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On the Road Again

So I bought a new-to-me car last night, and I pick it up on Friday. Now I'm asking myself all the questions I should have asked myself at the dealership. Help? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Jun 5, 2014 - 13 answers

What's the best car for car idiots?

I am moving to the SF South Bay in a few months and need to buy a car. I've read previous car-buying askme's, done a bit of avoid-scams/how-to-haggle online research, but mostly I'm overwhelmed. Step 1, I think: make, model, new or used?!? Please help me choose a car! [more inside]
posted by serelliya on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Ok, I need a car, but should I buy it before or after I move

I live in DC. Sometime soon after Labor Day, I'll be relocating to Charlotte, NC. I'm sure I'll have plenty of wailing detailed questions about this as the time approaches [and after!], but it's happening [and it's very good for my career. I'm calling it a new adventure]. Should I buy a car here in DC or once I'm in Charlotte? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

How will my joint mortgage affect my solo auto loan application?

How will my joint mortgage affect my debt-to-income ratio when I apply for a new car loan WITHOUT a co-signer? (Snowflake details inside.) [more inside]
posted by ilikemethisway on May 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Buying a used car in California, then moving to Minnesota

I'm planning to buy a used car in the Bay Area soon, then a month later use it to drive across the country to my new home. Do I need to consider anything special as far as taxes, licensing, insurance, etc? I haven't had a car for nearly a decade, so just buying one is daunting, let alone worrying about any additional financial or legal concerns. Is there anything I should know about?
posted by chriswarren on Apr 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Moving cross-country, will need car--but when and where?

In a few months I will be moving across the country from Delaware to California for a year to maybe indefinitely. In which state should I buy a car and how should it be paid for? (Snowflake details below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

How do I find cars with specific features or Do you know what I want?

I want what I want. It's sooo hard to find information on cars that fit the criteria I want. I joined Consumer Reports online, looked at Cars.com (it ends in 2013), Edmonds and general Google searches and can't find any car research tool to just plug in the features I want. I'm looking for a small to mid-size car/SUV/whatever, AWD or 4WD, 4 cyl turbo or 6-8 cyl, plenty of front leg room with decent leg room in the rear, heated/power front seats (heated mirrors a plus), iPhone/Bluetooth media streaming, audio on the steering wheel, mpg 27 or better, preferably under $30,000 but I can be flexible on that. My last new car was a Subaru Baja and I loved it but had to give it up when I was laid off. I'm now driving a '96 Mercury Cougar which has power galore but looks boring. I like unique looks (I was looking at the Nissan Juke, but no heated/power seats or audio on the steering wheel and a bit tight in the rear leg room dept. Does this unicorn exist?
posted by IpsoFacto on Mar 7, 2014 - 20 answers

I need a new car - Versa Note vs Fit? Or nissan reliability in general?

I need a super reliable car! [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Feb 27, 2014 - 30 answers

Used car price weirdly low -- what to look/ask for?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I've found one that looks great (on paper). I have not seen it in person yet. It's being sold by a new/used car dealership that seems to have positive reviews (or at least, no negative reviews that I can find). The only thing is, the asking price appears to be too low, based on what I'm finding online, by something like $2,000-3,000. Carfax report comes up clean except for a fender bender, and the mileage is kind of high (190k for a 2005 car). I plan to check it out in person and ask questions about it, but (1) what should I be looking for -- especially non-obvious things? and (2) what are some good questions to ask about it? Also: if the car is in decent condition, should I try to haggle, or just take the car at the listed price?
posted by Mo' Money Moe Bandy on Oct 28, 2013 - 27 answers

Maxima vs Acura TL smackdown

Debating a new car. Nissan Maxima versus Acura TL? Or something else entirely? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Aug 15, 2013 - 9 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

Where to buy a car in the Chicago area?

We're interested in areas with lots of dealerships in close proximity, so we can see the models we're curious about without having to head all over town. [more inside]
posted by The Notorious B.F.G. on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Help with thoughts on a new car, and stuff

I am thinking about buying a new car in a few months, wondering about model, when to buy, and planning around a trip in June. Advice/Tips/Opinions/Tales/Fact or Fiction Appreciated! (Much more inside) [more inside]
posted by token-ring on Mar 1, 2013 - 15 answers

Car Buying 101

I need a car. I'm poor. I've never bought a car before, and it's been a long time since anyone in my family has bought one. Need guidance. How do you buy a car? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Feb 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Baby, you can drive my car, but I have to find one first.

How do I buy a car? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 27, 2012 - 29 answers

Buying a car should really be as simple as Amazon

How exactly does one buy a car (first timer's edition)? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Car Buying Advice with Snowflake Details Inside!

How much should I pay for this car? How much should I expect for my trade-in? And how should I play the negotiation game? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor on Jun 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Looking for car buying advice for the test drive process

What do I need to be thinking or asking about when I go for a test drive of some new cars? [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Jun 12, 2012 - 20 answers

I need help with used car shopping

Suggestions or help on how to buy a used car when you know nothing about cars [more inside]
posted by smeater44 on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Am I being ripped off by my car dealership or are they just idiots?

Dealer says they sold me a stolen car and I have to return it tonight. WTF? [more inside]
posted by katyjack on May 22, 2012 - 73 answers

Like driving an iPhone

What's a good mid-range car for a person who likes shiny electronic gizmos? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I buy an awesome car with accident history?

This car is totally pimped out, has really low mileage, and a really low sticker price. It's also been in a severe accident. Should I buy it? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug on Mar 15, 2012 - 36 answers

Help me help my parents buy a new minivan the easiest way possible.

My parents (who are in Savannah, GA) are looking to buy a new car, but recently moved away from where they knew who to go to and who to trust. Now they are looking at those websites that offer to contact dealers around and get you the best deal before you go looking on the car you want, with no haggling. [more inside]
posted by katers890 on Feb 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us choose a car

Which car should we buy? A Citroen C1 or something else? Also, new or used? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane on Oct 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Car buying has never been so difficult..

Asking for a friend: I just "bought" a new car. On the drive home problems (that weren't there when I test-drove it) popped up. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by semp on Sep 24, 2011 - 12 answers

What to check on a used turbocharged engine?

What should I look for in a used car with a turbocharged engine? Saab 9-5 2.3T. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

Recommend a used-car lot drivable from Boston.

My teenager wants to buy her first used car this weekend for less than $10,000. Can you recommend a car lot within an hour's drive of Boston? [more inside]
posted by red clover on Jun 23, 2011 - 5 answers

♫ If it's the last thing I ever do ♫

How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Help a fat guy buy a new car!

After putting 176,000+ miles on my 2005 Ford Taurus, I'm in the market for a new car. My 2 previous cars have been a Mercury Sable and another Ford Taurus. I think I'm done with sedans for the time being and want something different. What kind of car should I buy? [more inside]
posted by skitchen on Feb 28, 2011 - 12 answers

I need a decent car for super cheap! Help!

What is the absolute best, most reliable car I can get for about $3000? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Aug 25, 2010 - 35 answers

Top of my to do list, bottom of my fun list

Help me not be an idiot while buying a used car! (Some Rav4 specific details.) [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 19, 2010 - 7 answers

Repo'd cars in Austin

How do you find, examine, and buy repossessed cars in Austin, TX? Other suggestions for low-priced car buying also welcome. [more inside]
posted by crookedgrin on Jul 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Used crossover suv under 20k?

Please help me pick a used car. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on May 28, 2010 - 21 answers

How to buy my first car with no money?

How does a broke graduate buy their first car on a laughable income? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis on Jan 31, 2010 - 14 answers

Is there a place where I can find all my car's problems in one place?

I'm looking for a website where I can read car reviews. Problem: I'm finding it hard to find websites with reviews that have the type of information I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by semp on Jan 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Is there a family-sized Echo substitute?

Our family has grown 50% this year. Sadly, the laws of science are a harsh mistress, and my Toyota Echo is unable to grow at the same rate. What car would you recommend to replace it? [more inside]
posted by nickmark on Nov 17, 2009 - 26 answers

Cash for Flunkers

When will 2010 car models (Nissan, Honda, Toyota) be available this year? [more inside]
posted by Susurration on Aug 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Which of These Cars is Best for Me?

The batmonkeymobile was in an accident today (everyone's ok) and will be totaled. My last car-buying attempt worked out splendidly and I want to repeat it, but I'm having a harder time figuring out which makes/models will best fulfill my desire to have car happiness many years into the future. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Mar 12, 2009 - 24 answers

Buying a car in the current recession: need advice

Hi All, We are in need of a car. New or used, does not matter. Our current car is near death and we cannot postpone. Friends have told me that with the current economic recession, this is a great time to buy a new or used car. If this is indeed the case and it is a good time to take advantage of the poor economy, then in what ways do I maximize my savings? [more inside]
posted by Ligament on Nov 22, 2008 - 15 answers

Stickshifts and safety belts, bucket seats.

Help a terrified consumer buy a first car. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Jul 22, 2008 - 22 answers

A slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less

Buying a slightly larger, small used car for $15k or less, big enough for a growing family. [more inside]
posted by codger on May 9, 2008 - 32 answers

Car confusion

Ok. My car is literally falling apart, and I'm really confused about the whole car buying process. [more inside]
posted by Alive N Kickin on Feb 29, 2008 - 11 answers

She just wants to pay cash for a new car.

Please help -- How do you buy a new car in California for cash? Dealer has agreed to a cash deal, but at 11th hour, insists on signing a loan agreement?!? Help my cuz get this guy to close a cash deal. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Aug 22, 2007 - 29 answers

How do you make car dealer refund a bogus fee?

A relative of mine just bought a new car in Massachusetts and was blatantly robbed with bogus dealership fees. Example: $500 "registration fee" and of course the deluxe "extended warranty". Unfortunately the deal is done and it appears each bogus fee is perfectly legal in Mass and there's no "cooling off period". Is there is any recourse to persuade the dealer to reconsider these fees?
posted by StarForce5 on Feb 2, 2007 - 13 answers

mileage vs. age in used cars

All other things being equal, do I pick the older car with lower mileage or the later model with high mileage? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Dec 28, 2006 - 18 answers

Dog Wagon.

What new wagons/autos are dog friendly? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Sep 14, 2006 - 12 answers

When should I buy a car?

When's the best time to buy a (probably used) car? [more inside]
posted by fogster on Aug 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Where to buy a car?

I'm moving from New England to Southern Florida and I need to buy a car. Should I bother to look here, or just wait until after I move? I'm more likely to purchase outright than to lease, so mileage restrictions aren't much of an issue.
posted by feloniousmonk on Jun 18, 2006 - 10 answers

A tale of two Saabs

I have been shopping for a used Saab. I have narrowed it down to two... [more inside]
posted by astruc on Jun 26, 2005 - 10 answers

When you buy a new car, does it really matter when in the model year you buy it?

When you buy a new car, does it really matter when in the model year you buy it?
posted by smackfu on Jul 14, 2004 - 16 answers

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