We believe the single most important step you can take to protect the life of your teen is to be actively involved in the learning-to-drive experience. Sharing your knowledge and experience about safe driving is important. Now is the time to begin a potentially life-saving dialogue with your teen. Here are some important actions you can take: Evaluate your teen’s readiness. Talk with them about personal responsibility, the ability to follow rules and any other concerns before beginning the learning-to-drive process. Before you begin practice driving with your teen, include strict ground rules related to distraction. A lot has probably changed since you earned your driver’s license. Graduated driver licensing, driver education, license restrictions and supervised practice driving are all part of today’s licensing process. It is important to learn the rules. It is never too early to start talking. You have acquired “road wisdom” over the years that you can share, because it could save your teen from having to learn things the hard way. Focus on safety. Traffic crashes are a real danger. Talk to your teen about: Always buckle up and be a safe passenger with teen and adult drivers. Prohibit your teen from riding with teen drivers or transporting other teens during the learning-to-drive process. Other teen passengers are one of the most dangerous sources of distraction for teen drivers, whether due to loud music, rowdy behavior or peer pressure. Be engaged. When you’re behind the wheel, talk about what you see (road signs, pedestrians, other vehicles, etc.) that could result in the need to change speed, direction or both. Stay involved. Practice supervised driving until your teen logs at least 100 hours. Your teenager might obtain an intermediate driver license before completing 100 hours of practice driving but this does not mean your teen driver no longer needs to practice. Solo driving is actually the riskiest phase for your teen, so stay engaged. The more time your teenager spends behind the wheel, the more experiences you’ll both have to talk about, such as dealing with tailgaters, distractions, speeding, poor weather conditions and more. Emphasize the dangers of these common hazards. Be a good role model. Your teen has been watching your driving habits for years. When your teen begins the learning-to-drive process, their focus will likely increase. Make changes in your driving to prevent any poor driving habits from being passed on. Show you take driving seriously and always set a good example. Car-Lotta reminds you to... Always wear your seat belt. Obey traffic laws. Do not use a cell phone while driving. Watch your speed. Don’t tailgate. Use your turn signals. Don’t drive when angry or tired. It’s no secret that parents play a critical role in the learning-to-drive process, from checking into state licensing processes to supervising practicing driving. With all the details involved in getting your teen safely behind the wheel, NOW is a good idea to have a game plan.
Are You Affaid Of Being Overcharged When You Get Your Car Serviced?
Mon, 19 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Face it ....most of us have a fear of being overcharged when we get our automobile repaired. We’re not sure how much parts and labor should cost, and the repair bill seems written in foreign language. Our confusion has led to the common misconception that mechanics are always trying to rip us off. The majority of mechanics are honest, hardworking businessmen who aren’t out to swindle anyone, they’re just trying to make a living like the rest of us. Their business relies on their reputation. It’s in their best interest to keep everything above board when it comes to prices. Where do you get your auto serviced??
Do You Know How To Get Rid Of A Scratch On You Atomobile?
Mon, 12 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
It happens.... You’re closing in on your parked car and there it is again: that eyesore of a paint scratch above the driver’s side door handle. If only you knew how to get rid of it… or at least where to start. Rule No. 1, If you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, it may be too deep for an easy fix. If you can see but not feel the scratch, and want to give fixing it a go. If you can see it, but you can’t feel it, that’s actually a good sign. If you can’t feel it, you can probably get rid of it. What kind of equipment do you need? Ideally, you want to get a mild scratch removal product; you don’t need a real aggressive. You do want to be careful of the applicator you use. People tend to grab an old cotton shop rag or an old cotton wash cloth which may haze the paint. The smarter move is to go with a nice clean microfiber towel or, a soft foam wax applicator pad. First, you want to remove any loose dirt or dust from the surface to avoid grinding it into the paint. Spray the area down (with water) and then wipe it dry with a clean microfiber towel. That’s usually more than sufficient to prep the area, if we’re dealing with an isolated scratch. Next, squeeze a dollop the size of a 50-cent piecef scratch remover – onto the middle of your applicator pad. If the scratch is, say, about a quarter- or half-inch long, don’t work just that tiny little area. Work an area around it, maybe 6 to 12 square inches. Work the product for 20 seconds or so. Then it will become a very thin translucent film on the surface. Wipe off the residue. Don’t let it dry; these products serve no purpose if you let them dry. Plus, they can be a little difficult to remove if they dry on the paint.
Do You Use Social Media Or Your Cell Phone While Driving?
Mon, 05 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Many drivers admit they use their cell phones while driving including: to access GPS (36%), to take or make calls (36% and 28%, respectively), to check or reply to texts (26% and 17%, respectively) . A much smaller percentage (5%) admit to accessing social media while driving. Of those, their top 5 social media activities are: Scrolling through photos, posts or other content: 89% Taking pictures: 37% Posting photos or videos: 26% Watching or shooting videos: 22% Commenting on other people’s photos or videos: 19% Car-Lotta reminds you to drive safe- Remember...Using a cell phone while driving increases the driver's risk of causing a crash. Drivers are distracted, decreasing the driver's awareness on the road, leading to more car crashes. ... Drivers who text when behind the wheel, are twenty-three times more likely to have an automobile crash.
As the number of motorcycles on the road increases, so does the opportunity for motorcycle crashes. There are more motorcycles on the road now than a decade ago. Are you aware of the unique hazards that motorcycles present, including the risk of accidents caused by a vehicle turning left in front of a motorcycle? Drivers should consider the following when sharing the road with motorcycles: Mtorcycles can be difficult to see and can disappear in your blind spot. Also, it can be easy to misjudge a motorcycle’s speed. Look twice to make sure a motorcycle is a safe distance from your vehicle. Follow motorcycles at greater distances, as motorcycles can stop more quickly than automobiles. Car-Lotta reminds you that summertime hazards require drivers to be extra alert and share the road.
Are You Ready For Summer Driving And Increased Traffic?
Mon, 21 Jun 2021 12:00:00 +0000
Summer Construction Brings Increased Traffic Increased traffic on our roads is an unmistakable hazard of summer driving. It is important for drivers to be patient and alert, and to share the road. To ensure the highest safety in work zones, drivers should: Avoid known work zones or anticipate the delay and allow extra time. Use alternate routes or adjust their work schedule to avoid hazards or delays. Follow signs and remember merge early before entering the work zone. Expect the unexpected: slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. CarLotta wants you to be aware of these summer hazards and know how to share the road safely.
The open road is calling your name! Aside from comfy clothes, great company and an epic playlist, road trips pair best with some tasty snacks. Need some snacking inspiration? We’ve got you covered! Here are a few snack ideas, many of which can fit in your cupholder. No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars Skip the dry, crumbly, store-bought granola bars and make this recipe for No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars. All you need to make these is peanut butter, honey, some quick-cooking oats, chopped walnuts, raisins and a touch of salt… and a refrigerator for them to chill in. In no time, you’ll have a delicious snack to nosh on while you roll down the highway! Roasted Honey-Dijon Pecans Prcans are both filling and nutritious and make great road trip snacks. This recipe for gives these pecans a sweet and savory jolt. To make this recipe, you’ll need raw pecans, some avocado oil, honey, Dijon mustard and sea salt. After roasting these treats, let them cool and put them in your favorite reusable container so you can reach for them when you’re hungry, but the next roadside restaurant is a bit too far away. There’s no better road trip vehicle than a car from Car-Lotta. We hope you have a summer to remember!
This U.S. federal holiday is observed on the last Monday of May to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. In other words, the purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. We spend time remembering those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflecting on their service and why we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. We might consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind. Car-Lotta Car Sales will be closed on Monday, May 31st, in observance of the holiday. We will re open on Tuesday, June 1st at 9:00 am.
When you smell something stinky in your automobile, the first step is to find the source of the odor. Check in pockets, under seats, on and under floor mats, in the glove box, and in the side doors for anything that could be causing the smell like old food, spills, spoiled beverages, etc. Don’t forget under any seat covers. If your vehicle smells like something is burning, it may be that it’s overheated or you may be in need of an oil change. Park your car in the shade, open the windows, turn the floor air vents on, use the fresh air setting, and keep your eye on the car temperature gauge and also check your oil level. If you or a passanger is a smoker or purchased a used vehicle from someone who smokes, that could be the source of a smell. Cigarette smoke can get everywhere, including the vents and can be difficult to remove completely. If a child or pet got sick or had an accident, it could still cause odors even after you’ve cleaned it up. A deeper clean may be necessary to fully get rid of the smell. Mildew can be another source of unpleasant smells, caused by a buildup of condensation, a leak (like through a cracked window), or even spilled liquids. Another source of mildew smell could be your air conditioning system. Check if your floor mats are damp near the air conditioner, which can be a sign of an air conditioning unit condensation.
Picking up your phone to read or answer a text while you’re behind the wheel puts everyone’s safety in jeopardy. It’s estimated that around 660,000 drivers are on their phones at any point during the day. In the United States, texting and driving causes a quarter of all car accidents. Teen drivers are Four times more likely than adults to have accidents or near-accidents when they’re on their phones. Did you know that you are SIX times more likely to cause an accident when you’re texting behind the wheel than a drunk driver? Here are some tipe that can help you ‒ or a driver you care about ‒ overcome the temptation while doing your part to keep the roadways safer. TIPS TO STOP TEXTING AND DRIVING: Before you start the ignition, put your phone on silent mode and make sure it’s not on vibrate or turn your phone off altogether. Both options will eliminate the temptation to check your screen every time it rings, pings or buzzes. On most smartphones, you have the option to turn on some form of a do not disturb mode while you’re driving. There are even some apps you can download to block texts while you’re behind the wheel, including ones specifically geared toward teen drivers. Make it out of sight, out of mind. Rather than having your phone in your cup holder, your center console, or your hand, put it in a spot where you can’t see or reach it. If you have a passenger or two with you, ask them to keep an eye on your phone and handle any calls or messages you receive. If you’re a passenger rather than a driver, volunteer for the job ‒ and call out the driver if they’re being unsafe. If it’s absolutely vital to respond to a message, find a place to safely pull over, then park and answer. Model safe behavior. Talk to your kids about the dangers of texting and driving, explain the ways they can avoid it. If you have a teen driver, make your expectations clear about how they’re allowed to use their phone in the vehicle and be very specific about what will happen if they break those rules. Car-Lotta wants every driver expects to reach their destination safely.
Is There A Benefit To Put Money Down When You Buy A Vehicle?
Mon, 10 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000
There are benefits to putting a large down payment when financing it include: Lowers the overall amount financed saving on interest and finance charges. Decreases the loan to value which greatly increases your chances of being approved. Shows your commitment to the loan which suggests you’re less likely to default on the car loan. Lowers your overall monthly payment. You can finance for a shorter term and pay it off quicker. Less likely to be in a negative equity or upside down situation.
Do you have to put money down on a car? The quick answer is “No, you don’t have to put cash down when buying a new or used car!” If you have an excellent credit score, long credit history, and are able to budget for the full amount of the monthly car payments, you will not be required to put any money down when buying a vehicle. If you have some bumps in your credit history or bad credit, the lender may or may not require a minimum of 10% down or more of the purchase price of the vehicle at the time of buying the car. Keep in mind, not putting money down when purchasing a vehicle will actually make you pay more for the car in the long run. When financing a vehicle through a bank or lender, any money borrowed will be subject to interest charges. If you don’t at least put enough cash down to cover your tax, title, license and fees. You will be paying unnecessary interest on it as well. The golden rule is, The less money you borrow, the less interest you will pay, the more money you will save. Car-Lotta Remids You – Always try to pay an extra $10, $25, $50, or more on the principal amount when making your monthly car payment. This extra money will add up over time and help decrease interest charges over the length of your car loan.
COVID-19 has changed the way we approach everything, car repair isn't any different. As the summer heats up so is the desire to travel. Especially since most of us have been under some sort of lockdown or quarantine for the last several months. With a case of cabin fever, we are ready to hit the road – It's estimated that Americans will take nearly 700 car trips this summer – likely in vehicles that have been sitting idle for a while. It’s always important to have your car fully inspected before embarking on a long road trip but even more so now if you’ve been driving less. Like erything else since COVID-19 has arrived, a trip to your local repair facility may be different than before.
Nothing makes your vehicle look better than a good wash. It’s important for good maintenance and to help you enjoy your ride. The best car wash can happen in your driveway with a hose, some soap, cleaning mitts and a few buckets of water. Pick a good location. You don’t want to clean the car in direct sunlight or direct heat as the soap will dry onto the car before you can rinse it off. Car-Lotta advised you to aim to wash the car in the early morning or late evening and don’t wash it near a dusty road or under a tree where buds, bugs and leaves can fall and stick to the car. Make sure your hose has a nozzle with enough pressure to spray the car and one that allows you to stop the water flow when you want. This way you’re not running water throughout the entire process.
Winter's tale is almost ended (we hope) — and so it's time to take stock of the damage done to your auto after months of snow, ice, sleet, road salt, cold, and all the many travesties of the season departed. Modern vehicles are engineered to take some serious abuse, so unless yours remained buried under a snowbank, you shouldn't have to do too much. But you will have to do a few things. Here are a few that are worth it: WASH your car! CHANGE your wiper blades! CHECK your wiper fluid level. CHECK your oil. CLEAN your floor mats. CHECK your tire pressure — (don't forget the spare) and check the condition of your tires and brakes. SWAP out emergency gear. REPAIR scratches. CONSULT your maintenance schedule.
Before you head to a car dealership you should research the value of your current vehicle using a tool like Kelley Blue Book. Knowing your trade-in value will let you know if the dealer’s offer is fair. Make sure you shop around. You should get at least three estimates from competing dealers. This can help ensure you get top dollar for your old car. You can trade in a vehicle if you owe money, but it’s important to know that debt still comes out of your pocket. This means you’ll ultimately get less cash from your trade. Owe more than your car’s worth? Expect that negative equity to get rolled into your next loan. A deep clean and a record of repairs can make your car more marketable, and possibly fetch you a higher trade-in price. So keep that extra paperwork for some added bargaining power. You’ll need to negotiate. Just because a dealer makes a trade-in offer doesn’t mean you have to accept it. Following the above tips, like getting multiple offers and knowing your car’s trade-in value, can be powerful negotiating tools. Car-Lotta reminds you that following these tips can help increase the value of your trade-in, getting you into a new vehicle for less cash. Once you get the keys to your dream vehicle, you’ll need to make sure it’s protected.
From your driver seat settings to the position of the steering wheel and your favorite station on the radio, your car is your safe haven on the road. Being stranded is nowhere you’d want to be. A well-stocked emergency roadside kit could help you get back on the road quickly and safely. Car-Lotta reminds you of the basics you may want to keep with you in you four wheel friend. Consider including: Cell phone and car charger, with a list of emergency numbers Fire extinguisher Two roadside flares Quart of oil Small first aid kit Flashlight Multipurpose tool or pocket knife Tire pressure gauge Tire inflator Duct tape Rags Your car’s manual Pen and paper
Purchasing a vehicle online has always been an option through places like Craigslist, eBay Motors, Facebook Marketplace and Carvana. There are some pros and cons to purchasing this way, and it’s good to be aware of them before you go that route. Buying a Car Online: Pros and Cons Pros: Larger (national) selection. It can be cheaper. More pricing transparency. It’s convenient. Cons: You can’t really test drive it. Maintenance costs required to maintain warranty. No record of reliability. Higher taxes. Car-Lotta reminds you to Buy Local- whenever possible. When you buy from a local business in your community – such as a car dealership – the impact of your purchase stays local by strengthening the local economy and creating jobs. When you buy from a local dealer, you also get a go-to local professional for any follow-up questions that arise about your new ride once you’re on the road.
It's that time of year again, were you running around the house on Saturday night setting clocks forward? Did you change the clock in your car as well? Did you know that research shows fatal car accidents in the United States spike by 6% during the workweek following the "spring forward" to daylight saving time, resulting in about 28 additional deaths each year. Many believe it's better for sleep, the body clock, and overall health to have more morning light and less evening light, as is the case under standard time. Under permanent daylight saving time, mornings would stay dark later in winter all over the country. Car-Lotta wants to know how you feel about Daylight Savings Time.
Once that new car smell wears off it can be a struggle to keep your car smelling fresh. It doesn’t help if you have pets or forget about that half-full cup of coffee. Those are smells you can easily identify, but what if you smell something weird? Some smells, and even some sounds, hint at a problem with your car. Here are some of the odd things you may hear or smell in your car and what you need to do to get things back to normal. A STRANGE CAR SMELL Must or mold If your call smell is musty or moldy, then you may have a problem with a water leak. It could be as simple as having accidentally left a window open in the rain or it could be something bigger. Run your hand across the floor mats to check for damp spots and if you find one, make an appointment to have it checked out. AAA can help you find a reputable auto repair shop that can figure out where the water is coming from and fix the problem to get rid of the musty smell. Burnt toast A car smell like burnt toast may make you hungry – and it could be a sign of burning insulation. This often happens if there’s an electrical short in your car. It’s a job for the pros so contact your local AAA Store or AAA Approved Auto Repair location to schedule an appointment. An experienced technician can figure out what is causing the smell and repair any electrical short before it causes more significant damage to your car. Rotten eggs Sometimes you smell this in your car, but more often it’s something you’ll notice outside your car. This noxious odor indicates you have a problem with your catalytic converter or possibly your emissions system. Schedule an appointment to have this repaired and the car smell will go away. Some states require emissions testing as a part of annual inspections. Letting this repair wait will cause a problem when it’s time for that inspection so don’t put it off.
How Long Can You Automobile Sit Without Being Driven?
Mon, 22 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000
The time it takes for your vehicle to be damaged by storage will vary. Factors including the location of your parked car and how well you prepared it are contributing factors. The negative effects of time on an undriven auto can be observed sooner than you may think: Fuel: Did you know that gasoline can go bad? When it’s not in an airtight container, fuel reacts with oxygen, which causes it to degrade. This process begins in about about 30 days. It only takes three-to-six months for a tank of gas to go bad. Old gasoline loses its engine-igniting abilities and develops gummy deposits as well as varnish which can damage other components of your vehicle’s fuel system. Battery: When you drive your automobile frequently, a battery should last between three and five years. When your vehicle is sitting, your battery will likely go dead in just two or three months. Why? Because when you drive your car, the vehicle's alternator continually recharges the battery to replenish the power you’re using. Not driving means no charging — and a dead battery. Rust: Rust is another byproduct of oxidation — It requires water to form. Damp conditions will often lead to rusted metal. Chemicals, like the salt used on winter roads can accelerate the process. You can expect bare metal to start forming surface rust in less than a week. The more time your vehicle is left unprotected, the deeper the rust can form. Tires: When your car sits for an extended period of time, flat spots may start to form in the tires. Tires develop a type of memory that prevents them from being completely round. This causes vibration when you drive the car after storage. Flat spots can begin to form after a month of a car sitting parked — and they’re made worse by low tire pressures. In many cases, driving a car for a while after storage can remove the flat spots. Often the damage can be permanent, requiring a new set of rubber. Belts and Hoses: As rubber ages it can start to dry out and crack. Because drivers are accustomed to replacing most vehicle parts based on mileage, many neglect to inspect their belts and hoses. When a vehicle is in storage, these parts may need to be replaced in as little as three-to-five years. Pests: For those critters in your garage, a parked vehicle may become a ready-made home. When they move in they can do major damage to a vehicle — chewing wires, plastic and insulation to build their nest. Rodents can move in overnight. The longer they’re left undisturbed, the more damage they can do.
The little green signs along the side of the highway help signal each mile from one end of the state to the other. Numbers may start at the state line, or at the beginning of that specific interstate. For east/west highways, mile markers begin on the western state border and increase as you travel east. For north/south, markers begin at the south state line and increase as you travel north. Usually, exit numbers correspond to the mileage markers on the interstate. Car-Lotta reminds you that if you happen to be on a road trip and need assistance, paying attention to mile markers can be helpful to finding your location and instructing the help you need.
How Would You Make Car Travel Safe During The Pandamic?
Mon, 08 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000
To protect yourself and slow the spread of COVID-19, whenever possible, you should avoid car trips with anyone outside your immediate household. When it can't be avoided, there are ways to reduce your potential exposure to the coronavirus. Not surprisingly, traveling by car can be risky. The confined space inside a a vehicle doesn't allow for proper social distancing, and the ventilation system is inadequate. Researchers have found that a viral load capable of infecting others can build up within a 15-minute drive and that respiratory droplets can remain for up to three hours. Roll down the windows The simplest solution is to roll down all the windows. This is not always an option in bad weather. The researchers also observed how the air moves through the cabin of a moving vehicle when various windows are open or closed and, more important, how that airflow may affect passengers’ exposure to virus-laden droplets.The best option is to open the window directly behind the driver and the front passenger's-side window. In that configuration the counterclockwise airflow separates the driver and passenger, limiting your chance for droplets to move between them. Car-Lotta reminds you to be safe!!
The decisions you make if your vehicle breaksdown are important and can have positive or negative consequences. Fortunately, most problems are preventable. If your vehicle does break down: Pull off the road as far away from traffic as possible. Remain with your vehicle. If you get out of your vehicle, watch carefully for traffic. Never stand behind or directly in front of your vehicle. If you CANNOT pull off the road switch on safety/emergency flashers. If you could get struck from behind, do not stay in the vehicle. Make sure your car is visible to other motorists; turn on emergency flashers, raise the hood, tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna or hold it in place with a closed window, place flares or warning triangles to direct cars around your vehicle. If you smell fuel or see a fuel leak, do NOT light flare and extinguish any lit cigarette. Car-Lotta reminds you to read your owner's manual to clearly understand which dash lights or signals indicate your vehicle is not operating properly and what to do in such situations. Before a road trip, arrange for a free test of your vehicle's battery, starting, and charging system. This can help determine how much life is left in your battery and if any other components need repairs.
Here are some tips worth remembering when it comes to getting the snow off your car: Snow and ice flying off your vehicle's roof can cause accidents and even fatalities. Do yourself and other drivers a favor and take an extra minute to completely clear off the roof. Clearing both the windshield and rear window: increases your visibility. Be sure to break up snow and ice buildup around your windshield wipers and washer fluid nozzles, too. Removing snow from the side windows and side view mirrors areas can be just as important as removing it from your windshields since this will enable you to have clear vision to traffic both from the side and rear. Uncovering your headlights and taillights will help other drivers see you—and that’s especially important in poor winter weather conditions. It’s often against the law in many states to have your license plate obstructed in any way. It literally takes just one swipe to clear it. Car-Lottta reminds you that Pennsylvania Drivers can be fined up to $1,000 when snow and ice flying off of their moving vehicle causes damage or injury to another vehicle or pedestrian.