Drivers who operate used cars in New York may know that there is a ban on all cell phone use, except for emergency use, similar to regulations in neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
But if they plan on driving out of state, they may soon face a ticket or other punishment on a national scale, if legislators create a new national law based on recent public opinion surveys.
A poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that roughly four out of every five motorists in America support a nationwide ban on texting while driving, and about two-thirds would support a similar restriction on any cell phone use while operating a vehicle.
“In recent months, the debate about the dangers of DWD has intensified as more and more states consider taking legislative action,” said Bill Windsor, safety officer for Nationwide Insurance, which commissioned the study. “It also provides insight into support for additional restrictions policymakers may want to consider.”
The findings come in advance of discussions by governors at their annual summit this week, and before President Obama is scheduled to have a discussion about driving while distracted at the end of September before new laws could be enacted that affect those driving used cars in New York.
It can be difficult to get over past impressions of vehicles, and while that may be warranted in considering the Pontiac Aztek, several kinds of used cars in New York went through redesigns that could overturn old opinions.
For example, the Hyundai Sonata went under the knife for 2006 and emerged as a car worthy of note with a laundry list of standard features and styling that make it stand out compared to other midsize used cars in New York, according to a Cars.com report.
The Nissan Altima was another car that had suffered an identity crisis, competing as much against its smaller counterpart the Sentra as it did against offerings from other companies. It became a midsize in 2002, and the new exterior design caught more eyes than many Camrys or Accords, noted the website.
The editors at Edmunds.com agreed that the 2006 Hyundai Sonata was a good choice, writing that “[it] is the best Hyundai car yet, with plentiful features and an excellent highway ride that make it a serious contender in the midsize sedan segment.”
The 2010 Nissan Rogue was recently unveiled by the Japanese automaker, but although the car is a recent entrant in the American market, buyers who consider used Nissan Rogues in New York can still save thousands.
That’s because the new model starts out at more than $20,000 for the compact crossover SUV, and many options packages can add thousands to that base price if one is looking for larger wheels, tinted windows, or a chrome grille.
Previous models have similar lists of safety features, and government crash test ratings for the first model, the 2008, ensured the Rogue received high marks for crashworthiness from U.S. News & World Report.
The 2008 used Nissan Rogue in New York is also more inexpensive than its newer brethren, enough to offset the loss of the Cash for Clunkers program according to some industry pricing estimates.
“The 2008 Nissan Rogue is a very good choice for suburbanites who enjoy an elevated driving position and occasionally need the utility and available all-wheel drive of a compact crossover,” note Edmunds.com editors.
GPS navigation devices can be a good accessory for drivers of used cars in New Jersey that worry about being distracted by maps, or who want to be able to take a wrong turn and be directed back onto their route.
Once a motorist has live somewhere for a while, though, certain turns and areas may become part of a motorist’s mental map, but that doesn’t normally fit into a GPS system’s route planning algorithm.
For drivers who have an iPhone, a program called G-map may allow them to “train” their mobile device to recognize that avoiding frequently slick roadways or highly-trafficked streets is not a wrong turn.
“Everyone who has used a GPS knows that sometimes, the ‘fastest’ or ‘shortest’ route proposed by a navigation system is not always the best route for that individual,” explains Sean Lee, who markets the G-Map.
While it will recalculate routes, the program includes a feature that allows frequent changes to be included as preferred routes for drivers of used cars in New Jersey.
Toyota has finally announced that it will no longer be able to sustain production at the NUMMI production facility, meaning that thousands may be out of work and some vehicles may only be available as used cars in New Jersey.
The Japanese automaker had previously built the Corolla compact sedan, the Matrix hatchback and the Tacoma there, but the Matrix was discontinued after General Motors shuttered Pontiac. Corollas will now be produced in Ontario, Canada and Tacomas will be built in San Antonio, company officials announced.
There had been a struggle to keep the facility viable after General Motors backed out of the joint venture that had led to NUMMI’s creation, and now aficionados may want to consider used Pontiac Vibes or a used Toyota Matrix in New Jersey.
“We remain strongly committed to maintaining a substantial production presence in the U.S. and North America,” said Atsushi Niimi, Toyota’s North American head. “To that end, we will consider moving additional Corolla production back to North America over time.”
The Cash for Clunkers program may have affected the supply of used cars in New York, but dealers nationwide believe that now that the blitz of sales is over, more buyers will be considering pre-owned vehicles.
Jeff Young, the sales manager at one dealership, told the Times-Herald that he expected to focus on discounts for used cars still on the lots, once he gets through the backlog of paperwork associated with the government program.
Fellow salesman Tim Gaither said that the stringent and esoteric rules behind Cash for Clunkers drove many people to his lots, where they left with a used car after finding they couldn’t qualify for the savings needed to purchase a new vehicle, reported the news provider.
But buyers who are now considering used cars in New York may want to act sooner, rather than later. A combination of fewer available trade-ins because of crushed clunkers and decreased production could limit pre-owned choices, according to USA Today.
While there are still deals available, some sellers caution that the effects of taking hundreds of thousands of used cars off the road may soon affect supplies, noted the newspaper.
Today’s new cars are tomorrow’s used cars in New Jersey, especially those that are often auctioned off after short lease periods, so Ford‘s announced commitment to increase production could be good news for buyers considering purchasing used cars.
The automaker announced that it was adding shifts at facilities that produce the compact Focus model as well as the venerable F-150 truck series, meaning around-the-clock construction for both vehicles.
That will also include the compact sports utility vehicles produced by the company like the Ford Escape and the Mercury Mariner, and stands in direct contrast to the capacity exhibited by both General Motors and Chrysler.
“Even with ‘Cash for Clunkers’ behind us, we expect that demand for our fuel-efficient, high quality new vehicles will remain strong,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of marketing, sales and service. “We’re being as creative as we can in pushing the system to meet the demand for our products.”
On the other hand, those interested in the model lines from General Motors and Chrysler may be better served by looking at used cars in New Jersey: both companies posted slower sales growth from the Cash for Clunkers program due to production cuts that have limited the availability of new vehicles.
When people like a product, it’s generally not recommended to change it very much. Audi has done little to change its classic logo, and buyers considering used Audis in New Jersey may find that they hold up as well as the automaker’s famous four-ring design.
The logo is still the same four inter-linked metal rings, with the red Audi name beneath, reported AutoCar in the UK. The principal differences are more three-dimensional rendering for shadows in the rings, and justifying the name to the left.
Similarly, used Audis in New Jersey often offer similar quality to their newer counterparts, but at prices much more attractive to those considering a German luxury car.
For example, the Audi A3 was introduced in 2006 as a four-door hatch based on the popular version that had been sold for years in Europe.
And buyers considering the A3 from that year will be able to take advantage of its “wagonlike cargo versatility” in a package that offers “precise” steering and an uncluttered interior, notes a Cars.com review.
Buyers often look to Toyota because of a belief that they are reliable, according to some autmotive experts, but a new safety recall could point potential buyers towards used cars in New York instead of some current options.
The Japanese automaker is initiating a recall of nearly 100,000 Toyota Corollas, Matrixes and Scion xDs from model years 2009 and 2010 because of brake issues in freezing temperatures for cars that come with a 1.8 liter engine.
Officials from the company say that a cascading effect of moisture in the crankcase could cause freezing in the brake system, leading to reduced stopping ability for residents in New York and 18 other states.
Used Toyota Corollas have not been the subject of similar concerns, and buyers considering used cars in New York could be attracted to the 2005 model of the entry-level vehicle.
“It delivers a satisfying blend of fuel economy, refinement and reliability,” noted a Cars.com review. “Riding smoothly, Corollas feel solid and are confidence-inspiring”
The website also notes that buyers may enjoy the fact that it’s “long been one of the best compacts on the market,” with a powerful engine in some models.
In a now annual feature, the journalists at Car and Driver have been putting together a list of the best cars they’ve driven that are less than $20,000, and used Honda S2000s in New York come out near the top of the list.
Since they consider themselves enthusiasts, they have stuck with used cars since they are more affordable, and one that struck them as epitomizing affordable performance was the 2000-2006 model Honda S2000.
“In 1999, the S2000 screamed onto the scene and instantly elevated our sports-car expectations,” they noted. “The high-revving four-cylinder engine developed more power per liter than any naturally aspirated powerplant had ever achieved.”
Buyers could consider a 2006 model, which included a more refined engine and “agile” chassis that combined to offer a “high level of performance for the price” of a used Honda S2000 in New York, according to Edmunds.com editors.
“After driving it back-to-back against the best roadsters in its class, our editors couldn’t help but fall in love with [it],” they wrote.