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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.

2

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.

3
Get off of the tracks. As in, as soon as possible.



4

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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How Well Do You Maintain Your AUto?

Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Auto technicians say the key to keeping vehicles running well-today and down the road-is routine maintenance. Yet many drivers tend to stall when it comes to keeping up with some everyday auto-basics.

      A survey by the Car Care Council found:



       25% of cars had low or dirty engine oil.
  • 13% had low or contaminated brake fluid.
  • 18% had dirty air filters.
  • 17% had inadequate cooling protection or low coolant levels.
  • 16% needed new windshield wiper and 27% had low or contaminated washer fluid.
  • 18 needed new belts
  • Overall, 89% of vehicles were in need of at least one service or repair.
 
Remember..... A regular service schedule can help keep your car running it’s best!
 
Car-Lotta wants to ask how well YOU maintain YOUR vehicle!


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So You LOVE Your Automobile?

Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Drivers have a unique relationship with their automobiles. They name them, they talk to them, they protect them from the elements and damage. 



 What do Americans love about their automobiles?  The color and style top the list  with power and performance following closely behind. For others, it’s a matter of independence and pride,  some cited the independence their vehicle gives them as their key crush, while nearly others said their pride in paying it off helped inspire their love.







How do drivers’ automobiles make them feel? Just like a great outfit, a can project confidence. Some said their automobiles  make them feel confident, an outward reflection of their achievements. Many said their autos inspire their internal rock star. They also make drivers feel cool,  and  even like a race car driver.




Americans autos are a reflection of their personal style. Drivers love to customize them, from simple decorative touches to unique modifications. Many want their music on the road to match their personality, so upgrade their vehicle technology with a state-of-the-art sound and on-board technology system. Many rank unique tires and rims as their top customization, opting for tricked out tread. Tied are colored headlights and undercar light kits and a customized interior.



 

 Drivers also want their car’s paint job to show their style opting for special paint and trim jobs, wraps and graphics.












Car-Lotta wants to know... What do YOU love about your automobile?




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What Would You Do If Your Auto Was Broken Into?

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Okay.... You walk out the door, ready to start your day. Then your heart sinks as you notice broken glass surrounding your automobile.
You are not alone. An auto break-in is a scene that too many Americans encounter each year. And after those initial feelings of shock and disappointment subside, you may be left wondering what to do next.
Here are some steps you should take if your vehicle has been broken into:
 
  • Check your surroundings. Before you do anything else, look around to make sure you’re safe. Most of the time vehicle burglars are only after your valuables and quickly leave the scene. But if anything makes you feel uncomfortable, leave your vehicle and find a safe place to call for help.
     
  • Record what you lost. If your auto was broken into, chances are the thief found something of value. Check for missing purses, wallets, smartphones and other electronics. Then, make a list of anything that was taken. It’s also a good idea to take photos of your vehicle damage for reference.
     
  • File a police report. To make a report, call the police office’s non-emergency number – not 911. While not all break-ins can be investigated, the report will help officers track local crime trends and can provide documentation for your insurer if you file a claim.
     
  • Protect yourself from identity theft. If you discover any credit or debit cards are missing, immediately notify your bank to cancel the old cards and order replacements. They’ll also help monitor your accounts for suspicious activity. 
  • File an insurance claim. Should you file a claim or not?  Damage to your car from a break-in is typically covered under your auto policy’s comprehensive coverage, but if any of your belongings were taken, they might be covered under your homeowners or renter's policy.
 One more thing: While break-ins are never completely preventable, you can take some steps to help lower your risk. Always lock your car doors, roll up your windows and keep valuables out of sight.
 

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How Will You Celebrate Labor Day?

Mon, 03 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +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 3d  in observance of Labor Day.



We will re open Tuesday September 4th  at 9:00 am.

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How Well Do You Know The PA School Bus Laws?

Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Can you believe that it's that time ?  The kids are going back to school.  Where did the summer go??


Every year children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.

      Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Laws Are :

  When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  
  When you approach an inter section where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended,  you MUST STOP.

  You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.

  You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

  DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.    


Penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:

*$250 fine

*Five points on your driving record

*60-day license suspension

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Have You Ever Been In A Falsh FLood?

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000

You don’t have to live near an ocean, lake, or river to be subjected to flash flooding. Even desert areas like southern Arizona have their share of flash floods, brought on by heavy rains that have nowhere to go except raging down what used to be dry arroyos or washes only a few moments before. And every town and city across the country is vulnerable to storm drains and sewer systems overflowing and/or backing up because of too much rain for them to handle or debris clogging them.

Flash floods may be one of the most dangerous weather-related phenomena because they can happen anywhere. The water rises so fast and flows so swiftly that roads can be particularly dangerous. Vehicles on them can be swept away almost before drivers realize what’s happening. However, protecting yourself from a flash flood is simple, as long as you stay alert and drive carefully. All you have to do to arrive safely at your destination is to remember to take a few basic safety precautions. Here are the top three rules for safe driving during a flash flood warning.

Rule 1. Never Drive Through Flood Water

Just because flood water looks shallow doesn’t mean it is. It’s impossible to judge its depth, especially at night. Additionally, the pavement or ground under it may already have been compromised and there could be a deep hole where a flat surface used to be.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling.
  • One foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Your kids have undoubtedly heard it from one of the local weathermen at a school visit: “Turn around, don’t drown!” This is the slogan that the National Weather Service has campaigned on for years to prevent flash flooding deaths. Find another route rather than proceeding through floodwaters.

Rule 2. Get Out ASAP if Your Car Submerges

While it’s dangerous to get into flood waters, it’s even more dangerous to remain in a car that’s submerging. Stay calm. Release your seatbelt. Open your window and escape through it. If your window won’t open, try to break it with anything handy. Remain on the car roof as long as possible. If your car gets hung up on a tree or other heavy object, try to get onto that instead of your car roof.

If you can’t break the window, wait for your car to fill with water while keeping your hands securely on the door handle. Do not panic. When the car is almost full, take a deep breath, open the door, and swim to the surface. If you’re swept away by the flood waters, try to keep your feet pointed downstream and direct your body over rather than under obstacles. Do your best to avoid any downed power lines. If possible, grab onto a tree or any other heavy object you come to and stay there until rescued.

Rule 3. Never Park or Camp on River Banks or Near Washes

While it may be scenic to camp on a river bank or near a dry wash in the Desert Southwest, don’t do it. Heavy thunder storms can pop up at any time. Carry a battery-operated weather radio or install a weather app on your phone so you can check local weather before going to sleep at night.

By learning these three rules, you’ll be as safe as possible if and when you’re faced with a flash flood emergency.
 
 
Car-Lotta Reminds you …. the best rule for surviving flood waters is not to get into them in the first place.

 

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Want To Trade?

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000
At CarLotta Credit and  Car Sales, we will take in just about anything that moves as a trade in, except farm animals. (Just kidding about the farm animals)

We have taken cars, trucks, minivans, motorcycles, boats, ATVs', trailers, quads, lawnmowers and tractors. As far as cars, we don't care how old it is, or how many miles it has on it... we'll consider it. And we'll take more than one car or vehicle in at a time if need be. We do need the title to the vehicle though. If the title is not in your name, we will need the legal owner present, and with ID, to take it as a trade in on your car.

The benefits of trading in are...
* the value of your trade in can be used to make up for some of your cash downpayment to make your car and loan more affordable
* you save some sales tax that needs to be paid to the state of PA as the trade in value reduces the tax owed
* you no longer have the insurance, maintenance or gas cost for a vehicle you no longer need
* if your trade doesn't run, we'll even tow it out of your property as part of the deal

Trading in your car makes sense. What do you have to trade?

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Do You Know A Child In Need Of A Backpack?

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000

Car-Lotta Backpack Giveaway  2018*

Last  year we gave away HUNDREDS of backpacks filled with school supplies to families in our surrounding communities. This year we will be doing it again
 
 
 
Saturday, August 18th- Starting at 9:00AM
 

*No purchase necessary.

Giveaway is first come first serve.

Limit two backpacks per family
 to children grades K thru 12th(5 to 18 yrs old).

 Children must be present and accompanied by a parent.

 

** No purchase necessary. This is NOT restricted to Car-Lotta customers. Anyone may line up and get a backpack if they fit the rules.  Call for complete details.
 
 
 

 


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How Courteous Are You

Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000
If you are in  the right lane on a highway, do youI legally have to let in cars that are merging into your  lane?
 
Here's the lane truth: there's no rule that says you have to let in merging drivers. But, it is a nice thing to do if you can.
Once you're in a lane, you have control over that lane. Any time another driver is trying to get into your lane, they're required to wait until it's safe.
 
That means they can't just turn on their signals and expect you to yield to them. They have to slow down and, if necessary, come to a complete stop.
Drivers of merging vehicles could be charged if they butt in when it's not clear – even if you hit the merging vehicle from behind.
 
It would be nice for the public to offer that consideration and let other traffic in . Consideration is something drivers lack, and we all need to be a little kinder on the road.
 
The best way to let in a merging vehicle depends on the situation. It could mean speeding up just a little to get ahead of them, slowing down a little to let them in front of you, or switching lanes.
 
When traffic's slowed to a crawl on expressways during rush hour, sometimes you see cars taking turns letting in merging vehicles.
 
                     Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to be courteous!

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Ever Drive In A Flash Flood?

Mon, 23 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Flash flood can  happen quickly, but their damage can be  long-lasting. If you know your area is under a flash flood warning, the best thing to do is get off the road immediately and stay inside until you know it's OK to be outside again.

However, if you can't get inside right away and the road ahead is covered in standing water, turn around. Do not try to drive through the water even if it looks like you can. Just one to two feet of water can float most cars - even SUVs and large trucks.

If you do become trapped in a vehicle that's overrun by flood or fast-moving waters, don't panic. The vehicle will likely stall and move with the waters, so you need to get out fast so you don't get swept away or sink with the car.

        Follow these steps as calmly as you can to get out safely:

  • First, unbuckle your seatbelt and instruct any children in the vehicle  to do the same.
  • Roll a window down.
  • If you can't engage the windows, use an emergency escape tool, umbrella or any sharp object to break the glass.
  • Swim out and get to safety as quickly as possible.
 A vehicle emergency kit can make all the difference during a serious storm.  Make sure yours is in your vehicle  at all times.
In any of these scenarios, it's best to play it safe and wait out the threat. Once conditions improve, it's fine to re-start your vehicle or call 911 for help.


Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to BE SAFE!

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Ever Get Stuck In Your Vehicle During Terrible Weather?

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Unexpected weather can catch you off guard when you're on the road. Even if you're an excellent driver, heavy downpours, hail, and lightning can create dangerous and  even frightening conditions.

How do you  stay safe when faced with rapidly changing weather conditions on the road?

Get Off the Road When Visibility is Bad
  • If you drive into a downpour of rain or hail, you're likely to lose visibility. If this is the case, pull completely off the road to a safe spot. If you can quickly and safely drive to a nearby covered area, such as a highway overpass or gas station, go there.
  • Don't park under any trees or other tall objects, like telephone poles, because they can be toppled by high winds.
  • Once you've parked, turn off your vehicle's engine and turn on the emergency hazard lights. Engage the parking brake and make sure that all other lights are off. This keeps other drivers from confusing your tail lights and brake lights for those of other moving vehicles.
  • If it's hailing, turn away from car windows and cover your eyes, ideally with a blanket, jacket, or other clothing to protect yourself from shattering glass. If you can, lie face down on the floor of the car with young children underneath you. Otherwise, lie face down on the seat, and turn your back to the windows.
Stay in the Vehicle During Thunder and Lightning
  • If you pull off the road during a lightning storm, stay in your vehicle unless you can very quickly get inside a structure. It's much safer to be in your metal-topped vehicle than to go outside. If lightning hits your vehicle, the electrical current will travel through the metal cage of your vehicle and into the ground.
  • However, lightning can still move through your vehicle's electrical system and any metal pieces, so don't touch any metal parts or the radio, or use a cell phone or any device connected to the car. Keep your hands in your lap until the lightning storm is over.
Car-Lotta wants you to stay safe!  

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Do You Own A Battery Charger ?

Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000

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.

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How Hot Is Your Vehicle?

Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Summer is here and so is the heat- If  you  think it is hot outside---- How high can the temperature inside your  vehicle  go?

The exact answer will vary, of course, depending on the type of car, where it is parked, the time of day. 
  • The fastest temperature rise occurs in the first few minutes. Within just 10 minutes, the temperature can increase between 10 and 20 degrees.
  • Over the first 30 minutes, the temperature increases by an average of over one degree per minute. If you park and go inside a store for 30 minutes on a 90-degree day, you’ll come back to a car that is over 120 degrees.
  • After one hour, the average car is 43 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
  • After 90 minutes, the average temperature difference is 48 degrees. On a 90-degree day, that equates to 138 degrees—higher than the hottest outdoor temperature ever recorded on earth.
  • Interestingly, these temperature increases are roughly the same no matter what the outdoor temperature is. Even on a beautiful 75-degree day, the temperature after 90 minutes will be over 120 degrees. If you’re in a desert heat wave and the outside temperature is 110, expect a car interior around 160 degrees.
Since these are averages, there’s about a 50-50 chance that your vehicle could get even hotter. The paint color, interior upholstery color, amount of window tinting, amount of shade, direction you are parked, and city where you are located can all affect whether your car is below or above average.

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