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Help me buy a car the right way, this time.

I just moved to Charlottesville, Va from California. Bought a car here quickly after getting here through Carmax which I am realizing now is way too nice, my car payments are too much ($247/month) and I worry too much about when parking, driving etc. (a 2010 Toyota Prius, 6 year loan that I owe 15k on). [more inside]
posted by ethel on Apr 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Separate from an independent inspection, what to do/look for in used car

Our car saga continues (1, 2). We took some test drives over the weekend, and it's likely we'll make some moves in the near future to buy an Outback or Forester. As a first time buyer of a used car, what should I ask/look for personally, separate from the inspection to be performed by my independent mechanic? And how much oxidization is too much oxidization under the hood, anyway? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Any tips for getting a used Outback in Massachusetts?

Our mechanic has fixed our car from last week's question, but now I think we'll probably just get another used car. The Boston winters have convinced us we'd like something with good handling in ice and snow. We're not really SUV people. Because of their reputation for reliability (and ubiquity in the region), we're leaning towards a used Outback. Do you have any recommendations or tips 1) about buying a used car in MA generally, and 2) about buying a used Outback in particular? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Do drug dealers stamp their money?

I saw a post on tumblr, about why some larger bills have little stamps on them. The reason they gave is that drug dealers will stamp the bills to keep track of them. This makes absolutely no sense to me. So question one is, does this sound accurate? Does anyone have any way of saying if this is or isn't true? Question two, why the heck are these stamps on bills? Here's a picture of a purported drug dealer stamped bill.
posted by trogdole on May 11, 2013 - 8 answers

I don't even know who/how to ask

Back in college, I smoked weed intermittently (maybe every month if that - so not that big a smoker), but had a consistent dealer on campus. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Do we need all this work? And is this a good quote?

My SO and I have a 1999 Lexus ES 300 with low miles (ca. 80K). We use it mostly on the weekend for errands. The car is in more or less good driving condition, but parking on the streets and Boston winters are taking their toll cosmetically. Dealership recommended $5100 in repairs on its recent checkup--nearly the value of the car--and we're wondering which repairs are worthwhile, which are overpriced and should be done elsewhere, and which can be skipped. [more inside]
posted by Calamity Jen on Mar 5, 2013 - 20 answers

One Too Many Cars...Most Hassle Free Way of Consolidating?

I've got 2 Mini Coopers that I love: 2006 automatic with 35k miles and sunroof that I own outright, 2011 manual with 17k miles and a Thule kayak rack that I owe about $7k on. My older teens have moved out and I don't need to have both cars anymore, so I'm trying to figure out the quickest, most hassle-free way of having only one car. Because I work full-time and live with just my son, I really don't want to have people coming to my house as I try to sell a car on my own and I'm willing to lose a little cash if I can make some type of deal on the spot with a dealer. Again, I really do NOT want to do Craigslist and sell the car on my own. I have a good relationship with the Mini dealer where I bought both cars. A friend suggested I bring in both cars, explain the situation, and see what they come up with. Any other ideas about the easiest way to get me into one Mini? Ideas to make the cars more desirable to the dealer? What angles have I not considered?
posted by kinetic on Jan 23, 2013 - 20 answers

Drug-dealer Problems

A man in my neighborhood is selling drugs, and from what I can tell its something hard. I want to report this anonymously to the police. I'm afraid of retribution if he or any of his associates find out about this. I'm confident I've identified him on Facebook. What materials should I include with my report? How likely is it to be followed up on?
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2012 - 18 answers

Who knew Mott The Hoople even put out that many records?

Where do flea market vinyl dealers get their records? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 2, 2012 - 11 answers

I didn't order the paint chips!

How to deal with a car dealer for problems with new car before delivery? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal on May 16, 2012 - 13 answers

Hoping for a successful rug sale

A moroccan rug dealer convinced us that we could sell a handmade rug for a profit. How do we sell it, and can we make a profit? [more inside]
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

help a convention newbie out.

I'm setting up at my first comic book show, as a dealer selling toys. What do l need to know? [more inside]
posted by quibx on Mar 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Into every driver's lap, a lot of rain must fall....

I have a 2009 Ford Focus SE, 4-door, manual transmission. The driver's side door leaks in the rain and three trips to the dealer have not resolved the problem. I have little faith that yet another trip to the dealer will help. Do you have a specific suggestion to instruct the dealer with? Or how should I go about going over their heads to someone higher in the Ford hierarchy, if that seems to be in order? Details inside to describe my lack of confidence and puzzlement about what to do... [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity on Sep 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Where have I seen Danny the Drug Dealer before?

The character Danny the Drug Dealer from Withnail and I - has he appeared as a roadie in another movie basically playing the same character? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Jun 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I pay for cam and oil pump seals?

My 2001 4-cylinder Toyota Camry with a little less than 200K miles is at the dealer to have its timing belt and water pump replaced as "preventative maintenance". They haven't even started the work yet and a service writer is recommending that I also have the cam shaft seal and oil pump seals replaced for an additional $150. And of course he's say they could leak but won't tell me what the odds are. My car is in excellent condition and I hope to get another 50K miles out of it in the next 3 years or so. Is this something I should have them do or are they just trying to scare some more money out of me? [more inside]
posted by someonesomewhere on Jun 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Buying last minute tickets from dealers at the door of the Music Hall of Williamsburg... possible?

Buying last minute tickets from dealers at the door of the Music Hall of Williamsburg... possible? [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jun 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Craigslist scam or legit?

Has anyone ever bought from someone on Craigslist selling at wholesale prices referring to themselves as a "dealer"? Not incuding cars. [more inside]
posted by phishie on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Timing belt! Now! Help!

It's way past time to change my timing belt - like almost 30,000 miles past! Help me find the right Honda/Acura dealership in West Central Florida (Tampa to Gainesville) to change the timing belt on my 1994 Acura Integra. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Sep 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Antiques and Electronics Buying Trip

Electronics deals between Toronto and Arizona [more inside]
posted by Chuckles on Jan 16, 2010 - 4 answers

Best recovery from a bad car deal?

Just over two weeks ago a young friend bought used car from a dealer who's 80 miles away. The car came with serious engine problems. The dealer says they'll take it back for a refund but won't return the full price she paid. They say they'll keep their costs, but won't even discuss on the phone the amount they'll return. How best can she get all her money back? [more inside]
posted by anadem on Oct 15, 2009 - 9 answers

What should my counter offer for a used car be?

I'm in the middle of negotiating with a dealer for a used car. I need to know what a good counter offer would be and how many offers I should be expected to make. [more inside]
posted by FairlyFarley on Sep 28, 2009 - 9 answers

Car buying virgin!

Buying a used car from a dealer - what questions should I ask, what should I ask about, and what deals should I insist on so I don't get cheated? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions on Sep 21, 2009 - 18 answers

Negotiating a car price and dealer incentives

This is an awesome askme on negotiating a new car price but not covered is when do dealer incentives come in? Working from the TMV price, should I negotiate the price with the incentives applied? or negotiate the price with the dealer and then assume that the dealer will apply any available incentives? Thanks.
posted by bluesky43 on Jul 27, 2009 - 3 answers

is my potential housemate a drug dealer?

how can i determine if a potential housemate is a drug dealer? [more inside]
posted by I like to eat meat on Apr 8, 2009 - 27 answers

Got the loan...now what?

So remember when I asked about getting a car loan? Well, I got one (yay!). Now I've been to a used car dealership and found the perfect car (yay!). Only that's not the end of the story... [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on Mar 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Used Car Dealership near Providence

Any used car dealerships--and particular dealers--near Providence, RI (or around) whom you would recommend? [more inside]
posted by Murray M on Jan 6, 2009 - 3 answers

questions on end-of-year car buying

A handful of year-end / bad-economy new-car-buying questions: 1. How much actual pressure do car dealers feel to sell 2008s by end of day 12/31? 2. How incented is a car salesperson to make a sale on a car on a different dealer's lot 15 miles away? 200 miles away in a different state? 3. Within a model line, how much does dealer flexibility on price vary with trim and feature levels? 4. How likely is a dealer to go for a price under invoice or dealer cost? [more inside]
posted by schmoppa on Dec 30, 2008 - 7 answers

Used car dealership misrepresentation and failure to honor warranty

I bought a car from a used car lot on the 29th of May. Since then there have been a laundry list of defects discovered. What if any recourse do I have? [more inside]
posted by prk14 on Jul 13, 2008 - 9 answers

Bike bike bike bike. Help!

Deciding between two Trek bikes for someone who's never rode a bike before. Need your help, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Jul 3, 2008 - 24 answers

How to become a Hino Trucks distributor

Becoming an authorized Hino Trucks dealer/distributor in Europe [more inside]
posted by victorashul on Apr 14, 2008 - 1 answer

calling all ebay cell phone dealer information knower persons

So I just purchased a ' BRAND NEW HTC MOGUL W/ CLEAR ESN, FREE CAR CHARGER NIB!' from eBay, and now have a few questions about how these cell phone dealers work. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES on Mar 9, 2008 - 1 answer

How can you maintain your NASD licenses once leaving your firm?

NASD licenses (specifically series 7 & 63) requires company sponsorship to obtain. Once obtained, you need company sponsorship to maintain the licenses. Is there a company who will maintain your licenses for you while you are not working in the financial industry? Perhaps for a fee on top of the annual registration costs? I believe you have two years from separation with your employer to obtain a new sponsor.
posted by lawstudent09 on Oct 6, 2007 - 5 answers

What can I do?

I bought a car recently and the seller claimed "This vehicle looks new, with no signs of prior damage. There is no damage present on this vehicle." Turns out the vehicle had been wrecked. Do I have any legal options here or am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 on Oct 1, 2007 - 27 answers

The dealer won't deal!

All the Toyota dealers in my region (Quebec/Canada) have a no haggling policy. The salesman just gives you the price from their webside and that's it. Anyone managed to get them to lower their price? Are they more flexible by the end of the month?
posted by racingjs on Sep 24, 2007 - 12 answers

Was I born every minute, too?

Buying a used car from a dealer who bought it at an auction - and he doesn't have the title. [more inside]
posted by metaculpa on Aug 17, 2007 - 20 answers

My kingdom for a horse: Trustworthy SoCal car dealers/mechanics

Buying-a-used-Car in SoCal-filter : I'm looking for good used car dealerships in the Pomona / Inland Empire / greater LA area. Also, for good independent mechanics to examine a prospective used car. Also: Examples of dealers/mechanics to avoid and general advice. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

Auto Dealership Photo Inventory Workflow?

Anyone with knowledge/experience in putting auto dealership inventory online (photos, VIN scanners, ect.)? I have a several dealerships interested in outsourcing this job to me, but I want to do it in the least time-consuming way possible. [more inside]
posted by spock on Mar 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Money back from a used-car dealer?

How to scare a used-car dealer? Older and wiser now and all that, but we still have a problem car on our hands. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Nov 2, 2006 - 14 answers

DealorNoDealFilter: 1985 Porsche 944 for $6.5k?

Without knowing any drivetrain/mechanical details other than what you could see from the exterior (details within) and that it last passed inspection in April 2006, would you buy a bright red 1985 Porsche 944 for $6500? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Sep 16, 2006 - 13 answers

Reputable Asian Ball-Jointed Doll Vendor?

Asian Ball Jointed Dolls Filter -- Can you recommend a reputable American seller/dealer, and what has been your experience with them (the vendor)? It seems like the only ones I can find are foreign companies and I'd rather buy from someplace stateside if I can, unless I'm confident enough in them from recommendations.. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on May 9, 2006 - 2 answers

Do poker dealers pay to work?

When I was at the Indian casino tonight, the dealer mentioned that he had to pay the casino to work there. Was this BS or standard casino procedure? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Jun 19, 2005 - 18 answers

What are the best new or used car dealerships in Atlanta?

My sister-in-law is looking for a low-priced new or used car, probably a Toyota, but she's also looking at a Kia or a Hyundai. We're in the metro Atlanta area [MI]... [more inside]
posted by jpburns on Nov 19, 2004 - 26 answers

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