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There is a clear and vocal demand in Mount Juliet and nationally for a reduction in air pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. This is what is driving the Tennessee market for alternative fuel vehicles. There are a number of these vehicles on Nashville area roads today, and many more being developed. Yet each of these vehicles has its own advantages and disadvantages. Mount Juliet auto owners should learn what these advantages and disadvantages are before running out and purchasing one of these alternative fuel vehicles at your nearest Nashville dealership.
Nashville motorists should carefully research the car care before buying an alternative vehicle, as it may or may not coincide with the standards for gasoline vehicles. You should look at costs and gas mileage as well: these vehicles may help save our environment here in Mount Juliet, but that might not represent a savings to your wallet. You’ll need to decide what you can afford, and what will work for your lifestyle. Also, your choice of vehicle may be affected by what fuels are available in your Nashville area. Switching to an alternative fuel vehicle is not a bad decision, but it should be a carefully considered one.
Flex Fuel Vehicles
Flex fuel vehicles can run on gasoline or on a combination of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. Because of the 85% ethanol content, this fuel is commonly called E85 in Tennessee.
Ethanol is made from corn. So flex fuel vehicles lessen our dependency on fossil fuels. But they also raise the price of corn, which is a basic foodstuff in some areas of the world. Whether replacing fossil fuels with corn is a good idea is hotly contested right now.
Flex fuel vehicles do have lower harmful exhaust emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles. And in Nashville, E85 is usually lower in cost than regular gasoline. When gasoline prices fall in Tennessee, however, they can drop below the price of E85. This is to Mount Juliet auto owners’ advantage, since the vehicle can run on either fuel, but it negates the benefits of lowered exhaust emissions and lower consumption of fossil fuels.
One piece of Conder’s Automotive auto advice before we move on: do not put E85 into your sedan unless it has an engine designed for flex fuels. Because of the high ethanol content in E85, engines need special seals and gaskets to function properly on this fuel. Running an ordinary engine with E85 can lead to gas leaks and fires.
Diesel engines are nothing new on Tennessee expressways, and many get great gas mileage. Diesel fuel can now be made from vegetable oil and other renewable sources. A diesel fuel made from algae will soon be on the market in Nashville.
Natural gas is less expensive than gasoline in Mount Juliet and burns more cleanly. Also, gasoline engines can be adapted to run on compressed natural gas, and many natural gas vehicles are already on Hermitage roads. You can even install a special pump in your home gas line to use to fuel your vehicle. If you are interested in converting your gasoline engine to run on CNG in Mount Juliet, ask your Conder’s Automotive service advisor about it.
On the other hand, an engine running on natural gas is not as powerful as one running on gasoline, and it will get lower gas mileage. Also, the tank you need to store natural gas is large—it takes up nearly the entire trunk of your car. Further, refueling stations are still few and far between in some Tennessee areas, or even unavailable, in many parts of the country.
Another alternative fuel that has enjoyed a lot of hype in Nashville is the hydrogen cell. The natural appeal is that the only exhaust is water vapor. In other words, hydrogen represents a truly clean-burning fuel. But hydrogen vehicles won’t come into widespread use until refueling stations become widely available here in Mount Juliet and around the country.
Electric vehicles were all the rage in Tennessee some years ago. But their limitations were quickly realized by Mount Juliet motorists. These vehicles won’t come into their own until we find ways to improve their batteries. Currently, the cars have a short range before their power runs out, and can only be realistically used close to home. However, they are easy to recharge, since they can be plugged in at home, and there are many researchers working on improving the battery technology in these vehicles. They may yet be the vehicles of the future.
Hybrids have been one of the most successful alternative fuel vehicles here in Mount Juliet and throughout the county. A hybrid gets its name because it has both a gas or diesel engine and an electric motor.
There are two types of hybrids. The full-hybrid relies on the electric motor for power, but the gas (or diesel) engine generates power for the battery. Thus, while still consuming fossil fuels, it uses less of them than a standard automobile, and also reduces harmful pollutants. Also, it overcomes the range problem of the strictly electric vehicle.
In a mild hybrid, the electric motor assists the gas or diesel engine in powering the car. Thus, it uses more gasoline or diesel than full hybrids and has higher emissions. But mild hybrids are available in larger body models like full-size pickups and SUV’s.
A Note of Caution about Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
One last note before we leave the subject of alternative fuel vehicles. The battery in an electric or hybrid vehicle is not as tame as the one in a standard vehicle. They carry enough voltage to kill you. These are not do-it-yourself vehicles when it comes to preventive maintenance or car care. Only a trained technician should work under their hoods.
Screeching tires, crunching metal – it’s an accident! If you’ve ever been in a car accident in Mount Juliet, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It’s hard to think straight and know what to do.
Let’s review what Mount Juliet drivers should do in case of an accident:
When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Mount Juliet is considered a crime – even if it’s not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Tennessee driver’s license or even jail time.
Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Nolensville and Hermitage motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Nashville emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.
Mount Juliet car owners should always file a police report. It’s tempting for Mount Juliet motorists to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you’ll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don’t. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Mount Juliet police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.
Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as “I was going thirty miles an hour” not “I wasn’t speeding”. Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer’s name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.
Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:
- Phone number
- Date of birth
- Driver’s license number and expiration
- Insurance information
Also take down a description of the other Mount Juliet vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most Tennessee auto insurance companies don’t record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track a vehicle in Tennessee.
Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can’t wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Conder’s Automotive at 615-758-1515
Contact Conder’s Automotive to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209
Or call us at 615-758-1515
Conder’s Automotive and AutoNetTV hope that you never have to use this information and wish you happy Mount Juliet travels.
Lease? Or buy? These are the options for Mount Juliet car financing. It’s always a tough question for Mount Juliet motorists. But here is some info that’ll help you make an informed decision.
If you buy, you’ll pay the full cost of the car, with maybe an initial down payment, then monthly payments on the balance that pays down the loan principal, and the finance charge.
Mount Juliet motorists who lease, finance the portion of the cost of the car that’s used up during the term of the lease. You’ll pay some money up front; fees, security deposit, first month’s payment and maybe a capital reduction. The monthly payments include a depreciation cost and a finance charge. When the lease is up, you return the car to your local Nashville area dealership.
So how do Mount Juliet drivers decide?
First, how much do you have for a down payment? A lease usually requires a smaller down.
How much monthly payment can you afford? Again, lease payments will be much lower for any given down payment.
A lease needs requires better credit, so that’s a factor.
How long will you keep the car? Mount Juliet drivers who keep their cars around for a while will pay less if they buy. But just two or three years? Then leasing is the way to go.
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209
If your car might suffer a ding or two, like, say a work truck would, then buying’s better. The Mount Juliet auto leasing company will want their vehicle back at the lease end in tip top shape, and if repairs are needed, you’ll pay.
How many miles do you drive in and around the Mount Juliet area? Important to consider because leases have a mileage limit, and if you go over, you pay a hefty charge per mile when the lease is up. So high mileage Tennessee drivers should definitely buy.
Will the car be used in your Mount Juliet business? Check with your Mount Juliet accountant, but both financing options have different tax benefits, depending on your circumstances.
Over the short term, leasing is much cheaper for Mount Juliet motorists. Medium term, leasing and buying costs are about the same. Over the long haul, leasing always costs more in Tennessee.
Leases may sound a bit complicated, and the typical lease decision weighs more on the monthly payment, rather than price. So sometimes Mount Juliet leasers may pay on a higher purchase price than a buyer would.
Here is a tip: If the Mount Juliet salesman asks if you’ll be leasing or buying, say you’re not sure yet. Make your best deal, then look at your Mount Juliet financing options.
Here’s another: With a buy or a lease, if you total the car, you’ll owe the full amount of the loan, or the balance of the lease payments, and usually, it’s less than the car’s fair Nashville market value – and that’s all your Tennessee auto insurance company will pay. But ask your Mount Juliet agent about gap insurance, which pays the difference between fair market value and what you owe. Big consideration for a lease.
Remember, you have to return your leased vehicle in excellent condition, and may need to do all the auto maker’s recommended service and maintenance, or face penalties. So see your local technician at your Mount Juliet auto repair shop or Conder’s Automotive on a regular basis, get the required work done and save the service records. It’s well worth it.
Here’s a travel tip that’ll I’ll bet you didn’t know, and, it might keep you safer…
The average American commuter in Tennessee spends two and a half hours daily in their car.
The government says a hundred thousand auto accidents yearly are caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. (Aggressive driving is the number one traffic safety concern.)
So what does this have to do with how your car smells while you’re driving around Tennessee?
Well, which scent did you think makes drivers more alert?
- A. Strawberry
- B. New Car
- C. Pine
- D. Warm Vanilla Breeze
It’s C. Drivers are more alert and have less fatigue with pine scent in the car, according to AroMetrics.
And, drivers were less angry with overall improved driving performance with strawberry and pine scents.
And you thought they just smelled nice.
441 East Division Street
Mount Juliet, Tennessee 37209