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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -