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Do hearses make house calls?

In a small city in Illinois, last night we saw a hearse in the driveway of a neighbor down the block. No other cars, police, or activity were in evidence. We know this person is elderly, but we don't actually know her. Because I've seen a cab come to her house, I believe she doesn't drive, and I have seen a second, somewhat less elderly person come by and do yard work for her occasionally. This second person's car wasn't there last night either. We don't actually see our neighbor very often, especially in winter, so if she's still there, we might not see her in passing for a while. I was under the impression that if someone had died at their home, an ambulance would transport them; I don't think I've ever seen a hearse at a private home before. Was this the end for my neighbor, or did her hypothetical niece the hypothetical mortician pop in for supper in a company car or something? Anyone have any knowledge about hearse customs?
posted by Occula on Dec 27, 2011 - 13 answers

How do i prevent ice or frost on my car windows

Car De-froster/De-icer? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

My car is dead. What Now?

My 1987 Mercedes 300SDL abruptly and unexpectedly died recently, and the verdict finally came in from the shop today that short of replacing the engine (not going to happen), it's a lost cause. So, what now? [more inside]
posted by hafehd on Nov 29, 2011 - 17 answers

I Want It Made Out of Black Box Material

Toyota Yaris 2012 or an alternative compact bubble car? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on Nov 26, 2011 - 22 answers

Where we're going, we don't need...wheels

Selling a financed car. Comfortably right-side-up on the loan. Should we sell it to a dealer or a private party? Complication: Moving overseas in just over a month. [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I address communication problems with my mechanic?

My mechanic said my car would be done four days ago. It's still not done. How can I, or should I, address this? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Nov 7, 2011 - 12 answers

help me be a better car owner

I am a first time car owner, and I realized recently that I am not taking proper care of my car, nor do I know how to take proper care of my car. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 7, 2011 - 20 answers

What's the story with these goofball cars?

Take a large sedan, paint it some obnoxious color, and bolt on absurdly large wheels: what is this style of modified vehicle called, and why do people think it looks cool? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Nov 3, 2011 - 36 answers

Modifying 4x2 truck into 4x4

What needs to be done to turn a 4x2 Toyota 2011 Tacoma truck to a 4x4? [more inside]
posted by badger11 on Oct 30, 2011 - 9 answers

Craigslist Whitetext Mystery

What are the mysterious, apparently non-sensical, religious-sounding words that are appearing as small white text on white background on Craigslist car+truck ads across several cities? [more inside]
posted by Extopalopaketle on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Identify This Car

What is this car that Jack Nicholson drives in The Passenger? Screen Cap.
posted by rmmcclay on Oct 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Why are all the cars in the UK new?

Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 5, 2011 - 26 answers

Carolina Breakdown

Why do I see so many abandoned cars in the Triangle? [more inside]
posted by Bromius on Oct 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Trouble with the car insurance claim process

Got a really weird call from a car insurance company after a minor accident. How does the car insurance system work in Australia? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Sep 27, 2011 - 10 answers

No touchscreens in the ashtray, please.

Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on on Sep 26, 2011 - 13 answers

How much is that car in my window?

What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
posted by alfanut on Sep 21, 2011 - 2 answers

2002 Audi TT with high miles: worth considering?

Used car question: Is a 2002 Audi TT 2 door Coupe Quattro 6-Speed ALMS Edition with 144,000 miles worth considering for purchase? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

Netbook for in-car entertainment

How can I turn my netbook into an in-car entertainment center? What software should I use, and what peripherals would make sense in an in-car setting? [more inside]
posted by mdavis1982 on Sep 11, 2011 - 2 answers

Am I being scammed?

Yesterday I sold a car and today I think the buyer is trying to scam me! [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Sep 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Smart car smart or not so smart?

Do you now or have you ever owned a Smart car? Did you like it? Hate it? Was the premium gasoline a pain? Was the mileage underwhelming or totally satisfactory? Did it blow over in a strong crosswind? Would you recommend it or passionately warn against it? Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Sep 7, 2011 - 26 answers

A couple of questions about selling a more expensive car on craigslist.

A couple of questions about selling a more expensive car on craigslist. [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Transferring a car title from an auction sale in Pennsylvania

Out-of-stater thinking about buying a car at auction in Pennsylvania. The title isn't at the auction house, but at a "messenger service" in town. Is this standard practice? [more inside]
posted by zxcvz on Sep 4, 2011 - 4 answers

Most effective way to buy a car with cash and no credit history?

I don't really know how car buying works, help please! [more inside]
posted by p3on on Aug 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Roof storage security

Multi-part questions about the security of the roof-top luggage box I just installed on my car. [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Aug 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Hawaiian License Plates in NY‽

I just got back from a 500 mile road trip on the New York Thruway. Spotted three cars with Hawaiian license plates. I have never seen one before. Obviously, they didn't drive to the mainland. Two were older cars, mid-ninety's econoboxes, one a big SUV. About how much would it cost to ship a car from the islands, or did they just bring their plates and buy a car locally?
posted by Marky on Aug 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Met with a minor accident (lady hit my parked car). Should I call insurance or take care of this myself?

A lady hit my car when it was parked at a mall. I have her insurance details and she is willing to take responsibility. My dilemma is this: - Even though this is a minor accident (scrath on the side) its going to show up on carfax as a accident - Correct??? [more inside]
posted by r2d2 on Aug 19, 2011 - 20 answers

Let's Make a Deal

How can I get the best deal on a car? Based on my previous question, I haven't decided if I am going to buy or lease. For either path, what techniques and tactics should I employ to get the best deal. Where can I find reliable information on prices? Do I play dealers off of one another? This question is not about buying vs. leasing. Let's just assume I am going to buy one car and lease another. How do I get the best deal on both?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town...

I'm buying my first used car from a person in my town. In what order to I get license plates, receive the title, and so on? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Aug 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Am I right to think it's practical start a commercial electric vehicle charging station?

I just bought an electric car -- Nissan Leaf -- and I am curious about what it'd take to start a commercial quick charging station in my area (Santa Monica, California). How do I best frame my thinking and analysis? [more inside]
posted by haykinson on Aug 17, 2011 - 8 answers

mix and match tires with all wheel drive?

I have a all wheel drive vehicle. A number of years ago all four tires were replaced , they have never been rotated. Now the fronts will not pass inspection but the rears probably have about 40% of tread left. I understand that one can ruin the transfer case if one runs different sized tires on this and many other all wheel drives. I would like to buy two of the exact same tires, which are still available, and put those on the back and put the old tires on the front. Do you think that the difference in diameter between the new tires and the partially worn ones will cause a problem with the drive train?
posted by flummox on Aug 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Ghost in the machine? Or does my check engine light mean something?

Why is my check engine light on at night? [more inside]
posted by boobjob on Aug 15, 2011 - 5 answers

What font does your car dashboard use?

Name that font: What font is commonly used on car dashboards? Not for the speedometer numbers and such, but for the 'Unleaded Fuel Only', or the 'Service Engine Soon' text? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Rolling in My Hooptie

Help me decide how to finance my vehicle purchases. I need to get two cars for my family. Could be new, could be used. I want both of these cars to have very high safety ratings. Everything else doesn't really matter. I could pay cash for two new cars, but that just seems stupid to do on a depreciating asset. Is the best course of action to find two used, yet reasonably new cars and pay cash? What if we like having new cars? Should we just lease two new vehicles? I have read that the best course of action is to buy a used car and drive it into the ground. That's great, but what if I leave the country again in 5 years. And do I really want to be driving around in a Hooptie in ten years. How do I approach the whole buy new / used, lease issue.
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Jumpin Jack Flash It's NOT a gas gas gas

Car battery dead at JFK long term parking after 3 week business trip. Port Authority Customer Care jumped it but it wouldn't keep a charge. What the hell do I do now? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 8, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me be less ignorant about cars.

I would like to not feel panicky when things go wrong with my car. Where can I learn the basics of how cars work and how to troubleshoot them? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

Please answer this pointless car question!

What car manufacturer has an R inside a wide oval as its logo? [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish on Aug 7, 2011 - 8 answers

What to check on a used turbocharged engine?

What should I look for in a used car with a turbocharged engine? Saab 9-5 2.3T. [more inside]
posted by czytm on Aug 4, 2011 - 7 answers

can I cut a giant hole in the roof of my truck ?

I want to put a sunroof in my 88 Ford F150. Other than leaks , what are some things I need to consider before cutting a hole in my roof ? [more inside]
posted by 70klicks on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me... my car was totaled at the dealership!

My car was totaled at the dealership, and I'm not sure if I need to lawyer up. [more inside]
posted by onceisnotenough on Aug 3, 2011 - 37 answers

Go Go Gadget Car

Selling my car (in California); am I getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole on Aug 2, 2011 - 4 answers

Why would the A/C make my car accelerate rough?

Why does my car's air conditioner cause it to hesitate when accelerating? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Jul 30, 2011 - 9 answers

carpayments

Im interested in the new 40 mpg hyundai accents they cost around 16000 i was just wondering assumeing i have no credit rateing at all ( ive never used a credit card ect cetra) was just wondering that the monthly payments would probably come to. Also if theres any programs in pennsylvannia for high mpg car trade in or programs to help a financialy um disadvantaged person get a new car
posted by quseio on Jul 28, 2011 - 14 answers

how do you cool down a turbocharger?

how do you cool down a turbocharger? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Jul 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Road Trip Filter: Ithaca, Buffalo, Niagara Falls

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 - 22 answers

What are these car reflector things?

Triangular reflector on a metal bar hanging from the left side of a car's bumper (Pics: Car 1, Car 2). What's it for? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Short term car usage while travelling in the US

What is the best option for getting a car for four months while on vacation in the US? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Jul 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Windshield vs Insurance

How can I convince my auto insurance company to pay for an OEM windshield? [more inside]
posted by veryblue1 on Jul 11, 2011 - 2 answers

I'm not very good at barely getting by

How can I get a car that runs when I have no money? [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Jul 8, 2011 - 19 answers

Will I blow my hybrid's great gas mileage if I put a roof rack on top?

Prius or Insight owners with Yakima or Thule roof racks: How much of a hit do you take on your gas mileage just from having the rack on the roof? (i.e. no bikes, skis, or cargo box on top) [more inside]
posted by takenRoad on Jul 8, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm really asking Mefi about license plate colors?

I've seen several solid orange license plates with black or navy lettering on them in the Chicagoland area in the past couple of days. A couple have been dealer plates, but I think not all of them. The Secretary of State and similar websites won't acknowledge the existence of these plates at all, and the closest I can find on Google are plates from decades and decades ago that obviously wouldn't be street legal today. What do these mysterious orange plates signify?
posted by Rallon on Jun 25, 2011 - 7 answers

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