Archive for October, 2011

Wiper blade maintenance often gets overlooked

Monday, October 31st, 2011

While they may be one of the most frequently used parts of a car, wiper blades often get overlooked when it comes to maintenance. Many cars on the road are driving around with blades that are cracked, split, torn or all around ineffective and if you're one of them you are doing yourself and other drivers a great disservice.

It may not seem like much but if your wiper blades are not in great condition it could be considerably obstructing your vision, and all it takes is a bout of heavy rain or snow for you to wish you'd paid better attention to them.

Despite how important windshield wipers are, many people may not know how often they should replace their wiper blades. According to Yahoo! Autos, most experts suggest getting new blades every six to 12 months and there are a few good ways you can check to see if they are losing their effectiveness. Perhaps the easier way is to simply use your windshield washing system – and if the wipers leave behind some residue it may be time to take your car in for a replacement.

In addition to recognizing when your wiper blades need to be replace, it will also behoove you to follow some practices that might preserver their effectiveness a little bit longer. All it takes is following a few small habits including cleaning your windshield every time you get gas and avoiding using the wipers to remove ice or any other hard objects.

Whether you're looking to have a professional replace your wiper blades or perform more substantial maintenance, New Jersey State Auto Auction offers customers with a total car care center at its Jersey City location.

Survey finds fuel-efficiency becoming more important to consumers

Monday, October 31st, 2011

With gas prices staying at steadily-high prices, consumers are beginning to shift their preferences as a result. A recent study commissioned by Ford found that a growing number of drivers rank fuel efficiency as the primary deciding factor when it comes to buying a new or used car.

The nationwide research found that the criteria has experienced a significant jump in the last decade. Specifically, for people buying smaller cars like the Ford Fiesta, a vehicle's gas mileage came in as the top consideration for 2011 – a marked jump from the fourth place it occupied in 2001. Fuel efficiency is even one of the most important considerations for people buying SUVs, currently ranking in fifth, up from 16th.

The findings are indicative of the growing number of manufactures who are making a point to focus on offering especially fuel-efficient cars. Ford in particular has been active, even creating an all-electric version of its popular Ford Focus, and the company feels as though the study is validation of its more eco-friendly push over the last few years.

"Drivers want fuel economy choices – not a one-size-fits-all solution – and Ford is leading the way," said Mark Fields, Ford's president of The Americas. "Customers are telling us clean and green vehicles matter because they are good for people's wallets and good for our planet."

Whether you're looking for a fuel-efficient small car or a truck with excellent gas mileage, New Jersey State Auto Auction has you covered. All the company's cars are CARFAX certified, meaning you know you're getting a reliable used car with many of them being below Kelley Blue Book value.

Weekly round-up: The gas pump may be dirtier than you think

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The week in auto news is certainly music to the ears of anybody who drives Range Rovers as well as those who's an active breast cancer research advocate. However, if you're afraid of germs you may not be so happy.

• Being recognized by Motor Trend magazine is often seen as a significant milestone for most manufacturers, which is good news for Land Rover. The 2012 Range Rover Evoque earned the distinction of being named the 2012 SUV of the Year this week by the publication.

If you look at the specifics of the new car, its not hard to see why it was chosen. The Evoque is the smallest, lightest and most fuel-efficient Range Rover ever produced by the company while still maintaining the luxury and class the popular SUVs have become known for.

"It is a significant achievement for the Range Rover Evoque to be deemed the best new SUV on the market by Motor Trend, one of the pre-eminent brands in automotive publishing," said Andy Goss, president of Jaguar Land Rover North America.

Motor Trend reaches its rankings through rigorous performance testing under certain conditions to simulate the real-world driving experience.

• In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, numerous communities across the country have been holding events and fundraisers, and that includes the automotive community. Symbolic Motors in San Diego, California, recently unveiled a Bentley Continental GT Coupe – painted entirely in pink. A portion of the proceeds from the $250,000 sale will go to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"While this car is stunning, it is going to save lives with the money that is raised and there is nothing more beautiful than that," said Laura Farmer Sherman, a breast cancer survivor and executive director of the organization.

• Next time you fill up your car you might want to make extra sure you wash your hands as soon as possible. Results of a new study show that the gas pump handle is the dirtiest thing that Americans encounter on their way to and from the office, Retuers reports.

The research was conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional, which discovered that other top offenders were public mailbox handles, parking meters and ATM buttons. But it was gas pumps that took the cake.

"It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that you're going to touch on a daily basis," program leader Dr. Kelly Arehart told the news agency. 

Used cars no longer seen as a risky decision

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

For years, used cars had unfairly been given a bad reputation. The prevailing wisdom was that if you were purchasing a previously owned vehicle you were taking a risk that the car would break down more easily and you'd be left with no way to get around. However, times have changed and now used cars are not only an increasingly popular option, they are reliable as well, CBS affiliate WRAL reports.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the burgeoning confidence in used cars is the ample number of resources that consumers have available to them. Before stopping by dealers such as New Jersey State Auto Auction, prospective buyers can do extensive research into which car they're thinking about purchasing and end up saving a considerable amount of money on a ride that can last them a long time.

"It can cost as much as 45 percent less than the same car was when new, yet still have most or all the features you're looking for and still have years of life left in it," Consumer Reports' Jon Linkov told the news channel.

Still, while there may be many resources available to consumers, if they are not used correctly it can all be for naught. A car's history can be a significant indicator of how it will perform in the future so would-be buyers should check out if it's had any repairs or water damage in its past.

Luckily, New Jersey State Auto makes it easy for buyers to be confident they are buying a car that has a clean record. All cars sold by the company have been checked by CARFAX to ensure they are reliable.

Motorists keeping cars longer in uncertain economy

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

The economic downturn has forced a lot of people to adopt more frugal practices in most areas of their life and that includes how they treat their cars. In previous years, motorists may have opted to purchase a new vehicle if their current ride was past its prime. But now they are more apt to hang on to their cars longer and get regular maintenance to save money in the long run, and according to The Capital, it's paying off.

There is a stark contrast between how long drivers are keeping their cars now compared to before the recession hit in 2008. The research firm Polk says that consumers are holding on to their cars an average of 7.2 months longer than they did before '08, and in 2010 the average car on the road was 11 years old. With the economy still in flux, analysts say that the best bet is to usually to keep up with maintenance for the time being.

"They don't know what's going to happen with the economy, or with their jobs," industry insider Jack Bell told the publication. "They already know what they've got, so they fix what they've got."

Additionally, statistics show that even if consumers want to get behind the wheel of something different, most of them are used cars. The Capital reports that 70 percent of all purchases in 2010 were used cars.

Whether you're looking for a way to keep your current vehicle on the road longer or purchase a used car, New Jersey State Auto Auction offers you with both. In fact, New Jersey Auto offers a full auto service center located in Jersey City, and also provides drivers with discounted repair and maintenance. 

Best bets for older used cars

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

There's a common misconception that used cars are not built to last, and while that may have been true decades ago, today cars are lasting longer than ever. If you know where to look you can get behind the wheel of an affordable, reliable car from one of the world's top manufacturers, and Popular Mechanics recently shared its list of best choices for used cars.

The BMW 3 Series is one of the more popular cars on the road and though a brand new model might set you back a good amount, a pre-owned version from the 1990s can offer the style, class and performance at a much more affordable price. Even dating as far back as the late '80s, the publication says that the 3 Series is one of the most reliable cars around and can go for as low as $2,000.

Much like the 3 Series, a used Mercedes Benz E-Class offers drivers an excellent opportunity to own a classic luxury car at a fraction of the cost. In particular, Popular Mechanics highlights the years between 1986 and 1995 as the best options, and adds that models made during these years can go as low as $1,500 or as high as $10,000.

Consumers should not be afraid to purchase older used cars since the ones that are already on the road are lasting longer than ever before. In a recent interview with Bloomberg Radio, Rebecca Lindland, the director of strategic review at IHS Automotive, said that the average mileage of a car on the road today is 130,000 miles, with each driving around 13,400 miles a year.

Whether you're looking to get behind the wheel of a luxury used car or simply a sedan, the New Jersey State Auto Auction offers a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices.

Man hits 1 million mile mark on ’90 Honda

Monday, October 24th, 2011

It's not unheard of for drivers to attempt to get the most of their vehicles. In fact, it's no longer rare for cars to easily surpass the 100,000 mile mark thanks to drivers placing an increased emphasis on maintenance. However, a man from Maine recently set an impressive record when the odometer on his 1990 Honda Accord hit 1 million, The Portland Press Herald reports.

Joe LoCicero, who is a native of the Pine Tree State was honored for the impressive achievement with a parade down the streets of Saco, Maine, as well as a 2012 Accord. According to Honda, he is the first documented person to drive one of their cars for 1 million miles.

If someone was going to get their car to reach the milestone, it's not surprising that it was LoCicero. He is known throughout New England as an expert auto techinican and has often traveled throughout the region inspecting vehicles for warranty claims and lease terms.

According to the Press Herald, LoCicero first bought the car in 1996 when it had just 74,000 miles on it. He drove about 48,000 miles a year to rack up its current total.

LoCicero is just one of many people aiming to drive their car as long as possible, and though most drivers will never get to the 1 million mile mark, there are certainly ways you can get your ride past the 100,000 or 200,000 mile mark.

The New Jersey State Auto Auction has a Full Auto Service Center located in Jersey City. The company provides discounted auto repair and auto maintenance for their customers. Call Brian at 201-200-1100 for our current Service Specials and ask for our Current Coupons.

Amber Heard cruises in ’68 Mustang

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Most people are aware of the love that Jay Leno has for his classic cars, and George Clooney also has a famous collection, but there is one actress out there who has an affinity for automobiles that might surprise some people. Amber Heard, best known for her roles in Pineapple Express and the short-lived NBC series The Playboy Club, recently told USA Today that one of her most prized possessions is her 1968 Ford Mustang.

"Some people have pictures of their dog," she told the publication about her ride. "But here's my baby."

In the upcoming film The Rum Diary, Heard gets to ride alongside star Johnny Depp in a classic Corvette (which was eventually gifted to Depp after filming ended), and it would not go too far surmise that it is one of her favorite scenes.

Though her current favorite car is the '68 Mustang, she is no stranger to driving classic vehicles. In fact, she used to drive a Checker Cab for a spell, and was also behind the wheel of a 1962 Mercedes – and she doesn't plan on change her attitude toward cars anytime soon.

"It has to be vintage," she told the publication's Drive On blog. "There's a grace to things that come from that period."

The week in auto news offers a mixed bag

Friday, October 21st, 2011

While there were no major upheavals in the industry this week, the last few days in car news runs the gamut from offbeat to important safety info. Additionally, it points to a good future for electric car manufacturers – even if they are not flying off the lots.

• Sales of electric vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf have been modest at best, but that doesn't mean that their manufacturers aren't seeing returns. Many consumers are coming into showrooms simply to check out the innovative new rides and often end up driving away in a different car, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"There is such a halo effect," Oliver Hazimeh, an automotive industry consultant at PwC's PRTM Management Consulting, told the Times. "These cars appeal to the cool tech-savvy consumer segment."

In the first nine months of 2011 about 3,895 Volts and 7,199 Leafs have been sold. But statistics reveal even more good news for the manufactures. The Times reports 78 percent of Volt drivers had never bought a Chevy while 90 percent of Leaf drivers never drove a Nissan.

• Tailgaters are likely to see cars of all shapes and sizes when they pack in parking lots before football games, but one ride in particular caught the attention of police in Detroit. A mobile strip club dubbed The Booty Lounge was shut down just minutes before a recent Monday Night Football game, The Detroit News reports.

"If they're in there and they have semi-dressed girls, or they're in there dancing nude or whatever, that's a violation," Detroit Police Sgt. Charles Spruce told the newspaper.

Joe Parsons was the operator of the bus and says that he might be shut down for good – in Detroit at least.

• The Fiat 500 has made headlines lately for its aggressive ad campaign featuring Jennifer Lopez, and although the seductive songstress certainly gives the model a famous face, the small car recently garnered attention for more than its spokesperson. The car was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Cars.com reports.

The Fiat 500 earned the distinction after receiving a rating of "good" in front, side, rear and rollover crash tests. The only other mini-car to be a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS is the Ford Fiesta. 

Kelley Blue Book, AutoTrader.com make trading in cars a breeze

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Trading in your car is a great way to save money when you're looking to get behind the wheel of a used car, and a new online services has just made the process even easier. The popular automobile valuation company Kelley Blue Book has partnered with AutoTrader.com to provide a service that lets consumers shop their car to dealers all in one spot.

The newly-launched service allows those interested in selling their car to fill in all of the ride's information including its make, year and condition, making everything open to dealers interested in making a purchase of their own. If your car gets a hit, you can drive it down to the dealer and they'll likely buy it from you on the spot.

"In addition to Kelley Blue Book's top-notch values, this new option provides consumers further peace of mind that they can get an actual offer online to trade in or sell their current cars quickly and easily," said Justin Yaros, the executive vice president of Kelley Blue Books' kbb.com. "And best of all, that offer is backed 100 percent by AutoTrader.com."

Trading in your used car is also an option at New Jersey State Auto Auction, which is an authorized AutoTrader.com trade-in marketplace dealer. The partnership gives consumers the opportunity to get a free appraisal of their car within seconds.

"As an authorized Autotrader Trade In Marketplace Dealership, we are equipped to provide an instant quote to Trade or Purchase a customer's used car, with payment right on the spot," said Lazlo Ember,the internet marketing director at New Jersey State Auto Auction.

Johnny Depp given ’59 Corvette for work on The Rum Diary

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Johnny Depp has long been one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood, and most people wouldn't argue if you said he's got it pretty good. It looks like that life just got a little bit better. As a thank you for the work he did on his upcoming movie The Rum Diary, Depp received a classic 1959 Corvette convertible, USA Today reports.

The beautiful ride was given to him by Graham King and was driven by Depp in the movie. While it might seem like a gaudy gift for such an accomplished actor, King said that it was well-earned on Depp's part. Still, the Pirates of the Caribbean star was shocked when he received the 'Vette.

"He worked so hard on the film and why not?" King told the publication. "He was pretty blown away by it."

Director Bruce Robinson told USA Today that he was extremely jealous of the gift, adding that he got to drive the car and was surprised by how powerful it was. Corvette fans can look for the vehicle when the movie comes out October 28.

The 1959 Corvette is one of the most classic versions of the iconic sports car, and it featured an especially powerful engine and its unique design set the tone for the following decades.

Address the crack in the windshield before it grows

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

It could have been from a piece of asphalt kicked up by the car in front of you or a rock when you were driving behind that dump truck last week, but the bottom line is the same – you have a small crack in your windshield. While it may not seem like a problem now, a small crack can quickly grow into a larger one that could obscure your vision, but there are ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

If you wait too long, you may have to end up replacing the entire windshield rather than just fixing the crack itself. Experts say that if it is more than 30 days old, wider than one-eighth of an inch thick or longer than 12-inches, you've missed your opportunity. So you'll want to act quickly if you want to minimize the damage to both your car and your wallet.

Though some drivers might take matters into their own hands by way of some home remedies, they might not always do the trick and could make matters worse. Some of the most popular fixes are using super glue and clear nail polish to fill the crack, but this doesn't always work and may make what was once a manageable repair much worse. Instead, most experts suggest taking your car to professionals to take care of the damage.

New Jersey State Auto Auction not only offers makes and models at affordable prices, but it is also provides service and repairs at its Jersey City location that is open to the public. Call Brian at 201-200-1100 and New Jersey Auto's expert technicians can help you with any repair be it a crack in the windsheild or more.

October is Fall Car Care Month

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Though making sure your car is running smoothly should be taken into consideration the whole year, October is known as Fall Car Care Month, and drivers who may have otherwise put off that inspection may want to do so before winter hits.

Many mechanics recommend following a regular maintenance regimen for a number of reasons. Not only does it ensure that your vehicle will drive well, but it could also save you a great deal of money in the long run.

"A thorough inspection of your vehicle this month will go a long way toward ensuring safety and dependability when temperatures drop and wet winter weather strikes," Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council told The Northern Light. "A routine maintenance program also makes financial sense, extending useful vehicle life and helping avoid costly repairs down the road."

There are few things that you should check every time you inspect your car, but several are especially important with winter right around the corner. Experts say that should make a point to check their tires this month, including the air pressure and treads, to make sure they are ready for winter driving.

In addition to the tires, it will also behoove you to check all your fluids including oil, power steering, transmission and brake fluids. Furthermore, you will also want to schedule a tuneup to ensure your engine is running as efficiently as possible.

By taking steps during Fall Car Care Month you'll be able to be one of the many drivers who are getting the most out of their used cars. In fact, Rebecca Lindland, the director of strategic review at IHS Automotive, recently told Bloomberg Radio that the average mileage of a car on the road today is about 130,000 miles, and vehicles are getting fixed and lasting longer than ever before.

Women more likely to research cars online, study says

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

The internet has changed the way car buyers prepare to make purchases, and it looks like women are more apt to use blogs and official product information resources to do their research than their male counterparts.

The study, conducted by publisher BlogHer, Inc. found that when it comes to buying cars, women tend to be more excited than men as well. Specifically, 74 percent said they were excited about making their purchase, while just 71 percent of men said the same. And while they were also more nervous than men (53 percent to 42 percent), those fears were allayed somewhat by turning to blogs for advice, with confidence among women rising 8 percent after visiting such websites.

Although going online helped with confidence, in-person dealership visits were still the respondents' top destination when it came to doing research on a potential vehicle purchase. Word of mouth, car review websites, auto manufacturer websites and blogs rounded out the top five.

"Women clearly articulated the features they need to see and the voices they want to hear when considering a car purchase," said Elisa Camahort Page, the co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. "We see a huge opportunity for auto manufacturers to indeed 'Put her in the driver's seat' and let her buying preferences re-shape how the automotive community reaches the powerful women's market."

If you happen to be considering a used car purchase and want to also trade-in your current ride, New Jersey State Auto Auction is the perfect place to go. New Jersey Auto offers visitors to their website a free appraisal from AutoTrader.com, which will instantly show you how much your car is worth and should be a must when researching your used car purchase.

What does blue smoke in the exhaust mean?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Every so often you'll see a car on the highway that is emitting blue smoke from its exhaust pipe and while you may dismiss it when it's someone else's vehicle, if it happens on your car it can be indicative of a serious problem. Blue smoke often means that your engine is burning oil and you will have to get it fixed.

The fact that your car is burning oil essentially means that the engine is worn down, in particular its valves and piston rings. According to Yahoo! Auto, a car that is emitting blue smoke is burning about a quart of oil every 500 miles or so. A healthy car usually burns one quart around every 1,500 miles. If the problem goes untreated it will cause buildup near the spark plugs, causing them not to fire.

Depending on how old your car is, if you find it's burning oil, the cost to fix the engine may not be worth it. Instead, the best way to avoid such a fate is to get regular maintenance to ensure that your car lasts as long as possible.

Many people appear to have taken that into consideration. Rebecca Lindland,the director of strategic review at IHS Automotive, recently told Bloomberg Radio that the average age of a car on the road today is 10.7 years and that most motorists are easily driving their vehicles past the 100,000 mile mark.

New Jersey State Auto Auction not only offers lots of makes and models at affordable prices but also provides repairs to its customers.

The New Jersey State Auto Auction has a Full Auto Service Center located in Jersey City. The company provides discounted auto repair and auto maintenance for their customers. Call Brian at 201-200-1100 for our current Service Specials and ask for our Current Coupons.

What to look for during a used car inspection

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Although many consumers may think they know exactly what to look for in a used car, all too often there are certain things they can overlook when shopping. However, it doesn't take too long to familiarize yourself with the best ways to asses a used car, and Popular Mechanics recently offered a few tips on the best ways to go about buying a used car.

Perhaps the most important aspect of buying a used car is the inspection you perform before you get behind the wheel. To start, experts suggest turning to the internet to thoroughly research the model you're considering buying. Chances are if it has any problem areas there will be a message board or forum somewhere dedicated to letting everyone know.

Also important is how well you can give the car a physical inspection. There are a number of tell-tale signs that could be indicative of larger problems including rusty areas or the more subtle gouges along the outer-body, which could suggest that the car has been through a frame-straightening machine, the publication reports.

You will also want to be on the lookout for fluid leaks, which could signal a serious problem with the car. Even if it seems small, there is always the chance that it could grow larger very quickly, which could be a costly fix.

The test drive is crucial as well, and the publication says that there is not one specific thing to look for but instead the overall feel of the vehicle is important including how it steers, changes gears and how it brakes.

Of course, buying a used car from a reputable source is important as well. New Jersey State Auto Auction provides consumers with plenty of makes and models of used cars, from BMW to Ford, at affordable prices.

Dodge, Chevy and Hyundai highlight the week in auto news

Friday, October 14th, 2011

From one of the most widely-recognizable minivans being taken off the road to an impressive milestone being reached, there was big news for some of the most popular auto manufacturers in the world this week.

• The Chevrolet Malibu has long been among the most widely-driven cars in the United States, and now it is official. This week the car became the auto industry's longest-running model with an impressive 35-year run. In fact, USA Today reports that there have been 8.5 million Malibus inside the United States since it debuted in 1964, and the car has won more than 40 awards including the 2008 North American Car of the Year.

• It is hard to drive down the highway without seeing a slew of Dodge Grand Caravans, but that time may soon be over. Automotive News is reporting that Chrysler Group plans to end construction of the popular minivan and will instead release just on, the Chrysler Town and Country. The decision stems largely from a desire to not release two almost-identical cars. The company also is going to end production of the Dodge Avenger sedan.

"We cannot have the same type of vehicle in the showroom, because the consumer not stupid," Chrylser CEO Sergio Marchionne told the website.

• Often known for its reliable sedans, Hyundai surprised some in the industry when it paired with Magnuson Products, Rhys Millen Racing, Harman International and Torvec Inc. to develop a 450 horsepower version of its Genesis Coupe. Hyundai hopes to unveil the powerful special edition Genesis at the upcoming SEMA Show in Las Vegas, which is held between November 1 and 4.

Used car prices drop from August to September

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

There may be no better time than the coming months to buy a used car. Not only is the end of the year often regarded as one of the best stretches for consumers, recent statistics show that used car prices are on the way down as well, so heading over the New Jersey State Auto Auction in the near future is a great idea.

According to USA Today, the most recent findings show that the monthly index of 122.9 in September was down a bit from the August index of 123.7. Though it is still a little bit ahead of the index in 2010, it signals a downward trend that could be good news for consumers. Economist say that prices of used SUVs have been especially promising, so if you're looking for a used Ford Explorer or Chevrolet Tahoe, now may be the time.

Those looking to take advantage of the lower used car prices will want to head to New Jersey State Auto Auction which offers many other advantages outside of providing numerous makes and models at affordable prices.

In particular, the New Jersey State Auto Auction is an authorized Autotrader.com trade-in marketplace so if you're hoping to get some money for your previous vehicle, it's especially simple and fast.

"As an authorized Autotrader Trade In Marketplace Dealership, we are equipped to provide an instant quote to Trade or Purchase a customer's used car, with payment right on the spot," said Lazlo Ember, the Internet Marketing Director for New Jersey Auto.

Furthermore, getting a loan is not a problem at New Jersey Auto, as everyone is granted automatic approval regardless of their credit history.