The Ask: We love our new car, and want to be good parents to it, and we're able to pay dealer prices for maintenance and repair. BUT we want to get our money's worth, we want to last for a very long time, and we have other expenses (like our upcoming wedding) to pay for. So, should we place our trust in a dealership or a private garage? Which have you had better luck with, and why? The saga continues inside. [more inside]
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]
Recently moved to the South Bay area of Los Angeles County and I am looking for a good place to take my Toyota Corolla for any maintenance and repairs it may need. [more inside]
I don't have a lot of money, or experience, or tools, and about a year ago I asked about fixing up an old Fiat. Most people told me that wasn't a great idea, and that I should look into Volkswagens, and since then I've fallen in love with the VW Beetle. My question is this: what are some ways I can (1) find a VW Beetle that is a good candidate to wrench on that probably won't need everything but the chassis replaced and (2) get into the "old Beetle enthusiast" community without having a ton of disposable income? [more inside]
1. The truck's broke. 2. It would cost about half it's meager value to fix. 3. I'm ready for a new vehicle. So, do I........? [more inside]
My friends 02 honda crv which she has taken immaculate care suddenly totaled itself. She has had every conceivable maintenance on time from the dealership and they say they cannot do anything to help. She either drops 5 grand on a new engine or buys a new car. Is there anything anyone can do? [more inside]
How likely is fixing this Audi to be cost effective? [more inside]
What should I look out for while buying a used cargo van for my business? Or is there an alternative? [more inside]
Help me sort through the hype, gimmicks, and dealer doublespeak. What do I need to service on my car at 50,000 miles? [more inside]
How much do I charge for my lovingly restored 1970 Dodge Dart Swinger with a salvage title? [more inside]
What is the REAL life span of auto spare parts compared to what the manufacturer or the auto mechanic tells you? Is there some sort of graph showing risk of failure of parts versus time out there? Specifically I am interested in Peugeot cambelt life spans. How dead am I if it fails? [more inside]
My car has developed pulsing brakes and a low-speed wobble, for the second time in under 2 years. Help me get it fixed right this time, please? [more inside]
Dodgy charges for a car repair and recommendations for extended warranties? [more inside]
I am returning my Hyundai Accent after a four-year lease and leasing a new car with the same dealer. They evaluated some damage on the returned car which we negotiated around. Can the dealer legally come back after me in the future for any additional repairs or problems they find with my car that they did not find initially.
I have a 99 Hyundai Sonata, that we purchased used from a Hyundai dealer. The remainder of the manufacturers warranty remains...and we purchased the extended warranty. I Took it to my friendly neighborhood repair shop to have the rotors replaced. They mentioned to me that we also might need to have a bearing replaced. Here's the question... if I take it to the dealer they want to charge me $75 just to look at it to tell me if it's covered by warranty. Does replacing the bearing sound like something that might be covered by my warranty?