Springtime is often associated with house cleaning, but here at Carlotta, we think it’s a great time to focus on your car as well.
Routine, seasonal maintenance checks will help your car perform its very best, as you turn the corner from winter to spring.
With the weather warming up, early spring is ideal for getting your car prepared for road trips, more frequent driving or even that epic summer vacation that’s only a few months away.
Winter weather is tough on vehicles. When temperature drops below freezing and you get in one morning and turn the key, only to find your vehicle won’t start. What are you supposed to do?
WHY CARS AND COLD WEATHER DON’T GET ALONG.... We tend to think about our vehicles as machines, but there’s also a lot of chemistry involved. Car problems related to the cold are usually caused by a combination of chemical and mechanical malfunctions.
A battery that worked fine during the spring, summer and fall can fail as the mercury drops. Your battery runs on a chemical process, one that gets slowed down by low temperatures. The colder it gets, the less power the battery will produce. If your battery’s condition is marginal, it may not be able to start your vehicle as temperatures drop toward single digits. When you turn the key, you may hear the starter running very slowly, or not at all.
If you think your battery might be at fault, kill everything else that would draw power from it. Turn off the lights, the heater and the stereo. Unplug any phone chargers. And, if you have a manual transmission, hold the clutch down. If you think your battery might be at fault, kill everything else that would draw power from it. Turn off the lights, the heater and the stereo. Unplug any phone chargers. And, if you have a manual transmission, hold the clutch down. Now turn the key in the ignition, or push the start button. Hold it for about 10 seconds, but no longer. If all goes well, your engine should start. If not, wait a few minutes and try again. If this doesn’t work, try to tighten or clean your battery cables, or get a jumpstart. If you have some timeyou can remove the battery and take it indoors where it can warm up. If all else fails... get a tow to your mechanic.
What will your vehicle cost be over the next 5 years?
Fri, 16 Feb 2024 20:00:00 +0000
When you consider the prices in the vehicle market over the past few years, you may feel that buying a vehicle today is an expensive.
Prices of used cars will continue to drop, but you should consider when buying a car is the true — and overall — cost of ownership.
What Vehicles Will Cost You the Least After 5 Years?
5-Year Cost to Own projections reveal the overall financial costs associated with a vehicle, including the price tag and other hits to your wallet down the road.
Consider the car costs for you to drive it off the lot, maintenance, fuel, insurance, repairs and its market value after five years of ownership.
Let’s take a look at vehicles with the most favorable five-year costs overall....a range of 2023 model classes, including subcompact SUVs, midsize cars, hybrids and more.
Here’s What A Few Vehicles Are Projected To Cost Over the First 5 Years
Make and Model Vehicle Class 5-Year Cost to Own
2023 Toyota Tundra Fullsize Pickup Truck $48,254
2023 Hyundai Venue Subcompact SUV $31,686
2023 Subaru Forester Compact SUV $37,367
2023 Subaru Impreza Compact Car $31,041
2023 Honda Accord Midsize Car $36,732
2023 Lexus LS Fullsize Luxury Car $83,727
2023 Lexus ES Midsize Luxury Car $53,063
2023 Subaru BRZ Sports Car $39,908
2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hybrid Car $30,207
2023 Chevrolet Bolt EV Electric Car $28,610
2023 Toyota Sienna Minivan $42,669
What defines sign and drive?
A sign and drive deal is an extremely popular pay structure amongst lessees since it allows the consumer to drive off in a car without paying anything at signing. It is literally called a “Sign and Drive deal.” but it's actually more of a sign THEN drive deal.
Instead of putting your savings as a down payment, a Sign and Drive lets you bundle the leasing costs into your monthly payments.
Is it time to head for warmer temperatures? Get ready and take advantage of off-season rates and smaller crowds.
Whether you head west or east, you’ll find great places to stay and enjoy some natural beauty on these three winter road trips.
Winter Road Trip #1 – Southern California
Average Temperature (December to March): 65-73°F high, 38-50°F low
Winter Road Trip #2 – Arizona
Average Temperature (December to March): 60-70°F high, 33-48°F low
Winter Road Trip # 3 – Florida
Average Temperature (December to March): mid-70s F high, 53-66°F low
Did you know a motor vehicle was stolen every 32 seconds in the United States in 2022?
What is the best protection against car theft?
Close and lock all windows and doors when you park.
Take your vehicle's key; do not leave it in or on your vehicle.
Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle. ...
Close the windows. ...
Park in well-lit areas. ...
Install an audible alarm system and anti-theft device. ...
Install a vehicle immobilizer system. ...
Install a tracking system. ...
Don't leave valuables in your vehicle especially if they can be seen from outside the vehicle.
Snow can be hazardous to any type of vehicle, large or small. Heavy snow build up, in addition to the exposure to salt from the roads, can affect your vehicle's performance in a major way.
Heavy amounts of snow can put a strain on your windshield and cause it to become loose from the weight of the snow. Cacks or breaks may appear and you will have to replace your windshield before getting back on the road. To avoid damage to your windshield from the snow, avoid parking under trees and shovel snow off of your car when possible.
Snow can cause damage to your car's frame by leaving dents from heavy snow if proper measures are not taken. This typically occurs on the roof or hood of your car, where large weights of snow left for long periods can cause the most damage. If this happens, it can damage the value and appearance of your car. Keep your car in great shape by shoveling snow when necessary or parking your car inside a garage when snowing.
In some cases, snow does cause your car to rust. Snow can cause rust by pools of water sitting on top of your car for extended periods or corrosion from road salt. Rust can be a major problem for your vehicle as it slowly corrodes the metal of your vehicle’s frame and inner parts.
The best way to avoid damage to your car from snow and rust is to take preventative measures before the winter months hit. By doing so, you ensure your car is prepared and protected from extreme weather conditions and likely preventable damages. But never to fear, there are many things you can do to protect your car from the snow, including:
- Washing your car frequently
- Driving safely
- Avoiding ice or large puddles in the road
- Installing winter snow tires
- Not driving in deep or heavy snow
- Avoid parking on the street
When making travel decisions during inclement weather, you should keep in mind that major roadways are the first to be cleared. It is unusual for conditions on rural and county roads to be better than those on major roadways. While drivers are encouraged to use all available information when making winter travel plans, even the latest, most accurate forecast information could change with little or no warning. If weather conditions appear to be too severe to travel, they most likely are.
The majority of winter driving crashes can be attributed to drivers going too fast for the roadway conditions. When this happens, drivers can lose control and begin to leave the roadway. Driving slow on snowy and icy roads allows the driver a longer reaction time. It can take up to 10 times longer to stop in snowy or icy weather. Drivers should be prepared to look ahead and begin braking well in advance of an intersection.
Remember: Active winter weather and hazardous traveling conditions create the greatest demand for police and EMS services. Please do not tie up telephone lines and dispatch personnel by calling to request weather or travel information.
The average refund is usually enough to cover a big part of the down payment. If you're not wanting to get a brand-new car, truck, or SUV, you can also utilize your income tax refund to pay off a part or the entirety of your existing auto loan.
Our financing specialists recommend paying a considerable down payment to help you get a car loan for your next automobile purchase. Having a substantial deposit can help reduce your monthly payments. By using your refund as a down payment, you might receive better vehicle funding options.
Using your tax refund to repay an existing car loan is always a great idea. Customers can make use of that extra money to significantly lower the existing balance on their existing vehicle financing. You can do this either by making a few extra payments or by making a principle only payment. Paying off or considerably reducing the remaining balance will reduce the amount of interest that would have been paid with time.
If you've been wanting to buy that new car, then 2024 may finally be your year.
Some say 2024 will be the best year for consumers to buy that car- truck or suv since the have been wanting since before the pandemic.
What are you waiting for? Start the process at https://carlottacredit.com/online-credit-application.
We will be closed on Monday, January 1st in observance of the Holiday. We will re open at 9:00 pm at 1/2 at 9:00 am
Happy New Year from all of us a Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales.
Do People Really Buy Automobiles As Christmas Gifts?
Fri, 22 Dec 2023 14:00:00 +0000
The holiday season is a time when fantasies come to life – including the fantasy of giving or getting a car as a gift, wrapped in a giant red bow.
Dream becomes reality for so many people. Automobile gift sales make up 10 percent or more of December sales for some automakers.
If surprising someone with a gift car feels about as merry as visits from three Christmas ghosts, it may be because cars are generally the second-biggest purchase most people make in their lives, and is one that’s not as easy to exchange as a pair of socks.
IF you are still looking for a great gift for that special someone- We Got You!
On Saturday, December 23rd we will be open until 12:00pm- for your last minute shoppers
We will be closed on Monday, December 25th to celebrate the holiday.
Merry Christmas from all of us at Car-Lotta Car Sales.
Are you looking for great holiday gift idea for car lovers and enthusiasts?
Not every present has to be a big ticket item, and sometimes a simple stocking stuffer says it all.
Air Fresheners/Car Spray
Custom Gear Toppers
Toy Cars: Hot Wheels or Matchbox
Tire Repair Kit
New Windshield Wipers
We hope this list has given you excellent ideas on what to buy a car lover for the holidays.
Happy Holidays from Car-Lotta Car Sales!
Is winter weather in the forecast? Here are a few tips for safe driving this winter season.
If you don't have to travel in bad weather, DON'T.
If you must....
Preparation is also key to successfully navigating winter roads. Winter weather can bring unexpected conditions, so make sure that both you and your vehicle are ready for ice and snow.
Make sure someone else knows where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
Carry a winter emergency travel kit.
Keep your gas tank at least half full.
Slow down and increase following distance.
Avoid sudden stops and starts.
Beware of roads that may look wet, but are actually frozen, often referred to as "black ice."
Use extra caution on bridges and ramps, where ice can often form without warning.
Carry a cellphone.
Do not use cruise control while driving on snow-covered roads.
Turn on your headlights when your wipers are on.
Use your low beams in particularly bad weather, especially in cases of heavy or blowing snow.
Remove ice and snow from windows, mirrors, and all vehicle lights before you drive and as often as needed.
Remove snow and ice from the hood and roof of your vehicle.
Do not park or abandon your vehicle on snow emergency routes.
Do not pass or get between trucks plowing in a plow line.
If you do become stranded...
Stay with your vehicle until help arrives. Run the engine every hour or so, but make sure the tailpipe is clear and keep the downwind window cracked open.
It does.... in more ways than one might expect:
Engine and transmission friction increases in cold temperatures due to cold engine oil and other drive-line fluids.
It takes longer for an engine to reach its most fuel-efficient temperature. This affects shorter trips more, since a vehicle spends more of a short trip at less-than-optimal temperatures.
Heated seats, window defrosters, and heater fans use additional power.
Warming up a vehicle before starting a trip lowers fuel economy—idling gets 0 miles per gallon.
Colder air is denser, increasing aerodynamic drag on a vehicle, especially at highway speeds.
Tire pressure decreases in colder temperatures, increasing rolling resistance.
Winter grades of gasoline can have slightly less energy per gallon than summer blends.
Battery performance decreases in cold weather, making it harder for the alternator to keep the battery charged. This also affects the performance of the regenerative braking system on hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles.
In severe winter weather, mpg can drop even further.
Icy or snow-covered roads decreases the tire's grip on the road, wasting energy.
Safe driving speeds on slick roads can be much lower than normal, further reducing fuel economy, especially at speeds below 30 to 40 mph.
Using four-wheel drive uses more fuel.
Is Black Friday a good day to buy a car?
Black Friday can be an excellent time to buy a car — Vehicle inventory is still tight, which can make finding a deal on your dream vehicle more of a challenge. If you want to save money and are flexible on model, the holidays can be a great time to buy.
Car-Lotta is open at 9:00 am today- You can always start the application process online at www.carlottacredit.com for a 30 minute approval
Raise your hand if you’ve ever lost something.
Whether it’s your wallet, your keys or your sunglasses, you’ve misplaced or left something at some point in your life.
But........ what do you do if you lose the key fob to your car? And how do you replace your key fob while spending as little as possible? For many of us, access to our cars is as necessary to daily life as our smartphones.
A simple Google search should give you a lot of guidance on how much your key fob replacement should cost based on the specific make and model.
Car dealerships for that brand
Program it yourself online (Tesla, for example)
Battery stores (Batteries Plus, for example)
are a few place to start looking.
It’s also possible that your roadside assistance company like AAA can help you, especially if your car only requires a key instead of a technologically advanced fob.
Your car insurance company may be able to replace the key or key fob as well, although you probably don’t want to file that type of small claim during a period in which insurance premiums are skyrocketing.
How Much Will It Cost To Replace My Key Fob?
It’s difficult to pinpoint a good price on a replacement car key or key fob because there are so many variables. J.D. Power estimates $50 to $500 depending on the type of key, make and model of your vehicle, location, time of day and more.
Some key fobs are required to start your vehicle or work as part of anti-theft design rather than just being used to lock and unlock your car.
Even basic remotes may require special programming with computer software.
Replacement costs ranged from as little as $150 for a 2017 Honda Accord to $2,000 for a crystal fob included with some Aston Martin models.
Battery replacement for key fobs typically costs $10 or less.
Losing your keys can be an absolutely terrifying experience. It causes so much trouble in our lives that, in some cases, it is enough to send some of us into a complete panic. There are simply few things more frustrating than not being able to use your vehicle, especially when there’s somewhere you really need to be.
Thankfully, this once-harrowing ordeal doesn’t have to be the end of the world for you
Fall means more deer on the road: 4 ways time of day, month and year raise your risk of crashes
Deer still cross roads at any time
It’s important to remember that deer-vehicle accidents can occur at any time of day or night, on any day of the year – and that deer can show up in urban areas as well as rural ones.
They are most active at dawn, dusk, and for a few hours after the sun sets. They're also more prevalent during mating season, which runs from October to January. Animal strike claims are more than twice as likely in November than any other time of the year.
Car-Lotta reminds you how to avoid deer at night
It's imperative to stay alert if you're driving at night.
Here are a few tips to help you spot deer on the road and avoid an accident.
Upgrade your headlights. Choose LED or HID bulbs instead of traditional halogen. Both produce a brighter light that makes it easier to spot animals in the distance.
Be wary of the woods. If you're driving on a road that's wooded on one or both sides, deer could be lurking just out of sight, waiting to make a run for it.
Slow down. Deer don't usually travel alone. If you spot one, chances are, there are more nearby. Slow down and watch out for the rest of them.
Look for glowing eyes. Deer have yellow eyes that look like they glow in the dark. If you catch a glimpse of yellow, assume it's a deer and slow down.
Pay attention to road signs. If you see a deer crossing sign on the road, it means you're in an area with a large deer population.
Use your high beams. If you're driving in a low-light area with few or no streetlamps, turn on your high beams for greater visibility. Just be sure to turn them off if you see another car coming.
Look out for recently killed deer. Deer typically travel in groups. If you see a deer on the side of the road that was hit recently, others could be nearby.
Daylight saving time was introduced in the United States in 1918 with the Standard Time Act, which was meant to lower fuel costs during the First World War. The law also established a standard time and allowed the federal government to create five time zones.
Millions of us will turn back their clocks on Nov. 5 at 2 a.m marking the end of daylight saving time in 2023. We will "fall back," turning our clocks back to 1 a.m., gaining an extra hour of sleep.
Each year, Halloween is traditionally celebrated with trick-or-treating and parties — and candy and drinks.
Unfortunately, the night often includes drunk drivers on the streets. Here are some tips to keep Halloween safe.
Safety Tips for Drivers:
Be alert for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Slow down and continue to scan the road in areas where they are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.
On Halloween there will likely be more pedestrians on the roads and in places where they are not expected. Slower speeds save lives.
Stay alert for pedestrians who may come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Stop, wait for them to pass.
Don’t look at your phone when you’re driving. Your attention needs to always be on the road.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement.
See you at the Wilkes-Barre Trunk or Treat event this SUnday! https://www.wilkes-barre.city/halloween
Staying safe while driving in the rain is simple if you make a conscious effort to employ these safety precautions. Remember that reducing your speed and turning on your lights are two of the simplest and most effective ways of reducing the chances of an accident caused by wet weather.
Hydroplaning is one of the most common car accidents in the rain because drivers can lose control. If your car hydroplanes, calmly take your foot off the accelerator and steer in the direction that the front of your car needs to go. Avoid making sudden turns or slamming on your brakes.
Driving through standing water can cause hydroplaning to occur. Which is when you lose traction and skid across the surface of the road. To avoid hydroplaning, drive around places where water has collected by changing lanes or safely steering around such areas.
Wet leaves on the roadway can be as slippery as ice. They also can obscure traffic lines and other pavement markings, making driving in unfamiliar areas particularly difficult. Motorists should slow down and use extra caution on leaf-covered roadways.
Here are a few Fall Driving Tips:
Turn on Your Headlights
If you don’t already have daytime running lamps (they’re also one way to save on your insurance premium)
Remain Focused limit Distractions
Keep passengers to a minimum. The “passenger effect” is a real danger. Here’s why. Put your phone away; avoid the temptation. If it must be in the driver compartment, turn it to “silent” and put it in your vehicle’s center console or door pocket. Ask others to turn down their phones if you find the “dings” distracting.
If you must drive through, or partially through a puddle, slow down before you get there. Puddles could easily cause your vehicle to hydroplane, meaning it will skim over the surface of the water, and you’ll lose all control. If there’s a tree, guardrail or pedestrian on the other side of that water when you’ve lost control, the results could be disastrous.
Know How to Handle a Skid
If you’re skidding, turn the wheel where you want to go, otherwise known as “turning into” the skid.
Slow Down / Reduce Speed
The faster you’re going, the less control you’ll have. We would have made this item #1, because it’s such an important one, but we hope this is obvious advice. A road covered with wet leaves and rain is no time to rush, or test your high-speed skills. So, slow down a bit and keep a healthy distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead.
Don’t Drive on Worn Tires
Just as slippery old shoes could cause you to fall down, worn old tires will lose their grip from the road. Tires are among the most important safety items in your car, by maintaining grip, allowing your vehicle effectively stop and steer clear of obstacles. Don’t neglect them if you want to be able to respond to potential hazards. A good set of tires will keep you, your family other road-goers and pedestrians safe. Not sure what to look for when buying new tires? We can help!
Don’t Drive with Poor Wiper Blades.
If you can’t see while you’re driving a two-ton vehicle, that is no good. You can easily replace your own wiper blades, or take them to a shop if you aren’t up to. Also, before you get in your vehicle, make certain there are no leaves sitting between your windshield and your wiper blades. Remove them if they are there.
You've been there: You’re driving along, enjoying the views, and all of a sudden you hear a beep—you look down, and a symbol has appeared on your dashboard. You immediately start to wonder what could be wrong with your car.
Some symbols on your car’s dashboard are easier to figure out than others. It’s important to know exactly what these warning lights mean in case you need to pull over and call for help.
Not every symbol that appears on your dashboard is a warning light. Some have to do with vehicle features (like lights and cruise control) or safety (like blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warnings) or mechanical issues (like low tire pressure and engine temperature warnings).
When it comes to dashboard lights, colors matter! Green or blue lights simply let you know that a system is on or operating. Orange/yellow warning lights generally signify that your vehicle needs to be serviced or repaired soon. These warnings are less urgent than if you have a red and/or flashing light.
A red light means that you should take action immediately! Some red dashboard lights are safety warnings (like a seat belt reminder) and others are mechanical (like the engine overheating). If a red mechanical light appears, pull over as soon as possible and figure out what’s going on. Your vehicle will likely stop working or become damaged if you continue to drive.
Here are two things to keep in mind:
1. Every auto is different. The symbols on your dashboard may vary slightly from the ones on our list. If in doubt, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual!
2. Many dashboard lights will illuminate briefly when you turn on your vehicle and performs a system check. As long as the lights turn off within a few seconds, everything is operating normally.
18 Common Warning Lights on Your Car’s Dashboard
1. Oil Pressure Warning Light
2. Tire Pressure Warning Light
3. Engine Temperature Warning Light
4. Traction Control Alert Light
5. Anti-lock Brake System Warning Light
6. Traction Control Malfunction Light
7. Engine Warning Light (Check Engine Light)
8. Battery Alert Light
9. Low Fuel Indicator Light
10. Automatic Shift Lock or Engine Start Indicator Light
11. Seat Belt Reminder Light
12. Airbag Warning Light
13. Security Indicator Light
14. Fog Lamp Indicator Light
15. Washer Fluid Indicator Light
16. Brake Warning Light
17. Lane Departure Warning Light
18. Transmission Temperature Warning Light
Summer has come and gone. Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the colder temperatures of the fall and winter months.
October is considered “National Car Care Month” and “Fall Car Care Month,” respectively, and help promote the importance of preventative car maintenance. Make the most of Fall Car Care Month and keep tabs on your vehicle with these five autumn maintenance tips
Inspect Your Tires
Change Your Wiper Blades
Top off Vehicle Fluids
Get Your Oil Changed
Replace Interior and Exterior Air Filters
Did you know .... Deer are more active at sunrise and sunse??
While deer can—and do—cross the road at all hours of the day, dusk and dawn are their peak hours of activity. Deer are “crepuscular” animals. That’s a fancy way of saying they move the most during twilight. So if you’re driving as the sun is rising or coming home from work at dusk… be especially careful.
You’re more likely to hit a deer in the fall.
Nearly half of all deer/vehicle collisions happen between October and December. Not coincidentally, deer mating season and peak hunting days also fall between these months. As deer are running from hunters or looking for a mate… odds are they’ll cross a road somewhere in between.
How old do you have to be to buy a car?
Buying a vehicle involves a lot of paperwork.
In general, there is not a legal age to own a car. However, if you want to register, title, and insure it to drive it legally, you need to be at least 18 years old in most states. Laws vary by state, teens under 18 will most likely need the help of an adult to get a car they buy out on the road.
A contract that a minor has signed may be void or voidable, depending on the state. If you're under 18, even if you don't need to finance your purchase, you may have trouble getting your car on the road.
Title & Registration
States require vehicle owners to register their vehicles before driving them. In most states, you need to be at least 18 to register a car.
You must be at least 18 to list your name as the vehicle's owner on the title in most states. If you're under 18, you typically must put the car's title in an adult's name and have the adult list you as a driver on the vehicle. When you reach your state's maturity age — usually 18 — you can legally transfer the car title to your name.
You must have auto insurance to drive legally in almost every state in the country. Since an insurance policy is a legally binding contract, you may need to be a certain minimum age to purchase auto insurance, depending on the state and insurance company. Your parents or guardians can add you to their policy until you reach the minimum age requirement, so you can drive legally.