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Is there a list of SAFETY mandates that are required by any agency before a car may be sold as a used car? We bought a used car as is no warranty. Didn
What does it mean when the repair shop says the tires have dry-rot, and does this give a reddish color to the sides of the tire?The guy at the repair shop said it meant that the tires were sitting unused for too long but we use the car every single day. Thanks - NP
Hi Patty I will be buying a new car in the next few weeks. Two of the models I am interested in are the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix. In reading the avail spec info on line, all I can really determine is a difference in the transmissions. Are they both made by Toyota? Are there any other mechanical or engineering differences that you can point ...
I need to buy a car for my daughter, any advice?
What tool can be used to unlock the airbag for a 99\\\
My daughter unexpectedly moved out of state and left her car at home temporarily. Is there something I should do to keep it in good running condition? I have heard that a car will deteriorate quickly if not driven.
What are the best items to target when negotiating down the price on a used car? How much can I typically expect to reduce the asking price? Is it common for the dealer/lot owner to allow me to take the car to my mechanic? Will I need to leave a deposit to be allowed to do this? And if so, how will it be reimbursed typically if I decide against the ...

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