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5 tips for first-time car buyers

Buying your first car is an important milestone. There is a sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with this event. However, there can also be feelings of fear and hesitation. After all, you can't return a car a few days after you purchase it if it no longer pleases you. For that reason, first-time car buyers should keep the following tips in mind to assist them through the process:

1. Research is important  
Just like you wouldn't walk into the SATs without studying, you shouldn't walk onto a car lot without doing research. Fortunately for you, the internet has made vehicle research easier than ever. There are plenty of websites dedicated to helping you compare different models, and there are even sites that will help you determine your budget. 

2. Weigh your financing options 
With the exception of a very select group, few people have the amount of cash needed to buy a car outright. If you aren't one of these people, you'll need to decide how to finance your purchase. Keep in mind that if you don't have an established line of credit, it could be difficult to obtain a car loan. A co-signer can make this more feasible. Good dealerships will have a financing department to help you, as well.

3. Consider insurance rates 
While you might have a burning desire to buy that Porsche or BMW, the insurance rates on higher-end vehicles can be pricey. Make sure that you choose a car that will fit in your budget even after it's insured. Your financial advisor or an online budgeting tool will help you plan for this.  

Buying your first car is an exciting experience, especially when you make an informed purchase.Buying your first car is an exciting experience, especially when you make an informed purchase.

4. Don't skip the test drive 
No reputable dealer should ever ask you to make a car purchase without taking a test drive. This is your opportunity to make sure there is nothing obviously wrong with the car while driving. More importantly, a test drive will tell you if the vehicle is one that you will enjoy driving for years to come. 

5. Work with a reputable dealer 
Unfortunately, there are some car dealers who will try to take advantage of first-time car buyers. When choosing which dealership you want to work with, look for two qualities: transparency and reputation. In terms of transparency, the dealership should offer clear, concise contracts and helpful salespeople. The dealership you select should also have a proven track record of excellence. Read online reviews and talk to previous patrons to make sure they have impressed their other customers.

Get excited! You're thinking about buying your first car. While it's normal to feel some nervousness, hopefully this article made you feel more prepared. If you follow the advice above and do your research, you should find that the process is relatively smooth. 

For more car-buying advice or to shop for excellent used cars, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction website today.

Why Brakes Need Oil

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The brakes of a used vehicle are arguably one of the most important and vital components of the safety and security of any vehicle, which translates to the safety and security of you and your family. Always keep in mind that no matter the power of the vehicle, the brakes must be kept well and in regular maintenance at any cost and under any circumstance. The brakes are essential to keep in check, and need a regular oil and brake fluid check. Brake oil fluid is imperative for the brakes to last for a longer duration of time, and to function well.

The brake oil ensures that the constant friction of the brakes do not inundate the brakes through constant use. The brakes are one of the only parts of the vehicle that are subject to such intense friction. The constant use of brakes is obvious to cause friction, which in turn obviously causes a lot of heat between the brake pad and the brake disc. Any additional friction would wear out the brake components rendering it useless. However, the brake oil regulates the temperature and life of the brake parts and ensures that all the brake parts are cooled down before it burns out and is useless.

The use of brake oil also ensures that the brakes remain smooth and do not turn jagged through overuse. To know when the brakes of your used car need oil, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

 

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The most valuable features in cars

Cars truly are an investment. If you make smart decisions when purchasing, take good care of them when they are in your possession and work with a reputable dealer, you could receive a decent amount for your trade-in value when you re-sell the vehicle. How do you take care of it while you own it? Simple. Avoid driving like you're in a Fast and Furious movie and get your car serviced regularly. Now, how do you know you're dealing a reputable car trader? Again, it's easy. Do you research and trust your instincts.

But where does it all begin? With the purchase obviously. One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a car is how valuable it will be when you decide to sell it again. Major factors in value are the features included with the vehicle. Check out some of the most valuable features in cars:

Keyless entry and startup
Have you ever glanced outside your window in the morning only to be greeted by the blinding light from a fresh snowfall? The last thing you want is to fumble around with your keys to unlock your car. You probably don't want to run outside in the cold to start your car either. That's why so many car buyers are interested in keyless entry and startup capabilities. It's a simple, inexpensive luxury that makes cars more desirable than vehicles without these features.

On-board navigation systems 
If you've ever wasted a few precious hours on a road trip or missed an appointment because you were lost, you understand the importance of a navigation system. Many newer car models include this feature, and it's a good idea to look for this amenity when considering a car. It can greatly increase the resale value of your vehicle. In fact, Forbes reported that 61 percent of car buyers stated that a built-in navigation system was one of the most important features they wanted in their cars.

Auxiliary port 
This feature is most popular with the younger generations. The auxiliary port allows them to connect their phones to the audio system and play their favorite music. Getting control of the aux cord has even become a badge of honor to millennials , since it means that their taste in music is respected by their peers. Cars with these features tend to have a higher resale value because they cater to the needs of many prospective buyers. 

When buying a car, be sure to consider the future value.When buying a car, be sure to consider its future value.

Rear view camera 
Perhaps the safest of the desired features on this list is the rear view camera. Not only does it make it easier to back into tight spaces, it makes it a lot safer. Rear view cameras were designed to help drivers see things they wouldn't have previously been able to when the vehicle is in reverse. Many  be equipped with a guiding grid to make difficult navigation even simpler, while others come with infrared night vision capabilities, meaning you can back up safely even in the dark. 

Heated seats 
Though they may seem like an unnecessary luxury, Forbes reported that heated seats were the second most requested feature in cars. Drivers who live in colder climates may be even more appreciative of heated seats. They add a level of comfort and can even help with back pain on long drives. 

USB port 
This is another feature that is preferred by younger drivers. Technology is central to their lives, and therefore, they expect all aspects of their lives to accommodate this. As more of these tech-driven individuals come of driving age, cars with USB ports for charging cell phones and other electronics will become more popular than cars without. Car owners with the foresight to purchase vehicles with this feature may get more money upon resale than those without it. 

When buying a new car, it can be easy to forget about the future resale value. However, drivers who pay attention to market trends, such as the most preferred features, could get a better deal when they choose to sell their vehicle. It's important to remember that trends change, and if you are unsure of how to plan for the best future value, you can consult a car-buying expert like New Jersey State Auto Auction.

The top 7 best cars in movies

Think of your favorite movies. What are some of the key elements that made those films so memorable? The characters? The story? Some of the greatest movies cemented their places in pop culture because of the cars featured in them. Let's take a glance at the seven best cars from the movies:

1. 2015 Aston Martin DB10 from "Spectre" 
Some would argue that the defining characteristics of the James Bond films are the cars, specifically the Aston Martins. Each film features a newer, sexier version than the last. As a result, the latest 007 movie left audiences in awe of the Aston Martin DB10. The sleek body and tricked-out features will leave any car enthusiast drooling.

2. 1970 Dodge Charger from "The Fast and the Furious" 
The FatF franchise is known for its crazy race scenes and modified cars. However, there is one vehicle that stands apart from the rest. Dom's classic Charger is a true thing of beauty. This car was also featured in the "Dukes of Hazzard" as the General Lee.

3. 1984 Ford Econoline from "Dumb and Dumber" 
To avoid taking ourselves too seriously, we can all admit that we loved the Mutts Cutts van from the 1994 comedy classic. It's almost impossible not to giggle every​ time the shaggy, dog-faced Econoline comes chugging onto the screen.

4. 1973 Ford Falcon from "Mad Max" 
Though the filmmakers altered the car to give it more of a wasteland appearance, the Ford Falcon still impressed audiences the moment it revved up. In fact, Popular Mechanics ranks this ride the 8th most popular car from movies.

Cars are a big part of what makes certain movies special to audiences.Cars are a big part of what makes certain movies special to audiences.

5. 2008 Audi R8 from "Iron Man" 
Any machinery that impresses Tony Stark should earn our respect. That is why when Iron Man himself rolled onto the scene in an Audi R8, we decided to take a moment to acknowledge the beauty and power behind the car. According to Auto Trader, this car is the first sports car from Audi and comes with a "420 horsepower V8 engine and Quattro all-wheel drive."

6. 1958 Plymouth Fury from "Christine" 
What would this list be if we neglected to include the iconic Christine? If any car could take Arnie from geek to cool in a few scenes, it was the Plymouth Fury. Hopefully, drivers who choose to get behind the wheel of their own don't get the same evil urges he did 

7. 1981 DeLorian from "Back to the Future" 
While this car is last on our list, it's first in many of the hearts of film lovers. John DeLorian's brainchild redefined the limits for vehicle design. Though his product was a market flop, it's still fun to watch Doc and Marty punch it to a whopping 88 MPH  to successfully travel through time. 

Cinema could be considered a moving time capsule for different generations. Looking at movies across the decades, we can see what people found most attractive and interesting about the cars of the time. To find one of the cars on our list for yourself, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction website today.

Topping Off Brake Oil

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Once the need for brake oil change has been decided, it is important to follow the right procedure for changing the brake oil of your used vehicle. It is best to ensure the right kind of oil and change for your brakes to ensure the longevity of your brakes functioning. The brake oil is central to the long life of your brakes. As a rule of thumb, it is safe to assume that any important oil or liquid change in your vehicle parts must be done if the color of the oil or fluid is very dark and brackish. A dark black or dark brown fluid is a universal sign for fluid change.

Once you figure the need for a change or top off of brake fluid you must locate the brake reservoir. The brake reservoir is in most cases a plastic reservoir that holds the liquid and is located under the bonnet. In the case of changing or topping off your brake fluid, not much has to be done as it is a shallow reservoir that connects directly to the brake cylinder. In most cases brake fluid lasts for over six months, depending on your usage. After six months you may need to top off your brake fluid instead of changing it.

In case you are unable to top off or change your brake fluid after following the manual directions, it is safer to consult your local mechanic. To know how to top off brake oil in your used car, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

 

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How to Know When to Change Steering Fluid

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The steering fluid is a vital part of steering and handling maintenance of a used vehicle. It is extremely important to have a good upkeep of your steering liquid in order to avoid any steering jam or rusty functioning. The steering liquid is crucial as it is imperative to ensure the safety of you and your family while driving. The steering liquid is one of the most important checks to be made amongst others while servicing your vehicle. There are some evident signs to lookout for while checking and changing your steering fluid.

The dipstick

Once you have located the reservoir cylinder under the bonnet of your vehicle, you must use a dipstick in order to check the levels and color of the steering fluid in the reservoir cylinder. Typically, dipsticks would be part of your car purchase, or else it is easily available at any automobile store. Once you have the dipstick, dip it into the cylinder and check the level of steering fluid. Always subscribe to the levels suggested in the owner’s manual. Once you are done with the level, check the color of the fluid. If it is too dark, change the liquid and fill in a new batch which should be a dark amber color.

Funnel it

Use a funnel to add fresh steering fluid according to the recommendations in the owner’s manual.

To know more, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

 

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406 Sip Avenue

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Why you Should Learn a Few Basic Repairs by yourself

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It is not necessary to take your car to your mechanic for each and every repair. There are certain repairs that you can do by yourself. It will save you money and time. A few of the easiest car repairs include replacing a fuse, replacing the wiper blades of your car, replacing the light bulbs, replacing the air filter, keeping the brake/clutch fluids at the optimum level, and so on. You can use your car manual for guidance. You will also be able to find many DIY car repair resources online as well. Plenty of ‘how-to’ guides are also available in the market for your reference. On top of that, some of the staff members in the auto parts store would also be able to help you to change out the parts that you just purchased from their store, right there in the parking lot.

Another advantage (apart from saving money and time) of learning a few basic repairs is that, if your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you will be able to fix the problem yourself and be on your way, as long as the problem is minor and something that you could fix. Always keep some basic tools like screwdrivers, screw holders, wrenches, pliers, and so on in your vehicle. Also, do not be afraid to get your hands dirty.

You may visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction to service your vehicle or/and check out pre-owned cars and trucks.

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Tips on Making the Transmission Last Longer

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The transmission is an important piece of machinery in your vehicle. In fact, it is only second to your vehicle’s engine. The repairs as well as replacing the part is a costly affair. Take care of it properly and you will be able to avoid unnecessary repairs and extend the life of your vehicle’s transmission. Following tips will help you to take care of the part properly.

  • Service the transmission periodically, every 2 years or 30,000 miles. Do an overall transmission flush (including cooler lines, transmission cooler, and the torque converter) every 40,000 miles. If possible, make bands adjustment every 60,000 miles. This may be costly, however, in the long run, it will be worth it.
  • The fluid can go a long way in extending the life of your transmission. Check the fluid on a regular basis. If you are using a petroleum-based fluid, consider upgrading to synthetic fluid. They hold up much better to heat. Over a longer period of time, they hold up much better to their properties as well. Keep in mind that it is vital to use the right type of fluid for your vehicle.
  • Add an additional filter to the cooler line. It will help to provide an extra protection to the fluid from contaminants.
  • A transmission cooler of good quality, preferably one with a built-in fan, will provide extra protection to the transmission. Heat is bad for transmission. Keeping the transmission as cool as possible will help to prolong its life. It is also important to maintain the cooling system. Service it every 2 years. Maintenance should include radiator cap pressure test, thermostat check, inspection of belts and hoses, checking for damage and leaks, checking the coolant levels, and antifreeze replacement.

You may visit New Jersey State Auto Auction to service your car or check out pre-owned cars and trucks.

 

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406 Sip Avenue

Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Phone: 201.355.4138

Website: www.NJStateAuto.com

Questions to ask when buying a used car

Buying a car is serious business, and it can be an intimidating process. If you're considering purchasing a used car, things can get even trickier. Not all dealers have reputable sales methods. For this reason, it's important to understand the used car-buying process and ask the right questions. 

Is this car in my budget? 
The first step for any potential car buyer is to determine how much they can afford to spend. It's a smart idea to compile a list of cars you are interested in to get insurance quotes, check tax rates and compare payments. This will help you narrow down your list to vehicles that will fit comfortably in your predetermined budget. Remember that selecting a car you can't afford can lead to poor credit and other negative consequences. Consult with a financial advisor if you need help establishing a budget. 

Does it have a vehicle history report? 
Before you purchase a car, you should run a vehicle history report. All you need is the Vehicle Identification Number to determine if the purchase you are about to make it a good one. These reports will outline the vehicle's past ownership. The Department of Motor Vehicles also reports that these will also tell you if the car has ever had maintenance done, if there have ever been problems with the title, if there are any liens on the vehicle, if the car was ever involved in an accident and whether the car has ever been classified as a "lemon." A vehicle history report will ensure that the used vehicle you select will operate as you expect it to.

Asking these questions will help you get the best used car in your budget.Asking these questions will help you get the best used car in your budget.

Did I notice anything unusual in the test drive? 
The test drive is another important part of the car-buying process. It allows you to get behind the wheel of your desired car and see how it handles. A test drive will also alert potential buyers to any issues before a sale. During a test drive, you should be vigilant for any problems with performance. Your test drive doesn't end once you return to the car lot, though. You should open and close all doors, windows, the trunk and the hood to make sure that they operate properly. 

Am I getting this car for the best price? 
Everyone wants to make sure they are getting the best price when buying a car, but to guarantee this, you must do a little research. Online price guides will tell you how much the model year is worth, but it's up to you to negotiate the true value. If the car has had significant work done, it is usually smart to talk the price down. 

Buying your first used car may seem like an overwhelming experience. However, if you educate yourself and ask the right questions, you will find yourself in a much better position to purchase the used car of your dreams. 

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The pre-road trip car checklist

As the weather warms up and schools close down, road trip season approaches. Summer brings with it those few months out of the year when families are able to pack up the car and hit the open road. Yet, before you and your loved ones make the journey to your favorite destination, you need to make sure your car is as prepared as you are. Take a look at the checklist below to ensure your vehicle is ready or your road trip.

Familiarize yourself with your vehicle
Taking the time to learn about your car can save you trouble and confusion down the road. If you are able to identify important features and know how to perform basic maintenance, you will be more prepared to handle a breakdown or other issues during your trip. You should also know what type of oil your car takes and on which terrain it drives best. This information will make your trip much less stressful.

Get a checkup 
Taking your car to a professional for a checkup is one of the best things you can do before going on a long journey. A mechanic's trained eye will be able to spot leaks, cracks and other issues that could cause problems on the road. At your checkup, be sure the mechanic checks the levels of all fluids, tests the breaks and examines the engine for any irregularities. He or she should also replace headlights and air filters as needed.

Getting an inspection by a professional will ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.Getting an inspection by a professional will ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.

Take a look at your tires 
Nobody wants a vacation spoiled by tire trouble. Before you begin your trip, examine all the tires on your car for signs of damage. If the treading is worn down or the rubber has begun to split, it is a smart idea to replace your tires before you begin your journey. You should also check the tire pressure and alignment. When your primary tires are set, inspect your spare. It should also be properly pressured and free of damage.

Pack an emergency kit 
Anything can happen on the open road. For this reason, an emergency kit is a vital part of preparing your car for a road trip. The Department of Motor Vehicles recommend that your kit include road flares, a tire jack, a first-aid kit, jumper cables, a blanket, a flashlight and bottled water. Click here for the full list. 

Consider GPS 
If your vehicle does not have built-in navigation capabilities, you should think about purchasing a GPS system. This ensures that, even if you have no cell phone service or map, you will be able to navigate your route with confidence. 

A road trip is a great way to spend the summer, but don't let car problems get in the way of a good time. By following the checklist above, you can help ensure that your vehicle is prepared for whatever journey lies ahead. 

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