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I recently purchased a used 2004 Ford Escape 50K miles. My mechanic checked it out, all is well except leaking shocks and the airbag light wont go off. (it's the 3rd light down out of 5 warning lights) I initially thought this was the fasten seat belt light malfunctioning, but apparently not. How urgent is this? will the airbags not deploy or could it be a ...
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 ...
Patty, I'm a young adult with horrible credit from a bad marriage, and I need to purchase a used car. I can't afford a $1000 down payment. What can I do?
Hello! I need a set of new battery cables (which I am assuming I can purchase from Auto Zone?) can I install them myself or does this need to be done by a mechanic and will they do it if you bring them the cables? Also how could I locate a general class in my area on such things as changing oil, plugs, etc. just getting to know your vehicle? Since a car is ...
Hi I just purchased a certified used 2004 Honda Accord Coupe back in March. At the time of purchase I also purchased an extended warranty called "Honda Care" for $1,590 for 7 yrs. or 100K miles coverage on replacement of major parts such as Transmission, A/C, electrical malfunctions,etc. The coverage is not for regular wear and tear but malfunctions of ...
My 2004 Dodge Stratus (purchased Feb. 2007)was totaled recently, so now I need to buy a another used car. My Stratus had some qualities, but frequent small repairs seemed to be constant. I have $7000 to spend. I would like a sturdy reliable car. I really would like to find a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, or Corolla but they seem to be out of my reach for ...
I purchased a car with my mother co signing after they told her it would be single digit interest. It turned out to be 14 percent. Then I told them I wanted 300-350 a month payments and they are 418. The car

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