February 2016

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Audi, Subaru named top car brands for consumers
  Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.   “Consumer Reports: Audi, Subaru lead top 30 car brands,” USA Today Audi, Subaru and Lexus are Consumer Reports’ top auto brands for reliability and driving quality, USA Today highlights. The placements give Europe and Asia the edge over US automakers, says USA Today’s Chris Woodyard, but ratings for individual models show some homegrown top performers.   While Buick was the only Detroit brand in… Read More

What is RoadLoans?
RoadLoans is an online, direct-to-consumer auto lender specializing in car loans and auto refinancing, serving customers in the Untied States. It is the direct lending division of Santander Consumer USA, a Dallas-based financial institution. RoadLoans accepts auto loan applications for both new and used vehicles from people with all credit profiles, including buyers with bad credit, no credit, or that have gone through bankruptcy.* Operating online, RoadLoans provides an auto finance process with instant loan decisions, and qualified applicants can get pre-approved for their auto loan before visiting a car dealership. RoadLoans’ auto loan process can be outlined like this:… Read More

New gadget gets car infotainment up to speed at a stroke
  Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.   “How to upgrade your ride to high-tech luxury-car status for $400,” Forbes The very latest infotainment system can be added to your dashboard, and bring your vehicle right up to today’s high-tech standards, for just $400, thanks to a new gadget. Mapmaker Rand McNally is demonstrating its OverDryve tablet at the Chicago Auto Show, taking place this week, which provides “a full suite of… Read More

Latest used-car price drops released by Cars.com
  Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.   “Used luxury-car prices fall, SUV values rise in January,” Cars.com If you’re in the process of choosing your next car, and perhaps that tax refund has been earmarked for the occasion, Cars.com’s compilation of used-car price movements for January may help. Its list of top ten biggest used-car price decreases reveals that late-model luxury used cars saw their average seller-set price drop most. Eight… Read More

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have couples everywhere looking to plan a romantic evening for the special day to celebrate. Why not turn the occasion into a weekend excursion and plan a romantic road trip for the two of you to enjoy? Whether you fancy a surprise getaway, or a planned event, it can be one of the best ways to celebrate with your Valentine’s sweetheart. Here are some of my suggestions for romantic road trips, including destinations and stops along the way, with interactive maps to help plan your journey. Tucson to Sedona, Arizona Those looking for both a… Read More

Super Bowl 50, the winners and losers
So what did you think? It’s the question of the week around office watercoolers following last Sunday’s Super Bowl 50. At the conclusion of (and really during, thanks to social media) Super Bowl 50, everyone was weighing in with their opinions of the event. While on the field there were clear winners (Denver Broncos) and losers (Carolina Panthers) with a final score of 24-10, there were certainly highs and lows throughout the whole extravaganza. The Game For sure, the cliché rang true -- defense can win a championship. The NFL’s No. 1 defense of the Broncos showed why topped-rank defenses… Read More

Matt LeBlanc joins Top Gear, Audi shoots for stars, Scorsese tells Rolls-Royce story
  Looking to fill up on auto news? We’ve clocked some miles traversing the Web for all things auto-related. Pull in, grab a coffee and digest some of the week’s most interesting news with us.   “Matt LeBlanc joins Chris Evans on new Top Gear cast [w/video],” Autoblog Another part is in place in the overhaul of car show “Top Gear”. The BBC has announced “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc is joining the lineup, alongside Chris Evans, as a co-host. “Top Gear” fans will know the appointment is not completely out of the blue as LeBlanc, who played Joey Tribbiani in… Read More

Super Bowl 50, beyond the numbers
The wait is over. For millions of sports fans, this weekend’s Super Bowl 50 marks the marquee event of the year. What was once a game attended by 61,000 and viewed by 60 million, see stats in our previous post, has grown to more than 160 million viewers (Source: NFL, based on Nielsen Company figures). The popularity is reflected in the increase in ticket prices for attending the event as well, which were $12 for Super Bowl I and reached a $2,500 maximum face value during last year’s championship. This year’s matchup should be one for the ages with Peyton… Read More

Tax refunds and car buying: Six steps from check to open road [Infographic]
For many Americans, it’s the time of year when Sam becomes their favorite uncle. Right now, Uncle Sam, the big man with the hat, is in the process of dishing out tax refunds to millions of people across the land. If you’re one of them, and awaiting a fat check with the government’s best regards, you might be thinking about using the money to buy your next vehicle, perhaps by way of a down payment. By a huge stroke of good fortune, we’ve put together an infographic outlining how you can do just that. Our six simple steps will expertly… Read More