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Have You Checked Your Tires Lately??

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Tires perform better on rainy surfaces if they have enough tread. And they stop faster and steer better on dry ones. Also, proper tire pressure helps keep you rolling smoothly and safely. Expect your tires to drop at least 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure each month, no matter the weather. When the air cools in the fall, that accelerates. Tires will drop another pound per square inch of pressure for every 10 degrees of temperature drop. Check tire pressure with a good handheld gauge from an auto parts store when the car's been sitting two or three hours. Correct pressure will be noted on a decal pasted on the driver's side door jamb or the door itself and in the owner's manual. The pressure inscribed on the tire sidewall itself is a maximum and not the recommended inflation — though it might coincidentally match the recommended PSI for your car.

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What are you doing for Labor Day?

Wed, 02 Sep 2020 22:59:00 +0000
Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white. Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. Most school districts that started summer vacation in mid June will resume school near this day. The first Labor Day in the United States was observed on September 5, 1882, in Boston, by the Central Labor Union of New York, the nation's first integrated major trade union. It became a federal holiday in 1894. Singed into law as a National Holiday by Grover Cleveland. All Car-Lotta Credit locations will be closed Monday, September 7th in observance of the holiday. We will re open on Tuesday, September 8th at 9:00 am

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How Well Do You Know The PA School Bus Stopping Law?

Mon, 24 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Car-Lotta Reminds You That Schools Will Re-Open SOON.... Well, maybe!

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What Do You Use To Was Your Automobile?

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
For many vehicle owners, washing a car by hand is a therapeutic act as beneficial for the person's state of mind as to the vehicle's appearance. Fequent washing is also the best way to maintain a new-car finish. As simple as washing your autoseems, there are some things to watch for so that you don't accidentally scratch or degrade the finish. Here are some basic car-washing tips. Don't... use household cleaning agents like hand soap, dishwashing detergent, or glass cleaner on the paint. These aren't formulated for use on a car's paint and may strip off the protective wax. Do... use a dedicated car-wash product, which is milder and specifically designed for use on automotive paint. Apply the suds with a large, soft natural sponge or a lamb's-wool mitt. Grease, rubber, and road-tar that is picked up from the road often accumulate around the wheel wells and along the lower edge of the body. These can be stubborn to remove and may require a stronger product, such as a bug-and-tar remover. Use a soft, nonabrasive cloth to remove these deposits, as they can quickly blacken your sponge. Do... use a separate sponge to clean the wheels and tires, which may be coated with sand, brake dust, and other debris that could mar the car's finish. Mild soap and water may work here; if not, a dedicated wheel cleaner may be required. Be sure the cleaner is compatible with the type of finish (paint, clear-coat, chrome, etc.) used on the wheels. A strong formula intended for mag wheels, for instance, can damage the clear coat that's used on the wheels that come on today's cars. To be on the safe side, choose a cleaner that's labeled as safe for use on all wheels. Car-Lotta wants you to keep your 4 wheel baby clean!!!

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Who Is Driving Your Vehicle

Mon, 10 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Do You Ever Let Someone Drive Your Vehicle ? If you own a vehicle, chances are you've let a friend or family member borrow it at least once. There are plenty of reasons to hand over the keys. Maybe you needed a relative to pick up your kids from school or you're helping someone get to work after their car broke down. Did you know that in the event of an accident... it's your auto insurance policy that would have to pay? The number one misconception about loaning out your vehicle is that if you let your neighbor borrow your car, an accident should go on their insurance because he or she was the one driving but in private passenger auto insurance, the coverage typically follows the vehicle, not the driver . Let's break it down. DOES MY CAR INSURANCE COVER OTHER DRIVERS? Insured drivers include: Resident relatives: Most personal auto policies provide coverage to the named insured, their spouse or domestic partner and any other resident relatives. So if someone is a member of your family and lives in your home, they're automatically an insured under your policy unless excluded. Domestic partners: If someone lives with you but isn't a relative, they are not named insureds under your policy. However, if you're living with a domestic partner, they can be added to your policy as a named insured but only if your relationship is the long-term, committed type - you share domestic responsibilities and have joint financial obligations. All you have to do is call your agent and let them know. They'll send out a short driver questionnaire and check your partner's driving record to determine eligibility. Someone with permissive use: If you loaned out your vehicle to a friend or neighbor, your policy generally will cover them - as long as you gave your permission. If they are a regular and repeated user of the car, they should also have coverage. The only exception is if a driver has been specifically excluded on your policy. Finally: If someone else is regularly driving your car, it's important to let your agent know. Chances are, anyone you let borrow your car will fall into one of these three categories. Car-Lotta reminds you that just because someone is covered doesn't mean loaning your car is risk-free.

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How Ofter Do You Wash Your Auto

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Have you ever parked your car at the office or grocery store only to come back and find that a ‘helpful’ citizen has written ‘please wash me’ across the back?
 
 It’s  funny when that message is on someone else’s auto, but it’s extremely disheartening when that mud-caked dust-adorned vehicle belongs to you.
 
With a busy schedule and seemingly more important things to do, washing your auto often falls by the wayside-

The general rule of thumb is to wash your car every two weeks or so. There are special circumstances that might increase or decrease that frequency.  If you keep it in a garage and only drive once or twice a month, such regular washing might not be necessary.

What’s important is that you take care of your vehicle—yes, even its outside. Washing your car frequently is a great and ultimately inexpensive way of protecting your investment in it.

Car-Lotta wants you to make sure you’re setting aside some time for routine  washes!

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Doe Your Auto Insurance Cover Vandelism?

Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000

If you have the right auto insurance coverage, you’ll usually be covered in the event of vandalism. Comprehensive coverage can pay for damages that occur outside of a auto accident, such as vandalism, fire or theft, minus your deductible. Your deductible is the amount of money you will have to pay toward fixing or repairing your car before your insurance kicks in.
This coverage, as well as collision coverage, may be required by your lender if you still owe money on your auto. It’s optional if you own your vehicle outright. But given the cost of repairing a vandalized vehicle, you may find it unwise to go without it. Your local  agent can help you decide the amount of coverage that makes the most sense for you.
Repair costs will vary based on your vehicle’s make and model as well as the extent of the damage. Without the right protection, you’ll pay for those repairs out of your pocket.
Comprehensive coverage can help cover expenses to fix broken locks, windows and whatever else the culprit decided to smash.  Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to check with your  agent to see if your policy covers vandalism and what else you can do to protect your investment.

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Has Your Auto Ever Been Vandalized?

Mon, 20 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000

 

Garage or no garage, vandals can always find ways to make a mess if they’re persistent. When your automobile  is covered in scratches and spray paint, there are steps you can take to help make the claims process as quick and easy as possible.
 
Take these steps to make sure you’re covered:
  • Document the scene. Record the damage with pictures, videos and notes. You may overlook important details in the heat of the moment, and they’ll come in handy with the authorities and your insurance company.
  • Don’t touch anything. Your car becomes evidence once it’s been vandalized, so be sure to keep things as they are. If you try to fix the damage yourself, it could make matters worse and affect the police report.
  • File a police report. Filing a claim without a police report may look suspicious to an insurance company. Call the police to get a record of the crime. Remember to request a copy for yourself to use when filing your claim.
  • Call your agent. Contact your insurance company to file a claim and be sure to submit all available information. They may send a claims adjuster to assess the damage. In that case, stay in touch with your agent so you know what your next steps are.
  • Get it repaired. During the claims process, you’ll need to transport your car to a safe place in the same condition you found it. If your car is unsafe to drive, have it towed to a body shop and leave any repairs to the professionals.
 
 
                               Car-Lotta Car Sales  wants to keep you informed

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How Oftern Do You Disinfect Your Automobile??

Mon, 13 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000
                Do You Disinfect Your Auto  ?

The first step to cleaning and disinfecting your  vehicles interior is to choose the cleaning agents and materials. Depending on whether you have leather, cloth, or imitation leather upholstery, steps and cleaning agents will differ.

Steps for Cleaning & Disinfecting Automotive  Interiors


Vehicle interiors are built to be durable, hard scrubbing or using a rough cloth can cause scratches or even discoloration. A wipe with alcohol on hard surfaces and gentle circular cleaning on upholstery are the best bets for both cleaning and maintaining your car interior.

It is also very important not to use too much water on your seats. If cloth upholstery soaks through with water, it can get into the cushion beneath. This can cause the  mold  to grow and create  that musty smell you will recognize if you've left your car windows open in the rain.

If washing the seats of your car, it is best to wet a cloth or sponge with soap and water and wipe the seats. You do not want to leave excess soap or water, as it can take a long time to dry.  While Isopropyl alcohol can safely be used on non-leather seats, it is not an ideal cleaning agent for those surfaces unless you have imitation leather.

If you are not sick, and haven't had anyone sick in your vehicle, don't get too worried about doing this repeatedly. However, starting with a truly clean slate in your vehicle will certainly give you some peace of mind.

A common recommendation from experts is that once your car's interior is cleaned and disinfected, it is important to wash your hands before getting in from now on. This will help keep your car a clean place, and reduce the chance of a virus making it into your vehicle. The steering wheel is one of the dirtiest places in your car due to constant touching, and having clean hands will go a long way to keeping it in good condition after being disinfected.

Car-Lotta advised you that if you believe you have had someone with COVID-19 in your auto, you should disinfect and call your doctor for next steps. It is believed  that the virus can survive in the air for up to three hours, and on surfaces for much longer, so it is best to be cautious if you believe your vehicle has been exposed.


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What Do You Keep In Your Automobile In Case Of A Break Down?

Mon, 29 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Summer heat can  wreak havoc on a vehicle and its function. The warm weather, hot roads, long  trips, and dry air combine to create a hostile work environment for your car. Here are a few things to consider as you hit the road during  hot summer months.

Checking your tire pressure is an important things to  do  — especially during the summer months. Hot tires on hot pavement is  a recipe for a blowout. If your tires are improperly inflated, the risk of catastrophic failure is even greater. Help prevent hazardous situations by checking your tires once a month and replacing them before they become dangerously worn.

Hot weather can also shorten your battery’s usable life. The extra vibration from summer trips can also damage your battery. It’s always a good idea to carry a set of jumper cables, or even a battery jump box, so you don’t get stranded. Check your car’s battery terminals for corrosion, and make sure the battery itself is  mounted securely.



 Low coolant levels can literally kill your engine. Worn hoses or a damaged radiator can allow coolant to leak and engine temperatures to rise. Keep an especially close eye on your vehicle’s temperature gauge during summer months to prevent  any overheating.
Every driver should put together a “summer breakdown kit”:
  • Water (one gallon per person)
  • Non-perishable snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Emergency blanket (doubles as shade)
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Basic tool kit
  • Pocket knife and/or multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Tow strap
  • Replacement fuses
  • Cell phone charger
  • Jumper cables
  • Hazard signs and flares
  • Can of tire sealant
  • Shop towels or paper towels
  • Work gloves
 
Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Drive Safe.... and enjoy your summer 



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Ever Lock Your Keys In Your Vehicle??

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000

WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOCK YOUR KEYS IN THE CAR

It can happen to anyone...A lockout. There’s no shame in calling for help, it doesn’t make paying a tow truck or locksmith any easier. After all, the last thing you want is an unexpected bill because of an honest mistake.
With a little preparation, you can have a backup plan ready to solve the problem yourself. So don’t let one forgetful moment ruin your entire day.
 
These methods to MacGyver your way back into your vehicle:
  • Keep a spare key. The quickest, easiest backup plan is to have access to a spare key. Stash a spare in your wallet or purse. Leave a copy with a friend or loved one who can come and save the day. Or consider concealing a door key somewhere on or under your vehicle using a magnetic “hide-a-key” box. If hiding a key, make a copy — don’t use an original. A copied key will allow you to unlock the door, but won’t start the ignition on most modern vehicles equipped with an anti-theft security system.
  • Unlock the car remotely. If you can’t get in on your own, many automakers now offer remote assistance services. Each manufacturer markets its own brand of service (such as OnStar, Sync, Blue Link or mbrace). But they’re all capable of unlocking your vehicle via satellite. If your vehicle has a connected car system, just call the number provided by your automaker to remotely unlock the door. Since some services are subscription-based, it’s always worth checking to see if this option is available and enabled before you really need it.
  • Remember your code. If you’re driving a car with a keypad entry, you may be in luck. Just enter your code and you’ll be inside with the push of a button. This technology can be found on most Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles manufactured over the past 20 years — but it’s not widely used by other makes and models.
  • Make your phone a key. Many new cars with remote assistance services also include smartphone capabilities. It may be an expensive feature, but it can turn your phone into a spare key with nothing but an app. Ask your dealer for details or check out your automaker’s website to see if and how you can utilize this high-tech option.

WHO SHOULD YOU CALL FOR HELP?

If you can’t get into the car on your own, you’ll need to call for help. There’s no need to worry. It just might take a little longer to unlock the door, since you’ll have to wait for assistance. If you’re not sure who to call, here are some services to add to your contacts:
  • Roadside assistanceIt’s an optional coverage that’s easy to add to your auto insurance policy and only costs about $5 per vehicle per year.
  • Towing companies: If you don’t have roadside assistance, you can call a towing company directly. Call the company of your choice or dial 411 to find services near you. Most tow companies can help unlock your vehicle. But if not, they can always tow your car to someone who can.
  • Locksmiths or dealerships: Locksmiths can always help in the event of a lockout. But they’re especially useful if you’ve lost your key and need a replacement. Since most modern vehicles use keys with a security transponder chip, it takes specialized equipment from a locksmith or auto dealer to make a replacement key. Just have your vehicle identification number and proof of ownership ready. A professional locksmith service can get pricey.

CAN I CALL THE POLICE TO UNLOCK MY CAR?

One way to get back into your car is to call your local law enforcement authorities. However, keep in mind that locking your keys in your car doesn’t typically qualify as an emergency. Police officers are concerned with public safety, so generally, life or property has to be at risk for them to respond.
If a child is locked in the car or you’re in danger, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you can try to call a local non-emergency number for help. But if the coast is clear, expect them to respond to more urgent calls or recommend a tow truck.

HOW TO PREVENT A LOCKOUT

The best way to make sure you and your keys don’t end up on opposite sides of the door is to keep them on your person.
Here are a few tips that can help make all the difference:
  • Always lock doors from the outside. Some vehicles won’t lock if your fob is still inside. But manually locking the door while you’re in the car could override that feature. Always lock the doors from the outside to reduce the risk of trapping your keys inside.
  • Take the key with you. If your engine is running, some security systems may automatically lock the doors assuming you’re getting ready to drive. Before you step out, turn the engine off and immediately put the key in your pocket.
  • Use a lanyard or keychain. A lone key is easy to lose, but lanyards and keychains make them much easier to keep track of. Attach a lanyard or chain to your keys to make them more noticeable.
 
 
Car-Lotta is looking to give you helpful tips!  

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Ever Get Caught In A Tornado?

Mon, 08 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000
In the event of severe weather, it is important to know where a tornado could form and what safety precautions you should follow. You should  know what to do if you are driving and become caught in severe weather.

Strong winds from a tornado are capable of picking up debris and depositing it miles away from where it was lifted. If winds are strong enough, vehicles can be blown over and picked up by the tornado.

Trying to outrun a tornado in your vehicle is the number one thing to remember NOT TO DO.

Trying to outrun a tornado is a bad idea because tornadoes have the potential to travel over 60 mph and they don't have to follow road patterns. Driving on a 90-degree angle away from the tornado is a good strategy to follow in order to distance yourself from the tornado.
A compass or GPS may be helpful to determine which way to drive on a 90-degree angle away from the storm.

If you see a tornado developing where you are driving, the best thing to do is to pull over and evacuate your vehicle. Seek shelter in the nearest sturdy building or storm shelter; do not hide under your car. The wind could potentially roll your car over.

 If there is no available shelter, find the nearest ditch or low-lying area and crouch low to the ground covering your head with your arms.

Potentially sturdy structures to look for while driving are fast food restaurants and banks. Fast food restaurants will usually have a cooler that could withstand a tornado similar to a safe in a bank.

Seeking shelter in an interior wall is also a good idea.  The more walls between you and the tornado, the better off you are.

Underpasses may seem like a safe place to hide, but this is a myth, due to the fact that they are above ground. Winds from a tornado can accelerate through the small places of an underpass causing the potential for the underpass to collapse or your vehicle to be blown away.

Car-Lotta reminds you to  know where you are and what counties have watches and warnings issued for them, and keep a watchful eye to the sky.

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We We Open With More Hours

Mon, 01 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000

WE ARE OPEN

 for Online Sales and Customer Service .

 

    Monday        9:00 am to  5:00 pm
    Tuesday        9:00 am to  5:00 pm
    Wednesday   9:00 am to  5:00 pm
    Thursday       9:00 am to  5:00 pm
     Friday            9:00 am to  5:00 pm
    Saturday        9:00 am to  5:00 pm

 

We are still unable to accept walk-in customers.

We are using internet resources to do as much as possible.

You can view a current inventory listing on our website.

You can call, message, or email us about the vehicle you're interested in.
 You can visit the lot and walk around any vehicle to see it in person, but a salesman is still unable to come out to assist you.

 

Customer Service Representatives  are  available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 until 5:00 to process payments via phone. The telephone numbers is 570.714.1971.

 

Our Service Coordinator  is available  Monday thru Friday  from 9:00 am  to 5:00 pm to discuss service issues. The telephone number is  570.954.2279.

 

Please Be safe, Be cautious, Be kind.

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Memorial Day 2020

Mon, 25 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000
 Memorial Day is known for being the unofficial start of summer. The three-day weekend usually involves a backyard barbecue, and  most importantly, time spent with family (and maybe even friends, if your area has eased social distancing restrictions!).
 
 
It's important to remember that this holiday is about so much more than a cookout. First and foremost, it's observed to remember those who fought for our freedom—the heroes who gave their lives to protect the prosperity of our country. We hope you'll choose to pause and remember them this year, and to remind your children and family members to do the same.
 
 
 We all know that the holiday comes around every May, but its exact date changes year to year. This year, Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25, 2020. The date changes every year, but there actually is a method to the madness: Memorial Day is always held on the last Monday in May.

Car-Lotta Car Sales  will be CLOSED on
Monday, May 25th 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.

We will RE OPEN on Tuesday, May 26th 2020 at 9:00 AM.

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Is Your Registration Or Inspection Expired

Mon, 18 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000
PennDot Extends Expiration Dates to June 30, 2020



PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Vehicle Registrations, Vehicle Inspections


 – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective May 12, 2020:
• Vehicle registrations of all classes which includes, but not limited to, mass transit vehicle registrations, apportioned vehicle registrations, fleet vehicle registrations, dealer plate registrations, temporary registrations and biennial farm exemption certificates scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.
• Safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.
• Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through June 30, 2020.


These extensions are in addition to those announced on May 1 related to driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020 – these products are also extended through June 30, 2020. A camera card is considered a driver's license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver's license products.
Additionally, limited services are available at some Driver License and Photo License Centers. For a list of open driver license and photo license centers and the services provided, as well as their hours of operation, please visit www.dmv.pa.gov.

Customers may continue to complete various transactions and access multiple resources online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; and driver license and photo ID duplicates. There are no additional fees for using online services.

PennDOT will continue to evaluate these processes and will communicate any changes with the public.



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We Are Open For Online Sales

Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000
We are extremely happy to announce that we have reopened
for Online Sales!!!

Our limited hours for the month  of May are
Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm
 
Here's what YOU need to know:
 
We are using all of our online/internet resources to do as much as possible.

We are scheduling appointments to limit the amount of people in our offices
This can be done via phone or through our Facebook Page or Website.

We will continue practicing social distancing.
 
You MUST WEAR A MASK to enter our office. We will be wearing them too.
 
We may ask to take your temperature.
 
We have SANITIZED WORK AREAS with sneeze shields.
The inventory has been detailed, and sanitized.

Customer Service Representatives are available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 until 5:00 so you to keep them informed on your financial situation during this difficult time or to process payments. 
                   The telephone number is 570.714.1971.

Our Service Coordinator is avail to discuss service issues.  Service appointments will be on a very limited basis.                     The telephone number is 570.954.2279.

 
 
 
 
  Car-Lotta reminds you …..            Please Be safe, Be cautious, Be kind.

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Has Your ID recently expired?

Mon, 04 May 2020 12:00:00 +0000
 
 
PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner's permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.
These extensions are in addition to those announced  on March 27.
Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16
As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.
 

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Do You Use Rideshare Or Public Transportation?

Mon, 27 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000
Many people use rideshare or public transportation. 

We suggest :  
 
 
    Avoid using rideshares or public transportation if alternatives are available

      Avoid touching as many surfaces as possible & keep your hands off your face

       Opt for using credit or debit cards instead of cash (money harbors many germs)

         Sit as far away from other passengers as possible

        Bring sanitizing wipes and wipe down seat belts, door handles, arm rests, etc.

                Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds as soon as possible after exiting any form of transportation  / Use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
 
                  Car-Lotta reminds you to stay safe!!
 
 
 



 

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What Shoud You Pay Attention To When You Sanitize Your Vehicle?

Mon, 20 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000

        Clean and sanitize your vehicle after every trip. That way if you need to use your vehicle in case of an emergency, it will be ready to go.

Here are a few  frequently touched vehicle surfaces to pay attention to:

   

    Car keys & fobs

    Exterior and interior door handles

     Steering wheel

     Power ignition button, window switches, radio, GPS, other buttons & dials

    Gear shift

     Seat belts & seat belt buckles

    Car seats & booster seats

    Air vents

    Cup holders

   Grab handles

   Head rests

   Seat pockets

         Keep sanitizing wipes/cleaner in your vehicle to regularly clean vehicle surfaces and use while running essential errands.
 
 
   Carlotta reminds you to always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before you drive or ride in a vehicle. Make sure all passengers do the same.
 

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Do You Have To Go Out?

Mon, 13 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000

 
The best defense for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at  home and practicing social distancing whenever possible. If you have to leave home, please be sure to follow a few safety tips to protect yourself and your family.
 

·         Do not ride inside a vehicle with someone who has or suspects they may have COVID-19. The virus can be spread by sharing air space or touching surfaces an infected person has come in contact with. The virus can stay on surfaces found in cars for days.

·         Wearing disposable gloves, use soapy water to clean vehicle surfaces prior to wiping down surfaces with a disinfectant. This removes grease and dirt allowing you to effectively sanitize.

·         Clean and sanitize your vehicle after every trip. That way if you need to use your vehicle in case of an emergency, it will be ready to go.
 
                    Car-Lotta reminds you to stay safe!

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Thinking Of Sanitizing Your Vehicle Against Coronavirus ?

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0000
You should clean and sanitize any frequently touched surfaces in your vehicle.
 These include but are not limited to :
  • Steering wheel
  • Door handles
  • Shift lever
  • Any and all buttons (especially window buttons)
  • Touchscreen displays
  • Wiper and turn signal stalks
  • All interior armrests, including those on the doors, center console, and pull-down armrests in rear bench seats
  • Door grab handles
  • Ceiling and pillar grab handles
  • Seat adjusters
  • Door glass
All of these items and most other plastic trim pieces can all be safely sanitized with 70-percent isopropyl alcohol.

 Car-Lotta reminds you to  wash your hands before you enter your vehicle  and first thing after you exit.. This will help prevent spreading of not only COVID-19 or other germs.

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Are You Staying Safe?

Mon, 30 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000

We would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we are mindful of the health, safety and welfare concerns  of our customers and  our employees during this challenging time. With this in mind we have implemented the following changes: 

Effective immediately we have suspended Auto Sales per the government mandate. 

Customer Service will be available Monday thru Friday from 9:00 until 5:00 to process payments via phone. The telephone numbers are 570.714.1971 or  570.954.1464.

Recurring payments will continue to process.  

We  Will NOT be accepting Walk In Payments Until Further Notice. 

Our Service Coordinator  will  be avail to discuss service issues. The telephone number is  570.954.2279. Service appointments will be on a very limited basis.

 

We would invite you to visit www.carlottacredit.com  to contact any of our locations with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Do You Know What AWZSE is??

Mon, 23 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000
PA Drivers are being warned to slow down or pay up as work zone speed cameras in Pennsylvania are  in effect across highways in the Keystone State.
The implementation of Automated Work Zone Speed Enforcement (AWZSE) program comes after months of a pilot program ended.

Drivers going 11 mph or more over the speed limit will get a warning for a first offense. They will then be fined $75 for a second violation and $150 for subsequent violations.

Car-Lotta reminds you- Slow Down or PAY UP!!! 


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How Are You Dealing WIth COVID-19?

Mon, 16 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000

Car-Lotta Car Sales  prides itself on the relationships it has built with its customers and the communities in which we do business. As news continues to develop regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, otherwise known as coronavirus, we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that we are mindful of your health, safety and welfare concerns during this challenging time.

We continue to closely monitor this situation and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While our dealerships are cleaned daily, we are also implementing supplemental procedures to deal with this situation. Prevention begins with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for hand-washing, of covering one’s mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and avoiding contact with people who display symptoms. We have also asked our team to temporarily refrain from shaking hands, doing high-fives or fist bumps.

Of course, we offer a wide array of online options for our customers where they can do everything from  request a  service appointment to submitting credit applications and selecting inventory and make your payment. We would invite you to visit 
www.carlottacredit.com  which will enable you to contact any one of our locations.

Our thoughts go out to anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus. This situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor events as they occur. Thank you again for your continued business.

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Did You Spring Ahead??

Mon, 09 Mar 2020 12:00:00 +0000
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  will scramble around the house 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. Newer vehicles  - especially those with flashy computer consoles - will change their clocks automatically. But for those with   older models, you will have to change it yourself . If you’re like most,  it’ll be weeks before you give in and adjust your dashboard clock.

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