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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. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

First-Time Car Buyers: 3 Car Financing Tips You Need to Know



Congrats, you’re in the market to buy your first car! While buying your first car is extremely exciting, it can also be very overwhelming. Aside from determining the vehicle style and model you want, there are several financial elements you need to understand before stepping foot in the dealership. Here are three things you need to know before you go to a car dealer in NJ.

Know What You Can Afford

Before heading to the dealership, you need to establish a budget. In addition to the cost of the car, take all the costs of car ownership into account, including car insurance, gas, maintenance, and repairs. When shopping for cars, don't fixate on the monthly payment. Consider the entire cost of the car to ensure it's something you can afford.

Know Your Credit Score

Most car buyers will need an auto loan to finance a car. The interest rate and other loan terms you're offered will depend on your credit history. You can receive a free copy of your credit report once a year from the three major credit bureaus: TransUnion, Experian and Equifax. Request a copy of your credit report, and make sure it's accurate. If you find any inaccuracies, contact the credit-reporting agency to have it corrected. 

Also get your credit score. Lenders use your credit score to determine your creditworthiness.  Knowing your credit history and score tells you what offers you can expect to receive from a lender. 

Know Your Financing Options 

If you'll need a loan to finance your new or used car, then you should understand the various options available to you. One option is to get a loan from a bank or credit union. In this case, when you buy the car you will sign a contract with the dealer and use the bank loan to finance the vehicle. 

Another option is to finance through the dealership. In this case, you will enter a contract directly with the dealer. Car dealers like Autoland Toyota may offer incentives when you finance your car through them. Even if you plan to finance through the dealership, you should get pre-approved for a car loan. Pre-approval lets you know what lenders are willing to offer you and may also help you get better loan terms from the dealer. When choosing an auto loan, take into account the loan amount, interest rate, and repayment period.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Buying or Leasing a Car? 6 Terms You Should Know




Like with any industry, car dealerships have their own jargon. When you walk into a dealership, you may hear the salespeople using terms like "invoice price," "MSRP," and "residual value," but do you really know what they mean? It's important for consumers to understand these terms so that they can make an informed purchasing decision. Read on to understand the key terms you may hear at the dealership. 

Invoice price: The invoice price is the original amount the car dealership pays the car manufacturer for each vehicle. This price does not always reflect the dealer's final cost due to rebates, discounts or incentives. 

MSPR: MSPR stands for Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Also referred to as the sticker price, this is the figure that's most visible on the car's window sticker. It's also the price listed in advertisements for the vehicle. Dealerships often begin negotiations at the sticker price. Unless the vehicle is brand new or the model is in high demand, cars can sometimes be bought for less than the sticker price.

Residual Value: Residual value refers to how much the car will be worth at the end of its lease. Dealers use residual value to calculate the lessee's monthly payments. Generally, the longer the lease period, the lower its residual value is.

Realized Value: This is the actual market value of a leased vehicle at the end of the lease. 

APR: Annual Percentage Rate (APR) is the total amount you pay for your auto loan, including the interest rate and other fees. It is expressed as an annual percentage of the amount financed. With fixed-rated financing, the APR stays the same over the course of the contract. With variable-rate financing, the APR increases after a specific time period. 

GAP: Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) is an optional coverage for car buyers. It protects you in the event that your car is stolen or totaled in an accident. GAP covers the difference between what is owed on the car loan and what is covered by insurance. 

If you come across other terms you don't understand during your visit to Springfield Toyota, don't be afraid to ask the salesperson to explain them to you. You want to ensure you understand the terminology and the terms of the sale before moving forward.




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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Top Tech Features to Consider for Your New Car


If you're on the hunt for a new car, then you've likely noticed all the high-tech features that these new models are equipped with. While some features can be done without, others can really improve the safety and driving experience of your vehicle. Here are the top tech features to consider for your new car: 

Cameras & Sensors

While backup cameras and rear radars aren't new, 2017 models offer more advanced systems for increased safety and convenience. In addition to the basic backup camera that detects objects directly behind you, vehicles are now able to detect approaching cross traffic. Radar technology identifies approaching traffic when you're backing up and immediately alerts you by sounding an alarm. Additionally, vehicles are featuring multiple cameras with enlarged fields of view and clear LED display screens. Other safety features like auto-braking, engaged steering, and lane departure warnings are being integrated to help drivers avoid collisions. 

Onboard WiFi  

Many car models are equipped with Bluetooth technology, but the future is onboard Wifi. This is the ultimate feature for those who prefer to stay connected or have to work on the go. Using your phone as a hot spot, you can stream your favorite music, park and check your messages, and more from the comfort and convenience of your car. 

Parental Controls

For parents who fear their teen driver might text and drive, speed or get distracted jamming out to their favorite tunes, parental controls can give you peace of mind. Many new vehicles can incorporate parental controls that allow you to limit the speed and audio volume, sound an alarm when seat belts aren't fastened, and even block your child's texts and calls when they're driving. 

To shop new cars with the latest security and entertainment features, visit Autoland, a leading car dealer in NJ. We have the newest models from Toyota, Chrysler, Scion, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. View our inventory online, or stop by our dealership located at Route 22 in Springfield today.


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