Archive for March, 2016

ABI announces 6 factors that will bring the auto industry into the future

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

If you've seen the dark comedy "The Cable Guy," you certainly remember Jim Carrey maniacally yelling "The future is now!" in the middle of a thunderstorm. Well, it turns out the Cable Guy is right – the future has a knack of getting here sooner than we think. Just as the Internet changed how people watch television, it's also going to change the automotive industry in big ways.

ABI Research recently released its "Six Transformative Paradigms" that are going to lead the auto industry toward a smart and sustainable future over the next 25 years. These six paradigms are: The Software Defined Car, Sensors and Big Data, The Connected Car, Car Sharing and Driverless, Electrification, and Internet of Things and Cooperative Mobility. The first three shifts are already taking place, while the last three will occur in the next decade, all leading up to what ABI calls "smart, sustainable mobility."

Auto manufacturers are already incorporating "smart" features into their vehicles, and tech giants like Apple and Google are developing their own enhanced vehicles. These smart cars can communicate with other vehicles and devices, constantly sharing data and feedback for an improved driving experience. Meanwhile, car sharing services like Uber and Lyft are re-defining how people get around, and the surge in electric vehicles is shaking up how car owners fuel up.

Disrupt, adapt, survive
According to ABI, these six paradigms present a number of opportunities for auto industry players to "reinvent themselves," for example, gas stations will have to start offering charging stations to stay relevant. Dealerships and insurance companies will have to rethink their places in the industry, too, and it will be the most agile and innovative that survive.

"The final three stages cooperative mobility, electrification, and car sharing leading to driverless cars will be the most disruptive to the automotive industry," said Dominique Bonte, Managing Director and Vice President at ABI Research. "Not all car manufacturers will survive the changing landscape. And newcomers will also emerge, ones eager to create new, software-defined, high-tech cars."

Making changes
With all these big changes already underway, what are the big auto makers doing to stay relevant? In a post for EVObsession, James Ayre wrote:

"One would think that with the shifting ground becoming more and more apparent, established auto-manufacturers would be putting more of an effort into staying ahead of the curve, but that largely doesn't appear to be the case. Though perhaps there's more going on behind closed doors than we are aware of?"

He has a point – auto manufacturers will have to boldly innovate to survive this smart, sustainable future. Some manufacturers are taking some steps toward the future, and it's likely others will follow suit. Last year, Ford announced its Smart Mobility Plan and 25 "global experiments designed to change the way the world moves." The company showed off its SYNC 3, a vehicle connectivity system and development plans for fully self-driving vehicles.

4 tips for protecting your car against rain damage

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Spring showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring a whole lot of damage to your vehicle. Everyone knows the harm snow and ice can do to their cars, but many people don't consider the effects of rain. The excess moisture can degrade paint jobs and cause mold to grow if water leaks inside the vehicle, so it's a good idea to know what to do to keep your car in top shape, despite any showers.

Follow these tips to make sure your car is high and dry this season.

1. Rain, rinse, repeat
There's a new mantra you should adopt this season: When it rains, get a car wash. Now, it may not be economical to head to the car wash after every little shower, but if there's a big rainstorm it's vital to make your way over there as soon as possible. According to Auto Detail Doctor, one of the most important times to wash your car is immediately after it rains. Contrary to popular belief, rain is not giving you a free car wash by clearing away dirt and grime on your car – it's actually adding more pollutant-filled soot and sediment to your car's surface. The contaminants in this caked-on layer of yuck actually wear away at your paint job, and a professional scrub can help clear away all this nastiness. At the very least, give your car a rinse in the driveway.

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2. Close your windows
This one might seem obvious, but how many times have you walked out to your car after a rainstorm to realize you left the windows open the whole time? Everyone's been there. If water leaks into your car's interior, it can damage the fabric and cause a buildup of mold. This spring, make it a habit of always shutting your car windows, especially if rain is on the forecast. Don't forget about closing sunroofs and rear windows, too.

3. Target moisture
If the last tip failed to make an impression on you and you find yourself staring at an inch of water on the floorboards and spongy seats, it's time to get serious about drying out your vehicle. This is a multi-step process. If you've got an inch or more of standing water on the floor of your car, NAPA recommended using a wet/dry vac to suck out as much of it as you can, followed by using thick cloth towels to absorb any water that collected on seats or carpets.

Next, NAPA suggests using heavy airflow to dry out the interior of the vehicle. Open all doors and windows and then place a large fan on the ground near the car, setting it at an angle so that the air blows through the inside of the car. It's most effective to do this drying-out procedure inside your garage and letting the car sit for at least a day. If you're pressed for time or on the road, NAPA noted that you can also use your car's heater to dry out the vehicle, but it's less efficient and should only be used as a temporary solution. Finally, spot-dry any remaining damp areas with a blow dryer.

washGetting a car wash after a rainstorm helps remove harmful contaminants.

4. Out, dang spot
Getting a car wash immediately after a rainstorm will help prevent most waterspots and paint damage, but if you live in an area where the rain is more acidic, it could be a good idea to invest in a paint cleanser. The product will decontaminate the surface of the car's exterior to prevent damage from the rain, explained Dr. Beasley's. Use the paint cleanser after getting a car wash for best results – it removes extra grime and helps protect your car against the next downpour.

The Toyota Celica GT Was a Gem; Learn More about This Instant Classic

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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Only a handful of cars could possibly stake claim to a 35-year long unbroken history of being released annually. However, the Toyota Celica is one car that survived to tell the tale. In its long and glorious history, the car went through a significant number of changes in terms of its powertrains, buyer profiles and competitors. Notwithstanding, it never forgot its identity of being the company’s beginning-level sport coupe.

Having arrived in the US in the year 1971, a year known for political upheavals, the oldest Celica became renowned for its rear-wheel drive – a trend that has been able to stay for three generations. A significant change arrived when front-wheel drive was adopted for the fourth-generation Celica during the eighties of the last century. The Japanese automobile manufacturer made the vehicle a bigger attraction when it was converted into coupe, hatchback and convertible versions during the nineties of the last century.

In the face of complaints by car enthusiasts on the new Celicas not being very sporty, the company came up with an alternative version. This recent version of the Celica was both sporty and comfortable. People who are interested in sporty convertibles and coupes might certainly take a good look at Toyota Celica. However, it is important to note that he car’s qualities do differ with the time period.

For an affordable and fun sports car, look into a used Toyota Celica. Contact the New Jersey State Auto Auction store to look further into one of these great vehicles and their availability.

 

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Lincoln shows off impressive new concept car at NY Auto Show

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Attendees of the 2016 New York International Auto Show were treated to a first look at Lincoln's new Navigator concept car. The unusual model probably had onlookers half-expecting the vehicle to set sails or take flight – anything but simply drive down the street.

According to Yahoo! Finance, the statement-making Lincoln Navigator concept took its inspiration from yachting. The model boasts large, graceful gullwing doors that sweep out from either side of the vehicle and a classy retro interior that features seaworthy teak detailing.

The reveal of the impressive vehicle follows a years-long effort by the Lincoln brand to revive its image and boost sales. The brand, owned by Ford, believes the new design, is just what consumers need – even if it is a little over-the-top.

"Gullwing doors are not at the top of [consumers] needs right now," said president of the Lincoln brand Kumar Galhotra in an interview with USA Today. "There are two reasons that we did this. One is that it's a concept. Concept (vehicles) offer great ways to explore ideas. The second is that the interior of the vehicle is very important … and this is a great way to showcase that interior."

Rehabbing the brand
The past several years have not been easy for Lincoln. According to Yahoo! Finance, the brand sold a miniscule 80,000 vehicles in 2014 – compared to around 250,000 a year in the early 1990s. Its most famous offering, the Lincoln Continental, had since retired, and its last remaining major player, the Lincoln Navigator, was a clunky SUV that cost a small fortune just to fill up, explained the source.

Ford was considering shuttering Lincoln's doors forever, but Mark Fields, who would later become Ford's CEO, talked the then-CEO out of it, feeling a renewed sense of hope in the brand's future.

Key to the brand's future were two things: a commitment to "quiet luxury" as the Lincoln mantra and Matthew McConaughey.

You've seen the commercials: A suave McConaughey drives a Lincoln around while muttering weird things. Sometimes he's en route to a fancy dinner party, sometimes he's randomly in the desert facing down a bull. No matter the setting, you can be sure he's going to say some strange stuff like:

"Sometimes you gotta go back to actually move forward." Or: "That's a big bull." Or even: "I just liked it."

What are you trying to say, Matthew?! The ads are odd and unconventional, that's for sure. But they certainly worked, despite of – or perhaps because of – their weirdness. After the premier of the ads, Lincoln had its strongest October sales since 2007, with sales up 25 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A wave of parodies followed suit, the most famous of which were a series of SNL skits starring Jim Carrey. According to THR, the skits led to a more than 100 percent increase in Lincoln brand visibility on social media. 

Quiet luxury soars
The many, many parodies of the McConaughey ads aside, Lincoln's new image took flight. With lots of luxury vehicles on the market that emphasized engine power and other hard performance specs, Lincoln leadership wanted to appeal to wealthy consumers that didn't care for hefty horsepower or turbo-charged stats, explained Yahoo! Finance. "Quiet luxury" was what Lincoln wanted to represent, and it seems to be working.

"We made a very big commitment to Lincoln about three years ago, saying we want to turn Lincoln into a world-class luxury brand with a client experience to match," said current Ford CEO Mark in an interview with Business Insider, as reported by Yahoo! Finance. "And we've had a lot of success implementing that strategy. We grew our sales and our market share two years in a row. In the first couple of months of this year our sales are up 19%."

And the gullwing-boasting Lincoln Navigator is all about taking that quiet luxury to new heights. According to USA Today, the production version of the vehicle is slated to go on sale in 2017, which is exactly 20 years after the original Navigator was introduced to the world.

But you don't need to be a millionaire – or Matthew McConaughey – to drive a Lincoln. Head to NJ State Auto today to find a Lincoln that suits your wallet, and your needs. 

The top car rivalries of all time

Monday, March 28th, 2016

This March seems to be a month full of fierce competition. March Madness turned friends into foes as brackets were drafted and dreams were dashed, and the presidential primaries got even more heated. Even Batman and Superman were fighting in Hollywood's latest superhero flick, though nobody's really sure why.

It seems in the spirit of the season, then, to take a look at some of the top car rivalries of all time.

Toyota vs. Honda
The two big Japanese manufacturers have a long and turbulent history together. Sub5Zero explained that Honda was founded in an act of seeming defiance – Soichira Honda went his own way and created the company's first car, the T360 pickup, despite the protestations of Japan's manufacturing leaders. The two brands bump heads frequently with their sizeable control of the family sedan market, though the source noted their supercars like the NSX and Supra sometimes scuffle, too. Maybe's there's good feelings underneath it all, though: Honda's founder shared pistons with Toyota prior to World War II.

VW GTI vs. Ford Focus ST 
These two hatchbacks both bring the heat. The VW GTI has the street cred, according to Popular Mechanics:

"For hot-hatchbacks devotees, the VW GTI is as revered as the Porsche 911 or the Chevy Corvette. This is the car that defines the segment."

Pretty high praise, to be sure. But Ford brought its A-game with the Ford Focus ST, generating 247 hp and 266 torque, surpassing the GTI in engine performance. However, the Focus ST is a bit heavy, and doesn't have the GTI's 258 lb-ft torque at 1500 rpm.

The verdict: Tie. Popular Mechanics decided that the two vehicles are rather evenly matched – a perfect opportunity for Ford and VW to raise the stakes next year.

fightIn Sept. 2008, Nissan and Porsche sent representatives to fight each other to prove whose car was better (just kidding, this never happened … that we know of).

Nissan GT-R vs. Porsche 911 Turbo
Speaking of the Porsche 911, it's caught up in its own little rivalry. Perhaps "little" isn't the right word – Jalopnik readers named this feud as one of the top 10 most vicious car rivalries of all time. Nissan threw some serious shade back in 2008 when they decided to start setting some lap records on the tracks in Nürburgring, Germany – also known as The Royal and Impenetrable Kingdom of Porsche (unofficially).

Of course, Porsche went into full get-off-my-lawn mode and took its 911 model to Turbo status. Nissan boosted its GT-R, Porsche responded with their own updates, and the two cars took the track to see who reigned supreme.

Wrote Raphael Orlove in a post for Jalopnik:

"Sure, the monomaniacal focus on lap times got a bit silly, but it was an epic battle for sports car dominance nonetheless."

Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro
Both manufactured in Detroit, the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro have been fighting since they were first introduced. The Mustang shook up the U.S. car market when it arrived on the scene in 1964, and Chevrolet – who was churning out Corvairs and Novas – knew they had to up the ante, Sub5Zero explained.

"The Mustang and Camaro have been fighting since they were first introduced."

Thus were the competitive circumstances of the Camaro's birth on a fateful day in 1967. Did the Camaro bow under the weight of the pressure, and all the hopes and dreams riding on it? No, it rose to the occasion, proving a formidable opponent to the Mustang in the ensuing decades.

There may be a whiff of change in the air, though. USA Today reported that the redesigned Mustang has set itself apart as the favorite, with its updated engine and suspension. The proof is in the numbers: Ford sold 113,607 Mustangs in the first 11 months of 2015 – a 55.4 percent increase in sales, while Camaro sales were down 9.5 percent, with Chevrolet selling only 72,136 of the cars during the same time period. Don't think this fight is won, though – it's very possible the Camaro will make an epic comeback.

If you'd rather take a break from all the competition, head to NJ State Auto, where you can find the best car to suit your needs, at an affordable price. 

The SLK Roadster Is a Madman that Has to Be Driven and Experienced

Monday, March 28th, 2016

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Mercedes-Benz has always been a company that harps on innovation, power, style and comfort. Consequently, this should come as no surprise to anyone that the SLK Roadster perfectly fits into the given criteria. To put it in simple words, this vehicle is for those people who are emotionally and physically ready to drive a sports car while having the comfort and convenience of a convertible.

If you take out your SLK Roadster, there will be no shortage of people jealously peeping into your car. The car is simply awesome when the speed is concerned. It has the ability to reach a speed of 60 miles per hour within a time span of 5.4 seconds. What’s more, you have the brand name of Mercedes-Benz stamped on the car for establishing your class. The handling is pure bliss and the ambience and exhaust akin to a sports car are something that should fascinate you.

The engine installed in the car is a V6 that has an outstanding exhaust note. The door and the dash are endowed with soft-touch material thus imparting the car with rare class. Not to mention it’s bold, cherish able exterior appearance!

If at all you are interested in getting behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster, make it a point to visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction store to find a great deal on an even greater car.

 

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What Do You Know about the Kelley Blue Book?

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Kelley Blue Book is the name of a renowned automotive and vehicle valuation organization that is equally revered by both the automobile industry and consumers. The company is a constituent of Cox Automotive, which happens to be a unit of the Atlanta, Georgia-based Cox Enterprises. Kelley Blue Book is based in the City of Irvine in California.

The company is involved in reporting the market prices associated with both used and new automobiles across various genres. It also does the same for motorcycles. For the array of new and used automobiles, the company delivers a Fair Purchase Price and Fair Market Range for each one. This is dependent on the actual transaction of what other consumers are dishing out for a vehicle and modified on a regular basis based on the repercussions in the market. For new vehicles, the company also delivers information pertaining to a car’s dealer invoice price and MSRP. For used vehicles, the company plays an instrumental role in providing the certified pre-owned value, retail value, private party value and trade-in value. The company additionally provides consumer and expert reviews and rating on vehicles in addition to 5-Year Cost to Own data meant for the new cars.

Harris Poll acknowledged Kelley Blue Book as the Online Auto Shopping Brand of the year for the period between 2012 and 2014.

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Never Ignore Dashboard Warning Lights

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Drivers have the tendency to ignore dashboard lights at times thus exposing themselves and their fellow travelers to potential hazards. When you are driving a vehicle, there are chances that any of the dashboard lights have been switched on because of a number of reasons. While there are certain warning lights that have been made as specific cases for individual brands, there are certain others that are common to all cars.

Remember not all the warning lights mean the same thing. While red warning light points towards a serious problem, an orange or a yellow light means that any of the electrical or mechanical components is in requirement of an immediate rehaul. If the light continues to flash, you should make it a point to contact your dealership immediately. A blue or a green light means that there is nothing to worry for the moment and that a specific system is working as it should be.

Remember that if a critical light has switched itself on, it should immediately be resolved. Consequently, the car needs to be stopped and allowed to be handed over for repair work. Ignoring the signal means that you are not only putting yourself at a greater risk, but all the warranty conditions are becoming void.

Make sure that you know the meanings of the specific warning lights and take steps to address the same immediately.

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Here Is a List of the Ten Best SUVs to Buy Used

Friday, March 25th, 2016

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Many families aspire for the versatility associated with an SUV. However, the costs become a major deterrent at times. The good news is that you could buy a used SUV for a price under $10,000. However, for that you need to do a substantial amount of research. So, here is a list of the 10 best SUVs that you could buy used:

  1. 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe: This is one of the best family SUVs that you could buy. It is great while on the roads but cold be a little disenchanting when off the roads.
  2. 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Although not very design-friendly, the car is rather robust and could be used even after covering a certain amount of distance.
  3. 2008 Dodge Durango: With plush interior and a fairly spacious cabin, it could be a good decision to buy a 2008 Dodge Durango.
  4. 2007 Nissan Murano: Attractive design and great performance, this car is actually good.
  5. 2008 Ford Explorer: One of the most popular midsize sedans, this car is also a good choice.
  6. 2006 Honda Pilot: Rather comfortable, this car is also good looking.
  7. 2008 Subaru Forester: A rather long-running vehicle, it is good.
  8. 2006 Honda CR-V: A compact crossover, this car could be actually good.
  9. 2006 Toyota Highlander: A midsize SUV, it offers class.
  10. 2007 Toyota RAV4: Great looking and suave, this could be a good choice as well.

Just in case you would want to buy any of the above used SUVs, do make it a point to visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction store today.

 

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2016 New York International Auto Show: What You Need to Know

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

All eyes in the auto world will be on the Javits Center in NYC for the 2016 New York International Auto Show March 25 – April 3. Guests will gawk at nearly 1,000 cutting-edge vehicles and check out the newest offerings from the world's leading automakers at an event that's as glitzy and glamorous as the auto industry can get.

The belles of the ball this year? SUVs and CUVs, according to Forbes. Sports cars will also have some time in the spotlight, though it's sport- and crossover- utility vehicles that will be named Prom King and Queen.

The Popular Kids: Utility vehicles
Automakers are expected to dramatically pull the white sheets off some exciting new models. Porsche is going to wow with its display of a four-cylinder Macan, Forbes reported, while the U.S. will get its first look at the impressive Maserati Levante. Also on the lineup is the electric Mitsubishi Outlander and a reworked Acura MDX.

Mercedes-Benz will be flaunting its crossover option, the Mercedes-AMG GLC43, though some industry experts think the model is more about looks than utility. The AMG carries the "coupe" name, with its fluid lines, but is indeed a spacious vehicle that boasts Ride Control Sport suspension setup, noted Digital Trends. Although the model may be more focused on being a good-looking, luxury crossover, it is able to exceed 60 miles per hour in less than 5 seconds. Maybe Mercedes shouldn't take all the blame for its looks, though – the site did mention that the "swoopy silhouette" has recently become incredibly popular with SUVs that straddle the line between the coupe life and pure utility.

The hatch is back
Also in the spotlight? The hatchback. Honda Civic will be showing its first hatchback since 1995, reported the Miami Herald. It will have a feisty 174-horsepower engine and will be marketed toward those Millennials, who Honda's Senior VP believes are looking for vehicles that combine "hatchback utility and sporty performance," the newspaper noted. Hey, if Millennials can bring Star Wars, typewriters and vinyl back, why can't they do the same for the good ol' hatch?

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"Godzilla: The Sequel" hits theaters
It's loud, it's brash and it's unapologetic – the Nissan 2017 GT-R is a creature to be reckoned with. The manufacturer flaunts a brand spankin' new rendition of the vehicle, nicknamed "Godzilla," at the show this year. And well, it's better. Wrote Chris Ziegler in an article for The Verge:

"Basically, Godzilla is more terrifying – but also somehow friendlier, than ever."

The GT-R is a true supercar, capable of going from 0-60 mph in less than 3 seconds, and has 20 additional horsepower – though the engine is allegedly quieter. The aesthetic changes are subtle, with a slightly different vent design and hood. Ziegler explains that the updated GT-R is intended to convince people that you don't have to be Dom Toretto in "Fast & Furious" to have a reason to use this car – you can also drive it around the country on a road trip. Heck, if you owned this $100,000 vehicle, you'd probably drive it to the grocery store.

Middle-road, but definitely not mediocre
It's not all just cutting-edge crossovers and intimidating supercars at the NY International Auto Show. Traditional cars will have some time to shine, too, according to Forbes. Leading the pack will be the brand-new Subaru Impreza, a compact sedan with state-of-the-art powertrain technology that Subaru just can't wait to show off. Also look out for a revamped Kia Cadenza and Chevrolet Sonic, which boasts an updated tech interface that's compatible with Android Auto and Apple Car Play.

Can't afford the Nissan GT-R of the other supercars on display at the New York International Auto Show? Don't worry, just head to NJ State Auto and we can fix you up with the perfect vehicle, even if you have poor credit.

There Is a Way to Test Drive Cars, Here Are a Few Tips

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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Well, if you need to make a decision to buy a car, there is a pressing requirement to go for a comprehensive test drive. It is essential to know that the car you are going to buy fits your requirement. Here are a few tips to do your test drive properly:

  1. Make sure that you do your homework: Just don’t wander around when you reach the dealership. You already must have made a decision as to which are the models you want to select your car from. Drive all the selected models back to back in order to be sure about the specifications and the comfort factors involved.
  2. Check the various control features: Once you are behind the steering wheel, make sure that you take a proper stock of all the control features. Ensure that you are in charge of all the controls before making the final decision to buy a concerned car.
  3. Reflect on your drive: Once you have come back from a drive, the salesman would do everything he can to convince you to buy the concerned car. But don’t get swayed. Just reflect on the drive that you have undertaken and make a critical analysis of how well it came through.

Only after you are relatively sure about a car’s relative quality, you should make the final decision.

Just in case you would want to buy a new car, do make it a point to visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction store today.

 

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Saving Money When Buying a Used Car

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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If you have bought a used car, there is a possibility that you could save a significant amount of money by increasing the deductible in your car insurance. A lot of factors determine the amount of money that you need to dish out for the insurance premium. The factors include your age, driving history, the place you live and marital status. While the other factors are beyond your control, one thing that could do to increase your savings is to change the insurance deductible.

The deductible part in your insurance claim is the amount of money that you need to pay out of your pocket before filing the insurance claim. Just in case your total claim is $3,000 and your deductible component is $500, the company will pay you only $2,500 after taking out the deductible component. The insurance company considers that the higher the deductible amount, the lesser chance a car owner will file claim for a lower claim amount.

It has been seen that by increasing the deductible amount to $500 from $250, there is a 7 percent savings in car premium. On an average, you could decrease your premium by 16 percent if you increase the deductible amount to $2,000 from $500. The amount of savings would also depend on your insurer in addition to the state where you might be living.

If you would want to buy a used car, you could make it a point to visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction store today.

 

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How Many Miles is Too Many Miles for a Used Car

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

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Well, just in case you are finding it difficult to procure a vehicle loan or you want to spend less on the monthly installments, then buying a used car might be a good idea. However, you need to be more careful while buying a used car than buying a brand new car. While you do need to consider the cost of the vehicle, you do need to consider the extra bucks for unseen repairs as well. While, you might manage to get a used car spending a lesser amount of money, you need to keep some money in the reserve so as to tackle emergencies.

Consequently, one of the things that you need to see is the number of miles the prospective car might have traveled. This magic figure might be a good way to asses if the concerned car is purchasable or not. Usually, mile coverage of about 12,000 per year is considered to be normal. Although some cars travel less than that, there are other cars that might have traveled much more. Thus, a car that was bought in 2002 could be considered to be bought if it has traveled close to 60,000 miles in 2007. It is better to avoid a car that has covered more than 110,000 miles. Additionally, more miles on the highway are better than more miles along the city roads.

If you are interested in buying a used car, you could try visiting the New Jersey State Auto Auction store today.

 

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5 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Vehicle

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Take a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. Now exhale. Ahhhh. What do you smell? The scent of just-bloomed flowers? Of lush green grass? Of air so fresh and pure you could be at the top of the Alps? No, you don't smell any of these things? Well, lucky for you, the first day of spring is right around the corner and that means it's time for some spring cleaning.

Your car goes through a lot during the winter, and has probably accumulated a little junk on the inside and grime on the outside. And who knows, maybe your vehicle was associated with a poor decision or regret or two during the cold season – but let's not get too personal. Regardless, now's a great time to refresh your vehicle for the warm weather ahead. Read on for some tips for spring cleaning your car.

airYour car should be so clean that you should feel like this girl when you're inside it.

1. Wash the right way
Pay attention to which type of cleaner you're using to wash the exterior of your car. You may be tempted to cut costs or save a trip to the store by cleaning your car with dishwashing liquid – it's designed to cut through grime and grease, right? – however, The Family Handyman warned that this is a bad idea, despite the logic. The formula can actually by sucking out important oils from your car's finish, so steer clear of the sudsy stuff. Instead, opt for a cleaner specially made for cars, which you can find at auto parts stores or conveniently online. It's worth the effort to preserve the appearance of your vehicle.

2. Take care of your cleaning mats 
The floor mats in your car are probably one of the dirtiest parts of the vehicle. Take the mats out and shake them, then get to work going through them with a sturdy brush followed by a vacuum to pick up the loosened debris, recommended professional detailer Greg Yoke in a guide for Car Talk. But be careful with your brushing – Yoke noted that many mats and carpets are poorly made, even in higher-end cars, so be sure to brush through the material gently. 

3. Get crafty with the details
The interior of your car has so many tiny grooves that you may be tempted to just let the grime build up for all of eternity. Cleaning these small, hard-to-reach spots is a pinch, though, with some clever tools like paintbrushes and toothbrushes, explained Yoke. 

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4. Refresh effectively
Fast food trash, cigarettes, a moldy old coffee cup – cars get smelly fast. What's worse, you might be nose-blind to the, well, unique smell of your car, meaning you don't notice it, but you can be sure everyone else does. Give your car a refresh and get rid of the stench by buying a can of "non-smoke" spray, suggested The Family Handyman. Mist the spray around the inside of your car – with a light hand, and holding it about a foot away from surfaces and fabrics – and then switch the fan on to high and set it to recirculate mode, or max A/C, advised the site. Let it run as is for a little while – you can spray a little of the product into the intake opening of the vent for better scent circulation. Soon your car will smell as good as new. 

5. Rain, rain, go away
Got rain stains on your windows? One Crazy House has a genius idea for getting rid of the spots. WD-40 or hair conditioner that contains lanolin helps erase the marks, and if the conditioner contains silicone as well, wiping a little across your windows will create a barrier to help prevent future rain stains. Who knew?

The service department at NJ State Auto Auction will help you keep your car in tip-top shape this season, whether you need new tires, an oil change or a replacement part. Schedule a consultation with one of its auto service experts today. 

In Defense of the Mirth Mobile: 4 Car Models to Reconsider

Monday, March 14th, 2016

When the time comes to buy a new car, you may fantasize about zipping around in a racy, fire-engine red Mercedes. But times are tough, wallets are thin and that Mercedes might just be better off in your dreams. Only for now, of course – you can revisit those dreams later. But just because you can't afford a flashy, late-model sports car doesn't mean you have to settle for a vehicle that you wouldn't be caught dead driving. There are lots of cars out there that will get you where you need to go and look good doing it too, without the hefty price tag.

Besides, fashions and trends come and go. Opinions are changing and what's old is new again. Have you noticed how many old movies and TV shows are being remade? Ghostbusters? Jurassic Park? Star Wars? We're in the Golden Age of revisiting the past with a fresh perspective. Just because a certain model of car was once seen as uncool – whether that was 10 years ago or just last month – doesn't mean it can't be cool again. 

When you think of life lessons, you probably don't think of "Wayne's World." But the Myers-and-Carvey classic dropped a big one on us – you make a car "cool," not the other way around. Wayne and Garth took their 1976 AMC Pacer, dubbed it the Mirth Mobile and made it a legend. An impressive feat, considering that the AMC Pacer was once named the worst car design of all time.

With that valuable life lesson in mind, check out these four car models that deserve a second look. Pick the one that's best for you and then: Party on. 

1. Toyota Camry
The stereotypes might be that Camrys are dull and their drivers lack personalities, however, it's time for that to change. These well-made and dependable vehicles will save you migraines and money, because no one likes having to schlep their cars to the shop every few months – whether you're a superstar celebrity or a regular ol' Joe. This vehicle will last years on the road, and it received an A rating from Edmunds for its "generous interior space and a solid reputation for reliability." And you know what? It doesn't look half bad in red.

2. Honda Civic
Ah, the Honda Civic – it's a popular present for sixteenth birthdays, but that doesn't mean its use is limited to the high school set. Civics boast fuel-efficient engines that will save you money at the pump, have a sleek and sporty look and handle flawlessly. The Civic is a popular pick for a first car for a reason, too – it has superior safety features and wide front and rear windows for the greatest visibility on the road.

luxuryThis article was so eye-opening this man immediately left his vehicle, sold his jet and bought a Camry.

3. Subaru Forester
You don't have to be a yogi or a mountain man to appreciate this car – the Subaru Forester is also a great pick for the urban, or suburban, adventurer. If you've been looking for a car for your family that's spacious but isn't a minivan, the Forester might be just what you need. All-wheel drive, nimble handling and comfy seats mean that this car is perfect even if the only thing you're climbing are the stairs to your office.

4. Ford Focus
Don't be fooled about the Focus – this car is anything but bland. Its exterior houses an incredibly fuel-efficient engine that makes it one of the best vehicles on the market for commuting. With this compact, reliable car, you can easily zip to wherever you need to go, whether that's work five days a week or New York City for a weekend getaway, and look good doing it.

Want a stylish car at an affordable price? If the answer is yes, check out NJ State Auto Auction. There, you'll find a lot full of Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from that look great and cost less. 

5 safety tips for drivers using GPS systems

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

When's the last time you used a map or cracked open an atlas? Chances are, you haven't relied on paper navigation tools in quite some time. After all, the emergence of GPS systems has made following directions more convenient than ever – it only takes a few swipes on a smartphone to get back on the right route. Using a GPS as a guide does come with certain risks, however, as operating any device while you're behind the wheel can increase your chances of being involved in an accident. If you regularly follow a GPS while driving, keep these safety tips in mind.

1. Mount it at an appropriate level
Whether you use an independent GPS or rely on a smartphone app, you need to mount the device at eye level. You're putting your safety at risk by holding the GPS in your hand, placing it freely on your dashboard or allowing it to rattle around in your center console. Many people feel comfortable glancing at their GPS when it's placed on their windshield, so consider mounting it on the glass with a suction cup device. Notably, some states prohibit drivers from attaching items to their windshields, so check your local laws before employing this technique.

2. Don't program it while you're driving
It's widely accepted that texting while driving is considered a major safety risk and serious legal offense. Still, many people plug addresses into their GPS systems while operating vehicles, which is just as dangerous. While programming your navigation system is a driving-related task, it takes your eyes – and hands – away from safely controlling your car. Always enter information before you leave, and pull over when you need to make adjustments or check your estimated arrival time. Even placing all of your attention on your GPS for a few seconds increases your risk of having an accident.

Program your GPS with your destination before you start driving.Program your GPS with your destination before you start driving.

3. Use the audio setting
Most GPS systems come with audio options, which means that the device speaks the directions to you while you're driving. This is generally considered a safer method of navigation than glancing at the GPS' screen while operating your car. Make sure that the volume is turned up high and that the GPS guidance isn't competing with music or other sounds. Keep your eyes glued on the road and let your ears be in charge of getting you to your destination.

4. Keep the device updated
The best routes are always evolving due to a number of factors such as traffic, construction and changes in infrastructure. This is especially true in cities like New York, where updates are always being made to roads, bridges and tunnels. If you're following a GPS that's not up to date, you may find yourself taking the long road – or a road that doesn't lead anywhere at all. Before plugging your destination into your GPS, make sure the device has the most current settings available. Additionally, make sure you've applied your preferences, like having the system avoid tolls or only take major highways.

5. Trust your instincts
When using a GPS, especially if you're unfamiliar with the area you're driving around, it's tempting to treat it as an infallible system. Unfortunately, electronic navigation systems aren't perfect, and can leave you lost or guide you to the wrong place. Be sure to follow street and construction signs in conjunction with directions, and always trust your instincts – if it seems like the GPS is steering you off course, pull over and see what the problem is.

Of course, good navigation also requires a safe, high-quality vehicle. Head over to NJ Auto Auction to check out a wide variety of top notch cars. 

Engine Modifications That Improve Performance

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Everyone wants to get the maximum use out of their cars. When you buy a used car you may not see the same performance as opposed to a brand new one. But, there’s nothing stopping you from making a few modifications to improve your set of wheels. The following four engine modifications will help your used car perform well.

  1. Air filters: A good set of air filters in the engine will remove many impurities and contaminants. These filters also increase the airflow into the engine resulting in an efficient fuel/air mixture. Since they are made from fabric, they can be washed and reused. A cost-effective way to improve engine performance.
  2. Superchargers: A supercharger increases air intake by pressurizing it above the normal atmospheric level. More air there is to mix with the fuel, the more power is produced. Even small cars can make use of these superchargers to power up the engines.
  3. Performance chips: These are Superchips that can be installed to override the general settings that the car came with. They fine-tune parameters for different functions of the engine such as timing, locking, fuel/air ratio, gas usage, and so on. Installing them is also easy.
  4. Weight reduction: The engine has to lug the weight of the seats, people, and other parts of the car which sometimes slows it down. To make it more aerodynamic, try reducing the weight of the car by removing extra seats, replacing glass windows with lighter alternatives, and replacing or removing parts that are really not necessary.

Upgrade your used car with these features and get much more such modifications at New Jersey State Auto Auction in Jersey City.

 

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What to Look for in a Family Car

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

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Reliability, safety, economy and handling are some of the parameters that you have to take into consideration while looking for a family car. Sometimes you have to take into account your personal preferences as well, like the ease with which you can install the seat or the cargo space area. Depending on these parameters, you can go for an SUV or a minivan or a mid/large-sized sedan. SUVs are sturdy, attractive, spacious, responsive, and powerful. It is an ideal choice for hauling trailers. The driver seats are usually placed high, for the convenience of short drivers, as well as for an all-around visibility. It can handle a number of terrains as well. When it comes to safety, nothing beats an SUV. However, SUVs usually consume a lot of gas.

Minivans used to be the ultimate family vehicle before SUVs were introduced. As of now, minivans have lost their family appeal, however, a few car companies are trying to bring it back with improved features. The best thing about a minivan when compared to an SUV, is that their center of gravity is lower than that of an SUV. This means, in a crash, minivans are less likely to roll over. A sedan is affordable and has a large trunk space. It is very easy to handle as well. If you have children, then it will be much easier to handle them in a sedan rather than in a minivan or an SUV. You can also opt for a station wagon as well, in terms of affordability.

Visit New Jersey State Auto Auction, to choose the right car for your family.

 

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