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Do You Have A PA Road Concern??

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000



Would you like to report a concern on state-owned road conditions, construction projects, signs or signals, speed limits, or damage to personal property? Please use the following link https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/web.nsf/contactUsCCC?OpenForm  to let PennDot know.

Car-Lotta wants to remind you - We care!








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Do You Want Your Children To Do Better In School?

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
School has started back up. CarLotta Credit and Car Sales thought these 5 ways to help your child do better in school could be very helpful. As a parent, after working a hard and long day yourself...it is easy to forget about your children's needs sometimes...

1) Listen. Listen, really listen without tv or other distractions, to what they tell you about their day. How do you feel when are trying to tell someone you care about, how your day went and they just "yes" you to death and watch tv? You can find out so much about your child just from this step. Are they feeling bullied? Are they happy with their teachers? Is the bus ride okay? Do they need help with their homework?

2) Read To Your Kids. When they are young, read to them. When they are older, read with them and encourage them to read on their own. If you feel books are too expensive to buy, there is always the library. The type of book or subject is less important then the actually reading. Set aside limited times for tv, video games and computer. This will give time for reading. How about trading 1 hour of tv for each 1/2 hour reading?

3) If they need help with their schoolwork, give it to them. If you do not feel qualified to help them with 7th grade math for example, ask around. You'd be surprised how many adults, and older kids, are good at school work...and are willing to help for free. You just have to ask. What help and support are available after school or in school?

4) Look at your child's homework and read their reports and papers. Give encouragement, maybe fix a spelling error or two and just show that you care. It is not about you helping them get an "A". It is about you caring about what they are working on and spending their entire day worrying about.

5) BE POSITIVE. It can be very difficult after a long day, but reward their effort with encouragement. How hard do you work if someone is on your case and negative every day?  How about hiding a funny card or note in one of their books or tablets to bring a smile during a hectic day, or before a test? The small things do help.

 Car-Lotta Reminds you ..... If you love them...tell them and show them every day.

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How Is Labor Day Celebrated ?

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.


 Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. Most school districts that started summer vacation in mid June will resume school near this day.



The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, in Boston, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation's first integrated major trade union. It became a federal holiday in 1894. Singed into law as a National Holiday by Grover Cleveland.


All Car-Lotta Credit locations will be closed Monday September 4th  in observance of Labor Day.



We will re open Tuesday September 5th  at 9:00 am.

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Do You Know The School Bus Stopping Laws?

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
It's that time... The kids are going back to school.



Did you know that  every year, children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.

      Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Laws Are :

  When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  
  When you approach an inter section where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended,  you MUST STOP.

  You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.

  You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

  DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.    


Penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

*$250 fine

*Five points on your driving record

*60-day license suspension

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Do You Have Your Yellow Dot?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
PennDOT is shining the spotlight on a program that could save your life! It's called the "Yellow DOT Program."


This program assists citizens in the "golden hour" of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs themselves. Placing a Yellow Dot decal in your vehicle's rear window alerts first responders to check your glove compartment for vital information to ensure you receive the medical attention you need. The program is a cooperative effort between PennDOT, the state departments of Health and Aging, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, first responders, and local law enforcement.
 

How can citizens participate?

 
To receive a "Yellow DOT," you can stop into any DMV in the area or many state representatives offices carry them as well. You can also get one online by heading here.

Once you receive a "Yellow Dot," you're encouraged to place it on the back left windshield of your car.

To update your emergency contact information which is synced to your Pennsylvania Driver's License, head here!

                        Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales CARES!!!

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Are You A Sensible or Aggressive Driver ??

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Did you know that driving sensibly can save you fuel?
Each 5 mph  you drive over  60 mph  is like paying an additional 24 cents per gallon of gas!

Aggressive driving (speeding, rapid acceleration and braking) wastes gas and can lower your gales mileage by 33 percent at highway speeds and by  5 percent around town. While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at different speed ( or range of speeds), gas mileage usually decreases at speeds above 60 mph.

Sensible driving is also safer for you and others, so you may save more than gas money.

Car-Lotta reminds you to Drive Safe-  The life you save may be your own!

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Do You Know A Child In Need Of A Backpack?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales wants  to give back to this GREAT Community!!!

Starting 9:00 AM Monday, August 7th  through 7:00 PM Tuesday, August 15th,  each one  of our locations (Blakely / Hazleton / Kingston)  will be giving out 26 backpacks per day...

These are on a First come basis... Only 26 will be given out per day, per store. When they are gone for the day, it's over for that day.

This is our way of saying THANK YOU and to show our appreciation.
 
** No purchase necessary. This is NOT restricted to Car-Lotta customers. Anyone may line up and get a backpack if they fit the rules.

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How Do You Avoid Road Rage ?

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

 

Road Rage

"An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger(s) of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger(s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident that occurred on a roadway.

Aggressive Driving & Road Rage Symptoms

  • Mentally condemning or thought of violence toward other drivers.
  • Verbally expressing condemnation of other drivers to passengers in your vehicle.
  • Not obeying traffic safety rules because you don't agree with them.
  • Engage in aggressive and risky driving:
    • Following too close.
    • Speeding.
    • Weaving in and out of traffic.
    • Speeding up to beat a traffic light.
    • Cutting between vehicles to change lanes.
    • Using the horn excessively.
    • Flashing headlights excessively at oncoming traffic.
    • Braking to get others to back off your bumper.
    • Passing another driver, then slowing to teach them a lesson.


  • Tips To Avoid Road Rage:
  • Allow plenty of time for the trip, listen to soothing music, improve the comfort in your vehicle, and understand that you cannot control the traffic, only your reaction to it. In the end, we may very well discover that personal frustration, anger, and impatience may be the most dangerous "drugs" on the highway.
  • Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver is not. Avoid all conflict if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way. Never underestimate the other driver's capacity for mayhem.
  • When entering traffic or changing lanes, make sure that you have enough room.
  • Make sure you have established a safe following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
  • Don't make aggressive hand gestures to the other drivers when they offend you with their driving.
  • Signal when turning or changing lanes.
  • Control your anger; remember it takes two to start a fight.
  • Avoid prolonged eye contact with the bad or angry driver.
  • Get help. Call police on your cell phone or go to a public telephone or place. Don't pull to the side of the road.
  • Forget about winning. No one wins in a highway crash.
  • Put yourself in the other driver's shoes. They may be driving that way because of an actual emergency
                     Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales Reminds You To Drive Save-  
                                 The Life You Save My Be Your Own 

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What IS That In The Road?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

IF THERE IS A DEAD ANIMAL ON THE ROAD, WHO DO I CALL TO HAVE IT REMOVED?

PennDot hires private contractors  to remove animals along state roads. The Pennsylvania Game Commission removes large game animals from limited access highways.
 
If you have a maintenance concern related to a state maintained road like potholes or a dead animal call 1-800-FIX-ROAD  or
 
 
 
 
 

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Is It Raining?? Are Your Headlights On?

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Rain, makes it difficult to see the road and other cars. Turning on your headlights during inclement weather not only   helps you see better and helps other cars see you.....  It's The Law! 
 
 
In December of  2006, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the headlight wiper law, section 4302 of the Pennsylvania Code. It went into effect Jan. 29, 2007. The intention of the law is to make vehicles more visible to one another in inclement weather.

The Law
The headlight wiper law states that a driver must turn on his headlights whenever he is using his windshield wipers continuously or at intervals in response to rain, snow, sleet, fog, mist or other weather condition.
 
Type of Violation
This law is considered a primary offense, meaning a driver can be pulled over and ticketed solely for not following the regulation.

The Fine
A ticket for violation of the headlight wiper law in Pennsylvania is $25. However, with fees and other costs associated with the violation, the total paid can approach $100.


                      Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Drive Safe! 

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What Is In Your Summer Breakdown Kit?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Summer heat can also wreak havoc on a vehicle and its function. The warm weather, hot roads, long  trips, and dry air combine to create a hostile work environment for your car. Here are a few things to consider as you hit the road during  hot summer months.

Checking your tire pressure is an important things to  do year round— especially during the summer months. Hot tires on hot pavement is  a recipe for a blowout. If your tires are improperly inflated, the risk of catastrophic failure is even greater. Help prevent hazardous situations by checking your tires once a month and replacing them before they become dangerously worn.

Hot weather can also shorten your battery’s usable life. The extra vibration from summer trips can also damage your battery. It’s always a good idea to carry a set of jumper cables, or even a battery jump box, so you don’t get stranded. Check your car’s battery terminals for corrosion, and make sure the battery itself is  mounted securely.


 Low coolant levels can literally kill your engine. Worn hoses or a damaged radiator can allow coolant to leak and engine temperatures to rise. Keep an especially close eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge during summer months to prevent  any overheating.
Every driver should put together a “summer breakdown kit”:
  • Water (one gallon per person)
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency blanket (doubles as shade)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Basic tool kit
  • Pocket knife and/or multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Tow strap
  • Replacement fuses
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Hazard signs and flares
  • Can of tire sealant
  • Shop towels or paper towels
  • Work gloves
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Drive Safe.... and enjoy your summer 



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What Are You Doing For The 4th Of July?

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000
July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution (1775-83). In June 1776, representatives of the 13 colonies then fighting in the revolutionary struggle weighed a resolution that would declare their independence from Great Britain. On July 2nd, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later its delegates adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 until the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence. Typical festivities range from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales will be closed on Tuesday  July 4th in observance of the holiday.  We will re open on Wednesday, July 5th at 9:00am

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How Hot Is Your Vehicle?

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000
 Summer is here and so is the heat- If  you  think it is hot outside---- How high can the temperature inside your  vehicle  go?
The exact answer will vary, of course, depending on the type of car, where it is parked, the time of day. 
  • The fastest temperature rise occurs in the first few minutes. Within just 10 minutes, the temperature can increase between 10 and 20 degrees.
  • Over the first 30 minutes, the temperature increases by an average of over one degree per minute. If you park and go inside a store for 30 minutes on a 90-degree day, you’ll come back to a car that is over 120 degrees.
  • After one hour, the average car is 43 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
  • After 90 minutes, the average temperature difference is 48 degrees. On a 90-degree day, that equates to 138 degrees—higher than the hottest outdoor temperature ever recorded on earth.
  • Interestingly, these temperature increases are roughly the same no matter what the outdoor temperature is. Even on a beautiful 75-degree day, the temperature after 90 minutes will be over 120 degrees. If you’re in a desert heat wave and the outside temperature is 110, expect a car interior around 160 degrees.
Since these are averages, there’s about a 50-50 chance that your vehicle could get even hotter. The paint color, interior upholstery color, amount of window tinting, amount of shade, direction you are parked, and city where you are located can all affect whether your car is below or above average.

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Do You Want Us To Double Your Down Payment?

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Did you know the number 1 reason that stops most people from getting the vehicle they want and need is....
                                    The Down Payment.

Because most dealerships want your entire paycheck or life savings.
Well... Car-Lotta Credit has had enough of that and decided to do something about it.
 We are going to give you up to  $500  towards your down payment. We will Double your down payment up to $500

Now you can Get the vehicle you and your family needs without emptying the bank account. (We want you to do all of those Fun Summer things)

And if you're worried about Credit...
Don't! Bad / No Credit = No Problem . (the past is the past)

This is an opportunity to build your credit with our monthly reporting.

**  Call  for more details

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Is Your 4 Wheel Baby Ready For Summer?

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000
            6 Tips for Summer Car Care

With summer coming upon us quickly, there’s no better time to get your used car ready for the heat and traffic the summer has to offer. Remember that keeping up with maintenance can save you money, and aggravation in the long run.

1. Have your vehicle checked by a qualified technician to find any problems before they get worse.
      * Have your coolant levels and coolant checked.
      * Have your brakes inspected.
      * Check your tires for proper inflation, alignment, and wear.
      * Check the battery.

2. Have your oil, oil filter, and air filter changed regularly.
3. Keep your vehicle clean, inside and out, for safety and better gas mileage.
4. Replace wiper blades.
5. Check to make sure all mirrors are operating properly.
6. Keep an emergency kit in the car...with jumper cables, a bottle of water, a quart of oil and a flashlight.

These sound simple but can save you some money and time this summer...enjoy! 

                              Your Friends At Car-Lotta

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What Are You Doing For Memorial Day ?

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:23:00 +0000
Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday observed on the last Monday of May .


Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

It has become a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and marks the start of the summer vacation season!


Car-Lotta Credit Car Sales will be closed Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day and will re open Tuesday, May 30th    at 9:00 am.  

 Happy Memorial Day!

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Are You Ready For Click It Or Tick It?

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Local police will be on the lookout to make sure motorists are wearing their seatbelts.
The  the national “Click It or Ticket” Seatbelt Enforcement initiative runs from  from May 15 to June 4.
Primarily between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. daily, officers will be checking to see if motorists and passengers are buckled up through the use of traffic enforcement zones and roving patrols.
Citations will be issued to motorists who are caught unbuckled or are transporting unrestrained children, according to a news release. Children ages 4 to 8 must be restrained in a proper booster seat, and a law passed in August 2016 requires children under the age of 2 be seated in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system until the child outgrows it.
 Drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years and older are required to buckle up. If motorists are stopped for a traffic violation and are not buckled up, they can receive a second ticket and a second fine.
Car-Lotta Reminds you to - Buckle  Up!  It's the LAW!!

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Do You Share The Road?

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000
The warmer weather is here ( well kinda)  and it is time for  motorcycles to  come out of garages.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation urges all drivers to give riders some space. Here are some hints that  the driver of an automobile  should know about motorcyclists:


1.  There are a lot more cars and trucks than motorcycles on the road
2.  A motorcycle can be easily hidden in a car's blind spots.3.  A motorcycle may seem to be farther away than it actually is.
4.  Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle
5.  Motorcyclists often adjust their position within a lane to be seen more easily
6.  Turn signals on a motorcycle are usually not self-canceling
7.  Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle's better characteristics.
8.  Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping more difficult.
9.  When a motorcycle is in motion, see more than the motorcycle.    (The person under  helmet  could be your friend, neighbor or relative)

      Car-Lotta wants to remind you .... Give them their fair share of the roadway and don't follow too close!

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Could You Use $100.00

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Could You Use $100.00???


                   Take time to give us a GOOD REVIEW-


 All  customers  who take time to give us a POSITIVE REVIEW on social         media will be entered into a drawing for $100.00 CASH!!

Each month we will chose one winning name.

 

This drawing  will be held the last day of the month  and  posted on our Face Book page -


You can post on our Face Book page   https://www.facebook.com/carlottacredit

or chose  your own  place to post.

Be sure to send us the link so we have the information you posted.

 

Are You On FaceBook?

 

Let Us Post Your Picture On Our FaceBook  Page and you will  automatically  be entered to win  A $25.00 Sheetz  Gift Card-

One winner per month

 

The drawing of this winning name will be posted on FaceBook the last day of the month.

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Could You Use $100.00??

Mon, 01 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000
  Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales is  looking to give one lucky person - per month - $100.00 CASH !

It is simple- Just post ONE POSITIVE comment about us on YELP or our FaceBook page- send us the link so we can verify the post - and your name will be entered into a  drawing-   Winning name will be pulled on the last day of each month-  Video of this drawing will be posted on Face Book.

It's simple-  ONE POSITIVE review or comment could win you  $100.00  

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Do You Take Your Keys With You?

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000
 
While vehicles thefts overall are decreasing, car thefts with keys left inside are increasing.
It seems like a no-brainer....... Take your keys with you when you get out of your car!!!
 
A report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that there were over  126,603 car thefts with keys left inside between 2012 and 2015.
 
The research revealed interesting information about where and when car thefts with keys left inside were most common:
  • The top five states for car thefts with keys left inside during this reporting period were California, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Ohio . 
  • Saturday was the most common day for car thefts with keys left inside followed by Friday  and Monday.
Car thefts with keys left inside are especially unfortunate because they don’t need to happen. With so many advanced anti-theft technologies for autos out there, leaving your keys in the car is an open invitation out there for car thieves.
 
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you- NEVER leave your keys in the car!!


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Is It TIme To Clean Your Trunk?

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Were  you carrying a sandbag or other heavy objects in your trunk to improve how your vehicle handled during the winter weather ?

If the answer was YES .... it’s time to clean out your trunk. Doing this will improve your gas mileage because you lighten your car’s load and this can mean considerable savings at the pumps.

Why not take your four wheel baby  in for a professional wash so that you can rid your  exterior of any residue left over from the winter months.




Car-Lotta Car Sales ..... CARES!

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Final Days!

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:03:00 +0000

Would You Like to Double Your MONEY? *

From NOW till April 15th 2017 ..You can Double Your Tax Refund (up to $1,000*)

Tax Refunds don't last long (how could they with all of the day to day expenses nowadays)... It's like as soon as it comes in, it goes out!!!

This  is why we  decided to Double Your Refund* ...We want you to get the vehicle you need and deserve                  AND still keep money in your pocket.

You  will still get.....

Hassle free Financing--> We finance your future, Not your past (Bad Credit / No Credit... No Problem!).

* Fast & Easy Approvals → Don't spend days in a car dealership… Get the vehicle that is best for you with our Fast and Easy approval system.

* 6 Months / 6k Warranty On All Vehicles so that you have Peace Of Mind and Protection for any unplanned surprises.

And …
* Credit Bureau Reporting -   Rebuild and Establish credit today so that for any future purchases you are prepared and ready to go…

P.S. Yes you read that right... You can DOUBLE YOUR MONEY - Up to $1000*- and Get the Vehicle you need, want and deserve!

TAX TIME IS CAR TIME...

Car-Lotta Car Sales-

* See Sales For Complete Details

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Do You Need A Vehicle ?? Do You Have $77.00 ?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000

Its tough right now to get the vehicle you want and deserve...

 After unfortunate events like a Repo, BK, Medical bills, Divorce, late payments or even No Credit… It's almost impossible to get the vehicle you NEED and deserve without forking out thousands  of dollars for a down payment

Does any of this sound familiar?

Don’t feel bad- You’re not alone, and it's not your fault.
We have all had situations come up…
And Who has thousands of dollars sitting around, anyway?
I hear this advice all the time: “just save up and then you can buy a car outright and don’t have to worry about payments or interest”…


Perhaps you have already experienced this situation… Maybe you suffered this kind of thing more than once…
Wouldn’t it be nice, if someone gave you a 2nd chance?
Someone that will work with you and help you get back on your feet… WITHOUT taking all your money.

You work hard for your money. You do your very best to pay your bills on time and it's about time someone sees that and gives you the break you need….

Don’t people get it… How can you work or get around if you don’t have a car?
How can you get a better job if you are limited by how far you can travel, OR the timeframe you can work…

Just think of the opportunity you would have if YOU had your OWN Reliable VEHICLE…
Also, how nice would it be, To Go where you wanted to go When you wanted to go, With who you wanted to go with…

                              Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales wants to help   start by clicking here  


                                       http://www.carlottacredit.com/facebook-specials


** See Sales for complete details!

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Do You Have A Favorite Pothole?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000
Ever wonder about the life of a Pothole??

Potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface. The moisture freezes when temperatures drop, causing the ground to expand and push the pavement up. As temperatures rise, the ground returns to normal level but the pavement often remains raised. This creates a gap between the pavement and the ground below it.

When vehicles drive over this cavity, the pavement surface cracks and falls into the hollow space, leading to the birth of another pothole.

You can  report potholes or any other PA  road concerns  by   calling 1-800 FIX ROAD.

Car-Lotta wants you to keep your  vehicle is top running condition-   You should have your vehicle aligned at least once a year.  

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