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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

What kind of vehicle should we buy for our vintage clothing business?

A friend and I run a small-but-growing online vintage clothing business. We've recently branched out into showing at vintage truck shows in the Chicago area. As of now, we've been using a friend's Saab hatchback. Unfortunately, this isn't a really a sustainable option for us; it's also a bit of a tight fit for our 200ish garments, 2 - 3 clothing racks, bust, and table. We're interesting in purchasing a used vehicle so that we can continue to travel with our merchandise. Ideally, we'd like something that is reliable, safe, and has some extra space to grow alongside our business. Unfortunately, our budget is on the low side: we'd like to spend less than $5000... the cheaper the better. Thoughts? Recommendations? Should we rent instead of buy? Thanks for sharing your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by moxie_milquetoast on Aug 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Reluctant commitment-phobe driver seeks short term bulletproof wheels.

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 - 8 answers

Visitors to L.A: Was traffic better or worse than you expected?

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 - 60 answers

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Nov 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Ye Olde Commute

Getting from San Francisco to Mountain View every weekday over the summer, but don't currently own a car. How should I do it? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on May 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I dump my Element for a Mini Cooper?

I've got a 2003 Honda Element, which I love and have recommended to others. But I miss good gas mileage and the fun of driving a sporty car. [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Jun 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Sending a vehicle across Australia!

Transporting-Cars-Filter: My brother is working on the mines in Western Australia and would like to get his jeep or scooter transported from Gold Coast to Perth / Karratha. Any idea how to do this as cheaply as possible? Brother has heard that rail freight is a less expensive option. [more inside]
posted by mjao on Aug 6, 2010 - 3 answers

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship?

good research materials on the subject of electric cars, 3d modeling and/or entrepreneurship? [more inside]
posted by groovinkim on Jul 20, 2009 - 4 answers

Driving a stick shift with stitches.

I recently had stitches on the underside of my big toe and second toe on my left foot and four days later, it's time to go back to work. Unfortunately, I drive a stick shift. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai on Jul 29, 2007 - 12 answers

San Diego visitor tips for Seaworld area, and do we need a car?

Visiting San Diego this weekend: do we need a rental car, and is there anything secret and great near Seaworld that we should see? (esp. good coffeeshops for hanging around in?) [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jun 4, 2007 - 24 answers

Cars sold in US?

Looking for car *brands* currently sold at dealerships in the United States. I've got a 40+ member list (after the jump) that strikes me as fairly exhaustive but I also have this nagging feeling that I'm missing one or more "niche" brands. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on May 9, 2006 - 18 answers

It's a parking lot on the southbound 101 this morning

Why do people in Los Angeles usually refer to their numbered highways with "the" (for example, US 101 is "the one-oh-one")? [more inside]
posted by armage on Feb 28, 2006 - 117 answers

Tips or suggestions for shipping a car cross-country?

Tips/suggestions for shipping a car cross-country? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Dec 28, 2005 - 18 answers

zipcar and car donation questions

Does anyone have any experience with zipcar? I have to get rid of my car but would like an alternative to occassional rentals. Also, ancillarily, any advice on donating an old but much beloved car to charity? [more inside]
posted by helcat on Dec 17, 2004 - 19 answers

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