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8 questions to ask the dealer before buying a car

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Before making any deals, ask the seller these questions.

Buying your first used car can be intimidating, especially if you have no idea what you're doing. But don't worry, here's a compiled a list of questions to ask the dealer while you're car shopping. By expressing your concern, you can ensure you'll get the best deal and that the car you decide on is the safest and most efficient choice for you.

Don't be shy – the car seller should be willing to share every detail with you if he's planning on making the sale. Here are a few things you should know before saying yes to that car deal:

1. How many miles are on this car?
If the car's mileage is through the roof, it might be worth passing on. If the previous driver drove between 20,000 and 50,000 miles per year, Consumer Reports suggested asking why. The answer could be that they had a long morning commute, or it could be that they used the car for travel. Regardless of the reason, you deserve the honest answer before deciding if you want to buy a car that already on it's last stretch.

2. What are the key features?
The advertisement might've briefly described what the car's equipped with, but it's in your best interest to ask the dealer in person. If the ad said the vehicle had working air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, power windows and cruise control, you can ask for proof. If the dealer reveals that one of those key features is missing, ask for a reduced price.

All of your questions need to be answered before making the deal.All of your questions need to be answered before making the deal.

3. Are all the fluids topped off?
Leaving the dealership in your new ride becomes a lot less exciting when the oil change sensor immediately pops up on the dashboard. Your new car should be completely ready to for you, which means the oil should be changed and the windshield washer fluid should be topped off before your purchase. You also deserve a full tank of gas as you leave the lot, so make sure to ask the dealer about that.

4. Has it driven through extreme weather?
Finding out if the car has driven through extreme weather is very important. If it has lived through harsh winter storms or exponential hot summers, Digital Trends said it's lifespan will significantly decrease. This could be a complete game changer if you're looking for a car that's going to last a few years.  

5. Are there any issues I should know about?
This is an important question because it gives the dealer a chance to make an great first impression. If he's honest and shares an issue the car has experienced in the past, you can appreciate his professionalism and think twice about making the purchase on that vehicle. Who knows, maybe he'll lower the price or throw in a deal so you can get the problem taking care of after you've made the purchase. Or, he could point you in the direction of a different car if you're still willing to work with him.

6. Can I take it for a test drive?
For some, this question might end up being the deal breaker. For starters, if the dealer denies your request, you need to leave immediately. If he does let you test drive the car, he's confident that the trip will go smoothly. If you take the vehicle for a ride and something doesn't seem right, just explain to the seller what's going on. A great care salesman will offer a solution. Maybe he'll cut you a deal, or simply help you find a different car on the lot.

Take the car for a test drive to determine how well it's running.Take the car for a test drive to determine how well it's running.

7. Has it ever been in an accident?
Even if the test drive is perfect, you need to know about the vehicle's accident history. When a car has been through an accident or two, it's more likely to have issues down the road, regardless of how it's running now. If the dealer shares the car history and it reveals a collision, it's probably in your best interest to continue searching.

8. Can you show me history reports?
This is a great follow-up question for the previous. If your dealer told you the car has never been in an accident, you deserve to see proof. A detailed report can show you the vehicle's complete history which can help you decide if the deal is truly worth it. Luckily, you can rest assured when you visit New Jersey Auto Auction in search of your first ride. Our lot is loaded with so many quality Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from. Come down today, we'd be happy to help you find a sweet ride and take it for a test drive!

10 telltale signs your car needs service

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
There are a number of indicators that could signify an issue with your vehicle.

Finding out there's something wrong with your car can be equally stressful and frustrating. But if you identify the problem early on, you can tackle it before it turns into an irreversible issue. Be on the lookout for these 10 signs, as they will signify that your vehicle needs immediate attention.

1. The check engine light is on
One of the key signs that something's wrong with your ride is a glowing check engine light. It signifies there's something wrong with one of the hundreds of systems in your car's computer. It's not necessarily a cause for panic, according to Angie's List, but it's a definite indicator that you should take your car in for an inspection.

2. There's smoke coming from under the hood
If you're driving and notice smoke coming from under the hood, it could be a sign that the engine is over-heated. This could destroy your car if you continue to drive and refuse to service it. Pay attention to the temperature gauge – if it seems too high, schedule an appointment for a maintenance check.

Pull over and open the hood to see if there's an obvious issue.Pull over and open the hood to see if there's an obvious issue.

3. The transmission seems off kilter
When it seems like your car is having trouble speeding up, it feels shaky or it's making strange noises, there could be an issue with the transmission. The transmission is essentially your car's power system, so it needs proper maintenance. If you don't take care it, you'll find yourself stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow-truck to haul your car away.

4. There are major fluid leaks
Are there any major fluid puddles on the ground underneath your car when it's parked? If so, it probably needs a tune-up. The leak could be coolant, transmission oil, engine oil or brake fluid, or it could also just be cold water dripping from the air conditioner. While the latter is normal, other fluid leaks could keep your car from running smoothly. Be sure to take it in to the mechanic as soon as you can.

5. There's a strange noise while driving
If you hear strange noises while you're driving, take your car to the shop. A dragging noise could be coming from your wheels, which could signify the wheel or differential bearing is failing. A grinding noise usually occurs when your brakes have gone bad, so you need to get them checked and replaced immediately.

"Failing to take care of the vibration could smoke the engine."

6. The car is constantly shaking while in motion
A car that shakes while driving over poor road conditions is normal. But if you notice it's vibrating on a smooth street with no obstructions, you need to take it in. DriverSide reported that it could indicate a number of issues, such as an unbalanced tire or a bad universal joint. Failing to take care of the vibration could smoke the engine or transmission, ultimately leaving you without a running car.

7. You're stalling at intersections
Stalling at an intersection is dangerous. If your car is sluggish and not performing the way it was built to, it could be a sign that the spark plugs need replaced, the fuel filter is clogged, or something more severe in regard to the transmission. Schedule an appointment with the mechanic to take care of this problem before it turns into something serious.

8. It's difficult to start it up
If it takes more than one turn of the key to get your car started every day, something's wrong. It could just be a bad battery, but it might also be a defective starter that needs to be replaced. Regardless of the issue, it needs to be taken care of or you'll be using public transportation to get around.

If your car isn't starting, it needs attention from a mechanic.If your car isn't starting, it needs attention from a mechanic.

9. Your fuel mileage is bad
If you've noticed you're filling your gas tank more often than normal – and you're not using your car any more than usual – there's an issue with your ride that needs to be taken care of. A sticking brake pad or improper tire pressure could be to blame, so take it to the shop for a check-up.

10. Shifting gears is rough
Driving an automatic car provides a smooth, reliable shift in gears. But if it seems less efficient than usual, causing your vehicle to hesitate or jolt between shifts, your transmission needs attention. Schedule an appointment  to change the transmission fuel, filters and screens.

If your car shows any of these signs, just bring it in to New Jersey Auto Auction. Our maintenance workers will help fine-tune your ride and take care of any issues. If you feel as though the damage is done and you need a new car, just head on over to our lot! We've got hundreds of quality used Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from.

15 items to have in your car at all times

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
If your car breaks down, you might need a few of these things.

Unfortunately, your car can break down at any given minute. You might not be able to predict when it's going to happen, but you can prepare for the worst with emergency roadside equipment.  Here are 15 items we recommend keeping in your vehicle at all times:

1. A charged cellphone
This item will most likely already be on you, but it's crucial to make sure it's always fully charged. Bankrate said it's the difference between getting help fast or waiting around for a car to drive by.

2. Reflective warning triangles
Having reflective warning triangles in your car is essential in the event of a breakdown. They will notify oncoming cars that your vehicle is parked, which can reduce the chance of an accident occurring. Edmunds also suggested you consider LED flares.

Reflective triangles will notify drivers to slow down.Reflective triangles will notify drivers to slow down.

3. First-aid kit
You can't predict medical emergencies. Keep a first-aid kit with bandages, gauze pads, adhesive tape, aspirin, antiseptic wipes and ointments in your car at all times in case someone gets hurt.

4. Fire extinguisher
Keeping a fire extinguisher in your car can tame a spark caused by an electrical problem.

5. Jumper cables
Accidently leaving your lights on is common. So is a battery dying on its own. Leave jumper cables in your car so a nearby vehicle can get your ride running again.

Prepare for a dead battery with jumper cables.Prepare for a dead battery with jumper cables.

6. Flashlight
Breaking down in the middle of nowhere at night isn't fun. Keep a flashlight in your glove compartment, along with extra batteries in case they die.

7. A multipurpose knife
A standard multipurpose knife will come with a bottle opener, a flathead screw driver, a wire cutter, rescue blade and glass breaker, which can all be helpful if any issue arises. 

8. A poncho
Your car breaks down, you're checking under the hood for an issue, and it suddenly starts pouring. What do you do? Reach in your emergency kit for your rain poncho.

"Keep protein bars in your car."

9. Nonperishable snacks
It might be hours before a tow truck gets to you. Prepare your stomach for the wait with high-protein nonperishable snacks like mixed nuts and protein bars.

10. Water
Along with snacks, keeping bottled water in your car in case of an emergency is crucial.

11. Cat litter
Cat littler? You read that correctly. You can use it as a replacement for sand – it weighs less – to create traction beneath the tires if you get stuck.

12. An emergency radio
The Department of Homeland Security suggested leaving a battery-powered or hand crank radio in the car to listen for weather warnings if you vehicle's radio or cell phone stops working.

13. Walking shoes
If your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you have no cellphone reception and you haven't seen a passing car in hours, you'll have to start walking to find help. Keep comfortable walking shoes in your car in case this happens.

If you haven't seen a car in hours, you'll need to start walking to find help.If you haven't seen a car in hours, you'll need to start walking to find help.

14. A tool kit
A tool kit with a Phillips head screwdriver, a flathead screwdriver, vise grips, an adjustable wrench and a pair of pliers will come in handy if you break down and can fix things on your own.

15. A fleece blanket
A fleece blanket will keep you warm in the event that your car breaks down during a snow storm.

Once you've packed up your homemade roadside safety kit, consider bringing your car down to New Jersey Auto Auction. Our maintenance technicians can make sure your car is working properly so you're less likely to break down.

How to winterize your car

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Prepare your car for the winter weather with these tips.

Fall’s officially in full swing, which means the winter weather will be here before you know it. Instead of waiting until the last minute to prepare your car, you may want to winterize it in advance. You can avoid breaking down on the side of the road and kicking yourself for not getting it ready while the temperatures are still decent.

Here are 12 maintenance tasks you must take care of before the cold rolls in:

1. Get the oil changed
You know that getting your oil changed every three months is important. But during the winter, The San Diego Department of Motor Vehicles said you need to consider switching to a thinner oil. This is especially important if you live somewhere that reaches temperatures below freezing.

2. Check the engine coolant
Engine coolant keeps your car from overheating, but it and also protects your engine against corrosion during the winter. Most cars follow a 60 percent coolant to 40 percent water ratio when the temperatures drop, so consult your technician about making the adjustment.

Your technician can top off your engine coolant before winter.Your technician can top off your engine coolant before winter.

3. Evaluate your battery
Did you know that extreme temperatures can reduce your car’s battery power by 50 percent? Edmunds suggested taking your car in and having the battery tested if it’s over three years old. A technician may recommend investing in a new one.

4. Top off your windshield washer fluid
The weather conditions will work against your windshield in the winter. Between the snow, sleet and salt build up, you’ll want to make sure you can always see clearly during your commute. Keeping your windshield washer fluid topped off will ensure clear vision. It’s also suggested to mix the solution with de-icer to avoid the moisture freezing up while you drive.

5. Invest in new windshield wipers
Topping off your windshield washer fluid is very important, but so is investing in new wipers. If the rubber on your blades is cracked, dried or ripped, it’s time to grab a new pair. Winter wipers are a great option – they provide more strength to tough it through inclement weather.

A pair of winter windshield wipers can help you cut through the built-up snow.A pair of winter windshield wipers can help you cut through the built-up snow.

6. Consider snow tires
If you’re worried that your car won’t drive well on slippery roads, it might be time to purchase new tires. According to Consumer Reports, replacing all-season tires with winter ones is a worthy investment because they’re designed with rubber compounds and tread patterns to drive successfully on slick roads.

Just remember: It’s very important to switch back to your all-season tires once the season is over. Winter tires are not designed to withstand warm temperatures.

7. Get your brakes checked
This may seem like an obvious task, but it’s worth the mention. Having your breaks checked before the winter is one of the most important safety precautions you can take to avoid sliding and colliding into other cars.

“Take your car in for a professional wash and fresh coat of wax.”

8. Protect the car’s paint
Unfortunately, the dirt and salt can accumulate on your car and damage the paint’s finish. To protect it, take your vehicle in for a professional wash and fresh coat of wax.

9. Prevent a freeze-up
With rain, sleet and snow coming your way, your car is going to retain a lot of moisture. Ultimately, it can get into the door locks and freeze up, locking you out of the car. This is not the ideal situation, but don’t panic. You can prepare in advance by lubricating your locks with silicone spray designed for cars.

10. Review your manual all-wheel drive
It’s likely that you haven’t used your all-wheel or four-wheel drive since last winter. That means you have no idea if it’s running smoothly. Instead of waiting to find out during your drive through the first snow of the season, take your car in and have the function reviewed.

11. Check your heating system
Just like your all-wheel drive, you probably haven’t used the heating system in a while. What if it broke down over the summer? Just turn it on and make sure it’s ready to keep you warm all winter. If you notice an issue, take it in to the shop.

Make sure your heating system works so you can drive comfortably in the winter.Make sure your heating system works so you can drive comfortably in the winter.

12. Pack an emergency kit
Even after performing all of these maintenance services, there’s still a chance you could break down on the side of the road. To prepare for an emergency, be sure to keep a roadside kit in your vehicle at all times. You can find a pre-assembled kit at most auto shops and some supermarkets, but you can make you own with the follow items:

  • A flashlight.
  • First aid-kit.
  • Jumper cables.
  • Flares.
  • A blanket, hats and gloves.
  • Extra windshield washer fluid.
  • Non-perishable food and extra water.

You’ll thank yourself later for packing this kit in your car before the snow rolls in.

Take your car in for a tune-up
Don’t worry about taking care of these maintenance services yourself. Just bring your car down to New Jersey Auto Auction! Our technicians will make sure all of these tasks are completed so you can drive safely all winter long.

The Importance of Researching Your Vehicle

Friday, September 9th, 2016

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When purchasing a pre-owned car, knowing what you are getting is something that is important to many buyers. Knowing the history of your pre-owned vehicle gives drivers peace of mind when making this new investment. Dealerships, like New Jersey State Auto Auction, offer services that give you a complete report on the vehicle you are purchasing.

 

Buyers deserve to know what they are about to spend their hard earned money on and are entitled to a history of the pre-owned vehicle. CARFAX reports are a great way to learn more about the car you are about to buy. Some dealerships offer free reports to customers, providing them a detailed report on their future investment. CARFAX Vehicle History Reports use the car’s vehicle identification number located on the car to gather the unique information and compile it into a thorough report. These reports can influence the final decision of any buyer. These reports can show things like inspection results, service records and accident history. Though every vehicle is thoroughly inspected, the CARFAX report is an added benefit to customers.

 

Knowing all the information you can about your future pre-owned vehicle can save you in the long run. Research like the CARFAX report is an great step. If you are interested in looking at a pre-owned vehicle, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction. For more information about our services and our current stock, check out our website!

 

 

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New Jersey State Auto Auction

406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Don’t Forget the Details

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

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When buying a car, people can get distracted by the thrill of the purchase or excitement over certain features in their new car. It is important to remember that buying a car comes with lots of paperwork. It is helpful to know what you will need and what to look for when buying your vehicle.

 

Most dealerships take care of all of the paperwork for their customers, but it is always good to know what you should expect. Each state has different paperwork involved, so knowing what to look for, especially if you have recently moved or are buying a car out of state, is crucial. To purchase a vehicle in New Jersey, paperwork you should receive from the dealership will include a bill of sale, the title for the vehicle and an odometer reading statement. These documents will be needed for you to register your car at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s office. Once the car is registered and the fees are paid, you will get new license plates.

 

The most important document you should look for when purchasing your vehicle is the title. There will be sections that will need to be filled out by both you and the dealership. It will contain information like the price and date of sale, the odometer reading and all of your information.

 

Learning about the process of purchasing a car is helpful and can save you a lot of time. Dealerships, like New Jersey State Auto Auction, can answer any questions you might have when you are purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. If you are interested in learning more about the services at the New Jersey State Auto Auction, visit our offices or check us out online! We would love to help you find your next pre-owned vehicle.

 

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New Jersey State Auto Auction

406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Knowing Your Warranty

Monday, September 5th, 2016

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When looking to buy a pre-owned car, researching the vehicle you are interested will help you decide what is the best option for you. Knowing about the warranty of the car you want is extremely helpful and can save you a headache in the future. Most dealerships, like New Jersey State Auto Auction, will have information ready for you, but it is a good idea to do your homework before taking the next step.

 

Car manufacturers offer certain warranties on their new vehicles that tend to expire after a certain period of time or once the car reaches a certain mileage. These warranties are different for each vehicle and can protect new cars from costly problems. Many people believe that buying a used car voids these benefits, but that is untrue.

 

A certified pre-owned vehicle protection plan begins once the original warranty ends. Different brands have different benefits, but car manufacturers like Chevrolet extends their bumper-to-bumper warranty. Other companies like Honda, adds years to their powertrain protection. BMW goes as far as extending their new car warranty, offering owners roadside assistance and emergency services to their pre-owned car drivers. Knowing what warranty and options you have are important and can influence your decision when purchasing your new pre-owned car.

 

At New Jersey State Auto Auction, we can help you look at your options and determine the best fit for you. Doing your research and knowing what you want before you look is very important and will make the buying process much easier. If you are ready to start looking for your next car, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction to view everything we have to offer. To view our current inventory and learn about our services, visit our website.

 

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New Jersey State Auto Auction

406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

What Are The Best Used Cars for Less Than $25K on the Market?

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

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So you’re in the market for a great pre-owned vehicle. And if you’re smart, you’ve set a budget. After all, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the bright and shiny vehicles on a lot and be tempted to buy something that’s beyond your bank account. If you’ve set a budget of $25,000 or less, there are some great vehicles that fit your budget, according to Autotrader.com.  Let’s take a look at some of theme:

  1. 2013 Buick Encore–this is actually considered a new category, the super-compact premium crossover SUV. It gets great gas mileage and has a super quiet interior.
  2. 2013 Camaro—This packs a lot of fun into your budget. The Camaro V6 Coupe is one hot looking car, plus it delivers 300 horsepower. With the automatic transmission, you’ll get 30 mph while having fun on the road.
  3. 2013 Dodge Dart—Yes, it’s a subcompact, but the backseat can handle two adults comfortably. And with an Alfa Romeo-derived suspension, it’s bellissima at less than $16K.
  4. 2013 Fiat 500—You’ll get mucho fun for about $16K, plus 31 mph city/40 mph hwy with the manual. You also get a peppy standard 1.4-liter MultiAir engine.
  5. 2013 Ford Focus—for under $16,500, you get a true entry-level luxury ride with terrific fuel economy. Worth checking out.
  6. 2013 Honda Accord— For under $22k, you get an upscale looking sedan with lots of character—and great mileage, too.

While we can’t guarantee these exact models are on our lot at New Jersey State Auto this week, if they’re not, we can find one for you. You’ll find a tremendous variety of pre-owned trucks, sedans, crossovers, SUVs and more here, and there’s one to fit your budget.

 

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New Jersey State Auto Auction

406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Buying a Pre-Owned Vehicle with Peace of Mind

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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Does the idea of buying a pre-owned vehicle sound good to you? After all, you don’t end up with that instant depreciation that you do when you buy a new car. And, with so many Americans leasing vehicles, there are more quality pre-owned vehicles on the market than ever.

But how can you be sure you’re buying a great pre-owned vehicle?  Actually, there are several ways you can be sure.

  1. Buy from a reputable dealer, instead of an individual. Let’s face it.  With social media sites like Yelp out there, if a business isn’t reputable, it’s easy to find out about it. Look for a dealer who has been in business for a long time. Common sense tells you, a business can’t be around for long, if they don’t treat customers right.
  2. Make sure you get a warranty–and one that lasts longer than a week. At New Jersey State Auto, we provide a three month/5,000 mile warranty with every vehicle–plus you get Roadside Assistance, too.
  3. Check out the CarFax report. This report will tell you how many owners the vehicle has had, and if there is clear title.  In addition, you’ll know what kinds of accident the vehicle has been involved in, and you can see if the appropriate repairs have been performed. Plus, all vehicles checked with carFax have the CarFax BuyBack Guarantee at New Jersey State Auto.
  4. Pay for a Mechanic Inspection before you buy. While it will cost you a little money, it will provide you with great peace of mind. With a mechanic inspection, you’ll learn if the right kinds of replacement parts have been used, and if major repairs will be needed in the near future.
  5. Look beyond the exterior. Sure, it might look like new on the outside, but look under the hood, too.  If you see rust, it probably hasn’t been maintained well.

At New Jersey State Auto, we’re here to help you find the right vehicle at the right price.  We’ll answer all of your questions, so you feel confident with your purchase.

If you’re in the market to purchase a pre-owned vehicle, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction.

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Consider these tips before you start packing.

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Consider these tips before you start packing.

The time has come. Summer is almost over, and fall semester is right around the corner. You've been holding it down in your childhood bedroom for months, but soon you'll be heading back to your dorm room until Christmas break. Unfortunately, that means figuring out how you can consolidate a room's worth of clothing, accessories and furniture to fit into your tiny compact car.

But don't worry – packing up your vehicle for college doesn't have to be a nightmare.  Here are a few tips to consider before you start the process:

Get a tuneup
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Before you begin packing, make sure you take your car in for a tune up. This can save you the hassle of potentially breaking down on the side of the road en route to your college dorm. According to Car Care, you should get the following checked during your maintenance appointment:

  • Engine oil level.
  • Windshield washer fluid.
  • Tire condition.
  • Dashboard indicator lights.

Once the technician has performed those tasks, you should be good to go for your trip. Just remember to schedule another appointment in three months for another tuneup. 

Choose efficient storage containers
Sure, large transparent bins might be handy and efficient for the unpacking process, but are they the best choice for the allotted space? Those containers are going to take up a lot of room in your car, which means they'll probably add clutter to your dorm too. Instead of creating unnecessary chaos, choose the space-saving storage option. All You magazine suggested packing your items in medium-sized containers they can stay in, such as plastic carts and storage drawers. Otherwise, use small boxes or bags that don't take up too much of the cabin.

Don't overpack
Once you've determined what you'll use for storage, think long and hard about what you're going to take. Packing light is your best option, as it'll allow more space in the car during the move. Besides, you're heading to a new room, and you shouldn't be trying to mirror your old one. Professional organizer Andrew Mellen told All You that you should be willing to make some changes in college, and bringing everything you own can keep you from accomplishing that.

"Always pack light."

"Be available for the adventure of college, rather than try to recreate a childhood bedroom experience in your new life," he said.

Only bring items you couldn't imagine living without. Those old high school yearbooks and stuffed animals from the fifth grade? They can stay at home.

Buy essentials later
If your mother is an extreme couponer and loves to shop in bulk, there's a chance she's going to want to give you enough toiletries to last the entire semester. While that's extremely generous of her, those items are only going to take up space in your car that you could use for something else. You can thankfully decline to save some space, or simply ask her to take you for a shopping trip after you've unpacked the car at school. Then, you'll have tons of space to transfer those bulk items back to your dorm.

To save some space in the car, only invite one person to help you unpack.To save some space in the car, only invite one person to help you unpack.

Don't invite the entire family
If you want to make the most of the room in your car, minimize the amount of people you invite for the trip. Consider leaving the front seat open for one passenger, but dedicate the rest of your cabin to your belongings. If more people want to assist with the move-in process, simple ask them to bring a second car. Maybe they'll even offer up the extra space in their trunk for those items you just couldn't part with.

Need a new ride for college? Head to NJ Auto Auction, where you'll find a lot full of quality, Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from. Or, if your car just needs a good tuneup, head to the shop and let the technicians get it ready for the road. 

What to do if your car breaks down

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Don't panic when your car breaks down - just follow these tips.

Nothing puts a damper on your day quite like your car breaking down while you're stuck in traffic. It's not only an inconvenient situation. It can also be extremely intimidating if it's never happened to you before. Whatever you do, stay calm. Panicking in the middle of the road will only make matters more stressful.

There aren't many ways to prevent a breakdown, but there are certainly steps you can take to ease the situation. Consider the following tips:

1. Prepare for the worst
You never know when something could go wrong with your ride. Keeping up with your car's routine maintenance services is helpful, but that's not always a safe bet. That's why you should always take precautionary measures before you hit the road. AARP suggested packing an emergency roadside kit to prepare for an unexpected breakdown. Include the following in the box:

  • Emergency signaling devices.
  • A pocket knife.
  • A flashlight.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Water.
  • Non-perishable food items.

Before winter's arrival, add a warm blanket, hat, scarf and pair of gloves to the kit.

2. Turn on your hazard lights
Once you've realized there's something wrong with your car, turn on your hazards. This notifies the other drivers that something is wrong, and that they need to continue driving around you.

3. Move to a safe spot
After turning on your hazards, The Travelers Indemnity Company said you need to move your car over to a safe spot, whether it's on the side of the highway or a side street. This can keep the traffic flowing and prevent an accident from occurring. If your vehicle won't start back up at all, just remain inside and call for immediate assistance.

Move your car to a safe spot on the highway.Move your car to a safe spot on the highway.

4. Set up the emergency equipment
If you've moved to a safe place and have the ability to leave the car, Esurance suggested setting up your flares and triangles right away if you have them. Both flares should be behind your vehicle – about 10 feet from each other – and the triangle should be closer to you and your vehicle. This helps passers-by see you despite darkness, rain or fog. It also gives the emergency assistance an easy ticket to find your location.

If you don't have the triangles or flares, simply pop your hood. It's the universal sign of a breakdown.

5. Use good judgment with strangers
It's a nice gesture when strangers pull over to help you out, but you want to be careful. Consumer Reports suggested exercising caution when someone unfamiliar approaches. If a suspicious person stops to help, let the stranger know you're OK and that a tow truck is on the way.

6. Always stay with your car
Moving away from your vehicle during a breakdown is never a good idea. Walking around aimlessly on the highway is unsafe. And if you've left your vehicle on the side street to go grab a burger while you wait, you could miss the tow truck. Staying with your car is a safe and practical move during this emergency situation.

Make sure you don't leave you car while it's broken down.Make sure you don't leave you car while it's broken down.

7. Clean up your mess
If the reason you're broken down is because your fender or another car part fell off, make sure to pick it up before you leave. It's not only wasteful to leave such things behind, but it's also not good for the environment. Do your part and clean up the mess you've made before you flee the scene – just be sure to wait for traffic to die down if it's out in the middle of the road.

You can't predict when you'll break down, but you can do your best to make sure your car is always in its best shape. For routine maintenance services, head to New Jersey Auto Auction. Our technicians can fix up your ride and ensure you'll be safe on the road.

If they do find that your car is no longer suitable for the road, just check out our lot! We have hundreds of quality Carfax-certified vehicles that sell for a great price – perfect for an emergency situation.

How to save money as a car owner

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Searching for ways to save some cash? Look no further.

Owning a car makes life more convenient, but it comes with a price. Between paying for gas and insurance, as well as making sure your vehicle is always up to date with maintenance services, you have to hand over a pretty penny. But while being a car owner can be expensive, there are loopholes you can take to save some money.

Here are 10 of the easiest ways to save cash as the owner of a vehicle:

1. Reconsider your current car
If the car you're driving is a gas hog or requires service more often than you can afford, it's time to trade it in. Search for an inexpensive vehicle with little to no damage and is great on gas. Making an entirely new investment might seem like a huge expense at first, but it'll save you more money in the long run.

2. Shop frugally for a new ride
When you decide to buy a new car, don't let the dealer talk you into getting fancy accessories. Those extra add-ons are only going to add to the monthly bill. If you're looking to save a lot of money, just find yourself a vehicle that's going to get you from point A to point B safely. After all, do you really need the sound system and heated seats?

If you need to save money, your car doesn't need to have all the bells and whistles. If you need to save money, your car doesn't need to have all the bells and whistles.

3. Search for the most affordable insurance
If your car insurance seems to be burning a hole in your pocket, it's time to search for a more affordable plan. Switching insurance can save you money, just take some advice from Defensive Driving.com and don't immediately take the first quote you get. Instead, shop around until you find the best deal that caters to your budget. Some companies will even set you up on a plan that lets you pay biannually instead of monthly, which can also save you a lot of cash in the long run.

4. Keep up with routine services
Showing your car some TLC throughout the year might seem like an unnecessary added expense to you, but it'll actually save you money, according to what Leona Dalavai Scott, editor of AutoInc. told Bankrate.

"If you maintain your car, you're avoiding expensive repairs down the road," she said.

"Showing your car some TLC will save you money."

Think of the mechanic as your car's doctor. By taking your ride in for routine services with him, he'll make sure everything is running smoothly to avoid a potential breakdown – something that could cost a huge chunk of money in repairs. That means changing the tires, oil and filters whenever necessary.

5. Learn how to maintain your car on your own
Maintaining your car is key, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have to take it to the mechanic. If possible, learn how to do these services on your own. A good portion of the price you pay at the auto shop goes to labor fees, and you can avoid these expenses by taking care of things on your own. Changing your tires and oil are easier tasks than you think, just take a look at these guides.

6. Wash your car on your own
Taking your car to the automatic carwash might be convenient, but it's not the least expensive option. Simply take care of the task on your own! Invest in a bucket, some sponges, car washing liquid and wax that'll last you the entire summer. Buying these tools to wash your car at home is just another investment that'll save you money down the road.

7. Search for cheap gas
Don't just buy gas at the station that's right up the road. Drive around and search for the lowest priced fuel. Make matters easier on yourself and download an app that does the job for you, such as GasBuddy. Simply pull it up, set your location and it'll find the best gas prices near you.

8. Be mindful of your gas usage
Owning a car might make getting around more convenient, but it's not an excuse to be lazy. If you can avoid driving somewhere to save gas, just walk. It's not only a money saving option – it's good for the environment and it's great exercise.

If your destination is in walking distance, leave your car at home. If your destination is in walking distance, leave your car at home.

9. Drive cautiously
When you speed, accelerate senselessly and brake hard, you're wasting gas – which also means you're blowing money. In fact, research by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory found that aggressive driving can lower highway gas mileage by 33 percent. Drive cautiously and be mindful about your gas and you'll likely see a difference in your gas mileage.

10. Carpool with your buddies
When you choose to carpool with friends or family members, you're saving money in so many ways, according to what Christine Maley-Grubl, project manager at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in San Francisco told Bankrate.

"When you're carpooling, you're saving money on gas, on tolls and on maintenance," she said. "You can use the high-occupancy vehicle lanes, so you get to work faster."

Talk to your colleagues and see if they'd consider carpooling – it could save all of you time and money!

If you've decided to shop for a new car but aren't sure where to get started, stop by New Jersey Auto Auction. Our salesman will introduce you to a lot full of inexpensive Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from.

How to prepare your car for fall

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Show your car some love before fall with these maintenance services.

Summer's almost over and your car made it through the extreme temperatures. While it's going to get a break from the heat, that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep taking care of maintenance, especially before fall's arrival. After all, the cooler temperature and inclement weather will be on its way before you know it.

It's important to weatherize your car before every change in season. Here are 10 tips on how to get your ride ready for autumn:

1. Check the brakes
As the temperatures get colder, you'll want to make sure your brakes are working well to prepare for slick roads. To ensure your safety, the Car Connection suggested taking your car in to get your brakes checked. Most auto shops will inspect them for no charge, so the precautionary step is worth it.

2. Monitor the tire pressure
Much like your brakes, your tires need to be ready for inclement weather. That means frequently checking on the air pressure either manually or by paying attention if your vehicle has a dashboard alert for tire pressure. According to the Car Care Council, air pressure in a tire decreases one to two pounds for every 10-degree change in temperature. Look at your owner's manual for suggested pressure levels.

3. Check your spare, too
When monitoring the pressure of your tires, be sure to check out your spare. Typically, the inflation pressure for it will be listed on its side, according to Bankrate. If you can't find it, check the owner's manual or seek advice from a mechanic.

Check your tire pressure this summer to prepare for fall.Check your tire pressure this summer to prepare for fall.

4. Top off windshield washer fluid
Keeping your windshield washer fluid topped off is an important safety precaution, especially when preparing for inclement weather. But don't just refill it with the same solution you've been using all summer, according to what Tony Molla, spokesman for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence told Bankrate.

"Topping off your windshield-washer fluid is an important safety precaution."

"In fall, windshield-washer fluid needs to be replaced with a solvent that is suited for use in cold weather," he said.

This special fluid only costs about $2 to $4 per gallon, so it won't set you back much.

5. Replace the wiper blades
Fall is the best time to replace your wiper blades. Molla told Bankrate he suggests taking care of this maintenance service before winter for many reasons.

"You generally use your wipers more frequently in the fall and winter," he said. "They'll also be taking a lot more abuse from road grime and windshield-washer solvent, so it's best to have a fresh set."

Replacing the blades is a simple service and will only cost you about $10 to $20.

6. Fix broken lights
The days are going to get shorter, which means you'll be driving in the dark more often in the fall than you were in the summer. To prepare, make sure all of your lights are working properly. That includes headlights, taillights, parking lights, brake lights and emergency flashers.

7. Make sure your heater works
If you neglect to make sure your heater is working before fall, you might find yourself shivering in your seat on a cold day. To keep this from occurring, just monitor it frequently or take it to the shop for a thorough inspection.

8. Get the battery checked
The older your battery is, the less likely it will hold a charge if it dies. Nobody wants to sit on the side of the road on a cold fall day waiting for a tow truck. Take your car in to the mechanic and ask for a battery inspection. If the technician finds corrosion on the terminals or a loose connection in the cables, it's likely time for a replacement.

Take your car to the autoshop to see if the battery needs replaced before fall.Take your car to the auto shop to see if the battery needs to be replaced before fall.

9. Replace the air filter
Bankrate reported to replace your engine air filters twice per year, so take care of it this fall if you haven't since the beginning of the year. A dirty filter restricts airflow and fuel economy, which can ultimately worsen your car's overall performance. This is a simple task that will take a maintenance worker a few minutes to take care of, just call in to schedule an appointment. 

10. Change the oil
This is something you should keep up with year-round, but if your car is due for an oil change, take it to the shop before fall's arrival. Dirty oil can hurt the engine and lead to permanent damage if it's not changed.

Preparing your car for fall doesn't have to be a hassle. Just bring it in to New Jersey Auto Auction and let our mechanics take care of all of your maintenance needs.

5 tips for first-time car buyers

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Buying your first car is an important milestone. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with this event. However, there can also be feelings of fear and hesitation. After all, you can't return a car a few days after you purchase it if it no longer pleases you. For that reason, first-time car buyers should keep the following tips in mind to assist them through the process:

1. Research is important  
Just like you wouldn't walk into the SATs without studying, you shouldn't walk onto a car lot without doing research. Fortunately for you, the internet has made vehicle research easier than ever. There are plenty of websites dedicated to helping you compare different models, and there are even sites that will help you determine your budget. 

2. Weigh your financing options 
With the exception of a very select group, few people have the amount of cash needed to buy a car outright. If you aren't one of these people, you'll need to decide how to finance your purchase. Keep in mind that if you don't have an established line of credit, it could be difficult to obtain a car loan. A co-signer can make this more feasible. Good dealerships will have a financing department to help you, as well.

3. Consider insurance rates 
While you might have a burning desire to buy that Porsche or BMW, the insurance rates on higher-end vehicles can be pricey. Make sure that you choose a car that will fit in your budget even after it's insured. Your financial advisor or an online budgeting tool will help you plan for this.  

Buying your first car is an exciting experience, especially when you make an informed purchase.Buying your first car is an exciting experience, especially when you make an informed purchase.

4. Don't skip the test drive 
No reputable dealer should ever ask you to make a car purchase without taking a test drive. This is your opportunity to make sure there is nothing obviously wrong with the car while driving. More importantly, a test drive will tell you if the vehicle is one that you will enjoy driving for years to come. 

5. Work with a reputable dealer 
Unfortunately, there are some car dealers who will try to take advantage of first-time car buyers. When choosing which dealership you want to work with, look for two qualities: transparency and reputation. In terms of transparency, the dealership should offer clear, concise contracts and helpful salespeople. The dealership you select should also have a proven track record of excellence. Read online reviews and talk to previous patrons to make sure they have impressed their other customers.

Get excited! You're thinking about buying your first car. While it's normal to feel some nervousness, hopefully this article made you feel more prepared. If you follow the advice above and do your research, you should find that the process is relatively smooth. 

For more car-buying advice or to shop for excellent used cars, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction website today.

The most valuable features in cars

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Cars truly are an investment. If you make smart decisions when purchasing, take good care of them when they are in your possession and work with a reputable dealer, you could receive a decent amount for your trade-in value when you re-sell the vehicle. How do you take care of it while you own it? Simple. Avoid driving like you're in a Fast and Furious movie and get your car serviced regularly. Now, how do you know you're dealing a reputable car trader? Again, it's easy. Do you research and trust your instincts.

But where does it all begin? With the purchase obviously. One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a car is how valuable it will be when you decide to sell it again. Major factors in value are the features included with the vehicle. Check out some of the most valuable features in cars:

Keyless entry and startup
Have you ever glanced outside your window in the morning only to be greeted by the blinding light from a fresh snowfall? The last thing you want is to fumble around with your keys to unlock your car. You probably don't want to run outside in the cold to start your car either. That's why so many car buyers are interested in keyless entry and startup capabilities. It's a simple, inexpensive luxury that makes cars more desirable than vehicles without these features.

On-board navigation systems 
If you've ever wasted a few precious hours on a road trip or missed an appointment because you were lost, you understand the importance of a navigation system. Many newer car models include this feature, and it's a good idea to look for this amenity when considering a car. It can greatly increase the resale value of your vehicle. In fact, Forbes reported that 61 percent of car buyers stated that a built-in navigation system was one of the most important features they wanted in their cars.

Auxiliary port 
This feature is most popular with the younger generations. The auxiliary port allows them to connect their phones to the audio system and play their favorite music. Getting control of the aux cord has even become a badge of honor to millennials , since it means that their taste in music is respected by their peers. Cars with these features tend to have a higher resale value because they cater to the needs of many prospective buyers. 

When buying a car, be sure to consider the future value.When buying a car, be sure to consider its future value.

Rear view camera 
Perhaps the safest of the desired features on this list is the rear view camera. Not only does it make it easier to back into tight spaces, it makes it a lot safer. Rear view cameras were designed to help drivers see things they wouldn't have previously been able to when the vehicle is in reverse. Many  be equipped with a guiding grid to make difficult navigation even simpler, while others come with infrared night vision capabilities, meaning you can back up safely even in the dark. 

Heated seats 
Though they may seem like an unnecessary luxury, Forbes reported that heated seats were the second most requested feature in cars. Drivers who live in colder climates may be even more appreciative of heated seats. They add a level of comfort and can even help with back pain on long drives. 

USB port 
This is another feature that is preferred by younger drivers. Technology is central to their lives, and therefore, they expect all aspects of their lives to accommodate this. As more of these tech-driven individuals come of driving age, cars with USB ports for charging cell phones and other electronics will become more popular than cars without. Car owners with the foresight to purchase vehicles with this feature may get more money upon resale than those without it. 

When buying a new car, it can be easy to forget about the future resale value. However, drivers who pay attention to market trends, such as the most preferred features, could get a better deal when they choose to sell their vehicle. It's important to remember that trends change, and if you are unsure of how to plan for the best future value, you can consult a car-buying expert like New Jersey State Auto Auction.

Questions to ask when buying a used car

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Buying a car is serious business, and it can be an intimidating process. If you're considering purchasing a used car, things can get even trickier. Not all dealers have reputable sales methods. For this reason, it's important to understand the used car-buying process and ask the right questions. 

Is this car in my budget? 
The first step for any potential car buyer is to determine how much they can afford to spend. It's a smart idea to compile a list of cars you are interested in to get insurance quotes, check tax rates and compare payments. This will help you narrow down your list to vehicles that will fit comfortably in your predetermined budget. Remember that selecting a car you can't afford can lead to poor credit and other negative consequences. Consult with a financial advisor if you need help establishing a budget. 

Does it have a vehicle history report? 
Before you purchase a car, you should run a vehicle history report. All you need is the Vehicle Identification Number to determine if the purchase you are about to make it a good one. These reports will outline the vehicle's past ownership. The Department of Motor Vehicles also reports that these will also tell you if the car has ever had maintenance done, if there have ever been problems with the title, if there are any liens on the vehicle, if the car was ever involved in an accident and whether the car has ever been classified as a "lemon." A vehicle history report will ensure that the used vehicle you select will operate as you expect it to.

Asking these questions will help you get the best used car in your budget.Asking these questions will help you get the best used car in your budget.

Did I notice anything unusual in the test drive? 
The test drive is another important part of the car-buying process. It allows you to get behind the wheel of your desired car and see how it handles. A test drive will also alert potential buyers to any issues before a sale. During a test drive, you should be vigilant for any problems with performance. Your test drive doesn't end once you return to the car lot, though. You should open and close all doors, windows, the trunk and the hood to make sure that they operate properly. 

Am I getting this car for the best price? 
Everyone wants to make sure they are getting the best price when buying a car, but to guarantee this, you must do a little research. Online price guides will tell you how much the model year is worth, but it's up to you to negotiate the true value. If the car has had significant work done, it is usually smart to talk the price down. 

Buying your first used car may seem like an overwhelming experience. However, if you educate yourself and ask the right questions, you will find yourself in a much better position to purchase the used car of your dreams. 

To find used cars that are reliable and affordable, click here.

The pre-road trip car checklist

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

As the weather warms up and schools close down, road trip season approaches. Summer brings with it those few months out of the year when families are able to pack up the car and hit the open road. Yet, before you and your loved ones make the journey to your favorite destination, you need to make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Take a look at the checklist below to ensure your vehicle is ready or your road trip.

Familiarize yourself with your vehicle
Taking the time to learn about your car can save you trouble and confusion down the road. If you are able to identify important features and know how to perform basic maintenance, you will be more prepared to handle a breakdown or other issues during your trip. You should also know what type of oil your car takes and on which terrain it drives best. This information will make your trip much less stressful.

Get a checkup 
Taking your car to a professional for a checkup is one of the best things you can do before going on a long journey. A mechanic's trained eye will be able to spot leaks, cracks and other issues that could cause problems on the road. At your checkup, be sure the mechanic checks the levels of all fluids, tests the breaks and examines the engine for any irregularities. He or she should also replace headlights and air filters as needed.

Getting an inspection by a professional will ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.Getting an inspection by a professional will ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.

Take a look at your tires 
Nobody wants a vacation spoiled by tire trouble. Before you begin your trip, examine all the tires on your car for signs of damage. If the treading is worn down or the rubber has begun to split, it is a smart idea to replace your tires before you begin your journey. You should also check the tire pressure and alignment. When your primary tires are set, inspect your spare. It should also be properly pressured and free of damage.

Pack an emergency kit 
Anything can happen on the open road. For this reason, an emergency kit is a vital part of preparing your car for a road trip. The Department of Motor Vehicles recommend that your kit include road flares, a tire jack, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, a blanket, a flashlight and bottled water. Click here for the full list. 

Consider GPS 
If your vehicle does not have built-in navigation capabilities, you should think about purchasing a GPS system. This ensures that, even if you have no cell phone service or map, you will be able to navigate your route with confidence. 

A road trip is a great way to spend the summer, but don't let car problems get in the way of a good time. By following the checklist above, you can help ensure that your vehicle is prepared for whatever journey lies ahead. 

Visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction for more car tips.

Tire Rotation and What You Have to Know

Friday, May 6th, 2016

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Several car owners are not aware of different aspects of tire maintenance. The periodic rotation of tires is very important to keep your tires in good shape for a long period of time. How does tire rotation help? Well, according to automotive experts, the primary objective of regular tire rotation is to ensure that the tires wear out uniformly. You can check for a rotation period and pattern in your vehicle owner’s documentation or otherwise rotate the tires after every six thousand miles at the minimum.

It isn’t a good idea to include the temporary spare in a tire rotation. This is because the spare is kept exclusively for emergency use. However, always check if the spare tire has sufficient air in it.

Even though it is recommended to undertake tire rotation after every six thousand miles, you could do it earlier if there is development of uneven or irregular wear on the tires. You can consult a certified alignment store or tire dealer to establish the wear issue cause. It is crucial to know that powerful impacts like hitting potholes have the potential of causing misalignment. This eventually results in an uneven wear on the tire.

You will find that certain tires such as those with uni-directional or asymmetric tread structures might not fit into the typical rotation patterns. You can consult a professional to get help with such tires. Visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction to know more about vehicle functionalities.

 

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