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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

Swapped cars + accident = insurance confusion?

I temporarily swapped cars with my parents. While my mother was driving it alone, another driver sideswiped her and damaged the vehicle. How does the insurance get handled? Obviously, the driver-at-fault's insurance should pay for the repairs. But do we contact my insurance company, my parent's insurance company, or only the other driver's insurance company? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Why does my dog seem okay?

How long can a dog really stay in a parked car? I am new to dog ownership and thoughtless. Today I left my black lab in a parked car for 90 minutes in the sun and 80 degree temperatures with a bowl of water and the windows partly down. Again, no idea what I was thinking. I now understand even fifteen minutes of that was pretty much a death sentence and feel terrible -- except that he seems fine. Is he actually fine? If not, what should I do for him? If so, how did he survive? I won't do it again either way, but I want to know if I should treat him for heat damage and/or better understand what happened.
posted by michaelh on Jul 6, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I purchase a Saab?

I will be looking for a car soonish. I've always had a hankering to own a Saab and ended up with different vehicles. My question is, since Saab went under is it harder to find parts for them or repair places? Is is more spendy then. I'm not looking to purchase a NEWer Saab. Also are they alright to work on on my own or are they a huge pain? Im no automechanic by any means but I do like to change my own oil and repair what I am capable of repairing. Or I will take recommendations for other cars. I prefer manual and hatchback.
posted by misformiche on Jul 3, 2013 - 22 answers

Buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius

We are considering buying a low-mileage 2002 Prius. Please tell us what to look out for. [more inside]
posted by gauche on Jul 2, 2013 - 13 answers

Car: cash or credit?

Does it make any sense to finance a car if you have the means to buy it outright with cash? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on Jul 1, 2013 - 28 answers

iPod stolen by a superhero

Since returning from a Palo Duro Canyon (Texas) trip, I’ve been torturing myself: How the heck was my iPod stolen from my car? Is there such thing as an alarm-disabling device? Is The Flash alive and well, phasing through car doors to swiftly swipe 7+-year-old iPod Nanos? I’m anal retentive about the alarm/locks. I always set the alarm. It’s ingrained in me. The storage compartment between the front seats was opened and left open, and the auxiliary cable and iPod were taken. The back armrest was pulled down and left down. Nothing else was gone from the car – not the few dollars stuffed into the ashtray, not my camping gear, not my delicious fruit and nut hiking snacks. [more inside]
posted by bakedbeets on Jun 27, 2013 - 18 answers

Bargaining chips for buying newish used car

Is purchasing a used car outright with cash a bargaining chip for negotiations? What add-ons should I turn down from the dealership? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Jun 27, 2013 - 17 answers

Help me name my car

I will be picking up my brand new Kia Rio EX (5 door, manual transmission, black). I name my cars. Help me name this one like a boss. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jun 24, 2013 - 33 answers

BMW 1 series hatchback, Volvo V40, or Audi A4 Sportback?

Buying a car. Prices on imports are way down right now in Seoul, so we've moved up from the Hyundai i30 we'd planned on and are looking at the BMW 1 series hatchback, the Volvo V40, and the Audi A4 Sportback. (The Audi A3 Sportback would be our choice, but it's not available in South Korea.) [more inside]
posted by Joseph Gurl on Jun 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Driving barefoot.

Is it a bad idea to drive barefoot? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jun 23, 2013 - 35 answers

What should I do with my car?

I have a 2001 Honda Civic with 110k miles that I need to decide if I should keep or sell. I'm not sure how to weigh all the important factors. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 21, 2013 - 21 answers

What should I be careful of when buying a car from a friend?

A co-worker/friend is selling me his old car as he's upgraded to a newer model. What are things I should be aware of and get checked out early so I don't accidentally buy a lemon and ruin the friendship? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Jun 18, 2013 - 24 answers

Leaky something-or-other on Saturn radiator.

My poor, bedraggled 1996 Saturn is losing coolant. I can see where it's losing it from! I have no idea what it is or how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen?

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
posted by thewalrus on Jun 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Muffler

I drive a 2004 Hyundai Elantra GLS. I don't know what happened but the muffler stopped working. Basically, my car started making more and more noise over a several weeks and I procrastinated taking it in, and then one day a couple of weeks ago it's like the muffler stopped working entirely. My car is now quite loud. My question is any idea what happened and how much it will cost to get it fixed?
posted by nooneyouknow on Jun 11, 2013 - 13 answers

shoot my metal horse?

I have a 2000 Jeep grand cherokee laredo. It has 115,600 miles or so.... and bad bearings. Sell, ride it into the ground, or repair? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

Deciding to transition from car to bicycle

I'm considering selling my car and transitioning from using my car for most tasks (groceries, commuting to work, seeing friends, etc) to using mostly my bicycle for these same things. I plan to also get an "occasional" Zip car membership as well. Has anyone out there gone through this process? How was that transition for you and do you have any concrete advice for someone like me who is thinking about this pretty big shift in changing modes of transportation? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Jun 7, 2013 - 28 answers

What are the major sources of cabin noise in cars?

I've been thinking of buying noise dampening products to make my car interior quieter. It seems that the common approaches are to get spray-on dampener for the wheel wells and peel/stick sheets for areas like the trunk. Some people go nuts and tear the entire car apart to line the entire cabin with sheets. I don't have time or money to go nuts, but I would be willing to be a little crazy to target the top 3 or 4 sources of cabin noise, if I could figure out what they are. [more inside]
posted by brenton on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Buying a Subaru Legacy this weekend

Buying a Subaru Legacy this weekend, need some advice! [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Jun 1, 2013 - 17 answers

What reason for buying a car at less than market value?

YANAL/YANML and you are not a clerk working at my DMV. What reason should I put on a bill of sale for buying a car for less than market value? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on May 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Progressive is being regressive

We live in Mass and my wife got into a car accident the other day while I was out of town. How can I convince the insurance company it was not her fault? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on May 28, 2013 - 25 answers

Metallic rattling noise coming from exhaust pipe

Recently my car (2008 Vauxhall Zafira) has started making a metallic rattling sound when (a) the engine is turning over at very low revs (i.e. when starting the engine) and (b) when going over bumps. When the engine is idling, or when driving along on a smooth road, the noise disappears. I can recreate the noise by grabbing hold of the exhaust pipe at the back of the car and wiggling it from side to side, so I assume that the noise is due to some bit of metal coming loose and banging around. I'm quite keen to fix this myself; can anybody suggest a more specific first troubleshooting step than "crawl underneath the car when it's cool and try to find the loose part"? I have no way of raising the car up, but I reckon if I park it with one side on the curb I can get underneath and take a look. If successful, I will update this thread with my findings :-)
posted by primer_dimer on May 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Where to have my car windows tinted in Houston?

I have a 2013 Honda Accord and I'd like to get my windows tinted. How do I go about finding a good shop? Has anyone had a good experience with a particular shop in the Houston area? Nothing looks uglier than a bad tint job in a year, so I want to do this right.
posted by nickhb on May 27, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for photos/videos, or car crashes with distorting metal

Looking for videos, commercials, scenes from a movie you can recall, of high definition car crashes or scenes of metal rippling and distorting. Slow motion, hi def, very vivid is the best. Here is a video with something similar: http://vimeo.com/9078364 Its for an art project. Thank you so much for any thoughts or ideas.
posted by cascando on May 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Living in a Rail Car?

Does anyone here currently live in a rail car? If so, we'd love to hear about it and maybe pick your brain. [more inside]
posted by KathMuse on May 24, 2013 - 4 answers

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

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