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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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6 ways to lower your insurance costs

Even if you've found a used car that fits within your budget, there are a number of separate expenses you need to consider. Between licensing, registration, maintenance and fuel, you're going to be putting a lot of hard-earned cash into driving. Insurance is another cost you need to keep in mind, and it's one that varies by hundreds of dollars, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

While you can't avoid paying for insurance by any means, there are a number of ways you can lower the costs and save yourself some money. 

1. Do your research and shop around
Because each company provides a different price for car insurance, it's in your best interest to shop around. Taking the time to do research online, asking for referrals or even calling the company to discuss straight-forward prices can really cut back the expenses. Gather quotes from multiple companies and sit down and compare before making any decisions. You can also call your state insurance department for information – they might even be able to recall customer complaints for certain companies. Overall, doing your research before settling with an insurance company can really save you money – and headache – in the long-run.

2. Establish good credit
Maintaining a good credit score has a number of benefits – it lowers interest rates on loans, approves you for higher limits on credit cards and it even gets you better insurance rates, according to the Huffington Post. Many auto insurance companies use credit information as a platform to price auto insurance. Make it a point to establish and maintain a good credit score, and frequently check up on it to make sure there are no flaws in the information.

Check your credit score frequently to make sure your maintaining a good standing. Check your credit score frequently to make sure your maintaining a good standing.

3. Drive safely
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it's a simple way to lower your insurance, according to Kelley Blue Book. People with clean driving records can often qualify for discounts, while those who drive recklessly and have been in more accidents see spikes in their insurance rates.

If you want to lessen the likelihood of an accident occurring, the source recommended driving less in general. Low mileage discounts are offered by most insurance companies, so consider carpooling with a family member or friend to work. This can save both of you miles and money.

4. Increase your deductible
By raising your deductible, you'll have to pay more out of pocket if an accident occurs. However, you could save anywhere between 15 and 40 percent in collision coverage costs if you increase your deductible by a few hundred dollars. It might seem like a large expense to begin with, but it's an excellent decision to make for long-term costs.

"Companies will help you save money if you're willing to combine policies."

5. Combine policies
If you already have homeowners insurance with a certain company, it's in your best interest to go through the same company for your auto insurance, according to Bankrate. If you go through a different one for each policy, you're bound to be paying higher expenses than you should. Insurance agent Art Scott told the source that companies are more likely to work with you to save money if you choose to combine policies with them.

"The more lines (of insurance that insurance companies) can get, the more they're willing to give discounts for it," he said.

6. Ask about discounts
There are so many different ways for drivers to get insurance discounts, according to III. Some companies offer lowered rates for drivers who have not been in accidents during a certain period of time. Others even offer discounted rates for drivers who have take a defensive driving course. If you've committed to a certain insurance company, dig deep to find out how you can save money with them as a policyholder.

Whether you're interested in buying a new used vehicle or you're searching for a car for a loved one, head to NJ Auto Auction, where you'll find a lot full of Carfax-certified rides to choose from.

Explaining Exactly What is Wrong with your Car can Save you Money!

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You know your car better than anyone else. You will be able to feel it if there is something wrong with it. It is important that you note down each and everything whenever you feel something wrong or different with your car, no matter how small or silly, if you are serious about saving money in car repairs. If you notice a burning smell, note it down. If you notice a slight vibration in the steering wheel, note it down. If you hear a sound not associated with the normal functioning of your car, note it down. Also, note down when it happens, for instance, when you are going over a certain speed or climbing a hill, and so on. Note down how many times it happens as well. Keeping a log like this will help you to effectively communicate with the auto-mechanic whenever you take your car for repairs.

It is very important that you effectively communicate with your car mechanic. Agreed that he/she is much more knowledgeable about vehicles in general than you, however, the more information you could provide him/her about your car, the more efficient they will be able to work. You may think that a small clicking sound coming from the engine room may be too small or silly a reason to mention to the mechanic, but it may actually help to save you a lot of money. The reason why it is important to mention that small clicking sound is that, to the mechanic who deals with all kind of car problems day in and day out, that clicking sound may be significant. He/She may be able to directly go to the source of the problem, instead of working all around the problem and finally finding it.

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

 

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Tire Rotation and What You Have to Know

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Several car owners are not aware of different aspects of tire maintenance. The periodic rotation of tires is very important to keep your tires in good shape for a long period of time. How does tire rotation help? Well, according to automotive experts, the primary objective of regular tire rotation is to ensure that the tires wear out uniformly. You can check for a rotation period and pattern in your vehicle owner’s documentation or otherwise rotate the tires after every six thousand miles at the minimum.

It isn’t a good idea to include the temporary spare in a tire rotation. This is because the spare is kept exclusively for emergency use. However, always check if the spare tire has sufficient air in it.

Even though it is recommended to undertake tire rotation after every six thousand miles, you could do it earlier if there is development of uneven or irregular wear on the tires. You can consult a certified alignment store or tire dealer to establish the wear issue cause. It is crucial to know that powerful impacts like hitting potholes have the potential of causing misalignment. This eventually results in an uneven wear on the tire.

You will find that certain tires such as those with uni-directional or asymmetric tread structures might not fit into the typical rotation patterns. You can consult a professional to get help with such tires. Visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction to know more about vehicle functionalities.

 

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Selecting the Right Tires for Your Wheels

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If you’ve just purchased a new vehicle or are looking to replace the old tires in your existing vehicle, there are various ways to go about it. The simplest way, of course, is to buy the exact size and structure of tires (matching the original dimensions). Besides that, you could also think about opting for better quality tires which can enhance dry and wet handling.

The first step in replacing tires is perhaps determining the tire size. You can visit the old tire dealership (from where you bought the original tires) to get them replaced in the exact same size. The tire’s sidewall can also be checked for size identification. Besides this, the manual in the vehicle will give you information regarding the tire size.

If you select a tire belonging to the immediate lower profile, it is possible to significantly enhance riding quality and vehicle handling. Choosing a bigger sized tire or upsizing is becoming quite popular, especially among truck and SUV owners. This is primarily because wider and taller tires help in improving ride quality as well as performance. As far as trucks are concerned, larger tires could enhance cargo carrying capacity, appearance and traction.

For owners who need to replace just a single tire, it is a good idea to choose a replacement tire from a similar brand, load capacity and speed rating. This way it will match the specifications of the other three tires. Visit the New Jersey Auto Auction showroom to get more information about tires for your vehicle.

 

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How Often Should You Inflate Your Tires?

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Many car owners are confused about how often to fill air into the tires of their vehicle. The answer is actually quite simple. It is advisable to check the tire pressure at least once every month (according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association). However, checking the tire pressure each time you stop for fuel is a proactive measure you can take as well.

The maintenance of suitable inflation pressure in tires helps in the optimization of fuel economy and tire performance. With the correct tire pressure, the driver can experience comfort, performance and durability that match the requirements of the vehicle.

It is important to know that tire pressure will change over a period of time. The change in temperature also has an impact on tire pressure. If you avoid checking tire pressure on a regular basis, you could end up with a puncture at any odd time and find yourself stuck in a difficult situation. It is very common for car tires to come in contact with foreign objects such as screws, nails and other sharp items which in turn can cause them to lose air.

When checking the pressure in your car tires, ensure that they are “cold”. This means you need to check the pressure before they get heated up due to driving. For more information on tires and tire inflation, visit the New Jersey Auto Auction showroom.

 

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You Should Own a Roadster at Some Point in Your Life

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Sports cars are designed and built to accomplish only one thing, that is to translate to you, the absolute joy that is motoring.

It need not be an over powered muscle car that, for all practical purposes is completely impractical, nor does it have to be an Italian supercar that you may not even be able to afford. There are cars where the idea of owning them is far better than the reality of owning them. An Aston Martin DB9, for example is probably the most beautiful thing to adorn four wheels, but you cannot live with that car! What you need though, is a simple roadster, a car with a retractable roof that can seat two and can really put a smile on your face. It need not even have a topless mode, but it has to be fun to drive! There is a long list of cheap, fast, reliable cars out there, pick out a used roadster at the New Jersey State Auto Auction today. If you love motoring and all the things that go with it, nothing says it better than a sports car or a roadster. May your driving bring you joy!

 

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Tips for examining a used car before making the purchase

First off, congratulations! You've decided to invest in your first car, and you're making a smart decision choosing a used vehicle that falls within your budget. While you've done extensive research to reach that conclusion, you shouldn't stop there. In fact, once you've made it to the dealership to look through the lot, a whole new analysis should begin before making any concrete decisions.

Don't make up your mind early because of that low price tag – there might be a reason or two that it's so inexpensive in the first place. Give this potential car a full exam before handing over a down payment:

Exterior
Your first move should be to inspect the condition of the body of the car, according to Consumer Reports. Check for scratches, dents and rust from top to bottom. Then, make sure that the paint color is the same throughout the body. Once you've taken a good look at the cosmetics of the car, examine the glass. Are there any large cracks or pocketed areas? If you notice a small chip in the windshield, you should consider bargaining for a lowered price – the crack is bound to worsen and will likely end up costing a lot to repair.

"The average tire life lies between 25,000 and 50,000 miles."

The car's tires can make you think twice about the price if the wear and tear is tremendous. If the car has over 25,000 miles on it and it looks like the tires haven't been changed, you should negotiate. Kelley Blue Book reported that the average tire life lies between 25,000 and 50,000 miles, but it varies for each car. Who wants to buy a car and then take it to the shop a week later for new tires?

Interior
Once you've walked around the car, step into the driver's seat and take a look around. The Department of Motor Vehicles suggested checking out the seats before anything – are they damaged in any way? Do they all have functioning seat belts? Then make sure that every door – including the trunk – opens and closes without struggle. Your next test is simple – are any dashboard warning lights flashing? This could be a total deal breaker if the car salesman doesn't have an explanation.

If you notice the car has a very strong scent as soon as you open the door, it could mean two things: The car salesman was being extremely courteous or he was trying to cover up a bad scent. If the scent alarms you, you may want to ask about it – sure, he might have just been trying to spruce up the car to maximize your experience, but what if that's not the case? The last thing you want to do is buy a car that comes with a permanent funk.

The car's scent could be signify that the salesman was trying to cover something up.The car's scent could be signify that the salesman was trying to cover something up.

Test drive
Before you go in on buying a used car, it's crucial to take it for a test drive. This is especially important if your salesman doesn't suggest it – that could signify there's an issue that he doesn't want you to find before buying. Bankrate explained that while you'll want to focus on the way the car accelerates, parks, breaks and steers, it's especially important to make sure the used car doesn't make any strange sounds or vibrations as you drive. The best way to check for these issues is to take it on the highway and see how it drives above 60 miles per hour. Does the front end or steering wheel shake or vibrate? Can you hear any strange noises coming as you accelerate? How about the transmission – is it shifting smoothly? These are all valid questions that must be answered before making the big decision to buy.

Looking for a place with a variety of used cars to choose from? Head to NJ Auto Auction, where you'll find plenty of Carfax-certified cars that are ready to roll out after the test drive. The days of searching for a dealership with quality used vehicles are over – you've found the perfect place.

Why are Engines Getting Smaller?

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There was a time when car lovers looked forward to large breathy engines. V8’s and V10’s roared and rumbled across the roads and it all made sense. They drank fuel like water and spit out smoke and toxins, but people did not really care, they loved their cars and everyone was happy. All that is coming to a grinding halt now as it makes no sense to have a huge engine carry you to work where you barely even touch 40 mph, sitting in traffic stationary for longer than you actually move.

Then there’s the price of fuel and the environmental impact. So car engines naturally got smaller, but a lot more efficient. The gas mileage of a city car today is at a minimum of 30 mpg, cars are run on computers and not carburetors anymore. They are also safer with every available system on board to make sure you always come out alive. With hybrids and fuel cells going mainstream, engines have gotten even smaller and more efficient. There are electric motors that assist the engine, taking a share of the load, this increases the efficiency of the car by many times and they are silent.

Engines have gotten smaller, but driving is still as fun as it was in the old days. So come down to the New Jersey State Auto Auction today and pick out a modern, yet fun to drive pre-owned car today!

 

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Jersey City Used Hyundai Shoppers Should Get Ready for Luxury Options

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You may not think that Hyundai and luxury go hand in hand, but with the advent of Hyundai’s Genesis brand, you may want to think again. Genesis is Hyundai’s challenge to BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes- a standalone offshoot inspired by the current Genesis and Equus models. At our used Hyundai dealer in Jersey City, we’re excited to see how these smooth operators morph into a luxury line.

Improving On Perfection

The nascent Genesis has strong roots in a brand that ensured that their shoppers’ luxury experience goes above and beyond standard-issue car shopping. As it is now, prospective buyers of the Hyundai Equus, the automaker’s most deluxe model, receive red-carpet treatment, with all the perks of luxury car ownership brought to you. These models have their own fleet of sales experts who bring the vehicle to your home for a test drive. Hyundai believes there are little things- like valet maintenance service that leaves you with a loaner while they pick up your Equus for routine care- that set luxury car ownership apart.

This is the sort of tone that Hyundai will bring to Genesis brand shops, which will be located within Hyundai dealerships for the time being. As the Genesis and Equus models get renamed to G80 and G90, we’re hoping that used Hyundai shoppers can see them on our Jersey City lot. However, these vehicles boast rich, responsive handling that are found in other popular Hyundai models, such as the Elantra or Sonata.
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Something for Everyone

No matter the luxury level, you can count on your Hyundai to deliver reliability that’s second to none. The lineup has something for everyone, with esteemed versatility as a trademark for every model. For customers looking for a vehicle that make every trip enjoyable- from a quick errand to a long road trip- considering a Hyundai is a great idea.

If you’re on the hunt for a new-to-you car, consider a Hyundai- or any of the other high-quality, meticulously inspected vehicles at our used car dealership! Contact us today and our sales experts will help you find what you need.

Used Hyundai available in Jersey City