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How can I find out if my current dealer has an exemplary service record?
I currently have a 1995 Dodge neon. Because my car is over ten years old, I am nervous about driving it any distance. I have saved $3,000 and am looking to purchase a used car that is fuel efficient as well as dependable and no older than a 1998-99. Do you think I'm being unrealistic?
I have a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo and I am currently having problems when I start the car. It takes a long time for the car turn over and sometimes I need to hit the accelerator to get gas. The car, generally, runs fine but this has been happening very frequently now and I know that it's not the starter or the alternator. Is this a fuel injection problem and if ...
For Person Reason That I Care Not To Get Into, I Had Good Credit, Then I Fell Back On My Credit Card Payments And As A Result Of This I Have Three Charge-Off Accounts As A Result Of This My Crdit Score Has Gone Down, I Would Like To Purschase A Vehicle It Dosen't Have To Be New I Will Be Happy With A 2002/3 Vehicle How Can I Get A Loan With My Credit ...
Car is an Olds Alero, 2001, with 78,000 miles. I took my car in for a free 24-point check. The mechanic called and said: 1. Battery needs to be replaced. (Battery in car is original.) 2. Coolant is only good to -20 degrees; needs partial draining and replacing. I said it was good to -34 in Nov.05; he said it deteriorates or maybe someone added water to ...
Patty, I understand location of a used vehicle affects how much a used vehicle is worth as well as condition, mileage, age, etc. Generally speaking, how do prices vary in different parts of the country for pre-owned vehicles? How does it vary by specific vehicle? Thank you.
I have a 2002 Passat. Recently, after a heavy rain, there was substantial flooding in the floor on the driver's side. None of the electrical buttons worked, the hazard lights were frozen on, and no matter how much we mopped out the water, there would be another inch of it within an hour. Apparently, water came through the pollen filter seal into the car ...

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