Archive for May, 2013
After the Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend's Car of the Year – the first all-electric vehicle to receive the accolade – CEO Elon Musk began talking about bringing a more affordable option to the table for those who can't afford the $62,400 price tag. According to Bloomberg, talks of the economy Tesla came after the company repaid the rest of the loan it got from the Department of Energy back in 2009. Repaying the remaining $451.8 million of the loan will free up any future profits to be put toward the development of new cars.
Rumors rose quickly that Tesla might be snatched up by a larger company like Apple, Inc., but Musk was quick to reject that possibility. He claims that his first priority is to develop a car that combines the impeccable technology of the Model S with the affordability of cars like the Nissan Leaf.
"With the Model S, you have a compelling car that's too expensive for most people," Musk explained to the news source. "And you have the Leaf, which is cheap, but it's not great. What the world really needs is a great, affordable electric car. I'm not going to let anything go, no matter what people offer, until I complete that mission."
AutoBlog reports that Musk is hoping to keep the price tag for this new car under $40,000. As long as things go according to plan, the CEO is hopeful the affordable electric car will be available by 2017.
Those who cannot wait for the Tesla to be developed and produced can find a reliable ride today at New Jersey Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide selection of makes and models, including a few hybrid and electric models like the Leaf and the Toyota Prius.
Driving around in a hectic parking lot can seem like an accident waiting to happen. In many cases, this is exactly the case, as vehicles often times hit parked cars resulting in damage and much-needed repairs. However, not every driver takes these run-ins seriously, which can occasionally saddle an unsuspecting motorist with a costly bill.
According to a recent poll from PEMCO Insurance, only about half of drivers in one U.S. city – 53 percent – claim they always leave a note behind after hitting a parked car. That means nearly 47 percent leave the scene of an accident without fulfilling duties required by law.
"… If you ever are in a car crash, we recommend all drivers follow several important steps to ensure the best outcome for those involved," said Jon Osterberg, spokesman for PEMCO.
In the event you are involved in an accident with a parked car, there are a few set things you should try to do. After surveying the damage and making sure no one was injured, leave contact and insurance information for the other driver. If there's serious damage or injuries, make sure to call the police and file a report.
You should also take photos of any and all damage. The PEMCO poll found that only about 25 percent of people complete this step, but pictures of the accident can come in handy if you need support from an insurance company.
If your car is damaged beyond repair or you're in the market for a used vehicle, check out the offerings at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot has CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that can fill the void in anyone's driveway, regardless of what caused the need in the first place.
With Memorial Day now behind us, the summer has unofficially begun, which means many people are going to be taking road trips. AAA, a leading roadside assistance company, estimates there will be at least 8 million cars in need of roadside rescue this season. To prevent yourself from being a part of this statistic, it can be wise to get a tune-up before hitting the roads this summer. Key factors to check include the car battery, brakes, windshield wipers and washer fluid, and tire condition and air pressure.
"The best way to avoid a breakdown during a trip is to ensure your car is properly maintained before hitting the road," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of Automotive Engineering and Repair. "But unexpected breakdowns can still occur, so for your safety and security, and that of your passengers, be sure to have access to a roadside assistance provider like AAA."
It can also be a good idea to stock up on some emergency items. Flashlights, road flares, batteries, bottled water and even a few security blankets are smart items to keep in your car at all times. This way, if you get stuck on the side of the highway, you can feel safe while waiting for a tow.
Before you head out on the road, whether you're traveling across the country or just driving down to the shore, it's a good idea to have an expert take a peek under the hood. Routine maintenance is key to ensuring your safety on the road, and the experts at New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center can spot potential problems before they occur. This can help you prevent future issues that would likely be far more costly and dangerous.
Students across the country count down the days to their summer vacations. Once the final bell rings and these young people are have three months of free time, they often hit the roads and add to the already heavy traffic. Teen drivers are no longer constrained by school schedules, allowing them to get behind the wheel to embark on road trips, head to the beach or get a temporary job – all of which means there will be more people contributing to traffic congestion.
According to information from AAA, the influx of young people driving in the summer months leads to more dangerous situations. In fact, seven of the 10 deadliest days on the roads occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and all drivers must be aware of the problems that may arise when traffic gets heavier.
"More teen drivers are involved in fatal auto accidents during the summer months than any other time of the year," said Richard Harkness, CEO of ADEPT Driver. "Let's make 2013 the year that we reverse these sad statistics. All drivers, and particularly teen drivers, need to put away smartphones and other distractions when they get behind the wheel."
While avoiding distracted driving can aid in the safe driving efforts, all motorists should also make sure their car is performing at a high level before getting behind the wheel. Certain features of a vehicle need to be working well to provide adequate support and safety, and getting these checked out can go a long way toward making summer driving accident-free.
Car owners can get a jump start on safe driving by bringing their vehicle in for a tune up at the Total Car Care Center at New Jersey State Auto Auction. Getting the safety features and overall performance of an automobile examined is an important step toward keeping you protected on the roads.
Car fans across the globe have been eagerly awaiting the premiere of "Fast & Furious 6." As the latest installment of the tremendously successful franchise, the film is sure to maintain the tradition of featuring some amazing vehicles – and then destroying them in a spectacular fashion.
The Los Angeles Times reports that between 300 and 400 cars were wrecked during filming. Some of the scenes include unique vehicles like a 1969 Ford Mustang, as well as more common models like the Dodge Charger and Nissan GT-R. All were crushed without prejudice, however, and many in real ways that minimized the need for computer graphics and special effects.
"I can tell you all the actual crash and destruction of vehicles is real," Dennis McCarthy, car coordinator for the "Fast & Furious" films, told The New York Daily News. "That's very rare. And I think that's what keeps the 'Fast & Furious' franchise above all the others, they keep it real. I think that it would disappoint a lot of fans if they didn't."
While most of the vehicles used in the sequences were development cars that would have been destroyed anyway, that didn't stop the price tag from running up. The film budgeted millions of dollars to obtain and then wreck automobiles.
Of course, you can always invest a vehicle without having the intention of crashing it. NJ State Auto Auction has plenty of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that could be the perfect used car for you. If accidents do occur, the Total Car Care Center is on hand to help you make sure everything is still running smoothly.
Memorial Day is a major celebration around the country, but few states see as much activity as New Jersey and New York. Tourists and vacationers head to the shore in droves to mark the first holiday of the summer season, which means traffic will be crazy and the risk of crashes and other incidents will skyrocket. To have a safe and happy three-day weekend, you need only abide by safe driving practices and perhaps be a bit more alert than usual when you take to the roads.
Give other drivers breathing room
It can be tempting in stop-and-go traffic to inch close to the car in front of you, especially because leaving any more space than that will inevitably mean an eager car will attempt to squeeze in ahead of you. However, it's important to give yourself some space in case there is an accident and you need to get out of the way quickly.
Patience is key
Sitting on the highway for hours on end when all you want to do is stick your toes in the sand can be frustrating, but remember that everyone else is in the same boat. Getting heated about the situation will only make it seem longer and can increase the chances you make an irrational decision and get into an accident. So crank some summer tunes, grin and bear it. Eventually you'll be off the roads and starting your vacation.
Whether you're traveling a couple miles or a few hours to reach your vacation destination, it's important that you pack the necessary supplies. Water, flashlights, batteries and snacks are a some essentials you'll be glad you have on board in the event of a breakdown or a long wait on the exit ramp.
Get a tune-up
Before you hit the road, swing by your local auto shop, such as NJ Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center. A mechanic can perform routine maintenance, change your oil or address any other basic fixes to ensure you and your family will stay safe on the roads this weekend.
Every year, Millward Brown releases the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. While tech companies usually dominate, some automakers made waves in the 2013 rankings, including perennial contenders Toyota and BMW.
Ranked as the 23rd most valuable brand in the world, Toyota was the highest car manufacturer on the list. It was just one spot ahead of BMW.
The Japanese automaker previously held the No. 1 spot from 2006 to 2009, and again in 2011. BMW was ranked at the top in 2010 and 2012. Toyota surged ahead in 2013 thanks to a 12 percent increase in value – largely due to high demand in major markets like China and the U.S. It also has begun expanding its lineup, introducing things like hybrids to appeal to a wider range of drivers.
"Toyota is carving out a very big position in hybrids across its range, which is tapping into the consumer need for value by saving fuel cost," Millward Brown global brand director Peter Walshe told Automotive News. "Its hybrids are reinforcing the experience of the brand, and in so doing, Toyota continues to magnify what is special and different about it."
While these companies offer drivers many options when it comes to buying cars, there are many other models that may be just right for your situation. To get a look at some of them, head to NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is filled with CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans from a variety of manufacturers, and any of the used cars could be a great choice for your next ride.
Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of the summer vacation season for travelers around the nation. Many of these eager vacationers are ready to return to the famous Jersey Shore despite the unknown state of some areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
A poll from AAA Clubs of New Jersey found the majority of travelers will return to the Jersey Shore, even as rebuilding efforts continue. People from New Jersey and parts of Pennsylvania widely consider themselves to be regular visitors to the shore, often taking road trips to spend a day or even weeks at one of the coast's beach homes.
"We are very happy to announce that 79 percent of shore travelers are saying that Sandy did not alter their travel plans," AAA Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Tracy Noble told WCBS News. "They are going to be traveling to the Jersey Shore as usual. We found that 71 percent of respondents believe that the Jersey Shore will be open for summer travelers, with 75 percent of those folks believing that the ocean and bay water will be safe for swimming and boating, which is a big relief to the Jersey Shore communities."
As vacationers pack up their cars to head down the shore, they'll want to make sure their car is ready to handle the rigors of a road trip. The Total Car Care Center at New Jersey State Auto Auction can help drivers address any issues their vehicle may have. If you want your automobile to get a tune up before your summer vacation rolls around, the garage may be just the thing to meet all of your auto needs.
Car manufacturers rely on the opinion of consumers to help create the best products that give buyers what they want. The most recent Cisco Customer Experience Report, which surveyed more than 1,500 people from 10 different countries, revealed what many drivers enjoy about automotive technology – and the results show that the more extras the better.
Consumers indicated they are holding out for advancements in safety, time and cost savings. Specifically, 52 percent of drivers said they would love better technology to track gas mileage as well as other costs associated with car ownership. Another 35 percent indicated they would like to have the tools to track the availability of roadside assistance, and 46 percent wished for a better way to keep track of insurance prices.
"The survey shows consumers' comforts with technology and need for immediate information whether they are researching, buying, driving or servicing their vehicle," said Peter Granger, a senior industry marketing manager for Cisco. "While consumers in diverse parts of the world may expect very different experiences, their technology demand is more positive than many manufacturers imagine. Many consumers are just waiting for manufacturers to respond with better car buying, driving and service experiences augmented by technology."
Researching a vehicle prior to buying plays a large role in the car shopping process for 83 percent of survey respondents. This can be a great way to compare different models before heading to the dealership. When you're ready to buy, you can head over to New Jersey State Auto Auction to check out the selection of used makes and models. With more than four football fields' worth of cars, trucks and SUVs, you're sure to find what you're looking for.
It's fairly common to see people embarking on a road trip during the long Memorial Day weekend. With summer weather finally arriving and many people across the U.S. eager to take advantage of their extra day off, motorists are heading out in droves to reach family barbecues or enjoy beach stays. This influx of travelers means that the roads should be pretty congested during the weekend, and drivers need to be aware of what's going on to make sure they stay safe at all times.
According to traffic information provider INRIX, the number of road trippers during the weekend will increase by 4 percent. Many of these drivers will set out to reach their destination Friday, May 24, around 1 p.m. The bulk of these travelers are going to return Monday, May 27, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., so drivers may want to avoid these times to stay away from the heaviest congestion.
"Nothing is more frustrating than starting a holiday weekend sitting in traffic," said Jamie Holter, a traffic analyst with INRIX. "Knowing exactly what to expect and how to avoid major delays will help you spend less time on the road and more time at your destination."
Drivers should also be sure to have their routes mapped out before they depart, and they can make their schedules flexible in case they run into trouble. Vehicles should also be given a tune up before the weekend to ensure that all parts of the car are in top shape.
If you need a used car to help you reach your destination this weekend or want to make sure your current ride is ready to handle a road trip, make a visit to NJ State Auto Auction. It has a number of CARFAX-certified vehicles that could be just right for your next purchase, as well as the Total Car Care Center that can make sure any automobile is in fine working condition.
Subaru has built up a reputation for delivering reliable, fun to drive, vehicles, and the latest report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety confirms that the "legacy" will continue. The 2014 Subaru Forester recently received a Top Safety Pick+ award from the safety institute, marking a continuing trend for the sporty brand. The 2013 Legacy and Outback were presented with the same title in late 2012, and many other models bearing the Subaru logo can claim the same prestige.
Since 2010, every model to roll off Subaru's production line has earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, and the Forester, Legacy and Outback are the first three to get the Top Safety Pick+ title for earning a "good" score in the small overlap frontal crash test. The standard award is given to vehicles that get high marks in at least four out of the other five tests, regardless of their performance in the small overlap test. This shows that Subaru is placing an added emphasis on improving safety for its drivers and passengers.
Car shoppers in the market for used models that offer the utmost in reliability and safety may want to look into buying a 1- to 3-year-old Subaru. Those who prefer something a bit sportier can choose an Impreza hatchback, while those who place greater emphasis on having plenty of cargo space can look to models like the Forester and Outback. Regardless of which model strikes a driver's fancy, there are plenty of Subarus to choose from at New Jersey Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide selection of used makes and models, which can make it easy to find the right ride to suit any car buyer's needs. Every car, truck and SUV on the lot is also CARFAX certified, so drivers will know they're getting behind the wheel of a reliable ride.
Whether drivers are off-roading or cruising down the highway, many have looked to the Jeep Wrangler to meet their transportation needs. The vehicle has been a staple of the SUV segment for several years, as well as one of the most popular SUVs, and the car is one of the most recognizable in the world thanks to its unique design.
The Chrysler Group's Toledo Assembly Complex has been charged with producing all of the Jeep Wranglers, and the site recently reached a significant milestone. On the morning of May 20, it rolled the 1 millionth Wrangler off the line, a sight that was met with fanfare and celebration. The plant's 600 employees were on hand to mark the moment, as were several Chrysler executives.
The 1 millionth Wrangler was a black 2013 Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition and is bound for Sarasota, Fla.
"Every Jeep Wrangler sold to customers around the world is born in Toledo, Ohio," said Mauro Pino, vice president of the Chrysler Group's vehicle assembly operations. "Since this facility opened eight years ago, the Toledo workforce has built every one of those million vehicles with pride, passion and a focus on quality. We all look forward to building the next million."
Jeep has been creating vehicles since 1941, but few have made a mark quite like the Wrangler. An iconic design, as well as off-roading capabilities and plenty of customizable touches, has helped to make it a successful venture for the automaker.
A Jeep Wrangler can be a worthy used car for any driver, but if you're not sure exactly what kind of vehicle you're looking for, head to NJ State Auto Auction. The lot has a wide selection of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that work within a budget to provide the most bang for your buck.
When recent tornados devastated many regions of Texas, General Motors immediately stepped up to offer assistance. The GM Foundation has pledged to donate $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity, a charity that relies on volunteers to build homes for those in need.
Many people lost their homes and more to the tornados, but GM's donation will help them on their journey to recovery. According to The New York Times, 10 tornados, possibly more, touched down in northern Texas, claiming at least six lives and leaving hundreds of homes in pieces. While the wind tunnels may have passed, the people of the affected Texas towns have a long journey ahead of them.
"Helping Texas residents rebuild and repair their homes is a critical priority for Habitat for Humanity International in the aftermath of recent tornados," GM Foundation Chairman Selim Bingol, vice president of GM Global Communications and Public Policy, said in a statement. "Through the $500,000 grant from the GM Foundation and the recently donated Chevrolet Express Vans, we are helping the organization immediately provide financial and other important resources to those in need."
If you want to donate to a charitable cause, whether you'd like to keep things local and help out with Sandy recovery efforts or reach other to other states, consider donating your current ride if you were planning to get a new one soon anyway.
You can save more money in your budget to help out by opting to buy a used car instead of a new one. New Jersey State Auto Auction carries a wide selection of affordable, pre-owned makes and models. Plus, every vehicle is backed by CARFAX, making it easy to find a reliable ride that suits your needs without breaking the bank.
The Fisker Karma was once a model of supreme luxury. It remains a top vehicle for motorists who want to look like high-rollers, but a recent string of problems with both the cars and the company itself is causing prices to decrease at a rapid rate.
Fisker is facing plenty of issues that are impacting prices. According to AutoBlog, it has already laid off many of its employees and spent nearly $200 million in federal loans, and the company will likely be sold if it can find a suitor. With so much turmoil going on, many Karma owners are trying to unload their automobiles, but they aren't finding a very hospitable market.
Although many drivers invested a lot of money in a Fisker Karma when the vehicle was at the top of the proverbial heap, the current market value for the car may be difficult for these motorists to swallow. The cars, which once commanded more than $100,000, are now selling for, at best, about 60 percent of their worth, Top Speed reports.
"I think they are upset initially when they find out what the market is," Bill Michlin, a car dealer, told NBC News. "They know why it is and where it is, but they didn't realize it would be so low for the car."
Dropping prices may not be good news for current owners, but it is positive for those who are shopping for a used vehicle. There are dozens of Fisker Karma models now for sale, many of them at prices that are significantly less than they would be ordinarily.
If you're in the market for a used car, head to New Jersey State Auto Auction for a wide selection of cars, trucks and vans. The lot is filled with CARFAX-certified vehicles that can serve drivers looking for any type of pre-owned automobile.
The yellow traffic light can be a driver's worst nightmare. Decisions about speeding up, slamming on the brakes or trying your luck with red light cameras abound whenever you approach an intersection, but some drivers in Florida recently had to face an even more difficult situation. Municipalities throughout the state shortened the length of yellow lights below the standards given by the U.S. Department of Transportation, with some people claiming they did so with the intent of ticketing more drivers, AutoBlog reports.
"Red light cameras are a for-profit business between cities and camera companies and the state," James Walker, executive director of the National Motorists Association, told WTSP News. "The [rule change] was done, I believe, deliberately in order that more tickets would be given with yellows set deliberately too short."
The change, which has been in effect since 2011, only reduced the times by fractions of a second. However, even a half-second decrease in time could double the amount of fines handed out because of red light cameras, the news source reports. Although this specific study focused on Florida, it wouldn't be surprising to see similar issues crop up in others places around the U.S. as states try to supplement their funds with revenue from red light cameras.
No matter how long yellow lights last for, drivers in any state need to ensure their vehicle's brakes, tail lights, blinkers and other equipment are functioning properly. You can take a car to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction for a tune up that checks out all of these areas and more. When you know everything is in working condition, you'll feel more confident as you approach situations at intersections or with heavy traffic.
Hybrids are quickly becoming one of the most popular vehicle segments on the market. Cars.com surveyed the field of hybrids available and selected the best value purchases for drivers to help shoppers looking for green cars narrow their search. These models offer great fuel economy for a low price tag, making it easy and affordable for many people to take advantage of these automobiles.
"Gas prices remain volatile, so as shoppers consider more fuel-efficient options, they should know how effectively hybrids deliver gas mileage for their dollar – if they do at all," said Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor of Cars.com. "Simply because a hybrid gets great gas mileage doesn't necessarily mean you save money in the long run, because that same hybrid comes with a higher price tag. To determine if the added expenses are worth the cash, we analyzed overall cost compared to the car's efficiency."
Hybrids are available in many different sizes and in an array of styles, so drivers can find one that suits them. The Toyota Prius earned accolades as a subcompact car, while the Honda Insight and Lexus RX 450h were recognized for being a superb compact car and luxury SUV, respectively. The Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid won among vehicles in the pickup truck segment.
At New Jersey State Auto Auction, you can shop around for hybrids, cars, trucks, SUVs and everything in between. The lot is filled with CARFAX certified vehicles that can act as a great used car for any driver. Many of the automobiles boast excellent fuel economy and other features that create a superior driving experience for anyone behind the wheel.
There's good news for people who need a little financial help to help them purchase a used car. The first few months of 2013 have seen some of the strongest credit health since the recession, giving more individuals access to automobiles than the same time last year.
In fact, one auto leasing website had more than 77 percent of its customers achieve credit approvals in April, which is up from 70 percent in March. The total approval rating for the first four months of 2013 sits at 73.6 percent – significantly higher than the 57.5 percent rating during the same time period in 2012 and the 68.3 percent approval in 2011. Although this is just one site's data, it does reflect an improvement in the overall market.
"The automotive industry has continued to grow in 2013, with new sales expected to be marginally higher than 2012 levels," said Scot Hall, executive vice president of a car leasing marketplace. "Above this, key economic factors such as continued job growth, low gas prices and a healing housing market have all helped personal credit levels, allowing more consumers with credit approvals."
Getting a credit approval is just the first step toward investing in a vehicle, but it's one of the most important processes to complete. Having your finances in order can get you closer to driving the car of your dreams – as long as you continue to shop smart.
If you're in the market for an affordable used car, you may want to check out the selection of CARFAX certified vehicles at NJ State Auto Auction. With cars, trucks and vans available on site, drivers will be able to choose the perfect automobile for their needs without breaking the bank.
It takes a special kind of couple to navigate the challenges that a travel experience brings, and many are choosing to face these issues head on with a road trip. At the end of the day, however, most of these lovebirds are finding that only good things come about from a highway adventure.
A new survey from Ford and the dating site YourTango.com found that road trips are a great way for people to grow closer to their significant other. Approximately 90 percent of couples who have taken these vacations with their partners say it ultimately strengthened the relationship, and as many as 77 percent of those people look forward to taking a similar trip again.
When couples decide to embark on a road trip, many get behind the wheel of a sedan. A comfortable interior and better mileage are among the main reasons sedans outrank their larger counterparts when it comes to being the car of choice for lovebirds.
"More and more couples are taking road trips due to the high cost of airfare, and because it gives you the opportunity to take your vehicle with you to explore new places," said Ford Fusion marketing manager Samantha Hoyt. "We're excited most couples choose a sedan to travel in, and we've designed the Fusion to meet the needs of couples who enjoy getaways by providing an inviting and comfortable interior in a car that is really fun to drive."
Whether you need the perfect car to use for a road trip or just want to get a tune up at a local garage, you can find what you're looking for at New Jersey Auto Auction. The Total Car Care Center can provide professional maintenance that will have your vehicle ready for a long road trip, and you can also browse the selection of CARFAX certified cars, vans and trucks to find just the right ride for your adventures.