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New car for big and tall guy

My old Buick has reached the end of the road. Please help this tall fat guy find a new ride! [more inside]
posted by isauteikisa on Jul 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Yet another "what car should I buy?" question.

Need a car that will comfortably fit two adults, one child, and a very large dog plus a suitcase or two. Reliable, good mileage. Don't want to spend more than $11K. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Apr 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Where to buy a car?

I am moving from New Mexico to Boston this summer, and my 30-year-old Toyota pickup will not be coming with me. My plan was to fly to Boston and buy a car there- but evidently rust is a thing that happens. Is rust/salt damage enough of an issue that I should look at buying locally and driving it cross country? [more inside]
posted by aint broke on Apr 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Best way to buy a car & how to borrow money for it.

Mr wwax & I have finally narrowed down our car choice to a Subaru Outback, but now the big questions arise. Do we buy new or certified preowned or just plain old secondhand? Then if we can finally stop going around in circles on that issue, what is the best way to borrow the money to buy the car? [more inside]
posted by wwax on Apr 20, 2015 - 21 answers

How on earth do people figure out what car to buy??

I'm in the market for a new (to me) car. I've looked at old AskMes and googled, but still have a lot of questions on how to determine which car to buy and how best to buy it. Would greatly appreciate your help! [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Apr 13, 2015 - 20 answers

Mile-High Expectations

I'm in the market for a used pickup, 2005 or newer, but they all seem to have very high miles. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Apr 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Subaru Legacy, Mazda 6, or Toyota Camry? Opinions, please

In the spirit of this thread, I'd like to ask for opinions from people who have or have had a Subaru Legacy, Mazda 6, or Toyota Camry (hybrid or regular). We're having a second baby in July, and we don't think two car seats and all the kid paraphernalia (we also have a 2.5 year old) will fit in our 2004 Honda Civic. We're looking at new cars. [more inside]
posted by Anne Neville on Mar 24, 2015 - 29 answers

Mazda & Honda owners – what annoys you about your car?

Mefites! I asked for used car recommendations a few months ago and got many helpful answers. Since then, I've narrowed down my list to either a Honda Accord, a Honda Civic, a Mazda3 or a Mazda6 - and now I want to know what is annoying about those cars. If you own one, please, kvetch to me about your car! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Mar 20, 2015 - 63 answers

New versus used car: pros and cons?

What are the key variables to consider when deciding whether to buy a new versus a used car? [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear on Mar 17, 2015 - 24 answers

When to say when on used car maintenance costs?

I'm looking at yet another maintenance issue on my expensive-but-fun (and 100% paid off) sporty car. I'm starting to think the maintenance overhead trumps the value, and looking for advice on knowing when to say when, in terms of cutting my losses and buying another vehicle. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jan 31, 2015 - 12 answers

ISO a tiny car in LA

As with many transplants to LA, I am in need of a new-to-me small/tiny car, as well as a mechanic somewhere between Santa Monica and Koreatown. Any small car advice or other welcome; ca(r)eats inside. [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 15, 2014 - 23 answers

What reliable used cars should I consider?

I am planning on buying a lightly used car in the next few months, so I’m starting to research what kind to buy. What make/models (and years) should I consider? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Dec 2, 2014 - 19 answers

Who leases a car for 15 years?

Back in June I bought a "special interest" car, MY '85. The story from the seller was that it was originally his neighbor's car since new, and when the neighbor passed away, the car was sold to his brother, then to him. Autocheck and Carfax, though, report the car as a leased vehicle as late as 1999. Who leases a car for 15 years? Or, once a lease, it always gets reported as a lease? Original titling state is Ohio. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Oct 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Buying a late-model used car

Trying to find a good late-model used hatchback car for under $10,000 and feeling a bit overwhelmed by the research. Looking for advice both on specific models and on researching certified pre-owned cars. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Oct 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Looking for the Goldilocks of Prii

The stars have aligned and I am looking to purchase a new car in the Bay Area. I am drawn to the Toyota Prius, but am confused by all of the different options and models (all the while being distracted by other cars). I've read a lot of reviews and write-ups, but would appreciate an updated ask.me on the Prius! [more inside]
posted by sums on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers

Car buying/insuring/registering/drivers licensing in North Carolina

I have never purchased a car. I got a handmedown as a teen/college student, then lived in public transportation friendly locations the last many years. I'm now in North Carolina-walk me through the steps like I'm the idiot I am. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone on Sep 15, 2014 - 14 answers

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

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