Archive for October, 2013

NFL Running Back Sticks To His Used Car

Friday, October 11th, 2013

It's common for people to upgrade their vehicles when they strike it rich, but one NFL player is committed to sticking with his reliable used car. Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris had been driving a 1991 Mazda 626 since his college days, and instead of purchasing a new ride when he signed his first professional contract, he decided to reaffirm his dedication to his beloved car. 

Nicknamed "Bentley," the Mazda 626 is being completely refurbished by a Washington, D.C.-area dealership. The overhaul has been ongoing since July 22, and the final product will be unveiled Oct. 15, but the vehicle is only receiving enough updates to make it road-ready once again. 

"I just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that," Morris told The Washington Post. "They'll make sure the engine is in tip-top condition, maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission – just making sure that it can run 20 more years so I don't have to worry about it, like, 'Oh, I don't know if I want to put it on the road. It might break down, and I'll be stranded.' Just to get that worry out of the way." 

Mazda loaned Morris another automobile to use in the meantime, but the second-year pro has said that he can't wait to get his "baby back on the road," the news source reported. 

If you have a used car that needs to be fixed up, consider taking it to the Total Car Care Center at New Jersey Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and can address any issues you may have. In the case your vehicle is beyond repair, you can search through the hundreds of CARFAX-certified options on the lot and potentially find your next ride. 

Automakers Land On List Of Best Global Brands

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

The annual list of the 100 Best Global Brands featured several staples of the auto industry. Released by Interbrand, a consultancy firm, the list highlights the biggest names in all major sectors, but the 2013 version saw 14 vehicle manufacturers land one of the coveted spots. 

Leading the way was Toyota. The Japanese brand was the highest-ranking automaker, nabbing the 10th overall spot. That is the same ranking it held last year, despite increasing its brand value by 17 percent since then. Toyota was also rated as the top auto brand on the list of Best Global Green Brands, underscoring its commitment to alternative-fuel vehicles. 

In fact, many companies within the auto industry posted impressive gains. Porsche had the most significant increase – about 26 percent – but manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Ford and Hyundai also had a large growth in value. Other automakers to crack the list include Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Honda, which landed at 11th, 12th and 20th place, respectively. 

The brands that performed well on the 2013 list did so because of solid sales and impressive advancements – both things that are reflected in the pool of used cars for sale. As automakers introduce state-of-the-art models, higher-quality used cars go up for sale as owners upgrade, allowing drivers on a budget to cash in on these great options. 

If you're ready to take the leap with a vehicle from Toyota, Mercedes-Benz or any other automaker, consider checking out the options at New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot boasts hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that provide affordable and high-quality options for drivers who want to invest in used cars. 

How To Avoid Animal Collisions When On The Roads

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Animal collisions are one of the most common causes of car accidents. When wildlife unknowingly run into roads, they put themselves and surrounding drivers in harm's way. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about preventing animals from entering traffic, but drivers can take steps to make sure they are prepared for anything. 

Perhaps the most important thing is to remain alert and focused on the road at all times. This can be helped by outfitting a vehicle with properly working headlights and windshield wipers. Each of these components is designed to improve visibility and provide drivers with a comprehensive view of the road – something that can go a long way toward spotting animals. 

"A driver may encounter any number of scenarios at any given moment behind the wheel," said Dr. William Van Tassel, manager of driver training programs for AAA. "Remaining alert and limiting distractions is a must. Animals are unpredictable, so the sooner you see them in the roadway, the more time you will have to safely react." 

Drivers should also make sure their brakes are working well. Braking, not swerving, is the most effective way to stay safe even if an animal runs in front of a car, and making sure the gear works perfectly is essential to avoiding major accidents. 

If you have found yourself in a collision with an animal or want to prevent this scenario from ever occurring, you should make sure to have maintenance done on your car to fix problem areas. This is where the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction comes in handy. The garage caters to the public and can fix any issues a vehicle has to get it back in peak driving condition. 

Get A Car Loan After Bankruptcy

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Outside factors can have a significant impact on your personal finances, and these elements can occasionally lead to issues like bankruptcy. This hiccup doesn't have to mean the end of your investments, however. Many people rebound enough to make future purchases and are capable of receiving loans even with bankruptcy in their history. 

Buying a car is often one of the biggest purchases an individual would make after bankruptcy. Even pre-owned vehicles can come with a price tag that will put a dent in your wallet, so it is sometimes necessary to use an auto loan to make ends meet. Getting approved for car loans is still possible even if bankruptcy is on your credit history. 

According to Edmunds.com, the key to finding a quality car loan after bankruptcy is to shop around for the right financing option. Although you may be tempted to agree with the first offer you receive after going through a bankruptcy, you should do your best to keep a level head. Not comparing options can lead to higher interest rates, which in turn can put more stress on you as you try to pay back loans. 

Another tip for car buyers is to manage expectations. You won't be purchasing a luxury automobile, but there is no reason you can't make the most of your monetary constraints and make a purchase that meets your needs. 

For a large selection of cost-efficient options, head to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The auction lot is home to hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, all of which are available in a wide price range that suits most budgets. Prospective buyers can even take advantage of the on-site finance department, which can provide advice and financing options for motorists. 

More Used Cars To Feature Digital Displays

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The auto industry has made great strides in recent years, and that means that vast improvements have sprung up in used cars. As new vehicles continue to evolve and adopt new technologies, higher-quality used cars are entering the market – and that is something any driver can take advantage of. 

Vehicle displays are one of the areas where prospective drivers should see some improvement in the future. The dashboard displays were once restricted to analog readouts and sparse data, but recent changes are incorporating more streamlined designs and comprehensive information into the displays. That is good news for drivers who care about the performance and maintenance of used vehicles, as well as those who want a sleek appearance. 

These LCD displays were once restricted to expensive new cars. However, as those models become used cars for sale, even drivers on a budget can reap the benefits of the technology. Not only do these state-of-the-art dashboards display things like the speedometer, fuel gauge, fuel economy and other traditional measurements, but they also allow you to sync smartphones and music players while viewing data in a more user-friendly format. 

Of course, having a digital display does mean drivers have another area of vehicle maintenance they will need to focus on. Electrical issues may disrupt the dashboard, which can cause some problems if it interferes with necessary information. However, these instances are rare and can usually be fixed by a professional without much trouble. 

Whether you're specifically looking for digital displays or are open to any features in a vehicle, you should bring your search to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot has hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, and all of the pre-owned vehicles are capable of providing a safe and high-quality driving experience for motorists. 

New York to set up highway texting zones

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Texting while driving is one of the biggest threats to the safety of motorists today. That's why Andrew R. Cuomo, governor of New York, is taking steps to stop the dangerous action. He recently revealed that the state would begin offering texting zones along highways by designating areas along major roads that will give drivers a place to pull over and use cellphones. 

Nearly 300 signs are being installed throughout the state to label 91 texting zones. Most of these areas will take advantage of existing rest stops present around New York, but as the program grows new sections will open to the public. The state hopes that by advertising these areas and increasing the number of traffic tickets given out for texting while driving, it can cut down on the number of motorists who partake in this dangerous behavior. 

"New York State is continuing to use every tool at its disposal to combat texting while driving," Cuomo said. "In addition to tougher penalties, new detection methods for state police and ongoing public outreach efforts, we are now launching special texting zones to allow motorists to pull over and use their phones. … With this new effort, we are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road, because your text can wait until next texting zone." 

Avoiding texting while driving is just one important safety initiative, but drivers need to do more when they get behind the wheel. The first step is making sure a vehicle's amenities are up to par. If they are not, drivers may want to consider shopping around for a used car at NJ State Auto Auction. The lot has hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that are safe and reliable. 

Take Care Of Important Preventative Car Maintenance

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Keeping a car running for years requires dedication on the part of a driver. Not only do you need to do your best to avoid accidents or collisions, but you also need to invest in preventative maintenance that ensures every aspect of the vehicle is functioning as intended. 

Some of the most important preventative maintenance includes replenishing a car's fluids, such as the oil, antifreeze and wiper fluids. You should also be examining brake pads to see if they need to be replaced, as well as regularly changing the engine air filter, rotating the tires and upgrading the windshield wipers when they begin to leave streaks. 

"If you're like most Americans, you're busier than ever and you may not think twice about putting off vehicle maintenance," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "However, neglected auto care almost always means much higher costs down the road in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value." 

To prevent this issue, White recommended following a regular maintenance schedule. Employing reminders or updates that let you know when it's time to get a certain aspect of a vehicle checked out may also be a wise decision, as it allows you to 

There are a few options available for those who are concerned about the performance of a vehicle. Some may want to take vehicles in for preventative maintenance, and garages like the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction offer an array of services that can improve the functionality of a vehicle. The auction lot also has plenty of CARFAX-certified used cars for sale, so those drivers who want to invest in a new ride can check out a few of the available models. 

Shorter Drivers Turn To Used Cars

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Part of the challenge of shopping for a car is finding a vehicle that you feel comfortable sitting in. This can be particularly difficult for shorter drivers, as many of the cars made in recent years are not designed to accommodate their smaller frame. 

Many newer models are created with a higher beltline, which is the spot where the window glass ends and the metal of the frame begins. As this creeps higher, it becomes more difficult for shorter drivers to have clear, uninterrupted visibility of the road ahead. This forces them to fiddle with the seat in an attempt to see, which in turn can cause them to strain to reach the pedals. 

"This can give the vehicle a more assertive look, but it does little to improve sight lines and can make a vehicle feel claustrophobic for smaller drivers," said Warren Clarke, editor of Edmunds.com. "As a result, short car shoppers making such a big purchase might have trouble getting comfortable with a lot of the new car choices available on the market."

While new cars are not well suited for shorter drivers, there are a number of older models that fit the bill. Choosing the right type goes beyond picking a smaller car, however. Motorists should be on the lookout for narrow seat cushions and a wide front windshield, as these features make it easier for shorter drivers to reach the pedals and view the road. 

Drivers in the market for a used car that is comfortable and practical will want to make the trip to New Jersey State Auto Auction. The lot has hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans that could be the perfect choice for any prospective buyer. 

Tips For Car Seat Safety

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Parents want to do whatever they can to keep their children safe, especially when they are in a car. Getting behind the wheel means putting kids in a car seat or booster seat for maximum protection, but some of these devices are complicated and may be unknowingly used ineffectively. 

To prevent problems, parents should be aware of a few basic tips for car seat safety. Follow all instructions regarding the height and weight restrictions of different restraints. For example, children should be in rear-facing seats until they reach the maximum size listed for each particular car seat model, at which time they can be upgraded to a front-facing device. 

No matter what type of car seat is used, it needs to be installed properly. Always use a five-point harness to restrain a child and make sure the straps lay flat without any twisting. The seat itself also needs to be tightly connected to a car, with little room for movement – no device should be able to be moved more than 1 inch in any direction. 

"Proper use of car and booster seats have been proven to save lives and reduce the number of injuries in car crashes," said Mark R. Desrochers, an insurance group president. "But child restraint systems are used incorrectly, and in many cases are misused in a way that could actually increase a child's risk of injury or death during a crash. We believe that proactive education on proper usage of car seats for children will help save lives and reduce injuries." 

Once parents have mastered the use of a car seat, they may want to turn their attention toward making sure the vehicle they are driving has all of the safety features they need. If a car is not up to snuff, it could be time to start looking for a used car at a reputable location such as NJ State Auto Auction. The lot contains hundreds of CARFAX-certified cars, trucks and vans, many of which have child-friendly amenities and impressive safety features. 

NHTSA Stops Consumer Safety Tests Following Government Shutdown

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

People all across the U.S. are watching the current government shutdown and wondering how it will affect their everyday lives. While most regular motorists might not think political issues impact their daily commutes, the shutdown has also halted operations of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As a result, the NHTSA was forced to stop safety testing of automobiles and will not issue recall notifications or address consumer complaints. 

The NHTSA is a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has furloughed more than half of its employees in the auto realm for the duration of the government shutdown. Although drivers can still submit complaints to the agency and automakers are able to issue their own recalls, a lack of funding and a stripped-down crew means that the NHTSA won't be able to investigate issues or spread the word to the public.

"If an automaker does a recall, it might be because they know government investigators are on the trail," Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center For Auto Safety, told AOL Autos. "Without those investigations … in the long term, it could significantly endanger consumer safety." 

This work stoppage could potentially cause safety issues to arise. To prevent problems, drivers will have to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to preventative maintenance and tune ups. They also may have to pay special attention to auto news in the event a manufacturer releases a recall notice or update.

With the closures, drivers will have to do their best to make sure their vehicles are operating in top condition. One solution may be to take cars in for a check in at the Total Car Care Center at NJ State Auto Auction. The garage caters to the public and is more than capable of handing any issues the automobile may have. 

Get Ready For Fall With An Engine Check

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Now that October has officially arrived, it's time for drivers to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for cold weather. Much of this regular maintenance will consist of checking the brakes or refilling antifreeze, but another important aspect that needs to be evaluated is the engine. In fact, getting a comprehensive engine check – or even having an engine rebuilt – can provide a big boost to a car's performance. 

There are several ways an engine can be examined and repaired in time for colder temperatures. For example, motorists can take steps to have the cooling system or air filter of an engine replaced or checked out to ensure that the motor is functioning at a high level during the winter. 

The last thing drivers want to is to find themselves stuck on the side of the road in inclement weather, and getting scheduled maintenance on the engine is a great way to avoid this situation. 

"Before severe weather arrives, it is a good idea to make sure your vehicle's engine is running effectively and efficiently," said Rich Simko, chairman of the Engine Rebuilders Council. "If you find that your car or truck is experiencing major engine damage, but is in relatively good shape otherwise, consider repowering it with a rebuilt engine so you know you can count on it when the temperatures drop." 

The Total Car Care Center at New Jersey State Auto Auction is available to help drivers with any maintenance issues that may come up throughout the year. It caters to the public and could be the ideal place to get a vehicle checked out before the cold temperatures set in.