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How do I know when it's time to sell my used car?

12.01.1995

I have a Toyota Camry with miles on it There are no apparent problems It has always been serviced by the dealer with emphasis on preventive maintenance However considering the mileage do you suggest it's time for a replacement If...

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Does that engine knock spell doom for my Buick?

12.01.1995

I have a Buick Century which has been a great car aside from having the steering rack replaced twice The only problem I have is that there is a tapping in the engine which lasts for a couple of minutes...

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Should we pay for the undercoating and rustproofing on a new car?

12.01.1995

My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a brand new Mercury Villager Our question revolves around the issue of undercoating and rustproofing Do we really need to have our car rustproofed And if we do who should...

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Do bigger wheels make the speedometer read faster or slower?

12.01.1995

Does putting bigger wheels on your car make the speedometer read faster or slower I've got a bet on this Jim RAY The speedometer will read slower Jim The speedometer reading is based on how many times the axle turns...

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