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What could cause these vertical scratches on my car?

I have a 2007 vehicle that has some minor body scratches. Today, I noticed many of these small, vertical, scratches running most of the length of my vehicle on the right side. Here are images of my vehicle (a bit hard to see) [more inside]
posted by denverco on Sep 14, 2014 - 9 answers

Would it be smarter to let my driver's license lapse?

(Posting on behalf of a friend): I was convicted of a DUI in March 2014, and am trying to pick up the pieces. I need to pay for an SR-22 which is insurance on my license. If I do not pay for this insurance my license will lapse. The policy is less expensive if I also insure a vehicle but I will not need a car in the coming months and cannot afford the payments. I need help figuring out if it would be smarter to not pay for any insurance (letting my license lapse), to sell the car and use the profits to pay the SR-22, or to just keep the car (though I really do not want to). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Can I register a car in NY and drive it into Canada right away? How?

I'm leaving NYC on Friday and driving to Canada for 12 days. I have a rental booked, but also just bought a car out of state and had it delivered to a mechanic. They did a safety inspection and some minor work that will not be completed until Friday, the same day I need to leave. The car does not have temporary out of state tags or license plates but I have an appointment with the DMV on Thursday. If possible, I'd like to drive this vehicle to Canada but am very skeptical of the timeline. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell on Jul 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Very basic car battery question

The internet says positive should be reconnected first, but that's not as easy as it should be. What's the best option? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Jul 16, 2014 - 13 answers

should I own this car pre or post- interstate move?

I am 24 and about to be a car owner. Next month I am moving from Utah to Indiana alone with the car, which is currently owned by mother. We don't know whether I should be given the title, have the car registered in my name and get an independent insurance policy in Utah before I go, or leave everything in my mother's name until I get to Indiana. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Economical Vehicle for 8?

I need to find a safe vehicle that can seat a family of 8 comfortably and still have enough room to haul backpacks and school sports equipment. [more inside]
posted by bleucube on Jun 10, 2014 - 11 answers

MA Filter: Will an unregistered vehicle citation affect my insurance?

Long story short, I moved from Texas to Massachusetts at the beginning of June this year while my car's registration in Texas was expired since April. I knew I was going to be moving very shortly so I purposely chose not to re-register my vehicle, which was my mistake. I own the fact that I am at 100% fault for this. [more inside]
posted by 6spd on Jun 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Do all replacement side view mirrors shake?

My 2001 Honda Accord was sideswiped and I had to replace the driver's side mirror. The first replacement shook and was an aftermarket part, so I paid an extra $150 out of pocket (the other driver's insurance covered the first one) to have a Honda mirror attached today. I just took it for a test drive, and I think it shakes less... but it still shakes. Like it barely noticeably shifts at 30mph and distinctly vibrates at 60+mph. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on May 28, 2014 - 12 answers

Photography tips wanted

I need to take an outdoor photograph of a subject standing in front of a large, white, shiny background (a vehicle). The person and the vehicle are equally important elements in the picture. I need to take the photo when both the subject and the vehicle are available, so I have no control over the date or time or weather. Assuming I need to do this on a bight, sunny day (although I'm hoping for a slightly overcast one) where do I position them relative to the sun? [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Apr 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me get the best deal when I (maybe?) buy-out my leased vehicle!

I am 35 months into a 39 month lease with a 2011 Nissan Maxima. This is the first vehicle I have ever leased/owned on my own so would like any hints/tips that will help me in the next few months as I prepare to either buy out my lease, or go in another direction. [more inside]
posted by OuttaHere on Oct 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Vinyl separated from car roof. How to fix?

Hi everyone. I have an old 1992 Toyota Camry. The interior vinyl has separated from the car roof, as you can see in these pictures. How do I fix this? Any suggestions very much appreciated.
posted by Alaska Jack on Aug 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How to avoid getting screwed by another driver's insurance company?

A relative was recently in an accident, and the other driver is at fault. It occurs to me that car insurance seems broken, since my relative is now trying to get paid by a company whose client is the other driver. How do we make sure they have our best interests in mind? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jul 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Swapped cars + accident = insurance confusion?

I temporarily swapped cars with my parents. While my mother was driving it alone, another driver sideswiped her and damaged the vehicle. How does the insurance get handled? Obviously, the driver-at-fault's insurance should pay for the repairs. But do we contact my insurance company, my parent's insurance company, or only the other driver's insurance company? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen?

Have you had an immobilizer-equipped car stolen? By immobilizer, I mean the cars (typically post-2006) that have a ROM chip in the key which is required for authentication to start the engine. If so, how was it stolen? If you have such a car, has someone attempted to steal it and failed due to the factory-equipped immobilizer?
posted by thewalrus on Jun 11, 2013 - 5 answers

You mean, like, to vote...?

Minnesota-vehicle-noob filter: What sorts of vehicle registration documents do I need to keep in or on my car? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat on May 29, 2013 - 10 answers

Car Buying 101

I need a car. I'm poor. I've never bought a car before, and it's been a long time since anyone in my family has bought one. Need guidance. How do you buy a car? [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Feb 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Looking for sites and organizations for amateur underwater vehicles?

Quadcopters are cool and everything, but I find exploring the ocean a way more interesting proposition. I want to start making autonomous underwater vehicles. Are there forums for people who are doing this? I've googlebinged for sites and people that are into this, but no dice. It seems like everyone involved is a closed academic research project, or a government body. Basically looking for a forum of people to discuss ideas with.
posted by hanoixan on Feb 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Why do ABS systems work so much better than traction control systems?

Why do anti-lock brake systems [seem to] work so much better than traction control systems on modern sedans? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Feb 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Moving Emergency in Montreal

I need to move today. Last week I found a mover on Kijiji. Confirming about 11 pm last night, we found out that he didn't have a vehicle. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose on Jan 31, 2013 - 12 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

How far is too far for a used car test drive?

I need to take the plunge and buy a new, used car and have never done the test drive before. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jan 16, 2013 - 13 answers

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt?

How much extra safety would a crash helmet offer a highway driver wearing a seatbelt? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Holy C**P, a 65 Marlin!

Have you imported a 16+ year old vehicle from the US to Canada (BC)? What was the experience like and roughly how much did it end up costing? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Nov 22, 2012 - 2 answers

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter?

Car Stereo Filter: Am I better off with a whole new head unit, or just an adapter? [more inside]
posted by bleachandink on Sep 12, 2012 - 9 answers

Low cost paint job or Vehicle Wrap?

Should I spend 2-3 thousand on a "premier" Maaco job, try my luck at a mom and pop (WPB, FL area if you have any recommendations), or go for a vehicle wrap? Any MeFites with experience with either? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Jul 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Is the dealership scamming me?

Bought my used 01 Toyota Camry from a dealership over a year and a half ago. Today they inspected the brakes and told me all pads need to be replaced + new brake fluid + powersteering fluid flush + resurfacing the rotors, and new battery. I have been taking this vehicle to same dealership for routine oil changes which include multi-point inspections, and only the battery was an issue in the past. Am I wrong to think that after just over a year and a half I shouldn't need so much work done- should I complain and write a letter, or is this to be expected with a used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on Jul 14, 2012 - 20 answers

Help I know nothing about cars

I need help buying a car. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Apr 24, 2012 - 35 answers

What's this 1966 Chevy vehicle called?

What is this vehicle called? I'd like to find out more about it, but I'm not sure of the model name (if any) or even what to call the type. 1966 Chevrolet delivery-type truckish thing. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe on Mar 26, 2012 - 4 answers

How to get the most bang for my used-car buck?

What should I look for/value in a used car when shopping on a tight budget? [more inside]
posted by gavagai on Mar 26, 2012 - 18 answers

Should my mother's mechanic have caught a failing fuel pump earlier?

Should my mother's mechanic have caught a failing fuel pump when he repaired a closely related relay? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Mar 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Fair way to share vehicle expenses with SO

What is a reasonable and fair way to divide up car costs when you are sharing your vehicle with your SO? [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Jan 23, 2012 - 38 answers

Need a thick Aux-In Cable for my car.

I am looking for a new Aux-In Cable (3.5mm, male to male) to use my mp3 player in my car. I had a couple of cheaper retractable ones, but they usually break after a short period of use. I live in a cold climate and the cord gets cold in the car for long periods of time and I think this has an affect on its life. I have seen some people with thicker aux-in cables in their car and I have searched, but I can't seem to locate one for a decent price. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a thick (preferably white, but not critical) 3.5mm Aux-in cable?
posted by dbirchum on Nov 29, 2011 - 13 answers

Baby you can steal my car

Looking for some advice on how to deal with repeated thefts and vandalism. [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Nov 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Hack my L.A. trip.

What's the best way to access a car in L.A. for two weeks without going through a traditional car rental agency? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Nov 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Observed emissions for pre-2000 vehicles by model?

Looking for links to Ford F-150 emissions prior to 2000 model year. Want data for NMOG, PM, CO, NOx, pounds per year smog forming pollution. Not Tier 1 targets but observed emissions. [more inside]
posted by lasitter on Oct 21, 2011 - 0 answers

Truck or Van for Towing?

Wifey and I are talking about buying a used vehicle with some internal storage and/or seating for 4 that can tow a 5x8 trailer. We're looking for recommendations for a vehicle that will do the towing -- with a little more criteria inside... [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Aug 31, 2011 - 9 answers

Can we skip the renewal in Utah and register it in Oregon?

My partner and I are moving to Oregon at the end of the month from out of state (utah) and we are very poor. Our car's registration ended last month (July 2011). Since Oregon says we have to register our vehicle within 30 days of moving there, I want to wait till we get to Oregon to do our car's registration. We wont really doing any driving before the end of the month (we both walk to work and the grocery store), I can't see any problems with this, besides possibly getting a ticket on the drive to Oregon. Are we likely to run into problems registering our car in Oregon if our registration from Utah is expired? Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Help with the indemnity bond process

Can anyone describe the process of using an indemnity bond to obtain title to a vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Slothrop on Jul 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more?

Car accident. If the repair costs more does your insurance go up more? [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Tire swap time!

How much should a tire shop charge to dismount four tires from a car, mount four new tires (purchased from tirerack.com and provided by the customer), balance the wheels and verify alignment/camber? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jul 2, 2011 - 10 answers

To Buy or Not To Buy

When does it make financial sense to replace a car? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jun 22, 2011 - 17 answers

How can I get a title for a junkyard car?

How can I get a title to a previously owned car that was sold to a junkyard? [more inside]
posted by Elminster of Labor on Jun 7, 2011 - 4 answers

How do I do the smog test to register my California car out of state?

For the California folks: I go to school out of state, and I accidentally let my vehicle registration expire. I'm trying to figure out how I can get it done quickly and remotely. My primary concern is the smog test - I'm due for one this year. Searching the internet has given me mixed responses, with some saying you have to go back to CA to get smog tests, and others saying you can waive it in absentia. I need to drive as soon as possible, so I'd really appreciate a prompt response! Thanks!
posted by howgenerica on May 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Ghost in the van

Ghost in the van: our 12-passenger van has started up a few times without a key in the ignition. Also, the locking mechanism sometimes engages continuously, leaving us briefly locked in/out of the vehicle. Is it haunted? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

♫ If it's the last thing I ever do ♫

How to get some wheels & get outta this town? [more inside]
posted by distressingly thick sheets on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Car upgrades in Chicago

A friend of mine is looking to get a backup camera installed in her vehicle. Does any one know a reputable place in Chicago to get this done?
posted by khaibit on Mar 26, 2011 - 2 answers

So much salt..

How to protect my classic truck from the salt of the sea? [more inside]
posted by Glendale on Mar 9, 2011 - 6 answers

Infant seat in front seat? How bad?

Apparently apnea monitors aren't reliable in moving vehicles, and I may have to put my 11-day-old in the front seat to be able to see that she's still breathing. Anybody have experience or expertise? [more inside]
posted by wjm on Feb 24, 2011 - 24 answers

Get outta town.

I'm a total noob when it comes to off-roading; can you help me figure out how to get started? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Jan 26, 2011 - 19 answers

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