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Car maintenance advice for summer driving and family vacations
Now that winter is behind us and the spring/summer driving season has arrived, it’s time to think about, what else, car maintenance. OK, so that’s not what you want to think about. But doing so now can save you lots of grief later. Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, is offering guidance in the form of 10 tips for spring vehicle maintenance to help you ensure months of smooth travel. “Vehicles need to be in shape for the summer travel season,” said Pat Dougherty, Vice President of Sales and Product Development at Mopar, according to Newspress USA.… Read More

Infographic: 10 reasons we love a truck
The numbers for the March auto sales are out and things are looking up. Manufacturers such as Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, GM, Ford and others saw increases in year over year new car and truck sales. One vehicle line in particular, the Ford F-series, saw a huge spike in the amount of units moved. According to Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook, the Ford F-series truck had “sales up 16.3 percent to 67,513 in March compared with a year ago.” Living in Texas, this hardly comes as a surprise. It seems like every month is “Truck Month” with dealers across… Read More

Ford Focus No. 1 selling car worldwide; Ford three of top 10
Ford Focus is officially the world’s best-selling passenger car and was one of three Fords in the top six, according to Polk global 2012 market registration data just reported. The Ford F-Series pickup came in third and Ford Fiesta finished sixth overall. Sales of the compact Ford Focus totaled 1,020,410 new cars worldwide, the automotive data and trends forecasting leader reported. Market gains for Focus were driven by demand in China and the U.S. Toyota Corolla finished second according to Polk, but the automaker said Polk miscalculated new car sales and that Corolla actually was the world’s No. 1, beating… Read More

More help online for new car and used car research, shopping
Shopping for a new car, SUV or truck? That probably means you also are searching online for Websites that will help you narrow your choices and make the right decision. And that can be almost as dizzying as choosing the car itself.   Well, that’s where The Open Road blog at comes in. We blogged about the Top 10 car-shopping Websites – “Where to find help online for new car and used car shopping” – April 11 at The Open Road. The original list, also available at as “The 10 Best Car Buying Sites,” was selected by that Website’s… Read More

Earth Day: Hybrid cars, SUVs, trucks with ‘most bang’ for bucks
Three Toyotas, including two versions of the Prius, are among the best hybrid vehicles for the money, according to a list marking Earth Day 2013. The subcompact and midsize hatchback Prius models rated best overall of a dozen vehicles. Also making the editors’ list of top hybrid vehicles for Earth Day 2013 were two models each from Ford, Chevrolet and Lexus, as well as one model each from Honda, Acura and BMW. “To help green-car shoppers get the most bang for their buck, experts looked at each car's average fuel economy and base sticker price,” the car-shopping… Read More

Planning family vacations, summer activities rated AAA
Can you feel it in the air? The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining brighter, and the kids continue to remind you that only a few days remain before this school year is over. So, get ready! It’s time to start planning the family vacation. Before you had kids, you could gas up the car, set out and see where you ended up. But things change when you have to factor in regular potty breaks, the boredom factor and the ever-looming question, “Are we there yet?” Whether you’re hitting the road or flying the friendly skies, you must… Read More

Getting past bad credit on your auto loan application
Your auto loan application often determines whether you drive home with a new car. The ideal auto loan candidate frequently has a large down payment and good credit score, and can anticipate approval for a favorable, low-interest bad credit refinance auto loan. However, not everyone's loan application is that impressive. What if you need car financing for bad credit? What if you have worked hard, but still have bad credit preventing you from getting a low-interest auto loan? What if that one rough year during college is damaging your credit score? What if you have bad credit because someone stole… Read More

Ford scores highest in customer brand loyalty, Experian says
American consumers are more loyal to Ford Motor Company than other major auto manufacturers, such as General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, says a report from Experian Automotive and posted online by The Car Connection – Blogs and News. “Ford has the competition beat,” said the recent Car Connection online post by Richard Read. “Ford dominated the showrooms in both corporate and brand loyalty during the last three months of 2012.” Corporate loyalty is a consumer's devotion to a particular automaker, regardless of brand, while brand loyalty means, for example, a Ford customer returns to purchase another Ford. Perhaps the best… Read More

Tips for car buying
Are you trying to figure out your next steps in life? Just graduate from high school? First job? Having a baby? ... having another baby? Empty nester? Whatever your stage of life, you will most likely need to reevaluate your vehicle situation. So to help all of you with the next phase, here are 10 tips for car buying that you can use before you show up at the car dealership: Have someone with a good credit history co-sign the loan with you to help you get a better interest rate, which will in turn lower your monthly payments. Shop your price… Read More

Where to find help online for new car and used car shopping
The beauty of new car or used car shopping in the internet age is the amount of information at your fingertips. The trouble with car shopping in the internet age is, well, the amount of information at your fingertips. Sorting through all that online material can make the process of car shopping seem a lot more difficult – and a lot less fun. And it’s only worse if you don’t know where or how to start. But if you can get started and use some of the websites we found, the experience of shopping for a new car, or even… Read More