MONTHLY ARCHIVES: AUGUST 2015

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No one thinks of being in a car accident and certainly doesn't think about how they"d react afterwards. Even a minor car accident can be devastating and all sorts of thoughts start gripping your mind. Preparing yourself for the worst actually helps dealing with in a better way. One should also drive safely but sometimes things spiral out of control before you know it. Here is some advice to overcome the setback after an accident:

Don't Leave

Whether it was your fault or not, don't leave after an accident. It could also end up with you being charged with a hit and run. Stay put until the police arrives. If your vehicle isn't in a condition to drive, call the authorities to tow it in, but absolutely avoid taking any kind of risk.

Call the Police

Even if it is a minor accident which hasn't caused anyone, harm, it’s still important to call the police and let them handle everything in the right way. If you have worked out an agreement with the driver at fault to cover the accident through their insurance provider, you will not know if their insurance is to date or not. Insurance rates without a police report are likely to cost a lot so always make sure you call the police in the event of a minor car accident.

Properly Document Everything

If the accident is going to go for an insurance claim, it’s important you are able to show them all the documentation to help determine whose fault it was and how to fix the vehicle. Use your cell phone to take photographs and make a video if possible.

Visit Your Doctor

While you may feel fine and there may be no physical harm either, it’s still important to visit your doctor afterwards. Your neck or back may have suffered injury, which won’t be visibly felt soon afterwards. After that, you must also take your vehicle for an inspection to make sure everything is working in the right order and that driving it again is risk-free.

Stay Calm

An accident can leave the strongest of people shaken up but remember to practice calm, especially when it is another person’s fault. Even in more serious cases where there is an injury, it is hard to not feel angry with the other person or yourself for that matter, for not driving responsibly, remember that a mistake can happen by anyone.

It is very important to maintain your car to avoid any possible risk of fault and accident. If your car is getting too old, change it with a newer or used model, which can be in significantly good shape. Drop by at Kelly Risk Free for consultation and we can help you find a car to your liking.

 

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Risk Free and tagged Kelly Risk Free, Car Accident, easton car accident, easton car tips, Easton New Cars, Easton Used Cars on 08/27/2015 at 3:45 PM

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Every car owner should know of the subtle signs of danger that their car is showing them, in order to get it fixed and protect its value. No one likes being stranded in the middle of nowhere or having to spend thousands in repairs on their brand new car. We at Kelly Risk Free want to make sure our clients stay satisfied with their purchase of the new car but for that, they have to know the ins and outs of car maintenance as well. Here we are covering some signs that indicate trouble with the car’s alternator. If you’re not sure what we are talking about, read on to find out what an alternator is and how can you spot anything wrong with it.

What Is An Alternator?

An alternator is essential for the car’s functioning as it ensures that it doesn't stop running. An alternator recycles the battery power during driving ensuring that the battery doesn't die. Knowing the signs that indicate a problem with the alternator can help you prevent a breakdown on the road and can be useful in avoiding trouble.

Look out for the following sings in this regard:

Warning lights

In all the cars, unless you have a very old model, there are battery shaped warning lights that signal an issue with the car’s alternator. If you see this light flicker or stay on, it is an indication of trouble with the output levels of the alternator as the light is connected with the computer system monitoring output of the alternator.

Dimming Of Lights

The alternator supplies the electrical power to the car, which means that if it is weak it will start affecting the exterior and interior lights. The speedometer may also stop working because of it and the efficiency of your car’s power windows or heated seats may start slowing down.

Strange Sounds and Smells

The alternator is responsible for many other functions of your car so suppose that it is getting weak it will start affecting the belts connected to it, which won’t turn freely. This can cause extra friction causing it to heat up and smell like burning rubber. Also, watch out for parts that may be difficult to turn causing producing grinding sounds.

Weak Battery

A weak alternator will make your battery weak as well and may look like the battery has died although batteries don't last a very long time you must know the difference between when it's a dead battery or your alternator that has a problem. If your car fails to start even with a fully charged battery, then it's a sign that you need to show the alternator to a mechanic.

Remember these signs that indicate alternator trouble and if it has been a while make sure you get your car checked by a mechanic. If you’re looking for a new or used car, we are Kelly Risk Free can help you find one that suits your taste. Drop by for a visit and see what we have to offer.

 

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Risk Free and tagged Kelly Risk Free, easton car problems, easton car tips, Easton New Cars, Easton Used Cars on 08/24/2015 at 3:43 PM

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When it comes to looking out for signs that your car is coming down with trouble, most car owners tend to ignore it. In most cases, car owners are unaware that there can be a problem with their car; this leads to exaggerated repairs, the problem having worsened due to not being treated on time. At Kelly Risk Free, we ensure that we brief our customers on car maintenance when they drive off satisfactorily in their new car. Here are our top tips for transmission signs to look out for car trouble:

1. Slow Engagement

If you are experiencing a delay in car action as you shift gears and press on the gas, it is indication of transmission trouble that you should get checked before it escalates. Since the car may be working fine, most car owners assume that a slight delay is normal.

2. Slipping Of Gear

If you feel that the car changes gears on its own while driving, the car may be experiencing a problem known as automatic transmission slippage; this is a sign that your car needs a mechanic to point out the problem in the gearbox. Sounds from the engine may also accompany this feeling, making it all the more important that you go to a mechanic.

3. Leaks in the Transmission

Look out for leaks under your car from the transmission, which may indicate a hole that needs fixing. Transmission leaks also resemble air conditioner leaks so if the puddle of liquid under your car is red, it is sign of a transmission leak. Moreover, if that liquid is dark red or brown, it is an indication that the transmission liquid needs changing.

4. Lack of Response from Gear

If it’s getting difficult to change gears while driving, it's a sure sign that there is a problem with the transmission and that you should get checked as soon as possible.

5. Warning Lights

Warning lights are there for a reason. And while you’re probably used to not paying attention to them, its time you do if you want to maintain your cars value and save yourself some bucks on repairs. While warning lights on their own may not mean much, you should especially be careful when spotting the warning light on with one of the above mentioned signs.

Every car owner who loves and values their car should take good care for it. If you drive it regularly, you know when your car is acting up and when you should take it to the mechanic for a checkup. However, if you feel that your car is getting too old for repairs and the transmission sign is a very common occurrence, perhaps it is time to get a new one. Drop by at our showroom at Kelly Risk Free and we can help you replace your car with one that suits your budget and preference.

 

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Risk Free and tagged Kelly Risk Free, Car Transmission, easton car buying, easton car tips, Easton New Cars, Easton Used Cars on 08/19/2015 at 3:42 PM

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One would think buying a car, taking care of it, and observing driving ethics would be it. As a law-abiding citizen, you can then go about your business without worrying about anything. So imagine the surprise of coming back to the car park to be penalized for having left the window down some centimeters down; saying that you wanted to keep it aerated doesn't help, saying that you weren't aware of the rule is worse.

At Kelly Risk Free in Allentown, we too feel that ignorance is not bliss. You will not be let off lightly or excused for not knowing or having forgotten the rules that are still practiced in the area before you take the wheel.

1. No Driving With Animals or a Child on Your Lap

You may think the pitfall insane, but on a closer look, the law does imply safety for both your pet and/or child. According to the RSPCA stats, more than 5,000 dogs alone fall off a moving vehicle and are killed or injured every year. Not to say that not keeping them restrained, on a leash or inside a cage, distracts the driver too.

The same is the case with children as much as you want to cradle your child while driving and even when wearing the seatbelt. Kids typically less than four years of age need to be transported in proper child restraint.

2. No Offensive Use of Lights and Horns

It is like second nature for nearly all of us to honk and call out to an acquaintance you spot on the road. It is custom to flash lights as warning to oncoming vehicles. But these practices can land you a hefty fine, because in this case, you are using the warning device unnecessarily. You are not warning other animals or road users about your position or approach of the vehicle and you are not using it as part of the anti-theft system fitted inside your car. Avoid blazing the horn while sitting frustrated in a traffic jam; try to change the headlight to low beam instead to indicate to oncoming motorists.

3. Not Leaving a Car Secured When Unattended

Sure, running the errand makes you feel you will be in and out of the store in a moment. But the stop will cost you more if you did not stop first to ensure the car was secured with the handbrake applied, engine turned off, key removed from ignition, and doors and windows locked. That is, unless you have a passenger who incidentally is 16 years old or above.

4. Using Fog Lights and Number Plate Lights Properly

Again, if you are a responsible driver, you should know it is important to use the front and rear fog lights during conditions, which limit vision. Rain, fog, dust, and smoke are all examples when you need to switch them off. Further important is turning them off once you get to see more clearly.

The light illuminating the registration plate should also be working at all times, particularly when you are driving in hazardous or nighttime. The plates have to be visible all time.

Need more advice? Ask the professionals at Kelly Risk Free in Allentown.

 

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Risk Free and tagged Kelly Risk Free, 4 Road Rules, easton car buying, easton car tips, Easton New Cars, Easton Used Cars on 08/12/2015 at 3:40 PM

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Whether you are a loyal jeep enthusiast or have just jumped on the bandwagon, there are plenty of exterior accessories for jeeps out there that every jeep owner and enthusiast should know about. Now that you have bought your used jeep from Kelly Risk Free dealership, it is time to customize it. You can make it more rugged, safer, or simple add some accessories to personalize it. This article discusses the top exterior accessories your need to pump up your used jeep:

Armor

The armor assists in protecting your used jeep on tough trails and off-roading excursions. All the armor pieces are created to protect certain functions of your vehicle. There are wide ranges of jeep armor that are available in the market as protective devices. The most popular ones are differential protection, sport bar cages, rocker panels, and skid plates.

Body Lifts and Mounts

Jeep owners are quite familiar with the mounts and body lifts. These are designed for specific models. Some of the body lifts gives the jeeps an extra clearance for oversized tires while others merely raise the jeep a few inches above the factory settings. It is important to understand that these mounts and lifts must be installed by a professional for safety reasons. However, installations of these mounts and lifts don't require any drilling or welding.

Bumpers

This is the first thing jeep owners customize in order to enhance a certain function of the jeep or simply to add a personal touch. There are several varieties of bumpers that you can utilize to make your customization. The most favorite among jeep owners include heavy duty front and bumpers, brush and grille guards, bull bar, as well as receiver accessories if you are looking for towing options.

Jeep Tops

There are several variations of jeep tops that you can select from. You can find both soft tops and hard tops. The most popular ones include sail top, half top, duster for rear cargo area, bikini tops for half vehicle, and modular roof racks in which you can store your gear.

Lights

Of course, no jeep customization is complete without lights. There are so many options of lights available for all jeep models including Jeep Grand Cherokee lights, Jeep Wrangler lights, Jeep CJ lights, and Jeep Cherokee lights. Some of these lights might even include a side marker bulb or a halogen light, and some might include specialized lights like roof mounted flood lights.

These are the top exterior accessories that can pump up your used jeep. These vehicles, no matter which model, are the most customizable as compared to other cars. You can personalize it as much as you want and enhance its performance through these accessories.

You can get more details and suggestions by consulting the experts at Kelly Risk Free dealership. They have certified professionals who can help you with you customization and suggest which ones can be best for your model. You can avail their services in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Emmaus.

 

Kelly Risk Free sells used cars, trucks, hybrids and SUVs. Located in Easton and Emmaus, Pennsylvania. Serving Allentown, Reading, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Poconos, Bethlehem, Stroudsburg, Trenton (New Jersey) and all of Greater Philadelphia, PA.


This entry was posted in Kelly Risk Free and tagged Kelly Risk Free, easton car buying, Easton Jeep, easton new car, easton new jeep, Used Jeep on 08/06/2015 at 3:38 PM

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