Archive for April, 2016

You Should Own a Roadster at Some Point in Your Life

Friday, April 29th, 2016

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Sports cars are designed and built to accomplish only one thing, that is to translate to you, the absolute joy that is motoring.

It need not be an over powered muscle car that, for all practical purposes is completely impractical, nor does it have to be an Italian supercar that you may not even be able to afford. There are cars where the idea of owning them is far better than the reality of owning them. An Aston Martin DB9, for example is probably the most beautiful thing to adorn four wheels, but you cannot live with that car! What you need though, is a simple roadster, a car with a retractable roof that can seat two and can really put a smile on your face. It need not even have a topless mode, but it has to be fun to drive! There is a long list of cheap, fast, reliable cars out there, pick out a used roadster at the New Jersey State Auto Auction today. If you love motoring and all the things that go with it, nothing says it better than a sports car or a roadster. May your driving bring you joy!

 

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Tips for examining a used car before making the purchase

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

First off, congratulations! You've decided to invest in your first car, and you're making a smart decision choosing a used vehicle that falls within your budget. While you've done extensive research to reach that conclusion, you shouldn't stop there. In fact, once you've made it to the dealership to look through the lot, a whole new analysis should begin before making any concrete decisions.

Don't make up your mind early because of that low price tag – there might be a reason or two that it's so inexpensive in the first place. Give this potential car a full exam before handing over a down payment:

Exterior
Your first move should be to inspect the condition of the body of the car, according to Consumer Reports. Check for scratches, dents and rust from top to bottom. Then, make sure that the paint color is the same throughout the body. Once you've taken a good look at the cosmetics of the car, examine the glass. Are there any large cracks or pocketed areas? If you notice a small chip in the windshield, you should consider bargaining for a lowered price – the crack is bound to worsen and will likely end up costing a lot to repair.

"The average tire life lies between 25,000 and 50,000 miles."

The car's tires can make you think twice about the price if the wear and tear is tremendous. If the car has over 25,000 miles on it and it looks like the tires haven't been changed, you should negotiate. Kelley Blue Book reported that the average tire life lies between 25,000 and 50,000 miles, but it varies for each car. Who wants to buy a car and then take it to the shop a week later for new tires?

Interior
Once you've walked around the car, step into the driver's seat and take a look around. The Department of Motor Vehicles suggested checking out the seats before anything – are they damaged in any way? Do they all have functioning seat belts? Then make sure that every door – including the trunk – opens and closes without struggle. Your next test is simple – are any dashboard warning lights flashing? This could be a total deal breaker if the car salesman doesn't have an explanation.

If you notice the car has a very strong scent as soon as you open the door, it could mean two things: The car salesman was being extremely courteous or he was trying to cover up a bad scent. If the scent alarms you, you may want to ask about it – sure, he might have just been trying to spruce up the car to maximize your experience, but what if that's not the case? The last thing you want to do is buy a car that comes with a permanent funk.

The car's scent could be signify that the salesman was trying to cover something up.The car's scent could be signify that the salesman was trying to cover something up.

Test drive
Before you go in on buying a used car, it's crucial to take it for a test drive. This is especially important if your salesman doesn't suggest it – that could signify there's an issue that he doesn't want you to find before buying. Bankrate explained that while you'll want to focus on the way the car accelerates, parks, breaks and steers, it's especially important to make sure the used car doesn't make any strange sounds or vibrations as you drive. The best way to check for these issues is to take it on the highway and see how it drives above 60 miles per hour. Does the front end or steering wheel shake or vibrate? Can you hear any strange noises coming as you accelerate? How about the transmission – is it shifting smoothly? These are all valid questions that must be answered before making the big decision to buy.

Looking for a place with a variety of used cars to choose from? Head to NJ Auto Auction, where you'll find plenty of Carfax-certified cars that are ready to roll out after the test drive. The days of searching for a dealership with quality used vehicles are over – you've found the perfect place.

Why are Engines Getting Smaller?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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There was a time when car lovers looked forward to large breathy engines. V8’s and V10’s roared and rumbled across the roads and it all made sense. They drank fuel like water and spit out smoke and toxins, but people did not really care, they loved their cars and everyone was happy. All that is coming to a grinding halt now as it makes no sense to have a huge engine carry you to work where you barely even touch 40 mph, sitting in traffic stationary for longer than you actually move.

Then there’s the price of fuel and the environmental impact. So car engines naturally got smaller, but a lot more efficient. The gas mileage of a city car today is at a minimum of 30 mpg, cars are run on computers and not carburetors anymore. They are also safer with every available system on board to make sure you always come out alive. With hybrids and fuel cells going mainstream, engines have gotten even smaller and more efficient. There are electric motors that assist the engine, taking a share of the load, this increases the efficiency of the car by many times and they are silent.

Engines have gotten smaller, but driving is still as fun as it was in the old days. So come down to the New Jersey State Auto Auction today and pick out a modern, yet fun to drive pre-owned car today!

 

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Jersey City Used Hyundai Shoppers Should Get Ready for Luxury Options

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Hyundai Genesis in Jersey City
You may not think that Hyundai and luxury go hand in hand, but with the advent of Hyundai’s Genesis brand, you may want to think again. Genesis is Hyundai’s challenge to BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes- a standalone offshoot inspired by the current Genesis and Equus models. At our used Hyundai dealer in Jersey City, we’re excited to see how these smooth operators morph into a luxury line.

Improving On Perfection

The nascent Genesis has strong roots in a brand that ensured that their shoppers’ luxury experience goes above and beyond standard-issue car shopping. As it is now, prospective buyers of the Hyundai Equus, the automaker’s most deluxe model, receive red-carpet treatment, with all the perks of luxury car ownership brought to you. These models have their own fleet of sales experts who bring the vehicle to your home for a test drive. Hyundai believes there are little things- like valet maintenance service that leaves you with a loaner while they pick up your Equus for routine care- that set luxury car ownership apart.

This is the sort of tone that Hyundai will bring to Genesis brand shops, which will be located within Hyundai dealerships for the time being. As the Genesis and Equus models get renamed to G80 and G90, we’re hoping that used Hyundai shoppers can see them on our Jersey City lot. However, these vehicles boast rich, responsive handling that are found in other popular Hyundai models, such as the Elantra or Sonata.
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Something for Everyone

No matter the luxury level, you can count on your Hyundai to deliver reliability that’s second to none. The lineup has something for everyone, with esteemed versatility as a trademark for every model. For customers looking for a vehicle that make every trip enjoyable- from a quick errand to a long road trip- considering a Hyundai is a great idea.

If you’re on the hunt for a new-to-you car, consider a Hyundai- or any of the other high-quality, meticulously inspected vehicles at our used car dealership! Contact us today and our sales experts will help you find what you need.

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Car maintenance timeline: When should I service my car?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

You know that taking proper care of your body keeps you healthy. That means fueling it with the right foods, spending enough time dedicated to fitness and dropping all of the bad habits that keep you from maximizing your overall health. Taking care of your car is quite similar – if you don't show it enough attention, it's bound it leave you stranded in the breakdown lane.

According to a 2015 survey conducted by the Car Care Council, about 84 percent of vehicles failed at least one inspection component, which shows drivers often neglect to take proper care of their ride.

Nobody wants to wait around for a tow truck to haul their car for an unexpected and expensive emergency operation. To keep small problems from turning into larger ones, it's important to put your car through routine maintenance services.

Don't let your car fall apart. Instead, follow this maintenance timeline so that you'll never fall behind in taking proper care of your vehicle.

Windshield wipers – 6 to 12 months
Driving with a clear line of vision is important, especially during a harsh downpour. That's why you need to make certain you're changing your windshield wipers when necessary. Real Simple magazine reported you need to do this every 6 to 12 months and it'll only cost you about $10 to $20.

Battery – every five years
Did you forget to turn off your lights when you went into the grocery store? No worries – you can just ask someone to give you a jump for a quick fix. However, that's not always going to be good enough. Make sure to replace your battery every five years.

Getting someone to jump your battery is a quick fix, but not a permanent one.Getting someone to jump your battery is a quick fix, but not a permanent one.

Oil – every 7,500 miles or more
You may have been told you need your oil changed every 3,000 miles – or every three months – but according to Cars.com, that's simply not the case. Because of the advances in engine materials and improved quality of oil, manufactures recommend you change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles. Check your owner's manual or contact the manufacturer of your vehicle for more information.

Brake pads – every 50,000 miles
As long as you're using your brakes properly – this means not riding them or slamming on them – Real Simple magazine noted that you only have to change your brake pads every 50,000 miles. The cost of this service generally ranges from $50 to $100 dollars depending on the wear.

"The average life of tires varies between 25,000 and 50,000 miles."

Tires – between 25,000 and 50,000 miles
According to Kelley Blue Book, the life of your tires depends on a number of different factors. This includes the type of car you have, how often you drive it and how well you take care of your tires. All tires are designed with tread, which is the pattern of grooves and ridges that increase car's traction on the road. Over time, the tread wears down, which ultimately results in needing to replace the tires. The source said the average life of most tires is between 25,000 and 50,000 miles, but it all depends on the type of wear they go through.

Engine air filter – varies
Every time you take your car in for a service checkup, ask the mechanic to check the air filter. He'll be able to help you determine if it needs to be replaced, because this is a service that varies from vehicle to vehicle. Cars.com said some manufacturer's recommend the filter gets replaced every 45,000 miles, and others say 30,000 and 15,000. Ultimately, the maintenance worker will be able to tell if your filter needs changed by the amount of black residue trapped in it.

Check these elements on a frequent basis
There are a number of elements you should be checking on a frequent basis, according to the Car Care Council. Those include:

  • Dashboard lights – Never ignore these! If an indicator is lit, take your car to the auto shop
  • Lights – Keep an eye out for bulbs that need replaced
  • Windshield washer fluid – Keep the stuff in your trunk for easy refills
  • Tire Condition – Most cars will notify the driver if tire air pressure is low

Could your vehicle use a little TLC? Head over to NJ Auto Junction, where the mechanics will take great care of your car and make sure every service is up to date.

The Greatest V10 Cars Ever Made

Monday, April 25th, 2016

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There is just something about a V10 that makes it irresistible to a car lover. It is big, powerful, fast, and gives you that seemingly endless torque that will scare you, especially when on a highway and when making a pass. It seems however that the glory days of V10 engines are over, car makers have started to put smaller, more efficient engines in their cars. Even historically overpowered cars like the Mustang will be getting a much smaller engine from next year as an option. In fact, it has been years since the ultimate cars- the F1 cars moved away from V10 engines. Since it may be the last generation in which we ever see V10’s on the road, here are the best modern V10 cars out there:

  • 2009 Audi R8- Had the engine of a Gallardo, impressive in every way.
  • 2005 BMW M5- Actually had the engine derived from an F1!
  • 2006 Dodge Ram SRT-10- One of the most powerful pickup trucks ever made. 500 bhp on tap, 8.3 liter V10.
  • 1999 Dodge Viper- The Viper was always insane, an 8 liter V10 that put out 415 BHP, it went and sounded more like an animal than car.
  • Lexus LFA- The V10 put out 553 BHP, tuned by Yamaha to sound like the ‘roar of an angel’. It does.

Are there any cars on this list that you have driven or owned.

If you want to buy a used V10 car, walk into New Jersey State Auto Auction.

 

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Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class – Tech Features

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

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Just like any other Mercedes vehicle, the Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class models are also technologically advanced. Mercedes equips the cars with the best features to assist their customers and make their drive more convenient.

The standard tech features in the premium 1 package across all three models of SLK-Class include a 5.8-inch color in-dash display. SLK350 and AMG SLK55 also have 5.8inch color screens. Hands-free Bluetooth interface and Bluetooth audio streaming are also included in the standard. Prewiring for Becker MAP PILOT navigation system and Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 surround sound system are standard for SLK350 and AMG SLK55; but these two are an option for SLK300. SiriusXM radio with 6-month all access trial is standard on AMG SLK55 but in the Premium 2 package for other two models.

TuneIn radio, voice control with learning feature, no-charge navigation map updates for 3 years are all a part of premium 2 package across all three models. COMAND navigation, SiriusXM traffic and weather with 5 years of service and in-dash DVD/CD player and SD card reader are a part of premium 2 package.

Apart from these features, Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class cars also have three different Mbrace telecommunications service optional packages. All three packages have different tech features for the convenience of the customers. Some of the features include Mercedes Concierge, point of interest destination download, and turn-by-turn route assistance. It also includes location-based traffic and weather updates.

Another mbrace optional package includes roadside assistance, vehicle finder, speed alert, remote start, door lock/unlock, diagnostics features. Crisis assist, automatic alarm and collision notification emergency call, driving journal are also optional features in mbrace packages.

To get more information about the features of used Mercedes-Benz vehicles, please visit New Jersey State Auto Auction, New Jersey.

 

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5 summer safety tips to pass along to your teen driver

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Winter has come and gone, so it's likely that you're feeling better about your teen driver being out on the road. However, according to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" due to the heightened rate of teen deaths in car accidents. In fact, in 2013 alone, 371,645 people were injured and 2,927 were killed in car crashes that involved a teen behind the wheel.

The warmer weather of summer surely inspires more joy rides, and it's important that your teen takes precautionary measures when driving this season. The roads are going to be busier than usual, with traffic from normal 9-5ers, to vacation-goers and college kids traveling home from school. Pass these words of advice along to your teen driver to ensure he understands the importance of driving safely throughout the summertime.

1. Buckle up
Before your teen even starts the car, he should make it a habit to buckle his seatbelt. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of death by 40 percent and serious injury by 50 percent for drivers and front-seat passengers. If you're still deciding on the perfect car for your teen, you may want to consider one that uses an alarm to notify the driver until he buckles up.

Your teen needs to understand the importance of buckling up before driving.Your teen needs to understand the importance of buckling up before driving.

2. Never text and drive
Did you know that over eight people are killed and 1,161 are injured in car crashes that involve a distracted driver every day? This involves anything that takes the mind, eyes, or hands away from concentrating on driving. The most common form of distraction is handling a smartphone or texting, so instill it in your teen's mind to never text and drive. Regardless of the conversation he may be having with his buddy, the text can wait. If it's too important to wait to talk about until later, he needs to pull over and handle it without risking his life.

3. Give your car proper maintenance
It's likely that your teen is going to play his favorite tunes to the highest volume while he drives, which means the chance of him missing signs that his car needs maintenance is pretty high. Therefore, you should always stress the importance of taking care of the car to your teen. Auto Trader reported that this means checking the tire pressure, getting the oil changed on a normal basis and looking out for any telling signs that the car needs a little extra TLC. If he doesn't show his car proper car, it won't be up and running much longer make sure he knows that!

"Convince your teen not to drive during inclement weather."

4. Don't drive when it's not necessary
When your teen starts driving, it's likely that he's going to want to be in that car every chance he gets. Regardless of if he has to be anywhere, he will find something to do so that he can go for a ride.

However, Consumer Reports suggested convincing your teen not to drive when it's not necessary to reduce the risk of being involved in an accident, especially during inclement weather. Let him know about the dangers of driving on slick, wet roads – sometimes, it could be worse than snow.

5. Never drink and drive
This may seem like an obvious one, but unless you stress the importance of not drinking and driving, your teen may not see it as such a big deal. Even though they are below the drinking age, teens have still reportedly been involved in fatal vehicle accidents that involved the consumption of alcohol. To keep this from happening, make it a point to have the discussion with your teen about drinking  and driving – let him know that he should call you if he doesn't think he can drive or he is in a situation with a friend who has been drinking. Being honest with your teen about the risks of drunk driving will make him feel more comfortable in opening up to you.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class – Safety Features

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

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The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class is available in three trim levels: SLK300, SLK350, and AMG SLK55. The Standard package includes almost similar features for all the trims. One of them is attention assist that alerts the driver with visual and audible warnings if signs of drowsiness are detected. There is an 8-way airbag protection, electronic stability program, brake assist and antilock braking system. It also has an electronic parking brake, adaptive braking technology, and dual roll bars.

The standard package also includes Mercedes’ mbrace technology that has on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash alert, and speed monitoring. It also includes teen driver geo-fencing and remote door unlocking. The standard feature also has rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The Mercedes also has night security illumination and illuminated entry system for dark areas at night time. Advanced tire-pressure monitoring and antitheft alarm system with remote panic features are also a part of the standard package in all trims. NECK-PRO head restraint is another great feature in the standard package.

SLK350 and AMG SLK55 have infrared-remote hardtop operation in their standard package but SLK300 has it in Premium 2 package. Bi-Xenon headlamps with active curve illumination and adaptive highbeam assist are in the Premium 2 package for SLK300 and SLK350. But these two features are standard in AMG SLK55. Blind spot assist is a feature in Premium 2 package for all three trims. The Premium 3 package for all three trims includes Lane Keeping Assist, PARKTRONIC with advanced parking guidance and Distronic plus.

Edmunds brake testing showed that the SLK350 stopped from a speed of 60 mph in 113 feet. SLK300 is also expected to stop in a comparable distance.

To get more information regarding a used Mercedes-Benz vehicle, please visit New Jersey State Auto Auction, New Jersey.

 

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How to get your car ready for your road trip

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Spring has finally arrived, and for some, that means it's time to enjoy a much needed vacation. But before you head out on the road with your best friends, you need to make sure your car is ready for the long haul. Did you know that April is National Car Care Month? Now is the perfect opportunity to show your vehicle some love and give it the much-needed attention you've been putting off for far too long.

It makes sense, though, because why would you bother getting anything done during the winter? You're just going to keep rolling over potholes and road salt until the ice and snow is gone, so what's the point? Well, unfortunately, if you wait too long to fix the damage winter caused, it could result in an unexpected break down on the side of the road. You don't want to spend that hard-earned cash you were saving for your trip on a tow truck, do you?

Don't neglect your car and cross your fingers that it makes it to your spring break destination. Instead, head to the shop and request the following maintenance services to maximize your safety during your road trip.

1. Get rid of that salt
First and foremost, you need to make sure your car drives and looks smooth. That means giving it a good cleaning and making sure all of that leftover salt from the icy roads is completely removed. Nothing screams "I've been neglecting my car" quite like remnants of winter, so show your car some love and get rid of it! Salt doesn't only make your car look dirty, it can also cause your ride's undercarriage some serious damage, according to Angie's List. Consider asking your maintenance man to give the bottom of your car a good clean and polish to get rid of any rust or salt.

"You should get your oil changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles."

2. Change your oil and fluids
If your car hasn't had its oil changed in a while, now's the perfect time to take care of it. It's recommended that you get an oil change every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Your oil isn't the only thing that needs changed, though. Flushing your transmission fluid is important, too, and it could keep you from paying a pretty penny on a damaged transmission, according to the information auto repair shop owner Scott McClure shared with Angie's List.

"It's one of the most neglected services," he says. "It's a very costly repair – between $2,200 and $4,200 – if you have to rebuild or repair [a transmission]."

3. Service your cooling system
If you're heading to a southern state for your spring break road trip, the temperature is bound to raise during your route. You'll probably go from wearing a jacket, to opening the windows and then suddenly finding yourself turning up the air conditioning as high as it lets you. You're not going to be the only one warming up, though. You car needs to stay cool, too, so take the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's advice and get your coolant levels checked. This is a great step to take to make sure your system is running smoothly. You may even want to consider getting it flushed and refilled. This can up the chances that your system is running at its best during your road trip.

Who wants to sit in road trip traffic on a hot day with a broken cooling system? Who wants to sit and wait for a tow truck because the engine overheated?

4. Check your wipers and lighting
They say April showers bring May flowers, so your chances of driving through a rainstorm are more than likely. To maximize your safety while driving through precipitation, the Car Care Council suggested making sure your lighting and wipers are working properly. Worn wiper blades and broken head lights can make driving through rainfall extremely dangerous, so take precautionary measures to make certain everything will run smooth.

5. Inspect your brakes
Angie's List reported that getting your brakes inspected might be the most important maintenance service steps you can take before heading out on a long road trip. Ask your maintenance technician to check the brake pads and rotors for you to ensure your car is safe to drive. If you fail to get them checked, you could find yourself smashed into someone's bumper on your way down to the beach.

Your car needs to be just as ready for this trip as you are, so stop by NJ Auto Auction where our mechanics will make sure your ride is safe enough for your road trip.

Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class – Performance

Monday, April 18th, 2016

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The Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class has three models with powerful engines and transmissions.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 is equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces a torque of 273 lb-ft. and a power of 241 HP. It has a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and a rear wheel drive. Its expected acceleration time from zero to 60 mph is 5.8 seconds. The fuel economy for city driving is 25 mpg and on the highway is 32 mpg.

The Mercedes-Benz SLK350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It produces a torque of 273 lb-ft. and a power of 302 HP @ 6,500 rpm. It has a standard seven-speed automatic transmission and a rear wheel drive. The expected acceleration time from zero to 60 mph is 5.4 seconds. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for the city is 21 mpg and for highway it is 29 mpg.

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLK55 is a car with a 5.5-liter handcrafted AMG V8 engine. The car produces a torque of 398 lb-ft. and power of 416 HP. It is a rear wheel drive and a standard AMG-tuned seven-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. The estimation by Mercedes of this car going from zero to 60 mph is 4.5 seconds. Even though it has great power, the fuel economy of this car is not that bad. The city fuel economy is 19 mpg and the highway fuel economy is 28 mpg. The car has an optional AMG handling package with limited-slip differential feature and AMG performance suspension feature. It has a standard torque vectoring brake technology. It provides additional precision and control in turns via a targeted rear-wheel braking.

To book a test drive of a used Mercedes-Benz vehicle, please contact New Jersey State Auto Auction, New Jersey.

 

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Why Can’t Car Makers Just Reissue Classic Cars Instead Of Updating Less Aesthetic Versions?

Friday, April 15th, 2016

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Many car enthusiasts love used classic cars. The cars of old had a certain charm of their own and a majority of them had more character than many of the more traditional looking vehicles on the road today. So, why don’t car companies just reissue old models with updated specs to meet present standards?

This is a question that many automotive enthusiasts have asked. So, why don’t automakers just go ahead and do that?

Well, there are actually several reasons why automakers don’t do that. For starters, there aren’t too many people who love classic cars or their retro designs. You might disagree with that, but, it’s the truth. The ones who do want classic cars to make a comeback belong to a very small community of automotive enthusiasts.

On the other hand, the majority of consumers are just regular old folk who are just looking for a set of wheels that will carry them from point A to B in safety and comfort. They are not as passionate as the average car guy or gal.

The other reason, and the more significant one, is that old cars do not possess the design or construction to accommodate modern safety features. Automotive safety depends heavily on the way a car or vehicle is designed. Sadly, cars back in the day were not designed to accommodate modern safety standards. They may have been relevant for their day, but, they clearly lack the sophistication that modern vehicles possess.

Do you like old used cars? Well, New Jersey State Auto Auction has quite a few good ones in store. Drop in to take a look and find the one which suits you best.

 

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Watch out for these common car loan mistakes

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

You want a car, and you want it now. But the fact of the matter is, it's worth spending a little time considering your car financing options. On paper, a loan may seem like it will solve all of your problems, but if you don't read the fine print or be realistic about the terms you'll have to stick with, an auto loan can cause you even more financial stress.

Studies show that many people across the country are optimistically biting off more than they can chew. According to credit bureau Experian, in June 2015 the average length of new auto loans reached a record 67 months, or a little more than 5.5 years, reported USA Today. Some 29.5 percent of loans had terms between 73 and 84 months, which is also a record high and a jump from 24.9 percent the year prior.

loanDon't be shackled to a loan you can't pay.

Don't get stuck in a loan that seems to never end and that you can't afford. Fortunately, knowledge is power, so here are a few common car loan mistakes that you should watch out for.

Consider comprehensive costs
The amount of the monthly payments isn't the only thing you should pay attention to during the loan-negotiating process – you also need to factor in other costs like interest, noted Money Talks News. Failing to see the whole picture and little hidden costs causes many buyers to sign up for a loan that they really can't afford. The source recommended following the 20/4/10 rule when considering a loan plan. Your down payment should be at least 20 percent, you should agree to finance the car for a maximum of four years and monthly vehicle expenses – these include interest, insurance and principle – shouldn't be more than 10 percent of your gross income. By approaching a loan with this strategy, you can make sure the plan is more comfortably within your means.

Think about cheaper alternatives
Don't run from cheaper vehicles because they don't have the glitz and glamour of fancier late models – the important thing is that you need a car to get around, not show off, and besides, there are many stylish options that can still fit in your price range. If the car you're drooling over is only affordable for you if you pay it off over six or seven years, then you should probably readjust your expectations and go down a level on the price range you're searching in, explained Time magazine. Go back to basics and think about the most important features you need in your vehicle – a cheaper car with four-wheel drive in a snowy climate should win out over a late-model SUV with a built-in DVD player and surround sound system.

new carA fancy late-model vehicle looks nice, but the financing plan might not be as pleasant.

Get your add-ons elsewhere
When your making a final agreement on a car loan, it can be tempting to just say yes to every little add-on that seemed to worm its way in there, like paint sealant or an extended warranty. However, think carefully before giving the green light to these extras, since they can disproportionately inflate your loan payments, according to Bankrate. The source notes that a National Automobile Dealers Association study found that 37 percent of the average gross profits made in new and used car sales came from the finance and insurance office by way of "aftermarket add-ons." While there are good deals to be had with these add-ons, it's worth taking the time to research what the out-of-market price would be for each item, since sometimes you can find items priced at a discount compared to what they would be worth as part of your financing plan.

Why Are Some Cars So Ugly?

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

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Have you ever noticed that some cars are just plain ugly? Have you ever wondered why this is the case? Well, before you start to blame things on bad designers, realize that a lack of designing skills is rarely the case. Producing a car is an expensive and complex process. What this means is that compromises are going to be made unless you’re buying a Rolls Royce that costs half your family fortune.

Cost is a major factor when it comes to automotive design. The other major factor is quality.

You must understand that most automakers are designing and building cars for the market majority and the market majority is made up of your average Joe, who isn’t going to spend an entire year’s income on a car. In fact, many people prefer buying a used car as it is more cost effective.

Now, add some government and quality standards to the mix and you’ve got a complex issue on your hands. You need to create a vehicle that meets all those standards and is still affordable to the consumer. That’s just not possible without making a few compromises. So, what’s the first area that’s going to get compromised? It’s the vehicle’s appearance because that’s the only area that’s not going to drastically affect the overall performance and quality of the vehicle.

High end vehicles look amazing because the consumers who buy them are willing to spend every penny, which means automakers can’t and don’t have to make significant compromises.

Other than that, there is also the issue of use and practicality. For instance, the Toyota Venza displayed at SEMA this year looked great compared to the standard version, but, you would never be able to drive such a vehicle in an off-road situation because of the tiny gaps around the wheels. On the other hand, a standard Venza does not have that problem and can be used in off-road situations.

Since, the Venza is primarily an SUV; its design must fit its real purpose.

Interested in a used Venza? Come on down to New Jersey State Auto Auction and take your pick or browse the selection of affordable, great looking vehicles.

 

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What Does A Hissing Sound In The Engine Mean?

Monday, April 11th, 2016

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Is there a hissing sound originating from your used car’s engine? Well, if there is, there could be many reasons for that sound. A hissing sound from the engine generally isn’t a very good sign. However, there is no reason to panic.

In fact, it’s possible for most cars to carry parts that may create this hissing sound. So, before you jump to any conclusions, make sure you narrow down the problem to a specific cause. What you need to do is indulge in a thorough investigation to determine where that sound is coming from.

Look for visual cues. The more severe hisses are usually accompanied by some kind of release. For example, it could be coolant escaping from the radiator or radiator hose as a result of overheating. The coolant, in this situation, tries to escape in the form of steam.

If you can’t identify any visual cues, the next step is to listen closely, while the engine is still on. When you’re doing this make sure you follow a few safety measures. For example, don’t get too close to moving parts and if you have long or loose hair, tie it up.

Once you manage to identify the source of the hissing sound, start looking for symptoms. The symptoms will further help you decide what needs to be fixed.

Reasons for a hissing sound could include an overheating engine, in which case, you will need to fix the cooling system. It could also be that your catalytic converter or exhaust system is plugged. In this case, you will need to replace the parts in question.

If you’re concerned about the hissing sounds in your engine, please bring your pre-owned vehicle over to New Jersey State Auto Auction for a quick fix.

 

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Volvos are the Safest Cars on the Road; the S40 is one of their Best

Friday, April 8th, 2016

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The S40 from Volvo, in the second-generation, has leaped tremendously in its ratings as a pro driver machine. You can toggle from a five-six speed manual method of transmission to an automatic five speed. The car is athletic in appearance, totally aggressive and it pretty much does the job of actually looking like its namesake – Volvo! With a 218 and 168 horsepower coupled with a pair of five inline cylinder engines the car means business. The S40, termed as one of the safest car on the road, is shorter than its predecessor with a wider front and rear tracks. The legroom space is amazing and functional therefore ideal for long journeys with the family.

At the New Jersey State Auto Auction, you can test-drive the vehicle. The S40 is equipped with an aluminum-covered dash that houses your basic needs like climate controls, audio, telephone platters along with a storage bin. If you are a typical sports enthusiast and need a switch, this is the vehicle for you. It has the zing of a sport construct with the reliability angle on tap. Once you master the controls, you will find your comfort zone in the vehicle. The luxury that it brings with high quality materials and safety on the road makes it an ideal choice, especially if you are on the road often. The car is not only stylish but also delivers on its functionality. At an auction you get to choose what gets your pulse rate going and doesn’t break the bank – the S40 from Volvo gets this done.

 

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4 sneaky things that will damage your car

Friday, April 8th, 2016

April is National Car Care Month, so it's a great time to think about how you're treating your vehicle. You may love your car, feel like a boss driving it around and think it's the most gosh darn stylish thing in the world, but if you switch gears without braking or just pretending that "Check Engine" light doesn't exist, then you're actually doing some serious damage to that car you supposedly care for so much.

In every relationship, there's little things that each person does that irritate the other. Does it drive you mad when your wife chews with her mouth open? Well she probably hates how you leave the cap off the toothpaste. Likewise, there are little things you can do that can really tick off your car.

Read through this list to make sure you don't have any of these damaging habits – and if you do, consider it the perfect time to change your ways and renew your relationship with your ride on the right foot.

1. Slow jam 
As you roll down a steep hill you accelerate, so it's only natural that you feel inclined to keep you foot pressed down on the brake the whole time. However, Ridelust noted that this is a very common mistake that can damage your car in the long run. Every time you hit the brake, the brake pads heat up, and keeping the brake engaged for even the 30 seconds it takes to get down a big hill can make the pads sufficiently toasty and as a result wears them out faster. Instead, alternate between braking and coasting – your car will thank you.

2. What's an e-brake?
If you're asking yourself this, you don't even want to know the irreversible damage you've done to your car. If you've just been lazy about engaging the parking brake, it's time to shape up. Whenever you are parked on a slope – even the slightest of ones – use your emergency brake.

hillSure, whoever lives here definitely needs to use his e-brake, but you should actually be using it on all inclines, big or small. 

Look at your pinky finger. You couldn't possibly lift up your vehicle with your pinky – the results would be gruesome. But your essentially doing this when you don't use the e-brake. As YourMechanic explained, when you don't engage the parking brake, you put all the pressure on the transmission, specifically a little thing called the parking pawl. This parking pawl is just a little pin smaller than your pinky finger, so make sure you always hit that e-brake.

3. Un-brake-able
If you haven't noticed yet, a lot of these mistakes have to do with the brakes. If you reverse your vehicle and then switch into gears while you're still moving backward, you're really hurting your car. It's okay, everyone's been there, because sometimes you're just in a hurry and can't be bothered to fully brake before switching gears. But try to cut this habit, okay? Every time you switch without stopping, you strip the gears of your transmission, according to Odometer. This damage adds up, and eventually you won't be able to actually switch gears because the bands and gears have all been worn away.

denialJust because you pretend not to see that "Check Oil" light doesn't mean there's not a problem.

4. This light has a purpose
That little light that always seems to be lit up on your dash board? It's says "Check Oil," not "Ignore Me Indefinitely It's Fine," and is getting real tired of not being heard. You actually do have to change your oil from time to time, it's not just a way for auto manufacturers to bother you. RideLust recommended changing your oil every 5,000 miles at the most. The site also noted that by the time the light comes on, it's actually too late, and the oil in your engine has already gone to goop. So stay on top of things by taking your car to NJ Auto Auction, where our mechanics can change your oil and make sure your car is in top shape.

The new frontier: Tesla Model 3 pre-orders skyrocket

Friday, April 8th, 2016

"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."

Captain James T. Kirk introduced viewers to his crew and ship with these famous words during the opening sequence of "Star Trek," but he could have also been talking about wunderkind Elon Musk and his shiny new car. Last week, the Tesla CEO/Space X visionary/mad genius kicked off pre-orders for the the auto manufacturer's futuristic electric sedan, the Model 3, showing the world that there is indeed a market for electric vehicles.

Spaceship specs
With its intelligent features, impressive electric technology and sleek design, Tesla believes the Model 3 will be the starship that brings transportation into the future, via hyperspeed, of course.

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According to Tesla's plans for the vehicle, the Model 3 has some truly futuristic specs that really will take drivers to places where no owners of electric vehicles have gone before – like across the state. Gone are the days when consumers feared being stranded by an electric battery that ran out too quickly: With just one charge, the Model 3 can be driven an incredible 215 miles. And as Computerworld noted, it's also faster than a Mercedes: The Model 3 can go 0-60 mph in less than six seconds, while the Mercedes C-class clocks 0-60 mph in a comparatively laggard 6.3 seconds.

The Model 3 also features impressive technology. It boasts an automatic lane-changing feature and a sleek dashboard that dropped an instrument panel for a touchscreen. However, the coolest feature of the Model 3 is that you can summon it to you … without a driver in the car. Using an app, you can turn on the car, open your garage door and have the car back out, all on its own. CNN Money has a neat video demonstrating the feature here.

Lift off for EV
Musk revealed the Model 3 to the public March 31, and within just two days, 276,000 people pre-ordered the vehicle, far surpassing estimates, according to the Washington Post. For comparison, many of the best-selling cars in the U.S. only reach 300,000 in sales per year. Musk will likely exceed this number in less than a week.

"We've never seen anything quite like this in the auto industry," said Edmunds.com senior analyst Jessica Caldwell in an interview with the source. "It is unprecedented."

People camped out at Tesla dealerships across the country, eagerly putting down an initial payment of $1,000 for a pre-order. The Model 3 is currently being advertised at $35,000 – not much higher than your average new vehicle – though this is a bare-bones version, noted the Post. Experts predict that it will ultimately sell for an average of $42,000.

The massive pre-order sales are impressive on their own, but they also have a greater significance: They show that there is a big market for electric vehicles that are forward-thinking, stylish and the perfect balance between luxury and affordability. In short: EV can be done, it just has to be done right. Or to put it even shorter: Be like Apple. Many pundits are decreeing the Model 3 the "iPhone of the auto industry."

"The Model 3's huge reservation list should serve as a big wake-up call for the rest of the industry," said Tony Lim, an analyst at Kelley Blue Book, in an interview with the Post. "Tesla just did a lot of heavy lifting to attract attention to the EV segment. Now is the time for competitive manufacturers to begin leveraging this momentum that Tesla created and building awareness to their fully electric vehicles that have comparable performance and appeal."

Houston, do we have a problem?
There is a slight catch to all of this that will hinge upon whether the notoriously ambitious Musk can follow through with his promises for the Model 3: None of the cars has even been built yet, despite the company promising delivery in 2017. In a shareholder letter released last year, Tesla management stated that it was "highly confident of average production and deliveries of 1,600 to 1,800 vehicles per week for Model S and Model X combined during 2016," reported The Motley Fool. Add it all up and this means that in one year, Tesla will manufacture around 86,000 vehicles – far below what they'll need to churn out in 2017 for the Model S.

The critics are ready to pounce – The Daily Beast recently published an article headlined "Tesla's Model 3 Could Destroy Elon Musk's Company" – but as Captain Kirk once said:

"Risk! Risk is our business. That's what this starship is all about."

If a Tesla isn't in the cards for your right now, don't sweat it. Head to NJ Auto Auction and we'll hook you up with a stylish ride that doesn't break the bank.