Archive for October, 2013

Chevrolet Camaro Is The Most-Stolen Sports Car

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

While the number of cars stolen each year is dropping, all motorists are at risk for becoming the victim of a crime. In fact, there may even be some vehicles that are more prone to theft than others. A large portion of all automobiles stolen in the U.S. are high-end sports cars, and a few of these are extremely popular among car thieves. 

The National Insurance Crime Bureau has been tracking which cars are the most popular stolen vehicles for years. From 2009 through 2012, the organization recorded the make and model of automobiles reported as stolen.

According to the data, the most popular sports car stolen in the four-year time period was the Chevrolet Camaro. There were 1,509 reported thefts of this vehicle, far outpacing the 980 instances of theft for the Ford Mustang, which came in second. Close behind was the Dodge Challenger, which was in third place with 782 thefts. 

Those three were significantly ahead of the rest of the top 10. The Porsche Panamera was fourth with 103 instances and the Audi A5/S5 was fifth with 101. 

All hope is not lost when a vehicle is reported stolen. The study found that about 15 percent of compact sporty cars were never recovered after a theft – which also means that 85 percent were found. Additionally, 88 percent of midsize sporty vehicle were found. However, less than 70 percent of premium sporty cars were recovered. 

Whether you're looking for a sports car or need to replace a vehicle that has been stolen, you're going to want to be on the lookout for a good deal. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, you can search through the hundreds of CARFAX-certified used cars to find a vehicle that is perfect for your needs. 

Practice Safe Driving During Halloween Celebrations

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

People young and old love Halloween, but while it might be popular, this festive holiday can pose some problems for drivers. With so many motorists and pedestrians heading out for fun, everyone must take steps to stay safe on the roads, and that includes practicing safe driving habits and remaining aware of your surroundings. 

"On Halloween, drivers need to be especially vigilant between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight, when pedestrians are most vulnerable," said Sharon Gilmartin, a research analyst for AAA. "While trick-or-treating, children may not pay attention to traffic and might cross mid-block or between parked cars, making them even more difficult to see in the dark."

Not only do families and other drivers have to watch out for trick-or-treaters, but people who head out to more mature parties also need to be prepared to handle the difficulties of the road. 

"Halloween has become an increasingly popular occasion for adults to host and attend parties where alcohol is frequently served," Gilmartin continued. "By designating a sober driver, or by choosing not to drink if driving, this holiday can remain a treat for everyone." 

All motorists can be safe by designating a sober driver, sticking to main roads instead of neighborhoods or residential areas, and driving slowly. Pedestrians should travel in groups so they are easier to spot and wear bright colors or reflective gear, which makes them more visible to motorists. 

Safe driving is one of the most important things you can do when you get behind the wheel, and it helps to have a safe vehicle. If you want to update your ride to a used car that has excellent features and modern technology, check out the options at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of CARFAX-certified vehicles that offer excellent protection and quality for drivers. 

Bad Credit Has Major Impact On Car Insurance

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Buying a used car is about more than finding the vehicle with the right features. You've also got to locate the automobile that fits your budget. That goes beyond the sticker price, as drivers must also choose a car that has manageable monthly payments and insurance premiums. Unfortunately, that is a problem for many, as motorists with poor credit are forced to pay high costs for auto insurance. 

According to a report from InsuranceQuotes.com, drivers with bad credit scores can pay as much as 91 percent more than people with high scores. Even those with average scores were found to pay about 24 percent more than those with good credit. 

Other facts that play into projected insurance premiums include your age, gender, driving record and any past insurance claims made, CNN reported. 

"About 40 percent of every consumer's bottom line score will be driven by whether or not you paid your credit obligations on time," Larmont Boyd, an analyst at the Fair Isaac Corporation, told the news source. "Responsible habits, such as paying your bills on time and minimizing debt, pay off in many ways, including paying less for car insurance." 

Some states have banned insurers from using credit scores to decide insurance rates, but that is far from being a national practice. Instead, many drivers are left to find the best options for themselves – but they can take advantage of services from car dealerships if they know where to look. 

You can reap the benefits of the financing options at New Jersey State Auto Auction. Not only does the lot have hundreds of CARFAX-certified vehicles, but it also boasts its own finance department that can help you make decisions about your next investment. 

Get Young Drivers Ready For Winter Challenges

Monday, October 28th, 2013

With winter quickly approaching, many drivers are getting ready to deal with rough road conditions. Although some motorists are used to handling themselves on icy roads and in situations with poor visibility, young drivers that are experiencing the season for the first time behind the wheel will not be familiar with the best practices for winter driving. 

Luckily, there are ways teens can learn to handle extreme conditions. One of the best methods is to drive with parents, as this offers a chance to see the proper techniques. This may include driving in rain or snow, learning how the car breaks in wintry conditions and staying calm no matter what happens. 

"While teens who have participated in a quality driver education program are exposed to difficult driving conditions, parental guidance is essential for the long-term success of any new driver," said Sandra Maxwell, director of driver education programs for AAA. "Because parents have the unique opportunity to sit in the passenger seat and coach their teen, they have the ability to ensure lifelong safe driving habits at the critical learning-to-drive stage." 

Young people should also be versed in avoiding animals, driving on rural roads, and accommodating bikes, large trucks and motorcycles while behind the wheel. 

Teens who are just beginning their driving experience need a safe, reliable vehicle. Not only will this provide them with a great environment for learning the rules of the road, but it also offers parents some peace of mind. If you need to find such a vehicle, consider looking for a ride at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is home to hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that are ideal for parents and their young drivers. 

Certain Used Cars Prove More Reliable Than Others

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Reliability is one of the most important qualities motorists look for as they search for a used car. While many of the models in today's market boast long life spans and require little vehicle maintenance, a few brands stand out above others. 

Recently, Endurance released a list of reliable automobiles, Using data from insurance claims, the company found which vehicles needed the most frequent work over a three-year period.

The final results showed that pickup trucks were the most reliable, with only 29 percent of all claims involving the vehicles. That is particularly impressive when you consider that pickup trucks are among the most popular automobiles for drivers across the U.S., and they are frequently used in intense situations that could lead to damage. However, pickups are also engineered to be more rugged and handle these extreme scenarios, which may contribute to their durability. 

Following pickup trucks were sedans, which accounted for 34 percent of all claims, and SUVs, which made up 39 percent. Minivans were the least reliable, with 41 percent of all claims involving these passenger vehicles. 

These results may demonstrate general trends, but there are a number of opportunities for drivers to find individual models that are extremely reliable. Whether you are searching for something that will protect your entire family or provide a cost-effective mode of transportation as you go about your day-to-day life, you may want to consider vehicles that have a reputation for being reliable. 

When you're searching for a reliable used car, consider checking out the selection at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The auction late has hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that could prove to be a worthy option for drivers. 

Consider The Benefits Of Winter Tires

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Drivers all around the U.S. are getting ready to buckle down for winter driving. As leaves fall from trees and create slick roads or ice builds up on the streets, motorists have to pay extra attention to where they are driving and what is happening around them. Many of these car owners make it a point to upgrade some of the features of their vehicles so they are better suited for the season. 

Popular tire manufacturer Bridgestone is launching a challenge known as "Conquer the Cold," which aims to promote the many benefits of winter tires. These devices are specifically designed to perform in low temperatures and rough conditions. They maintain their elasticity even as the weather grows cold, gripping icy or wet surfaces with ease. 

"Winter tires provide increased traction, braking and handling in wintry conditions, all of which are important for safe driving during the winter season," said Philip Dobbs, chief marketing officer of Bridgestone Americas. "Think about it this way – a snowplow can't clear the cold. If it's cold enough to see your breath, you should consider changing to winter tires." 

Although some drivers may think their regular tires are adequate, using all-season tires means sacrificing maximum performance. This can cause motorists to have to replace tires more frequently or invest in other types of auto repair and maintenance. It may also result in less traction on the roads, which is a major safety concern for many. 

Winter tires are just the beginning of cold-weather preparations. If you want to make sure your vehicle is ready for low temperatures, take it into the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can address any issues you may have. 

How To Have A Good Test Driving Experience

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

The test drive is an integral part of the car-shopping process. A good or bad experience may sway you from one vehicle to another and could have a significant impact on what you'll be driving for the foreseeable future. Before you get behind the wheel of a potential ride, however, you should know what to expect and how to approach the situation. 

Edmunds.com recommends that each driver begin a test drive by checking out the quirks of a vehicle. You should be paying attention to any minor issues you notice, as well as how comfortable the car is, because this will have a big effect on how you feel about the automobile in the long run. In many instances, this is just as important as focusing on the car's performance.

"It's a little like trying on clothes," said Philip Reed, the senior consumer advice editor for Edmunds.com. "People come in different sizes and shapes, and they have different tastes in what they want. The little things that you spot now could be major annoyances later, so don't discount any of your reactions." 

For example, you should take note of how easy it is to get in and out of the car. Are you liable to bang your head? Does the seat belt fit comfortably over your body? Is it easy to read the dashboard and gauges? All of these questions, as well as similar inquiries about how you can sit in the driver's seat, should be addressed during the testing period. 

Of course, the key to having a good test drive is getting behind the wheel of a quality car. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, there are hundreds of options of CARFAX-certified vehicles – and any one of them could be a viable option for your next investment. 

Distracted Driving Is More Common Than Motorists Think

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

It is a well-known fact that distracted driving is one of the most dangerous practices you can do behind the wheel. Many communities have launched initiatives to spread awareness about the potential impact of these behaviors, especially among teen drivers, and it seems the efforts are paying off. 

According to a study from Bridgestone's Teens Drive Smart, nearly 71 percent of young drivers felt that reading texts or emails when driving was unacceptable, and almost 80 percent thought sending messages was wrong. Despite having proper knowledge of these actions, approximately 45 percent admit to reading messages and another 37 percent continue to send them. 

"The fact [that] these actions are becoming socially unacceptable shows progress in the effort to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of distracted driving, but with this many teens admitting to engaging in the behavior privately, there is still much work to be done," said Angela Patterson, manager of the Teens Drive Smart Program. "We have to continue to reinforce that it's not OK to drive distracted alone or with others. It only takes one time to cause a crash that can injure yourself or someone else." 

One way parents can reinforce good behaviors is by setting an example. A study from the Governors Highway Safety Associations found that teens with parents who set driving rules, monitor activities and use positive driving behaviors are more likely to practice safe actions themselves, Forbes reported. Something as simple as putting a cellphone away and buckling up can make a big difference. 

Parents will undoubtedly want to do everything in their power to keep their teens safe behind the wheel, and that includes invested in a used car that offers all of the best safety features. At NJ State Auto Auction, there are hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that you can choose from, browsing until you find the right option for your family. 

Make Sure Auto Oil Is Up To Quality Standards

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Most drivers know that regular vehicle maintenance is essential for continuing the smooth performance of a car. However, even the best intentions can be thwarted by the use of subpar materials like the wrong motor oil. In fact, this is one area where drivers may be unknowingly shorting their vehicles. 

The American Petroleum Institute recently conducted a study to assess the quality of motor oils used throughout the U.S. After testing more than 1,800 motor oils that were put on the market within the past five years, API found in nearly 20 percent were not up to its standards. Results of the oil examinations were compared to those of licensed oil formations to determine if the oils met the performance level they claimed. 

While some motorists may not think this is a serious issue, in reality the use of low-quality oil could spell disaster for a car. It could also be extremely costly for drivers who are not aware of what they are putting in the engine. API is taking steps to prevent that from happening. 

"API has launched a new phase in its Motor Oil Matters program that will provide the information necessary to consumers to ensure they receive the high-quality motor oils that they expect for their vehicles," said Kevin Ferrick, the manager for API's Engine Oil Licensing and Certification Systems manager.

If your vehicle needs an oil change and you are not sure how to approach the situation, schedule an appointment to bring the automobile to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can take care of any issues you may have. Professionals will also have a better grasp on what materials and equipment work best with your car, ensuring you are doing everything possible to extend the life of the vehicle. 

Used Car Prices Expected To Drop

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

For the past several years, drivers have been able to reap the rewards of a pool of high-quality used cars for sale. The improved performance and function of pre-owned vehicles on the market, combined with a low supply and high demand, caused prices of these automobiles to skyrocket. However, all signs point to these costs falling in the near future, allowing more motorists to purchase a used car. 

According to The New York Times, prices are beginning to fall from the uptick during the recession, when automakers pulled back production and created a shortage of used vehicles. The National Automotive Dealers Association predicts that the price of used cars between 1 and 3 years old will drop by at least 1.5 percent in 2013. Total sales of pre-owned automobiles could climb as high as 41 million transactions, the news source reported. 

The end of a car shortage may also mean good things for people who need to use loans and other financing options to afford a used vehicle. Whereas the short supply drove up prices, the recent drop should make payments easier to manage and could even cut back on interest rates as well. 

"It's always hard to find a good, clean used car, and it will always be that way," David W. Westcott, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, told The New York Times. "But is it better now than it was three or four years ago? Absolutely." 

If you want to make your search for a used car easier, consider heading to a spot like New Jersey State Auto Auction. There, you'll find hundreds of CARFAX-certified options in one place, which can take a lot of the difficulty out of the hunt and bring you closer to finding a high-quality pre-owned vehicle. 

Make Washing A Car Part Of Vehicle Maintenance

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Washing your car does more than keep it looking good. While some drivers may think that a cleansing is purely for aesthetic purposes, it is actually a necessary action that can improve the longevity and function of a vehicle. Of course, that is just part of the reason why motorists should be caring for the exteriors of their cars. 

"Simply cleaning your vehicle not only fosters a sense of pride and accomplishment, but it also protects your valuable vehicle investment," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "It's a task that takes very little money or effort, but has huge returns." 

Used cars need a bit of attention. Regular washing and polishing can prevent the buildup of harmful chemicals, such as the salt that is used to coat roadways in the winter. Getting rid of these and other potentially dangerous materials can extend the life of your car and its paint job, ensuring you'll be driving around in a vehicle that looks as good as it functions. 

Grime that accumulates on the surface of a car can chip away at paint, exposing the metal frame underneath to the elements. Drivers who make it a point to clear off this buildup should be sure to use specific cleaners that are designed for automobiles. Dish soaps or similar detergents are too abrasive and can destroy the exterior you are trying to protect, whereas compounds made specifically for vehicles offer better protection. 

To find the perfect used car that you can take care of, start looking at the options at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot has hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that could be the ideal investment for any type of buyer. 

Pay Attention To Car Smells For Maintenance Cues

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Most drivers rely on the quality of their car's performance to clue them in on what is going on under the hood. However, motorists can use their sense of smell to figure out when their automobile needs a little extra attention. 

"Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you'll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car. … When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it. Instead, bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor." 

The Car Care Council recommends drivers remain on the lookout for several odorous signs. For example, smelling burnt rubber could indicate that hoses or belts in an engine have become misplaced and are not functioning properly. Similarly, burning carpet could alert you to issues with brakes, which is a major safety hazard that needs to be addressed in a timely manner. 

Another potentially harmful odor drivers should be aware of is rotten eggs. While this smell may be difficult to diagnose, those who do get a whiff of it should be prepared to take their vehicle directly to a professional. The odor could be a sign of problems with the engine or the catalytic converter – both series issues that may interrupt your driving. 

When your nose tells you something may be off with your vehicle, consider taking the car in to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can address many issues you may have. 

Use Car Maintenance For A Safe Driving Experience

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Having a car that starts up smoothly and runs without any obvious problems may be enough to convince drivers that they are taking care of their ride. However, motorists need to invest in preventative maintenance to ensure they are doing everything they can to be safe on the roads. 

"Learning how to handle common maintenance issues is beneficial to anyone who gets behind the wheel," said John Nielsen, managing director of a division of AAA. "Proper maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs." 

Not only can maintenance improve the functioning of a vehicle, but it also helps drivers stay safe – and keep others on the road out of harm's way as well. For example, having working wipers can improve visibility so motorists can accurately see what is in front of them, while frequently examining tire tread allows car owners to know when they need to upgrade their wheels to maintain proper grip on slick roads. 

AAA recommends drivers also find a repair shop or maintenance workers they can trust. This strong relationship evolves over time, but it is helpful for everyone involved. Motorists can feel secure in their decision to get maintenance done, and a professional develops a working knowledge of a vehicle that can pay dividends in the long run. The worker may be able to zero in on issues or spend less time examining an automobile, allowing drivers to get back on the road faster. 

When you need a car tune up or maintenance check, bring your vehicle to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and is able to handle whatever issues you may have, and should your automobile need any extreme repairs, you can instead browse through the hundreds of CARFAX-certified used cars for sale on the lot. 

Recognize National Teen Driver Safety Week With Good Road Practices

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

From Oct. 18 to 26, teens around the country will be taking part in National Teen Driver Safety Week. The goal of the week-long campaign is to raise awareness of the dangers that young drivers face on the road, alerting both teens and their parents to the steps they can take to ensure a safer experience. 

One of the biggest supporters of National Teen Driver Safety Week is State Farm. The insurance company aims to bring together teens, parents and other involved parties in an effort to have everyone working together to encourage safer practices on the roads. By getting everyone on the same page and fostering an open environment, State Farm hopes to keep all young motorists secure. 

More than 3,000 high schools are participating in the week-long campaign, but that is just the beginning for many drivers. 

"Research has shown it will take the involvement of entire communities to keep teens safer on the road; there's not a one-step solution to reducing teen vehicle crashes," said Chris Mullen, director of technology research at State Farm. "Everyone needs to play a role – parents need to monitor their teens' driving practices more closely, teens must obey driving laws and be considerate passengers, and all states must enact and enforce strong graduated licensing laws for new drivers." 

When your teen is ready to get behind the wheel, you're going to want to make sure you provide them with a used car that is high-performing and offers top-notch safety features. To search through hundreds of viable options, head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is home to many CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that can be a great choice for young motorists. 

Celebrate Battery Safety Month This October

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

October is Battery Safety Month, so now is a great time to take a look at what's going on under the hood of your car. Ignoring a vehicle's battery can lead to problems down the road, and handling the battery without proper knowledge can result in personal injuries or expensive auto repair. It's important for drivers to get regular checks of their car battery and learn to use it safely, and motorists can take advantage of Battery Safety Month for just that. 

According to Prevent Blindness America, dealing with auto batteries results in approximately 6,000 eye injuries each year. Various other burns or harm can come about as well, which makes learning how to handle batteries extremely important. 

"Auto Battery Safety Month is a great time to raise awareness on how to avoid risks when changing a car battery, as well as on how to properly and safely jump start your car," said Brian Hafer, vice president of marketing for AutoMD.com. "… Whether dead or not, batteries can release an explosive hydrogen gas, and all it takes is a small spark to ignite the gas." 

Drivers who end up having to adjust car batteries should take steps to ensure safety. Check over the owner's manual for advice, and don't attempt to fiddle with the gear unless you know what you're doing. You should also wear eye protection and keep any sparks or open flames away from the hood. 

If you've had problems with your car battery in the past or simply want to get it checked as part of a regular tune up, consider bringing your car in to the Total Car Care Center at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can take care of any issues you may have. 

Average Length Of Car Loan Extends Past 5 Years

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Many drivers need help to pay for a used car. As pre-owned vehicles boast higher-quality features and excellent amenities, their prices are being driven up, and that means motorists are turning to auto financing options to lessen the impact on their bank accounts. Car loans are a popular option, and as more subprime buyers are getting approved, the length of these commitments is growing. 

According to Automotive News, the average car loan is now at 65 months. Subprime borrowers now account for 27.4 percent of all loans taken out, which is up from 25.4 percent at the end of 2012. 

The longer loans are a result of people looking for options with low monthly payments. While this extends the time period they are in debt, it also increases the odds they can successfully make payments. This trend seems to be working, as delinquent loans, which are debts that are more than three months overdue, remain low despite the increase in borrowers. Automotive News reported. 

"On the consumer side, you have many years of austerity in terms of how to handle their finances and a lot of debt has been paid down on the household side," Lacey Plache, chief economist at Edmunds.com, told the news source. "People are living more within their means." 

The ability for more drivers to get manageable loans is contributing to a higher demand for vehicles throughout the auto industry. Luckily, there are many places prospective buyers can turn to as they search for the perfect used car. 

If you want to purchase a used car but need the help of auto loans and financing, let NJ State Auto Auction help. The auction lot has hundreds of CARFAX-certified used cars, trucks and vehicles, and it also offers a Finance Department that works with each customer to find the right program for everyone. 

Get A Full Vehicle History When Car Shopping

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Finding the right used car to invest in goes far beyond test driving models and inspecting the outside. Drivers also need to look into the history of their prospective rides. It doesn't matter if a vehicle is a relatively recent model or has seen years and years of use – it could have some type of repair or issue in its past that you should know about. 

Reputable used car dealers will be more than happy to help you with this research, so pay attention to these areas of research: 

Check the title history
Getting the vehicle identification number of a model and using it to find out the title history of a car is extremely important. Not only can it alert you as to past owners or uses, but it can also clue you in to past insurance issues, accidents and other events. A CARFAX report will give you part of this history, but a comprehensive write-up from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System may be your best bet. 

Get a service history
A vehicle may look like it's in good condition, but you won't really know about its past unless you take a look at the service history. This report will provide insight into the vehicle maintenance that a car has had, including oil changes, tire rotations, engine checks and other important actions, Money Talks reported. All of these small jobs can extend the life of a vehicle, and the work a model has had done can clue you in to some of the situations it has been involved in. 

When you're sifting through the multitude of used cars for sale, you may want to consider heading to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is filled with hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, and it is more than capable of providing you with the history and quality you need. 

Drivers Use Smartphones When Shopping For Used Cars

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Shopping for a used car can be a complicated process, which is why so many drivers are constantly on the lookout for tools that can help. One of the biggest advantages may be something as simple as a mobile device. A growing number of motorists are beginning to turn to smartphones to help them research cars. 

According to a recent study from AutoTrader.com, only 23 percent of people are using mobile devices as they shop for cars. That number is expected to more than double by 2018, especially since more than 80 percent of people think researching potential rides across multiple devices has its advantages. 

"With slightly less than a quarter of car shoppers using multiple devices, we are clearly still in the early stages of multi-device car shopping, but the 77 percent who are left will be hopping on the bandwagon soon enough," said Isabelle Helms, a senior director of AutoTrader.com. "… We have seen in some of our other research that the Internet has created significant efficiencies in the car shopping process, reducing the total amount of time consumers spend shopping by several hours." 

Part of the reason drivers save time is because they're able to look up facts about different makes and models on the go. For example, if a vehicle on the street catches their eye, they can immediately look up the average cost of used models as well as some of the best features. As three-fourths of car shopping research is spontaneous, the use of mobile devices is extremely helpful. 

Drivers ready to continue their car shopping can head to NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is filled with CARFAX-certified vehicles that are both affordable and high-performing. Armed with a smartphone and previous research, and with the help of the knowledgeable workers on site, you can quickly find a used car that's perfect for you.