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What's the Best First Car for a Teen?

Deciding on the first car for a teen driver is an important decision. You want the car to be mechanically reliable so that it won't cause problems for your teen. You also want your teen's first car to be safe. State College Used Cars wants you to purchase the safest vehicle possible for your teen. The IIHS has issued some tips for buying a safe vehicle for teen drivers.

The IIHS recommends that teen drivers avoid vehicles with a lot of engine power. This will help them to avoid the temptation to drive fast. It is also important…

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Overview of Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is easier than you think whether it’s from a dealership or a private party. One of the most important steps is to know what you’re looking for in a vehicle and how much you can afford to spend both in down payment and monthly payments. You may be required to put down 20% as a down payment. Each member of our stall at State College Used Cars is here to help you.

Once you’ve found a vehicle you’re interested in buying, check its value out on Kelley Blue Book to make sure…

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Car Care: How Often Should I Wash My Car?

We have a goal at State College Used Cars to provide our customers with fresh information about how to keep their vehicles in optimal shape. It is important to keep the exterior clean to keep dirt, pollen, debris, and other contaminants from damaging the exterior. Dirt can cause rust, scratches, and damage to the protective coating, which will decrease your trade-in/resale value.

Another advantage of washing your vehicle on a routine basis is that is improves fuel efficiency. A clean vehicle is 10 percent more fuel efficient than a vehicle that is dirty. 

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Get the Scoop on Android Auto

Android Auto, a popular in-vehicle technology, is like traveling with your best friend or a companion. With the Google Assistant, which is a large part of the Android Auto, you get help with whatever you want to do on your phone or display. Pay us a visit at State College Used Cars to get the scoop on Android Auto and all it can do for you.

You can plug your phone into your car’s USB port and use your phone or use the voice-activated LCD display monitor to offer you assistance.  

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Traffic Laws Sometimes Expect You to Merge for Safety

Smart drivers know the road's rules. We recently learned that seven in 10 drivers unaware of Move Over Laws. Today's blog article from State College Used Cars can help you understand these laws.

Whether you are driving in our state or another jurisdiction in the United States, a Move Over Law applies. While each state wrote its own, they all provide that you must move over when you approach traffic stops, breakdowns and similar occurrences beside roadways. Doing so creates an open lane and gives people involved in roadside situations more room to safely operate.  

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How do Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work?

Bright lights at night are more than a passing irritation; in some cases, they can even cause a driver to develop a temporary blind spot and impair their ability to respond quickly to obstacles in the road. Auto-dimming mirrors seek to eliminate this safety hazard by reducing the glare from the bright lights of other motorists.

Rearview mirrors are more intelligent than ever before. In addition to possessing light-sensing technology, they also have a thin layer of light-absorbing gel held just behind the mirrored surface.  

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Factors of the LATCH Evaluations

Vehicles have to be tested for safety when it comes to the driver and passengers of all ages. Therefore, among the things that have to be tested in the vehicle is the LATCH system. Fortunately, there are professionals that are going to be able to look at the factors and provide the evaluation.

Among the many factors that are tested in the LATCH, there is the location of the LATCH anchors, which has a lot of influence on how easy it would be to install your child's seat. The location of the tether anchor serves a key role here…

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Advanced Technology Make Winter Tires Safer

Snow, sleet and ice can wreak havoc on your daily commute into work. Driving in these conditions with young children or older adults can add an extra level of stress to your day. Consider changing out your tires to ones designed especially for winter weather to help you feel more confident in your daily travels.

Today's modern tires are much more advanced than tires of yesteryear. First, the rubber compounding has changed so that tires can remain more flexible in extreme temperatures, which improve their traction.  

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What to Do About a Windshield Chip

If you are considering purchasing a car from us, you need to know that we here at State College Used Cars desire to educate you on as many things as possible. This would include your repair options if you get a windshield chip. Here are some factors to consider.

A windshield chip repair is often a cheaper alternative to a total windshield repair. The technicians at will insert a resin into the chip to make it bond to the glass and significantly decrease the chances it will develop into a full crack. 

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What to Do When Traveling With Pets

Traveling with pets can be very fun and rewarding. However, there are certain things you are going to have to do in order to make sure that everything goes well when it comes to traveling. One thing that you are going to have to think about when it comes to your vehicle is the safety.

One thing that can happen that can jeopardize the safety of the trip is when a pet gets loose. This can cause a distraction that can turn out to be very dangerous. Therefore, you need something that is going to keep the pets in place…

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