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“Mission: Impossible” – Cruising in for repairs
  “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is the next installment in the M:I series and brings with it a new round of action, thrills and fast cars. Keeping with tradition, Tom Cruise and others in the movies are doing many of their own stunts, including hanging from the outer door of an airplane during takeoff and fast ascent. So that’s happening.     To celebrate its release, we've put together a list of some of… Read More

Austin is feeling the Tour de France spirit
As I’ve mentioned before in the RoadLoans blog, cycling is a huge part of the Austin, Texas, community. The residents are big on enjoying outdoor activities, the accessibility to bike lanes is great, and there is a beautiful lakeside route that provides a backdrop for the cyclists I see all over Austin on a daily basis. Austin bike month really brought out the spirit of cycling, and now with the Tour de France nearing its end this weekend, I can see this spirit emerging again. The Tour de France has been a competitive cycling showcase since 1903. Every year, sports… Read More

Top car names for babies
The ultimate homage to your newborn or vehicle? If you’re an expectant mother or father having a hard time choosing a baby name, but you love your car, problem solved. Yahoo! Autos has researched a list of names given to newborns in 2014 that are also car brands and models. Justin Hyde, the Managing Editor, carried out the analysis of some 33,044 baby names registered with the U.S. Social Security Administration (to get on his list the name had to be used at least five times), which threw up some interesting results. Inspiration from the auto world Some are more… Read More

Keeping cool in Jeeps and convertibles this summer
  Cool fun in the summer time It may be a mild summer, but all over the U.S., people are feeling the heat. Especially if you're trying to keep cool in a Jeep® or a convertible with the top down, you might need to know a trick or two. Here is the definitive guide for keeping cool while you have the top down, and the temperatures are up.   SECTION ONE: Keep the vehicle cool You gotta start with the basics. Do what it takes to make sure that your vehicle's ability to keep passengers - and itself - cool.… Read More

The top 4 cars for college students – It’s a good year for first cars
Sometimes, the future looks pretty bright. And with these top four cars for college students, it looks a little bit brighter still. And for the bright, young college student in your life, there’s an unusually good selection of first cars to choose from at the moment. Boy, it just seems to get better and better every year. The future is bright Our top four picks for this year’s best cars for college students are pretty cozy and pretty cool. These “first cars” – like that college student of yours – are capable, responsible, fun and full of promise. Today, style,… Read More

How to get a car with no credit
A common misconception is that everyone with bad or no credit is not eligible for an auto loan. The truth is that car shoppers with a wide variety of credit types, including many with poor credit, are finding the freedom of auto ownership through loans provided by financial institutions. If you find yourself in need of a car yet have had a few dings to your credit, or are yet to build up credit, and are wondering where to turn, these tips may help. Tips for how to get a car with no credit† Get a cosigner - Adding a… Read More

Should I refinance my car?
How you might approach a financial fork in the road† Even if you’re not currently thinking about replacing your auto loan, “should I refinance my car?” could be a question worth asking yourself. Put simply, paying off your existing loan and refinancing with another that might better fit your situation could possibly save you money. How? You may be able to find a lender offering a lower rate of interest, and lower monthly payments, than your current provider. What’s more, the whole process doesn’t have to be a time-consuming hassle. Which direction should I take? Here are some tips and… Read More

Memories on the road during the Fourth of July
For most of my summers as a young teen, I had the pleasure of spending my Fourth of July on the lake. I would pack up for the weekend, and take the easy drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The ride never felt long because I always traveled it with friends, food and good music. Unlike many road trip vacations where the ride seems to never end, this particular trip was enjoyable – almost a part of the vacation. The drive was easy. Leaving my house, I simply drove a few minutes to get onto… Read More

“Terminator: Genisys” – Top 4 vehicles that will probably NOT make it all the way through the movie
Terminator movies are great. They’re full of big action, amazing stunts, huge fireballs, flying sparks and computer parts at the mercy of high explosives. Melted, twisting, shot up, burning metal … and that’s just what happens to the cars! Now, the movie is in theaters today, and we’ve only seen the trailer so far, but the vehicles that will probably not still be in one piece by the end are some pretty cool sets of wheels, even by Terminator movie standards.   2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit   The classic Crown Victoria LTD police cruiser… Read More

The mobile apps that keep you driving happy*
Summer driving season is coming. With it comes fun drives, road trips and all manner of enjoyable time behind the wheel, whether just around the corner or across the country. You can break down the elements of an enjoyable drive into: 1. knowing where you're headed, 2. enjoying the journey, and 3. reaching your destination in relative tranquility. We have found the mobile apps that are currently getting rave reviews for letting you have a good time while doing bits and pieces of all three of these. Knowing where you're headed Yelp: Yelp is still the community authority on entertainment… Read More