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 consider is whether the car is under recall.
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.
Wondering which states had the most used cars under recall? Or the most common reasons these cars fall under recall? Protect yourself by buying your used car from a reputable dealership—some even offer a recall-free policy.
Car-Lotta Car Sales wants you to protect your investment.
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 shouldneverdo 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.
Less sleep, more daylight. We’ll miss that hour in bed, but many will gladly make the exchange for the promise of the warmer, brighter days. There’s just the pesky matter of all those clock changes. Millions of us scrambled around the house last weel to sync the microwave clock to the oven, and the alarm clock.
Daylight saving time has gotten easier since the smartphone has replaced so many wristwatches access the internet. In vehicles, GPS-linked navigation systems often change the time automatically in the same way. Of course, most folks have a clock in their car that not only needs adjusting manually but is often the most complicated function in the entire car.
Each car clock and stereo seems to possess its own set of frustrating directions. If you’re like most folks, it’ll be weeks before you give in and adjust your dashboard clock.
If the thought of resetting the time on your dash made you wince, maybe this will help.
Here are some ways to ease the frustration of figuring out your clock, so that you can enjoy the longer, sunnier days ahead:
Consult your manual for directions
Almost all vehicle instruction manuals are available for download online, and most are free. Edmunds.com publishes a list of links to manufacturers’ manuals.
Ask your favorite search engine
This is where the Internet shines. Try a quick search like this: “How to set the clock in a (insert your car’s make/model)”. If you’re struggling to reset your car’s clock, chances are a fellow driver has already written about it online.
Try the volume and radio tuning buttons or dials
Often, these pull double-duty and are used to add or subtract minutes and hours. Press the “clock” or “time” button again, and you should be able to toggle from minutes to hours.
Eh, just leave it
It’ll be correct again in November. If your friends ask why you haven’t changed it, tell them you’re really into nostalgia.
Use your eyes, fingers, and common sense to cut your fraud risk !
1. Use your eyes: Look before you insert your card.
Before you slide your card in a fuel pump or ATM, be sure to take a good look at the keyboard and card reader.
"Does anything look different if this is an ATM you've used before?"
Bad guys can use a 3-D printer to create a new keyboard to put on top of the real one. The keyboard might look different than the rest of the ATM, or the keys could look bigger.
With fuel pumps, is the seal broken? To place a skimmer inside a fuel pump, fraudsters must open the fuel dispenser door to insert the skimmer.
Station employees may place serial-numbered security tape across the dispenser door, so check to see if the tape has been broken. If there's no tape, check to see if the dispenser door looks as though it has been forced open.
Also, look inside the throat of the card reader to see if you can spot anything hidden there. A skimmer inside a gas pump or ATM can steal the information off the magnetic stripe of your credit card or debit card.
2. Use your fingers: If something doesn't feel right, move on.
Wiggle the ATM card reader to see if it's loose. The crooks might place a card reader on top of the existing one.
You should also be wary if it's hard to insert your credit card or debit card.
Some gas station credit card skimming victims have remembered that the card reader had "a weird feeling, like the slot had been tampered with,"
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Be On The Look Out !
Rain and Snow, makes it difficult to see the road and other cars. Turning on your headlights during inclement weather not only helps you see better and helps other cars see you..... It's The Law!
In 2006, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted the headlight wiper law, section 4302 of the Pennsylvania Code. It went into effect January, 2007. The intention of the law is to make vehicles more visible to one another in inclement weather.
The headlight wiper law states that a driver must turn on his headlights whenever he is using his windshield wipers continuously or at intervals in response to rain, snow, sleet, fog, mist or other weather condition.
Type of Violation
This law is considered a primary offense, meaning a driver can be pulled over and ticketed solely for not following the regulation.
A ticket for violation of the headlight wiper law in Pennsylvania is $25. However, with fees and other costs associated with the violation, the total paid can approach $100.
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Drive Safe!
Potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface. The moisture freezes when temperatures drop, causing the ground to expand and push the pavement up. As temperatures rise, the ground returns to normal level but the pavement often remains raised. This creates a gap between the pavement and the ground below it.
When vehicles drive over this cavity, the pavement surface cracks and falls into the hollow space, leading to the birth of another pothole.
You can report potholes or any other PA road concerns by calling 1-800 FIX ROAD.
Car-Lotta wants you to keep your vehicle is top running condition- You should have your vehicle aligned at least once a year.
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!
Are you one of those who think that a full tank of gas and keys are the only things needed to drive a car? Sure, you can sometimes get away with being under prepared, but not during the winter. Snow, ice, and freezing temperatures make winter driving a lot more demanding than normal.
You should be prepared for typical accidents that could potentially happen on the road at any time. During the winter we are also tasked with shoveling snow, scraping ice from our windows, making sure our tires have good traction, and maintaining safe tire pressure.
There a few things that everyone should keep in their car at all times during the winter.
No matter what year, make, or model your vehicle is, it should come with basics like a tire iron and jack, but those two items alone won't cut it. If you end up with a dead battery or a car that's stuck in the snow, you'll want a few other things to help you out.
Here are 12 items you should keep in your car at all times this winter...
Shovels are useful during the winter, but having one specifically dedicated to your car is a wise move. If you've ever had to dig your car out after a snow storm or gotten stuck along a snow-covered road, you know how convenient it is to keep one in your trunk.
A snow and ice scraper
A snow and ice scraper is easily the most used tool for drivers during the winter. Keeping one handy will allow you to efficiently clear off your windows and lights before driving, instead of resorting to using your hands. The Snow Angel features an extendable telescopic arm, so it's easy to store and won't take up a lot of space when not in use.
A dead battery is one of the most common car issues, so jumper cables are a must-have. Whether you accidentally left your lights on or cold weather drained your battery, this will bring your car back to life.
Keeping a flashlight in your car year round is a good idea, but with less daylight during the winter, it can be especially useful. Sure, your smart phone has a flashlight app on it, but it's not as useful as a real one. Whether changing a tire or jumping your car, you want something that shines bright and is durable.
A gas can
Running out of gas can be a major headache at any time of the year, but it's definitely worse in the winter. You don't want to store fuel in your trunk, but keeping a small gas container in your car can save you from a tow. Just walk to the nearest gas station and this more than 1 gallon tank will give you enough gas to drive to safety.
An external battery
You probably already own a battery pack for keeping your electronics charged on-the-go, but having one that's always in your car is important. It can be the difference between making a quick call for help or being stranded for hours.
A good spare tire
If your tires don't have good tread, you absolutely want to replace them before winter comes. Driving in wet, snowy, or icy conditions with bald tires extremely dangerous and shouldn't be done. Go for a quality set of all-season tires or you have an extra set of wheels, opt for a set of snow tires to run on your car during the winter months. In addition to the wheels on your car, it's important to keep a spare that's in solid condition.
Whether your tires are brand new or used, cold weather can a loss of tire pressure. Since keeping the correct tire pressure is important to driving safely, an air compressor is a convenient way to maintain good tire pressure at all times.
A first-aid kit
You never know when you'll need a first aid kit, so keeping a small one in your car is always smart. Look for one that is in a pack able case makes it easy to store or carry.
A basic tool kit
If you're not a mechanic, having a basic tool kit can save the day when simple fixes need to be done. Look for one that includes everything you'll need for basic repairs - a wrench, sockets, allen keys, pliers, a screwdriver, zip ties and more.
Have you ever been stuck in the snow and your tires just keep on spinning and spinning, no matter how much gas you give it? Even with new tires, certain cars can still lose traction, but luckily there a solution - cat litter. Spread the litter underneath the tires without traction and you'll be able drive away from the slippery snow and ice. It's such a cheap and easy solution, everyone should keep some handy.
A warm blanket
Being stranded is never fun, but during the winter it's more than a huge inconvenience. Going from driving in a warm car with heat, to losing power and breaking down isn't never a good feeling. In the event that you do have to tough it out inside your car for a few hours our even overnight, you're going to need a blanket to stay warm. You don't need a full comforter set, but a fleece blanket is warm and won't take up too much trunk space.
Car-Lotta Car Sales wants to make sure you are prepared this winter!!!
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales hopes you never find yourself having to drive through a flooded area. In case you do ...here are steps to help you drive safely.
Before approaching the flooded road with your vehicle, decrease your speed or stop completely.
As you are slowing down or stopping before the flooded road, turn on your hazard lights for indication and visualize the area of the flooded road and see if it is not very deep, depending of your vehicle type.
After checking all of the main aspects, with the hazard lights are still on, turn off the air conditioning so that the fan in the engine compartment would not be damaged by the flow of the flood water you are driving.
Drive slowly through the flood. Open your vehicle windows a little for air circulation if possible and drive carefully. Keep the throttle/acceleration in balance and high and it is normal to growl the engine in a flood so that flood water won't enter the engine through the exhaust pipe at the rear of your vehicle and while driving.
Don't stop in the middle of the flooded road especially if the flood is deep otherwise water would damage the engine of your vehicle.
As your vehicle is approaching to the high level of the road, the flood water decreases and you can speed up your vehicle carefully.
If your car shuts down after or during the flood, stay calm and ask for help.It is recommended to check your vehicle after driving through the flood.
After all aspects are clearly maintained and done, drive as usually and safely.
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.
It is scary but are you prepared in case of a crash?
PennDOT officials, suggest you.....
Stop your vehicle at or near the crash scene. If you can, move your vehicle off of the road. It's the law to help prevent blocking traffic and other potential crashes. Many crashes are caused when traffic stops or slows for an initial crash.
Call the police, if anyone is hurt or dies. If the drivers of the vehicles are hurt and cannot call the police, then witnesses at or near the crash scene must call for help.
Call the police if any vehicle needs to be towed.
Get the information listed from the other driver(s) involved in the crash: names, addresses, telephone numbers, registration numbers, and insurance company names with policy numbers.
Get the names and addresses of other individuals involved in the crash and any witnesses to the crash.
If the crash involves a parked vehicle or damage to property, stop immediately and try to find the owner. If you cannot find the owner, leave a note in a place where it can be seen and call the police. The note should include the date and time of the crash, your name, and a telephone number where you can be reached.
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.
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Dead batteries are 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 Credit and Car Sales does not want you to be stranded-
It's here- The cold weather has begun - You walk out the door in the morning to leave for the day and there it is.... 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.
Keeping a safety kit in your car all year is a good idea. Things like road flares, a jack, a lug wrench, and a first aid kit should be at hand no matter what. It's a good idea to update this kit with seasonal items that can keep you warm and prepared for Mother Nature's worst.
Items you should include in your winter safety kit include:
Blanket, gloves, and hat.
Bag of kitty litter or sand.(This can help if your tires get stuck in the snow or slush.)
Its tough right now to get the vehicle you want and deserve...
After unfortunate events like a Repo, BK, Medical bills, Divorce, late payments or even No Credit… It's almost impossible to get the vehicle you NEED and deserve without forking out thousands of dollars for a down payment
Does any of this sound familiar?
Don’t feel bad- You’re not alone, and it's not your fault. We have all had situations come up… And Who has thousands of dollars sitting around, anyway? I hear this advice all the time: “just save up and then you can buy a car outright and don’t have to worry about payments or interest”…
Perhaps you have already experienced this situation… Maybe you suffered this kind of thing more than once… Wouldn’t it be nice, if someone gave you a 2nd chance? Someone that will work with you and help you get back on your feet… WITHOUT taking all your money.
You work hard for your money. You do your very best to pay your bills on time and it's about time someone sees that and gives you the break you need….
Don’t people get it… How can you work or get around if you don’t have a car? How can you get a better job if you are limited by how far you can travel, OR the timeframe you can work…
Just think of the opportunity you would have if YOU had your OWN Reliable VEHICLE… Also, how nice would it be, To Go where you wanted to go When you wanted to go, With who you wanted to go with…
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