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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Taking the New Jersey Driving Test Soon? Here’s What You Need to Know

If you want to be able to shop at the best car dealerships in NJ, first you must pass obtain your driver’s license. Doing so in New Jersey requires acing a road test and written exam, but knowing what to expect can drastically help.

Perhaps you’re a prospective new driver hoping to hit the road soon. If so, let us give you some tips and advice on how to pass your New Jersey driver’s license test.

Practice, Practice, Practice
The old saying, “practice makes perfect” couldn’t be truer. Practicing your driving skills plenty before you take the test is a great way to calm your nerves and leave you feeling fully prepared and confident heading into the road test portion of your exam. Start out in empty parking lots or residential streets and work your way up to low-traffic areas and then highways.

As tough as criticism from “backseat drivers” can be at times, use anything your parents or driving instructor is telling you as constructive feedback and learn from it. Speaking of driving instructors, hiring one or taking a driver’s training course is never a bad idea. Although they’re not free, they are effective at simulating test conditions and educating new drivers on what they need to know before getting behind the wheel by themselves.

Know the Rules of the Road          
Memorizing New Jersey’s state laws and regulations for its drivers may be enough to pass the written exam portion of the driver’s license test, but it is a better idea to really understand each rule and make it a habit of following them as you practice driving.

Whether it’s passing laws, road signs, traffic signals, speed limits, safe following distance, signaling, etc., it’s all fair game on the New Jersey written driver’s license exam. Be sure to read your driver’s manual from cover to cover and study it intently. You can even take online written tests to practice.

Simulate Road Test
Studying is what will mostly help you pass the written portion of the driver’s license exam, but practicing and simulating will prepare you the most for the road test. If you can closely simulate the actual road test you’ll be taking, that is ideal.

A few things that are typically included in the road test that you’ll want to keep in mind are parallel parking, checking for oncoming traffic when pulling out of a parking space or parking lot, making complete stops, knowing how to use the emergency break, yielding at intersections lane changes, signaling, use of mirrors, maintaining speed limit, safe following distances, and more.

Test Day Tips
On the day of the test, don’t be nervous. If you’ve done all of the above, you should be fully prepared. But while you’re taking your driver’s license test, focus on the road not your instructor, don’t get hung up on mistakes, and make sure you’re using a vehicle you feel fully comfortable with.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Chrysler 300: Luxury that Excels in the Winter

If you live in New Jersey or the surrounding area, you know what harsh winter weather can look like and how difficult driving can be in the ice and snow. But winter driving can be heavily aided by owning the right vehicle to combat difficult road conditions.

And for those who want to be safe on the road during the winter but don’t want to sacrifice driving luxuriously, there’s the perfect car out there for you and you’ll be searching for the nearest Chrysler car dealership after reading this post.

The Chrysler 300 not only allows you to ride in style, it also handles treacherous road conditions and keeps you safer in the winter than other luxury vehicles of its kind.

The Chrysler 300 offers the most-advance all-wheel drive (AWD) system in its class. This luxury sedan has the power and torque to get you up icy hills and has many other benefits that make winter driving a summer breeze. The winter-driving advantages that the Chrysler 300 offers include:

Performance: You won’t find another vehicle in its class that has the type of performance provided by the Chrysler 300. The luxury sedan’s all-wheel drive system offers smooth shift transitions and incredible handling as all four wheels work together to get you where you’re going. This type of performance makes for a flawless ride in any road conditions, but you’ll appreciate it most in the winter.

Efficiency: The Chrysler 300 doesn’t always have to drive in all-wheel drive. It can seamlessly transfer between rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) to adapt to any and all road conditions. The ability to transfer into RWD gives the Chrysler 300 a best-in-class combined fuel economy for AWD full-size sedans.

Traction Control: Chrysler 300s feature two pieces of technology that help keep you safe on the road during winter weather. This intelligent AWD luxury sedan has an Active Transfer Case and Axle Disconnect, which continuously monitor wheel revolutions and apply automatic brakes to a slipping tire while simultaneously adding torque to opposing tires to keep the vehicle moving forward.

Stability: When road conditions are optimal and the Chrysler 300 is in rear-wheel drive, this luxury sedan provides a stable and smooth ride. But even when the vehicle senses hazardous conditions like ice and snow and shifts into all-wheel drive mode, the Chrysler 300 offers amazing traction and sense of security to its drivers.

So don’t give up luxury or safety this winter. Purchase a Chrysler 300 to have your cake and eat it too!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Check Out These Terrific 2018 Toyota Vehicles!

If you’re living in or around the Garden State and visit our car dealerships in NJ right now, you’ll surely find the impressive line of 2018 Toyota vehicles that have recently hit the market. Toyota has built a trusted reputation by producing reliable and safe vehicles for drivers to own. The Japanese automotive manufacturer has continued its success with its 2018 line and we’re here to highlight some of the specs and features of some of Toyota’s most popular vehicles.

2018 Corolla
The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $18,550 and gets an estimated 28 miles per gallon when driving around town and 36 miles per gallon when on the highway. These vehicles come with Toyota’s standard pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, as well as standard lane departure alert with steering assist and standard automatic high beams. This vehicle also comes equipped with standard dynamic radar cruise control.

2018 Camry
The 2018 Camry comes with all the same Standard Toyota Safety Sense features as the Corolla, but this fuel-efficient car is even better on gas and slightly more stylish. The 2018 Camry has a starting MSRP of $23,495 and gets an estimated 29 miles per gallon when driving locally and 41 miles per gallon on the highway. The Camry’s new exterior design also makes it one of Toyota’s most attractive new arrivals. Details such as the sporty side rockers and integrated rear spoiler help add to the car’s fuel efficiency.

2018 Tacoma
The Tacoma is Toyota’s smaller truck of its two options and the 2018 model is a thing of beauty. Starting at $25,200 MSRP, this truck gets an estimated 18 miles per gallon or up to 22 miles per gallon on the highway. With four-wheel drive and V6 engine options available, this truck comes in SR, TRD Sport, and Limited editions. Some of the features that can be found this year include the TRD Pro skid plate, the heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille, and Rigid Industries LED fog lights.

2018 Tundra
If you’re looking to go a little bigger than the Tacoma, a Toyota Tundra could be right up your ally. Getting an estimated 15 miles per gallon regularly and 19 miles per gallon on the highway, this full-sized truck has a starting MSRP of $31,120. SR5, Limited, and Platinum editions are available, which all include a double cab and V8 engine. This truck’s new TRD Sport styling equips it with a new honeycomb-style grille, sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights, and a TRD Sport shifter.

2018 RAV4
For those looking for a mix between sport and utility, the 2018 Toyota RAV4 is the answer. This crossover is built for your weekend escape and gets great gas mileage for its size. RAV4s get an estimated 23 miles per gallon when driving locally and 30 miles per gallon during highway driving. Its starting MSRP is $24,410. The RAV4 is available in all-wheel drive and comes in LE, LE Hybrid, and XLE editions. Also, check out the RAV4 Adventure model if you’re interested in more outdoor excursions.

2018 Highlander

Combining power, versatility and utility, the 2018 Toyota Highlander makes for a great family vehicle and can be a sizable everyday driver that won’t leave you spending all of your money on gas. Starting at an MSRP of $31,030, the Highlander gets an estimated 21 miles per gallon around town and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. The LE, SE, and Limited models are all front-wheel drive some of this SUV’s interior features include: USB ports, seating for up to eight people, plenty of cargo space, and a panoramic moonroof.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Don’t Let Snow Spoil Your Plans! Dodge Rams Were Made for Winter

Winter is coming, which means now is the time to get to Dodge Ram dealers to get the truck that is perfect for winter driving. That’s right; Dodge Ram trucks are made for winter and are the best option for handling rough weather and tough conditions.

The Dodge Rams’ available four-wheel drive makes driving on even the slickest winter roads a breeze, allowing you to get everywhere you need to go throughout the winter, regardless of the weather. Want to go see your favorite pro football team compete in the playoffs but a winter storm is rolling through at the same time? Not a problem when you’re driving a Dodge Ram truck.

The towing power of Dodge Rams is also a feature that makes it the perfect vehicle for winter travel. Whether you’re towing your snowmobile or helping a friend out of an icy situation, Dodge Rams’ complete towing package will get the job done. Every Dodge Ram comes standard with four and seven-pin harness connectors and electric trailer sway control. The Dodge Ram Outdoorsman model features an integrated, factory-engineered Class IV receiver hitch, trailer brake control, and 7x11” towing mirrors.

Dodge Ram 1500s offer three different types of engines—3.6-liter Pentastar V6, 5.7-liter HEMI V8, and the 3.0-liter turbo EcoDiesel—all of which provide excellent towing capacity, especially for winter hauling.

For extra power this winter, drive the Ram 2500, which comes standard with a powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V8, capable of up to 383 horsepower and 400 pounds of torque. The Dodge Ram 2500 is designed to maintain control in all kinds of winter weather conditions. It has a high ground clearance to avoid deep snow drifts and all-wheel drive to increase traction.

Besides being efficient and safe trucks in wintry conditions, Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 models also make for excellent snow-removal trucks because of their ability to be used for plowing. Dodge Ram buyers can even purchase a Snow Chief Package that decks their truck out with plowing necessities.

Dodge Ram trucks are already well-equipped for winter the second you drive them off the lot, but they also have incredible cargo room for storing supplemental winter items. Here are some items you can keep in your Dodge Ram to make yourself even more prepared this winter:
  • Tow Strap
  • Shovel
  • Bag of Salt
  • Jumper Cables
  • Blanket
  • Ice Scrapper
  • Flashlight
So what are you waiting for? Don’t be limited on the road by weather this winter. Get to your nearest Dodge Ram dealer and get yourself the absolute best vehicle for winter driving.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Get Familiar with the Latest Chrysler Models

The 2018 line of Chrysler models has hit the market and includes some incredible features and amenities to go along with Chrysler’s signature comfortable ride.

The brand new 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and the 2018 Chrysler 300 sedan are among the best this year’s automotive industry has to offer. Get to your nearest Chrysler car dealership now to test drive these awesome new vehicles!

But before heading to the dealership to test drive these top-of-the-line Chryslers, it’s important to know the features and specifications of each vehicle so that you understand exactly what you’re driving.

2018 Chrysler Pacifica LX FWD

With an MSRP of $32,575, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica LX is a front wheel-drive minivan with Bluetooth connectivity, a back-up camera, and cruise control in the standard package. Getting about 19 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway, this four-door vehicle features a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4-wheel disc brakes. With third-row seating, keyless entry and heated mirrors, this Chrysler also makes life easier for you and your whole family.

Car buyers can also opt to upgrade to the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L, a similar front-wheel drive vehicle to the LX but with leather seats included in the standard package. The MSRP on this vehicle is $39,665. This model also includes several other amenities such as satellite radio, heated front seats, and a universal garage door opener.

2018 Chrysler 300 300S RWD

The 2018 Chrysler 300 is a head-turner on the road. With an MSRP of $46,275, this rear-wheel drive vehicle has Bluetooth connectivity, a back-up camera, leather seats and cruise control all in its standard package. Its fuel economy is on par with or better than many other similarly sized sedans, getting 19 mpg in the city and 30 on the highway. The Chrysler 300S comes with many useful features on the interior and exterior of the car. Heated exterior mirrors, aluminum wheels, and a keyless start standout on the outside of the car, while HD radio, a WiFi Hotspot, and floor mats make for a luxurious ride inside.

Those who like the Chrysler 300S might be interested in upgrading to the Chrysler 300C. With an MSRP of $48,270, the rear-wheel drive vehicle features many of the same specifications as the 300S but has extra amenities such as heated rear seats, mirror memory, seat memory, and a woodgrain interior trim.

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.


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. 

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