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What do I do with this dead car?

My car (97 Oldsmobile Aurora in pretty bad physical condition) is more or less a lost cause. The fuel pump is shot, the battery's dead, and it won't turn over because of those two things working in conjunction. It also has no working AC or radio. It's sitting on the street, as it has been for the past several weeks. I need to do something with it and get rid of it but I have never had to do this. Never had to even sell a car. What do I do?
posted by Modica on Nov 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Do we have to drive a tank?

Since car safety ratings are based on equal sized cars, how can I maximize safety while minimizing size? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Nov 11, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I fix up an old Fiat?

I want to fix up a fun little old car, but haven't really worked on cars much before. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by epilnivek on Nov 9, 2012 - 25 answers

Filing a claim with the city maybe

Messed up my car! City construction work was involved. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Nov 1, 2012 - 8 answers

get it right

Any MeFites with experience adjusting to an imported right hand drive vehicle? [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Oct 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Spend the Dough to Make it Go?

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]
posted by ecorrocio on Oct 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me figure out why my car is making horrible sounds?

I am worried about the sounds emanating from my car. Could it be an alignment issue? [more inside]
posted by Loto on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Austin travel tips?

Thinking of a January trip to Austin, and I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Volvo - What to do with the engine?

I have a 1991 Volvo 740 with a 4 cylinder engine that was rebuilt less than 3000 miles ago. Car was just in an accident that totaled the car but didn't affect the engine. So I figure I'll look for another Volvo that needs an engine. Does anyone know what year & models can take that engine? Or point me in the direction of where to look. Or just part the car out and start fresh? Thank you!
posted by mikedelic on Oct 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Do I "owe" him a ride home if he pays for the date?

Do I "owe" him a ride home if he pays for the date? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Oct 12, 2012 - 100 answers

So how worried should I be by these fumes.

I just bought a 2007 Hyundai Elantra. I'm having some issues with fumes. [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone on Oct 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Best Route from DC area to Indianapolis?

Road trip with my wife next week. I'm looking for practical experience with routes from Fredericksburg VA to Indianapolis IN. [more inside]
posted by COD on Oct 5, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get the most mileage out of my manual-transmission car?

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 - 27 answers

Should I consider an all-wheel-drive car?

Should I buy an all-wheel-drive car? [more inside]
posted by eeby on Sep 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Help me ID this 60's sedan

Help me ID this car (mid-60's American Sedan) : [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello on Sep 28, 2012 - 8 answers

Should I go for the really, really new car smell?

I've always heard, "Don't buy a first-run car, wait until the model has been in production for a few years." But, I'm really interested in the 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Would the fact that it's essentially a jacked-up Impreza offset that rule of thumb? Or should I stay far away from being one of the first US owners of this vehicle? [more inside]
posted by weathergal on Sep 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Where should I get my car's brakes checked?

I need my car's brakes looked at. Where should I have this done, and should I expect to pay for it? How much? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Sep 20, 2012 - 15 answers

After a bunch of trips to mechanics, my car engine is hesitating/missing intermittently, and I would love a second opinion.

My 1998 Nissan Sentra GXE (1.6L) has been acting up for the past few weeks, in decreasing degrees of severity. After a varied set of problems and repairs, the engine now hesitates at random, more often when idling than when driving. It sounds like it's about to die completely and then returns to normal in a second. What the heck is going on? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth on Sep 14, 2012 - 12 answers

In search of a motor vehicle that can take what I dish out

Help my find my dream motor vehicle: I want a durable and dependable ride that can take a fair amount of abuse and is cheap to fix. What do I need? [more inside]
posted by pupus on Sep 14, 2012 - 23 answers

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter?

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter? [more inside]
posted by bleachandink on Sep 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Can I farm my car out to the movies?

Weird question: Is there a place I can register my newly-acquired vintage car for use as a movie prop? [more inside]
posted by mibo on Sep 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Explain car lights to me

Which car lights should I use when? On different cars: How do I select them? How do I know which ones are on? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 3, 2012 - 28 answers

What is the model of this car's engine?

Where can I find information about the engine specifications of a car down to its manufacturer and model number? [more inside]
posted by jacobw on Aug 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Bought a Toyota, how do I make it last a long time?

I recently bought a 2011 Toyota Corolla with 37,000 miles on it, it's Toyota certified. I drive about 2000 miles per month (probably more). When I'm done with college, I'm hoping to move closer to work at reduce my overall commute by 50% or more, but right now I'm stuck at 2000ish miles a month (lots of alone car time). [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 22, 2012 - 18 answers

Selling a car from afar, help me avoid pitfalls!

I am moving from Colorado to New Jersey and unfortunately have not managed to sell my car. I am at a loss as what to do with the car but taking it with me is not an option in the short term. I have a friend who can take care of the car and possibly show it to interested buyers but I am unaware of the limitations or pitfalls of this process (aside from inconveniencing my friend). What would be the issues I would have to deal with? Is there a way other than craigslist that I should by trying? Carmax is too far to try out. Any other ideas?
posted by occidental on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Which is better for the environment? A new Prius or a used gas guzzler?

I have an ongoing (friendly) disagreement with a guy I know. He drives a Toyota Prius because it's "better for the environment" than buying, say, a new Subaru Outback. Fine. I get that. But my argument is that it would be even better for the environment if he were to buy a used Subaru Outbook. I've never run the numbers, but it seems to me that if you were to buy the most gas-guzzling of used cars, the fact that you're not causing a new vehicle to be produced would make up for the lack of fuel efficiency. Can you help support my position? Or, alternatively, give me solid numbers as to why I'm wrong? Are there websites that have run analyses on this sort of thing already?
posted by jdroth on Aug 10, 2012 - 24 answers

I am about to destroy this car.

I could use some help figuring out why my brake system's messed up. I asked before in this thread and they gave me some ideas, which I followed up on. But... [more inside]
posted by Modica on Aug 7, 2012 - 6 answers

help me find my perfect vehicle

I have a 4 yo and another on the way. We camp a lot. We have a VW jetta wagon, but it's getting cramped and we need something bigger. I like the Mazda 5 but my wife thinks it's "too minivan looking." ANy suggestions for maxi-wagons that have that third row of seating that can fold down into cargo space? We do not want an SUV but may have to consider something on the small end of the SUV range ... and we're hoping not to spend more than 24k. Used/new/prev lease all are options.
posted by luriete on Jul 30, 2012 - 22 answers

What was that van?

Please help me identify a strange, retrofuturistic van that I saw. [more inside]
posted by zjacreman on Jul 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Is NJ gas better than Massachusetts gas?

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 - 23 answers

What fees will I face to register a title transfer a year late

I bought about a year ago car in Chicago, Illinois but haven't yet updated the registration info. What penalties could I be facing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Buying a used car by proxy

We need to buy a used car in Phoenix, Arizona. We know roughly what we want, but we don't have time to shop for it, and we're currently in another state anyway. Can we hire some kind of agent in the Phoenix area to car-shop for us? [more inside]
posted by Maximian on Jul 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Car conundrum: fix it or pitch it?

My '03 Hyundai Accent has serious mechanical issues. I'm working poor. Would it be wiser to see if it's worth it to shell out for repairs or immediately pass her on and do without a car until I can get a replacement (that might not be much better)? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Jul 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me decide between a VW Golf Wagon and Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester or VW Golf Wagon? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm on Jul 9, 2012 - 34 answers

Making sure my 100K VW Jetta will be as reliable as it has for a few more years.

Car Maintenance Filter: 100K 2000 VW Jetta - What should I expect at the 100K checkup? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Moving to BC with a car

My wife and I are moving to British Columbia on temporary work permits, from the US, and we'll be bringing in a car. However, we want to drive up through Alberta (Burgess Shale tourism!) on our way to Vancouver, and I'm concerned that this may cause major headaches with regard to insurance, registration, licenses, etc. Please help us avoid border crossing nightmares! [more inside]
posted by inkfish on Jun 28, 2012 - 6 answers

What does "passing on the right" actually mean?

What does "passing on the right" actually mean? [more inside]
posted by eotvos on Jun 24, 2012 - 47 answers

I was caught speeding at 97 in a 75... What can I do to get out of it?

I got clocked at 22 over the speed limit. The court date is September 10, the cop told me if I pay within the 20 days, they will drop it from 6 points to 4 points. Should I appear in court? What can I do to reduce this ticket? Will they reduce it if I go to court? How much will this raise my insurance? About me: 23, never had a ticket before this, pulled over once before and given a warning. The ticket is $250.
posted by snow_mac on Jun 23, 2012 - 15 answers

Books for three little boys?

I need recommendations for books to give my nephews for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th respective birthdays! [more inside]
posted by Kpele on Jun 20, 2012 - 7 answers

What's wrong with my car's brakes?

My brake pedal sinks when I turn on my car. And my brake lights flicker. What could be the problem? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 12, 2012 - 15 answers

MeFi Car People...Please Help!

I find myself having an extra car and a close friend who needs one. Difficulty: I promised to not sell this car. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jun 10, 2012 - 23 answers

I really, really, really don't want him to be THAT guy.

My husband has the opportunity to buy a [lower-end luxury brand sports car] from an ill family friend for a great deal. I am totally against it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 146 answers

Please help me find a new car to fit my specific need.

Please help me choose a new car. I'm struggling to find something that works for me! [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on May 28, 2012 - 13 answers

Do cars really go 10,000 miles between oil changes these days?

We bought our first new car of the millennium back in March, and it came with free oil changes for life. Since it hit 5000 miles this week, my wife stopped by the dealership for an oil change / tire rotation. They are telling her that the car (2011 Corolla) only needs an oil change every 10,000 miles because they are using synthetic oil. I religiously change the oil in my cars every 5000 miles, and the idea of going 10,000 miles makes me nervous. Should it make me nervous?
posted by COD on May 23, 2012 - 27 answers

How were car emblems designed?

My focus is mainly on the chrome badges that labeled models of the 1940sā€“ā€™70s, as celebrated at Chromeography. Who was generally responsible for designing the emblem? Were they from inside the car company? Did they have lettering experience or were they more often car designers who were handed the job because there was no one better available? Has the situation changed much since then? [more inside]
posted by Typographica on May 23, 2012 - 1 answer

Car brakes broken?

Car Experts ahoy! 2009 Sonata with grinding rear brakes. Dealership says its normal wear and not covered under warranty... I'm skeptical.... [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

former hipster seeks family car with function

Does this car exist (USA)? 4 wheel drive, third row seating, manual transmission? No sliding doors; I don't want a minivan. Help me maintain my dignity while driving kids around, please. [more inside]
posted by iscatter on May 12, 2012 - 23 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

Save My Asphalt

My son's car (my old 97 Mazda 626) has a minor oil leak. It's damaging my asphalt driveway. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by COD on May 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Yes I'm Sirius, and don't call me Shirley.

Surpriseish birthday gift filter: Shirley, the hive mind knows more than me for radios, and can pull together a Sirius XM radio recs/kit recs for installation in a 2006 Toyota Prius (currently has factory radio)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 4, 2012 - 4 answers

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