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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

Help me (reluctantly) choose a first car!

Help me (reluctantly) choose a first car! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Jun 22, 2011 - 26 answers

I think pi is involved somewhere.

What's the math to figure out my speed and mileage after going to a larger tire? [more inside]
posted by gally99 on Jun 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Unknown substance attacks!

[CarDetailingFilter]Just finished washing the wife's car. There is an odd substance on the back windshield and on the passenger side rear quarter panel. Not sure how to get it off. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by kuanes on Jun 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Don't let that used car dealer stick it to us.

Help me be aggressively prepared to deal with the end of our car lease in November. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Jun 19, 2011 - 1 answer

Do I pursue the recycling guys scraped my car?

Recycling guys damaged my car. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ziggly on Jun 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Explain driving and cars.

Tell me about driving and about cars. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on Jun 16, 2011 - 37 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

Momma, you should drive this car

CarFilter: Help me help my mom buy a new used car. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jun 14, 2011 - 8 answers

How to find a buyer for a used car?

Got some used cars and I need to sell them, but I am not a used dealer nor do I want to be. Need some buyers. How can I find them? [more inside]
posted by avrobie on Jun 9, 2011 - 8 answers

The ceiling dissolved on my car. I want it to go away.

How best to remove an unidentified mineral substance/residue from the hood of my car? [more inside]
posted by bepe on Jun 7, 2011 - 15 answers

Sporty + Fuel efficient = gimme gimme

Does a sporty yet fuel efficient car exist? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Jun 3, 2011 - 41 answers

Downtown commuters into Chicago by mode?

Need help - quickly - finding a statistic about Chicago downtown commuters [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jun 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Was it a hit and run, and do I report it?

Worth reporting a hit and run? Someone backed into my legally parked car even though they had a TON of room. i jumped out of the car but they ignored me and drove slowly away. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 24, 2011 - 18 answers

Learning to love Austin, TX

How do I learn to love where I live? (South Austin,TX) [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 on May 24, 2011 - 27 answers

Picking a small, long warranty car in the UK

Help me choose a new car: I'm in the UK, and I want a small 4-door with long warranty, low mpg and low emissions. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie on May 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Failed California smog today. Running out of options.

Went to get my smog test done today. I almost passed it. The problem was that my engine is running a TINY bit too rich. There were more hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide coming out of my car's tailpipe than C.A.R.B. would have liked. The guy that was working at the smog test place was nice enough not to red flag my car for not having my pre-cat. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on May 12, 2011 - 16 answers

How to keep my kitten safe from the world and the world safe from my kitten?

Another kitty question. My kitten will shortly have been with me for two weeks, and I plan to start letting her go outside. At first it will be supervised sessions only, but I want to eventually put in a cat flap and let her outdoors during the day time whenever she wants. What can I do to keep her as safe as possible? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on May 9, 2011 - 27 answers

What do I need to know about buying a new car? (Australia-specific)

So, despite my historical protestations to the contrary, I have found that it is no longer to function as a decent and well-rounded human being without being the owner of a car, which I can drive to the bottle shop and eventually crash and die in. [more inside]
posted by tumid dahlia on May 8, 2011 - 27 answers

What car I buy????

I want a car/SUV with good cargo capacity and good fuel economy. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on May 7, 2011 - 14 answers

How do I develop spatial awareness for my car?

I'm learning to drive and I need your tips on sensing car position. [more inside]
posted by mossicle on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Help us pick a car!

Do you own, or have you owned, a Honda Insight? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by sonic meat machine on Apr 27, 2011 - 28 answers

See that, officer? I told you it was a UFO.

I'm looking to buy a dashcam, just out of general geekiness and paranoia. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chairface on Apr 26, 2011 - 3 answers

The little subaru that could...

Car is acting funky. I know there is a transmission issue, but... [more inside]
posted by rich on Apr 15, 2011 - 10 answers

Panic attacks while driving!

I am terrified of driving cars. I don't have much experience driving (lived in a large city and used public transportation until recently). I find myself thinking that I will get into a car accident every time I get into the car. It is especially bad on the highway, and I even experience shortness of breath and major anxiety while on the highway. Help! [more inside]
posted by Equiprimordial on Apr 13, 2011 - 22 answers

Does shortest always take the middle?

Who gets the middle seat on family road trips? [more inside]
posted by tequila sunrise on Apr 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Buying a car across (many) state lines

I want to buy a car and drive it across the US, but I am not sure how to handle the paperwork since I will be buying it on the other side of the country from where I will eventually want to register it. [more inside]
posted by Nothing on Apr 5, 2011 - 16 answers

How can I figure out the value of a used car?

Seeking recommendations for resource(s) to determine the value of a used car not sold in the U.S. -- and thus not listed by Kelly Blue Book. [more inside]
posted by donpedro on Apr 4, 2011 - 3 answers

Why do speedometers go so high?

Why do car speedometers go so high? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Apr 4, 2011 - 28 answers

I never got a bill of sale when I sold my car, and now I'm screwed. What can I do?

I need some armchair legal advice about a messy situation involving a car I sold 2 years ago coming back to haunt me. I never got a bill of sale when I sold the car- now it's in police custody, and I'm liable for fees and possibly implicated in whatever this car's been into. [more inside]
posted by inweaknessbe on Apr 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Repair or buy?

Help me navigate recent accident damage and whether or not I should buy a new car with 0 down! [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo on Apr 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Lost Location

[Colorado-filter] I awhile ago I asked this question. I'm now driving around Western Colorado, seeing if we can find where this was originally filmed. Anyone have any ideas where it might be? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Mar 31, 2011 - 13 answers

What brand of engine air filter should I use?

What brand of engine air filter should I use? [more inside]
posted by millions on Mar 31, 2011 - 9 answers

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