Archive for November, 2012
Comic book fans and cinephiles alike may be excited to know that one of the most famous cars in the history of Hollywood is about the go up for auction for the first time. The Batmobile from the 1966 live action TV series Batman and the adapted movie, starring Adam West, will be one of the stars of the show at the Barrett-Jackson auction house in Scottsdale, Arizona, on January 19. The custom ride started out as a Lincoln Futura concept car that was modified by George Barris.
"The 1966 Batmobile by George Harris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history, and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles to follow," said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of the auction house. "This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door, but a time in television where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show. It revolutionized an entire industry that followed in the footsteps and we couldn't be prouder to have it cross our block in Scottsdale as it goes up for sale for the very first time."
Barris purchased the Batmobile from Ford Motor Company in 1965 for $1, and has kept it in pristine condition. As this car is such an important marker of the Batman franchise as well as a major player in the development of television, it will likely have a high final selling price. While not everyone will be able to afford to bid on this fantasy car, those in need of more practical vehicles can head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction to get in on the automotive bidding action. With a wide selection of makes and models, there's something for everyone.
Every year, Consumer Reports conducts a survey to determine how satisfied drivers are with their cars, and the Chevy Volt was named the best car for customer satisfaction for the second year in a row. More Volt owners (92 percent) said they would buy the car again than any other survey respondents.
"The Volt's two-year reign at the top of our satisfaction survey points to the continuing trend of owners' enthusiasm for cars that are fuel-efficient cars, especially as we see more and more hybrid and electric models hitting the market," said Rik Paul, the auto editor for Consumer Reports. "The combination of sporty handling and strong engine performance also goes a long way in building loyalty and generating excitement among owners."
In general, models that have alternative fuel options tended to do better than others, as the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Camry hybrid, Prius and Prius C also scored very high when it came to customer satisfaction. The other end of the spectrum included a number of SUVs and vehicles with larger V6 engines that consume more gasoline per mile, suggesting that drivers are moving away from gas guzzlers and toward options that will help them save at the pump and are better for the environment. The GMC Sierra, Nissan Armada, Chevy Silverado and Mitsubishi Outlander were among the lowest-scoring vehicles in Consumer Reports' survey.
Reports such as this can be very helpful for car shoppers who are not sure which vehicle is best suited for them. They may want to avoid cars ranked low on this list, as it is based on the driver's opinion of performance, reliability, comfort price and enjoyment. Once a driver finds the vehicle they want, they can head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which carries a wide selection of makes and models. Every vehicle on the lot is CARFAX certified, so drivers know they'll be getting behind the wheel of a reliable ride no matter which model they choose.
Children learn many of their behaviors from their parents, and this is especially true when it comes to driving habits. A recent study found this to be the case, even if parents educated their children about the dangers of distractions and the importance of practicing safe habits behind the wheel.
Researchers from Toyota and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute conducted phone surveys with more than 5,500 young drivers and their parents. They found that kids are far more likely to be influenced by what they think their parents do while driving than what parents tell their kids they do. For example, when a teen driver thinks his parents eat or drink while driving, he is 3.4 times more likely to do so as well. Young drivers whose parents have reported eating or drinking behind the wheel are 2.2 times more likely to snack while operating a vehicle.
Even if parents do not engage in risky behaviors, or do so infrequently, teens are still apt to assume their parents are doing these things. Approximately 71 percent of teens think their parents read directions while driving, while only about 55 percent admitted to doing so.
"Children look to their parents for a model of what is acceptable," said Dr. Ray Bingham, research professor at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and head of the Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention Group. "Parents should know that every time they get behind the wheel with their child in the car, they are providing a visible example that their child is likely to follow."
In addition to instilling good driving practices in their kids, parents can help keep their youngsters safe on the road by putting them behind the wheel of a reliable vehicle. New Jersey State Auto Auction carries a wide selection of makes and models, and each one is CARFAX certified.
Fiat only recently re-entered the American automotive market after a nearly 30-year hiatus, and the Italian automaker is already expanding its lineup. The 500 Series currently consists of the standard 500, the Turbo and Abarth performance models and the Cabrio. These four variations are all equally sized, but otherwise they are essentially just different trim levels of the same car. Fiat is looking to give drivers another, larger option next year with the introduction of the 2014 Fiat 500L. This car is larger, with enough room for rear doors and five passengers instead of the cozy four-seater coupe setup of the other 500s.
"The all-new Fiat 500L the reach of the Fiat brand in North America and will keep our customers within the brand as their lifestyle needs expand," said Tim Kuniskis, head of FIAT Brand North America – Chrysler Group LLC. "Those who love the style and performance that only the Italians can create, can now enjoy space for five, functionality, practicality and value. The Fiat 500L is the whole package, and it now brings its unique flavor to the American market."
The 500L is expected to become available to new car shoppers by mid-2013, which means it could be some time until this model begins to appear on used car lots. However, the original 500 has been on the market since 2011, which means drivers who want to get behind the wheel of an Italian-made car may be able to find a used model at New Jersey State Auto Auction. These small cars are fuel efficient and easy to navigate for city drivers, plus their sleek modern design offers an aesthetic appeal that many other subcompact vehicles do not have.
These days, there are countless variations of safety technology available for vehicles, and the Auto Alliance, a trade association on 12 car companies, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz among others, is helping drivers get a better picture of what is available at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The organization has created a YouTube channel devoted to showcasing the various Driver Assist technologies that are offered by different automakers. This includes adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, parking assist, lane departure warnings and blind spot warnings. In addition to online videos,
Auto Alliance will also be displaying the various systems at the LA Auto Show, which runs from November 30 to December 9.
"This is the next generation of 'gotta have it' auto technology, and when people see the systems in action, they are amazed," said Mitch Bainwol, president and CEO of Auto Alliance. "More than 90 percent of crashes involve driver error of some kind, so automakers created a range of driver assist systems that aid the driver for brief periods of time to help avoid an accident."
A recent opinion poll conducted by the group found that roughly 66 percent of drivers would like to see at least one of the Driver Assist features in the next vehicle they purchase. Since many of these devices and safety features have been available for some time, there is a good chance of finding the technology in a used vehicle. Drivers in the New York/New Jersey area can head over to NJ State Auto Auction to check out the wide selection of makes and models. Not only may they find a previously owned car with advanced safety features, but every vehicle on the lot is CARFAX Certified, providing additional assurance that they car they choose will be reliable.
A car's emblem is not just how you can identify which brand it is, it also embodies the soul and spirit of the company, and Buick may soon be doing away with its classic symbol. According to the Detroit Free Press, the company is attempting to reinvent itself to appeal to a younger market. Buick models such as the Verano and LaCrosse are often considered to be ideal for older drivers, but their designs have been refined and modernized over the years.
For more than 50 years, Buick has emblazoned a tri-shield circular logo on the front of all its cars, and the news source indicates that it is likely the company's new design will not drift too far from this concept. There have been hints that the change may be as simple as switching from the current chrome emblem to one that utilizes colors.
"There's people who can look at the badge of a car and know exactly what they are and what time period they're from," Jeremy Dimick, curator of collections at a Buick gallery in Flint, Michigan, told the news provider. "You look at the car and know it's a Buick for sure. Any future logo you would think would retain components of that. The brand identity is so wrapped up in that."
Drivers who prefer older Buick models, such as the discontinued LeSabre, Electra and Invicta that the three shields of the logo represent, may be able to find previously-owned models they want at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide selection of makes and models, and every car on the lot has been CARFAX certified. This allows car shoppers to rest easy knowing they're getting behind the wheel of a reliable vehicle.
Thanksgiving weekend is not just for family get togethers and overindulging at the dinner table, it is also a great time to get some holiday shopping done. If you have a young driver on your list this year, the gift of a used vehicle may be an excellent choice. Used cars are more affordable than new, so you won't have to break the bank to get the perfect gift for your teenage son or daughter. You will also have more options when it comes to safety features, without having to pay for each additional add-on.
There are many safety features available on cars that have come out in the past few years, including modern air bag technology, lane departure warnings, rearview cameras and on-board infotainment systems that have GPS navigation and emergency assistance options. If you were to get all of these in a new car, it could result in a major price hike. But when they are already installed in a used car, you won't be facing any additional fees to keep your teen safe on the road.
To find the perfect ride, you might want to consider visiting New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has more than four acres of used cars, trucks and SUVs. Every vehicle on the lot is CARFAX certified, so you know your young relative will be getting behind the wheel of a reliable used model. The public auction company also has an ever-changing inventory, so even if you can't find the right car on your first visit, you can come back again soon to browse the new selection of vehicles for sale.
NJ State Auto hosts weekly auctions on Saturdays, but the lot is open all week long so you can find the cars you're interested in. Should you see something you like, you have the ability to reserve it on the spot if you would rather not wait until the auction.
While many are looking forward to Thanksgiving, automotive enthusiasts are looking a bit further into the future to the Los Angeles Auto Show. Kicking off the week after turkey day, the car show is the first large scale North American event at which automakers from around the world will debut the coming year's models for the U.S. market. Typically, many companies will leak information about the vehicles they are going to unveil ahead of the event, and Kelley Blue Book has made it easy for car lovers to take a look at what is coming ahead of the show.
The vehicle valuation and information provider has compiled details of a few of these new cars on its website, KBB.com. This includes the 2014 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, Kia Forte and Sorento, Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid and Subaru Forester. Details of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Honda Civic and Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster will also be available on KBB.com.
"The festivities don't begin until the turkey leftovers are gone, but we've already started mounting our full-coverage assault on the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show," Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "The roster of new faces at the first North American event of the new season promises to be formidable again this year, and includes at least 20 world debuts along with a similar number of vehicles set to make their first appearances in the U.S. trim."
When the new season begins for the automotive industry, a plethora of vehicles become available to drivers. Many will trade in their current models for new ones, which will expand the used car inventory, making it a great time for other drivers to get behind the wheel of a previously owned model. They may be able to find a 2012 or 2013 vehicle at New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has more than four acres of cars to choose from.
Distracted driving presents a major threat to all drivers on the road, whether or not they engage in the risky behavior themselves. According to the U.S Department of Transportation, distractions behind the wheel – such as using a smartphone, adjusting the radio, eating, drinking and using navigation systems – were responsible for at least 3,092 deaths and approximately 416,000 injuries in 2010, accounting for about 18 percent of injury crashes that year.
The most recent report on this risky behavior by State Farm indicates the problem may only be growing. The insurance agency's annual report indicates that surfing the web on a smartphone or other handheld device while driving is growing increasingly common.
In fact, among drivers between the ages of 18 and 29, the number of those who have gone online while driving jumped to 48 percent this year from 29 percent in 2009. Among all drivers this increase was a bit more subtle – 13 percent in 2009 to 21 percent in 2012. This indicates that safety advocates may need to target younger drivers to curb this dangerous behavior.
One major issue is that most drivers are aware of how risky it is to engage in any distracting behaviors while operating a vehicle, yet may still partake. The State Farm survey indicates many felt the issue was that distracted driving laws were not enforced well enough.
These days there are numerous options to reduce risky driving, such as in-car technology that allows drivers to pair their handheld devices with their vehicles and use voice commands to eliminate the desire to take their eyes off the road. There are even a number of used cars that have this feature, and car shoppers may be able to find models at New Jersey Auto Auction.
Following the example of many other automakers, Ferrari recently held a charity auction to raise money that will be donated to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. The Italian supercar company has been making efforts to raise funds and contribute to the cause since the disaster struck the northern East Coast states, as its North American headquarters is located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, just west of the Bronx in New York. The automaker's most recent contribution came in the form of a charity auction where an F12berlinetta was up for bid in the U.S for the first time. The auction, held over the weekend in Austin, Texas, brought in more than $50,000 in donations in-person and online in addition to the winning bid of $1,125,000 for the car itself.
"This evening's auction of the highly anticipated F12berlinetta together with the significant contribution from the Ferrari dealer network demonstrate the strong bond between the Prancing Horse and its North American clients," said Marco Mattiacci, president and CEO of Ferrari North America. "With the attention of the motoring world turned to the Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend in Austin, an extremely high demand for the new F12berlinetta, this was the perfect time and place to raise much-needed funds for the continuing effort to assist those affected by hurricane Sandy, and we are proud of the results."
Ferrari has been quite generous when it comes to contributing to Sandy relief efforts. The recent action brings its total donation to the Red Cross to more than $1.5 million.
While most people likely cannot afford to bid in the millions for a vehicle, they can take part in the weekly auctions held at NJ State Auto. Every weekend, the dealer auctions a variety of used cars for affordable prices, and car shoppers can be confident knowing they'll be driving away in something reliable, as every model on the lot is CARFAX certified.
As New Jersey and New York work to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the figures surrounding the devastation grow clearer, and Experian Automotive recently announced the extent of the damage on vehicles in affected areas. The company estimates that more than 9 million vehicles were affected in the areas hit hardest by the recent natural disaster. While many of these cars and trucks will likely be rendered undrivable, there is always a chance that some may attempt to sell their flood-damaged vehicles, so buyers need to take caution to avoid purchasing these lemons.
"In the wake of any natural disaster, consumers need to be acutely aware that there will be damaged vehicles out there that will be cleaned up and sold to unsuspecting buyers," said Scott Waldron, president of Experian Automotive. "With such a large number of title-washed vehicles on the road today, consumers need to arm themselves with as much information as possible when shopping for a used vehicle."
Drivers can take steps to reduce the risk of buying a flood-damaged model by inspecting the engine bay, interior and trunk for signs of high-water. There may be a ring, such as those that can form in bathtubs, that indicates the vehicle was in a flood. Buyers should always test drive a vehicle before they buy to ensure it runs in the condition promised by the seller. They can also have an independent mechanic perform an inspection to look for harder-to-find signs of flood damage.
This advice is important for drivers looking at cars from private sellers and dealerships alike, as it it good to rule out the possibility of problems in any scenario. New Jersey State Auto Auction provides additional security, as every car on the lot is CARFAX certified, so car shoppers know they'll be driving away in a reliable ride that has not been damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
In the years since hybrid vehicles were first introduced, alternative fuel cars have grown significantly in popularity. While they are nowhere near outnumbering gas-powered models on the road, General Motors recently projected that it would have as many as 500,000 cars and trucks on the road that are partially or completely run with electric power within the next four to five years.
"The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute. Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward," said Mary Barra, senior vice president of GM's Global Production Development. "What started out as a technology proofpoint… has turned into a real-world starting point to push EV technology further and faster than we thought possible five years ago. The unique propulsion technology pioneered in the Volt – the same technology that will be featured in the Cadillac ELR – will be a core piece of our electrification strategy going forward."
General Motors is far from the only automaker that offers alternative fuel options in its lineup. In fact, most major car companies manufacture hybrid and electric models these days. Many of these models, such as the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt and Honda Insight, have been on the market for a number of years. This means that alternative fuel options are becoming more available to used car shoppers, and those who are in the market for a green car may be able to find the ride they're looking for at New Jersey State Auto Auction.
The dealer carries a wide selection of makes and models, including hybrid vehicles as well as fuel-efficient compact cars and sedans. Even if drivers aren't quite ready to make the switch from gas-powered to hybrid or electric, they'll still be able to drive away in a car that can help them save some money at the pump.
Automakers often redesign the models in their lineups in order to keep their offerings fresh, modern and competitive, and Cars.com recently announced that Toyota and Honda came out on top among redesigned for the 2012 model year. The Honda CR-V and Toyota Camry were the most successful redesigns out of 61 different models, based on sales and a number of other factors.
"Not all redesigns are equally successful, but the Camry and CR-V scored big among top-selling models," said Kelsey Mays, an industry analyst for Cars.com. "The Camry drew huge appeal from car shoppers, and the CR-V has been equally popular among shoppers and has also been a Cars.com favorite this year, winning the Cars.com/USA Today Compact SUV Shootout."
Successfully redesigned cars like the CR-V and Camry can help move brands forward, but they do not devalue previous models. Those looking for used cars can still find older versions of these and other models that offer many features, such as infotainment systems, sunroofs and power windows. In fact, they may be able to find recent cars, as many drivers may trade in their current 1- to 3-year-old vehicles in order to purchase the new, redesigned cars.
This means used car shoppers will have more options when they visit New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer has nearly four football fields of used cars, trucks and SUVs, and every vehicle on the lot is CARFAX certified. This allows drivers to buy with confidence, knowing they'll be getting behind the wheel of a reliable ride.
For many, Thanksgiving is a time when the family gathers together, and this often involves a great deal of travel. The number of people who plan to drive or fly to their destinations has been increasing steadily since 2008, when holiday travel experienced a 25 percent decline. This year, roughly 43.6 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles to celebrate the holiday, and the vast majority will be driving their own cars. In fact, AAA's Thanksgiving Travel Forecast projects that 90 percent of holiday travelers, approximately 39.1 million, will be making the journey in their own vehicles.
"Thanksgiving travel hit a decade low in 2008 when only 28.7 million Americans traveled," said Robert Darbelnet, the president and CEO of AAA. "Since that year, we have seen a steady increase in the number of travelers taking to the roads and skies for the holiday. Americans continue to find ways to economize their budgets so they can gather around the holiday table to carve the turkey."
As the Friday following Thanksgiving is a vacation day for many, AAA found that travelers are planning to hit the road to reach their destinations the day before Turkey Day and spend the weekend with their loved ones before returning home. It is important to note that gasoline prices traditionally increase around the holidays, and last year, the average paid for a gallon of gas was the highest ever recorded – $3.32 per gallon – and it is likely that drivers can expect similar pricing this year as well.
The AAA forecast indicates that the median amount travelers will spend this holiday weekend is expected to drop from $554 last year to about $500. Drivers who want to save money on the road may want to get a tuneup and have their fluids changed, as a car that runs well will use less gasoline. The experts at New jersey Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center can help travelers get their vehicles ready for holiday travel.
Thanksgiving is coming up, and this holiday is known as a time when many families will pack up their cars and hit the road to visit loved ones. When going for an extended drive, whether your destination is just an hour away or you'll be crossing through multiple states, the first thing on your mind should be safety. It is a good idea to perform a few basic checks and get a tuneup before heading out on the road. This can reduce the risk of encountering a problem en route to Grandma's house and help you and your family have a safe Turkey Day.
"A pre-trip check provides peace of mind, helping reduce the chance of costly car trouble and providing an opportunity to have any repairs performed by one's own trusted technician before hitting the road," said Rich White, executive director for the Car Care Council. "While no inspection can guarantee a car's performance, it's comforting to know proper precautions were taken to ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving road trip."
You should take a look at your fluid levels, and consider getting an oil change if you're about due or you notice any debris in the fluid. You'll also want to top off your coolant and windshield washer fluid if they're getting low. Grab a tire gauge and make sure there is enough air in your tires, inspect the windshield wipers and make sure your lights are all working properly. You should also have a mechanic, such as one of the experts at New Jersey Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center, perform an inspection of the hoses, belts and battery. The mechanic may be able to spot a potential problem and have it fixed up before your trip.
Used cars are still a hot commodity, even though new vehicle sales are picking up and decreasing the demand for pre-owned models. The experts at Kelley Blue Book are projecting that the value of used vehicles will rise ever so slightly in the first quarter of 2013. Demand was high during the recession, as many consumers looked to used cars to save money. As the economy continues to recover, more people are buying new vehicles, which not only alleviates pressure on the used car inventory, but the trade-ins are helping to increase the number of available used models.
This initially lowered the value of used cars a bit, but high gas prices and recovering inventories have kept values from dropping too much. The first quarter of 2012 saw used car values jump up 2.5 percent, and KBB states this increase was due to high gas prices that hovered near the $4 mark. For the first three months of 2013, KBB predicts that used car values may increase as much as 1 percent across all vehicle classes. This is based on the assumption that gas prices will remain constant and the used-vehicle inventory will grow during this time period.
Based on these presumptions, KBB indicates that the value of small cars and hybrid models will increase more than any other classes – as much as 2 percent. Not only will these models remain popular despite gas prices that are expected to remain around $3.50 per gallon, but drivers in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy may be especially inclined to opt for these models, as they are fuel-efficient and more affordable than larger models. Car shoppers in the New York/New Jersey area can find the ride they're looking for at NJ State Auto Auction, which carries a wide selection of makes and models.
As 2012 draws to a close, dealers are beginning to clear out their inventories to make room for a new crop of vehicles, and 2013 looks to be a crowded year for new vehicles. The Los Angeles Auto Show, which will be held on November 28 through December 9, is set to be the stage for the debut of nearly 50 new vehicles.
"The auto industry in North America is experiencing its best annual sales rate since 2008, and this positive growth can clearly be seen in the number of debuts, broad range of vehicles and transformative technologies on display at the show," said Andy Fuzesi, general manager of the L.A. Auto Show.
This event is one of the major venues for automakers to unveil their latest technology and concepts, and this year a good portion of the new cars will feature alternative fuel technology. Roughly half of the vehicles making their debuts have either entirely electric motors or feature plug-in electric technology, a handful rely on clean-diesel and many gasoline powered models are boasting fuel efficient engines that get as much as 40 miles to the gallon.
With so many new vehicles entering the market, the used selection is likely to grow when drivers trade in their current models for new cars. Drivers who are looking for pre-owned models that are just a few years old will want to head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction to check out their selection of affordable options. Every car on the lot is CARFAX certified, so car shoppers know they'll be driving away in a reliable ride when they show up at NJ Auto Auction.
Chevrolet recently partnered with Walt Disney Imagineers to create a brand new version of the classic Test Track ride at Epcot Center in Florida's Walt Disney World Resort. The design teams have been meeting for the past 18 months to develop an experience that not only details the automotive design process but does so with a futuristic influence that makes the ride exciting. There is even an interactive aspect of Test Track that allows guests to create their own designs, which may help Chevrolet engineers come up with the next big thing for the future of the company's image.
"At Chevrolet, the diversity of talent on our team allows us to consistently produce sophisticated, refined and detailed design – but we don't typically design through the eyes of a 12-year-old," said Jeff Mylenek, General Motors' design manager for Global Exhibit and Merchandising Design. "Working with Walt Disney Imagineering, we were inspired to see our brand story from a more youthful perspective and really opened up the parameters on how to approach this design challenge."
The new Test Track allows guests to create their own unique car, crossover or truck with advice from Chevrolet designers to guide them. The vehicle they come up with is then digitized and transformed into the virtual car that drivers guests through the ride. They will encounter concept vehicle displays, speed forms and the architectural elements of creating a new car before getting the chance to take their virtual car for a test drive.
While guests can take home photos of themselves with their concept cars, they won't be able to drive away in a custom ride. However, those looking to purchase vehicles may be able to find the ride of their dreams for an affordable price at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide variety of used makes and models.