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I had an accident in my 2002 firebird conv. and sent it to the shop for repairs. The shop has had extreme problems finding all the parts for this vehicle, although all the damage was purely cosmetic. Make a long story short it has been in the shop for a year. What steps should i take before putting this vehicle back on the road? PS: I pick the vehicle up ...
This is a 2 part question. PART 1: TRADE IN VALUE I have a 2000 Dodge Caravan, Sport model. Could you help me estimate it's approx value so I have a starting value for bargaining? All the basics: cd/cassette; roof rack; AC; power windows/locks; privacy glass; remote entry. It has some cosmetic flaws, though no rust. According to Blue Book, it's ...
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 ...
My beater Honda has 207,400 miles on it and is probably is not worth much more than $2000 because of the cosmetic condition inside and out. It needs a new timing belt and rear struts. I just had new front brakes put in for $560. Three estimates average the work for the timing belt/water pump, and struts out to be about $1150. At this point I am not sure ...
I am trying to decide if I should fix up my minivan and keep it or trade it in. It is a Chrysler Voyager minivan, 2000, 123K miles, in fair condition, and needs some cosmetic work as well as fixing the air conditioning, plus other work. I saw somewhere that repairs totaling 15 - 25% were reasonable if I was going to keep it, and a higher amount would be ...

I have a Ford Fusion and I was rear ended on the freeway. My car, for the most, part looks pretty okay considering how I was rear ended. Both drivers were going around 60mph and slowly decelerating because of upcoming traffic. I was not pressing on the brake. There was no lane switching. Suddenly someone hit me from behind and jolted my car forward. ...


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