (in Brooklyn) to make car smell better.

Know of any car care specialists in or around Brooklyn that can make my car stop smelling so bad? [more inside]
posted by blapst on Mar 27, 2007 - 5 answers

Automotive frontend issue

While driving I heard a crunch from the cars front end, got out and saw that the left front wheel was angled inwards at the top about 17degrees. [more inside]
posted by Iron Rat on Mar 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me dumpster dive for my lost car keys!

Two dumpsters of trash. One lost car key. Help me avoid spending $1,600. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Mar 26, 2007 - 27 answers

Is a halfway-rolled down car window dangerous?

Is a halfway-rolled down car window dangerous? [more inside]
posted by IvyMike on Mar 24, 2007 - 10 answers

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