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What kind of research should I be doing before going to a dealership to buy a new car?
What happens if I own a new LATCH-equipped vehicle, do I have to buy a new car seat with LATCH?
I had to purchase a $75, 48-hour insurance policy to get my new car home 0n 9-3-06. When I went to my agent today I found I was covered for 4 days so I didn't really need this. What can I do to get my money back?
Hi - I am a "petite" woman (5'1") getting ready to purchase my first car. It is really important for me to be able to adjust my seat so I can sit high and have a clear view. I had my heart set on a Prius and test drove it yesterday but did not have a clear view either front or aft and the Prius offers no ways to adjust the seat higher (only to move the ...
Do you know of any new car that has the battery indicator, temperature, oil gauge,etc on the instrument panel rather than "idiot" lights?
My 1996 Honda's A/C is gone--I've replaced the compressor (twice), the expansion valve, schrader valves, and I don't know what all else (the compressor died the day before Thanksgiving while I was driving to my sister's near Yorktown, Va. from Falls Church, and the Alexandria Exxon Car Care place had to redo the work in March when it failed again--and it ...
I'm 62, retiring,want to buy a new car($30,000 or less-cash). Plan to drive across country(Sea-Ohio). Appreciate suggestions. My concerns: safety,mileage,maintainence. Thanks.

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