Monday, April 26, 2010

What Is The #1 Thing You Can Do To Make Your Car Last Longer?

The number one thing you can do to make your car last longer is to treat it like it's important to you.

Treat it like you need it to get to work, so you can earn money and can feed your family.
Treat it like, your rent won't get paid if you don't have your car.
Treat it like your family depends on it to get to practice and to their doctors appointments.
Treat it like you paid, and are paying good money for it.

So how do you treat a car that is so important to you?
Take care of it. Keep it serviced (oil change), drive it carefully (to save gas and make it last longer), keep it clean (shows some pride in ownership to you and your family). 

Not too difficult is it?
Try it, you will be surprised by the results. What do you think?


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Top 5 Reasons To Buy Your Next Car From CarLotta Credit

Here are the top 5 reasons to buy, and finance your next car from CarLotta Credit and Car Sales...

1) Our cars start at just $500 down. If you are short on cash, it's a great way to get into a car today.

2) All cars come with the exclusive CarLotta Credit warranty on the powertrain.

3) All cars are serviced in our shop before you take delivery. They are PA state inspected and ready to go.

4) Your payments for your car will be based on your income and situation. Our goal is to have every car we sell and finance be affordable to our customers.

5) Your on time payments will improve your credit rating as we report to the credit bureaus on a regular basis.

With over 100 cars in stock today, and over 25 years experience in this business...we can help you.
Call, stop by one of our 3 locations or visit our web site at

CarLotta, We can help you.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

How to Interview For A Job

This post goes along with the previous one about laid off or lost your job. These are just a few basic tips.

1) What To Wear?
Men…no jeans, no sneakers, no tee shirts, no boots. Wear leather shoes, slacks or chinos and a collared dress shirt. You do not have to wear a tie and jacket, but recommended. A 2 piece suit is best. Be shaven, if you have a beard…cleanly trimmed. Be clean…showered, clean clothes, polished shoes and clean hands especially. Keep jewelry and make up to a minimum.

Women… no jeans, no sneakers, no tee shirts, no boots, NO SHORT SKIRTS and no low cut blouses. Wear leather shoes (with moderate heels) , slacks or chinos or a “business” style skirt or dress and a collared dress shirt. You do not have to wear a tie and jacket, but recommended. A 2 piece suit is best. Be clean…showered, clean clothes, polished shoes and clean hands especially. Keep jewelry and make up to a minimum.

2) What Type Of Job Should I Interview For?
It’s not just about experience, it’s about work ethic and reliability. If a job sounds good and you are interested in it, that’s okay. But, be prepared to tell your interviewer why you are right for the job.

Do you have any special skills or talents that may make you better for this job than someone else?

Will the job or career change be beneficial for me and my family down the road?

In todays job market, I believe you should take a job even if it does not pay exactly what you think you are worth. You can always continue to look and it looks much better if you are working and not just sitting at home. If you have bills to pay, take a job and try to get a second one part time. It will help your finances and show some intiative.

3) Prepare For The Interview
Have a good resume. This post is too short to cover resumes here but…be brief (one page), be concise and show a logical time line. Be as truthful as you can. An outright lie on a resume could sink you. In this job market, employers are checking previous jobs and calling references. Be forewarned.
You can Google..."How to write a resume" for some great free resources.

Know something about the company you are applying to. Check out their web site. Google them. Ask your friends and family if they have dealt with them. If you are going to bet your livelihood on a company, you owe it to yourself to check them out. Think of, and write down questions before hand.

Be on time, or at least 10 minutes early. They are busy and don’t appreciate you being late. Bring a paper and pencil to write questions down as you are talking.

Be friendly, smile and try to relax. When you leave, thank them for their time and get a business card from everyone you talk to. After you leave, send a “Thank You” email for their time and the interview within an hour of leaving. If you do not hear from them in 3-4 days, or within the alotted call back time period, call them and inquire. Be polite and be brief.

These are just a few tips. But, they can help you on that next interview.
Good Luck!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Laid Off or Are Your Hours Cut?

This post raised some questions so I'm repeating it here.

Have you been laid off or have your hours been reduced?

There are a number of things you can do to supplement your income, or find a job quickly. At CarLotta Credit & Car Sales, we think this info can be very helpful.

* Start off by checking in with "Pa Unemployment Compensation", whether you are laid off or your hours cut, always the first stop. The link is below.

* The next thing to do is check "Craigs List". The job listings are extensive, they are free to employers, and are taking the place of the newspapers in many cases and job types. You have to check back every 2-3 days or so though, as they change often. Also, it takes a few minutes as you have to search thru them. Good source and they cover the entire NEPA region. Link is below.

* The old reliable is the newspaper. As you will see from the links, they even use on-line job services themselves.

Scranton Times / Citizens Voice / Hazleton Standard jobs link (all owned by same company)

Times Leader jobs link (Wilkes-Barre)

* You also should check out "Spherion Staffing Services ", a temporary job service. The have offices in   NEPA. They are easy to deal with and it could be a neat option. click

Be sure to let your Customer Service Rep (570-714-1971) know that your job situation has changed. He will want to be aware so we can work with you if need be. Let me know what you think. Comment below.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

How To Improve Your Gas Mileage, Part 2

So many people asked us about this post, I thought I would add some more tips on how to save gas and money. Here goes...

* avoid long warm up periods in winter (or cool down in summer) with the motor running and the car stationary. 45 seconds is long enough.
* for every minute you idle your engine, it uses the same fuel as when you start it. If you are going to be sitting stationary for even a few minutes, don't idle, shut off the engine to save on fuel
* when starting and shutting off the engine, do not rev it up. It wastes fuel and serves no practical purpose
* avoid overfilling the gas tank up past the first "click" you hear from the nozzle. Overfilling can cause safety issues and some of the gas to overflow out onto the ground.
* this one may hurt, but due to increased wind resistance, always try to drive the speed limit. Try it on your next trip and compare your gas mileage. You will be surprised.
* good timing on this one, remove snow tires promptly when the weather changes. They use more fuel and the increased temperature of the road surface in warmer weather causes them to wear prematurely.

These are a few more tips on saving fuel and money with your car. I'll add more in future posts.
What do you think? Comment below.