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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

To buy, or not to buy, a car--that is the question (containing within it multitudes)

Yet another "please help us buy a car" question with extra weirdness: buy now with generous parents' money (if so, what?) or wait until we can afford a hybrid? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 28, 2011 - 26 answers

Hyundai Elantra or Honda Civic.

A friend of mine is planning to buy a new car. She needs help in choosing between Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic 2011. Please help in deciding the better car in the long run. Also please suggest any other good vehicle that is good for regular commuting and very good MPG.
posted by kirang on Mar 28, 2011 - 18 answers

Need a cheap used Japanese car in L.A.

Looking for a good cheap used Nissan, Toyota, or Honda in the Los Angeles area for around $3000. Any website suggestions for finding used cars? Or, what is a good dealer to go to?
posted by Charlie Lesoine on Mar 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Living up to the hype...how do I make this work?

First World Problems: what does a 23-year-old do to protect future but enjoy a few luxuries? Less snarky inside, promise... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 13 answers

I hit a dog with my car and feel really bad about it.

I hit a dog with my car and I feel terrible. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by treeshar on Mar 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Repair or replace 1992 Camry?

Repair or replace 1992 Camry? (with some interesting caveats) [more inside]
posted by armyman83 on Mar 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Question about pending used car purchase.

I'm currently waiting to purchase a 2002 VW Golf Diesel with 307k miles on it. It has only had one owner, has been professionally maintained, has all maintenance records, and has all highway miles. The owner is asking at least $4k for the car is it a good deal? [more inside]
posted by mtomanelli on Mar 9, 2011 - 28 answers

Help me find a reliable, affordable efficient car.

Used car advice. Family member has about $8000-9000 CAD to spend in Toronto on a used car and is looking to maximize fuel economy and reliability. What are her best options? [more inside]
posted by samhyland on Mar 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Help a fat guy buy a new car!

After putting 176,000+ miles on my 2005 Ford Taurus, I'm in the market for a new car. My 2 previous cars have been a Mercury Sable and another Ford Taurus. I think I'm done with sedans for the time being and want something different. What kind of car should I buy? [more inside]
posted by skitchen on Feb 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Car Bye Bye

Which-car-to-get-rid-of-Filter: Car A) Ford truck, 97K or Car B) Soobie Legacy formerly 4WD, 140K. Complicating details follow..... [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio on Feb 25, 2011 - 16 answers

If a transmission costs $1600, surely something on this car is worth $?

My husband's car needs a new transmission. How do we get rid of this car and get some money for it? Also, advice on buying cheap car helpful, too. [more inside]
posted by threeturtles on Feb 22, 2011 - 17 answers

'99 Corolla...worth it?

'99 Corolla CE, 120,000 miles, $4700...help me decide if this is a good deal. [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny on Feb 20, 2011 - 20 answers

Well it's not the oil level (check engine light question)

First my check engine light went on. After checking the oil I saw it was getting low, refilled it. I took it to jiffy lube cause it was time for all that. Then, a few days later, the light came on again. I'm going to take it to a repair shop, but I want to know what to expect. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla on Feb 19, 2011 - 16 answers

Need used car recommendations

Need recommendations for a used car that meets certain conditions, snowflake inside. [more inside]
posted by _DB_ on Feb 18, 2011 - 13 answers

Porsche 911 or Boxster or...?

Porsche 911 or Boxster or...? Please help us choose our next car! My wife and I are getting a second-hand car and are looking for something fun to drive on the New Zealand B-roads. What we are looking for: - A fun and quick driver’s car. Practicality is not a major concern, but… - A reasonably comfortable and luxurious car (ruling out a Lotus for example!) - A reliable car. Neither of us knows anything about fixing cars - Price in US$ maximum $30,000 Which car would you choose? [more inside]
posted by sinbarambam on Feb 17, 2011 - 48 answers

How should I report road rage

I have witnessed road rage and I want to complain about it. How should I go about this? Or should I just leave it? I live in Vaughan, Ontatio (a suburb of Toronto). I witnessed a man get out of his car (I didn't get the plate number but it was a company van with the company address and logo on it) and yell at the other driver, hit his window repeatedly and then opened his door to yank the driver out of his car. Luckily the other driver managed to let go of him and shut his door. Then the aggressor went on to kick his driver side door. It was a traumatic to witness this incident for me. I wonder what the poor driver of the other car must have gone through. All he did was block a lane to get into a lane from the gas station that would make a left turn. The other driver obviously angry that his man blocked the lane (mind you the light ahead was red). So how should I go about this? I have never reported such an incident. Should I call 911?
posted by alshain on Feb 16, 2011 - 23 answers

I give you the money, you give me a car. Please.

I have $3000 cash. You have a car. Help me make this transaction go smoothly. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Feb 16, 2011 - 14 answers

Jalopnik alternatives?

What are some fun car blogs? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Feb 3, 2011 - 17 answers

Intensive driving course = stupid idea?

I have to take two weeks off work in the next two months, and thought it would be a great idea to learn to drive. I've heard of 'intensive courses', which would theorically let you pass the driving test after 40+ hours -- in more or less 7 days. But! I'm not sure this is a great idea... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Sijeka on Jan 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Title, registration, proof of insurance and license, please

This Saturday I'm picking up a used car in Milwaukee and bringing it down to Chicago. I haven't had a car in 2 years, I lost my driver's license and I only have on-street parking. I'll buy insurance on Saturday once I know the VIN. I'll register the car and get a new license Monday morning. What can I do to make sure I'm not screwed on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by ictow on Jan 27, 2011 - 22 answers

How bad does driving kill me?

How much time is removed from your statistical life expectancy for each hour you drive in a car? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jan 21, 2011 - 13 answers

Am I off base on this car?

Am I being unreasonable on this used car price? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jan 13, 2011 - 19 answers

Help me identify these cars!

What are the makes/models/years of the cars in this photo? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach on Jan 13, 2011 - 13 answers

I don't know what it's called but I want it

What is the term for a shabby looking car that is tricked out like a muscle car underneath?
posted by InkaLomax on Jan 5, 2011 - 16 answers

Car lover visiting Los Angeles; is there an automotive mecca I should see while I'm here?

I love cars, particularly European classics, but modern and US cars too (though not the Japanese tuning scene). I'm in Los Angeles until January 22nd; is there an event or place that is a 'must see' while I'm here?
posted by wildatheart on Jan 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Can I legally claim my de facto ownership of a car?

My parents bought me a car, but registered it under my mother's name with the understanding that it would be, for all intents and purposes, mine once I could pay back the purchase price. This happened, but we can't transfer the title to my name without voiding the warranty. Is there any way to make this de facto ownership any more de jure without re-registering it? [more inside]
posted by XerxesQados on Jan 2, 2011 - 10 answers

Car committed suicide

My friends 02 honda crv which she has taken immaculate care suddenly totaled itself. She has had every conceivable maintenance on time from the dealership and they say they cannot do anything to help. She either drops 5 grand on a new engine or buys a new car. Is there anything anyone can do? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Dec 29, 2010 - 22 answers

Negotiating tips to help buy a used Toyota Camry?

Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf on Dec 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Should We Buy a 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan?

My wife and I are considering buying a used 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan here in Canada. It has 19 000 km on it, and the pretax price is $13 000. Should we buy it? If you have experience with this vehicle, or are generally car-savvy, we would love your input. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand on Dec 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Is there an car thief app for that?

Recently, a friend's beat up old car was stolen the old fashion way - with a screwdriver to the ignition. This made me wonder about auto theft and newer, computer chip laden cars like the 2011 Volvo that I rode in yesterday. Has the computerization of automobiles led to new ways to steal cars? Basically, is there an car thief app for that?
posted by R. Mutt on Dec 17, 2010 - 8 answers

How much will it cost to paint my car?

How much will it cost to get my car painted? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Dec 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Gotta get home for Christmas (and car repairs!)

[Holiday Travels & Car repair Filter] In order to save a load of cash, I'm driving to my dad's house, where he'll repair my car's exhaust pipe for the cost of parts. But will I make it there??? [more inside]
posted by sk932 on Dec 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Alternatives to Mini Cooper?

I really wanted a Mini Cooper, but the nearest sales and service location is too far from me. What should I get instead? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday on Dec 13, 2010 - 43 answers

Oh look it's my special snowflake car thread

My wife and I would like to buy a new used car... the perfect vehicle would be a reliable wagon with a nice ride/interior. I have 15k. What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Dec 12, 2010 - 41 answers

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