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What percentage of new cars are declared a total loss? In other words, how likely is a newer model to become a total loss? Can you recommend any websites to assist with my research? Thanks.
What do you do about a transmission leak?
My ignition cylinder in my Ford Focus won't turn with the key in, is there anything I can do without bringing it to the dealer? Can a regular Locksmith or possibly myself fix this problem?
Hi, It seems that anyone with a wrench and a cash register can call themselves a mechanic. Is there a website or some other source used for rating mechanics so you know you are dealing with reputable people? I do not always find the BBB to be reliable and they do not always list businesses I am interested in.
99 Saturn SL1 model with 110,000 miles may need rebuilt transmission, maybe salvage if can find,is it worth replacing or sell the car?
My 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara Sport needs 2 tires. Is it OK to buy used tires as opposed to new? Kinda strapped for cash right now and the quotes have been $90 and higher for 1 tire.
I deliver pizza so I start my 2004 Honda Civic up 20-60 times per day. Am I ruining my car? What can I do to minimize any damage?

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