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How to Choose a Fuel-Efficient Vehicle: Questions to Ask at Car Dealers in NJ

With the increasing price of fuel, one specification that most car buyers are on the lookout for is fuel consumption. Regardless of whether you’re buying new or used, a fuel-efficient car is always desirable. Having a fuel-efficient car or truck will help you save a lot of money throughout the vehicle’s lifespan. However, fuel consumption differs greatly from one vehicle to the next or from one class to another. Hence, choosing one can be a bit of a challenge. There are many things that you need to be aware of when choosing a fuel-efficient car.

Here are a few questions that you can ask at car dealers to ensure that you get the most fuel-efficient vehicle possible.

What is the car’s mileage?

The car’s mileage is one of the most important factors in your purchasing decision, as this determines a car’s efficiency in terms of fuel consumption. Compare your choices on the basis of the car’s mileage, and choose the one with the lowest fuel consumption.

What is the car’s type of transmission?

Another element that can help you determine the fuel efficiency of a car is the kind of transmission that is being used. Generally, cars that are equipped with a manual transmission are more fuel-efficient than the automatic ones. Choose a car that comes with a manual transmission and a tachometer or one with a shift and overdrive indicator. If you want the automatic transmission, make sure to choose one that has a high number of gears.

What is the size or capacity of the car’s engine?

Other important aspects to consider when choosing a fuel-efficient car are the car’s size and the capacity of its engine. Typically, cars with smaller engines consume less fuel. On the other hand, cars with bigger engines consume more fuel as they contain more cylinders. Also, the cars with smaller engines are cheaper in price compared to the cars that are equipped with bigger engines. However, in some situations, cars with bigger engines prove to be more economical than the ones with smaller engines. For instance, if you use your car or truck to tow heavy loads, you would be better off driving a vehicle with a bigger engine.

What are the features that the car is equipped with?

The car’s features can also be a contributing factor to the car’s fuel consumption. Features such as air conditioning, power windows, and seat heaters consume fuel and may lower the efficiency of the car’s fuel consumption.

What do Consumer and Vehicle History Reports indicate?

Once you’ve narrowed down your search to a smaller set of cars that meet all of your mechanical specifications, don’t forget to check out Consumer Reports ratings for other criteria, like safety, comfort, and handling.  Also, for used cars, don’t forget to request a Carfax Vehical History Report.  Whether or not you are car shopping in areas recently affected by widely-publicized weather events like Superstorm Sandy, more specifically car dealers in the NJ or NY area, that doesn’t mean that flood-damaged or other-accident-damaged cars can’t still show up in some other vehicle marketplace near you.

Follow these guidelines are you are sure to find an fuel-efficient car that will best suit your needs.

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Hailey Andersen enjoys writing about the latest trends and regularly contributes to a variety of publications. Follow her on Twitter at: @HaileyWrites.

5 Awesome Driving Tips to Help You Save Fuel

We all know that driving is one hell of an expensive convenience. Road tax, insurance, maintenance; and that’s before you’ve even put any petrol in! It all adds up and unfortunately, the cost of petrol looks continue to rise. However, if you take some extra care with your driving, you could actually reduce your fuel consumption, thus saving you cash.

Follow these few simple tips and you could actually save money every single day.

Slow Down

Everyone’s always in such a hurry these days. Not only is it often more dangerous to travel at speed, it could be eating into your fuel consumption considerably.  The optimum speed for economic fuel consumption varies from car to car and this information can often be found in your user manual.

Car Share

The idea of sharing journeys is quite popular at the moment, but a lot of people don’t use this as a way of cutting down on fuel consumption. Particularly those who live out of town should ask neighbours and friends who live close by if they can hitch a ride (if you’re heading in the same direction, of course). You can share the burden by alternating drivers over the course of the week. Not only will it mean you lose less fuel, it actually makes your commute more of a sociable experience.

Work Out Your Route Beforehand

You’d be amazed at how many people set out on a journey without a clear idea of how to get there. Inevitably, this results in wrong turnings, missed signposts and often finding the longest route possible. Think ahead and plan your journey to make sure that you take the quickest route possible. Try to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption by avoiding getting lost!

Reduce Drag – Close the Windows!

Unless of course you’re driving in extreme heat, you should keep your windows closed wherever possible. Having your windows open creates drag, and this means more fuel consumption.

Ensure Your Car Is In Tip-Top Condition

A car that hasn’t been services for a while, or that doesn’t run at it’s optimum performance will often use more fuel. Keep all of the relevant parts lubricated to ensure that you get the most from your fuel. If you’re engine has to push harder to make the car move, you’re effectively using more fuel for the same level of performance that you’d get from an equivalent car that’s been well-maintained.

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Thanks to Harry Upton for this post. Barry is a Mercedes enthusiast and buys and sells new and used Mercedes parts online. He also loves to blog about anything to do with the world of cars.

Electric Vehicle-Cars Mechanics


These days, even car manufacturers are very concerned about the effects of excessive fuel and energy use on the environment. This is why eco-friendly fuels are used as replacements for gasoline. In addition, electric cars help keep the environment safe from harm. Instead of using fossil fuels, electric vehicles have battery packs to keep the engine running.

What exactly is an electric vehicle?

Electric motors are responsible for propelling electric cars. Electrochemical cells provide power to the vehicle. These cars store energy in battery packs, and there is no need to use gas for petroleum for the vehicle to run. Although it is good to know that this type of car does not pose a threat to the environment, electric cars still have their fair share of disadvantages.

Electric vehicles are advantageous to drivers because they are battery powered. As a result, drivers will no longer have to refill the car with gasoline. All they need to do is recharge the batteries.

What are the possible challenges that drivers may face with owning an electric car?

In the U.S., infrastructure for electric vehicles is very limited. At present, there are less than 1,000 recharging stations for electric cars in the U.S., and most of them are located in Oregon and California.

Electric cars also lack internal combustion engines. This means that these cars are quieter than gas-powered cars. However, pedestrians often rely on the vehicle’s noise as a way of avoiding traffic. The quietness of electric cars may actually create problems.

Since electric vehicles use battery packs, the charging can be time-consuming. It only takes a few minutes to fill up gas powered vehicles. Another problem with electric cars is that they have a limited range. Between recharges, an electric car may only have a range of up to 244 miles.

Are electric cars a threat to mechanics?

Large battery packs power electric vehicles. They are designed to shut the power off once they detect a short circuit or a collision. Although these cans utilize safety precautions to warn people not to touch high-voltage cables, auto mechanics have another challenge to face. If batteries that contain nickel-metal hydride come in contact with any form of hydrogen, it can result in an explosion. Although this only happens with ruptured batteries, mechanics still need to ensure that the work area is well ventilated.

Not all auto shops are prepared to deal with electric cars. In fact, only a few mechanics have been able to receive a reasonable amount of electric cars training. Since electric cars are entirely different than gasoline powered cars, mechanics need to obtain ample training so they will be familiar with fixing an electric vehicle.

Electric cars also have complex control systems and power electronics. In many cases, this means that only dealerships have the ability to service them at the moment. Independent shops are given few chances to repair electric cars. However, auto shops that are able to repair electric cars may see additional business opportunities when they are able to provide a service that few others offer.


The only way for mechanics to keep up with green technology is to receive training for repairing electric cars. There are courses available that help mechanics learn more about electric vehicles. Hands-on experience is also required so mechanics will learn different strategies that can help them work on electric cars.

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Gregg Rourke is an automotive, technology, and sustainability blogger. He is also a resident of the Manhattan Dallas Apartments; like the electric car, Manhattan Dallas is doing its part to ensure a green sensitive and eco-friendly future with its environmentally conscionable practices.

5 Tips for More Efficient Driving

Petrol is getting increasingly expensive and is set to do so in the future. The average price of a litre of petrol has gone up four fold in twenty years in the UK – far beyond the rise in inflation. Of course, with oil production in and around peak, this trend is set to continue and will make driving an increasingly large expense.

Of course, the flip side of this is that driving also adds to the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that blight the atmosphere. Cutting down on fuel, in turn reduces emissions and is better for the environment – so how do we drive more efficiently?


One of the best ways to reduce the amount of fuel used is to plan your journey. Urban driving greatly reduces the amount of mileage you get from your fuel. Sitting in traffic is one of the greatest wastes of fuel there is. Plan journeys at times you won’t have to sit in traffic, this will ensure smoother running and increasingly lower fuel use.


GPS navigation is also a great benefit and many of the systems available for phones and on specific GPS systems come with live traffic data. This allows people to see where there may be problems and hold ups and allows them to avoid them where necessary. Use these systems to lower your fuel use and increase the efficiency of driving.These systems are especially useful for people who drive in areas they don’t know with car hire or car leasing for work or while on holiday.

Turn off

If you do end up grid locked in traffic then the best way to reduce the use of petrol is simply to turn off your car. Sitting idle in a traffic jam for over a minute will mean you end up burning far more fuel than it would take to switch off and on the car again. If this is the case, turn off.

Gear Changes

The gear you are in and the RPM you drive in also great affect economy. If you tend to drive at high speeds and low gears you are going to burn a lot more fuel that is required. Try and change gear before you reach the 2000RPM mark as this is conducive to efficient driving. Driving at a steady pace and one where you don’t have to increase speed and drop speed constantly is also better for your mileage.


The use of the electrical implements in your car also will reduce the amount of fuel you get from your drive. One of the biggest fuel eaters is air conditioning. This really manages to take a bite out of the fuel used and is also a significant battery drain. Try to turn down windows instead if you can – it’s cheaper, often as cooling and better for the environment.

You can be increasingly green while driving by simply taking some precautions and making a few changes. Even the smallest effort makes a lot of difference.

Cormac Reynolds writes for First Vehicle Leasing a UK car leasing and business contract hire company with a wide selection of vehicles.