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Happy Memorial Day – remembering military servicemembers
  This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and is considered by many to unofficially signal the start of the summer season, including celebrations that range from pool and beach parties to our personal favorite, road trips. However, Memorial Day, which is celebrated every year on the last Monday in May (May 25 this year), is also, as its name suggests, an official U.S. holiday that commemorates those persons that have died while in active military service. In honor of, and gratitude for, our five branches of the U.S. military, we present a list of service of servicemembers… Read More

Mayweather and Pacquiao – two people with excellent taste in vehicles
Tomorrow night (May 2, 2015), in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, two seasoned and well-known welterweight fighters will face off in what is being hailed as the "Battle for Greatness" and "The Fight of the Century." The fight card for the event will feature seven bouts, all between the featherweight and welterweight categories, with the Mayweather-Pacquiao match being the headliner. The event is expected to gross up to $400 million, meaning that it will be the richest fight in boxing history. So, the obvious question that we know that… Read More

Vehicle maintenance – or not – for summer driving
Summer is approaching fast. The last crisp, frosty days of winter and spring are melting back into memory and giving way to the driver's opportunism: the desire for the open road. Are you ready to travel? We're betting you are. Glance into your pantry and take a look at the remainder of last year's victual provisions. Jerky? Check. Sports drink powder? Check. Expiration dates all still in the future? Ummm ... You can mess up a lot of stuff about travel, but one thing that you don't want to fail to do is to prepare your vehicle adequately for the… Read More

Car buying experiences – Part 2
While more shoppers are enhancing their experience and gaining knowledge by using online tools, there is still something to be said for actually test driving the vehicle you are considering. Often, especially when shopping online, you may find that sellers of automobiles (particularly when it’s individual sellers) may not give an accurate representation the car they are selling. Shoppers may see pictures of a pristine, new-looking car only to show up and find a vehicle of different condition than expected. In other instances, shoppers find that the car they were interested in looked good inside and out but, after seeking… Read More

Car buying experiences – Part 1
Everyone has their own story of when they bought a car. Whether it was their first or 15th, they most likely have an experience or two that they will never forget. When my father was recently looking to replace his last car, I tagged along and watched the process he went through. Being that we have a car dealer in our extended family, the experience we went through is likely different from a typical customer experience, but it was eye-opening all the same. We really relied on the dealership staff to steer us toward the right product – one that… Read More

The 2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Sonny Bynum
  Let it never be said that the auto industry doesn’t know how to put on a show. If you’re in the Dallas area this weekend, and you are in the market for a new car, an automotive enthusiast or just a fan of fun, this is your official notice that you are welcome and encouraged to go. Even from the perspective of industry insiders, this is fun, and a pretty good deal.   The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Texas Ranger concept truck. You should… Read More

Tax time and refinancing – the basics
  Of the two certain things in life, only taxes can actually have an upside. Now, we're about to give you so much information about car refinancing, tax refunds and related information, that we're putting the necessary disclaimer legalese right up front for this blog post: DISCLAIMER: These statements are informational suggestions only and should not be construed as legal, accounting, or professional advice, nor are they intended as a substitute for legal or professional guidance. Please consult a tax professional. Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the good stuff. Related: Tax returns and auto loans… Read More

And the Academy Award for Best Car goes to …
Wouldn’t it be great if they really had an award for that? Give it some time. They probably will, eventually. Here are our picks for the greatest movie cars of all time. Patton (1970) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, “Patton” is a biographical war film about U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton (George C. Scott), and takes place during World War II. “Patton” won seven Academy Awards, including best picture.   Not all Army transport jeeps were of the Willys marque.… Read More

Save lives by reducing distracted driving | Drive Safe 2015
Over the last hundred years, cars have transformed the way our society functions. Vast highways connect our lives to places and people that we love. RoadLoans helps people tap into this amazing resource by providing car loans and refinancing for auto loans. With easy access to a car, people have the ability to expand their world and the resources available to them. However, despite advancements in auto safety technology, there will always be the danger of human error. As we move into 2015, it is important to reflect back on the previous year and evaluate ourselves from both a personal… Read More

Porsche Boxster
Not sure where life’s headed or why? Longing for the reckless adventures of youth? Want to sign your initials in rubber along the nearest stretch of concrete? While we can’t promise any help with the first two, here is a list of some of the most impressive, ennui-defying, 4-wheeled clods of steel mankind has thus far entrusted itself with. They’re not going to single-handedly sort out the existential naggings, but nothing quite ameliorates that faint-yet-persistent nostalgia for childhood wonder like peeling out of the driveway in any one of these top 9 midlife crisis cars.   9. Porsche Boxster [caption… Read More