What to do after a car accidentEven if you’re an amazingly safe driver odds are you will still be involved in an accident during your lifetime. In a 5 year period, 25% of American drivers will be in a car accident. Surely, this isn’t all due to bad driving. We have previously mentioned that driving defensively is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the roadways. Even the best drivers will at some point be involved in an accident and we want you to be sure to know what you need to do if you’re ever in that situation.

1. Remain Calm

When you’re in an accident, it’s essential that you stay calm. Assess the situation, and if all vehicles involved are not terribly damaged, move them out of the way of oncoming traffic. This prevents other vehicles from getting in an accident avoiding your accident, as well as keeping traffic moving. If it appears that there is serious damage to the vehicles or passengers, remain where you are and contact emergency crews. Remember, if someone appears to be seriously hurt do not move them unless absolutely necessary. You can easily cause more damage if they have a neck or back injury, it’s best to wait for professionals.

continue reading…

We all know how much fun it is to drive but driving can be extremely dangerous too.  Operating any vehicle is a privilege and should be done so responsibly. Whether it be cruising around Baltimore or hitting the highways of the Maryland, caution should always be taken when driving any car.

Did you have any idea that traffic accidents are expected to go up 65% in the next 20 years?  Neither did we until we found this information-packed infographic by Arjan de Raaf about car accidents.

Drive safe and remember you can always stop by Auto Auction of Baltimore at 1232 S. Philadelphia Blvd in Aberdeen and let the guys in our service center make sure your car is in the safest condition possible!

Click on the image below to see the full-sized infographic.

Accidents Infographic | Auto Auction of Baltimore

Used Cars BaltimoreWith the Fourth of July next week, we’ve got our hands full getting ready for our event.  We are hoping you’ll join us during the holiday to look at the Baltimore area’s best selection of used cars.  We’ve got many makes and models priced to sell and we don’t want you to miss it!  We will also have our auction on Wednesday, July 3rd, (just like every other Wednesday) so come on out, wear your red, white & blue and bid on your dream car.

It’s  a long, hot summer… but now is the perfect time to get your car or truck ready for the upcoming driving season. Most seasonal car maintenance requires the help of a professional mechanic, but we’re going to give you five do-it-yourself tips to help get your vehicle ready for the fall (and save you the cost of getting them done by a professional).

Do It Yourself Maintenance

Change your wiper blades

According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, wiper blades should be replaced annually. Most people go several years without changing out their blades, so it’s likely that your blades are due for replacement. Wipers are used more often in the fall and winter, so it’s best to have a fresh set before the weather changes.

This is an easy DIY tip. Not only are wiper blades cheap (usually in the $10 to $20 range), they’re extremely easy to change. Make sure you know what size to get – many cars use a longer wiper blade on the driver side. Check your owner manual or the in-store sizing guide to be sure you get the right blades. Finally, make sure you remember to get a third blade for your rear window if you own a hatchback or SUV.

continue reading…

You know the fear. The feeling that your car must be parked somewhere else. You scan the entire lot, only to see that your car has been stolen.  It can leave you helpless and afraid, not to mention having to hassle with police and insurance after the fact.  Did you know every 33 seconds a car is stolen in the US?

Luckily the fine professionals at Auto Auction of Baltimore are on the case…  During their research, they came across this very informative infographic courtesy of homesecurity.net that lays out the blueprint for the Ultimate Theft Proof Car.

Click on the image to see it full size.

Never Get You Car Stolen Again

How to Change Your Oil in 4 Easy StepsBelieve it or not, changing your oil is an amazingly easy task. When you take your car someplace to have the oil changed, you’re mostly paying for the convenience of someone else doing it. If you have the basic supplies at home, the cost of an oil change is minimal. In fact, it is just the oil filter and the oil. You will have to initially purchase an oil pan and basic hand tools to remove stubborn parts, but if you have the drive to repeatedly change your own oil – you can save a bundle!

Though changing your own motor oil may sound intimidating, you can follow our simple steps to change your oil with confidence.

continue reading…

Dangerous Cars InfographicWhen you’re in the market for a new-to-you-vehicle, safety comes to mind. You’ll often find safety being one of the biggest selling points on newer vehicles, but there are also dangerous vehicles you’ll want to avoid during your search. Some vehicles were poorly designed with explosive consequences, while others simply fell apart after a time. We found a handy infographic courtesy of Car Insurance Quotes Comparison, that showcases some of the most deadly cars of all time.

Did you know 1960-1963 The Corvair was known for the toxic fumes it leaked into the car. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the steering wheel could fatally impale drivers in an accident! The 1985 Yugo GV was certainly a car that was talked about, but not for good reasons. The Yugo was known for it’s reputation to be blown off course by a gust of wind. In addition, the car had a terminal belt issue and as the belt wore out the engine would wiggle into pieces.

continue reading…

6 Warning Signs of Brake ProblemsWhen you have an aging vehicle, eventually your brakes will need some attention. Fully functioning brakes are essential for safe driving. Your vehicle should stop when you hit the brake pedal. If you’re having brake problems, it’s vital that you resolve them immediately – it’s obviously extremely dangerous to drive with faulty brakes. While drivers know that brake problems are dangerous, many do not know how to recognize them. These 6 warning signs will let you know when your brakes need work.

Dashboard Brake Warning Lights

One of the easiest ways to identify brake problems is by the brake warning lights on your dash. If the brake warning light on your dashboard lights up, the usual cause for the dashboard warning light will be low brake fluid. You can try adding more fluid, but the fault could also be a leak in the brake line. The best way is to either check the lines yourself or take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. We can’t emphasize strongly enough that brake problems should be addressed immediately. continue reading…

How to Check your OilWhenever you’re in the market to purchase a car, you should always check your oil. Motor oil should be a clear amber color. If you find that a car has very dark oil, it may not have been taken care of the way you would like or it may have an issue (probably from misuse). You may be surprised to learn that the old standby of an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles has gone by the wayside with newer vehicles. It’s not uncommon for late model vehicles to surpass the 5,000 mile marker between oil changes. This makes it even more imperative that you check your oil regularly. It may sound daunting, but checking your oil is a rather painless process.

Follow this step-by-step guide and checking your oil will be no big deal in no time.

continue reading…

What Decides Your Insurance CostsYou’ll see lots of commercials out there telling you to take 15 minutes to get a new car insurance quote, you can’t find one that says what goes into deciding that quote. We did, however, find this handy infographic (courtesy of www.car-insurance.com) that goes into more detail about what factors determine how much you pay. Though no one know exactly the formula that determines your insurance costs (apparently it’s guarded like a national secret), they have made some pretty good educational guesses here. Did you know that insurance companies have their own “insurance score” similar to your credit score? They also take into account many things unrelated to driving, like your marital status and where you live.

After your peruse this graphic, you’ll have a better idea about what exactly is affecting your insurance costs.

continue reading…