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AnomalousBoners
Dec 22, 2007

by Ozma


meatpimp posted:

http://www.autoblog.com

I too love autoblog and watch their RSS feed.

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CornHolio
May 20, 2001



Toilet Rascal

I don't know how well-known it is, but I think its a fantastic thing I've found.

https://www.crazedlist.org

you might have to change a couple of settings in your browser for it to work, but it will mass-search craigslist for you.

dongworkforyuda
Feb 26, 2004
hacocacyb

Any advice on transferring a title between two private parties when the seller doesn't have the title paid off?

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



dongworkforyuda posted:

Any advice on transferring a title between two private parties when the seller doesn't have the title paid off?

Check out this thread: http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3088964

Relentlessboredomm
Oct 15, 2006

It's Sic Semper Tyrannis. You said, "Ever faithful terrible lizard."


NM

Relentlessboredomm fucked around with this message at 19:51 on May 10, 2009

M323
Dec 12, 2003


For anyone into vintage bikes or cafe racers there's https://www.dotheton.com.

The tech section is great, and there's tons of good info in the 50$ MOD THREAD.

Also, it's quite possible to commute on the cheap on an old motorcycle, provided you buy the right bike (Japanese single or twin) and are prepared to do some work yourself. No, an oil change or valve service doesn't always require forking out 600$. On a Honda CB125/175/200 for example, and oil change requires 1L of oil and a cleaning of the re-usable oil filter. Total cost is about 4$. Valve service takes all of 10 minutes every 6000miles, requires no special tools. Tires run for 30-40$ each and can be changed at home.

Good sites for cheap bike parts:

http://www.northcityvintagehonda.com/
http://www.mikesxs.net/

M323 fucked around with this message at 13:53 on Jul 4, 2009

The Wonder Weapon
Dec 15, 2006

"i earned this"

that's my rule

good work


My girlfriend is looking at used cars from a dealership at the moment, and I'm wondering if there is anything extra to pay attention to/stuff thats not quite as important in the used car buying guide in the first few posts of this thread. Specifically, she'll be looking at a prius, so I'm just wondering if theres anything unique to check for with that when buying used. Thanks!

UNCUT PHILISTINE
Jul 27, 2006



My wife and I are halfway through a 3 year lease, and we just don't need a car anymore, so we're thinking about getting rid of it.

How difficult is it to find someone to take over a lease? There's a few websites to help with that, but what are my chances? It's a 2008 Mazda 3 in great shape, if that matters.

Camo Guitar
Jul 15, 2009


For rotary powered Mazdas and anything you could shoehorn a 12a/13b/20b into.

https://www.ausrotary.com - Australian based rotary forum (with many overseas members). The tech section is indispensable if you run into any issues with your build/general running. Lots to buy in the parts section too.

The Royal Nonesuch
Nov 1, 2005



Pillbug

So it's time to get my sister a first car, and she and my mom have found a 2008 Dodge Caliber with ~18k on the clock for $10,000. They're all gung-ho about it despite my warnings against econo-Dodges, but the drat things aren't old enough yet for me to point out any obvious deal killers. I've pointed out a nice Honda would cost less and surely be more reliable, but my Mom is unfortunately one of those AMERICAN CARS 12-07-1941 NEVAR FORGET people.

It's not worth it to me to argue against that, but I was curious personally if anyone has firsthand experience with Calibers... are my fears unfounded? I'm sure it's boring to drive and has a loud interior etc, but hell it's a first car, my sis hardly cares about those things.

The Royal Nonesuch fucked around with this message at 00:45 on Aug 3, 2009

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



The Royal Nonesuch posted:

So it's time to get my sister a first car, and she and my mom have found a 2008 Dodge Caliber with ~18k on the clock for $10,000. They're all gung-ho about it despite my warnings against econo-Dodges, but the drat things aren't old enough yet for me to point out any obvious deal killers. I've pointed out a nice Honda would cost less and surely be more reliable, but my Mom is unfortunately one of those AMERICAN CARS 12-07-1941 NEVAR FORGET people.

They're not good cars. Also, a used one for $10k is a terrible deal, and you'd be much better served spending $10k on something else. If your mom insists on an American car, how bout a nice Mexican built Focus?

This thread might answer your question better:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2341562
I don't know if you noticed, but the last couple questions to be asked in here didn't get answered.

The Royal Nonesuch
Nov 1, 2005



Pillbug

kimbo305 posted:

They're not good cars. Also, a used one for $10k is a terrible deal, and you'd be much better served spending $10k on something else. If your mom insists on an American car, how bout a nice Mexican built Focus?

This thread might answer your question better:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=2341562
I don't know if you noticed, but the last couple questions to be asked in here didn't get answered.

Thanks, I knew I was missing a thread

Uthor
Jul 9, 2006

Gummy Bear Heaven ... It's where I go when the world is too mean.

http://www.kiatechinfo.com/default.asp

I was just shown this site while looking for information about my dad's Kia Sportage. It seems to have completely online repair information for all Kia models for free. The interface is a lot like the very expensive Bentley repair manual that I got for my GTI. If anyone has a Kia, they should definitely bookmark this site.

EDIT: The site doesn't seem to like FF and requires an outdated piece of Adobe software to work, but it's a small price to pay for all that information.

il serpente cosmico
May 15, 2003

Best five bucks I've ever spend.

My girlfriend drives a 2001 Civic with 70,000 miles on it. She recently took it in for an SRS recall issue, and they looked over her car for free. The service guy told her she should replace the timing belt asap because it's been 7 years. He even said that some folks would recommend she not even drive it at this point ().

Her timing belt is good to 105,000 miles, and I told her the dude was full of poo poo / trying to sell parts. Am I correct in my thinking? I told her I wouldn't think about replacing it until 100,000 miles.

Janitor Prime
Jan 22, 2004

PC LOAD LETTER

What da fuck does that mean



Fun Shoe

Hey guys what is a good shop to buy engine parts for my 97 Accord? I looked at the OP and didn't see any links for non performance Honda parts.

Cock_Push-UPS
Aug 29, 2004
It's when you lay down and let your boner push you up, COCK PUSH-UPS

I know there is probably not much call for this, since I do watch the threads in here, but if you have a GMC/Chevrolet with a Duramax Diesel/Allison transmission (like I do), these guys know what the gently caress they are talking about.

http://www.dieselplace.com/forum/

poisoned pie
Jan 15, 2005

Can you feel the colors?


suggesting - toyota forums - http://forums.toyspeed.org.nz

NZ based, but will cover all of the toyota engines and cars that were sold in the states/UK. Includes wiring info, common troubleshooting and faults on various toyota engines, HEAPS of knowledge on turbocharged 4AGE builds and 4age/3sgte/1jz/2jz modifications. Good projects section, good friendly community all round.

ozziegt
Jul 8, 2005

cool under pressure


A good article to read before you buy new performance shocks for your vehicle:

http://farnorthracing.com/autocross_secrets6.html

Opensourcepirate
Jul 31, 2004

Except Wednesdays


I'd like to see TDIClub in the VW Forums section, but maybe I'm biased because I drive one.

http://tdiclub.com/
THE place for Diesel Volkswagens

for sale
Nov 25, 2007
I AM A SHOPLIFTER

Sorry hosed up

(USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS POST)

for sale fucked around with this message at 03:55 on Dec 16, 2009

sigtrap
Apr 14, 2002

MOIST


sigtrap posted:

Mistakes? Additions? Recommendations? Post them here!

THIS IS NOT A Q/A OR GENERAL CHAT THREAD! If you have car questions, ask them in the forum or the nearest 'stupid question' thread.

sigtrap
Apr 14, 2002

MOIST


sigtrap posted:

3. Car recommendation threads
From now on, I will gas "Recommend me a car" threads. They did nothing for our forum, were often about the same boring econoboxes, and were usually posted by lazy people who didn't want to do their own research, people who often ignored the advice or never responded. THE ONLY EXCEPIONS: If you have done your research and narrowed your choice down to two or three cars AND you'd like input from people who have direct experience with those cars, you can ask about them. I realize there's nothing evil or illogical about asking the automotive forum for help choosing a car, but due to lazy posters asking the same question over and over I'm afraid we've got to draw the line. The internet is full of car buying resources, and over time we'll add more to our own reources sticky to sum up local knowledge and experience.

Necc0
Jun 30, 2005

by exmarx


Broken Cake

I just totaled my car and know nothing about junkyards or selling a busted used car and I know you guys probably have a ton of good advice on how to handle this. Should I make a thread or could you append some information on selling cars to this sticky?

edit: I made a post in the general questions thread but I still think there should be some general car selling information itt

Necc0 fucked around with this message at 21:34 on Dec 26, 2009

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Necc0 posted:

I just totaled my car and know nothing about junkyards or selling a busted used car and I know you guys probably have a ton of good advice on how to handle this. Should I make a thread or could you append some information to this sticky?

If your car is insured and the insurance company's adjuster deems it totalled, you have two options: take the payout from your insurance, or buy back the wreck from them. If you do not like the payout price they give you, you can (with great effort) negotiate with them for a fairer price. To do this, you'll have to put up with indifferent or downright hostile customer service, whose best interest is to pay you as little as possible. If you have say a 2003 VW GTI, and the company wants to pay you 8,000 for it, you can submit a survey of comparable GTIs for sale in the area, where the average selling price might be 13,000, just to demonstrate that you could never buy an adequate replacement for their payout.
e: more on the buyback procedure: http://www.carinsurance.com/kb/content35255.aspx

If you are not insured, you'll have to sell the car yourself to a junkyard, usually for very little, like $100-$300. Some places will tow it away for free and that's it. Call up your local junkyards and find out what they do. If your car has any enthusiast community, and you have sufficient patience, you can keep the car and sell the parts in an attempt to gain more money that way. Somebody might pay several hundred for an intact engine, for example. It is possible, depending on what was damaged, that you might be able to sell it wholesale to someone who is willing to fix the whole car.

kimbo305 fucked around with this message at 23:40 on Dec 26, 2009

Crazak P
Apr 11, 2003

PUNISHER > SPIDERMAN

I was recently looking to buy a used car and I found this website to be pretty useful for someone who knows very little about cars. The fact that it's got pictures helps immensely.

http://www.samarins.com/check/simplecheck.html

ACEofsnett
Feb 19, 2007

FILTHY CASUAL | CONSOLE PEASANT

http://www.thmotorsports.com has free shipping on orders over $100. I just ordered an MSD coil, tach adapter and some 8mm plug wires from them.

nutnmunch
Sep 19, 2007
get out.

http://www.the370z.com/ is a great site for 370s, probably the best one by far that I have found. A ton of information and pretty much everything you could ask for.

Very few idiots there plus most are extremely friendly. A lot of good vendor deals and group buys as well.

Helmet Jap
Dec 25, 2004

Noeeee!
Jappu Trappuu!

http://www.hmaservice.com/

I don't know if this is appropriate for this thread, but Hyundai offers free shop manuals (electronic)and such on their website. I know not too many AI people have hyundais, but free manuals for every model isn't so bad.

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



A good guide to buying a used car:
http://www.samarins.com/buying/index.html
I look at it every so often so I might as well store it here.

http://www.tolltape.com/
If you need extra mounting 'velcro' type things for your EZPass/Fastlane transponder, this is a convenient place to get them.

A nice list of interference engines with timing belts:
http://www.aa1car.com/library/timin...nce_engines.htm

kimbo305 fucked around with this message at 02:48 on May 21, 2010

Doctor Grape Ape
Aug 26, 2005

Dammit Doc, I just bought this for you 3 months ago. Try and keep it around for a bit longer this time.


Holy gently caress this stuff looks amazing. Ever break a cast aluminum part? Buy some of this poo poo: http://www.aluminumrepair.com/video_new.asp

orange lime
Jul 24, 2008



Doctor Grape Ape posted:

Holy gently caress this stuff looks amazing. Ever break a cast aluminum part? Buy some of this poo poo: http://www.aluminumrepair.com/video_new.asp

Jesus Christ, I could have used some of that stuff like...all the time. I torqued the head off a long, countersunk aluminum screw...if I could have basically just brazed a piece of scrap metal to the top of it and twisted it out I would have been saved hours of grief.

[e] it's like...solder and epoxy and bondo all wrapped into one, but structurally sound. That's ridiculously cool.

orange lime fucked around with this message at 04:23 on May 10, 2010

Nocheez
Sep 5, 2000

Can you spare a little cheddar?


Nap Ghost

Another good Supra-oriented forum, better signal to noise than Supraforums:
http://www.supramania.com/forums/

Forever Zero
Apr 29, 2007
DUMB AS ROCKS


I don't know anything about cars but this site seems helpful http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...tions-top-5.htm

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Forever Zero posted:

I don't know anything about cars but this site seems helpful http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...tions-top-5.htm

That page in particular is not that great, even by its own admission:
"But sometimes, perception doesnít equal reality. In many cases, consumersí view does not accurately reflect the automakerís recent track record. Clearly, it is well worth researching factors such as depreciation, reliability, safety test results, and test performance before making a purchase to ensure that you buy the best vehicle for your needs and budget."

NOTinuyasha
Oct 17, 2006

 


The Great Twist

Repost... I've done this way too many times...

NOTinuyasha posted:

PHOTOCOPY THE ORIGINAL TICKET BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING, PHOTOCOPY EVERY LETTER YOU RECEIVE

Then,

  • Plead not guilty on the ticket
  • Get a trial date
  • Request extension of trial
  • Get extended trial date
  • Call office, ask to whom a request for a readjustment of penalties should be mailed

With that information,

  • Type a formal letter using a template in MS Word
    • No goony poo poo, nobody cares about radar guns
    • Don't admit or deny your crime
    • State that you understand the severity of the charges
    • State that you honestly believe you are a safe driver and have attached an abstract
    • Say you're unemployed, or a student, that the penalties would be a "significant hardship"
    • If requesting a reduction in points, state you will gladly pay any fine
    • Keep it 3 paragraphs (nobody will read it anyway)
  • Place a formal DMV-watermarked abstract behind that letter
  • Place a photocopy of your driver's license behind the abstract
  • Place a photocopy of the photocopy you made of the original ticket
  • Place a photocopy of all the letters they have sent thus far behind that
  • Place a standard coversheet on the front with another MS-word template with a return address as well as fax number on the top in BOLD LETTERS
  • Photocopy this entire thing
  • Fax this entire thing in FINE mode, in the correct order, with the addition of a fax coversheet
  • Staple this into a packet
  • Include a preaddressed, empty envelope with stamps already attached for them to mail a response
  • Put all this in a flat rate USPS envelope
  • Mail it
  • Call to confirm you have faxed your response as well as mailed your response

You'll get some sort of token reduction in the mail. They don't give a poo poo about specific requests but speeding tickets reduced parking or ignored traffic device are easy everywhere in the NE without showing up.

At every point you must ensure they are actually processing what you sent.

heat
Sep 4, 2003

The Mad Monk

I just saw this on lifehacker - it searches ebay, craigslist, autotrader, cars.com, automotive.com, and oodle.com

http://www.autotempest.com/

Minnesota Mixup
Apr 27, 2003

Just a bit further



Plaster Town Cop

CornHolio posted:

I don't know how well-known it is, but I think its a fantastic thing I've found.

https://www.crazedlist.org

you might have to change a couple of settings in your browser for it to work, but it will mass-search craigslist for you.

The best site I've found for looking at stuff like this if you want to look everywhere is http://www.craiglook.com/, it'll let you search all of craigslist at the same time without having to look through individual windows and sort all of them based on posting time.

Professor Bling
Nov 12, 2008

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


heat posted:

I just saw this on lifehacker - it searches ebay, craigslist, autotrader, cars.com, automotive.com, and oodle.com

http://www.autotempest.com/

Autotempest used to be Hank's Helper (hankshelper.com; the website redirects to autotempest now). I use HH/AT to set craigslist search keywords and then use crazedlist.org to create a feed that meshes with Opera properly.

Autotempest will autofill details that you can select through check boxes and drop menus (model year, transmission type, number of cylinders, etc.). All in all it's pretty cool.

A.o.D.
Jan 15, 2006

The Suffering of the Succotash.


I have bookmarked autotempest.com Thanks very much for this link.

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Lets Fuck Bro
Apr 14, 2009


Are there any websites or resources where I can type the make of my car in and it'll tell me how much PSI is recommended for my tires? Sorry if this is a retard question.

Edit, looks like this was a retard question, I found a sticker on the inside of my door that said cold tire inflation pressure 32 psi. Woot.

Lets Fuck Bro fucked around with this message at 23:38 on Sep 1, 2010

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