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]
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]
Double-feature movie night running order quandary - Fast 5 and Drive [more inside]
Help me persuade a concerned relative that a minicar is not a death trap. [more inside]
Do car alarms really stop car thefts? [more inside]
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]
What do I need to know to buy all-new wheels for my 2006 Scion xB? [more inside]
Should I file a claim with my auto insurance? [more inside]
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]
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]
What is a reasonable and fair way to divide up car costs when you are sharing your vehicle with your SO? [more inside]
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]
I’m a month into a wonderful new job whose only downside is the much lengthier commute. My 13-year-old Accord simply isn’t giving me the kind of mileage I need, so I’m planning on buying something new soon. And that’s where you come in. [more inside]
I recently moved from California to Colorado, then acquired a new car. Meanwhile, my California registration on the old car expired. I want to sell the old car in Colorado, but it has no current registration and was never registered in this state. How can I take people on test drives? Just risk it? Is signing over the California title sufficient, then it's their job to get the car registered? Headache city, any advice is much appreciated.
What does four-wheel drive "feel" like? How would I know that it's on and operational? [more inside]
Removing the petrol cap door - is this a popular thing to do? [more inside]
How far does a car need to be driven to charge the battery? [more inside]
Is having a dash camera worthwhile? If so, any recommendations? [more inside]
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?
Car De-froster/De-icer? [more inside]
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]
Toyota Yaris 2012 or an alternative compact bubble car? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What needs to be done to turn a 4x2 Toyota 2011 Tacoma truck to a 4x4? [more inside]
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]
What is this car that Jack Nicholson drives in The Passenger? Screen Cap.
Why aren't there any (or many) older cars on the road in the UK? [more inside]
Why do I see so many abandoned cars in the Triangle? [more inside]
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]
Help me pimp my hybrid. [more inside]
What is the average value of all cars currently registered and on the road? [more inside]
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]
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]
Yesterday I sold a car and today I think the buyer is trying to scam me! [more inside]
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]
A couple of questions about selling a more expensive car on craigslist. [more inside]
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]
I don't really know how car buying works, help please! [more inside]
Multi-part questions about the security of the roof-top luggage box I just installed on my car. [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
Why is my check engine light on at night? [more inside]
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]