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My husband was doing some repair work on my car a few weeks ago and handed me some parts. "Find out what these are. They were laying in front of the engine." I discovered they were a PCV valve and part of the hose. I was able to replace the PCV valve, but the parts store did not have the hose. My husband then had to leave town before he could complete the ...
My car was totaled in a collision, The other drivers State Farm agency offered me a payoff settlement, should I just accept the figures they offered me on my 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo, they deducted quite a bit for previous damages on the car that seems quite high?
After bankruptcy, I received a letter from Medina Mitsubishi/Suzuki in Medina, Ohio about buying a car from them. They state on the letter they are a "Certified Female Friendly Dealer" and reference your web-site. Once on the web-site I can*t find them. Can you help? I will be in need a car soon and don*t want find a woman friendly dealer. Thank you.
I have a 2002 Kia Optima with 39,500 miles on it. My lights, power windows, radio and windshield wipers are not working and I am told I need a new alternator that will cost $490. (I put in a new battery at 36,900 miles) I also had problems with a "grounding" wire a few months ago when my radio was going on and off. They said they fixed it, but it is also ...
I have a new care lease and want out of my contract due to financial hardship. What are my options please.
I WANT TO BUY YOUR CAR.PLEASE. TELL ME YOUR LAST PRICE. CAPT. JAMES.WILLY.
The service agent at my dealership says that the only way to deal with blacked out lighting on the display for the radio in my 2002 Sunfire is to replace the whole unit. That might cost as much as $700, he says, which I cannot justify for a 7-year old vehicle. Are there any other, cheaper options? It's not a safety issue; more like a nuisance ...

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