April 2014

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Tesla Safety Rating Controversy
Ready to plug in and buy a Tesla? At an MSRP of $69,900, not everyone can afford one, but for those who can, there may be one more reason to rest easy with your purchase decision: safety. Tesla says its cars are safe. And the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) agrees ... to a point. There is no denying that the 2014 Tesla Model S performed very well and received a high score in NHTSA safety tests. Perfect, in fact. They earned a five-star rating, the highest score that can be awarded in a battery of tests designed to give… Read More

How To Buy A Car The Hassle-Free Way
How to Buy a Car—the Hassle-Free Way You hear a jarring noise and your beloved little car slows to a stop. You can't believe it; the two of you have been together for 12 years now (and no longer have a car loan!) and have been through so much. After taking your car to the shop to get it looked at, you find that the mechanic confirms your fears: your car has turned its wheels for the last time, and it is time to start looking for a new one. If you haven't experienced this scenario first-hand, either you know… Read More

You Must Test Drive These Cars and Trucks
When it comes to cars and trucks, AutoTrader knows what they're doing. It's their business. So when they release their second annual list of "Must Test Drive" vehicles (which they have), it's something to sit up and pay attention to. If you're in the market to buy, or if you just want to see what the cars of the future are shaping up to look like, this list would be a good place to start. As an improvement over the 2013 list, they have included an expanded selection by splitting the list into two lists, one for cars and one… Read More

Safest Cars for 2014
In every dealership in America, we have new 2014 models. Well, safety organizations that conduct reliability and crash tests have conducted their test on these new 2014 models, and the results are in. Below is the list of the safest 2014 model passenger vehicles in the country,categorized by vehicle class, as reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Among these, 17 achieved a rating of "Top Safety Pick", and 22 earned the highest honor of "Top Safety Pick+". RoadLoans readers will recall that the Honda Odyssey, which we reviewed as being given the title of "Best Car for… Read More

Top Vehicles for Road Trips
Spring is here. And that means explosive growth, new beginnings and excitement about things to come. We are fans of being on the road. The road trip is a quintessential American experience, and one that we find especially charming, given our interests of an automotive nature. When the weather is good, and you've got the right wheels under you, a good road trip is tough to beat. Well, you may not be able to control the weather, but according to a 2013 survey by the automotive review site Edmunds, the best cars (with the percentage of survey respondents that chose the vehicle, stated… Read More

Smart Car Shopping for Graduation
Graduating and moving forward Spring is here, which means that graduation season isn’t far behind. Graduation means a change of pace and new responsibilities. Perhaps you or your loved one is graduating high school and heading to higher learning, or perhaps it's a graduation from college and into the working world. Either way, having transportation is important. What kind of car? Everyone wants a safe and practical car. Graduates may have special requirements, depending on their job or other activities. For example, an SUV may be spacious, but a small hatchback may offer enough cargo space while being a little… Read More