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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).
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  • 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.


NO Ice Scraper?? Keep Reading: 
 
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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Traveling For Thanksgiving?

Mon, 19 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000

Thanksgiving  is  undoubtedly the busiest travel time of the year. Notorious transportation delays, traffic and travel snags meet travelers at nearly every turn. But with a bit of foresight and some thoughtful planning, you can ease some travel headaches whether you're heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free adventure.

 Regardless of your plans, you'll be thankful for these Thanksgiving travel tips.

 

1. Plan out an alternate route

More travelers mean more cars, and more accidents, make sure you have at least one alternate route planned out that you can take to avoid huge delays. Try to plan your route along less popular freeways. Even if the mileage is a bit more it will be worth it when you’re driving 65 for that extra 10 miles than stuck locked in traffic for an extra 2 hours. This is also a good idea for those traveling very long distances where weather may be an issue.

2. Have a connected navigator

It doesn’t do you any good knowing about a great alternate route when you’re already swamped in traffic, so try to have a passenger that can look online at the traffic as you go. There are tons of great apps out there like Sigalert.com, Waze, and INRIX Traffic. With the help of your passenger and one of these apps you can see where the trouble areas are on the road and proactively avoid them. If you plan on going it alone make sure to pull off the road before using your phone. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of single passenger vehicles.

3. Leave at an awkward hour

Driving at night may not be fun, but it is a great way to avoid the traffic saving you time and stress. Consider resting all day and not getting on the road until 9pm. It is important to make sure that you get plenty of rest before setting out on a long night drive, as fatigued driving creates a huge hazard on the road.

4. Make your drive on Thanksgiving Day

 

Generally the traffic is much lighter across the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day itself, meaning that you can avoid the hassle of traffic the day before and get where you’re going without having to leave at a strange hour or risk sitting in traffic for hours. Unless you are traveling an extreme distance, leaving at 6 am Thursday morning should give you more than enough time to make it wherever you are going in time for dinner.

5. Leave Early!

Sunday is by far the worst day to be making your return trip, and the traffic will only increase as the day goes on and the last of the stragglers are getting back on the road. Friday is the best day to hit the road for the return trip. Of course that does not leave you a whole lot of time to visit the family if you just drove up the day before, consider taking off the following Monday and returning then. That way you’ll miss all of the holiday traffic, and have an extra two days to spend with the family — OK, maybe just leave Friday.

 
Car-Lotta Car Sales  will be closing on Wednesday, November 21st2018 at 5:00 pm and will be closed Thursday, November 22nd 2018 for the Thanksgiving.  We will re open on Friday, November 23rd, 2018  at

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Did You Know It's Deer Crash Season?

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000
Did you know that  fall means deer-related  crash season is upon us?  Drivers are more likely to  hit  a deer over the next three months than any other time of the year.  October through December is deer migration and mating season.  During this time, deer are much more active and will chase and follow other deer across roadways with no hesitation. 

PennDOT reports that in 2017 there were 5,647 deer-related crashes in Pennsylvania. Those accidents caused 1,275 injuries and 17 deaths.

These types of accidents can cause serious injuries and thousands of dollars in property damage to  vehicles.

Here are a few safety tips to help ensure your safety through Deer Crash Season .
  • Slow down and take your time when driving.
  • When you see one deer, always assume there may be others near. re
  • Never swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting a deer.
  • After an accident, inspect your vehicle and make sure it is safe to drive.
  • Contact local authorities right away if you want an incident report. Some insurance companies will need this if you plan on making a claim for the damages done to your vehicle. 
Officials  say that two types of crashes should always be reported to authorities: A crash that involves a vehicle being damaged to the point it cannot be driven and an accident that results in injuries or death.

Car-Lotta reminds you that sometimes hitting a deer is unavoidable.  Drivers should reduce their speed, wear their seat belts and eliminate all distractions while driving to ensure their safety.

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Did You Fall Back?

Mon, 05 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000

Spring Forward – Fall Back 
Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.
 

This term is meant to trigger your memory to set your clocks forward 1 hour in the spring at the start of DST, and 1 hour back in the fall when DST ends.
A different way to remember which direction to set your clock for DST is that in the spring, you bring out (or forward) the garden furniture and in the fall you put it back.
In North America, it is common to use the word fall to denote the season, while other English-speaking countries usually call it autumn. “Spring Forward – Fall Back” is therefore a phrase most often heard in the USA and Canada.

 

 

Nov 4, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to 
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 4, 2018 than the day before.
 

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Does Your 4 Wheel Baby Like The Cold Weather?

Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000
It's  getting here..... The cold weather is right around the corner!!

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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Where Are Your Keys

Mon, 22 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000
While vehicles thefts overall are decreasing, car thefts with keys left inside are increasing.
It seems like a no-brainer....... Take your keys with you when you get out of your car!!!
 
A report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that there were over  126,603 car thefts with keys left inside between 2012 and 2015.
 
The research revealed interesting information about where and when car thefts with keys left inside were most common:
  • The top five states for car thefts with keys left inside during this reporting period were California, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Ohio . 
  • Saturday was the most common day for car thefts with keys left inside followed by Friday  and Monday.
Car thefts with keys left inside are especially unfortunate because they don’t need to happen. With so many advanced anti-theft technologies for autos out there, leaving your keys in the car is an open invitation out there for car thieves.
 
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you- NEVER leave your keys in the car!!


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Would You Know What To Do If You Were Stuck On A Railroad Track?

Mon, 15 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Obviously, if you are  in a situation such as this, you won't have time to whip out a laptop computer and log on to Google what to do. The purpose of this How-To is to inform beforehand.
Most  don't give much thought to situations such as these (as they will probably never be faced with them), but if YOU do find yourself unexpectedly faced with the kind of emergency, we don't want you to  panic  and act on rash impulse.
 
 
Car-Lotta Car Sales wants YOU to know  what to do.

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Get out of the car immediately. Do not honk your horn and expect the train to stop; a train will not be able to come to a complete stop immediately. Even if it is slowing down, it will still plow through you before it can come to a stop. Do not attempt to play chicken with a moving train. It's not backing down; you must. Get out of your automobile, and tell any passengers do to the same.

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Do not stop to take anything with you. Do not risk your life to gather objects from the back seat (unless they are infant passengers). You may be too late. You may want to take a cell phone if it is in easy reach.

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Get off of the tracks. As in, as soon as possible.



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Run towards the direction from which the train is coming. Do not attempt to run away from the train; when the train collides with your car, the wreckage may fly through the air and hit you. Run in the opposite direction of the train. It may be best to take cover, if there is any, to avoid flying debris from the car being smashed by the train.

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We Moved

Mon, 08 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000


As of October 1st 2018,  we have consolidated  our Hazle Twp. and  Kingston Operations .  

Car-Lotta Car Sales Kingston   at  303 Wyoming Avenue will be servicing both areas.   

 Any questions regarding your  Hazleton payment can be answered by dialing 570 714 1971.

 

 If you are interested in purchasing a vehicle or would like to make a service appointment  the number is 570 287 5445 .  


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Did you know that October is Fall Car Care Month?

Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000
                                Did you know that  October is Fall Car Care Month?  
         

 Why not take a little time to be car care aware and make sure your vehicle is ready for the harsh winter weather ahead? Taking a few simple steps now can save you the headaches and cost of an emergency breakdown later.

 Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician,  Car-Lotta Car Sales recommends five proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving.
 
1.    Battery – Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it’s wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don’t always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.  
 
2.  Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades – Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filter. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don’t properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
 
3.    Tires – Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop
 
4.    Brakes – Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
 
 
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales  reminds you that getting  your vehicle ready for winter while temperatures are still mild is a proactive approach to preventive maintenance that helps ensure safety, reliability and fewer unexpected repairs when severe winter weather strikes.

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