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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.

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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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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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Do You Steer Clear??

Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Steer Clear Law:
The 'Steer Clear' law requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop or disabled vehicle. This law will help prevent injuries and save lives, but only if drivers follow the law and use common sense.
Pennsylvania Vehicle Code Law:
 Duty of driver in emergency response areas.
(a) GENERAL RULE.-When approaching or passing an emergency response area, a person, unless otherwise directed by an emergency service responder, shall:

(1) pass in a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response area, if possible; or

(2) if passing in a nonadjacent lane is impossible, illegal or unsafe, pass the emergency response area at a careful and prudent reduced speed reasonable for safely passing the emergency response area.

(b) PENALTY.-Any person violating subsection (a) commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, pay a fine of not more than $250.

(b.1) SUSPENSION OF OPERATING PRIVILEGE.-The department shall suspend the operating privilege of any person for 90 days upon receiving a certified record of the driver's conviction, adjudication of delinquency or admission into a preadjudication program for a violation of subsection (a), if the certified conviction indicates the violation resulted in serious injury to another person. The license shall be surrendered in accordance with section 1540 (relating to surrender of license).
 
  For more information visit  http://www.penndot.gov/Pages/default.aspx

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Do You Want To Go Orange?

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000
How can you Go Orange? 

Follow all posted speed limits in our PA Turnpike work zones. Sign the Go Orange Pledge. Keep your eyes up. Put your phone down. Go Orange for the sake of road workers. Your wallet. Your life.

Pennsylvania State Police will be putting extra effort into finding and ticketing speeders in construction zones on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

They are launching “Operation Orange Squeeze.” It means that troopers will be waiting in orange PennDOT trucks in work zones with radar guns. A second trooper will be waiting in a cruiser just down the road outside the work zone to pull you over if the radar clocks you over the speed limit.

The head of the turnpike said the most notorious areas are the stretches of road where two lanes are reduced to one lane.

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                            Click  HERE   for more information or to take the pledge.
 
                       Car-Lotta reminds you to drive safe- especially in active work zones

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Can Driving Sensibly Save You Money?

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +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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Hitting The Road This Summer?? Are You Prepared?

Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Summer is here... Will you be traveling?


Summer heat can also 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 year round— 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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What Are You Doing On Memorial Day?

Mon, 28 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Memorial Day is a United States Federal Holiday observed on the last Monday of May .


Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War. It was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

It has become a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family gatherings, fireworks, trips to the beach, and marks the start of the summer vacation season!


Car-Lotta Credit Car Sales will be closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day and will re open Tuesday, May 29th    at 9:00 am.  

 Happy Memorial Day!

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What Day Of The Week Do You Purchase Gas?

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000
With the busy summer travel season right around the corner, drivers are starting to notice higher prices at the pump!
Right now, gasoline prices are at their highest levels since 2014 and are expected to continue rising through Memorial Day to more than $3 per gallon in some areas.
 
f you’re trying to save as much money as you can, you may want to change the day of the week that you fill up.
 
After analyzing gas price data from January through March, reports indicate in Pennsylvania that Mondays offers the lowest average gas price making it the best day of the week to buy gas and  Friday is the worst day to buy gas.
 
There is variation in daily gas prices across different states, the consensus is that the earlier motorists fill-up during the week, the better. Following Monday, Sunday is the cheapest day to fill-up.  Conversely, Thursday follows Friday as the most expensive day to fill-up.
 
Car-Lotta wants to make sure you get all the info you  need when making a purchase.

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How Much Loose Change Is In You Automobile?

Mon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000

More than $10 billion in loose change can be found under couch cushions and on street corners every year. Most people never think to pick up a stray nickel or dime here and there, but the average American takes more than $600 in change every year through regular transactions


Search your car. Your car is also another spot where you are likely to have loose change. If you have ever used a drive-thru to order food or have gotten change from a drive-up bank teller, there is a good chance you have change underneath your seat or in the side compartments of your doors. Check under the floor mats as well and in the pockets behind seats as well.
  • It is a good idea to keep spare change in your car in case you need it for metered parking.
Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you that collecting loose change can add a significant boost to your savings

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Are You Wasting Water?

Mon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000
 Did  you know that  a car wash uses less water then washing your vehicle yourself?  Industry figures show a  car wash  uses  between 37 and 40 gallons of water per car, whereas the homeowner will use between 80 and 100 gallons in the driveway. In that scenario, the car wash uses 50 to 60 percent less water.


Car washes are water conservationists. At the professional car wash they  recycle water and are  very careful with it. Some reports indicate they  use about 28 or 30 gallons a car,  while  washing  your car in the driveway, you can use as much as 140 gallons.

 Car-Lotta Car Sales wants you to be environmentally friendly!

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What Is The Biggest Driving Distraction??

Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000
Of the more than 172,000 people killed in car crashes over the past five years, one in 10 were in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved was distracted. These statistics come from  a nationwide census of fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But distracted driving doesn’t just mean being distracted by your cell phone.  Daydreaming or being “generally distracted” (being inattentive, careless, or distracted–details unknown) or “lost in thought” was the number one distraction associated with fatal crashes.

Some people see driving as a time to relax and unwind and let their minds drift off, but that’s actually one of the worst things you can do.  People know about the dangers of texting while driving, but daydreaming while driving is an almost invisible distraction – people do it automatically without even realizing the risk.

 Analysis of police data from 2012-2016 showed the majority of drivers who were distracted were “generally distracted” or “lost in thought.” In fact, police report that 61 percent of distracted drivers were daydreaming at the time of a fatal crash, compared with 14 percent of drivers who were distracted by cell phone use.

Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you to stay alert!  

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