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Hi Patty, I am looking for some information on the above type tires, do you have that size, if so how much do they run new and used? I am a recent widow and not accustomed to shopping for items like this. Your help would be appreciated. Thank you, Pam
Lease has ended and I need to turn in the car, but I have two medium-sized dents on the driver side door. Does it make sense to have those repaired before turning it in? If so, how can I get a decent job done quickly for the lowest price? Need to turn in car in 9 days.
I have been leasing a Honda Civic LX 4 door Sedan for several years now. The lease is almost up so I have been looking at 2012 cars to start a new lease. There is some damage to the Civic. Scratches on the roof and side and a deep scratch/dent on the left side lower panel. This is causing concern for the dealers who see my car. If I fix the damage to the ...
I need a new oil dipstick, what size do I need in my car?
What is the largest size tire that will fit on the rear of my 69 VW Karmann Ghia? Also, what size will go with it and fit on the front? I am putting them on polished 5.5+15 Empi 5 spokes. I am putting on a new disc brake system with rotors drilled to fit the 5 spokes. I hope you can help me out with this question. Thank you.
My car failed it's smog test. There is a broken wire in the evaporative purge solenoid pigtail. I've tried to find a used one since they don't make them anymore. No luck. Is there any way I can replace the wire inside or stick it back together. The guys all say the wire is too short. If I knew the connectors and the wire sizes, could I construct a ...
I am trying to convince husband to trade in suburban for a fuel efficient smaller vehicle. We only really need the big size occasionally - not enough to warrant it in my mind. We could rent a small trailer for the times we need more space (taking kids to college, etc). How does it work when you trade in for a less expensive car? Would i lose money? Our ...

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