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Car Stolen.....Insurance Pay Out.....Car found.....

We had our car stolen a couple of weeks ago. The insurance company actually worked pretty quickly and we agreed a settlement amount with them and they have paid out. Now been informed by the Police that the car has been found. It looks like it's in pretty good nick apart from a couple of broken windows. Would we be able to buy the car back from the insurance company? How much if any discount should I expect? Problems in the future? Anyone got any experience of buying their car back from their insurance company?
posted by lloyder on May 24, 2013 - 8 answers

VW - Y/N?

Is buying a used VW (or Audi) really that bad of an idea? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on May 24, 2013 - 31 answers

Neighbor's Car Alarm Nightmare

My neighbor is out of town, and her car alarm has gone off for two separate and random nights-- all night. I have no way of contacting her, I only know she is out of town b/c the police contacted her work and found out that she is not here. Is there anything I can do to turn it off from under the car? I don't want to damage the car, just disconnect the alarm or something. Help???
posted by muchalucha on May 23, 2013 - 29 answers

Cheap, reliable used car or truck with a little character?

I haven't owned a car since 2010, but now it seems like going back to a two-car household might be a good idea. My wife drives a 2004 Volvo S40 daily to work. She often gets home very late on weekdays, and usually takes it to meet her cycling group for the better part of a day on Saturday or Sunday, and I have started to feel like I'm too reliant on her schedule or my friends to get to weekend activities, or to duck out to get another few bags of mulch or can of paint, etc. [more inside]
posted by Kwine on May 22, 2013 - 21 answers

New car, yay! Hip pain, uh-oh.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a new Subaru Impreza, which I drive for 45 minutes twice a day. Now I'm developing pain in my right hip, and I suspect there's a connection, or something I'm doing wrong, posture-wise. [more inside]
posted by dywypi on May 22, 2013 - 13 answers

What do I need to know about buying a new car out-of-state?

I live in northern Virginia, and due to some weird circumstances, I am going to purchase (100% financed) a new car from a dealership in Missouri and drive it back home. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on May 19, 2013 - 4 answers

You are about to be rear-ended. Is it better to open the door?

You are about to be rear-ended. Is it better to open the door? [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 18, 2013 - 26 answers

Paid off car, have title. Now what?

I paid off my car in December, and haven't been around. I'm now back home with the car in California, and I have the car title from the bank/company. The title says I have to notify the DMV within 10 days or something like that, but I'm obviously wayyy past that time frame now. What do I do? Google searches equally tell me to (a) transfer to my name and my name only, asap, removing the bank/company as lienholder, and (b) don't bother until I sell the car. Argh!! Which one is it? Help me, so I don't have to wait at the DMV ... and be told that I don't need to be there after all!
posted by Xere on May 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Rent cars frequently? Have an opinion? Please share.

We're going to be driving from Seattle, Washington to Ashland, Oregon in July, doing it in one long day's drive each way. We'll be driving a rental. What model of car is the most comfortable? What model has the best gas mileage? What model has the optimum balance between the two? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on May 14, 2013 - 26 answers

Do I have some sort of recourse against Ford?

I purchased a 2012 Ford Focus and it has been having performance issues that the dealer doesn't want try and fix. Should I risk aggravating the dealer and try to activate Ohio's lemon law or seek some other form of recourse? [more inside]
posted by charred husk on May 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Car overheated and died. Is it worth $900 just to test the engine?

Its a 2005 vw jetta TDI. That's a diesel. My radiator light was on. The fluid kept getting low. But the temperature never registered high. Still, I should have known better. The car stalled after a 6 hour trip and won't start. It stalled after coming to a stop while trying to accelerate away from the stop. There was no smoke or flames, but when I checked the coolant reservoir it was dry, and when I added water it boiled. The mechanic said the starter burnt up, and that the starter and the broken coolant pipe must be replaced just to test the engine. That will run me $900. He gave me a 50/50 that the engine is screwed, which means he just doesn't know. Is it worth it? Is my car dead, and I need to accept it and move on?
posted by earley.rose on May 13, 2013 - 27 answers

Identify this car logo, thanks

Can anybody identify the car marker's logo in the bottom right hand of this picture, between Ariel and Isuzu? Supposedly a European car maker. Sadly no bigger version available.
posted by Jehan on May 12, 2013 - 3 answers

What's better than a steering wheel?

Steering wheels are an odd invention: a round object that you rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise based on whether you want to move a car left or right. The rotating of a wheel doesn't really match up with what you are trying to accomplish (unless you're used to it). [more inside]
posted by devnull on May 9, 2013 - 39 answers

Why is my car dinging?

I have a 1993 Ford Explorer with very few bells and whistles. All of a sudden, after I turn off the motor, pop out of my seat belt and open the door to get out, it's making a ringing sound. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 7, 2013 - 12 answers

She wants to save money—and not f*ck up the environment

Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 4, 2013 - 19 answers

car audio in Durham/Chapel Hill - where to buy?

_Other_ than Best Buy, how/where would one obtain a replacement car audio system near Durham, NC? I have no idea where to shop. I'm OK with installing it myself if it's not too involved, but installed is good too. [more inside]
posted by amtho on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Negotiating a used car directly with owner

My fiance and I are buying our first used car together and we're looking for advice on negotiating a price. We've found a car we like that's being sold directly through the owner. Most posts we've found discuss negotiating with a dealer though. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes on Apr 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Searching for an old car-game I played in the 90's

In the 90's I borrowed a demo-CD from a friend, who had a car combat-like game, where you drove around in a futuristic environment. The game was a demo, so it only had one level and only one car. The only mission that was available was where one had to collect two pieces of a device located in two different parts of the map. Most of the stuff was blue. [more inside]
posted by madcow20 on Apr 28, 2013 - 18 answers

Talk me out of buying a salvage title Honda Insight

There is a mechanic in a city nearby who restores and sells (and maintains) first-generation Honda Insights. Most of the cars his shop produces have a salvage title. He offers exclusive repair and maintenance service to purchasers. I've done a lot of reading and talking to people about this car—a trusted coworker owns one of his restorations—and I'm pretty much convinced that I want what seems to be one of the most over-engineered, fuel-efficient, cool little cars ever made. So what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Burning Wax Smell after Driving Car

I have a 1997 Honda Civic that is running like a top. But the last couple of times I drove, there is a smell like burning wax. The car is not overheating or anything like that. Does anyone have any ideas?
posted by millerizer on Apr 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me, a mid-twenties licensed adult in NYC, finally learn to drive!

Help me learn to drive! What's a good driving school or private instructor in NYC for a mid-twenties guy who's never been comfortable driving? I have the next 10-15 days and $500 to get as many hours behind the wheel as possible. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Apr 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Rental Car Pick Up and Drop off question

If I pick up a rental car at the airport, can another family member then drop it off for me even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup? Second, can that other family member also be allowed to drive the car even though they weren't with me at the time of pickup?
posted by Wanderer7 on Apr 23, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for a 2003 Cadillac CTS backup light lens cover

The rear backup light panel around my license plate fell off on my 10 year old Cadillac. I have been checking junk yards and looking online and am unable to locate one affordably. Apparently, it's a common problem on this older model of car as the adhesive wears, and they tend to fall off. It was my grandmothers car before she passed away, and I love taking care of her baby. It's $600 at the dealership for the entire assembly and has to be painted. My vehicle is silver/gray but I might take any color. Any suggestions would be helpful. I believe it looks something like this (though the following one is in black) http://tinyurl.com/c28n4cz
posted by LLF246 on Apr 23, 2013 - 2 answers

two old cars in the driveway

One old pickup, one old sedan. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Apr 20, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I refinance my car loan immediately?

At the car dealership today, they ran my Equifax credit rating and I have an 815, they then offered me a Zero-to-Sixty simple-interest loan for USD$9000 with a rate of 5.04%. Should I refinance with another company? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Apr 20, 2013 - 22 answers

So... I need to get to work somehow, right?

How do I go about getting a car to go to work? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Apr 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Safe to drive with front suspension noises?

I suspect that my driver-side upper ball joint is the culprit. There have been groaning noises when going over bumps, and a sort of clattering noise when hitting potholes. This has been going on for several years, and has gotten worse in the past month. I took it to four different mechanics, two for this specifically, and two for general inspection purposes (the most recent, non-specific inspection took place about 5 months ago.) None of the mechanics found anything they considered to be a real problem (i.e. hazardous to my/others' safety/the car's safe operation.) The noise has intensified in volume and frequency in the past week or so, along with (new) weird vibration when traveling at certain speeds (usually over 40 mph), but only sometimes, and it continues as I slow to a stop, slowing along with the car (but doesn't start showing up until I reach a higher speed.) Today I noticed that the boot on the upper ball joint is cracked and the grease is leaking out. The passenger side ball joint is similarly worn, but no grease is in evidence yet. [more inside]
posted by i. shishkin on Apr 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Small car for a tall man?

My husband and I plan to replace our car in the next year, probably sooner rather than later. We currently drive a 2006 VW Beetle, which is a giant dome and is great for my husband, who is 6'4" with a lot of height in the torso. The new Beetles are less dome-like and still under consideration, but are there other current-model small cars that would be good for my husband's height? Bonus complication: we occasionally take my mother (77, lives in a retirement home) out; I will have to get in and out of the back.
posted by immlass on Apr 17, 2013 - 46 answers

Car stereo drains battery: Is 30-50 mA normal?

The circuit that runs my aftermarket Pioneer stereo is draining the car's battery at a rate of 30-50 mA when the car is off. Faceplate on/off doesn't make a difference. Is this within normal range? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl on Apr 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Give me the best hip-hop tracks to kill the subwoofer in my car.

I'm looking for hip-hop that's engineered for car systems. Heavy bass, melodic bass, brutal bass--what artists, albums or tracks sound amazing in a car with an amplified subwoofer setup? [more inside]
posted by flod on Apr 16, 2013 - 14 answers

Not insuring our non-driving teen son.

My sixteen-year-old son got his license recently, and after a month (during which time he did not drive) we insured him for a month as we were going to be out of town and he needed the car. When we called our insurance company to remove him from our policy, we were told that the only way the company would uninsure him is if he turned in his license to the DMV. We only have one vehicle, and he won't drive. He's not the kid who is going to sneak off in the car, either. So can the insurance company just drop us or otherwise hose us over? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Apr 15, 2013 - 17 answers

12v doodad ideas

So I've finally bought a car of my own (Alfa Guilietta) and in the boot (trunk) is a 12v outlet marked "180W maximum". Can anyone come up with ideas about what to use this for? It seems relatively pointless to me. [more inside]
posted by hardcode on Apr 14, 2013 - 16 answers

Post bail-out: Good MPG Car from 2013

There is a good chance that I will be the owner of a new car sometime soon (like the next few months or so). Looking for a good balance between fuel efficiency and inexpensive to repair (something I have not really thought about until recently, regrettably). You are not a car expert, likely, but what would you advise from what you know? Details, including what this car replaces, inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 on Apr 11, 2013 - 24 answers

Why have I suddenly started getting electric shocks from my cars?

Every now and then, there will be a few weeks when I get electric shocks as I'm getting out of my cars. Normally they're just a little surprising, but the last few weeks I've been getting steadily stronger shocks that actually hurt / tingle for a while afterwards. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Apr 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Weird grinding from steering column

I have a 2005 Mazda 6 with about 170,000 miles. Over the past few days it first developed a weird, low-toned clicking sound whenever I made a turn (left or right), which seemed to come from the steering column area... maybe around my feet under the car. I drove it yesterday and today, and that sound has seemed to turn in to a grinding. It's also making a similar sound whenever I press the brakes. From what I could see the power steering fluid is above-level, but the reservoir is also really dirty which makes it hard to check accurately. To complicate matters, I was at a tire shop over the weekend (thought it had a leak - someone had just let the air out) and they had taken the tire off and put it back on - not sure if they're at all related. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Apr 9, 2013 - 19 answers

Need help choosing Aegean hotels/transportation in Turkey

My partner and I will be in Turkey later this month and will have three days in and around Izmir. We plan to visit Ephesus, the Dilek park, as well as maybe Samos and/or Chios. We need some help making decisions about how to get around and where in the area to stay for a few nights. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Apr 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Can I give them a copy of my insurance card?

I live in a apartment building with a floor of parking inside the building. Two days ago, a neighbor who was parking her car next to mine dented and scratched the rear of my car. The damage is fairly minimal but will require some work. She was very apologetic about the situation and left me a voicemail stating that she had hit my car and that would should sync up to exchange insurance information. Later in the day, we talked and she suggested the we exchange a copy of each others insurance card. In this situation, is it ok to give her a copy of my entire insurance card? Is there any information on this I should not be sharing? For reference, my insurance is GEICO.
posted by cm1088 on Apr 6, 2013 - 9 answers

What's the easy way to get 12V power and ground to test some car parts?

I've got some car parts I'm selling on eBay, and I need to hook them up to power in order to check a few things and make sure that they work. [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Why are car washes in New York City open 24 hours?

Does anyone know why so many of the car washes in New York City (all boroughs) are open for 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing on Apr 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Owning a car in Ireland as a Dual Citizen (USA and IRELAND) living in US

Is it possible for a person with dual citizenship (USA and Ireland; residing in the USA) to register and get insurance for an automobile in Ireland (the north of Ireland to be specific) if the person does not reside in Ireland? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by aelish on Apr 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Is there a good iOS/Andriod app for car mileage tracking?

I'm iPhone, wife is Android, and we both use both of the family cars. Is there a good service, with smartphone apps for both platforms (or web interface that plays nicely with a low-end Android device and i5) for entering the current mileage, gallons purchased, price, ect for tracking fuel costs for each vehicle? I'd like to do what my dad did with a notebook in the glove compartment, but with the math and cloud-sync goodness parts handled by the pocket computers. Maybe this is a job for a Google Docs spreadsheet?
posted by Steve3 on Mar 31, 2013 - 6 answers

Short-to-medium term transportation options in Houston?

Asking for a friend: I'm leaving graduate school for a job in Houston, TX in a few weeks and I'm looking for the best short-term transportation situation - apparently there is no public transportation whatsoever going to my job, and I'd like to be able to, you know, get to work. The hitch is that while I'm leaving in 2 weeks, my wife is leaving in 3 months, and she needs our car to get to work. I've got a motorcycle, but it's cheapest to ship that in the moving truck when we move our stuff in 3 months (not to mention I'm not sure how quickly I can arrange for it to be moved out there, and if it gets there too late, it's not worth doing anyway). [more inside]
posted by abcde on Mar 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Stubborn check engine light ideas

A few months ago, my car's check engine light came on. They fixed it, it came back on again, they fixed it again, and now it's back on. I'm looking for possible explanations so I'm more prepared when I take it back yet again. [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Mar 29, 2013 - 33 answers

overheating car

98 Subaru Forester started seriously overheating after a 1 1/2 hr drive. Overheated only while driving, not while idling. Oil level is fine. Coolant a bit low; added some. Still overheating. Tried turning on heat to cool engine; no heat - the heat was working earlier in the drive. It's @ 40F, so it's not the weather. Stranded in a quaint town, would like to get home to the trusty repair shop.
posted by theora55 on Mar 28, 2013 - 30 answers

How to remove the smell of decaying leaves from minivan carpet?

I carried a few contractor bags full of decaying leaves to a disposal facility. The bags had been rained on and some of the goop inside leaked out onto the carpet of my minivan. The van smells like, well, decaying organic matter. It's awful. [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands on Mar 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Auto insurance liability limits?

I'm evaluating my insurance coverage, and I'm confused a bit on auto insurance liability. It seems like a typical liability policy is $100k per person for bodily injury. From the tales of medical bills I've heard, it seems like a bad accident could pretty easily cause bills far exceeding that. Even if I increase it to $300k or $500k, if the actual costs are higher than that, it could pretty easily wipe out all my assets. What really happens in accident cases like that? Do they generally just settle for the insurance limits? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Mar 28, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I get my car title transfered into my name?

What is the process and what taxes must I pay when transferring a car title from my father to me? Interstate snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by domnit on Mar 25, 2013 - 4 answers

HALP! I spilled worcestershire sauce in my mum's new car!

Had a bottle of the stuff tip over on the passenger seat, to the tune of about 2 tablespoons. Fabric seat, brand new car, she's coming home in June so I have a bit of time to get that new car smell back. [more inside]
posted by mooza on Mar 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Can my car tell me "if" and "when" and "how long" it was started?

I have a small dilemma that has caused a micro-fracture in my marriage. [more inside]
posted by viconius on Mar 23, 2013 - 42 answers

Where is the safety net for a low-income 53-year-old?

Low-income housing exists, obviously, for, e.g., a mother of four children with any kind of job. But I'm a man, 53, no kids, unmarried, and work independent contractor jobs. [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Mar 22, 2013 - 10 answers

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