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Handle your used car like a pro in holiday traffic

Have you been out on the roads lately? You’ll probably notice that traffic is significantly worse, especially at nights and on the weekends. Not only are people out getting their holiday shopping taken care of, they’re also out enjoying the festivities of the season! It’s important to be especially careful when taking your Cortland used car out on the road this time of the year, and we have tips to help you do just that. Handle your used car like a pro despite the rush on the roads this holiday season!

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Change your driving habits this holiday season! 

How should you alter your driving habits to  better handle congested roads and holiday traffic? Here are our top Action Auto tips!

Use defensive driving. This means taking proactive steps to prevent an accident in your Cortland used car, as opposed to just reacting when one is imminent. Use your turn signals to indicate your movements, follow the speed limit, and leave plenty of space in between your ride and other cars. You should also scan the road for possible problems, and keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes in front of you at all times!

Check traffic before you leave the house! Do you have a plan of action for your time on the road? Use traffic reports to plot out the most efficient and least frustrating route to your final destination, and be sure to come up with an alternate route as well just in case your primary way gets clogged up. You might also have HD Radio in your Cortland used car – this technology can give you real-time traffic updates to ensure you get where you need to go as efficiently as possible!

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Stay focused when behind the wheel of your Cortland used car 

Do away with distractions! Your sole focus should be on your Cortland used car and the road around you. Put away your cell phone; if you HAVE to take calls, use the Bluetooth wireless streaming that some of our used cars in Cortland have to offer you. You should also refrain from eating, fiddling with the radio, grooming, and anything else that takes your attention off your drive time. This applies to passengers, too – don’t let them distract you from the task at hand!

Make sure your used car is in good enough shape to take on the road! Nothing is more frustrating than being in traffic with a car that won’t function. Have our techs check your battery, tires, and brakes, as well as your heater and air conditioning system. You’ll also want to schedule your routine oil change – traffic means more time out on the road, so you’ll need to give your car the tools it needs to work overtime. Call our Action Auto Service Center in Cortland and schedule your appointment today; get a multi-point inspection to identify any other issues or problems that might be coming down the line!

Ready to take on holiday traffic? Looking for a reliable used vehicle to do it in? Call us today at (607) 758-7506!

Action Auto in Cortland shares driving safety tips

Travel is almost always a part of the holidays – whether you’re taking your car across town or across the country to celebrate this holiday season, you need to do it safely! Often you’ll find yourself with a car full of family, friends, and pets, so we’re here to talk more about how to keep them safe out on the roads. Check out our Action Auto safe driving tips for pets and family!

We’ve got Cortland safe driving tips for your tiny passengers and four-legged friends!

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The first thing to remember is that yes, you’re heading for a fun and exciting destination. However, it’s important to be vigilant and use your defensive driving skills while you’re behind the wheel of your usedcar from Action Auto! The holidays mean more traffic out on the roads and possible winter weather, both of which can make it more dangerous to drive. Do away with distractions, make sure everyone is buckled up, and stay focused on the road at all time! Here are some more Cortland New York safe driving tips to see you through it!

  • Make sure everyone in the cabin of your vehicle is wearing a seatbelt, and make sure any carseats in the back are properly installed AND the right fit for your child. This is a huge part of safe driving, as an improperly installed carseat can have devastating consequences. If you have doubts, take your vehicle down to your local fire station or police station to have them check things out for you.

Buckle up your friends, family, AND pets for maximum safe driving!

  • Babyproof your car if you’re going to be taking smaller passengers along this holiday season! This means ensuring your child locks are on (so no curious passengers can open doors or windows without your permission), and that the backseat is clear of anything that could be considered dangerous (like small objects that can be choking hazards or anything sharp). 

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  • Another safe driving tip for holiday travels is to ensure your four-legged friends are comfortable. It’s best to crate your pets if you’re taking them in the car; this will make them feel more secure, and it’ll also keep them contained in the case of an accident. If nothing else, use a pet harness crafted for the car to keep them secure! You should also make sure they’re comfortable – provide them with blankets and toys to make them feel at home, and don’t forget to bring along water and snacks for them. Also, plan rest stops to let them stretch their legs and go to the bathroom, just like you would for humans!

Looking for a safe usedcar, usedtruck or usedSUV in Cortland? Come on down – we’re open six days a week at 3899 State Route 281!

Winter Is Coming: Prepare Your Car for the Cold

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Autumn means apple cider, leaves floating to the ground, Halloween decorations — and falling temperatures. You probably plan to get your family ready for cooler weather by taking that winter wardrobe out of storage, turning on the heater for the first time and making hearty stews for dinner instead of light summer salads. And, just like another member of your family, your car also needs a little cold-weather TLC. Here are a few things to think about as the mercury starts to dip.

Check Your Oil

As the temperatures change, you may want to change your oil and replace it with a different viscosity, which simply refers to how thick or heavy the oil is.

Your engine’s oil becomes thinner as the temperature rises, so in warmer climates, a thicker, higher-viscosity oil will help keep your engine properly lubricated. For the same reason, heavier oils aren’t as effective if you’re traveling through extremely cold, blustery conditions. Be sure to check your owner’s manual to see which oil viscosity is recommended for the weather conditions that you experience.

Keep Warm

Your car’s radiator is like a Thermos. It helps the engine stay at a proper temperature, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside. As a result, your car’s coolant or antifreeze deserves attention when temperatures start to fall.

If the system isn’t filled properly, your engine could freeze in the winter, which means the car won’t start. Additionally, antifreeze that’s old can lead to rust and corrosion, which could cause leaks. As a result, it’s important to flush your radiator and refill it with fresh antifreeze when recommended by your car’s manufacturer.

Stay Charged

Car batteries can die without much notice, and extreme temperatures can cause battery problems. Old batteries don’t hold a charge as well, which can make your car’s electrical system work harder. Check the battery’s positive and negative terminals to make sure that there is no rust or corrosion, and consider replacing your battery if it’s getting older. If you have an older battery and the temperatures are falling, getting your battery tested to ensure it’s in good working order and possibly replacing it could help keep you from becoming stranded.

Pop the Hood

No matter what the weather is doing, good maintenance is always a good idea — but, since extreme temperature changes can affect your car, it’s an especially good idea to make sure your car is in good working order before winter sets in. Pop the hood and make sure that all your car’s fluids look good and are filled to the proper level.

While you’re checking your fluids, it doesn’t hurt to inspect some other odds and ends under the hood that may fail in extreme conditions. Seasonal changes are a good time to look at your belts and hoses to make sure that the rubber is in good shape. You may want to replace them if you see any cracks or imperfections, especially if you’re planning a road trip.

Fill Your Tank

No matter the temperature, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re not running on empty. But, there are a few extra reasons to keep a full tank of gas when the temperature drops. If you get stranded in the middle of a blizzard, your car’s engine could be your only heat source, and a full tank of gas also helps keep moisture from forming in the fuel lines, where it can then freeze. If you’re in a really chilly area, you can also add fuel de-icer to your tank to keep the gas from freezing.

Do a Walk-Around

Prepping your car for a chilly winter means more than just a checkup under the hood. Take a look at your windshield wipers and exterior lights and make sure they’re in good working order. Plus, make sure that the lenses of your exterior lights are clean, and replace any burnt-out bulbs.

Windshield wiper blades are constantly subjected to the elements, so it’s important to replace worn or dried-out wiper blades regularly to maintain good visibility, especially if a snowstorm is headed your way. And finally, it’s important that you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid, too.

Keep an Eye on Your Tires

As the temperature rises and falls, so does the air pressure in your tires. As a result, it’s important that your tires are properly inflated. In cold temperatures, you can lose tire pressure at a rate of about one pound per 10 degrees of temperature. Low tire pressure can dangerously affect your car’s handling, lower your fuel economy and, under some circumstances, lead to a blown tire.

Check the pressure when the tires are cold, making sure it’s in the range suggested by the manufacturer in your car manual, and don’t forget to make sure that your spare also has enough air in it. Keeping your tires at the proper pressure ensures that they make good contact with the road surface, and it also maximizes your vehicle’s fuel economy.

While you’re checking out your tires, make sure that the treads and sidewalls are up to snuff. Uneven tread wear, cuts, scrapes or indentations in your tires are all signs that they may need to be replaced.

Dust the Snow Off

If a heavy winter storm hits, make sure you clean all the snow and ice off your car before heading out onto the roadways. Getting the wintry mix off your windows ensures that you’ll have good visibility on the road, but if you don’t clean the snow off your roof, hood and trunk, it could fly off and obstruct your view (or someone else’s).

Stay Weather-Wise Inside Your Car

While checking under the hood will help keep your car running, it’s a good idea to make sure that your car will keep you comfortable and prepared, no matter the weather conditions. A properly functioning heater and defroster are important in the winter to keep you warm and maintain good outward visibility.

Depending on the weather, you should also stock your car with some supplies to keep you prepared. A shovel, gloves, boots, an ice scraper and sand or kitty litter (for traction on slippery roads) are all wise additions if you’re trekking through ice and snow. Items like a flashlight, food, water, a blanket, jumper cables, windshield washer fluid and a basic tool kit could also come in handy, regardless of what the weather is like.

It’s difficult to get excited about making a service appointment but Action Auto Service Department can help. If you are in need of any kind of maintenance make an appointment online or visit our service department at. We are located at 3899 State Route 281 just off I-81 near Suny Cortland. If your vehicle needs a little more than just tire help, check out our vehicles at Action Auto Llc!

At Action Auto Llc. in Cortland, it is our mission to provide you with quality used cars. Since 1996 we have consistently made it our objective to treat each customer as we would a guest in our own home. This standard has allowed us the privilege to be repeatedly recognized by our customers and continued excellence in all areas of operation.

Whether you are pursuing the purchase of a Used Car or Used Truck, our vast inventory unites uncompromising quality. Take a detailed look at our selection online, and then feel free to schedule your test drive, request a quote, or e-mail the staff with any questions before your arrival to the dealership. When you’re ready, Action Auto Llc. Financial Services can help to give you quick credit approval, a trade-in value on your current vehicle or answer any financial questions you may have on the purchase of your next vehicle.

If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center while you can relax in our customer lounge. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!

All of these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton, Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer!

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Sunday CLOSED

What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?

What Does That Light on My Dash Mean?

Modern cars are full of wondrous technology, but sometimes, things go wrong.

To help warn a driver of a vehicle malfunction, a whole swarm of warning lights are included in a vehicle’s dashboard and center gauge cluster. But what do they all mean?

Some are obvious while others are not, and many can’t be deciphered unless you look to the owner’s manual. Here is a comprehensive list of what the most common warning lights mean. Check back often, as this index will be updated all the time.


4X4 LockCar dash board warning indicators Signifies the all-wheel drive or 4X4 system is engaged. Can also mean there is a problem with the all-wheel-drive system if the light remains on even when the system is disengaged.




ABS lightABS light. On some vehicles, it may illuminate if the anti-lock braking system is active. If it remains illuminated, there is most likely a fault with the ABS system. Light can be yellow, orange or red.



Adaptive Cruise Signifies adaptive cruise is engaged. If the light remains on when the system is disengaged, there may a problem with the adaptive cruise.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat Can relate to a self-leveling suspension system or height-adjustable suspension. May flash when system is raising or lowering the vehicle. If constantly illuminated, there may be an issue with the suspension.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat Self-leveling and/or active headlights. Relates to the high-intensity discharge headlights that self level. If the light stays illuminated, there may be an issue with the system.




LowbeamsIndicates low-beam headlights are currently turned on. Could be illuminated in green, yellow or even red. Will never be illuminated in blue, as that color refers to high beam head lights.




HighbeamsSignifies the high beam headlights are currently active. This warning light is always illuminated in a bright blue. If the light is always illuminated even when the high beams are not activated, there may be a fault with the lighting system.




Auto HighbeamIndicates the automatic high beam headlights are active. Automatic high beams turn on and off when other vehicles are detected on the road. The light may remain illuminated even during the day time.




Front fog lightsIlluminates when the front fog lights are on. This light differs from the rear fog light warning light by pointing towards the left with the horizontal lines angled slightly downward.




Rear fog lightSignifies the rear fog lights are currently on. A rear fog light is used in poor weather conditions like fog, rain or snow. It allows vehicles approaching from behind to see your car. Should not be used in good weather conditions.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatRefers to an adjustable suspension setup. May illuminate when the suspension is changing heights or even when a vehicle has entered into a sport mode. Most likely though, if illuminated, it refers to a fault with the suspension system.




Airbag light2This is an air bag warning light. In most cars, it illuminates when the vehicle first starts up. But if the light remains on, there is an issue with one of the vehicle’s airbags and the car needs to taken to a mechanic immediately.




Attention AssistThis is Mercedes-Benz’s attention assist feature. Many other manufacturers have similar setups that are designed to help ensure a driver does not become drowsy behind the wheel.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatIf this light is illuminated, it refers to a fault with the automatic transmission system. It’s best to take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible if this light remains on.




Battery LightThis is the battery light. If the ignition is on but the vehicle is not, the light will remain illuminated to indicate the car is current running all accessories on battery power only. If it remains on while the car is running, it may indicate a fault with the vehicle’s electrical system.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatIndicates that one or more of the vehicle’s exterior brake lights are currently inoperable. Most likely, it will just be a burnt out bulb, but it could refer to a larger problem.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatThis is the brake pad light. It indicates that a vehicle’s brake pads are faulty, damaged or in need of replacement. If this light remains on, take your vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatLamp OutIndicates that there is an issue with one of the exterior lights, not necessarily a brake light. It could be any one of the parking or indicator lights on the vehicle. They may be burnt out or there may be an electrical fault.




catalytic-converter-light No, this light does not mean the BBQ is warmed up and ready. It refers to a vehicle’s emissions control catalytic convertor being faulty and most likely in need of replacement.




Change engine oil This is a fairly self explanatory light. A lot of new vehicles have an oil life monitor built on-board that tracks when exactly it’s time to change the oil. When illuminated, it’s time to head to the mechanic for some new oil.




Low oil2 Unlike the light above, this light doesn’t refer to an impending oil change. It indicates that the engine oil level is low and requires a top-up immediately. If flashing, the oil level may be empty or at critical levels.




Check engine 2Check engine 3Check Engine 6Check engine 7Check EngineThe most common warning, the check engine light (CEL) is a catch-all light that may refer to an engine issue, loose gasoline cap or faulty sensor. If illuminated in yellow or amber, take your car to a mechanic at your earliest convenience. It glowing red, take your car in immediately.



This light refers to a convertible’s power retractable top. The light will most likely be illuminated when the roof is opening and closing. If it remains lit at all times, chances are there is an issue with the roof.




Coolant 4CoolantCoolant2Coolant3Signifies that the vehicle’s engine coolant level is low. The first light on the far left may refer to any coolant-related issue.




Engine OverheatEngine Overheat2Indicates the vehicle’s coolant is too hot and overheating. If this light comes on, pull over as soon as safely possible before any more damage occurs.





Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatCruise ControlThis light means the cruise control is turned on. It may not actually be active, but it is ready for use. The light can be any color, but usually illuminates in green, yellow or orange. If the light is on even when the system is turned off, there might be an issue that needs to be looked at.



Diesel fluid lowThis light is found in modern diesel vehicles only. It indicates that the additive fluid used to help control diesel emissions is low and needs to be topped up. If it remains on after the top-up, there may be a larger issue.




Diesel particle failure 2Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatAnother light that is found exclusively in diesel fueled vehicles, this one also relates to emissions controls. The particle filter that’s part of the exhaust system is most likely clogged and requires attention.





Door openDoor open2One of the more obvious dashboard lights, these refer to a door being left open. In some vehicles, this light may illuminate if the rear hatch or trunk is open as well.





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More of a gimmick light than anything else, a lot of newer vehicles come with eco-indicators like this that inform drivers how efficiently their current driving behavior is. Whether it’s on or not, there is no real concern with this light.




Forward Collision Warning3Forward Collision Warning2Forward Collision Warning Forward Collision Warning4A modern safety feature offered on a lot of new cars, all of these lights refer to forward collision warnings. The red bar of lights illuminates at the base of a vehicle’s windshield when a crash appears imminent, while the other lights illuminate when the system is manually turned off or if there is a fault with the system.


Four Wheel LowA true off-road vehicle will be offered with a two-speed transfer case that includes a four-wheel low system. This light illuminates when the four-wheel low system is engaged. If the light is on when the vehicle is not in four-wheel low, there may be an issue with the system.



Gas Cap An icon depicting a vehicle and a gas cap, the warning light simply means that the gas cap is either missing or loose. A gas cap needs to be in place for a vehicle to properly pass emission standards.




Glow plugs Another diesel-specific warning light, this is not a pig’s tail, but rather an icon that refers to glow plugs. A diesel vehicle needs the glow plugs to warm up before it can be started. This light will remain illuminated when a key is first put in the ignition until the plugs are ready.



Hazdard lights on An indicator for the hazard lights, the light should only be illuminated when the hazard lights are active. The light may flash along with the four-way flashers when active.




Hill Descent Control This light refers to hill descent control. Some vehicles have a low-speed cruise control system that helps a vehicle creep slowly down a steep hill by using the brakes and engine management. If the light is illuminated when not in use, there may be an issue with hill descent control.



Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat A simple light, this one indicates the vehicle’s hood is open. An easy way to distinguish this from the trunk open light below is by looking at the picture of the car. The front features a longer, more sloped hood.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat Similar to the light above, this one refers to the trunk being open. An easy way to distinguish this from the hood open light is by looking at the picture of the car. The back features a shorter, squared off trunk.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatNo key These lights refer to a vehicle’s security and may mean a few different things. It could indicate the key is not in the car, the vehicle’s active security system is on, or there is a fault with the ignition key.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatLane departure warning Another modern safety feature in many vehicles is a lane departure warning system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.




index.23Similar to the lane departure warning system, this light refers to the active lane keep system. This light will illuminate if the system has been manually disabled or there is a fault with it.




Low fuelLow fuel2 These lights simply refer to the fact that the vehicle is low on fuel and needs a fill-up soon. Every vehicle is different and the amount of fuel range left when the light first comes on can vary.




Low TempLow Temp2snowflakeA vehicle will perform optimally when properly warmed up. These lights indicate the engine temperature is still low and is warning you not to drive too hard until the vehicle reaches proper operating temperatures. These lights are usually blue in color.



Low tire pressureVehicles come with tire pressure monitoring systems that keep track of how much pressure is left in all of the tires. If this light is illuminated, one or more of the tire’s pressure is low and needs to be attended to.




Low washer fluidThis light could be lit in a multitude of colors. It means the windshield washer fluid is low and needs to filled. The washer fluid may also be used for the rear window and HID headlight lenses.




Overdrive offNot that common any more, this light indicates a vehicle’s overdrive system is currently disabled. It will light up if overdrive has been manually disabled or if there is a problem with the transmission.




Parking brake on Parking brakn on 2Signifies the parking and/or emergency brake is currently applied. Illuminates any time the vehicle’s mechanical or electrical brake is on. If the brake has been released, but the light remains on, there may be an issue with the system.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat This light refers to a fault in the power steering system. It can be displayed in a multitude of colors, but usually red or amber. If illuminated, the vehicle should be taken to a mechanic as soon as possible.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat This light means “please depress the brake pedal.” It can be illuminated when trying to start the vehicle and/or when attempting to put the vehicle into gear. Different vehicles can have a theme on this image.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanatIf you happened to buy a vehicle with a manual transmission, you have seen this warning light. It signifies the clutch needs to be depressed, usually when starting the ignition. It differs from depress brake pedal image by lacking the extra crescents on the sides of the circle.



Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat This light refers to automatic lights and/or rain sensing wipers. It may be illuminated if either function has been manually shut off or if there is an issue with the system.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat Some vehicles come equipped with power retractable spoilers. This light usually indicates the spoiler is currently deployed. It may also flash when the spoiler is risingor retracting.




Seatbelt lightSeatbelt light 2 This is the seat belt light. It illuminates if the car is in motion and the driver’s seat belt is not fastened. Most modern cars also come equipped with a sensor in the front passenger seat and if a passenger is detected without a seat belt fastened, the light will illuminate.




Service Vehicle 2Service Vehicle SoonService Vehicle These are the service vehicle lights. They are similar to the check engine lights, but refer to the vehicle as a whole and not just the engine. They may indicate a fault in the wheels, brakes, suspension, etc. The lights can be amber, orange or red.



Stability controlRefers to the stability control system. Can be illuminated if the stability control has been manually disabled by the driver. Some vehicles will flash this symbol when the stability control is actively working. It may also stay lit up if there is an issue with the system.




Start stop This light can be related to the automatic start or start/stop system. With an automatic starter, the light may be illuminated until the car is manually started using the key. In a vehicle with start/stop, the light will illuminate if the system is turned off by the driver or if there is a fault.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat This light indicates the steering is locked. Many vehicles will lock the steering in place when the ignition is not in the ‘run’ position. Others can lock the steering if the programmed chip in the key is not present.




Images with Witness lights on board table symbols signs explanat A light referring to a trailer hitch lock system some vehicles are equipped with. It will turn on if the vehicle detects the trailer hitch is currently unlocked or if there is a fault with the system.




turn signals The left and right arrows are the turn signal indicators. Usually green in color, the left signal will flash when the left turn indicator is selected and the right will flash when the right indicator is selected. A lot of vehicles will flash both together when the hazard lights are switched on.




Parking SensorsRefers to parking sensors. A lot of modern vehicles are equipped with parking sensors that help aid in parking in tight spaces. This light will illuminate when the system has been manually turned off or if there is an issue with the sensors.




Parking lights This pair of sideways pointed lights refers to a vehicle’s exterior indicator lights, often referred to as parking lights. When the vehicles full lighting system is on, this light will illuminate.




If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center. Sit and relax in our customer lounge equipped with refreshments and WiFi. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!
 
All these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton,  Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer! 
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
 
Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
 
Sunday CLOSED

Avoiding Deer Can Get Tricky in the Fall

As the fall weather creeps in, local deer populations become more active than during the summer months. They are foraging, mating, and preparing for winter as well as trying to avoid hunters’ bullet.

deer in roadAll of this frantic activity can send a deer bounding out onto a road at any time. Drivers have much to be wary of out on the roads and the fall brings on the added hazard of avoiding a potentially calamitous collision with a deer. The time period between October and the end of the year is the time when deer are the most active and the potential for tragedy is the highest. November is an especially active period for them. It is important to always watch carefully for deer, especially around dusk. Also, avoid driving too fast so if you do see a deer, you have time to slow down and avoid it.

Deer are up and about starting just after sunset and all through the night. Make use of your high beams when you can, especially on winding country roads. Vehicle maintenance is always critical to your safety. Ensure that your brakes and lights are in good working order and check on the condition of your tires. Check your brake lights. You don’t need a rear end collision on top of trying to stop for a deer.

Never swerve away from a deer if it puts you in oncoming traffic. It will endanger vehicles traveling in the other lane and deer can change direction very quickly. Slow down and attempt to stop without excess maneuvering.

If you do happen to hit a deer, get to the side of the road if you can and activate your hazard lights. Call 911 and stay until emergency help arrives.

Also keep in mind that deer rarely travel alone. If there is one, there are most likely more nearby. Be wary and cautious. Slow down and be in control. Everyone’s safety depends on it.

Visit Action Auto in Cortland for reliable and safe vehicles to get you wherever you need to go. We have pre-owned vehicles that offer advanced technology and comfort.

At Action Auto Llc. in Cortland, it is our mission to provide you with quality used cars. Since 1996 we have consistently made it our objective to treat each customer as we would a guest in our own home. This standard has allowed us the privilege to be repeatedly recognized by our customers and continued excellence in all areas of operation.

 
Whether you are pursuing the purchase of a Used Car or Used Truck, our vast inventory unites uncompromising quality. Take a detailed look at our selection online, and then feel free to schedule your test drive, request a quote, or e-mail the staff with any questions before your arrival to the dealership. When you’re ready, Action Auto Llc. Financial Services can help to give you quick credit approval, a trade-in value on your current vehicle or answer any financial questions you may have on the purchase of your next vehicle.
 
If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center while you can relax in our customer lounge. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!
 
All these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton,  Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer! 
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
 
Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
 
Sunday CLOSED

Action Auto refreshes you on driving in the snow

The holidays are here and while we don’t see much snow here yet, we know a lot of drivers will be hitting the highways over the next few months to visit family and friends and spread holiday cheer. Are you heading out of town into climates that might see snowier weather? We have a little refresher course for you to ensure you’re ready… check out our Action Auto tips for driving in snow like a pro!

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Prepare your car for driving in snow!

Cold weather can take a toll on your Action Auto car, so before you head out to the highway you should ensure it’s been properly prepared for driving in snow. This means paying our Action Auto Service Center a visit for car maintenance like:

  • Tire rotation, balance, inflation, and if need be, replacement
  • An oil change
  • A fluids check – make sure the fluids under the hood can handle colder temps!
  • New windshield wipers
  • A headlight check and possible adjustment
  • Brake service – you want full stopping power on your side in slippery snow!

After you’ve hit up our Cortland auto service center, you’re ready to pack up and take to the highway!

Action Auto in Cortland has tips for snowy winter driving!

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So, what’s different about driving in snow? For starters, it’s more slippery. You’ll have less traction, which means less control over your car and less stopping power. It also may be darker (due to Daylight Saving Time) and harder to see, as snow is precipitation. We’ve got some tips – check them out!

  • Use your headlights and your wipers when you’re driving in snow! Your wipers will keep the windshield of your new car clear, and your headlights will give you better visibility AND let other drivers see you better.
  • Slow down! In order to have better control over your new car from Action Auto, drop your speed a notch. This is especially true when turning – you don’t want your back wheels to slide out, so slow your speed and take turns carefully. Slow and steady wins the race when it’s snowing!
  • Leave more room to stop. You don’t want to slam on your brakes when driving in snow; it can cause you to skid and lose control. You’ll also need extra space to come to a safe stop, so pay attention to stoplights and stop signs and also refrain from driving too close to the car in front of you!
  • If you feel yourself start to slide, DO NOT slam on your brakes! If you drive a manual car, shift into a lower gear to drop your speed. Otherwise, try to steer straight and remember not to jerk the wheel, as this can worsen your sliding out. You can gently tap your brakes if you really need to slow down!

Want more tips for your holiday drive time, or need to prep your car for highway travel? Come on in and see us – we’re located just off I-81 near Suny Cortland at 3899 State Route 281.

At Action Auto Llc. in Cortland, it is our mission to provide you with quality used cars. Since 1996 we have consistently made it our objective to treat each customer as we would a guest in our own home. This standard has allowed us the privilege to be repeatedly recognized by our customers and continued excellence in all areas of operation.

 
Whether you are pursuing the purchase of a Used Car or Used Truck, our vast inventory unites uncompromising quality. Take a detailed look at our selection online, and then feel free to schedule your test drive, request a quote, or e-mail the staff with any questions before your arrival to the dealership. When you’re ready, Action Auto Llc. Financial Services can help to give you quick credit approval, a trade-in value on your current vehicle or answer any financial questions you may have on the purchase of your next vehicle.
 
If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center while you can relax in our customer lounge. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!
 
All these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton,  Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer! 
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
 
Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
 
Sunday CLOSED

Leaves Are Pretty...Dangerous for Your Car!

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Protect Your Vehicle
 
Fall is here and with it comes cooler weather, hotter drinks, sweaters, and leaves of every color. The changing of leaves is a beautiful event that takes place every year. The whole scenery can change into a colorful picturesque landscape, but leaves aren’t always a good thing. Once they start falling they can wreak havoc on your vehicle. They look pretty and harmless, but there are number of ways they can actually harm your car. Action Auto is here to tell you what kind of damage leaves can cause and how to protect your vehicle.
 
To start off, leaves are more dangerous when they are in a pile. It might seem like a fun idea to drive through a pile of leaves and watch them swirl around your vehicle in the wind, but there could be dangerous elements hidden in the leaves. Rocks, animals, garbage, potholes and other potentially hazardous items could be under that pile. Another way leaves get dangerous, is when they are wet. They can stain and damage your vehicle’s immaculate paint finish. They can also become slippery when wet which can make your car slide.
 
Leaves can also affect your cars handling and traction. Your vehicle needs a constant connection with the road and leaves can get in the way. To prevent this from happening, it helps to check inflation pressure regularly. Tires should also be rotated every 6,000 miles to keep them evenly worn and balanced. If your vehicle is due for a maintenance checkup, make an appointment online at Action Auto Llc. They can make sure your vehicle is ready for the fall and winter driving conditions.
 
Fall driving doesn’t have to be scary. Being prepared is the key to staying safe through these hazardous driving situations. Regular maintenance is definitely a good idea. Pay close attention to your brakes and tires and if anything sounds or feels out of place, call Action Auto 607-758-7506 and schedule an appointment. Our service department will have you back on the road in no time! If a new car is what you need, Action Auto has a wide selection to choose from! Schedule a test drive today!
 
At Action Auto Llc. in Cortland, it is our mission to provide you with quality used cars. Since 1996 we have consistently made it our objective to treat each customer as we would a guest in our own home. This standard has allowed us the privilege to be repeatedly recognized by our customers and continued excellence in all areas of operation. 
 
Whether you are pursuing the purchase of a Used Car or Used Truck, our vast inventory unites uncompromising quality. Take a detailed look at our selection online, and then feel free to schedule your test drive, request a quote, or e-mail the staff with any questions before your arrival to the dealership. When you’re ready, Action Auto Llc. Financial Services can help to give you quick credit approval, a trade-in value on your current vehicle or answer any financial questions you may have on the purchase of your next vehicle.
 
If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center while you can relax in our customer lounge. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!
 
All these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton,  Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer! 
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
 
Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM
 
Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
 
Sunday CLOSED

Drive Safe, Stop Texting While Driving


In a technological age, cell phone use is becoming more and more prevalent across the globe, especially with teens and young adults. The wonders and benefits of connectivity are truly amazing when you consider global implications, but do they outweigh the risks that come along with them? Texting while driving is an ever increasing danger and is amplified when considering teen drivers still learning the rules of the road. Many drivers look at texting and driving as a common trend that has little impact on your driving safety, but the risks are very real. So, what are the dangers of texting and driving? Find out some of the statistics at Action Auto, maybe they will change your mind.

Getting behind the wheel of a new vehicle that offers award-winning safety is great, but thats negated when you decide to text and drive. Driving while texting increases the probability of an accident by 23% and cell phone use in the car results in 1.6 million traffic accidents per year, leading to 500,000 injuries and more than 6,000 deaths. Texting and driving is most prevalent among teen drivers, 34% of whom admit to texting while driving and 13% of 18-20 year old drivers involved in accidents admit that they were on their phone when the crash occurred.

All of the LOLs or TTYLs that you text on a daily basis may seem like very little, but while driving they exponentially increase the risk of a crash. Sending or receiving a text only takes about 5 seconds, which may not seem like much, but when traveling at speeds of 65 mph, it is the equivalent of driving the length of a football field blindfolded. That is a pretty frightening statistic when you consider everything that could occur in that distance. Texting while driving also slows your reaction time in addition to taking your eyes off of the road. Each time you text and drive it slows your reaction time to that of a 70 year old adult.

Stay safe while you are in the car and stop texting while driving. Now, that we have answered the question, “What are the dangers of texting and driving?” maybe you understand the very real risks that are involved. Many car models make staying connected while driving much safer with integrated hands-free technology, but it does not replace safe driving habits. Stop in at Action Auto Llc in Cortland to test drive a new vehicle today!

At Action Auto Llc. in Cortland, it is our mission to provide you with quality used cars. Since 1996 we have consistently made it our objective to treat each customer as we would a guest in our own home. This standard has allowed us the privilege to be repeatedly recognized by our customers and continued excellence in all areas of operation.

Whether you are pursuing the purchase of a Used Car or Used Truck, our vast inventory unites uncompromising quality. Take a detailed look at our selection online, and then feel free to schedule your test drive, request a quote, or e-mail the staff with any questions before your arrival to the dealership. When you’re ready, Action Auto Llc. Financial Services can help to give you quick credit approval, a trade-in value on your current vehicle or answer any financial questions you may have on the purchase of your next vehicle.

If your vehicle is in need of service, our trained technicians will take excellent care of your vehicle at our Service Center while you can relax in our customer lounge. So if you’re looking to find auto repair shop in Cortland, be sure to stop by!

All of these services and more are available at Action Auto Llc. serving Cortland, Ithaca, Dryden, Tully, Binghamton, Cicero and Syracuse, New York. If you’re looking for a used car dealer in the Cortland area, stop by our showroom and see what we have to offer!

Hours of Operation:

Monday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Tuesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Wednesday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Thursday 9:00 AM-7:00 PM

Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

Saturday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Sunday CLOSED