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Smash and grab for nothing

How do I stop people from breaking my car windows? [more inside]
posted by aspenkf on Nov 12, 2015 - 39 answers

Help me car

I will be living in a city that requires a car for the first time and I'm kind of lost on how to approach this. Help? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Nov 4, 2015 - 19 answers

Zoom Zoom or Confidence in Motion?

I am in the process of buying a new car and I think I have it narrowed down to a 2016 Mazda3 or a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek. Manual either way. [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Nov 3, 2015 - 20 answers

Keeping a Young Toddler Busy in the Car

Two upcoming road trips for the holidays plus one young toddler who could make it all pretty miserable. Please share any tricks for keeping the little guy busy in the car. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Easy costume ideas: 4 year old wants to be a car.

My son wants to be "The King" from the movie Cars. I can't find any pre-made costumes for this guy. I'm not crafty. How? [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Oct 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Possible to warp/bend screw in two post car lift?

This is what I'm talking about, but MUCH older. It uses a motor to belt drive a 10ft vertical screw, which in turn chain drives another screw on the other side. A ~2600lb car was left on a lift like this , raised to the top for the better part of a year. Can this damage the lift-screw? [more inside]
posted by shenkerism on Oct 18, 2015 - 5 answers

The unicorn of cars: cheap, reliable, good gas mileage

I need to get a new car tomorrow. I am looking for something that is cheap, highly reliable, and fuel-efficient. Right now I’m stuck trying to decide between the Honda Fit and the Toyota Corolla, but will also eagerly consider suggestions for cars I haven’t thought of. Any and all anecdata is welcome. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2015 - 32 answers

Which 5-door hot hatchback did/would you buy?

I've never had a fun-to-drive car, and after selling my gas-guzzling FJ Cruiser and driving an equally thirsty F150 for a while (a free loaner), I've decided to buy a fast, fun, but also fairly practical car in the $30,000 range. Anyone done the same? [more inside]
posted by Huck500 on Oct 4, 2015 - 44 answers

Buy What You Want! No, Be Practical! YOLO, Dude!

Please convince me to buy one of these two convertibles. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Oct 2, 2015 - 30 answers

Tell me what it's like to live with a minivan.

I don't have time to go out on test-drives right now, but I'm stuck on the idea of owning a minivan - tell me what it's like if you own one. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 2, 2015 - 29 answers

Car repair done twice, incorrectly or unnecessarily. Who pays?

The dealership says the repair done by a local shop was done incorrectly, which they must repair to their standards before proceeding. Local shop denies they did it wrong. I need an operational car. Who's ultimately on the hook for all this work? [more inside]
posted by ndg on Oct 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Do I really need to bring my car in for scheduled maintenance already?

I received an email from my Kia dealership today saying that it's time for my "next regularly scheduled maintenance visit." It has been three months since I bought the car (a 2015 Soul), and the owner's manual states that the first recommended maintenance visit should be at 6 months or 12,000 km, whichever comes first (and I'm nowhere near that number). There are no signs of anything being wrong with the car, and I've been regularly checking fluid levels, tire pressure, etc. Can I just ignore this email? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Sep 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Flatlander Problems

What's the best method of extricating yourself from a parallel parking spot when you're pointed downhill? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Sep 29, 2015 - 16 answers

Why did my brakes stop working?

I have an automatic Ford Focus ZX3 from 2003. Yesterday, a friend who really knows cars taught me how to change the oil. We also rotated the tires and filled them to spec (34 psi as indicated on the door). When I left, two strange things happened: my right back tail light was out, and more importantly: my brakes were not responsive. [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Sep 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Recommendation for car detailing service to deal w/ swirl marks on hood

Recently bought a used 2013 car, black in color. It has a lot of cleaning/swirl marks, especially on the hood (no doubt from repeated sub-par cleaning by the previous owner). Can people recommend a service or shop that knows what to do to remove the micro scratches or at least improve this condition, and can do it well, at a reasonable price, in the Los Angeles area (preferrably either City of Industry, Hacienda Heights, or Pasadena)? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 20, 2015 - 1 answer

$%&#ing neighbours, parking spot edition

My wife and I are renting an apartment with two parking spots. It is adjacent to another apartment with two spots, but the people there always cram three cars (one of which is always covered with a tarp) into the space, which means that typically one of the cars is halfway onto our spot, which always means the cars are packed tightly together. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Sep 16, 2015 - 20 answers

Wanna buy a $20,000 car or a $20 lamp?

Which job would be better for someone who would like to keep their sanity: working as a car salesperson or working at a retail chain store? [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Sep 14, 2015 - 24 answers

2001 Subaru Forester -- make an expensive repair, or pack it in?

I found out today that my 2001 Subaru Forester may need a new catalytic converter, which all told is probably going to run me something like $1000. I already did this in 2013. Is it time to sell this car, or do I stick with the wisdom that you just keep repairing until you can't repair anymore? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Replaced spark plugs in 07 Dodge Grand Caravan and now brakes don't work

I was sort of proud of myself for replacing the spark plugs and wires in my 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan... until I drove it down the street and discovered the the brake pedal is rock hard and it's very hard to stop the think unless I virtually stand on the brake pedal. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Sep 5, 2015 - 7 answers

Best wagon with convertible third row of seats

I just spent a few weeks in Britain where I rented a Toyota Verso, which is an example of a common vehicle style in Europe known as "5+2", meaning it's a five seater with an optional extra two seats in the luggage compartment (they fold away if you need more luggage space). [more inside]
posted by grubby on Aug 31, 2015 - 16 answers

Risks of a used Nissan Leaf?

It is probably time to replace our current car and we are looking at used, 2011 model year Nissan Leaf cars. Are there risks that we are overlooking? The ones we have noted are below. [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 31, 2015 - 5 answers

Which vehicle would you buy?

If you only had $5000 for a used vehicle, would you buy a RAV4, CRV, or Lexus RX? [more inside]
posted by Nematoda on Aug 28, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I refute ownership of an abandoned vehicle I previously sold?

I do have a bill of sale -- is it as simple as showing proof at the local SOS branch? Located in Michigan. [more inside]
posted by rawralphadawg on Aug 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I buy car insurance even though I don't own a car?

I live in NYC and haven't owned a car for a number of years now. However, I still drive and am pretty risk averse, so I'm wondering if it would be worth it to get non-owner car insurance of some sort.  [more inside]
posted by holborne on Aug 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I repair this scrape on my new car immediately?

So some wonderful individual in a parking lot has christened my new car with its first scrape. Photo here. Is it sufficiently serious/deep that I should get it repainted immediately to avoid rusting issues? And if so, is it at all feasible to attempt a patch job myself? The internet at large is inconclusive on both counts.
posted by The Card Cheat on Aug 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Buying a car for the first time — what to look for / look out for?

I'm in my 30s and finally learning to drive. My wife drives, but doesn't own a car, and we think it might make sense to buy a cheap-ish vehicle for me to practice on and for occasional trips etc. We are thinking of getting something cheap, under $2K. My question is: what the heck do I look for? [more inside]
posted by saltykmurks on Aug 1, 2015 - 19 answers

Good Cincinnati area Mazda mechanics?

We're acquiring a 18-year-old Mazda Protoge. Although it's been barely used — about 35,000 miles — for obvious reasons I'm having it checked out. Can anybody recommend a good mechanic in the Cincinnati area (preferably around Blue Ash)?
posted by metaquarry on Jul 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Putting many miles on a Mini

My partner owns a 2010 Mini Cooper S. He loves the car, but doesn't want to drop big bucks every time he needs an oil change. Are Minis so special that he can only go to the dealership or a specific import mechanic? Or can he venture to Valvoline? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Jul 27, 2015 - 17 answers

Is it time to put my '99 Honda Civic to pasture?

'99 Civic Four-Door. 101k miles. $2k in repairs over the past year. Now needs new O2 sensors and brake lines, coming to $850 or so. Should I stay or should I go? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Jul 22, 2015 - 22 answers

Car kill stickers for bike

WWII fighters had little icons / emblems reflecting each enemy "kill". It seems like there should be an equivalent to stick on my bike for each collision with a car that I survive. But I can't work out a good google query. Do such things exist? [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Jul 21, 2015 - 11 answers

How to select tires

What's your process for selecting new tires for your vehicle? [more inside]
posted by aeighty on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

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

Selling a car from 2,400 miles away

My friend lives in California. Her car is in New York. She would like to sell this car. Assuming no trusted intermediaries are available in New York, and travel to New York is not an option right now, how might she go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by prize bull octorok on Jul 16, 2015 - 5 answers

What repairs are worth doing on my car that's about to be sold?

Hi there. Everyone. I was hoping you all could help me with a question. It's time to sell my beloved 2005 LE (82K miles, good condition, new tires) and I wonder if it's worth doing a few things to help with the sale: It needs new bumper inserts, 1 new hubcap and has some scratches. If you were selling, would you make these fixes: is it worth it? Worth detailing, as well? Many thanks for any thoughts or ideas, CC
posted by CaptainCaseous on Jul 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I buy this Toyota with a scary recall?

So I'm looking for a new car, and lucked into a 2007 Corolla that has only about 40K miles, is reasonably priced at $7.5K, has no rust (a big deal in Maine) and nothing sinister in its past. EXCEPT. In the course of my Carfaxing, I noticed it's subject (as of mid-June) to this terrifying recall. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady on Jul 10, 2015 - 13 answers

Pricing a Mazda CX-5

We are planning to buy a Mazda CX-5 in the near future. What kind of a price should we be looking to get, in southern Ontario? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 30, 2015 - 1 answer

What's The Deal With Cigarette Lighter Jump Starter Devices?

I've had a couple dead battery incidents (left the lights on, etc), so I decided to start looking for some jumper cables or something for the inevitable "next time" this sort of thing happens... and I was wondering -- are the smallish portable devices that connect via the cigarette lighter a good option? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 on Jun 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me close the deal on a new car!

My wife and I are in the process of buying a new car for the first time. So far things have proceeded fairly smoothly, but I just wanted to be clear on how the steps should proceed as we enter the end game. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jun 24, 2015 - 16 answers

A few points of concern about driving for an anxious person

I struggle with anxiety and ocd and this can make it hard sometimes for me to tell the difference between safe and overly cautious driving. An outside perspective would be extremely helpful. And yes, I am receiving treatment for the aforementioned issues. [more inside]
posted by theshire on Jun 13, 2015 - 14 answers

Car mag for one who isn't interested in pre '65 or post 95?

I like discovering and reading about [old-ish but not too old] cars. Thing is, I seem to have very odd, particular tastes and I can't find a magazine that really suits it. Does anyone have any suggestions for magazines (paper or electronic) to subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

Cheapest way to get audio from my phone to my car speakers?

I have a 2003 VW Passat with no aux in jack. I have been using a cassette adapter to get audio from my phone, but the tape deck has stopped working. (It beeps and says Tape error.) I have tried replacing the cassette adapter but the same thing happens, so I know it is the player. [more inside]
posted by callmejay on Jun 5, 2015 - 12 answers

Do I need to park in my garage to charge an EV?

I've been thinking about buying a used EV - maybe a Nissan Leaf. I have a very small garage which I use for storage. There is power in there. 1) How much does it cost to install a charging station? 2) Can I park in my driveway and run a power cable to my car for charging? I'm talking about six or ten feet.
posted by YoungAmerican on Jun 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Keeping sensitive electronics cool in a car

I'm selling almost everything I own so I can fit everything that's left into my car and travel for a while. The inside of my car can get volcanically hot at times, and I'm worried about storing my MacBook and iPad there. What can I do to keep them as cool as possible? Buy a cooler they'll fit in? Do I need to worry about condensation in that case? Any ideas would be very welcome -- thanks!
posted by jeffcovey on May 25, 2015 - 16 answers

Non-working radiator fan in 96' Accord.

Are a non-working radiator fan and non-working AC system related? I'll list more in depth what I've checked so far below. [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee on May 13, 2015 - 8 answers

used cars for tall people with tall children

Mr. Architeuthis and I are shopping for a gently used car, preferably a wagon. We are 5'10" and 6'2". We have 2 kids and will be using a car seat for at least another 2-3 years, and our kids are both 95th percentile for height. What can we buy that will leave more than 1 inch of clearance between seat and infant knee? Parameters: preferably under 15K US, must have AWD. [more inside]
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis on May 11, 2015 - 16 answers

How can I get the best price for my clunker?

It's finally time for me to part ways with my 16-year-old car. I've picked out a new car, and had my existing car appraised for a trade-in. Unfortunately, the dealer's appraisal came in way lower than the Blue Book value, allegedly because of two warning lights (ABS and Airbag) that would affect the car's ability to be sold legally in Virginia. Is it worth investigating other options for selling my clunker, or should I just take the dealer's offer? [Details inside] [more inside]
posted by schmod on Apr 26, 2015 - 25 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

Car Troubles. I'm stumped.

Recent used car purchase is costing me money. What should I do about this? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Apr 20, 2015 - 11 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

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