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Can you use gas that’s lower than 87 octane in your car?

Should you use 85-octane fuel in your car?

You may have seen other octane listings at the pump. You’ve likely always known that there were alternatives with higher octane listings than 87, but what about lower options? Should you use 85-octane fuel in your car as you go about your travels? U.S. Auto Sales has found some insight into that question, and why you should stay away, or at least be wary of 85-octane gas. Of course, if you are looking for a pre-owned ride in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, or the Carolinas, then you should see what we have in store for you with the link below.

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Things To Do for Halloween 2021 in the Atlanta Area

2021 Halloween Trick or Treat Times and Events in the Atlanta Area 

Halloween is almost here and families in the Atlanta area are ready to celebrate their favorite spooky holiday. We are here to help at U.S. Auto Sales with a quick guide to 2021 Halloween trick or treat times and events in the Atlanta area. Plan ahead with this quick guide and get behind the wheel of new-to-you used car, truck or SUV at any of the U.S. Auto Sales locations near Atlanta

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A Word From U.S. Auto Sales Leadership

We are closely following CDC and other health authority guidelines regarding COVID-19 aka coronavirus. U.S. Auto Sales is regularly providing our stores the latest safety guidance. In addition to our regular cleaning procedures, we have invested additional effort into our stores to allow for more frequent cleaning, paying close attention to high touch areas such as waiting areas, counters, restrooms, desks, and of course, our vehicles. Right now, all locations are open and ready to help you purchase a quality vehicle.

If you need to reach one of our car lots, can call 844-479-1508 and a licensed driver will pick you up within a 30-mile radius. As information comes in at a rapid pace, safety and health are the number one concern of the U.S. Auto Sales family.

Below are things we are doing to ensure your safety:

    1. After each test drive, interior/dash/steering wheel area of vehicle should be cleaned and sanitized.
    2. All magazines and toys in the kids’ play area have been removed for your safety.
    3. It is important to avoid public transportation. We will do our part and pick you up within a 30-mile radius if you need to reach one of our dealerships. Simply call 844-479-1508.
    4. Complete pre-qualification online to minimize your time in the store. Our 90 minutes or less guarantee also ensures that you’ll be in and out of the store as quickly as possible.
    5. We are adding technology solutions to allow our guests to upload documentation electronically.

Above all else, make sure that you and your family are well taken care of during this time. Our guests are very important to us, so that means we want to ensure that you are healthy. We have included recommendations from national organizations with safety measures the public should follow:

U.S. Auto Sales has store locations in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Below are some links that can offer local restrictions in your state of residence:

Please stay up to date on the ever-changing landscape regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus).

We will continue to respond as we get new information. Please follow our Facebook page and our website for updates.

Our sister company, U.S. Auto Servicing, shares our concern and has issued the following statement:

We want our guests to know that we are taking extra measures to ensure their safety when they visit one of our stores. We also understand that the current and unprecedented situation can cause an unexpected financial strain and/or hardship. We want you to know that we have options that can help.

If you find yourself in a difficult position due to illness, job loss or reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, please contact us at 877-297-6898.

How To Save Money On Your Groceries

Groceries can be a formidable expense each month, but with a little planning you’ll be amazed at how much you can save. Here are some ways to significantly cut the cost of your monthly groceries.

Shop around

On a day where you find yourself with a little extra time, check out all the supermarkets in your area. Take time to walk around and check out prices on items you purchase frequently. You will be amazed at how much the price can vary from store to store. You may find one store is significantly lower on packaged items such as granola bars, chips, cereal, etc., and another may be cheaper when it comes to produce or meat. Although this may mean shopping at more than one store, it could save you serious money.

Store brands

Whenever possible, buy store brand items versus the name brand. Quite often they are nearly identical, but cheaper. In fact, many store brand items are made by the same companies that make the brand name products! Most supermarkets have their own brand for grocery items, pharmacy items, and paper products.

Weekly flyers

Taking the time to go through the supermarket weekly flyers and planning your menu based on what’s on sale can save a ton of money. This again may require shopping at more than one store but can be worth the extra time. Most stores have great weekly deals on meat, so stocking up and freezing some will also help save money. Be careful not to purchase items you would not normally buy just because they might be a good deal.

Rewards programs

Sign up for your local supermarkets’ reward programs! These programs offer a number of features, including:

  • Money back on store brand items
  • Points towards fuel
  • Online coupons
  • Coupons towards frequently purchased items
  • Coupons towards new items

Many of these programs also offer a phone app, and the coupons are digital. Just take a little time and select the coupons on the app before you go shopping, and they’re automatically applied at checkout. No need to remember to hand over a pile of clippings!


While it can be time-consuming to cut coupons, the rewards can be worth it. If you get the Sunday newspaper, or have family or friends who do, ask them to save the coupon inserts for you.  You can use several of the same coupons you purchase that number of items. For example, if you buy granola bars every week and you find a coupon, you can use three coupons if you buy three boxes. Also keep in mind that coupons are often valid for at least a month, so shopping the flyers and using the coupons when they are on sale will save you even more money!

Shop early or late

Most stores will discount deli and meat items after a certain time in the evening based on the expiration date. Shopping late at night will give you the best chance of being able to buy meat at a discount price, but you might have luck first thing in the morning as well.

Saving money on meat has a significant impact, as meat and seafood make up an average of 20% of Americans’ grocery costs, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need to either eat the discounted meat within a couple days of purchase or freeze it immediately.

Even if you choose to try only a couple of these money saving tips, you are sure to notice it in your grocery bill!