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Should I drive DC to Philly to bring wife spare car key?

My wife lost her car key in a restaurant parking lot last night. I'm home near DC with two kids (2 & 7) while she attends a conference outside Philadelphia. How do we get her home tonight? [more inside]
posted by Straw Cab on Feb 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Looking for a stand-alone car GPS device that updates its maps over wifi

I've a family member who wants to find a stand-alone GPS navigator for use in a car. But, she doesn't have easy access to a windows or mac computer and thus needs to be able to update the map database over wifi. [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Feb 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Selling a used pickup truck in CA

I have some questions about selling a used truck via private party sale. Process, plates, smog. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jan 29, 2016 - 5 answers

Detail My Ride . . . Difficulty Level: NYC

Can anyone in the NYC area recommend an auto detailing shop that can manage light paint correction and scratch repair work? [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Jan 29, 2016 - 3 answers

How comfortable would you be making this drive?

I'm thinking of driving from Portland to Las Vegas in August in a 20-year-old car (1996 Nissan Altima) with 183,000 miles on it. Owning a car is still new to me so I'm trying to figure out if I'm being overly cautious. Would you make this drive? [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Jan 21, 2016 - 35 answers

Is there any remaining value on my car's extended warranty to cash out?

I bought an extended warranty with my new Honda back in 2007, and the contract expired in 2013. Is there any remaining value to cash out, and how much might I be owed? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jan 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Turo Test

I'd like to try renting a car through Turo. My insurance covers rental cars (I live and will be driving the car in California); does this apply to cars rented through Turo? Tell me about your experiences with Turo--what should I know before I rent? [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat on Jan 15, 2016 - 2 answers

Job prospects for a female auto mechanic?

I'm currently an apprentice at an auto repair shop and considering my options for working in this field long-term. Wondering about hourly pay, work culture, best way to get training, etc. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Jan 14, 2016 - 12 answers

Should I repair and sell or scrap/donate my old car?

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus station wagon with 170,000 miles. The other day the starter died, and it should cost anywhere from 200-300 dollars to fix it. If I scrap it, I'll get 100 bucks. Should I take it to a mechanic, have them repair it, then sell it? Or donate it? [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest on Jan 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Right turns and u turns

It occurred to me if you're making a right turn from, say, a parking lot, you would be in obvious conflict with someone in the left turn lane who decides to make a u turn (which you would have no way of knowing beforehand). When you're making a right on red or from a parking lot, do you usually wait for the left turn lane to be clear of cars? Or is that overkill? I never see people taking that precaution and I think lots of honking would result if you did.
posted by theshire on Jan 9, 2016 - 23 answers

How do I trade in my vehicle for a cheaper one if I still owe money?

Several months ago, I purchased a Jeep Unlimited. Sadly, I can't afford it- I've missed two payments so far, and I still owe about $6000 on it. I want to trade it in for a cheaper vehicle. How would this work, exactly? Would I have to trade it in to the dealership where I bought it, or can I shop around? [more inside]
posted by t(h)om(as) on Jan 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Massachusetts - front license plate stolen on leased vehicle

My front license plate was stolen. The police officer who took the report said to go to the station on Monday and get a copy of the report, then go to the RMV for further instructions. The lease is in my name, but the registration is in the name of the lien holder, Nissan Finance. And since it's a lease, I don't have the title to the car. So, what do I need to bring to the RMV to deal with this?
posted by Ain on Jan 3, 2016 - 5 answers

can you help me find the right car?

I really need some help picking out a new car, that I would like to buy pretty soon. Details within. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Dec 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Time for a new car. Suggestions?

I'm overwhelmed with choices. Help me buy another car. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Dec 19, 2015 - 27 answers

How to keep my car safe parked outdoors?

I am going to be moving to a new city and for the first time will be keeping my car parked on the street 24/7. This is unavoidable. Are there any suggestions y'all have for keeping my car safe beyond the usual (park under streetlight, keep valuables out)? Perhaps some way of making it so it can't be started if broken into?
posted by holmesian on Dec 15, 2015 - 21 answers

How much is this car I was gifted going to cost me here in Seattle?

I was just given a 2004 Ford Focus. I have a clean driving record, am 39, and haven't been insured for 12 years. Any estimates on what tabs, registration, and insurance is going to cost?
posted by letstrythis on Dec 3, 2015 - 8 answers

Why were car headlights ever designed to stay on when the key's removed?

This seems to be changing somewhat these days. I see a lot of models these days that shut them off, but still every day I get messages from an admin at work telling people that their lights are on in the parking lot. This has been killing batteries for nearly a century now. Is there a good reason for what seems to be a design flaw?
posted by basehead on Nov 30, 2015 - 18 answers

Lesbian ISO efficient/reliable/>~$22k car. Yes, Subarus are on the list.

I'm interested in a fuel efficient, reliable, modern, fun to drive car. Ideally >$22-25k. Doesn't need to be fancy. [more inside]
posted by atayah on Nov 30, 2015 - 22 answers

I left my dog in the car for under 10 minutes. Did I abuse my dog?

I take my great dane everywhere except for the grocery store. I left her in the car for ten minutes tops, came back to a mean note citing animal abuse. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Nov 29, 2015 - 38 answers

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 - 7 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

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