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Steps for purchasing a used car?

If all goes well, I'll have the pre-purchase inspection on this used car tomorrow, and see if I can close a deal to buy it. Then what? I need help with the order of all the paperwork and steps. Complication: I'm in MA, the owner is in CA, and the car is registered and located with the seller's relative in NH. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Aug 4, 2014 - 4 answers

Which iMac Should I Purchase?

Help me figure out which iMac I should buy. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Run away from a used car that's barely been driven in years?

I'm in the market for a used car, and I know that it's bad news when a car isn't driven regularly. I've found one that's otherwise good for me. I don't know how little driving is too little, whether the kinds of problems that result could be checked by a mechanic's pre-purchase inspection, and whether my own tough driving patterns make any difference. [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jul 26, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me choose a mattress

We need to buy a single mattress for our infant daughter's bed. I have no idea what is reasonable in terms of price or what we should look for. Please help. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

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

Final pre-purchase car questions!

Continuing my car questions (1, 2, 3). We’re buying a gently used Forester. Two questions I need to resolve before picking up the car: should I finance any part of the purchase (can pay all cash), and should I pay to extend the bumper-to-bumper warranty to seven years? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Mar 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Delay in Home Closing. How do I Stop the Panic?

In appears, due to a combination of factors, we are short the necessary funds needed to close on our home purchase, scheduled for this Friday at noon. What can I do to smooth this situation over with the sellers and myriad of volunteers slated to help us move on Saturday and ease my own massive anxiety on having to delay the closing? [more inside]
posted by theBigRedKittyPurrs on Dec 11, 2013 - 21 answers

Buying a house... weirdly

I want to buy the house I'm renting. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Nov 13, 2013 - 12 answers

St. Louis Cardinals Socks

Looking for a place to buy the St. Louis Cardinals "high sock sunday" socks. Can anyone help me? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Not yet for sale by owner.

Seeking advice on how to prepare for making an offer on a house that's not on the market. That our friends rent. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Aug 19, 2013 - 13 answers

A statistical analysis of a used motorcycle purchase?

I am looking at buying a used motorcycle. I would like to create a simple ratio for the bikes based on three criteria: mileage, price, and age. [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Does your laptop resemble the laptop I'm trying to buy?

I'm looking to buy a laptop that meets a few simple requirements. Does this describe your machine?
  1. Customizable before purchase -- it's essential to me that the factory install e.g. the SSD and the CPU that I specify
  2. 17" screen
  3. Trackpad is responsive, ergonomic, satisfying to use
  4. "Home", "End", "PgDn", "PgUp" and "Delete" keys are all clustered together, not strung out in a row
  5. High-end
  6. Not made by HP
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posted by foursentences on May 11, 2013 - 14 answers

ThinkPad Edge or faster cheap laptop?

Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
posted by Busy Old Fool on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Buying a car right before buying a house

How much of a bad idea is buying a car a month or so before buying a house? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Feb 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Macs stick around. What about other laptops?

I would like to save up for a new laptop. My current laptop is an original (2006) black MacBook. Should I save up for a new/refurb MacBook [Pro/Air], or are there less expensive but high-quality PC laptops out there? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux on Jan 26, 2013 - 13 answers

24x40 poster frame on the cheap and easy?

I have a 24x40 poster that I would like to stick in a frame. I am reluctant to go to our local custom framing shop, because while they do very nice work, the price is usually in the >$100 range, which is more than I can spend right now. I've done some searching online, and haven't found great results, plus it is hard for me to assess the good vs. bad websites to purchase. Any recommendations on where I can get this size frame (or another size that my poster would look okay in - does not need to be super professional-looking), hopefully for less than $50? I can swing by a store like Target, but don't want to get into anything too complicated like looking at flea markets.
posted by rainbowbrite on Jan 22, 2013 - 18 answers

A smaller car with great gas mileage?

It's time for me to get a new car. I'm leaning towards a smaller car. What should I get? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 21, 2013 - 55 answers

Cheapest possible automobile

The cheapest car, period. Don't care about safety, looks, frills, country of origin, or anything else except as to how it relates to cost. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 27, 2012 - 20 answers

Throw in some beans and let 'em go...

Looking for a quality crock pot for a family of 4. [more inside]
posted by LizardOfDoom on Dec 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Post BK car purchase?

I have poor credit and need to get a car. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me decide on a new tablet!

A friend wants to buy my iPad Gen 1 from me, and I'm ready to upgrade to a newer device (I like new shiny gadgets!). Which iPad (Gen 2 or Gen 3) should I buy? Or another tablet altogether? [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Nov 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Group Purchasing For Non-Profits?

Non-profit group buying? Do it myself or use a service thats out there? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen on Oct 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Is mygiftee.com legit or fraud?

Has anyone used mygiftee.com? Is it an okay site to buy from?
posted by cashman on Sep 14, 2012 - 1 answer

Should I Buy A MacBook? If so, which one?

Which (if any) MacBook should I be buying! Focus is on audio podcasting, sporadic HD video editing, blogging, and extended periods of writing / blogging / freelancing. Oh and I've been 100% Windows till now. Snowflake, as usual, inside. [more inside]
posted by ewan on Jul 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me buy a computer for commuting!

I need a laptop that I won't be sad over if it breaks or gets lost, my target budget is Less Than or Equal To $400. Ideally super light with a full size keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 2, 2012 - 12 answers

Interstate car purchase headaches

I'm trying to figure out the logistics of purchasing a car in one state (MA) and registering it in another (TN). [more inside]
posted by pamplemousse of love on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What is a good introductory 16mm film camera for someone aspiring to shoot feature films?

What is a good introductory 16mm film camera for someone aspiring to shoot feature films? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on May 5, 2012 - 14 answers

How to find out about in-app purchases

What did my son buy on my iPad?!? [more inside]
posted by Anxietygirl on Apr 29, 2012 - 5 answers

At - Tent - Tion

Any good tent recommendations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Apr 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me by my wife a new computer since I'm several years out of date!

Help me buy my wife a computer. We know about what she wants but it's been several years since purchasing a machine and we're out of the loop. [more inside]
posted by damiano99 on Mar 21, 2012 - 35 answers

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US?

Can I buy a bike on marktplaats.nl and have it shipped to me in the US? I looked through the policies and stuff, and didn't see anything that would prevent it, but my Google Translate might be fooling me. [more inside]
posted by dammitjim on Mar 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area.

Looking for projector in Minneapolis / St. Paul metro area. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle on Feb 27, 2012 - 4 answers

How does one buy a very cheap car?

I need a car for a daily 6-mile each way commute. There are no public transportation alternatives and carpooling is not an option. Cycling is also not much of an option. I'd like to buy the cheapest car possible ($5000 or less, preferably much less), use it for a couple of years and then sell it or just donate it to charity. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 10, 2012 - 22 answers

Any Advice on Buying a Cool Mom-Mobile?

Looking for a cool, tech friendly, roomy, family car. Help us find perfection, oh hive mind... [more inside]
posted by neurodoc on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Basic laptop recommendations

I need a latop - and more. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Oct 13, 2011 - 10 answers

Buying ice skates in San Diego

Help this Alaskan buy ice skates in San Diego or Seattle. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Oct 11, 2011 - 4 answers

About To Step Into the Auto Dealership Belly of the Beast!

What is set in stone in car negotiations? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Sep 22, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I protect my interest while selling my website?

How can I protect my interest while selling my website? [more inside]
posted by jorlando on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Subverting the eyeglass monopoly

Ordering tri-focal glasses online for my mother: Any recommendations? Is this a horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Sep 3, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I best make sense in buying a car?

My current vehicle is in it's death throes. This is my first time buying a car. How can I minimize my debt load and ensure I am making intelligent decisions throughout the purchase? I'm in America... [more inside]
posted by Giggilituffin on Aug 24, 2011 - 13 answers

Where to find a VT-100?

Where would I buy an old terminal, specifically the DEC VT100? [more inside]
posted by _frog on Aug 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title

Help a friend get legal ownership of a car he purchased in Illinois sans title [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

The Sahel awaits.

Where online can I purchase a reasonably authentic tagelmust (or ask someone to do so)? All I've come up with are the westernized French knockoffs from high-end boutiques...and this.
posted by mykescipark on Jul 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Can you get your money back after placing a deposit for an RV?

Saw a perfect RV at a well respected lot a week and half ago, put half a deposit down, did the paperwork, gave them the rest of the deposit 3 days later when we did a test drive. Spoke to them a day later. Now they won't return any of our phone calls for a week and we need to figure out what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Vaike on Jun 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Where can I purchase this apron?

On the front page of the Travel section of the NYTimes (NYTimes link) this weekend was a picture of a waiter (non-NYTimes link) wearing what looks like a long striped (like mattress ticking) apron. Where could I get an apron like that? What is an apron like that likely to be called? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 13, 2011 - 7 answers

Laptop replacement needed

My 5.5 year old laptop is about to give up the ghost - can you point me in the right direction for a new one? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on May 20, 2011 - 23 answers

Going from a no car household to a two car household. What's the most cost-efficient way?

Going from a no car household to a two car household. What's the most cost-efficient way? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek on May 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Ever bought a mic flag?

How to buy a mic flag: The first week of June I will be attending a meetup via my favorite tech podcaster and I want to gift him with a microphone flag for his Shure SM58 since he records his podcast LIVE every week. [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl on May 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Is this company guilty of false advertising/misrepresentation? Can I do anything?

Is this a simple case of "Buyer Beware" or is this company guilty of misrepresentation? [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow on May 5, 2011 - 10 answers

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