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Friday, October 6, 2017

What is Required for Vehicle Financing?

If you are in the market for a new car you will most likely turn to financing as the method of purchase. Financing is the most common method used when customers purchase a new vehicle. They simply make a down payment, or apply the value of a vehicle trade-in, and then make monthly payments for the course of 60 months. Here’s what’s required when you apply for vehicle financing.

Application

The first thing you’ll want to do is complete an application for your loan. If you want to save yourself some time, complete the application online. It takes just a couple of minutes and you will get an answer when you are done. It’s not required to complete the application online. You are welcome to do so at the dealership with the finance team.

Credit Score

It’s a good idea to check your credit score prior to arriving at the dealership. You don’t want to find out at the dealer that you have a less than favorable credit score. This will put a damper on your attempt at a vehicle purchase.

Proper Documentation

Be sure you bring plenty of documentation to the Jeep dealership when looking to buy a new car via financing. You will need proof of identification, proof of income, proof of residence and proof of insurance. A current driver’s license, pay stub, tax bill and automotive policy card will all work for this requirements.

Down Payment

If you don’t have a vehicle to trade-in, you should bring a down payment with you. The down payment should be in the $10,000-$20,000 range to help offset a portion of the purchase price applied to the loan.

Ready to pull the trigger on a new car purchase from your local Jeep dealership? Contact 1-800-Autoland to schedule a test drive in the vehicle of your dreams.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Football Tailgating with Jeep

Football season is finally here! And that means five months filled with touchdowns and tailgates. Much like football itself, tailgating is an art that is only enhanced by more practice and helpful tips.

Jeep offers two of the best tailgating vehicles on the market and knows a thing or two about throwing a proper pregame party in the parking lot.

To help get your football season started off with a bang, 1800 Auto Land provides several ways that Jeep owners can improve their tailgate experience.

First thing’s first: We got to make sure you’re in the right type of vehicle for tailgating. If you don’t already drive a Jeep Wrangler or Jeep Patriot, get to a Jeep dealership near you. The Wrangler and Patriot are Jeep’s two highest-rated tailgate vehicles according to consumer reports. Here’s what make each so perfect you a pregame party.

Jeep Wrangler
A Jeep Wrangler allows you to rip the roof and doors off for those warm-weathered early season games. What really sets the Wrangler apart from other tailgate vehicles is its ability to go off-road with ease. If parking lots are full and you can’t find a spot, create your own with a Wrangler. Just make sure you’re doing it in a spot that is safe and legal. Other modifications can also be made to the Wrangler to make it the ultimate tailgate vehicle. For example, speakers can be mounted to the overhead bar and a trailer can be attached to the hitch.

Jeep Patriot
This crossover SUV is perfect for tailgating because of its high-quality audio system. The Patriot gives drivers the option to upgrade to a Boston Acoustics speaker package that will have the music bumping at your tailgate. As opposed to the Wrangler, the Patriot might be the better option for late-season, winter games that could bring snow because of its four-wheel-drive system. That can come in handy when it comes to getting out of parking lots in bad weather at the end of games.

Now that you have the right vehicle for tailgating, it’s time to sure up the little details that can be the difference between your pregame party being a touchdown or three-and-out.

Plan your menu: It’s important to have the food for your tailgate planned and prepared ahead of time so that you can spend more time eating and less time cooking while tailgating. Sure, some grilling will be done at most tailgates, but have your sides and snacks all ready to go.

Arrive early: Be prepared to arrive early and stay late. Tailgating is a ton of fun, so what’s the rush to leave and why wouldn’t you want to maximize your time? Show up about 3-4 hours before kickoff, and let the traffic work itself out after the game as you hang for another hour or two and reminisce on that week’s game.

Meet you neighbors: As long as they’re wearing your team’s gear too, introduce yourself to your tailgating neighbors and perhaps two tailgates will turn into one massive football fiesta.

Fly a flag: Not only is flying a flag a good way to show your team spirit, it can also be a landmark that helps friends and family meeting you at the game find your tailgate. Fly it high and fly it proud.


Cleanup your area: Be respectful. Leave your tailgate area as clean as you found it. Be sure to bring plenty of trash bags with you, and if you can, use aluminum cans instead of glass bottles to avoid broken glass that can become hazardous. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

How to Choose the Right Car



If you’ve decided that now is the time to buy a new car for yourself, your family, or your newly licensed teen driver, you will want to go about it the right way. When you are ready to begin the search for a new car you need to whittle the search down to the make and model before you can truly get down to business.

Size

Are you buying the car for yourself? Is it for your teen driver? Is it for the whole family? The size of the car you buy all depends on who will be driving the car regularly. Car dealerships in NJ have a host of different vehicles that seat a range of people from two to seven. Once you figure out the required size you will be able to move forward.

Safety Features

Any vehicle you look at should have impressive safety features, even if the car is only for you. Safety should always be paramount when buying a new vehicle. It’s important for not only you, but everyone else on the road around you. Take a long look at the safety features in each vehicle that piques your interest and compare them tirelessly.

Towing/Cargo

Towing and cargo are important aspects of any vehicle, especially if you are looking at a new truck or SUV and you love adventure. You will want to be able to tow your boat, waverunners, trailer or ATV on your next road trip with your new vehicle.

Budget

Don’t forget to give yourself a budget for your new car purchase. Sit down with your spouse and look over your finances and what you can afford. If you are trading in a vehicle to put towards the purchase of a new one, make sure you factor this value into your budget. Try not to go over your budget when buying the car so you don’t put yourself in a poor financial situation.

Visit Autoland in Springfield, NJ today to take a test drive in the car of your dreams.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What to Do Before You Buy a New Car

If the time has come to trade in your current vehicle for a new one, buy your newly licensed teen driver their first care, or add a new vehicle to your family’s fleet, then you will want to know what you need to do before you buy in New Jersey. Shopping at Chrysler dealers in NJ is quite easy, and hassle-free, when you come to the lot prepared.

Research Your Credit Score

One of the first things you must do prior to arrival at the dealership is research your credit score. Even though the finance department can do it for you, it’s better to know ahead of time what you can and cannot afford. You will also want to know ahead of time how much you will be paying on an auto loan based on your credit score.

Research Cars

This seems a little redundant here, but you should at least perform a little bit of research into cars that interest you prior to arrival at Chrysler dealers in NJ. You don’t want to show up and simply wander aimlessly around the lot until something piques your interest. If that works for you, then fine, but being prepared can save you a ton of time.

Gather Paperwork

If you are trading in your current vehicle to put the value of it towards the purchase of a new car, make sure you have all the required paperwork with you. This includes the title to the vehicle, your auto insurance, driver’s license and any other documents that you think the dealership will need for the trade.

Make an Appointment

Even though most Chrysler dealers in NJ don’t require appointments, making one ahead of time can ease the amount of time you have to wait upon arrival for the salesperson with whom you want to do business. This is really a good idea when you are visiting on a weekend or during a big sales event.

When you are ready to buy a new car, visit 1-800-Autoland in Springfield, NJ to take a test drive in a brand new Chrysler. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Keep Tabs on These Motor Vehicle Fluids to Ensure Longer Life, Safe Operation

Not every vehicle emergency requires a trip to the mechanic. In fact, self-starters and some enterprising individuals willing to set aside five minutes and learn the root cause of their minor problem will also likely be able to address it in the same amount of time. In this article, we’ll address fluids every car and truck owner should keep tabs on and keep bottles of either at  home or in the trunk in case of an emergency. For those researching a Dodge dealership near me or other forms of motor vehicle assistance, we suggest referencing his document at your  leisure as you encounter speedbumps along the way – because it’s bound to happen. Checking your tire pressure is just the beginning; it’s time to stick your head under the hood and get your hands dirty.

1) Motor oil: This one is crucial. If you want to extend the life of your engine long past the 100,000-mile mark, then regularly changing your motor oil should be your top priority. Automotive experts suggest changing your oil every 3,000 to 5,000 miles and installing a new filter every other oil change. In between, pop the hood once a month and check the dipstick. The long metal stick will have notches that let you know the suggested oil level and where yours stands. While the hood’s up, however, we’ll move on to the next topic…

2) Coolant: If the temperature gauge on your dashboard is trying to tell you something, insufficient coolant could be to blame. This fluid, which works in conjunction with the radiator, is crucial for keeping the engine at a safe operating temperature. Look for the clear plastic reservoir and visually inspect the level of typically neon-colored antifreeze. If it’s below the minimum mark, top it off.


3) Transmission fluid: The other most critical component of your vehicle after the engine is the transmission. This is an expensive, complicated and intricate part of your car or truck and the best any home mechanic can do is ensure the right amount of transmission fluid is in the system. Much like motor oil, this can be conveniently checked via the dipstick in the engine bay. Topping off transmission fluid is easy to do, but dirty or foul-smelling fluid could be a sign that you need to drain and change it.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Ensure Purchase of Pre-Owned Vehicle Goes Smoothly With These 3 Expert Tips

Proper maintenance of your motor vehicle is paramount if you expect it to remain a reliable ride for as long as possible. If you plan to spend a considerable amount of hard-earned money on a brand new car or truck, then we’ll issue that preventative care warning in advance of your eventual trip to the dealer. If, however, you’re considering the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle from a Dodge dealership near me, then it’s important to bring yourself up to speed on the history of the motor vehicle immediately.

That’s because while this car or truck is new to you, it’s not brand new. Although reputable auto dealers will certainly offer a clean bill of health before the sale, it’s up to you to plan your own maintenance regimen from there. As with any vehicle, there will be bumps in the road but it’s always easier to address them if you’ve got a list of parts that may need replacing sooner rather than later. Below, we’ve gathered a few more suggestions for those who will naturally want to extend the life of this most-recent investment.

1) Laws of the lemon: If used cars could talk, they’d probably have a fair share of both good and bad stories to tell. The fact that your used vehicle has seen its fair share of on-road experiences already is why you’re paying so much less for it than a new one. Thus, it’s important to research any history of manufacturer recalls or use the VIN number to determine if it has been involved in any previous accidents. Some auto experts say a vehicle being sold “as-is” is a worrying status because your methods of redress if something goes wrong after driving it off the lot are next to nothing.

2) Best bets: A truly certified pre-owned vehicle is a safer bet due to the rigorous inspection process and the fact that they most often are being sold by a franchise dealer. Further sweetening the deal are warranties that are offered with the purchase, which will allow for certain benefits to the new owner. The caveat here is that since these vehicle are essentially a step up from the “used” variety, then the retail price goes up along with it.


3) Do your homework: Buying for aesthetics is never a good idea and most serious car shoppers know that it’s what’s under the hood that counts. By checking out online forums where current and former owners sound off and offer their two cents, you’ll get a good idea of what shortcomings the make and model you’re in the market for may exhibit. Every vehicle – new or used – has its quirks that can almost always be sorted out with a regular maintenance plan.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Five Spring Car Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Condition



We're now in the month of March, which means spring is just around the corner. If you're looking forward to that first weekend drive with the top down or that first afternoon applying the wax to get that new car shine, the warm weather will be here before you know it. Now is a great time to get your vehicle ready for the spring and summer months. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep in mind:

Change Your Oil: Follow your vehicle's owner manual to see how often you should have various services scheduled. Typically, the rule of thumb for a vehicle is every 5,000 miles or so, but this will depend also on the type of mileage you put on your vehicle. If you're in a lot of stop-and-go traffic or drive in extreme heat, 3,000 miles might make more sense. And remember to change the oil filter as well.

Check Your Fluids Every Month: It only takes a second, and it can help you avoid major and costly problems down the road. You should check your oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering fluid once a month if you can.

Have Your Tires Rotated and Check Tire Pressure: You should have your tires rotated just about as often as you get your oil changed. Rotating your tires evens out wear, so your front tires don’t wear out before your rear tires. Also, make sure your tires are properly inflated so you get the best gas mileage on those longer drives.

Get the Hoses Checked: Have your belts, clamps, and hoses inspected for tightness and overall condition by a qualified mechanic. The cold weather can weaken these, which could cause a breakdown – something nobody wants. It can't hurt to have these checked when you go in for an oil change or tire rotation.

Go to the Car Wash: There's no question that the winter months can wreak havoc on a car's exterior. Now that the weather is getting warmer, make a trip to the car wash or do it yourself. Your car will look nicer, and you will prevent rust from forming.


Are you thinking about buying a new car? Spring is the great time to look at new or used cars in New Jersey. And one of our salesmen would be happy to help. Come to showroom today on Rt. 22 in Springfield, NJ to find a great vehicle at an even better price. 




 
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