Young Motorists Value Technology for Safety Purposes

There may be an assumption that young drivers prefer style over function when it comes to their cars, but a new study proves that's not always the case. A recent survey from Accenture found that motorists between the ages of 18 and 24 prefer having technology in their car that helps them with safety rather than entertainment, USA Today reports.

Although flashy gadgets appeal to young drivers, the more functional ones stood out the most. In particular, features such as crash avoidance and roadside assistance that calls for a tow truck appealed the most. In particular, nearly all the respondents (eight out of 10) said they want a car that has lane change and blind spot warning capabilities. The results may surprise some people given the long held beliefs toward the attitude of young adults.

"Our findings show that younger car-buyers, who have grown up with gadgetry that centers around social tools such as email, smart phones and related connectivity, have a preference for (in-vehicle) safety technologies over those they use in their everyday life," Accenture's James Robbins told the publication.

The sentiment was similar among drivers between 25 and 35, the study found. In fact, they want features like ones that call emergency vehicles immediately in the event of a crash to an even higher degree than their younger counterparts. 

Though it may be some time before such safety features come standard in every car, there are other ways to make sure you are safe on the road, and that includes performing regular maintenance. At New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care center, you can be sure to kepe your car running safely thanks to its talented team of mechanics.

BMW, Toyota Team Up to Create New Battery

Two competitors in the automotive world are teaming up to lead the push toward alternative fuel. Toyota and BMW have joined together to begin research that could lead to the creation of next generation batteries and as a result, cleaner vehicles, Bloomberg reports.

In particular, the manufacturers will be focusing on lithium ion batteries. Researchers are hoping to find a way to increase both the performance and capacity of the devices by utilizing new combinations of materials. The partnership is nothing new, BMW said in a statement, and is a mutually-beneficial endeavor for the two companies.

"The agreement follows the memorandum of understanding concerning a mid-to-long-term collaboration on next-generation environment-friendly vehicles and technologies announced by the two companies," in December, the automaker said.

In particular, the move is a good one for Toyota because it gives the company an opportunity to expand its appeal in Europe while also helping create a new fuel-efficient vehicles, the news source reports. As for BMW, industry analysts say it's a smart decision to team up with the leading builder of hybrid as a way to fend off challenges from Audi in the luxury car realm.

The announcement comes as a greater focus is being put on electric vehicles. Most recently, Honda announced it is going to be releasing a plug-in hybrid version of its popular Accord. Additionally, a brand new electric car, the Coda, is expected to hit select markets sometime later this year, according to USA Today.

While electric vehicles are still pretty uncommon the road, there are plenty of  other fuel-efficient cars out there for drivers looking to save money on gas. You're sure to find some of them at New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices.

Smaller Cars May Not Always Have Best Mileage

When it comes to fuel-efficient cars, there's often an assumption that the smaller a ride is, the better its gas mileage. That may not be the case, some experts say, with subcompact cars sometimes not faring any better than the larger, more spacious, compact models, CNNMoney reports.

To illustrate the point, consumers need look no further than the Chevrolet Sonic. The tiny car gets a respectable 33 miles per gallon, and while that's certainly impressive, it's the same as the larger Chevrolet Cruze. The small Hyundai Accent also gets the same mileage (33 mpg) as the bigger Hyundai Elantra.

The biggest reason for the phenomena is that cars can only get so aerodynamic. Vehicles have to be a certain height for passengers to fit comfortably, as a result the shape of subcompact cars often is not as aerodynamic as it could be, and  the gas mileage suffers.

"You can shorten it up and make it narrower, but the height of a car can only be so small," Scott Miller, director of mass, energy and aerodynamics at General Motors, told CNN.

Since size is not the only factor to consider when looking for a fuel-efficient used car, and you should take a few other things into consideration, experts say. For instance, there are certain amenities that may cost you some mpgs later on. One of the biggest, some say, is a sunroof. An open sunroof creates more drag and could lower a car's fuel economy.

Anybody looking to save money not only on gas, but also on their used car, should head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. With a wide variety of makes and models, including everything from subcompacts to SUVs, there's something for everyone.

BMW, GM Issue Recalls

BMW drivers should take note. The German automaker recently issued a recall of nearly 1.3 million 5 Series and 6 Series vehicles across the globe. The move was made to address an electrical issue that could spark a fire, The New York Times reports.

The recall affects about 367,000 cars in the United States and is targeted at vehicles made between 2003 and 2010, so even if you've purchased a used BMW, your car may be included in the recall. At the heart of the issues is a bolt connection securing battery cables that could come loose. As a result, the manufacturer says the malfunctioning electrical system could cause the car not to start or spark a fire under extreme circumstances.

"The worst-case scenario is a fire," Thomas Plucinsky, a BMW spokesman, told the Times. "We are aware of one fire in the United States."

The recall comes as another similar announcement was made regarding some more recent models of General Motors cars. In this case, the 2012 versions of Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon XL SUVs have been recalled due to problems with steering. The automaker says that some gear pitman shafts may not have hardened correctly during the manufacturing process, which increases the chances that a driver could lose steering completely and crash, according to USA Today.

Paying attention to see if your car falls under certain recalls in an important part of staying safe on the road, and so too is staying on top of auto maintenance. New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care center is the place to go for motorists looking to keep their cars running smoothly. Thanks to a talented and knowledgeable staff of mechanics, you can ensure your car does not run into any problems on the road.

What Cars Cost the Most to Fill Up?

The average price of a gallon of gas is rapidly approaching $4, so it's safe to say that almost all drivers are feeling the pain. However, some may be hurting a little more than others depending on what car they're driving. According to Forbes, there are some cars which are likely to reach the three-digit mark when you're filling up at the pump.

At the top of the list is one of the most luxurious SUVs on the road today, the Cadillac Escalade. Though it's a popular ride among celebrities and athletes, it may be a bit more difficult for the average family to contend with the $120 it takes to fill up the Escalade's gas tank, according to the publication.

While the Escalade may be more of a luxury vehicle, there are some more affordable rides that still will cost a great deal to fill up. In particular, the Chevrolet Silverado, one of the most popular pickup trucks in the country, gets only 11 miles per gallon and could cost as much as $100 to fill up. General Motors seems to have noticed, and according to Forbes, is working on a more fuel-efficient version of the truck.

The Ford Expedition was once one of the most common SUVs on the road, but as gas prices rose and a push for fuel-efficiency reigned supreme, fewer consumers decided to get behind the wheel of the enormous family vehicle. Today, experts say filling up the tank could cost as much as $129.

While buying one of these cars may not be the best choice right now, New Jersey State Auto Auction offers plenty of other suitable alternatives that will save you money at the pump. With a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices, everyone will drive away happy.

Mitt Romney Nods to Family’s Car Connection with Secret Service Code Name

The Secret Service assigns codenames to presidential leaders and candidates, and Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum recently got to pick theirs. Santorum's handle is "Petrus" and Romney chose the code name "Javelin," according to National Public Radio. They are not given free reign over their security nicknames, or you'd probably wind up with a lot of "Mavericks" and "Eagles." Instead, the Secret Service presents presidential candidates with a list of possible options to choose from.

Romney's choice was not a nod to the Olympic track and field device, but a muscle car produced by the American Motors Corporation (AMC) from 1967 to 1974. AMC, which was bought out by Chrysler in 1987, was once run by Romney's father, George M. Romney. AutoBlog attempted to find similarities between the Republican presidential nominee and the classic car he identified with, and only managed to see contrast between the company's reputation for being nearly broke during the entirety of its existence and Romney's well-funded campaign.

The Huffington Post states Romney's code name is appropriate, as many conservatives view him as a machine not unlike the Transformers, ready and able to change his shape at a moment's notice.

The more likely case is that Romney saw the word on the list, thought of his father and chose the name. An AMC Javelin is not exactly easy to come by either, so Romney won't be seen driving one around any time soon.

Those looking to get behind the wheel of their own muscle car or another vehicle that means a lot to them can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. NJ Auto has a wide variety of makes and models, so drivers will be sure to find the car they're looking for.

Spring Cleaning for Your Car

Most people associate spring cleaning with making their homes spotless, but the yearly tradition should also be applied to your car. A long winter can certainly take its toll on your vehicle, and there are a number of ways to ensure it is ready for the upcoming season and beyond. According to Consumer Reports, there are a few things every driver should do once the weather turns warmer.

The first thing you want to turn your attention to is the interior. Very frequently drivers can accumulate a great deal of trash over the winter without even noticing it, so make sure you clean up all the discarded cups, bags and bottles that may have built up over the last few months. Additionally, vacuuming is an important step as dirt, sand and other debris were likely tracked in during the winter.

After the inside of your car is taken care of, the website suggests tackling the exterior. Washing and waxing your vehicle is the best way to return it to its pre-winter shine. Experts say you should be sure to never to wax your car in direct sunlight or if the paint is hot, as this could make it more vulnerable to scratching.

Of course, having your car looking nice and running well are two different things, and you should be sure to pay attention to maintenance during the spring cleaning process. Winter can take its toll on everything from the brakes to tires so you may want to make sure everything is in working order before you embark on the first long road trip of the spring.

New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care center is the perfect place to go for all your springtime maintenance needs. With a knowledgeable staff, they'll be able to complete everything from repairs to general upkeep.

Honda Set to Release Plug-in Hybrid Accord

The Honda Accord has been one of the best-selling cars on the road for years, but a 2007 hybrid version was never able to take off the way the manufacturer wanted due to lower-than-expected fuel economy. However, it looks like the automaker is ready to dust off the hybrid design once again, and is set to release a plug in hybrid version of the Accord for the 2013 model year, reports.

There are few details available about the hybrid model, but the automaker did provide some specifics regarding the battery. Along with an electric range of about 10 to 15 miles, the battery can be charged in as little as 90 minutes with a 240-volt charger and four hours with a 120-volt charger. If drivers select the all-electric setting they will have to sacrifice performance a bit, as it will only have a top speed of 62 miles per hour. The new model is expected to be available sometime in the late fall or winter, the website reports.

The announcement of a new hybrid Accord comes as yet another electric car is slated to hit the market. According to USA Today, the  2012 Coda electric sedan went on sale in California last week, and although it comes at a price lower than originally anticipated, its $37,250 price tag may turn some potential consumers away. The Coda is expected to get as many as 88 miles on a single charge, besting the Leaf's 73 miles, and although it's currently only available for purchase in four cities, more locations are expected to follow suit.

Electric cars are still a long way from being a mainstay on America's roads, but there are plenty of used, fuel-efficient options for motorists looking to save money on gas. New Jersey State Auto Auction offers a wide variety of makes and models with high gas mileage, so there is something for everyone.

President Obama Talks to AAA about Rising Gas Prices

Rising gas prices have many Americans scrambling to save money at the pump, whether by purchasing more fuel-efficient vehicles, changing their driving habits or cutting back on other expenses. President Obama sat down with a AAA representative to discuss the issue after his speech on energy last week. They touched on the frustration many American drivers are going through trying to adjust to the higher prices while still balancing their household budgets.

The president said the government needs to put its efforts into developing better solutions for the future as well as putting emphasis on finding applicable strategies for people to use now. Obama lauded the use of alternative energy, such as hybrid, natural gas and electric vehicles (EVs), but also expressed his understanding that many are apprehensive about electric vehicles. Lots of drivers have "range anxiety" that they could wind up stranded with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere should they opt for an EV.

"People need to feel confident that when they get into an electric car they're not going to get stuck," Obama said. "To the extent that we start having both more efficient batteries and distribution capacity, people can feel confident that they're never going to get stuck, or at least not any more stuck than they do when they forget to fill up and then call AAA."

Americans are gradually growing more accepting of EVs and other alternatives to gas-powered cars, and automakers are introducing more hybrid and EV options all the time. In fact, Honda recently announced the production of a new plug-in Hybrid Accord.

Drivers looking for a new hybrid, EV or a fuel-efficient model should head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide variety of makes and models at affordable prices, and thanks to a partnership with the Credit Acceptance Corp, they offer guaranteed credit approval.

Mini Marks 10-Year Anniversary

When it first hit American roads in 2002, BMW's Mini was considered by many motorists something of a gimmick. The compact British car looked sporty, but was it really going to be a hit with American drivers? Ten years later, the answer is a resounding yes, and BMW is celebrating the milestone by touting a decade of success.

The biggest reason for Mini's popularity among consumers is that it offers a small car without sacrificing quality. Despite its size, the Mini was able to handle the rigors of everyday driving while still offering the fuel-efficiency many motorists sought as gas prices climbed to near-record levels.

"Mini launched in the U.S. during the time when gas was cheap and large trucks and SUVs ruled the road," said Jim McDowell, vice president of Mini I USA. "Many thought the brand would be a one-hit wonder, and we are extremely proud that we were able to surprise some of the toughest critics, and at times, even ourselves."

The popularity of Mini is evident through how many consumers buy pre-owned versions of the vehicle. It's not surprising either, given that the Mini has one of the best used programs available, according to the Los Angeles Times. In particular, experts say that the car's two-year, 50,000 mile warranty that starts after new car coverage expires makes it an especially appealing choice to consumers looking to save money.

Whether you're looking for a reliable used Mini or are more interested in getting behind the wheel of an SUV, New Jersey State Auto Auction has you covered. With a wide variety of makes and models at affordable price, there's sure to be the perfect car for nearly everyone.