Archive for July, 2013
Sifting through all of the available information about potential car purchases can cause a major headache for drivers. With so many statistics and reviews targeted at the general public, you can find yourself mired among dozens of complicated write-ups that make it difficult to compare similar models. That's why Cars.com set out to translate all of this information into an easy ranking system to see which midsize sedan really offered the best value.
The final list was created by combining the average price of the automobile with the estimated five-year cost of fuel. This way, each selection was ranked based on its fuel efficiency and cost of ownership as well as upfront expenses.
"The midsize sedan remains one of the most popular segments in the U.S.," said Patrick Olsen, the editor-in-chief of Cars.com. "They serve as great cars for families, commuters, road trippers and more. Because of this, carmakers offer a dizzying amount of styles and options, but with differing content that can make it hard for shoppers to compare apples to apples. That's why we've put this list together, so that shoppers can understand where the most value is before they head to the dealer."
Once you've done your research and narrowed down your options, you can make your way to an auction lot like New Jersey State Auto Auction. There, you can find a wide selection of CARFAX-certified sedans, trucks and vans that offer great value for your next purchase.
When some motorists encounter a problem with their car, they simply check out what's going on under the hood to see what requires their attention. While these drivers once knew what was wrong with a quick look, nowadays most are clueless when it comes to basic car maintenance and repairs. According to a recent study from Warranty Direct, do-it-yourself fixes are decreasing in popularity as cars become more technologically advanced and complex.
Even the standard, preventative maintenance that is expected on most models takes a significant chunk of time. Not only do motorists have to perform the task themselves, but they often have to spend time acclimating themselves to the machine and its idiosyncrasies and technology, which is rapidly becoming too difficult for normal drivers to understand.
Car owners don't want to spend their time fiddling with auto parts and are hesitant about potentially causing more damage. Instead, many are turning to professionals for maintenance, but the cost of these repair shop visits can add up.
"The days of changing oil, filters and replacing light bulbs on the driveway are fast becoming a thing of the past – in some cases, they already are," said Duncan McClure Fisher, managing director of Warranty Direct. "New, more complicated technologies on cars are placing even more pressure on already strained household budgets."
Not every driver may be able to handle basic vehicle maintenance, but luckily, there are public repair shops that can help out in a pinch. The Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction is one of these garages. It caters to motorists who may need a little extra guidance with their car repair or maintenance, and it can help with any automobile issues that may come up.
One of the best ways for motorists to save money is to search for used cars that are exceedingly reliable. Whether you're looking for models that are loaded with safety features or cars that have a history of easy maintenance, these automobiles can help to make driving a safe and relaxing experience. Finding such vehicles can be more difficult, which is why one annual survey strives to find the automaker with the best track record of producing dependable cars.
The 2013 Reliability Survey, conducted by What Car? and Warranty Direct, asked more than 50,000 drivers about their opinions and experiences with different vehicles. For the eighth straight year, Honda ended up in the top spot, with motorists lauding its low average repair costs, lack of model issues and overall dependability. Much of this is due to the manufacturer's extensive testing and high-quality production, which help to create cars that are capable of handling anything.
"Reliability is at the heart of all our research, development and manufacturing processes, and this ensures we build reliable and high-quality cars," said Phil Crossman, a managing director at Honda. "We strive to deliver an enjoyable and hassle free Honda ownership to all our customers, from the moment they purchase, right through the lifetime of the car … We are incredibly proud to be the most reliable manufacturer in the industry – yet again."
If you're on the hunt for a Honda vehicle or any other dependable model, you may want to check out the selection at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is filled with CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, making it easy to find reliable vehicles that fit within your budget.
Each year, YouGov releases a list of the top brands in the U.S. based on how they are viewed by the general public. While this highly anticipated list, called the U.S. Buzz Rankings, is usually released at the end of the year, the organization decided to unveil the mid-year survey results for 2013, and a mainstay of the auto industry found itself in the No. 1 spot.
According to the survey, Ford is the "buzziest" brand so far in 2013. The manufacturer narrowly edged out Amazon, Subway and The History Channel for the honor. It was the only member of the auto industry to land in the top 10 and improved on its sixth-place finish at the end of 2012 in just a few short months.
YouGov conducts the survey by asking respondents what they have heard about the brand in the past two weeks, if they heard anything at all. Then the participants are asked to rank how positive or negative the news was.
Through the first six months of 2013, the buzz was positive for Ford. The Michigan-based brand posted its highest-earning quarter in more than 10 years at the beginning of the year while also improving its market share. A slew of new ads also helped the brand resonate with consumers and highlighted some of the most popular individual models offered by the automaker.
Drivers who are interested in looking at some of the models that have helped make Ford the No. 1 brand in the U.S. should head to NJ State Auto Auction. The auction lot is home to an array of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, including Ford and many other famous brands. There you could find an affordable option for your next ride.
A major concern facing drivers today is fuel efficiency. With gas prices remaining at a high level, especially during the summer months, the cost of filling up a tank can make a significant dent in your wallet. To combat this potentially expensive aspect of car ownership, many motorists are looking for ways they can improve their car's mileage and get the most out of their investment.
Some drivers may turn their attention to little ways they can boost their vehicle's fuel economy. Areas like properly managing tires and altering your driving habits to avoid wasteful practices can be useful, and many motorists have ideas on other ways they can improve their car's mileage, such as not using their HVAC system.
The idea that air conditioning hurts fuel economy has some truth to it, but it is likely not as significant as you might think. According to Consumer Reports, while using the air conditioner does put additional stress on your engine, it only has a slight effect on fuel economy. Ultimately, being more comfortable behind the wheel – and as a result more alert and focused on the road – is more beneficial than saving a few cents and suffering in the heat.
One way to stay ahead of these concerns is to take your vehicle in for a car tune up. This kind of preventative maintenance can go a long way in staving off costly repairs, so consider bringing your automobile to a public garage like the Total Car Care Center at New Jersey State Auto Auction. There, professionals can diagnose any issues you may have and help you take care of problems in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Summer heat waves can cause a lot of discomfort for individuals, but few stop to think about how the high temperatures are affecting their cars. That doesn't make the heat any less damaging, as it can cause severe problems for both drivers and their vehicles.
"Prolonged exposure to high temperatures is not only a threat to passengers, but a vehicle concern as well," said John Nielsen, AAA's managing director of automotive engineering and repair. "Knowing the dangers and preparing your vehicle for extreme heat can help keep your vehicle running smoothly during the hot summer months."
Those who don't provide an adequate level of care to their automobiles in the middle of scorching weather may find themselves mired with issues down the line, so it is important to keep an eye on a few specific areas of vehicle maintenance when stuck with soaring temperatures. For example, drivers should be on the lookout for signs of an overheating engine. To prevent this problem before it happens, make sure there is enough coolant in the motor and the cooling system is working effectively.
You also need to pay attention to a car's tires. High temperatures can cause the air pressure to go wild, impacting a vehicle's safety and driving performance. The likelihood of a tire blowing out is also increased in the midst of hot weather, especially if the road gets just as warm as the air around it, so get in the habit of checking tires consistently.
If you think the most recent heat wave has done some damage to your vehicle or want to make sure temperature-related problems don't crop up in the future, the first thing you should do is take your car to a professional garage. The Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction is one spot that can examine your ride and handle any issues that the automobile may have.
There are a number of reasons why drivers may find themselves drawn to used cars. Liking the style, color or design of an automobile is certainly a valid reason for considering a given ride, but a few other benefits may help to convince motorists to invest in a pre-owned car.
One of the major benefits of purchasing a used car is the affordable prices that you can take advantage of. Drivers on a budget are often able to find high-quality, pre-owned vehicles at a lower cost than new models, which makes used cars a great option for the budget-conscious.
Buying used also allows you to avoid fees commonly associated with dealerships, such as a pre-delivery inspection. Splurging for enhanced packages or getting talked into extra features can also drive up the sticker price, leaving a bigger dent in your wallet than you may have originally planned.
Another advantage to buying pre-owned cars is that you can carefully select proven models. If a certain vehicle has been on the market for several years, there's a good chance that any kinks or issues have been recognized. That means you can rest easy as you get behind the wheel and will likely only have to focus on repairs that pop up later down the line. Driving a new car means you run the risk of encountering first-time problems, recalls and other potentially dangerous issues that could be costly.
Motorists ready to shop around for their next vehicle can look to NJ State Auto Auction for a wide selection of potential rides. The auction lot has plenty of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans to choose from, and any one of these vehicles could serve as the right investment for your needs.
Cars need regular maintenance to continue functioning safely, and when problems arise, it is important for drivers to take action as soon as possible, regardless of how big or small the issues might be. One particular issue that crops up quite frequently is the check engine light. The Car Care Council indicates that one in 10 cars on the roads in the U.S. is operating with the check engine light on. When this symbol is illuminated on the dash panel, it is warning the driver that something is amiss underneath the hood.
"When the check engine light comes on, it means that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally," said Rich White, the executive director of the Car Care Council. "A glowing check engine light doesn't mean you have to immediately pull the car to the side of the road, but it does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible."
Often, drivers dismiss the light, assuming it is on because there is a problem with the light itself. However, there are many different problems that could be related to the light, including a faulty oxygen sensor or trouble with the spark plugs. If the light starts blinking, it means the issue is more severe and requires immediate attention.
The sooner the light is addressed, the less severe the damage will likely be. Ignoring the light could lead to worsening issues and more expensive repairs.
In some cases the damages may not be worth the cost, as buying a new used car could be a better financial decision. Drivers can find a slew of makes and models at New Jersey State Auto Auction, and each vehicle is Carfax certified.
Purchasing a used car doesn't have to mean you are stuck with limited choices. In fact, the current market for pre-owned vehicles boasts a large assortment of automobiles, with much of the growing selection consisting of recent models that offer great value for drivers.
According to The Boston Herald, the combination of decreasing used-car prices and the riding quality in recent vehicles makes for lots of opportunities for excellent value, providing motorists know where to look. Many recent redesigns and popular new introductions have flooded the market, and drivers with money to spare have been investing in these automobiles while releasing their used cars – many of which are only a few years old – to the public.
These used vehicles have many modern features that drivers are looking for while still offering discounted prices. The news source reports that the average cost of used cars is down 6 percent from its high point in May 2011, and many experts believe the price will keep dropping as the supply of pre-owned vehicles for sale grows.
"If the new-car prices are out of your budget and you're looking to buy used to save a few dollars, used cars [from] the past few years are really good products," Alec Gutierrez, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book, told The Boston Herald. "If you take a look now, the manufacturers have made huge strides in improving their product."
Drivers who are looking for quality used cars can turn to New Jersey State Auto Auction for help. The auction lot has plenty of CARFAX-certified vehicles, ranging from compact cars and sedans to vans and trucks. With so many options, it's easy to find a pre-owned automobile that has all of the features you need to stay safe and happy on the road.
No one can deny that superheroes have style. Whether it's with their outfits or their rides, the larger-than-life characters that have starred in comic books, television shows and movies know how to make an impression. So it's no surprise that some of the most iconic superheroes acted as the inspiration for a customized Kia Sorento. Unveiled at San Diego Comic Con, the vehicle is the eighth and final car in a line that came from the partnership between the automaker and DC Entertainment.
The exterior of the car features an airbrushed design with depictions of members of the Justice League, with the group's logo emblazoned on the hood of the Sorento. Each of the seven seats in the car has also been dedicated to a superhero – Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg are all present.
This Sorento will be auctioned off to benefit the We Can Be Heroes campaign, which supports ending hunger in the Horn of Africa.
"Auctioning the Justice League-inspired Sorento is the perfect way to finish off what has been a very positive and successful partnership between Kia and DC Entertainment to benefit the 'We Can Be Heroes' campaign," said Michael Sprague, an executive vice president at Kia Motors. "Like all of the Justice League-inspired vehicles before it, this customized Sorento blends the automotive and pop-culture worlds while also allowing Kia to extend our philanthropic efforts to support this very worthy cause."
You may not be able to purchase your own superhero-inspired ride, but you can certainly check out the selection of Kia vehicles at places like the New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot is home to many CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, so there's a good chance you can find a used automobile that is perfect for you.
As gas prices continue to fluctuate, many drivers across the country are searching for ways to save at the pump. While some may be investing in hybrid technology or looking for used cars that offer great mileage, not everyone has the extra funds to make a purchase of this size. Luckily, there are a number of little things you can do to maximize your vehicle's fuel economy and save yourself some money.
An easy task that can go a long way toward improving a car's mileage is to keep an eye on tire pressure. Under-inflated tires can result in significantly lower fuel efficiency, so ensuring they are at the level suggested by the manufacturer can increase fuel economy by up to 3 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This translates into a savings of up to $0.11 per gallon, which adds up to quite a hefty amount in the long run.
One of the best ways to improve fuel efficiency is to take your car to the shop for preventative maintenance. The basics of this usually consist of getting a tune up, where a professional can check your motor oil, air filter and more. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that regular maintenance can result in a 12 percent to 18 percent savings when compared to reactive maintenance, reducing emissions and improving mileage for your vehicle.
Whether you think something is wrong or you're ready to get your car a tune up, you can bring it over to the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can help you address any issues a car might have, while also providing basic vehicle maintenance that can keep your fuel efficiency up.
Google and other companies have been testing driverless car technology for a few years now, and the autonomous vehicles are making progress around the world. The BBC recently announced driverless cars will be tested on public roads in the U.K. by the end of the year.
Researchers from Oxford University will be taking their modified Nissan Leaf, which relies on lasers and small cameras to get around, out on the streets in "semi-autonomous mode." This means a person will be riding along in the driver's seat with the ability to take over control of the vehicle in case of an emergency situation.
The U.K. government is allowing testing to commence in an effort to find ways to reduce congestion. The Department of Transport released a report detailing the current state of U.K. roads and dedicated £28 billion to improving road conditions, and a portion of these funds will go toward developing autonomous technology.
"They maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front at a set speed and without deviating from their lane – all without the driver's input," the report stated concerning driverless vehicles.
It remains unclear when autonomous cars will become commercially available, so until then drivers will need to do the work themselves to get their vehicles from point A to point B. They'll also need a reliable set of wheels to operate safely, and those in the market for used cars, trucks or SUVs can check out New Jersey State Auto Auction.
The dealership carries a wide selection of used makes and models, giving drivers the ability to test drive a variety so they can find the perfect vehicle to suit their needs. NJ Auto Auction also provides financing to help drivers get approved regardless of their credit history.
For car shoppers on a budget, used cars offer the opportunity to find a reliable ride for less than buying the same model new. While there are plenty of inexpensive new models on the market, searching for a used ride gives you the opportunity to get a model that might have been out of your price range when it first came out, creating a world of opportunities to get the car of your dreams without breaking the bank. The Associated Press reports that now may be the time to make a move if you've been delaying purchasing your next ride, as the used car market is ideal for buyers.
Things have only been improving since 2011 when the economic recession began to ebb. Back then, used car prices were comparable and sometimes higher than new, but now the tables are turning. More people are selling or trading in their current cars for newer models, which means the number of used cars for sale is on the rise. At the same time, demand has slowed, since some drivers are turning back to the new market. This equates to falling prices for used models, and Kelley Blue Book's Alec Guttierez told the AP the average cost of a used car has dropped 4 percent between April and June.
Drivers in the New York/New Jersey area can find the used car, truck or SUV that they want at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealer carries a wide selection of makes and models at affordable prices and every vehicle on the lot is backed by Carfax. Drivers can also secure their financing on the spot, as NJ Auto Auction partners with a number of lenders to help get you approved quickly regardless of your credit score.
When you prepare your vehicle for a road trip or get a tune-up to extend its life, you're doing everything you can to keep the automobile in peak condition. However, there is only so much you can do when it comes to keeping your car on the road for longer. Unforeseeable and unavoidable events pop up all the time, and while some of these situations may result in no more than nicks and scratches, others could cause serious damage to a vehicle.
If you find yourself in the middle of a car accident, the first thing you should do is take note of your surroundings and get off of the road. You don't want to block traffic or put yourself in a dangerous situation, so moving to the side of the roadway whenever possible is your best bet. At that time, you can notify the proper authorities and appraise the situation.
Another helpful tip is to take photographs of any damage or injuries, as these pictures can help move along insurance claims.
"A car crash can leave you feeling overwhelmed, frightened and vulnerable," said Michael Consedine, the insurance commissioner for the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. "Even if the crash appears to be minor, consumers need to document what happened and contact their insurance company to start the claims process."
If your car has suffered minor damage in an accident, or perhaps a major problem has sent you looking for a new ride, you do have options available that can help to keep costs low. At NJ State Auto Auction, there is a wide selection of CARFAX-certified vehicles on the lot, as well as a Total Car Care Center that can help drivers deal with issues that arise with their cars.
The ability to display pertinent information such as directions and mileage on the windshield of a car is slowly beginning to appear in higher-end vehicles, but now the high-tech accessory is available for everyone. Garmin, a popular navigation system company, recently unveiled its stand-alone heads-up display (HUD), which can be used in any vehicle.
The device, which will cost only $129.99 when it is released later this summer, projects directions as well as your current speed and the speed limit for the road onto the windshield. It also adjusts to the brightness so you can use it day or night. You will need to place a special film on the glass for the images to appear, but this is a small price to pay for having the ability to use navigation assistance without needing to take your eyes off the road.
"HUD redefines the navigation experience by allowing drivers to find their way without taking their eyes off the road," said Dan Bartel, Garmin's vice president of worldwide sales. "Head-up displays currently have their place in select high-end cars, but HUD makes this technology available as an aftermarket accessory for any vehicle, at an affordable price."
The best part about this new feature is that it can be used in any car. Drivers in the market for used vehicles don't need to peruse 1-year-old models or shell out big bucks for a luxury model to find the cool, futuristic features they want, like heads-up displays. The Garmin HUD works with Bluetooth, so you can easily pair it with your smartphone. You will need to have either the Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app to use the device, but this will give you access to regional maps, speed limit warnings, traffic updates and other helpful features.
Car shoppers can find a great used ride at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealership has a wide selection of makes and models, many of which include fun and useful features like infotainment systems and backup cameras.
Whether drivers take their cars in for tune-ups more often than they need to or they've come up with a cute nickname for their wheels, there's no doubt motorists develop an emotional connection with their vehicles. AutoTrader.com confirmed this sentiment in its recent Automotive Relationship Survey, which set out to determine why people are holding onto their cars longer than ever before.
In 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, the average age of a car on the road was just shy of 11 years, according to Polk data. Many believed the reason for the record high age was that consumers were waiting longer to replace their vehicles due to the recession, but the study shows there are other, more personal factors at play as well.
The survey revealed that 70 percent of respondents felt very or somewhat attached to their current cars, trucks or SUVs. More than 25 percent said they felt sad when they contemplated getting rid of their vehicles. Women tended to forge connections with their cars' appearances more often than men (48 percent of ladies compared to 29 percent of men), while more guys (57 percent) bonded with their wheels over adventures that took place behind the wheel than women (20 percent).
"The emotional attachment people feel for their cars is interesting, but not completely surprising," said Dr. Michelle Callahan, life coach and relationship expert. "In addition to the large financial investment, a car can become a significant emotional investment – it's there with them for major milestones in their lives like weddings, new babies and graduations, and it's literally the vehicle that makes being physically present in these moments possible."
When it does finally come time to say farewell to your beloved ride, you can find a new four-wheeled companion at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The dealership has a wide selection of makes and models, which will make it easy to discover a new best friend.
In an attempt to meet consumer demand for fuel efficient vehicles and comply with the 2016 CAFE, or corporate average fuel economy, standards, automakers are ramping up efforts to improve fuel economy across their fleets. The result is a steady gain in miles per gallon across the industry.
TrueCar.com tracks fuel economy by collecting data from brands, manufacturers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The June numbers show a 0.7 mpg improvement last month compared to June 2012. The industry average hovers around 23.7 mpg for cars and trucks, which held steady from May. U.S. manufacturers saw the biggest month-over-month gains, as the TrueMPG went from 22.0 mpg to 23.1 mpg in June.
"Despite the relative drop in gas prices, consumers' preference for fuel efficient vehicles only grew stronger in June," said Jesse Toprak, TrueCar's senior analyst. "Even though we observed unseasonably strong increase in truck sales in recent months, the higher efficient of the new models resulted in another month of improvement in overall TrueMPG for the industry."
While the report focuses on new cars, drivers in the market to purchase used cars, trucks or SUVs can still find models with great fuel economy, including hybrids like the Toyota Prius. The TrueMPG provides an average, which includes vehicles with high mileage and those with lower mileage. This means drivers will have plenty of vehicles to choose from that are a few years old but still get more miles per gallon than some new cars on the market. To find a great ride, car shoppers can head to New Jersey State Auto Auction, which has a wide selection of makes and models to choose from.
The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) tracks the number of car thefts happening across the U.S., and new data shows that the Ford F-250 has passed the Cadillac Escalade as the vehicle most often targeted by thieves. The SUVs falling popularity with thieves may be partially due to the improving security systems installed in Cadillacs, but another aspect is the sheer number of Ford trucks on the road.
"General Motors has put a lot of effort into new anti-theft technology, so that may help explain the decline in the Escalade's theft rate," said HLDI vice president Matt Moore. "On the other hand, sales of the Escalade have fallen in recent years, so there may be less of a market for stolen Escalades or Escalade parts."
Although the number of stolen Escalades has fallen, similar large SUVs and pickup trucks are targeted by thieves at a greater frequency than other vehicles. For example, the Ford F-250 crew cab was found to be at the center of seven out of 1,000 insurance claims dealing with stolen vehicles, which is more than six times the average for all automobiles.
While theft rates are declining on the whole, drivers still need to be aware of the dangers faced when they leave their cars. Even the theft of items from a truck bed or trunk can result in complicated insurance claims or damage. Opting to take just a few steps to protect yourself and your vehicle could pay off in the long run.
Whether you've been the victim of a theft or want to make sure your next ride boasts a top-of-the-line security system, you can find what you're looking for at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot is home to a number of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, which offer plenty of options as you try to find the perfect vehicle for you.