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Given your upper middle class orientation, this may not be the kind of question you're interested in, but I'm desperate...last week my Honda Accord got rear ended, while I was in my driveway. The woman who hit me had insurance, but of course, that's not doing me as much good as you'd think. The Honda had a lot of miles on it, and it was called totaled. The ...
I recently bought 3 rental properties and need a truck. Someone told me of the SUV tax deduction/credit for vehicles weighing over 6,000 pounds. Can you give any advice where this is concerned?
I am 78 years old. My present car is a 95 Olds Ciera. I put in a transmission last summer. It runs pretty well. I am thinking of buying another car. Do you recommend buying a used car or a new car. If I should look for a used car, can I trust a dealer's 'warranty'? I'm a widow since 1974. I bought my car from a used car lot (dealer). My gfarage mechanic ...
When will the new 2008 Toyota Prius come out? I want a Prius, but I*m trying to decide between buying a 2007 used Prius (rental car), new 2007 Prius, and a 2008 Prius. Any advice?
My car has 26,000 miles on it, and my dealership (who I always take my car to for oil changes) is recommending their "major service" appointment, that covers all my filters (except hepa), fluid check, rotate and balance tires, adjust parking brake, inspect/replace spark plugs, coolant service, etc. They want about $400 for all this, plus another $90 for ...
Had a incident where I had a sudden engine surge while passing a car. the engine accelerated to 80 mph. and stayed there! i had to press on the brake with two feet to get it down to 40 miles per hour. With several shifting options, I was still unable to get the engine to stop surging and operating at that speed. i than called 911 for suggestions, they ...
Hello, I am living in Finland for 6 months and need to locate a car for my 20 year old son who lives in Indiana and will be working this summer in Reno Nevada. I am not sure if car rental companies will allow him to rent at his age. Can I find a short term lease for him to take over or does he need to be 21 years old to do this? What advice do you have ...

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