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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

Considerations buying a car in Chicago to take to Brooklyn.

Living in Brooklyn, what do I need to know about buying a new car in Chicago and bringing it back? [more inside]
posted by cgk on May 1, 2012 - 1 answer

What other cars should I look out for?

Which cars to look for? My budget is between $5-7k. $10k is the most I can spend, but I prefer an amount closer to $5k. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Apr 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Can a car in Illinois have "In-Transit" plates permanently affixed?

Can a car in Illinois have "In-Transit" plates permanently affixed? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco on Apr 25, 2012 - 3 answers

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume?

What's the most efficient long-term diet in terms of weight and volume? [more inside]
posted by meetar on Apr 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Rent a BMW 3 or equivalent in NJ

Want to rent a BMW 3 or equivalent when I am in NJ. Pick up Newark airport or any other NJ location within 60 miles of Newark Airport. I found websites that rent out exotic cars for like $2k a day. I am not looking for an exotic car. I just want something like a bmw 3 or audio a4 etc. Can anyone recommend a site or rental company? I can look up the rates but if you know them then feel free to mention it. Thanks!
posted by r2d2 on Apr 22, 2012 - 5 answers

How should I go about selling my car?

How should I go about selling my car? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Apr 16, 2012 - 10 answers

What do I do with a brand-new car?

How do you "break in" a new car? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat on Apr 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Mechanics open on Saturdays in the greater Seattle area

Buying-a-used-car-filter: please recommend a non-dealership mechanic in the Seattle/Redmond area who can check out a car for me before I buy it. The hard part: they need to be open tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Mar 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Good city car that fits 2+ car seats?

What's a good car for city living that will allow me to have 2 car seats and room for passengers? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Mar 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Like driving an iPhone

What's a good mid-range car for a person who likes shiny electronic gizmos? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Mar 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Those backpacks ain't gonna haul themselves

With kid #2, and our current car hitting the "out of warranty" mark, I'm looking to move onto another vehicle this late-sprint/summer. So please give your opinions on what brand & model you think I should shoot for given my criteria. [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc on Mar 6, 2012 - 28 answers

I want to feel like I'm piloting a spaceship with four wheels.

Autofilter: is one bluetooth-enabled ODB2 scanner better than another? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Mar 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Tools for European Cars

Peugeot tools - how do I price these? [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Mar 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Car Death and Taxes

How do I stop paying vehicle excise tax in RI when I haven't lived there in years and I don't even own the car anymore? [more inside]
posted by d(-_-)b on Feb 25, 2012 - 4 answers

What is your opinion on aftermarket cruise control?

What are your experience with aftermarket cruise control? Specifically I'm asking about the 2012 Subaru Impreza hatchback base model, which doesn't include cruise control. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Feb 22, 2012 - 15 answers

Drive / Fast & Furious 5 Movie Night

Double-feature movie night running order quandary - Fast 5 and Drive [more inside]
posted by Hugobaron on Feb 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Econobox of Doom

Help me persuade a concerned relative that a minicar is not a death trap. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Feb 15, 2012 - 41 answers

Do car alarms really deter theft?

Do car alarms really stop car thefts? [more inside]
posted by juniperesque on Feb 5, 2012 - 14 answers

Something's up with my car's brake system but I don't know what.

Can someone help me figure out why my car is acting up? It's starting to drive me insane. It's some issue with the brake fluid system, I think, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by Modica on Feb 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Wheels on the box go round and round

What do I need to know to buy all-new wheels for my 2006 Scion xB? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Feb 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance?

Should I file a claim with my auto insurance? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Jan 26, 2012 - 9 answers

How do I make a career out of test-driving high-performance cars for, say, BMW's M Division and so forth?

How do I break into a career of test driving vehicles for the performance divisions of luxury automakers (BMW's M division, Mercedes' AMG division, Porsche, etc)? [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Jan 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Collection of questions concerning creatively capturing cars with a camera?

I am a novice photographer who would like to improve my skills at photographing vintage cars primarily outdoors in natural light. I am looking to replace my old Nikon D50 and 18-55mm lens with a Nikon D3300. What would be the must-have lenses, filters and accessories for my task? Also best camera settings? Also interested in tricks for getting compelling images. Close up? High angle? Low angle? Just experiment? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Jan 24, 2012 - 17 answers

Fair way to share vehicle expenses with SO

What is a reasonable and fair way to divide up car costs when you are sharing your vehicle with your SO? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jan 23, 2012 - 38 answers

Oh Please, more fees?

California Used Car DMV Fees: dealer was supposed to pay dmv fees on my new (used)car but they lowballed the estimated fees on my receipt...now I get a letter from them asking for the difference. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

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