What do I put on a car insurance quote form? I am moving (NJ/NY/CA), changing jobs, and going through at least 3 unique stages of driving frequency/behavior over the next few months. And it really feels like most of this isn't the insurance company's business.
But clearly I need to put *something* in each field. :) Help? Here are my facts, what parts of this should be put into the form?
1) I've worked full time in NY for just over a year now
2) I am unemployed between now and the end of June and for most of August
3) I have a full time, residential job in NY during July
3) I'm interviewing for jobs in CA that will begin in late August/early September and have already gotten at least one offer. But I haven't made the choice yet and won't for at least another month.
1) I've lived in NJ for just over a year now
2) I'm buying a used car from a friend in NC (my home state) next week
3) But I'm moving to CA and the car will be parked in CA starting in July
4) I myself will be in NY for the duration of July
5) I will begin renting and driving in CA in August
1) Between June 1st and June 30th, I'm doing quite a bit of inter-state driving, although not all at once.
2) I'm parking the car and not driving it at all in July
3) I'm using the car to commute in CA in August and beyond [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh
on May 20, 2014 -
I have a newly acquired 2007 Lexus ES350 sedan. It was my dad's, it is in excellent shape, has been well maintained, and has 50,000 miles on it. I drove a 2003 Lexus before this and had a similar issue to the one I'm having on the 2007, which is that the brakes are just too soft for my tastes. It seems it is part of Lexus' "feel" to keep the ride smooth but I really dislike that I have to press so far and so early to get a good stop. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138
on Apr 22, 2014 -
Hello - just got a speeding ticket in manhattan (44 in a 30 zone).
*I haven't had a ticket or violation of any kind in over 5 years (actually over 10 years).
*honestly I was just passing an erratically driving bozo in front of me
*it came out to $200, ouch. (plus probably 12% increase in insurance, which would come out to $80 to $100 per year). Ouch.
Is this worth fighting? I'd wind up in tvb-land (harlem dmv office on 125th, i'm pretty sure). The cop got me on radar.
I know it sounds like a lost cause - but would my spectacularly safe previous driving record, and that I was just passing a guy, help me at all? Is it worth trying? Whats your experience? Could I negotiate down to a non-moving violation based on the above? I've read elsewhere that having a clean previous record as I do can help?
thanks for any advice.
posted by jak68
on Apr 1, 2014 -
I've become mildly obsessed with trying to improve the fuel efficiency of my old truck. I've already done all the basic things and I realize that I'm fighting physics at this point, but what else might I consider if I wanted to make a bit of a hobby out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Nov 19, 2013 -
So I have an old truck. I'd like to hear your suggestions for tools, spare parts, fluids, etc that I should keep on hand in the truck either in case something goes wrong or in case I find myself having to do something tool-related while I'm out of the house. Hit me with your best suggestions! [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Nov 5, 2013 -
Our vanpool just switched to a 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan. It's a FlexFuel vehicle and we'd like to know when/if it makes sense to use E85 fuel.
We live in Minnesota. Our typical commute is 40 miles at highway speeds.
Environmental concerns will be weighed, but so will economical ones.
posted by advicepig
on Oct 9, 2013 -
I've recently had occasion to take a multi-hour drive with someone who who very consistently drove in a matter that felt very dangerous to me. There was a lot of tailgating, sudden lane changing, and more than a few last-second turns. I sat quietly in the back seat. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first
on Sep 5, 2013 -
Can you help me solve my rapidly deteriorating transportation situation? I am a car dependent person who hates everything about cars, and my relatively beloved 1985 Mercedes 300 seems to have finally had it. In spite of the child's voice in my head screaming I DON'T WANT TO, I need to figure out how I'm going to get myself to and from work...maybe too many details below! Personal experience with car lease takeovers as well as general life advice about solving this problem like a grown up especially welcome! [more inside]
posted by justjess
on Jun 8, 2013 -
I reply to a fair number of L.A. travel questions here and many of the answers (including mine) often contain dire warnings about traffic. This happens even if traffic isn't directly related to the question being asked.
So, visitors to our fair city, how bad was the traffic really
, and what information/advice can I give to newbie LA tourists who drive? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Apr 29, 2013 -
Can you help me understand, once and for all, what I need to do to get the best mileage out of my manual-transmission car? [more inside]
posted by Scientist
on Oct 2, 2012 -
New Jersey gasoline is more efficient than Massachusetts gasoline? I seem to get much better gas mileage with both my cars when they are filled up in NJ. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello
on Jul 26, 2012 -
I am going on a road trip next week that will include Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and points in between. I'd love some suggestions of fun, amazing, quirky, or air conditioned things to do along the way. We'll be coordinating rest stops so any 'in between' suggestions would be especially appreciated. Moderately physically active OK, strenuous not so much. Trip includes very small children.
posted by bq
on Jul 21, 2011 -
I am terrified of driving cars. I don't have much experience driving (lived in a large city and used public transportation until recently). I find myself thinking that I will get into a car accident every time I get into the car. It is especially bad on the highway, and I even experience shortness of breath and major anxiety while on the highway. Help! [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial
on Apr 13, 2011 -
I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days.
But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka
on Jan 30, 2011 -
I drive a 2003 Manual-Transmission Honda Element, and I've gotten into the habit of shifting into neutral at every opportunity, usually when I'm at the top of a large hill. I do this under the impression that this is saving me gas, but I'm curious about the specifics. [more inside]
posted by ejfox
on Oct 13, 2010 -
Road test in Toronto (G1 exit for those familiar with Ontario's graduated permits). I've never taken a road test before and want to know what specific little details they look for that people commonly forget. [more inside]
posted by thenormshow
on Jul 12, 2009 -
29 year old UK resident without a driver's license and I've just been offered a six month job swap in California from later this year. How do I best go about procuring a license in the UK and then a car in the US? [more inside]
posted by Molesome
on Aug 4, 2008 -
Is it bad to keep my clutch pedal pushed all the way in as I brake for stop signs and turns? Should I instead shift to neutral, let the pedal out, and then shift back into gear when I need it? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I
on Jun 20, 2008 -
Should I drive from Austin to Minneapolis to pick up a free car, and then drive it back to Austin spending approximately $380 on hotels and gas, or should I pay $750 to get the car shipped? [more inside]
posted by jeffxl
on Dec 25, 2007 -
The "check tire inflation" warning light just on my dashboard is on. Am I safe to drive to Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
posted by arianell
on Nov 22, 2007 -
I've recently purchased a standard because I used to drive one and loved it, but I've never really been properly trained in how to drive one. The car I bought is much more powerful than the one I've learned on, and I'd appreciate some answers to a few questions and any general tips you've got to help me get the most of out my new clutch (and car). [more inside]
posted by patr1ck
on Sep 21, 2007 -
I am horrible at parking:-( Thanks to the great advice in this
thread, I was able to pass my driver's test. Unfortunately, my parking skills are all over the map. Is this something that will improve with more practice, or are there certain tricks and techniques that I should know?
posted by Esther Festers
on Jun 30, 2006 -
What's a good safe place to park a car for maybe 4 days along the I-80 corridor, south/west of Davis CA and north/east of the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by luriete
on Sep 7, 2005 -
-- Lately I notice a LOT more pig-people throwing cigarette butts and other trash from their car windows. Is it just me noticing? If not, WTF?
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Sep 2, 2005 -
AutomotiveFilter: Adult (over 35) learning to drive for the first time. The car of my dreams, a Mini Cooper, would be waitlisted approximately 11 months. What to do in the meantime? More inside. [more inside]
posted by matildaben
on Feb 2, 2005 -
Road trip help please! Can my car survive a 7 hour drive? And what I can do to improve survivability? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie
on Feb 10, 2004 -