Automobile Information and News

KBB’s best buys for 2015
When I first saw the Kelley Blue Book ratings for the “Best Buy” cars of 2015, I was both surprised and happy to see Chevrolet represented in two of the key categories. Kelley annually picks a car from each category, or type, that they determine to be the best all-around car for its price. Growing up in a family that owns both a Chevrolet and Volkswagen dealership, naturally, those were the only types of cars that my family owned. In the category for “Best Full-Sized Car” the 2015 Chevy Impala took the prize with a completely redesigned exterior that is… Read More

Car accident – five things to know before it happens to you
It’s an unfortunate reality that car accidents can happen to anyone, no matter how carefully or responsibly they drive. Hopefully you will never need to apply this information, but here are five things you need to know* about responding to an automobile accident. Never leave the scene. Despite every instinctual, emotional, or maybe even financial worry that might tempt you to escape the situation, leaving the scene will only make things worse for everyone involved, regardless of who is at fault. Tim Cadet of Cars.com suggests you remain calm and pull over to the side of the road to the extent… Read More

The price is right…for gasoline
What’s the first thing you think of when the gas light comes on in your car? I don’t know about anyone else, but what comes to my mind is: $$$$$. Since I’m a typical “broke college student,” I usually have to drive on empty for a day or two until I manage to put enough money into my bank account to pay for at least a partial fill up. Recently, as I pulled into the gas station, I refrained from jumping for joy when I saw the drop in the price per gallon. As a native Chicagoan, I immediately called… Read More

Self driving cars may be coming sooner than you think
What does the world look like when almost every car on the road has its own chauffeur? Automotive technology is big, big business. And if a company could give every car owner a robotic chauffeur, allowing them to safely (if optionally) relax as a passenger, that could have a big, big economic impact and it may affect many other aspects of our lives. So who is stepping up to the plate to make this happen? No less than the most storied and talked about tech company in the world: Google. Google’s program may have been privately developed earlier, but it… Read More

State Fair of Texas Auto Show 2014 – it’s big
If you Texans haven’t yet made it out to the State Fair this year, the newest fried food abominations delicacies include a strange and wondrous variety of combined calorie sources (or forces), including amalgams of Twinkies, candy, donuts...all wrapped in, strewn with or themed upon God’s humblest of ingredients: bacon.   And if that doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s also the State Fair of Texas Auto Show. Whether you’re… Read More

And the answer to the No. 1 question is…
Our distinguished professionals in the customer service department, who answer your phone calls, emails and chats, and provide answers to all of the questions that come from our excellent customers are back to wrap up the subject of "answers to the most-asked questions." We've saved the best for last. The question below is the No. 1 most-asked question of our customer service team, followed by the official answer: Question: If I finance less, will my down payment be lower? Official Answer: No. Given a certain vehicle price, the loan offer you receive at a given time will result in the… Read More

Top 9 best-selling vehicles of 2014 so far
Oscar Wilde said, "Everything popular is wrong." Mr. Wilde, I beg to differ. We present the list of the most popular (best-selling) vehicles of 2014 so far, and these vehicles are solid. Cars.com, using data from NADA reports that measure sales through the end of July of this year, has released their list of the vehicles that are topping the year-to-date charts, and the selection is impressive. Now, keep in mind that these are not everyone's "most-desired" or "favorite" vehicles, but in the putting-one's-money-where-one's-mouth-is sense of popularity, this list has the winners. Ford F-Series - 429,065 sold Sold in 9… Read More

KBB's #1 most confortable car under $30,000: the 2014 Chevrolet Impala
When I was a kid, my dad was a Buick man. We're talking about the 70's through the 80's here, and fiberglass and polymers were only just starting to make an appearance on the exteriors and bodies of cars. That meant there was a lot of metal. And that meant a lot of weight. And as the distinguished Isaac Newton might have pointed out (if he were a car guy), when cars hit bumps in the road, those bumps display the magnitude of their own opposing force. As thus: "WHANNNG!" So when I got in the deeply plush, velvety seats… Read More

Travel and weather loom large for Labor Day weekend 2014
Labor Day 2014 is this coming Monday, and the gurus at AAA (the source that many depend on to forecast travel conditions) have spoken. Here's a quick blow-by-blow rundown of what we can expect to see this weekend. Travel stats 7 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more from their residences. This represents an increase of 1.3 percent over 2013, and the highest number of Labor Day weekend travelers since 2008. 7 million of these travelers (nearly 86 percent) will be going by car. Almost 8 percent of 2014's Labor Day weekend travelers (2.65 million) will… Read More

Road Enragers
We know that you, our RoadLoans readers, would never behave rudely behind the wheel, and are paragons of patience, maturity and understanding, displaying exemplary driving behavior at all times, to show everyone the way forward to a brighter tomorrow. However, as hard as it may be to believe, there are those out there whose driving tends to annoy, and even enrage, fellow motorists. I know. I was shocked, too. Give me a moment to tweet about it while I'm driving to work. Expedia released the results of the 2014 Road Rage Report in which 1,001 adult Americans were surveyed to… Read More