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Please advise on car insurance issues after an accident.

A guy hit my car parked on the street in Cambridge, MA, causing some damage (to the car only, I wasn't around). He left a note. I called him and he wanted to bypass our insurance providers. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by A dead Quaker on Dec 16, 2012 - 35 answers

How do I move my mattress across state lines?

Is it prohibitively dangerous to try to move a full-size mattress from Ohio to Florida on the roof of a Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Dec 16, 2012 - 27 answers

What. The hell. Did I do.

Driving home this afternoon, I spun my car 360 degrees. I have no idea what happened. Please help me figure out what it was so that it never, ever, dear god ever happens again. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Dec 15, 2012 - 24 answers

Car dock for a Nexus 4?

Please suggest a good car dock for the Google Nexus 4. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Dec 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Auto repair question

Am I getting a fair price on 100K maintenance for my 1999 Avalon? [more inside]
posted by boognish on Dec 12, 2012 - 8 answers

We don't need rust proofing, we just need a state inspection

Car inspection time in Philadelphia! Help us not get screwed over. [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Dec 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Getting around Jackson, MS

I have a friend who will be taking care of her mom in Jackson, MS, next week while the latter undergoes surgery. Because said friend survived an accident a few years ago and consequently prefers not to drive, can you recommend a solution for getting them both to the hospital and back? She seems to think Jackson does not have cabs, but I suspect there is a better solution. I do not know which hospital they will be visiting.
posted by billtron on Dec 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Just because people are nice to you doesn't mean they have your best interests in mind

Friend of a friend's mother just passed away, and between the death and the funeral, the mom's sketchy neighbor talked him into selling his car for pennies on the dollar. What now? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Dec 6, 2012 - 7 answers

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt?

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Post BK car purchase?

I have poor credit and need to get a car. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Why am I paying $10k for another person's property damage?

I got into an accident with another motorist. She side swiped my car and then hit a electric post. She failed to yield and was found to be at fault. Now the electric company is asking for $10k to repair the pole damage from me. Without having property damage insurance, and living in a no fault state, is there anything I can do?
posted by Coke15 on Nov 29, 2012 - 30 answers

Where to go with a car near Dublin and Cork?

Driving Around Dublin: SO and I will be visiting Ireland (Dublin and Cork) for about a week and half right after Christmas and we'll have a car. What are some fun, interesting day trips from the two cities (or stops along the way between them?) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 26, 2012 - 14 answers

Holy C**P, a 65 Marlin!

Have you imported a 16+ year old vehicle from the US to Canada (BC)? What was the experience like and roughly how much did it end up costing? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help start our car

My partner lost his car clicker for his 2001 Nissan Altima. The alarm engages when he tries to start the car. He can't disengage the alarm without the clicker. The dealership wants $300 for a new clicker, and we can't afford that. Does anyone know how to disengage the alarm so he can start the car? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Nov 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Car rental options at PDX?

How soon should I book a small car in advance for a 7-day trip to Oregon beginning Dec 1 in Portland?
posted by parmanparman on Nov 18, 2012 - 10 answers

Dashboard cam suggestions?

What type of dashboard camera should I buy for my automobile? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Nov 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Who Is That Green Demon?

There's this iconic (or at least I think it's iconic, maybe it used to just be local to me?) image or logo that I am trying to find out the name of/origins of. But describing the image in Google is not coming up with the right results. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Help assuage my concerns about my little old car!

Please help me determine what happened to my car recently - was it the battery, the alternator, or something else? [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Nov 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me be a better driver

Please help me become a better driver. Recently, I rear-ended a car while driving on a local road and it was raining at that time. This is a wake up call for me. I have to pay ~$2000 for car body repair and my insurance premium will go up. We are only lucky that nobody was hurt (my kids were in carseats and not harmed). I need tips on how to be a better driver. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Nov 11, 2012 - 49 answers

SilentCar Is Silent.

Used car came with a stereo, but no head unit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Nov 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Selling car, meeting buyer, what now?

Selling a car in the UK. Buyer v.keen, wants to see car and buy it ASAP (Monday). What do I need to do, and how can I protect myself against any scam? [more inside]
posted by piato on Nov 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car?

Tips and advice for first time selling a used car? I am trying to figure out if I should fix up some cosmetic damage before selling my 2005 Honda Civic EX, as well as looking for general advice on selling on the private market. [more inside]
posted by Peemster on Nov 7, 2012 - 5 answers

How to get my car started?

I know very little about cars. So why won't mine start? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Nov 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Best Hybrid like a Scion XB?

The next car I buy will be a hybrid but I can't find a good one. Want something like my Scion XB. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Oct 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Loose oil cap fix?

[Carfilter] The oil cap on my car vibrates itself loose, causing oil to spill out onto the engine and thus wreathe my hood in some lovely smoke. Oil cap has been replaced once already to try and fix this, to no avail. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Oct 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for a film with people frozen in a car

I saw this film on television in the 70s when I was young; it was broadcast sometime before 1979. Some people are stranded after a snow storm. At one point they discover a car in the snow, and when they look inside the car they see the people in it were frozen to death. I think someone cried out, "Oh, no, it's the professor!" (or something like that). At another point in the film they come across a cabin in the woods and try to open a can of something they find, but they have no can opener. The film was in color, so please don't suggest something in black & white. It may have been made for TV or it may have been an actual film; I remember there being a lot of commercials for it because we had just had the great "Blizzard of 1978" in Boston. Any help finding this film would be great! One person suggested to me it might be "The Untamed" directed by Archainbaud, but it is not that. PLEASE HELP!
posted by cmp4Meta on Oct 24, 2012 - 8 answers

Wrap damage...

Car Wrap Filter: Do car wraps damage the paint underneath the wrap? [more inside]
posted by Flood on Oct 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Make our broke road trip awesome!

How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I go about renting a mini-van in Las Vegas?

I've never rented a car before. What is the best way to go about doing this in Las Vegas, NV? [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Oct 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Car insurance comparisons

Why do car insurance prices vary so much? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Oct 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Fighting the (insurance) man!

Got rear-ended and am thoroughly unhappy with repair results. Any tips for negotiating with the insurance company re: how they're handling this? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Oct 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Metaphorical question, but a serious one: Stuck at an intersection. How should I proceed when the light changes?

I'm in a bad pickle at this time, so I'm reaching out to the Green to help me decide which the best next step is moving forward. To keep it as simple as possible, I got in a car accident more than two years ago, using a major car rental company. I got an unexpected bill from the car rental company almost two years later (late December 2011) for a high amount (let's say over $30,000) that the other party apparently were given by the rental company due to their alleged injures. I had no insurance when I was in the accident. For many reasons, I felt the collection of the debt was unfair. I had temporary legal representation (a family friend), but he was unable to get the car rental company to forgo the collection, so he bowed out early January. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Oct 9, 2012 - 27 answers

help me pick a car

"Snowflake" car purchasing question: Ford Focus vs Mazda 3 vs Honda Fit vs Hyundai Elantra. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Oct 8, 2012 - 55 answers

Car Battery Conundrum

I have a brand new car battery. My car has some issue that is (still) draining the battery, after I already had a mechanic look at and fix what was supposedly the issue. What can I do so that my battery doesn't go dead and get ruined over the winter while the car is idle? [more inside]
posted by furious on Oct 5, 2012 - 17 answers

This is the wrong summer for a broken a/c

How much (roughly) is it going to cost to fix my car's air conditioner? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Emissions problem and low oil

My car, for the first time in 12 years, did not pass an emissions inspection in California. Right before this, my oil light had started to periodically blink. On inspection, my oil was very (very) low. I filled it back up after the test. What are the chances that this caused the high emissions levels? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Oct 2, 2012 - 16 answers

Truck or trailer?

Keep the pickup or get a trailer? I bought a Ford F-150 pickup truck about 9 months ago for using out at a rural property I co-own. It's been helpful for moving materials, towing travel trailers out there, picking up straw, transporting heavy machinery, but I feel like I might be able to get by with my Subaru and a 6x8' or so utility trailer. [more inside]
posted by MonsieurBon on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 2, 2012 - 27 answers

Fuel injection huh?

Mechanic-filter: AAA just fixed my car and I don't understand how. Explain it to me like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
posted by jabes on Oct 1, 2012 - 14 answers

The men in our lives are split between "do it" and "dont't do it"... what would MeFi do?

My friend found a used car she wants to buy. Could you tell us whether this is a scam? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Sep 29, 2012 - 23 answers

"Buying" my car from my mom in NJ. What's the best/cheapest way to do this?

"Buying" my car from my mom in NJ. What's the best/cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Sep 29, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I sell My Car between Canadian Provinces?

How do I sell a car between provinces? I live in Montreal, QC and my friend in Toronto, ON. She wants to buy my car. What do I have to do to sell it to her? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Sep 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Help me identify/fine a specific Honda Commercial

Help me find a specific Honda Commercial [more inside]
posted by robverb on Sep 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Is leasing a Chevy Volt a great deal?

Is leasing a Chevy Volt a great deal? [more inside]
posted by evilelf on Sep 26, 2012 - 12 answers

How much do I have to pay to get a car I actually want to own?

As a rule, what is the lowest price point at which I should buy a used car? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer on Sep 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Plane, train, automobile? SF to LAX

Plane, train, or automobile? Which is the cheapest way to get from San Francisco to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by babbageboole on Sep 24, 2012 - 18 answers

FM transmitter/iPod touch woes

Can I use an iPod dock extender cable to get audio from my 4th generation iPod touch to an FM transmitter with a male dock connection meant for the iPod mini? If not, what are my options for inexpensive FM transmission from my Touch? [more inside]
posted by anthom on Sep 22, 2012 - 3 answers

Don't have money for repairs to pass inspection, what do I do?

Car needs to pass annual inspection in Pennsylvania. Turns out I need $1000+ in repairs, and I paid $1400 for the car itself (valuable lessons about buying used cars learned). I can't afford this and it doesn't make sense anyway. I need a car. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Sep 21, 2012 - 24 answers

gettin our kicks on route 66...

Ideas for gifts for a road-tripping couple? [more inside]
posted by animalrainbow on Sep 21, 2012 - 15 answers

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