How to Fix Rust on A Car

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How to Remove Rust From a Car

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At CarLotz, we see it every day. It takes only a glance to make that first—and often final—impression. When the time comes to sell your car, you usually have one opportunity to pique the interest of potential buyers, so make sure the first impression counts. It can mean the difference between selling or not selling your car. Read more »

5 Things I Learned Driving a Smartcar

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My company recently lent me a Smartcar for a road trip between two of our stores. Despite my initial misgivings, my experience driving a Smartcar turned out to be great! If you ever find yourself driving one, here are a few of my observations you may want to keep in mind:

1. As small as the car is, the interior feels shockingly normal. It’s quite comfortable. You only remember you’re in a Smartcar when you look behind and realize the rear window is 12 inches from your face. It’s a hilarious feeling.

2. No matter how fast you go, drivers will still feel the need to swerve and zoom past you. Even if you’re driving 80 mph, some drivers will think “no way am I driving slower than this Smartcar” and pass you by accordingly.

3. You won’t have to worry about road rage. It’s not because other drivers feel sorry for you. It’s because your body consumes so much of the interior, drivers think you are huge and don’t want to mess with you.

4. Everything is tiny, including the gas tank. Given the expected gas mileage (34 city / 38 highway), I was shocked how quickly the gas gauge ticked down from one increment to the next. That is until I filled up the tank, and the meter stopped at 7.91 gallons. It does get great gas mileage – it just has a tiny tank!

5. You get a lot of attention. It may not be the attention you want, but it’s the attention you deserve. Whether you’re parked or on the road, you get a lot of looks in the Smartcar. When drivers look at me when passing by, I always imagine they’re thinking to themselves “that dude is awesome!” With that self-assuredness, it really doesn’t matter what they’re ACTUALLY thinking. There’s no other option but to own your awesomeness when you’re driving a Smartcar.

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What to Look for When Test Driving a Motorcycle

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Knowing what to look for when test driving a new or used motorcycle isn’t easy, especially if you’re a new rider. What may look and feel “normal” could actually be problematic. Unlike with a car, if a motorcycle wheel is even remotely wobbly, you don’t have the natural safety provided by a steel frame to protect you from serious injury. Because test driving a motorcycle is so different from test driving a car, we put together this helpful little list to show you what to look for during a test-drive.
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What to Look for When Test Driving A Car

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Test driving a car can be an overwhelming experience, particularly if it’s your first time.  When you’re dealing with a stranger or sales person, it’s easy to freeze up and overlook key items, so it’s good to have a clear process of checklist lined up before you start. To make sure you’re prepared to test drive your next used car, we’ve put together this basic guide.

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How To Sell A Car On Craigslist

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The Beginner’s Guide to Selling a Car on Craigslist

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So it’s finally time to get rid of that old daily driver. There are a lot of different ways to sell your used car, but one of the most common choices for owners is to turn to a little known site called Craigslist.

Founded in 1995, Craigslist has since been used by millions of people to buy and sell all sorts of things, from houses and shoes to computer parts and pets, but we’re interested in the “Cars + Trucks” section, where a savvy shopper can find a diamond in the rough, and a clever seller can get rid of their old car for way more than a dealership would offer.

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The 10 Most American Paint Jobs We Have Ever Seen

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This past weekend, we set aside some time to commemorate the day our nation adopted the Declaration of Independence and asserted our freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Equal parts revelry and reverence, the Fourth of July is a day for celebrating American ideals of equality, opportunity, and liberty. If and how you celebrated are entirely up to you, though tradition suggests parades, picnics, and fireworks as tried and true.

Some raving patriots choose to display their love for the USA 24/7 by donning their vehicles with the stars and bars. Here are 10 of the most American paint jobs we’ve come across:

This Screamin’ Eagle Hummer H1

Picture of an H1 Hummer painted with the American Flag

What better way to adorn America’s toughest civilian truck than with the face of Planet Earth’s fiercest avian? You can practically hear this bald eagle’s war cry.

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What is a North Carolina Vehicle Safety Inspection?

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As a car consignment store operating in North Carolina, CarLotz has a responsibility to ensure that the thousands of for-sale-by-owner vehicles we offer will all pass a NC DMV inspection. As North Carolina requires all vehicles to pass a safety inspection before registration, we want to help provide some answers to car owners about the most frequently asked questions regarding North Carolina car inspections.

Every car, truck, and motorcycle owner in the state of North Carolina is subject to a vehicle safety inspection each and every year. These annual check-ups are designed to make sure that every vehicle on the roads in North Carolina is properly maintained, which makes driving safer for you and others. All NC vehicle owners are obligated to comply with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle’s inspection laws, with the only exception being vehicles older than 35 years, which are considered Antique Vehicles and are exempt. Read more »

What Causes Tire Pressure Loss Overnight?

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With the fall season upon us, many areas of the U.S. will experience cool temperatures overnight and in the morning with warm temperatures throughout the day. With the temperature drop overnight, many car owners start their cars only to find a pesky “Check Tire Pressure” light on their dashboard. What does this mean? It means it’s time to check the air pressure in your tires!

Tire Pressure Guide

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Is Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Marketing a Gimmick?

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The used car industry is full of options, which can be overwhelming and downright confusing. Even after you’ve decided what type of car you want, you still have many possibilities to consider, many of which have to do with vehicle features and quality.

A common differentiator in used vehicle sales is the Certified Pre-Owned mark. In recent years, Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle sales have risen. These vehicles seem like a good option for consumers, but what does the CPO sticker actually mean? What are the pros and cons of purchasing a CPO vehicle? Is the price of the CPO designation worth the benefits provided? If you’re shopping for a car and don’t want to pay the CPO premium, can you replicate the CPO benefits on your own less expensively? These are all questions we seek to answer below. Read more »

Advantages of Car Consignment for Military Personnel in Hampton Roads: Value

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If you are a member of the U.S. military, you understand that preparing for deployment can be a daunting task. In addition to your day-to-day responsibilities, you are busy making legal, financial, and family arrangements in preparation for your leave.

If you plan to sell your car prior to deployment, you probably don’t want to deal with the hassle, and you may need to wait until the last minute. Since you’re in a hurry, you may have to settle for a low price from a private buyer or dealership. Read more »