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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 - 15 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 - 15 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 - 61 answers

Prius: Replace, recondition, or junk?

My 2005 Toyota Prius (160K miles) recently had a check engine light. After taking it to a mechanic, it looks like the main battery in the car, the traction battery, has kicked it. Should I replace the car, replace the battery, or pay someone to fix the battery? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux on Mar 17, 2015 - 11 answers

Do auto manufacturers test their cars on public roads in the US?

Cars and trucks go through all sorts of testing on private tracks, I'm sure. I'm curious to know if manufacturers get them out on the street driven by employees before they release them to the public. [more inside]
posted by GPF on Mar 2, 2015 - 17 answers

60 miles of driving before smog test?

Today I took my car in for a smog test. Apparently it was passing all of the steps, but one of the final ones (maybe the final one?) kept malfunctioning. [more inside]
posted by tan_coul on Feb 23, 2015 - 6 answers

What car should I get?

It is approaching time to replace my beloved 2001 VW Diesel Bug. What should I drive next? There's a nice snowstorm under the cut. [more inside]
posted by joycehealy on Feb 16, 2015 - 19 answers

Best strategy for quick car sell in Buffalo?

We're going to drive to the Buffalo area to sell the 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid mentioned in my last question, "How to sell our Ontario-registered never-imported American car". The car has 111,000 miles and is missing its front bumper cover due to a collision with a deer but is otherwise in good condition. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I convince myself to buy a car?

I car share with my former partner. How do I get myself to buy my own car? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Feb 14, 2015 - 26 answers

We're becoming SUV people!

We're just about at the point where it is time to trade in our little 2007 Mazda 3. It's been a fine car for us, but now that we have a car seat in the back, things are feeling a bit tight. We've also found ourselves putting money into it lately--$3000 in the last four or 5 months--and so we're starting to think about buying a new-to-us vehicle. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Feb 7, 2015 - 10 answers

What kind of car should I lease?

I used to own a 2003 BMW 325i, but it was sadly totaled. I've been intermittently renting cars & working from home since the wreck, and now it's time to bite the bullet and get one. I don't want to spend the money on another BMW. But I do want the next best thing. I have read many articles about buying vs. leasing and I've already decided to lease. I'm in the US. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Feb 2, 2015 - 39 answers

Help me reset my car's computer in time for Saturday's emissions test

Of course my check-engine light comes on 4 days before the deadline to get my emissions tested. The issue got fixed yesterday, but they told me it could take up to a week to reset my car's computer--and if I got my emissions tested before it fully reset, I'd fail. Can I put my car through all the necessary paces in 3 days? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jan 29, 2015 - 11 answers

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 - 13 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

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