Monday, April 23, 2018

How Are Your Roads?


  
Driving around PA you've probably noticed that the roads you're driving on suck. They suck more  than a string of gas station bathrooms, more than hundreds of bug carcasses on your windshield.
Our roads are riddled with potholes and cracks and bumpy asphalt band-aids over more potholes and cracks.  
 
Would you like to report a concern on  Pennsylvania state-owned road conditions, construction projects, signs or signals, speed limits, or damage to personal property?


Please click   Here  and select the county involved in your concern.

 Car-Lotta wants to stay informed- get involved.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Is Your Vehicle Under Recall?

Buying a used car requires a bit  of due diligence on your part. In addition to making sure the car is in good shape and isn’t a flood vehicle and  you’ll want to consider is whether the car is under recall.
It  seems  as if there is  a new vehicle  recall  every week. This is  affecting the used car market in a big way. Data reveals that of the 955,368 used cars available for sale in the United States on a single day, more than 36,000 had recalls.
Wondering which states had the most used cars under recall? Or the most common reasons these cars fall under recall?  Protect yourself by buying your used car from a reputable dealership—some even offer a recall-free policy.
 
Car-Lotta Car Sales wants you to protect your investment.

 Visit  https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls to see if your current vehicle has any open recalls  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Are You A Distracted Driver?

Did you  know the number of drivers who report using a cell phone behind the wheel has jumped 30 percent since 2013?
 
As National Distracted Driving Awareness Month begins in April, surveys  indicate  that almost all drivers are already aware of the problem but they still engage in distracting behaviors at the wheel.
It is believed that 88 percent of drivers believe distracted driving is on the rise, topping other risky behaviors, such as aggressive driving, drivers using drugs and drunken driving.
 
• 49 percent of all drivers report recently talking on a hand-held while driving and nearly 35 percent have sent a text or email.
 
• 58 percent say talking on a cell phone behind the wheel is a very serious threat to their personal safety.
 
• 78 percent believe that texting is a significant danger.
 
Drivers talking on a phone are up to four times as likely to crash while those who text are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.
 
 
PennDOT reports that in 2016 in Pennsylvania:
 
• There were 16,036 crashes where a distracted driver was a contributing factor — 12 percent of all reportable traffic crashes in 2016 — an 8 percent increase over 2015.
• Of those crashes, 61 were fatal — 5 percent of all fatal crashes in 2016.
 
 

Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales  urges drivers to act responsibly behind the wheel and avoid distractions:
• Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving.
 
• Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before driving.
 
• Properly secure children and pets and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car.
 
• Snack smart by avoiding messy foods that can be difficult to manage.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Do You Know What NOT To Do To Your Vehicle??

You probably rely on your vehicle every day to get you where you need to go. But how well can your vehicle rely on you?
There are some things you should never do to your car. Are you guilty of any of them? Check out the list below to find out—and learn what you can do to give your car the care it needs.
8 things to never do to your car...
  1. Put off the recommended maintenance. There’s a reason the car manufacturer gives you that little book when you buy a car. It contains important maintenance guidelines for the age and mileage of your car. By following what it says, you can keep your car running smoothly and safely—and save on having to pay for big repairs later on.
  2. Ignore any warning lights. Most cars come with a check engine light and other warning lights. If any warning light goes off, it’s time to take your car to a qualified mechanic ASAP.
  3. Never change the air filter. A fresh air filter keeps your engine running smoothly and improves your car’s fuel efficiency. Most manufacturers suggest you replace your filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. (Err on the lower side if you drive in dusty conditions or in stop-and-go circumstances.)
  4. Never check your tires’ air levels. Not having the right tire pressure makes for unsafe driving and reduced fuel efficiency. Most vehicles list tire pressure requirements on the driver side door post so you know how much air to give your tires.
  5. Have an unqualified person work on your car. Take the time to find a qualified car mechanic. (Keep in mind that you could qualify as “unqualified” if a repair is beyond your skill level.)
  6. Rev the engine during the winter. Doing this doesn’t warm up the car—in fact, it can cause damage since the oil hasn’t yet worked its way through the engine.
  7. Leave keys in the ignition of an unattended car. This is one of the easiest ways to tempt thieves—
  8. Run your gas tank down to empty. Doing so cuts the life of the fuel pump—and puts you at risk of running out before you get to a station.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Are Your Brakes Safe ??

       BRAKES ARE THE SINGLE MOST    IMPORTANT SAFETY FEATURE OF YOUR CAR.

 
 
Although we all know this, sometimes we  let things slip. To help protect  your safety  the safety of your loved ones, follow this seven point brake checklist.
If you notice any or all of them, it is time to get your brakes professionally checked.
  • Loss of grip when braking
  • The feeling of your car pulling left or right when braking
  • A sloppy, soft or low brake pedal
  • Shuddering through your steering wheel when braking
  • Squeals, screeches and high pitched noises when breaking
  • Your brake system warning light flashes
  • Your car takes longer to stop than normal
Car-Lotta Car Sales reminds you..... Safety First!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Did You Remember To Spring Ahead ?

Less sleep, more daylight. We’ll miss that hour in bed, but many will gladly make the exchange for the promise of the warmer, brighter days. There’s just the pesky matter of all those clock changes. Millions of us scrambled around the house last weel to sync the microwave clock to the oven, and the alarm clock.  
 
Daylight saving time has gotten easier since the smartphone has replaced so many wristwatches  access the internet. In vehicles, GPS-linked navigation systems often change the time automatically in the same way. Of course, most folks have a clock in their car that not only needs adjusting manually but is often the most complicated function in the entire car.
 

Each car clock and stereo seems to possess its own set of frustrating  directions. If you’re like most folks, it’ll be weeks before you give in and adjust your dashboard clock.
 
If the thought of resetting the time on your dash made you wince, maybe this will  help.

Here are some ways to ease the frustration of figuring out your clock, so that you can enjoy the longer, sunnier days ahead:

Consult your  manual for directions

Almost all vehicle instruction manuals are available for download online, and most are free. Edmunds.com publishes a list of links to manufacturers’ manuals.

Ask your favorite search engine

This is where the Internet shines. Try a quick search like this: “How to set the clock in a (insert your car’s make/model)”. If you’re struggling to reset your car’s clock, chances are a fellow driver has already written about it online.

Try the volume and radio tuning buttons or dials

Often, these pull double-duty and are used to add or subtract minutes and hours. Press the “clock” or “time” button again, and you should be able to toggle from minutes to hours.
 

Eh, just leave it

It’ll be correct again in November. If your friends ask why you haven’t changed it, tell them you’re really into nostalgia.

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Was Your Credit/Debit Card Compromised?

Gas Pump and ATM Skimmers: How to spot them

Use your eyes, fingers, and common sense to cut your fraud risk !

1. Use your eyes: Look before you insert your card.
Before you slide your card in a fuel pump or ATM,  be sure to take a good look at the keyboard and card reader.

"Does anything look different if this is an ATM you've used before?"

Bad guys can use a 3-D printer to create a new keyboard to put on top of the real one. The keyboard might look different than the rest of the ATM, or the keys could look bigger.
With fuel pumps, is the seal broken? To place a skimmer inside a fuel pump, fraudsters must open the fuel dispenser door to insert the skimmer.

Station employees may place serial-numbered security tape across the dispenser door, so check to see if the tape has been broken. If there's no tape, check to see if the dispenser door looks as though it has been forced open.

Also, look inside the throat of the card reader to see if you can spot anything hidden there. A skimmer inside a gas pump or ATM can steal the information off the magnetic stripe of your credit card or debit card. 

2. Use your fingers: If something doesn't feel right, move on.

Wiggle the ATM card reader to see if it's loose. The crooks might place a card reader on top of the existing one.

You should also be wary if it's hard to insert your credit card or debit card.

Some gas station credit card skimming victims have  remembered that the card reader had "a weird feeling, like the slot had been tampered with," 



                      Car-Lotta Credit and Car Sales reminds you to Be On The Look Out !