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I have a 2003 Honda Odyssey EX with 40,000 miles. I am trying to determine the value of it by either selling it on my own or trading it in to a dealer. The car is in excellent running condition. However, the outside does have some surface scratches. I took it to a Honda dealer for a quote. He valued my trade in at $8500 because car fax showed an ...
I am thinking abut buying my neighbor's 1999 Buick with 40K miles. However, it has been sitting in the driveway for a year or two. I know it hasn't been driven, and I have never seen them start it. They took good care of it before her mother became unable to drive, but it has just been sitting ever since. I have always heard that is bad for a car, but ...
How to find a good honest mechanic!?
Hi, Patty-- A couple of months ago, I had a problem with a routine oil change. It was a "double gasket" error which led to oil covering the entire bottom of my car. The oil light went on, I got to the closest service center, they took me out into the service bay and explained/showed me the problem. I got the underside power washed, oil changed again, ...
I have a 16-year-old Toyota Celica that I love, so I don't drive it in the winter months.What should I do to winterize my car in cold climate when I store it in an unheated garage for the winter? Are their special additives? Thanks for your help.
A 1999 cadillac deville/concours with no heat from drivers side.Can this be diagnosed with a code reader like carMd?
I am the Internet Sales Manager at Matthews-Hargreaves Chevrolet. I saw the article about this site in the Macomb Daily. I would like to be certified as a "female-friendly" dealership. What can I do to start the process? Thanks, Matt

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