Why Buy a Used Hybrid – Plus Top Three Cars to Consider

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Thursday, October 13th, 2016 at 8:48 AM

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Hybrids actually have fewer problems than their counterparts, so buying one used is a great option.  According to Renee Stephens, vice president of Automotive Quality Research at J.D. Power and Associates, “On average, a hybrid sees about 99 problems per 100 vehicles, compared to gas vehicles, which have a rating of 133 problems per 100 vehicles.” In addition, since a new car loses about 27% of its value the first year, the biggest depreciation happens after two or three years. Since hybrids are usually pricier than their counterparts, it’s not a bad idea to let someone else take the depreciation hit.

So, which hybrids are the best? Toyota’s commitment to hybrids with 69% of the US market share, puts Toyota at the top of the list. The Toyota Prius 2010-2013 has been recognized as one of the most reliable hybrids. Its “Hybrid Synergy Drive” full hybrid powertrain, merges electric motor power with a 1.8-liter Atkinson-cycle engine and gets 50 mpg. The Prius also gets high marks for reliability from Consumer Reports.  The 2014 and 2015 models are recommended, as well, if you don’t mind taking a little hit for depreciation.

The 2012-2013 #HondaCivicHybrid is another highly recommended hybrid. Upgraded with a lithium-ion battery, the 44 mpg Civic Hybrid looks nearly identical to the regular Civic sedan except that it has some hybrid-specific design cues and badging. While its Integrated Motor Assist is not as advanced as the Toyota’s full hybrid architecture, it is an effective system that was introduced in the original 2000 Insight, released slightly before the Prius. This vehicle is a premium trim level with lots of bells and whistles. Again, 2014 and 2015 models are good, too, but have the issue with depreciation.

Third on the list is the 2012-2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid. It’s notable that the 2015 model retained the 2012’s powertrain with its 40/41 mpg combined rating. The Camry’s reliability has made it a best-seller for the past several years. Its 200 horsepower, 0-60 in the mid 7s makes it quite a peppy car.  As with the Honda and Prius, the 2014 and 2015 models are also highly recommended, save the depreciation.

New Jersey State Auto Auction has a large inventory of used cars and trucks. Come visit our showroom in Jersey City and let our sales team help you find your perfect hybrid to test drive. Visit us at www.njstateautoauction.com.

 

 

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What’s GVWR And Why Is It Important To Your Pickup, SUV and Crossover?

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at 8:45 AM

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The term GVWR – or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – might sound like something only professional truck drivers need to know, but it’s something every driver of a pickup truck, SUV or crossover needs to be aware of to stay safe while carrying cargo and/or passengers.

 

How do I find the GVWR in my vehicle?  It’s easy – just look on the label that’s located on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.  The GVWR tells you the combined weight of passengers, personal effects and cargo, along with the weight of the vehicle itself, as well as the tongue weight of the trailer. (See last week’s blog on the importance of proper tongue weight in safe hauling.)

 

Why do you need to know the GVWR?  Knowing the GVWR will prevent you from overloading your vehicle which cause damage to your vehicle and create unsafe driving conditions such as, broken springs and suspension components, unsafe braking, overheating and damaging the transmission and other driveline components, difficulty controlling the vehicle due to strain on the suspension and danger of tire blowout due to an increase in tire temperature.

 

How do you figure out how much weight the vehicle can carry? Follow this  example:The weight of the #2016GMCSierra1500 is 5,216. By subtracting the weight of the truck from the GVWR you know you can carry 1,884 pounds without exceeding the GVWR.  Make sure you take into account the weight of your passengers, as well as cargo.  If you have two 150-pound passengers, your available hauling capacity is 11,584 pounds.

 

It’s important to always stay within the GVWR limit set for your particular truck, SUV or crossover to avoid damage to your vehicle and to keep your passengers and your belongings safe.

 

The New Jersey State Auto Auction’s team cares about your safety.  We’re always happy to answer any questions you might have. Our family-owned business looks forward to helping you purchase your ultimate vehicle and drive it safely.  Visit our website at www.njstateautoauction.com.

 

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Tongue Weight – the Key to Safe Towing

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at 8:43 AM

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Proper tongue weight can make the difference between a safe trailer-towing experience and a dangerous one.  Like the Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the tongue weight must be ‘just right’ – too little and the trailer could start swaying from side to side; too much weight and the force could overload the rear tires of the tow vehicle and push the rear end of the vehicle out of control.  Tongue weight also affects how safely you can go around corners and curves, as well as how quickly you can brake.

 

How to figure out the tongue weight? Proper tongue weight is about 10 to 15% of the total loaded trailer weight. For example, if a 2,000-pound trailer is loaded with 1,000 pounds of cargo, the safe tongue weight of the loaded trailer should be between 300 and 450 pounds or 10-15% of the total of the two – or 3,000 pounds.

 

Other important things to consider are the type of hitch and placement of the load. For example, #Sierra1500 models towing trailers with tongue weights over 700-800 pounds need to make sure they are using a weight-distributing hitch rather than a weight-carrying hitch.

 

It’s important for the load to be properly placed to ensure safe towing, with about 60% of the load centered evenly over the front half of the trailer. For example, if the 2,000 pound trailer is carrying 1,000, about 600 pounds should be in the front half of the trailer.

 

You can check that your trailer is properly balanced by visiting a public scale and weighing your vehicle and trailer a few times.

 

And of course, our New Jersey Auto Auction’s Sales and Service team is happy to advise you on how to have a safe trailing experience. Our family-owned dealership has built a reputation of customer-service excellence. We want to make sure you have a safe drive!  Visit our website at www.njstateauto.com.

 

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Get the Most for Your Used Car Trade in Greater NYC Area

By lisalucantoni | Posted in How To on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 9:05 AM

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It’s totally normal to want something new after so many years of the same thing—and trading in your used car can be a hassle free way to take care of that! Luckily, you can count on our used car dealership serving the greater NYC area. Before you visit us, though, here’s some advice everyone should follow before they take this step to get the most out of their ride.

Iron Out the Kinks:

Cars are like people: they get quirkier as they age. At this point, there are probably some traits about your vehicle that you don’t even notice anymore, but may be a detractor for someone assessing the car’s value. Things like a ripped headliner, a window that doesn’t go down, or a particularly creaky door may be worth paying to fix, as you may wind up getting that money back when find out the trade-in value in the greater NYC area.

Then, there are tires. Tires can be costly to replace, so it may not seem worth it to do so right before you get rid of the car, but in some cases it’s not a bad idea. Extremely worn tires will certainly pull from the value of your car, so it’s probably best to replace them.

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Do a Deep Clean:

When’s the last time you gave your car a thorough cleaning? If you’re not sure when, it’s been too long! Vacuum the interior, wash and wax the exterior, clean the wheels until they’re gleaming, and even apply tire shine. Or save yourself some time and bring it to our auto repair center, as we offer car spa services at a variety of price points.

Dings, Dents, and Beyond:

Minor cosmetic issues and curb rash (the marks left on your car when you accidentally scrape your wheel against the curb) are inexpensive to repair, and will considerably boost the aesthetic of your vehicle. However, don’t go too crazy: dents that require buffing or painting may not be worth the cost to fix. These are little things that are easy to do but, if left unattended, may knock down your vehicle’s value.

When you visit New Jersey State Auto Auction to look at your next new-to-you car, be sure to bring your current vehicle to trade. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting credit towards your next truck, car, van or SUV you fall in love with on our lot!

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2013 Cadillac SRX Crossover – A Great Family Vehicle

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 8:53 AM

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One of the best-selling Cadillac models is the compact luxury Cadillac SRX crossover. No longer just a utility vehicle, the 2013 Cadillac SRX has plenty of room for four adults, ample storage capability, a new CUE infotainment system with a crisp clear LCD screen offering intuitive controls over audio, phone and climate control functions. The interior is a sophisticated blend of technology plus luxury.

The 2013 Cadillac SRX provides a responsive driving experience with crisp handling and cornering, and is capable of some serious back-road capability.  Safety is an important feature in the SRX and the Driver Assist and Driver Awareness packages include automatic-braking technologies that help reduce the chance of low-speed impacts. The unique vibrating Safety Alert Seat warns that the car’s sensors have detected an impending dangerous situation.

The SRX comes in four trim levels, including Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium. All levels feature a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers  308 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque with a six-speed automatic  transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available for any SRX trim. Acceleration is average for compact luxury crossovers going from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds.

The base model comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, automatic headlights, keyless entry and remote engine start an eight-way power driver seat, a reclining and 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The SRX Luxury adds front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot and cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry and a power liftgate with adjustable opening height. Luxurious leather upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, adjustable thigh support for the driver seat and an eight-way power passenger seat add to driver and passenger comfort.

Our sales team at New Jersey State Auto Auction invites you to come test drive our luxury SUV crossovers. We’re sure your family will appreciate the great driving experience.  Our finance team is ready to help you drive your dream car out of the lot! And you can depend on our service team to keep your new vehicle performing

 

 

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Can’t Afford to Buy New? Consider a Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle.

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 at 1:51 PM

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NJ State Auto Auction and Sales’ wide selection of used vehicles includes some choice Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. For a lot less money, you can buy a car that feels almost new, even if it has some miles on the odometer.

 

Buying a CPO vehicle also takes some of the uncertainty out of buying a used car because it guarantees that the mechanical condition of the vehicle is up to the manufacturer’s high standards.  CPO vehicles are inspected by factory-trained mechanics to ensure it meets specific standards. The dealership replaces or repairs anything that is worn beyond the limits of the manufacturer’s program.

 

For example, Volkswagen’s CPO program specifies that a vehicle must be no more than five model years old with fewer than 75,000 miles. In addition, it must have been operated by the previous owner for at least 12 months.  A factory-trained Volkswagen mechanic performs a 112-point inspection, repairs any problems, bringing the vehicle as close to new condition as possible. The vehicle then comes with a limited two-year/24,000 mile warranty that covers the powertrain, air conditioning and electrical system, among other things. VW also provides two years of 24-hour roadside assistance. Other manufacturers have similar programs and comparable warranties. Visit your favorite automaker’s website to see the specific CPO details.  

One caution –  the term “certified” can mean different things at different dealerships. Make sure to know if the manufacturer is certifying the car of just the dealership and find out what is covered in the certification and warranty.

CPO programs are perfect for anyone who wants to save money over the price of a new car, but who also wants to drive a near-new car that comes with a solid warranty.  While a little more pricey than non-certified used cars, they can be a good investment.

The experienced and knowledgeable team at New Jersey State Auto Auction and Sales can help you find your perfect CPO vehicle. We have a huge inventory at our Jersey City showroom and invite you to come in for a test drive. Our expert finance team will work with you so you can drive off the lot in your dream car. And our dependable service team can keep it running in top-notch condition.

 

 

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu – A Great Car for the Whole Family

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Monday, October 3rd, 2016 at 8:49 AM

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Looking for a more upscale family sedan? Bring the family over to New Jersey State Auto Auction in Jersey City to test drive the 2014 Malibu mid-size sedan.  The kids will find lots of leg-room in the rear seats and you’ll appreciate the large center console with plenty of room for storing things.  If you’ve got tall drivers in your family, you’ll find the power driver seat can adjust to fit your larger frame. Smartphone use is easy with the touch screen interface that allows for voice control, stream music and is compatible with internet radio. With the quiet cabin and smooth, bump-free ride, it’s sure to please everyone!

The Malibu also looks great with its sleek front-end styling. And it performs well!  Its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine has a combined fuel economy rating similar to the Eco model, with a combined fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway. The engine is powerful enough to keep up with the flow of traffic, both around town and on the highway. The stop-start system is hardly noticeable while you drive, though you’ll see its advantages when you fill-up at the pump. The good handling and responsive steering makes this an easy car to drive.

Safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control and lots of airbags: front knee, front side, rear side and side curtain in the event of a crash. The OnStar telematics system provides lots of useful features. The optional rearview camera helps with visibility and you can also get advanced warning and alert systems for forward collision, lane departure, monitoring blind spots as well as rear cross-traffic.  The Malibu got five stars out of five for overall crash protection as well as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating.

The above average-sized 16.3-cubic-foot trunk accommodates travel gear and shopping purchases.

Come give this car a spin at New Jersey State Auto Auction. If it turns out not to be the car for you, our sales team is sure to find just the perfect car to suit your family’s needs.

 

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Best 2012 Sedans Under $15,000

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 8:36 AM

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Sedans are a popular choice for millions of people each year. They have a practical design with comfort in mind for the driver and passengers. Best-sellers from 2012 reflect the trend toward stylish cars packed with features normally found in more expensive models. NJ State Auto Auction has a wide choice of sedans in this affordable price range.

 

A popular model is the standard-setting Ford Fiesta. Its front-wheel-drive package is small on the outside yet roomy on the inside. The 120-horsepower, 1.6-liter engine is peppy as well as fuel efficient, getting 28 city and 37 highway mpg with a manual transmission. You can get nearly the same mpg with the high-tech automated transmission.  Other high-tech options include an impressive array of electronic features, such as keyless ignition/entry as well as voice-command for MP3 players and cell phones.

 

The Chevrolet Sonic is one of Chevy’s best small cars. Its front wheel drive is a pleasure to drive. In addition to the standard 1.6-liter engine, a turbocharged version is available for those wanting more power.  A 1.4-liter inline-4 that generates 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque, it gets an impressive 29 city/40 highway mpg with the manual transmission.

 

The Hyundai Accent provides a lot of car for the money. This stylish car drives like a downsized version of the Hyundai Sonata, performing well in commuter mode with its front-wheel-drive,138-hp, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 30 city/40 highway mpg when using the manual transmission.

 

We’ve got more makes and models at NJ State Auto Auction and our elite sales team looks forward to helping you find your perfect sedan.  Since opening over 20 years ago, our dealership hasn’t budged on its core values: honest, straightforward business done with integrity.  There are no high-pressure sales or gimmicks – just great vehicles sold by real people. All of our sales people do what it takes to help our customers find exactly what they’re looking for from our inventory of carefully selected and extensively inspected cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.  We provide world-class service that brings customers back to Jersey City for their second, third and fourth used car. Come see for yourself!

 

 

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Six Easy Steps to Finding Your Perfect Used Car

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 at 8:33 AM

Buying your first car is an important milestone, and the tips in this article can help make the process even more enjoyable.

With nearly 40 million used car sales per year, you’re in good company if you’re considering buying a used car!

 

Since there are so many choices, New Jersey State Auto Auction has created this list of steps to help you find your perfect car.  For more personalized help along the way, reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable team for free assistance.

 

Step 1: Determine Your Budget

If you’re taking out a loan to pay for your car, aim to keep your car payment to less than 20 percent of your take-home pay. Used cars can use a little extra attention from time to time for new tires and maintenance.  And don’t forget operating costs, such as fuel and insurance.

 

Step 2: Create a Target List of Used Cars

Make a list of three cars that meet your needs and fall within your budget.  For example, while the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry are good used cars, they might cost a few thousand more than a comparable Ford Fusion or Kia Optima.

 

Step 3: Research Online

One easy place to create your target list is the New Jersey State Auto Auction used-car inventory page, where you can filter you can filter your search by many factors—including the miles on the car’s odometer, price and other features.

 

Step 4: Check the Vehicle History Report

You can use either AutoCheck and Carfax. Just supply them with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

 

Step 5: Test-Drive the Car

Take the car for a test drive to see if it’s the perfect car for you.

 

Step 6: Have the Car Inspected

If you like the car, have it inspected by a mechanic.

 

Our elite sales staff at New Jersey State Auto Auction looks forward to helping you find your perfect used car.  We’re a family owned business serving the Tri-State area for over 20 years.

 

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Keep Calm and Keep Driving in Jersey City in Your Used Car

By lisalucantoni | Posted in How To on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 11:30 AM

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New Jersey: home to pork roll, Seaside Heights, and traffic that would drive anyone crazy. Fortunately, the staff at our Jersey City used car dealer are seasoned traffic jam pros, so we have some tips to make sure you keep your wits about you. Stretch your patience a little further with our advice!

Get Some Perspective

Like dealing with any stressful situation, your mindset is everything. Get yourself back into the right headspace by creating an environment that’s conducive to relaxation. Put on your favorite tunes and surround yourself with what you love! Preferably, it’s ideal to play something more on the relaxing side, but if it makes you feel better when you’re singing along to some serious anthems, do that.

Another thing you can do is acknowledge you have no control over the situation. We all wish we had a flying car (and grew up expecting one to be around by now thanks to Back to the Future), but we don’t. So unclench your fists, take deep breaths, turn off the navigation system, and surrender. You’re in your own personal space, separated from the outside world, and the concerns of that world aren’t your own right now.
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Use the Tech That Keeps You in Touch

You could also take this opportunity to be a good friend or family member. Using the hands free phone feature on your used car, call your favorites in Jersey City. You can catch up for the duration of your ride without losing focus, and it’ll amaze you how quickly the time passes and you’ll arrive to your destination with a smile on your face and substantially less stressed out than you could have been.

If you’re looking for a car, truck, van, or SUV that will keep you comfortable when you’re stuck in traffic, contact New Jersey State Auto Auction! We have a huge selection of vehicles that can take you from point A to point B with style, class, and comfort.

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What to Consider When Buying a Used Truck

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 3:33 PM

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Buying a used pickup can have many advantages over buying a high-priced new model.  Here are a few bonuses when you buy a used truck:

 

Avoid rapid depreciation: New models can lose half their value in the first two to three years, so if you financed a truck with a low down payment, you could end up owing more than the truck is worth.

 

More choice: With more than three times as many used trucks on the market, there are many options. At New Jersey State Auto Auction you can choose from our extensive inventory of used trucks. And if we don’t have what you are looking for—tell us!  We can find it for you.

 

What to look for: Find a pickup truck that’s only a few years old, since it will have already taken a big depreciation hit while still having lots of life left. Modern pickup trucks, if well maintained, can be on the road for 200,000 miles or longer, especially those with a diesel engine. Rust isn’t the problem it used to be, and with solid-state electronics, frequent tune-ups are not an issue.

 

Towing capacity: If you are buying a used pickup truck to tow a trailer, make sure you know the truck’s towing capacity. Besides engine power, important considerations include cab and bed size, wheelbase length, rear axle ratio, and the presence (or absence) of a factory-towing package.

 

Focus on reliability: Shop for a pickup truck with the highest reliability scores. But remember, every used truck is unique. Be sure to have a pre-purchase inspection. It’s also a good idea to get the truck inspected by a professional mechanic. Given that trucks can often be workhorses, it is important to look for signs of extreme duty, such as off-road driving or large-trailer towing.

 

At New Jersey State Auto Auction, our elite and knowledgeable sales team will help you find the vehicle that meets your needs and has been checked out by our professional service department. Shop online or come to our Jersey City showroom.

 

 

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Tips for driving in the city

By Tiffany Schreiber | Posted in How To on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at 10:27 AM
Here are a few tips for finding the best car for city driving, and how to master your route to avoid frustration.

Living in the country offers more relaxation than most communities – between the secluded houses, long dirt roads and lack of skyscrapers, you're sure to drive around in little to no traffic. Likewise, a suburban setting is mostly residential, so the most congestion you'll find will stem from the kids playing an intense game of street hockey. However, driving in the city can be an absolute disaster if you don't come up with a good strategy. Because let's face it – who really wants to sit in traffic for an hour when your office is only three miles away?

Don't worry – here are a few tips for finding the best car for city driving and mastering your route to avoid frustration:

Buy the right vehicle
Before you head to the big city, you need to consider your current ride. When you live in a suburban or rural setting, driving around a large SUV or pickup truck is fine – not exactly the case in the city. Before you tackle the congested one-way streets, AutoTrader strongly suggested picking a car that fits your needs, not necessarily your wants. Think about it this way: In the city, space is limited. So when it comes time to parallel park that fancy large vehicle you bought with the intention of showing it off, just forget it. If you don't really need that oversized ride, get rid of it. Consider a small compact car or sedan as your replacement for getting from point A to point B.

"Avoid leasing a car in the city."

Another quick tip: Avoid leasing a car. You don't want to risk your vehicle getting damaged due to all of the commotion going on in the city. If you lease a car and notice scratches and scrapes before you return it, you could be subject to a paying for the repairs. Instead, just buy one of the quality used cars from our lot! If your car gets damaged in any way, just bring it back for our maintenance guys to take care of it.

How to drive
Once you've invested in a quality compact car, you're ready to venture out into the frenzy of the city streets. You can't expect the drive to be as easy as it is in the suburbs, so keep these tips in mind for driving safely through traffic:

1. Be conscious about mileage
City streets are a mess of stop-and-go traffic – and that can really affect your car if you're not driving properly. According to Edmunds, your gas mileage takes a beating too, so make sure you're not speeding up just to slow right back down. Accelerate lightly and coast whenever possible. And if you find yourself in a dead stop, switch gears into neutral. This will do your gas tank some serious good. Lastly, don't forget to keep your tank at least half full. After all, how many gas stations have you seen in the city? They're hard to come by, so you won't have many options – if any – for filling back up if you're on E. 

2. Stop switching lanes
Sure, there's a cars-length of room to squeeze into the next lane. But are you really going to get there any faster if you decide to move over? Keep the lane changing to a minimum while traveling in heavy traffic – this can reduce your chance of experiencing a fender bender at the worst time possible. Who really wants to be the reason traffic is backed up even worse?

Choose a lane and stay in it.Choose a lane and stay in it.

3. Avoid rush hour
This might be impossible for some, but if you can manage, try to stay off the city roads during rush hour. Generally, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., are the time frames when the city streets get most congested because everyone is trying to get to work or head back home – and they're all doing it at the same time. If you can avoid rush hour traffic, you'll save yourself the frustration that often results in road rage, which could ultimately lead to a collision occurring.

4. Always think big picture
Driving through the city offers an opportunity to view plenty of beautiful sights because there's so much going on. But, unfortunately, that's also a hazard that could lead you slamming into someone's rear end. When navigating through city streets, just remember to use all of your mirrors, side windows and entire windshield to view the big picture while you travel. Neglecting to keep an eye on every direction could lead to a collision, so just be careful.

5. Give yourself ample time
Navigating through a big city can be overwhelming and intimidating, especially if you're a first timer. That's why Big City Driver recommends giving yourself ample time to travel from your home to your office in the city every morning, This can ensure that you'll drive safely which will lessen your chance of speeding to get to work on time. Who knows – maybe you'll even avoid the city traffic completely!

Need a new ride to fit your city-living lifestyle? Come on over to NJ Auto Auction, where we have a lot full of Carfax-certified vehicles to choose from.

Do Your Homework

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 2:52 PM

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Researching your options and making a plan before you head to a dealership is a great plan for buying a pre-owned car. Doing your research will make sure you get the car you want at the price you can afford. There are a few ways to make sure you find what you want. Below are a few tips to follow when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle.

 

  1. Find out what you can afford.

 

Knowing how much you can spend is probably one of the most important things you need to figure out before you purchase a car. If you plan on taking out a loan, your payment shouldn’t be any more than 20 percent of your take home pay. If you have a tight budget, you probably should aim a little lower than that. It is always better to be prepared for sudden repairs or things you may need to replace on your car. Ownership costs also add up. Your car will need registration and insurance. Knowing all of this information can help you narrow down your options and help you find the perfect car.

 

  1. Figure out what you want.

 

Most people say you should build a list of what you are looking for in a car. If you are looking for a small vehicle, you can add things like a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Depending on your budget, you may find a Ford Fusion or a Kia Optima may offer similar features and qualities, but cost less. If you consider more than one brand, you can widen your options and stick to your budget. Figure out what you are willing to compromise on and what options you can’t live without. This will make your search easier.

 

  1. Check the price.

 

After you make your list of vehicles you are interested in, check out the prices. Some models are less expensive than others. Some cars are less expensive when they are one year older than the one you are interested in. Looking at all of your options before you make a decision is always a good choice. Calculate the price of ownership for your top choices and do your research. It will pay off in the long run.

 

There are several benefits to owning a pre-owned car, and buying one shouldn’t be a struggle. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, we make the buying process as simple as possible. If you are ready to look at one of our cars, come visit us! For more information about our current inventory, check out our website.

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Car Tips to Keep Your Pre-owned Car Top Shape

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 2:48 PM

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Owning a car is a huge investment. When you spend money on something like a car, it makes sense that you should want to keep it in tip top shape. There are several methods to keep your car well maintained and below we will look at a few of those methods.

 

  1. Clean your car once a month.

 

Keeping your car clean makes sense, but it can become an arduous task if you don’t clean it often. Cleaning your car not only keeps it looking like new, but it can prevent things like stains or damage. Also washing the exterior will clean off any buildup that can damage the paint. As much time as you probably spend in your car, keeping it clean should be a priority.

 

  1. Change the oil every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

 

Depending on your car, how much you drive or the conditions of where you drive can influence your oil useage. Changing your oil in a timely manner will make your engine run smoothly, and you will avoid costly engine repairs. Your engine needs oil to lubricate all of the different parts in your engine. Dirt and debris will collect in the oil over time and can damage your engine. Checking your oil every month can save you time and money in the long run.

 

  1. Check your tire pressure and rotate your tires.

 

Making sure your tires have enough air is important. Without adequate tire pressure you can have problems with poor braking, poor gas milage and instability. Checking your tire pressure is easy. Lots of cars have sensors that can tell you your tire pressure or you can use a gauge. Your car will have a standard tire pressure listed that is the best number for your car. Rotating your tires often will also extend the life of your tires. Tires aren’t cheap. Keeping them rotating will cause them to wear evenly.

 

Keeping your car maintained is important to extend the life of your vehicle. Pre-owned cars, like the ones at New Jersey State Auto Auction, will have a few more miles than a brand new car. These rules still apply no matter how old the vehicle may be. If you are interested in purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, visit us at the New Jersey State Auto Auction. For more information about our current inventory, check out our website.

 

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

The Importance of Steering Maintenance – What You Need to Know

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 2:42 PM

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Having your steering maintained and repaired may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to preventative maintenance, but it is an important service to have completed. There are two different parts to your steering that are usually serviced. These two parts are the power assist and the mechanical parts that steer the vehicle.

 

Modern cars usually have a hydraulic power steering pump that gives you an extra boost that helps you steer. This pump is usually powered by the serpentine belt in your engine. Some new vehicles use their own electric pump. Others have an electric motor that specifically powers the steering. Knowing what kind of power steering you have will help you determine what kind of service you will need.

 

Like any machine, your steering will eventually wear out. Hoses leak and motors lose their steam. You can lengthen the life of your steering components by having them serviced. If you schedule a power steering service every once and awhile, your service technician will drain all of the old fluid from the pump and replace it will all new fluid. This service takes away materials that can potentially corrode the power steering parts like water and other contaminants.

 

Your steering parts are just as important as the power steering. It directs your car where you want it to go. Most service departments, like the one at New Jersey State Auto Auction, will lube your steering parts whenever you get a service like an oil change. Other than a simple lube, there isn’t much else you can do other than look for signs of wear. Usually you can spot issues by looking for uneven tire wear or loose steering.

 

Having your car routinely maintained will save you a lot of money in the long run and make your parts last. If you need to schedule a power steering service or any other service, visit us at New Jersey State Auto Auction. For a full list of our available services, check out our website. We are here to help!

 

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Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Get a Ride Back to School With These Used Cars in Jersey City

By lisalucantoni | Posted in Auto Industry News on Monday, September 19th, 2016 at 1:11 PM

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As another school year gets into full swing, students may be looking for a set of wheels to get them to class. However, it soon becomes clear that students and their parents have different priorities when it’s time to go car shopping. At our Jersey City used car dealer, we have a selection of vehicles that balance form and function perfectly, eliminating the need to compromise on style for practicality and vice versa.

Consider These Compacts

Let’s start with the ever-popular Mazda3, which is a top choice for students. It’s undeniably stylish and comes equipped with Mazda’s signature peppy engine to provide a fun drive, but it’s also efficient and safe. In fact, the Mazda3 has earned the rating of Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS every year since 2010, which will put every parent’s mind at ease. Jersey City students looking for a vehicle that’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the wallet should definitely check out our selection of used Mazda3 sedans!

The Honda Civic is a sedan that also answers the beck and call of every student and parent alike. This dependable vehicle will get you to class on time every time, so you don’t have any excuses! The Honda Civic is a truly legendary model, outdoing its own popularity year after year. It’s the quintessential compact, offering a comfortable and roomy ride for the driver and a few classmates. The Civic also has a legacy of award-winning design and value, topping lists from prominent automotive authorities looking to help consumers find the best deal.
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A Hatchback With Panache

For students looking to stand out a little more on the road, there’s also the KIA Soul. Ever since its 2008 debut, this small and agile hatchback has been bursting with value. Tech amenities, safety features, and fantastic fuel economy are the hallmarks of the KIA Soul, with its head-turning aesthetics offering a final flourish to an already-attractive package.

Nothing sets the tone for the day ahead quite like a ride that syncs with your mood. Visit New Jersey State Auto Auction today or give us a call at (888) 692-3834 to set up a test drive of the car, truck, van, or SUV that gets your day rolling right.

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Buying a Used Car is Loaded With Benefits

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 7:33 PM

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If you are deciding between purchasing a new or used car, you are in the right place. It is always good to do research before you buy! There are several benefits of owning a pre-owned car. Below we will take a look at a couple that will hopefully help you decide!

 

  1. Extras

 

We all love the features that come on new vehicles. There are usually a bunch of options to choose from that make your car feel like you’re driving around in a spaceship. However, these extras usually add up to way more than you want to spend. Extras can tack on thousands of extra dollars to that new car price. A used car already has all of the features that you want, but are included in the price. You can search for a vehicle that has a specific feature, like navigation, and narrow down your choices. Saving on extras is a huge benefit of buying used.

 

  1. Fees

 

No one likes fees. Except the maybe the people that collect them. New car dealerships usually add on fees for things like shipping charges and destination fees. These fees are obnoxious because you feel like you don’t have anything to show for the charges except less money. Most used car dealerships don’t charge extra fees. When buying a used car from New Jersey Auto Auction, the most you’ll have to deal with is paying title, tag and registration fees at the DMV.

 

  1. Condition

 

Cars these days are made to last for a long time. When buying a used car, you won’t have to sacrifice the condition or reliability of your car just to save a little money. You can find a great car that is in excellent condition for your budget. Be sure to ask if the used car dealership offers any extended warranty, but you will usually be in great shape either way.

 

If you’re looking to purchase a used car, you’re off to a great start. Researching all of your options is always a good choice. Visit us at New Jersey State Auto Auction to take a look at the car you’ve been eyeing or to just look at your options. For more information about our inventory, check out our website!

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Used Car Buying: Three Benefits

By Nathalie Godoy | Posted in Auto Industry News on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 7:33 PM

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There are so many great reasons to buy a used car. Knowing the pros and cons before you make your big purchase is important, so you know you’re making the right decision. If you’re looking to buy a used car, below are three benefits that could help you make your decision.

 

  1. Price

 

Everyone knows that used cars will be less expensive than new cars. But to what extent? You can find the car or truck of your dreams available in a later model at a price you can afford. The price of a used car can be almost cut in half compared to a new car price. For example, if you have a luxury SUV on your wishlist, it probably would cost two times as much new as it would used. Your used car won’t depreciate as fast so, ultimately, you are getting the best deal.

 

  1. Sales Tax

 

No one warns you about sales tax. New car sales tax can add up to thousands of dollars. Used cars, however, can be significantly less or even non-existent. Some states don’t require sales tax on used vehicle sales. Doing your research on your state’s tax laws could save you thousands before your next car purchase.

 

  1. Registration Fees

 

We all have to register our vehicles. Registration fees are based on the car’s value and the year it was made. In certain states, registration fees rapidly decrease over the first few years of ownership. When registering a used car, the fees have already decreased since the car is usually a few years old. You can end up saving lots of money on these fees when your car isn’t brand new.

 

All of these are great benefits of owning a used car. At New Jersey State Auto Auction, we want you to find the best vehicle for you! Come visit us to see all of our cars and learn more about our options. For more information, 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