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Is YOUR Belt Squealing?

Mon, 20 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Car belts typically do not begin to squeal unless they are worn out or they are not tight enough. Once a belt starts squealing it is best to have it replaced. While a belt dressing can offer a temporary fix while the driver is on the road, the belt is sure to squeal again soon before it finally gives and breaks.
One way to silence a squealing belt on a car is by spraying on a belt dressing. Belt dressing works as an adhesive to increase the friction between the belt and the pulley to help extend the life of the belt.

Car-Lotta reminds you that proper maintenance on your vehicle is important.

 

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Can You Drive A Stick Shift?

Mon, 06 May 2019 12:00:00 +0000
You know the great thing about driving a car with an automatic transmission? They’re so much fun. The thrill of shifting from park into drive is just exhilarating…said no one ever.
 
 Here’s  Car-Lotta Credits completely unscientific list of the benefits of driving stick shift:
1.You are in control. 
 
2. It gets better gas mileage. One of the other benefits of driving stick shift is the possibility of boosting your fuel efficiency  anywhere from 5 to 15 percent. How much you save depends on your driving style and the road conditions.
3. It’s cheaper to maintain. Generally speaking, manual transmissions are  easier to maintain. Clutches tend to be the most common repair. But, again, depending on driving style and road conditions, you might not need to change one for hundreds of thousands of miles.
4. I’m less distracted. Between clutching and reminding myself to get back into first when I stop at a light, I don’t have time (or enough hands) to fiddle with my phone, eat and change a radio station at the same time. You’re welcome, fellow drivers.
5. It’s fun. It’s actually really, really fun. That’s as good a reason as any to learn something new.
6. No one’s going to steal you car. Estimates vary, but the average I’ve seen is that only about 5 to 6 percent of cars sold in the U.S. today have a manual transmission.
7. No one asks to borrow your car. See #6.
 

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What Would You Do If You Were On An Accident?

Mon, 29 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000
 

 
 
When you get into a car accident, there are certain steps you may want to take in order to help make sure everyone is safe, to follow the law and to get the insurance claim process started.
The following steps may help guide you through important decisions you need to make if you've been in an auto accident, whether you were at fault for the accident or not.
 
STEP 1: CHECK YOURSELF FOR INJURIES.
If you're injured, call 911 or ask someone else to do so. If you're seriously injured, try not to move, and wait for emergency personnel.
STEP 2: CHECK ON THE WELL-BEING OF YOUR PASSENGERS.
If you're not too hurt to move, check on the other passengers in your car. If anyone's injured, get on the phone with emergency services or ask a bystander to call for help.
STEP 3: GET TO SAFETY.
If you're able to, move to the side of the road or a sidewalk. If your car is safe to drive and is causing a hazard where it is, pull it to the side of the road. Otherwise, leave it where it is and get yourself to safety.
STEP 4: CALL 911.
Whether an accident is considered a fender bender or a major collision, calling the police is important — and in some states, it's legally required. The responding officers will fill out an accident report and document the scene. If the police can't come to the scene of the accident, you can go to the nearest police station and complete a report yourself, according to the III. When you file a claim with your insurer, they may ask for a copy of the police report to help with the claims process.
STEP 5: WAIT FOR HELP.
Turn off your engine, turn on your hazard lights and use the road flares in your emergency kit to warn other vehicles to slow down.
STEP 6: EXCHANGE INFORMATION.
After making sure you and any passengers are uninjured, exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. The most important information drivers should exchange after an accident:
 
Full name and contact information
  • Insurance company and policy number
  • Driver's license and license plate number
  • Type, color and model of vehicle
  • Location of accident
Avoid discussing fault when going over the facts with the other driver. When you file an insurance claim, the adjuster reviewing your claim will determine who's at fault based on an inspection of the vehicles/property damaged, information provided by you and the other parties involved in the accident, and any supporting documentation, like the police report or photographs from the scene.
 
STEP 7: DOCUMENT THE ACCIDENT.
In order to help protect yourself take the following steps:
  • Identify the officers.
    Once the police arrive, get the name and badge number of all responding officers.
  • Get a copy.
    Ask the police officers present where you can obtain a copy of the accident report. Your insurer may ask for a copy of the report when you file a car insurance claim.
  • Take pictures.
    Document the accident thoroughly by taking pictures of your vehicle from different angles, showing the damage done to both cars. It might also be a good idea to take pictures of the other car's license plate.
  • Take down names.
    Write down the names and addresses of all parties involved, including any passengers in the other vehicle.
  • Talk to witnesses.
    If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their names and their contact information, as well.
 
STEP 8: NOTIFY YOUR INSURER AND START THE CLAIMS PROCESS.
You may want to call your insurance agent while you're at the scene. That way, they can tell you exactly what they will need to in order to process your claim.
An accident can leave even the most seasoned driver frazzled, but following these steps may help protect you from unnecessary worries. That way, you can focus on working with your insurance company to get your vehicle repaired as smoothly and as quickly as possible.
 
Car-Lotta Wants To Know What   To Do!
 
 


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Can A Minor Purchase A Vehicle?

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000
High school students tend to visit dealerships for vehicle service or to buy a car during the spring and summer months.  A minor can purchase a vehicle, but the dealer should be aware of certain pitfalls.


Any vehicle contract with an individual under the age of 18 can be rendered null and void, as a minor may have the right to return a vehicle and demand reimbursement until the age of 18.
 
Dealers are advised to require a responsible adult to become the purchaser or co-purchaser of a vehicle. 

Common questions on sales, service and insurance include:

Can a vehicle be registered in a minor's name?  Yes.  There is no age restriction to being registered as the owner or lessee of a vehicle.

What about a buyer's order, lease or rental agreement? It is advisable to have the minor and an adult, usually a parent, sign the buyer's order, lease or rental agreement, as well as financing documents.

Are there special disclosure requirements for sales to a minor?  No.  However, as minors often purchase lower-cost,  used vehicles, dealers should explain the warranty, if any, and request an adult co-purchaser acknowledge all aspects of the sale in writing.

Do any special requirements apply to a minor's proof of insurance? The name(s) listed on the registration must correspond with the proof of insurance.  The minor may own the vehicle and be covered by a parent's policy if the minor's name appears on the declaration page of the parent's insurance policy.  If the minor's name does not appear on the proof of insurance document provided, a dealer must request further proof of coverage which does list the minor's name.

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Getting Your Auto Ready For Spring

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Winter is finally winding down. With more sun and rising temperatures comes an entirely different strategy for car care. Here are a few simple tips to help you care for your vehicle as winter makes way for spring.

Wash and Wax

A good, thorough wash and wax is the most important thing to do with your car once the winter is over. Winter driving can cause a huge amount of road grime, debris and -- worst of all -- salt to build up on your car. You want to make sure those items are long gone before spring starts. Allowing debris and grime to build up on your car can affect its paint and finish, while allowing salt to build up can lead to rust and other serious problems.

Clean the Inside, Too

Nobody wants to spend time cleaning out their car during a cold winter day. That's why spring is the perfect time to clean your car's interior, so spend a day doing some spring cleaning. Remove and throw away all the interior papers, trash and other items that have accrued over the winter. Not only will you have a clean car, but your spring cleaning can be done when it's more temperate and comfortable outside -- especially important if you have to vacuum your carpets and seats.

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Are You Ready To Help Your Auto Recover From Winter

Mon, 08 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000

Your car has battled snow, ice, salt and potholes for months on end. Now that winter’s in the rear view mirror ( well almost),  certain aspects of your car need a little more TLC than others.

A few things to check 

  • Tires: In our area, now is the time to swap your snow tires for your all-season tires. If you kept your all-season tires on all winter, you’ll want to have them rotated. That’s because the drive wheels get worn down faster in all conditions, but especially in harsh winter conditions. By having them regularly rotated (about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles although your vehicle owner’s manual will tell you what is recommended for your car), they will more evenly distribute the wear-and-tear and extend the life of your tires.

    Also, if you’re keeping your all-season tires on all year, make sure to check the tire pressure.  cold air lowers tire pressure, which reduces the traction your tires have with the road. The tire pressure may have improved automatically when the weather warmed up, but it’s still best to check.
  • Windshield wiper blades: Your wiper blades were probably working overtime removing snow and slush off your windshield. That, along with the fact that cold temperatures wear down blades, means you’ll want to inspect them in the spring. Clean the rubber insert with a lint free rag and window cleaner and replace them if they look worn, squeak or don’t completely clear water off your windshield.


  • Body of the car: The salt used on winter roads can corrode your car, which can cause rust to form. This is especially true when it comes to the car’s underbody. Get things under control by taking your car to a car wash that has high-pressure regular and under-sprays. It will clear off the salt, which will let you inspect your car for any small pits and bubbles that could be the start of a rust spot.

    Definitely take your car to a shop if you notice the beginnings of a rust spot. Before next winter, you might also want to stop back to have your car pre-treated with an oil solution under-spray that will help resist winter road salt damage.

  • Brakes: Brakes work harder in the winter, so it’s a good idea to give a close listen to them. If they make any strange noises, take your car to a pro ASAP. You might also consider having your brake pads and drums checked, especially if your car is on the higher end of the mileage spectrum. It’s easy to become used to the feel of worn brakes.

  • Fluids: It’s important to check your car’s fluid levels since cars tend to use more fluids in the winter. Have a pro check your brake, oil, windshield, coolant, battery and transmission fluid levels. Also ask him or her to test your battery’s charge since extremely cold temperatures can take a toll on batteries
  • Engine air filter: A clean engine air filter helps the engine take in fresh, clean air. If it’s clogged, the engine has to work harder. That can lower your fuel economy, so make sure to replace your engine air filter about every 15,000 miles.

  • Interior of car: Now is the time to wash the floor liners, vacuum and clean out any trash that’s accumulated. You might also consider applying a protective dressing to the interior vinyl to give it a barrier against the sunshine-filled days ahead.

  • Alignment: Potholes can knock your car out of alignment. If your car pulls in one direction instead of maintaining a straight path, it could be out of alignment. Have a pro check its alignment if that’s the case.
Car-Lotta reminds you to take care of your 4 Wheel Baby!   

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    Do You Know What NOT To Do To Your Auto?

    Mon, 01 Apr 2019 12:00:00 +0000
    You probably rely on your vehicle every day to get you where you need to go. But how well can your vehicle rely on you?
    There are some things you should never do to your car. Are you guilty of any of them? Check out the list below to find out—and learn what you can do to give your car the care it needs.
    8 things to never do to your car...

     
    • Put off the recommended maintenance. There’s a reason the car manufacturer gives you that little book when you buy a car. It contains important maintenance guidelines for the age and mileage of your car. By following what it says, you can keep your car running smoothly and safely—and save on having to pay for big repairs later on.
     
    • Ignore any warning lights. Most cars come with a check engine light and other warning lights. If any warning light goes off, it’s time to take your car to a qualified mechanic ASAP.
     
    • Never change the air filter. A fresh air filter keeps your engine running smoothly and improves your car’s fuel efficiency. Most manufacturers suggest you replace your filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Err on the lower side if you drive in dusty conditions or in stop-and-go circumstances.)
     
    • Never check your tires’ air levels. Not having the right tire pressure makes for unsafe driving and reduced fuel efficiency. Most vehicles list tire pressure requirements on the driver side door post so you know how much air to give your tires.
     
    • Have an unqualified person work on your car. Take the time to find a qualified car mechanic. (Keep in mind that you could qualify as “unqualified” if a repair is beyond your skill level.)
     
    • Rev the engine during the winter. Doing this doesn’t warm up the car—in fact, it can cause damage since the oil hasn’t yet worked its way through the engine.
     
    • Leave keys in the ignition of an unattended car. This is one of the easiest ways to tempt thieves—
     
    • Run your gas tank down to empty. Doing so cuts the life of the fuel pump—and puts you at risk of running out before you get to a station.

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    Are You Ready For Spring?

    Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000
    Spring is  of the prime time to Maintain your auto. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away.

    Take out the snow shovel, the gloves, and heavy boots and store them 'til next season.
    Summer isn't that  far away.

    Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as possible.


    We offer the following tips on getting your auto ready for summer.
    • Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules.
    • Have hard starts, rough idling, stalling, etc. corrected before hot weather sets in.
    • Flush and refill the cooling system  according to the service manual's
    • recommendations.
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    • The tightness and condition of belts, clamps, and hoses should be checked by a qualified auto technician.
    • Have a marginally operating air conditioner system serviced by a qualified technician to reduce the likelihood of more costly repairs.
    • Change the oil and oil filter as specified in owner's manual. (Properly dispose of used oil.)
    • Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended.
    • Check the condition of tires, including the spare. Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold.
    • Inspect all lights and bulbs; replace burned out bulbs.
    • Replace worn wiper blades and keep plenty of washer solvent on hand to combat summer's dust and insects.
    Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to Spring into action!

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    Do You Consider Yourself A Good Driver?

    Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000
    Do you consider yourself a pretty good driver?
     
     A recent study  revealed that Pennsylvania motorists have some of the worst driving habits in the country. 
     
    The study logged nearly 800 million miles in 2018 to determine common driving habits. It ultimately revealed data related to speeding, smartphone usage and hard turning.
     
    Pennsylvania drivers need to take note because engaging in any of those behaviors greatly increases the odds of sustaining inquires from driving. 
     
     
    Pennsylvania ranked 48th with a driving score of 74.7 out of 100.
     
    The only states that ranked lower than Pennsylvania were Rhode Island and Connecticut.
     
    Out of all drivers observed in Pennsylvania, the data revealed that approximately 37 percent of all trips involved the driver using a cell phone at some point and that 49 percent of the state's trips involved speeding. 
     
    Car-Lotta Car Sales Reminds You To Drive Safe   
     
     
     


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    Are You A Sensible Driver ?

    Tue, 12 Mar 2019 00:00:00 +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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    Does Your Car Start?

    Mon, 04 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    There are many reasons why your car won’t start. Before calling for help, there are things you can check yourself.
     
    Start by checking to  make sure the steering wheel isn’t locked.
    Is your   gas tank empty?  If you were low on fuel before (or your gauge is broken), it’s possible you’re just on “E.”
    Still won’t start?

    It could be due to one of the following:
     
    • Dead battery. A dead battery is the most common reason why a car won’t start. If you have a battery tester, check your battery to see if it’s weak. If you don’t have one, try jumping your car with jumper cables.
    • Battery corrosion. Corrosion on your battery can spell trouble. Check and clean your battery posts to make sure there is a clean, complete connection, then try to start your car again. An auto store employee can direct you to the right products and offer advice on how to clean your battery.
    • Bad starter. The starter motor is responsible for physically turning the engine over and getting the engine to fire. If this is the issue, you’ll need a new one installed.
    • Bad timing belt. The timing belt ensures the engine’s valves open and close at the proper interval so that the valves and the pistons never touch. The timing belt is the most important maintenance item in in your engine. A failed timing belt can cause catastrophic engine damage requiring an engine replacement. Auto manufacturers specify when a timing belt should be changed. This is usually based on mileage; generally, the interval is every 60,000 miles or five years (whichever comes first).
    • .
    • Bad ignition coil. The ignition coil transforms a battery’s voltage into an electric spark. A damaged ignition coil means there’s not enough juice to do that. You’ll need a multimeter (a tool designed to measure electrical current, voltage and resistance) to test the strength of the current running through the coil.
    • Clogged fuel filter. A clogged fuel filter will prevent enough fuel from reaching the engine. A replacement is usually needed if this is the problem.
    If you can’t fix the problem yourself (or don’t feel comfortable diving under the hood), Car-Lotta recommends that  get in touch with a trustworthy mechanic.

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    Do You Need To Pump Your Brakes?

    Mon, 25 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    On ice and snow-covered roads, it is important  to understand the basics of safe driving. Smart travel planning, reliable tires and regular vehicle maintenance all go a long way to keeping you safe on the road. 

    When it comes to driving on ice there are still some common misconceptions. You might hear conflicting advice on what to do if you lose traction. Should you pump your brakes, or not?                                                    It depends.


    When driving on ice, the safest technique will depend on whether your vehicle has an antilock braking system (ABS). Keep reading to find out when to pump and when not to pump.
    How do antilock brakes work?

    Antilock brakes decrease your stopping distance and increase control and stability during hard braking. It’s an especially useful  on icy roads, where traction is limited. An antilock braking system is made up of speed sensors mounted on each wheel and an electro-hydraulic braking circuit. When used, ABS prevents your wheels from locking by monitoring the speed of each wheel and automatically pulsating the brake pressure when it detects skidding. 
    My car has ABS. Do I need to pump my brakes?

    If your vehicle is equipped with ABS, you don’t need to pump the brakes when driving on slippery roads. Why? The brakes do it for you.
    If you’re wondering how to use ABS, the answer is simple. Your vehicle will activate it automatically, pulsating the brakes as soon as the system detects a wheel skidding. Just firmly press your foot on the brake and maintain steady pressure. You’ll feel the brake pedal pulsate and the ABS light will flash on the instrument panel.
     
    How do you know if your vehicle has antilock brakes?

    It’s important to know your vehicle’s braking system before you end up navigating an icy road. Your owner’s manual should describe your braking system and how to operate your vehicle in slippery conditions.

    Antilock brake systems have been around for a while. By the late 1990s, ABS was becoming commonplace, even on entry-level vehicles.In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began mandating ABS on all new cars.

    If your vehicle was built after 2013, then your vehicle has ABS. But if your car is older, you’ll want to check whether ABS was an included option. An ABS light on your dashboard is also an easy indicator of whether or not you have antilock brakes.

    Many late-model vehicles are also equipped with traction control or electronic stability control, which can also help when driving on ice.


    If your vehicle doesn’t have antilock brakes, manually pumping can help maintain control on slippery roads. Gently apply and release pressure at a moderate rate. Do not apply quick or steady pressure, as this can cause your wheels to lock and your car to skid.


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    How Does having An Automobile Improve Your Life??

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Can you even imagine life without your automobile ??

     With out a vehicle would your children  participate in after-school activities, because they wouldn’t have transportation.  Would your family would get bored to tears, because you would  be stuck at home all day?  Getting to work, school, and appointments would become a big hassle without an auto.

    Here are the top  ways having a car improves your life.

    1 It protects you.

    Autos  are equipped with air bags, seat belts, back-up cameras, and tons of safety features that save lives. Seat belts alone have  prevented  more than 10,000 deaths.
    Autos are covered with a protective shell of steel, aluminum, and other metals.  Traffic accidents are scary and dangerous, but they’d be a lot more lethal without such a strong set of body armor.
    Cars are built with your safety in mind, but they can’t care for themselves. Own your responsibility!  Follow preventive maintenance. Follow the guidelines in your owner’s manual to minimize risk. Ask  your auto shop about more ways to improve your safety.

    2. It comforts you.


    Your auto should feel like a second home. If it doesn’t, we encourage you to consider why. It might help to wash, vacuum, and organize your car. I bet you’ll feel more comfortable without messes and clutter in your way.  A CLEAN auto is a happy one!

    3. It inspires you.

    Thousands of people gather at car shows every year to admire the craftsmanship that’s involved with making an automobile (and keeping it in good shape!).
    Safety should always be your #1 consideration when buying your auto, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting an attractive ride.
    It doesn’t matter whether your vehicle is a beautiful swan or ugly duckling. Think about all the people involved in its creation. Designers made it pretty. Welders and assembly line workers made it practical. Creating a vehicle  is a collaborative effort!

    4. It communicates with you.

    Cars aren’t like an angry romantic partner. They won’t stonewall you or give you the silent treatment. When something is wrong, they will make sure you’re 100% aware!
    Of course, cars don’t speak English, so you’ll need to use your senses. Look and listen for any odd sights, sounds, smells, or sensations that might suggest you have a car problem.
    Keep a pencil and notepad in your glove compartment. If you  breakdown, see your  check engine light, or notice anything weird, pull over and write it down. Don’t trust yourself to remember!

    Car-Lotta wants you  to LOVE your 4 wheel baby!

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    Do You Leave Your Vehicle Running Unattended ?

    Mon, 11 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    Winter  shows no signs of lightening up any time soon, many of us try to get a step ahead of Old Man Winter and warm up our cars before heading out for the day. When cold weather approaches, many leave their cars running unattended in an effort to warm up them before facing the cold.


                                          YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK THIS PLAN.


    In Pennsylvania it is illegal to leave your vehicle  running while it is unattended.  The purpose of the law is so that vehicle owners do not become victims for thieves! When falling prey to the simple temptation of leaving your auto running and unattended, you  must remember that car thefts of this kind are easily preventable crimes.



    If you are caught leaving your vehicle running and unattended in Pennsylvania, you are guilty of a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $5 plus court costs.

    Although summary offenses and tickets do not seem like a big deal in the long run, if your auto is stolen, there can be civil and sometimes even criminal liability for the reckless act of leaving a vehicle unattended while running.

    Some Insurance providers will deny coverage for a vehicle stolen due to the lack of reasonable care taken by the owner of the vehicle. If an individual is injured or property damage occurs as a result of an unauthorized individual operating a vehicle simply because it was left running, may have a negligence claim against the owner of the vehicle (or the person who left it running unattended).

    So before deciding to put those key in the ignition, turn on the defrosters and heat, and run back into the house to finish getting ready, Car-Lotta reminds you, it is  better to have a cold car than no car.

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    How Do You Drive In The Winter?

    Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    Winter driving  definitely has its challenges. Throw an inexperienced or inconsiderate  driver into the mix, and your daily commute can get much more difficult. 

    It’s always aggravating when other drivers put you at risk. Getting stuck behind a driver who is spinning their tires or not paying attention isn’t just annoying… it’s dangerous. 


    Winter driving calls for quick decision making, patience and a little bit of know-how. Below you’ll find ways to spot a rookie winter driver — and how to avoid looking like one yourself:

                  Car-Lotta wants you to be aware of 6 Common Mistakes of Winter Drivers

    1. Tailgating  is never OK, especially in the winter months. It takes longer to come to a stop in the winter, so you should always put more distance between you and the car ahead. Impatience on the road rarely pays off – tailgating just puts you and others at risk.

    2. Speeding  can get you into trouble quickly. Make sure you’re never driving faster than what is safe for the conditions. In snowy or icy conditions, that probably means driving below the speed limit. The faster you're going, the more likely you are to lose control or slide into another car. Expect traffic to move a little slower in the winter and allow extra time to get to your destination.

    3. Getting stuck in  deep snow is NEVER fun,  chances are it will leave your tires spinning. For your own safety, know when to stay off the road altogether and drive carefully to avoid losing traction in the first place. After all, getting stuck is easy – getting out isn’t.

    4. Ice on the windshield  can be tempting to save time by letting your wipers or defroster remove it as you drive. Driving without full visibility is like driving blindfolded. Use a snow brush or ice scraper to clear your windshield entirely every time you get behind the wheel.  (And don’t just clear a little “window” you can see through!)

    5. Snow on the roof  can be an accident waiting to happen. If your car is covered in snow, take the time to clear your roof before you tackle the windows. You’ll keep snow from falling in your field of vision and from hitting the drivers behind you.

    6. Driving with high beams on can be frustrating in any condition, but some people think that high beams will increase your vision during whiteouts or heavy snowfall. In fact, fog lights and low beams will do much better.
    Just like other people's driving, winter weather can be unpredictable. Even the safest, most experienced drivers can get into an accident.

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    Is There Snow Or Ice On Your Auto?

    Mon, 28 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    Did You Know..... in the winter it is important to clear all snow and ice from your vehicle. Not only does it prevent a hazard from snow and ice that may fall from your vehicle, it also provides an unobstructed view.  

                   This is not only important.... IT'S THE LAW!


    Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Law:


    When snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury  (relating to accidents involving death or personal injury), the operator of the vehicle from which the snow or ice is dislodged or falls shall be subject to a fine of not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for each offense.

    Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to take the extra few minutes.... Clear  your vehicle.

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    Do You Have A Concern ??

    Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000

    Do you have a concern on state-owned road conditions, construction projects, signs or signals, speed limits, or damage to personal property?


    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has updated its customer care website to make it easier to report road concerns.

    PenDot asks you  to be as specific as possible when providing locations of concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name, and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. A description of any familiar landmarks is also helpful.

    The department said maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible.


     Please use the following link https://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/web.nsf/contactUsCCC?OpenForm  to let PennDot know.

    Concerns may also be reported through 1-800-FIX-ROAD
    (1-800-349-7623),


     Car-Lotta wants to remind you - We care!

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    Are There Any Open Reacalls On Your Vehicle?

    Mon, 14 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    Buying a used car requires a bit  of due diligence on your part. In addition to making sure the car is in good shape and isn’t a flood vehicle and  you’ll want to check  to see if there are any open recalls.

    A recall is issued when a manufacturer or NHTSA determines that a vehicle creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards. Most decisions to conduct a recall and remedy a safety defect are made voluntarily by manufacturers prior to any involvement by NHTSA.

    Manufacturers are required to fix the problem by repairing it, replacing it, offering a refund, or in rare cases repurchasing the vehicle.

    Using a VIN lookup tool, you can access recall information provided by the manufacturer conducting the recall which may be not posted yet on NHTSA’s site. You can also reach out to your vehicle manufacture to check for any recalls.

    It  seems  as if there is  a new vehicle  recall  every week. This is  affecting the used car market in a big way. Data reveals that of the 955,368 used cars available for sale in the United States on a single day, more than 36,000 had recalls.



    Car-Lotta Car Sales wants you to protect your investment.  We try our best to make sure all open recalls are taken care of before we sell to our customers but new recalls pop up daily. 

     Visit  https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to see if your current vehicle has any open recalls.  

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    How Much Does Your Vehicle Like The Cold?

    Mon, 07 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000
    It's  finally here..... The cold weather is upon us!!

    Vehicles, like many human, tend to not function as well when it’s cold. Just as it’s necessary for people to bundle up in coats, hats, and gloves in cold weather,  your auto needs a similar kind of attention. 
    Maintaining your vehicle can help prevent problems during extreme weather. You may still may find yourself out in the cold because your car doors were frozen shut or your car won’t start because of the arctic temperatures.
    Here are a few tips to help keep this from happening: 
         Drive your car. Subzero temperatures can cause car batteries to freeze, but driving or running the car reduces this risk.
          Before parking your car for the night or for an  extended period of time, make sure there’s plenty of gas in the tank. The cold weather can cause condensation to form on the walls of an empty tank, which may lead to frozen fuel lines
         If your  locks are frozen try  petroleum jelly to melt the ice. Dip the key into it and hen insert it into the lock. Once in the lock, try to wiggle the key, but do not force the key to turn. You may have to repeat this  step a few  times.
         Make sure  your tires are properly inflated. Tire pressure can affect handling, gas mileage, and steering, 
         Take the time to scrape your windows clean. If  wipers are stuck to the windshield and you turn them on, you could cause a lot of problems, including burning up the wiper motor. 
                      Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales can help you with your automotive needs-

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    Happy New Year

    Mon, 31 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000
                                Car-Lotta and Car Sales will be
             CLOSING   on Monday December 31st, 2018 at 5:00PM 
                    and CLOSED on Tuesday,  January 1st, 20019
                             in observance  of New Year Holiday.

      We will  Re-Open on Wednesday, January  2nd at  9:00 am

    Happy New Year  from all of us at Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales.

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    Merry Christmas

    Mon, 24 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000
                             Car-Lotta and Car Sales will be 
                     CLOSING at 12:00 on Christmas EVE and 
                     CLOSED  on Tuesday,  December 25th, 2018
                             in observance  of Christmas Holiday.

      We will  Re-Open on Wednesday, December 26th at  9:00 am

       Merry Christmas from all of us at Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales.

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    Could You Use A Little Extra Holiday Cash?

    Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000
    Looking for some extra cash for the holiday? 
     
      Do you have a vehicle you want to sell??
     
    Car-Lotta Car Sales  will buy ….
     
    * cars, trucks, pickups, minivans, SUV's and 4X4's
     
    * the years we will buy are from 2009 to 2019
     
    * mileage can be from 50,000 to 155,000 miles
     
    * we DO NOT  buy salvage or reconstructed vehicles
     
    * the price range is from $1500 to $5,000
     
    In less than 30 minutes we'll give you a price to buy it from you and if you have your drivers license and the title of the vehicle with you, you can leave with the check in your hand and no hassles

    Do you have a car you want to sell?
    Give us a call at 570 714 3656!! 

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    How Good Is Your Car Battery?

    Mon, 10 Dec 2018 13:36:00 +0000
    Baby It's Cold Outside!

    A Dead battery can be a real  annoyance. You  never really know when your battery is going to need a boost. This  usually happens at the most inopportune time—and if there’s no one around to help out with jumper cables, you may need to pay a tow truck to have your vehicle towed to a mechanic. Then  pay your mechanic to fix the problem.  

     A solution is to get  yourself a battery charger. You’ll be able to help yourself and probably  other drivers who break down as well. They are very simple to use and  relatively  inexpensive. It is a purchase worth the  investment  and  the time it takes to figure out   how to use  when you  weigh these  against the possibility of being stranded.

    Car-Lotta reminds you to be prepared!  

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    How Clean Is Your Vehicle?

    Mon, 03 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000
    This time of year, salt and/or sand can be found covering area roadways.
    This raises the question … How often you should be washing your vehicle?

     Winter storms  bring out the plow trucks.  Salt, anti-skid, or a combination of these are applied to the roadways during snow and ice removal operations. Salt is used to melt snow or ice and anti-skid helps to provide traction. The amount of material on the roadway depends on type of road, type and duration of storm, and temperature. Roads will also be  pre-treated  salt with a brine solution to help it work more effectively. Brine is also used to pre-treat roads prior to a storm.

    These materials  can do a lot of damage to your vehicle. If  they  make  it inside a crack in your paint job, it will lead to rust.

    The undercarriage of the vehicle should be  be cleaned by a power washer after every storm.  When washing your vehicle be sure the outdoor temperature is above 32 degrees. If it’s too cold, you might freeze your doors shut.

    If you want extra protection, you should wax your vehicle in the fall and once during the winter months.

     Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales has three expert detailers to make sure your vehicle is standing tall when you drive it home.

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    Was There Ice On Your Windshield This Morning?

    Mon, 26 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000
    The cold weather has begun -

    Did you walk out the door this morning to leave for the day and find .... ICE ON YOUR WINDSHIELD?? 

    Here are a few tips to get you through those days when the ice is just too thick to melt and scraping it off is a must.


    1. First thing to do is start your vehicle engine. This will allow heat to travel up to the windshield and start the melting process naturally.

    2. Turn your vehicle defroster on low. Turning it on high is not a good idea when the windshield is full of ice, this could cause the window to crack.

    3. Use an ice scraper to remove the ice from your windshield. This tool is specially designed just for this annoying problem.


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    4. Kitchen utensils are not only good for cooking, they are also good for removing the ice of your windshield. Plastic spatulas work wonders on thin ice.

    5. Keep salt in arms length when winter arises. NOT cooking salt, but salt that is grainy. Take the salt and pour it on the windshield, then with gloves on, rub the salt onto the windshield. Step back for a few minutes so the salt can start to melt the ice away and then start scraping.

    6. Try this simple homemade solution - One of the best ways to remove the ice off of your windshield is a simple mixture that contains items you find inside of your house. Fill a spray bottle with one cup of water, one cup of rubbing alcohol and one cup of vinegar. Shake well and spray it all over the windshield. Let it sit for about five minutes and watch the ice just roll down the glass. You can try scraping it as well, but usually all you need to so is spray and watch.

    7. This might sound a bit strange but .... but you can plug a blow dryer in a waterproof extension cord and point it at your window when iced up. Don't turn it on high, keep it on low and move slowly across the windshield until you see the ice slowly disappear. This process may take a bit of time.

    You can always AVOID ice on your windshield by investing in a piece of cardboard shaped to the size of your windshield. Place it on the windshield the night before a freeze, then remove in the morning with no worries about scraping or melting the ice off. All you have to worry about is keeping yourself warm.



    Car-Lotta reminds you to BE PREPARED!

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