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What the heck are those little metal bars I keep seeing on roads?

Unfortunately I don't have a picture of this mystery object to attach, as I only see one once in a while. And the next time I do see one, I want to know what it is already. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Mechitar on Jan 27, 2015 - 6 answers

How to sell our Ontario-registered never-imported American car

How can we sell, in the U.S., a car from the U.S. with Canadian plates that was never permanently imported into Canada, but that has Canadian plates? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 27, 2015 - 9 answers

Why are Nissan Leafs so cheap?

I'm shopping for a used car right now (current one has 100k miles on it and is breaking down regularly) and I stumbled onto older (2011-2012, but not very old) Nissan Leafs going for only about $11k used. They cost at least double that new, so why are they so cheap now? Are there recalls or wear or drawbacks? Shouldn't electric cars last for a long time and be reliable? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jan 23, 2015 - 20 answers

Why don't drivers use their turn signals?

Why don't drivers at least in California don't use their turn signals? [more inside]
posted by Mac-Expert on Jan 23, 2015 - 62 answers

Give me your car battery anecdata, please.

Dead six-year-old car battery last night. Replace? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 23, 2015 - 14 answers

Web site or app to track routine car maintance

With my son moving out of the house, I was wondering if you have suggestions for a site where we can track car maintenance and get notified when things are coming due. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Jan 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Car dealership majorly screwing me over -- help!

MeFites, I'm 26/f and know squat about car repairs, except to know that I'm too broke to keep paying for the same problem to be fixed multiple times. Dealerships are evil. Let's discuss. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jan 14, 2015 - 19 answers

My dog is afraid to get in the car...

My dog (seven year old heeler/aussie shepherd mix) is afraid to get in the car. She's a shelter dog who came with some nervous issues (other fears include bathrooms, abandonment, and strange men, especially with hats or beards), but she has made amazing progress over the last year or so... except when it comes to getting in the car! She'll sit outside the open door and tremble, roll over in abject surrender, etc. How can I help her? [more inside]
posted by grey_sw on Jan 13, 2015 - 19 answers

How Can I Profit from Falling Oil Prices?

Oil has fallen by more than 50% since July 2014. How can I benefit from that fall, either by: 1. Gas banking - Is there a way I can buy gas at the current low rate and use it later after prices have risen? 2. Buying stock - Either a sector fund through an investment firm like Smith Barney, or buying pieces of stocks individually like through Ameritrade or Sharebuilder? 3. Or some other way? Or should I just buy the cheap gas and enjoy the reduction as long as it lasts?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Is it smart to buy a '91 Civic with 245k miles on it?

Is it smart to buy a '91 Civic with 245k miles on it? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on Jan 12, 2015 - 22 answers

What should my next car be?

My car is about to be paid off and I'm planning to drive it into the ground before shopping for another one. And let's be honest, my next car is going to be what I can get the best deal on. However, for the sake of argument, how about you all figure out what my next car SHOULD be. Things to factor within. [more inside]
posted by JimBJ9 on Jan 9, 2015 - 24 answers

Help me make my car weird

I bought a red Nissan Versa. I like it. It's sort of cute. However, I've always wanted to do something odd with my car; other cars usually all seem so boring on the roads. Ideally I'd have it painted #ff3c00, but I don't have thousands of dollars or whatever to spend on it. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by polywomp on Jan 4, 2015 - 25 answers

How do I fix the rear light on a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire (4-door)?

One of the rear lights on my car has gone out. I believe it's just a burnt out bulb. The problem is that I can't figure out how to change the bulb. I've inclued a few pictures to show which light I'm referring to and the backside "access" to that light. How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 21, 2014 - 6 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

Mystery of the Self-Driving Car

Last night my friend parked her car and went inside briefly. When she came back out to the car 5-10 minutes later, the car was not where she parked it. It was across the street against a rockery. How did the car get there? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by oxisos on Dec 2, 2014 - 18 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 - 18 answers

Removing Automotive Graffiti...

So the side of my pickup's shell was tagged the other day. I've been looking at how to remove the spray paint and am getting a lot of conflicting advice. [more inside]
posted by flyingfox on Dec 1, 2014 - 10 answers

Car Maintenance for Womenfolk

I aspire to be a woman who knows how to take care of a car. Where do I begin? [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on Nov 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Why are the ages of cars always mentioned in Parker novels?

I've started reading the the entirety of Richard Stark's Parker series, and I can't help noticing that the ages of cars are always mentioned. It's never just a Pontiac, it's a "two year old Pontiac." Or, "The Cadillac was four years old." Did cars in the '60s have ridiculously short life spans? What's the deal?
posted by cthuljew on Nov 21, 2014 - 16 answers

Paying For A Ride in Straight Ca$h

I'm curious how those with a large amount of money at their disposal could go into a dealership and say "I'll take that one...now." [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Nov 20, 2014 - 50 answers

How can I get a dealership to pay me for a car I sold them?

I sold my car to a Nissan dealership last Monday, November 10 for $22,000. At the time I owed $15,276.47 to Nissan Finance. I checked my account there today and now I owe $15,284.80, so the loan is still not paid off and it's still accumulating interest. Also, it's been five days and I haven't gotten a check for the $6,723.53 remaining after the loan payoff. [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Nov 15, 2014 - 14 answers

How does a car use gas going up and down hills???

I think about this at least once a week as I drive myself to work. On my way in, I go up a hill and on my way home, I go down it. Am I using the same amount of gas as I would if my commute were flat both ways? [more inside]
posted by eggs on Nov 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Why would I want (or not want) larger wheels on my car?

Car shopping. One of the variables is the size of the wheels. Apparently, larger wheels are considered a premium feature. What is premium about them? [more inside]
posted by trevor_case on Nov 3, 2014 - 21 answers

Baby, you can tow my car.

Is AAA worth the money? I recently started a new job with a significantly longer commute (~50 miles/day roundtrip, mostly freeway) and am considering joining AAA because Pittsburgh is ranked 6th in nation for "most likely to get in an accident." [more inside]
posted by deliriouscool on Nov 3, 2014 - 53 answers

Need to buy new (to me) car. Budget is $6,000 cash. Advice?

I know very little about cars. But now I find myself needing to buy a car to replace my decrepit 1999 Chevy Prizm. I can pay cash up to a maximum of $6,000 (including all surcharges, taxes, etc.). I'd rather not get financing, as we're still paying-off my wife's car. [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on Nov 1, 2014 - 28 answers

Stopping in a manual transmission

6-speed manual transmission, standard clutch--not "paddle" or "semi-automatic" or "clutchless." Two ways to stop: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Oct 23, 2014 - 77 answers

Longish term car rentals when you are unsure of the length of time

I need to use a car to get around Phoenix for anywhere from 2 to 6+ weeks, and I won't know how long I need it until I'm done using it. What kind of service do I use or what do I do? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 18, 2014 - 6 answers

A Dad's Dilemma... A Car for a 16 Year Old: Balancing Price and Safety

So, my sweet little girl is about to turn 16 and we've started doing a little car shopping - for a Subaru. My mechanic (a SubaruGuru who I trust implicitly) made me aware of a hyper-meticulously maintained 1996 Subaru Legacy wagon with only 88K miles and in mint condition. Drove it, and it's true, it's an excellent car for it's age. Price is very affordable for us too, at a time when we don't need a lot of extra expense. I'm ready to go... but... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 16, 2014 - 27 answers

Let's go hybrid shopping! Toyota/Lexus vs. Ford vs. Honda

So, I think I'm ready to give up my slightly banged-up 2005 Civic. The lady and I would like to get a hybrid, since we're mostly doing city driving (with the occasional weekend jaunt). I've been shopping around and trying a few models out, but I would appreciate any personal experience with these cars... [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Oct 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Where was this Magnum Ice Cream commercial filmed?

Where was the Magnum Ice Cream commercial with Rachel Bilson filmed? While some of the cars shown are American, I spy a Toyota Yaris with taillights that look very different from the US-market version, a Jeep with export taillights, and some other SUV that was certainly never sold here.
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Temperature gauge fluctuations in a 2006 Scion TC?

Recently replaced the thermostat on my 2006 Scion TC, now the heat gauge is fluctuating again within the first 15 minutes of my commute, after which is settles. Am I going crazy? Is my car going to explode? [more inside]
posted by picklesthezombie on Sep 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Car is smashed. Help me pick another? Absolutely a snowflake.

Just lost our 2014 Turbo Sonata Limited in an accident Thursday. Won't be replacing it with a twin. Help us pick a new something? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee on Sep 22, 2014 - 27 answers

Can you identify this mystery ornament?

I inherited this ornament from my dad, who had inherited it from his father. I believe my grandfather found it in Ireland in the forties. Flickr photo set [more inside]
posted by *becca* on Sep 20, 2014 - 5 answers

We need a car. And we don't know anything about cars.

We need guidance on a few issues related to getting a car for our family. First of all, what kind of car makes sense for our needs? Second, should we buy or lease that car? [more inside]
posted by JubileeRubaloo on Sep 18, 2014 - 47 answers

Latest and greatest in hands-free calling and other car niceties?

My husband's birthday is coming up! For work, he drives and talks on the phone A LOT. How can I make make it safer - and nicer - for him to make and take calls while driving? I would also love to hear recommendations for other car-life luxuries that make a difference. [more inside]
posted by rada on Sep 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me become the Car Czar who knows what cars are

I am not a car person. I haven't regularly driven a car since I finished my undergrad degree, but for a variety of work-related reasons I need to acquire a literacy about the automotive industry, with bonus points for getting a bit of a download on car culture. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Sep 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Whether to spend a whole year's salary on a car

I make $93,000 net a year and want to buy a $95,000 car. I'm 28, and keen to enjoy life before I get tied down with family and other commitments. I'm seeking your wisdom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 92 answers

Buying a used car with a warranty for my elderly mother in three days.

Hi, I am visiting my mother for a few days and need to buy her a reliable used car. Carmax doesn't have anything she is interested in, but we both like the idea of a $1500, five year warranty. Are there other warranty options out there for used cars that are just as good? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Aug 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Need advice on (sort of) selling my car out of state

I want to sort of lease my car (that I'm still making payments on) to someone in a different state. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anansi on Aug 20, 2014 - 8 answers

How to re-key a '69 Volkswagen Westfalia in San Francisco?

We have a 1969 VW camper van. We love her. Unfortunately, the previous owners redid the locks horribly and now we have a problem: the back window hatch lock doesn't work, we don't have a key to it that works, and we can't fix it. [more inside]
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel on Aug 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Fast and Furious...Car Shopping

What is the fastest way of buying a car in New York city? What should I keep in mind? How can I be super-productive and not lose money within this transaction? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Jul 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Filing a car insurance claim with unreported previous damage

I was in a fender-bender that was indisputably the other driver's fault, but I'm not sure how to proceed with the insurance claim because there was already some mild prior damage to my car from a couple of scrapes in my house's treacherous driveway that I never brought to my insurer's attention. Can I get in trouble with my insurance company (USAA) for failing to report those minor solo collisions, and how much will it complicate a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance? [more inside]
posted by patnasty on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

I'd like to convert a car to cash with minimal hassle.

I have a car I don't use that much, and a looming home repair that needs some money thrown at it. I'd like to convert the car to cash to be thrown at the home repair. But, in the face of the home repair vortex, I'd like to avoid getting bogged down in car-sale hassles. Is it a giant hassle to sell the car privately, or am I best off selling straight to a dealership? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jul 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Mazda 3 vs. The Rest

I'm about to pull the trigger on a new 2014 compact car. I've done my research and driven almost everything in the segment in the last year as a rental. It's come down to a Mazda 3 i Touring hatchback with the full tech package. Looking for input based on experience. [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jul 12, 2014 - 42 answers

ISO Canadian vehicle reliability study

A year or so ago, we found a pdf online somewhere that we'd like to find again. Here are the bits of info we can remember: [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jul 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Somewhere to go, but how spiffed up should it be?

Is it worth making the investment of minor repairs on a 2011 Volvo XC90 AWD that's being traded in for a 2014 Mini Countryman S All4 when I already have a quoted range for the trade-in price from the Mini dealer? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb on Jul 8, 2014 - 5 answers

Car computer security

What sort of personal information would be stored on a newer model car's computer that was used for 2 or 3 years, totaled, and then sent to the junk yard? Has anyone researched or begun to address the security risks of more complicated car computers, if they exist at all? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Jul 7, 2014 - 5 answers

What are your proven ways to stay safe on the roads these days?

How do you stay safe while barrelling down the highway in a tin can? [more inside]
posted by rippersid on Jul 1, 2014 - 41 answers

Bumped a neighbor's house over 2 yrs ago, now an insurance claim looms

I bent the metal railing and caused some cracks in the brick staircase. After talking with the owner of the house, nothing was done for over 2 years. Now the owner is considering a repair and has told me that he's gotten quotes for $4000. How should I respond to this situation to both protect myself and take responsibility for my actions? [more inside]
posted by cubby on Jun 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Why is my husband's driving making me crazy?

In the last 6 months, I have suddenly gone from being entirely comfortable riding in the car, to a glued to the seat, slamming the imaginary brake scaredypants whenever my husband drives. He hasn't changed. Why have I? [more inside]
posted by my left sock on Jun 29, 2014 - 18 answers

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