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Electric car sales losing some spark, reveals Edmunds report
  Loyalty to electric cars is waning as owners switch off and turn to SUVs, according to a new report. The analysis from car buying platform, highlighted by Boston Globe subsidiary, reveals just 27.5 percent of hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) trade-ins were used toward buying a new hybrid or electric car in the first quarter of 2016. This falls short of the 38.5 percent of hybrid and EV trade-ins used to purchase similar vehicles in 2015. And the report shows these trade-ins are “more likely to be applied to the purchase of an SUV (33.8 percent) than… Read More

Car loans for first-time buyers
  The good news on car loans for first-time buyers is that some of them will have nothing negative on their credit reports. The bad news is that many have little or nothing at all on their reports. Car buying can be an uncertain and even daunting process, and trying to obtain a first-time auto loan may contribute to that feeling of uncertainty. Establishing credit for first-time car buyers* Consumers with no credit history who are seeking a car loan for the first time may be able to establish credit with some simple steps. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a… Read More

Earth Day: Celebrating eco-friendly cars & driving habits
  Whether it be recycling, conservation, or limiting air pollution, Earth Day celebrates our planet and reminds us to treat it with care. Although this celebration only comes once a year, we can contribute to the betterment of our climate in our everyday lives. Emissions created by the burning of gasoline in your car contribute to the global climate issues we are experiencing today. In order to contribute to the Earth Day cause, here are some tips on how to “drive green” today, on Earth Day, and beyond. Vehicle maintenance Routine vehicle maintenance can lower your gas consumption. Simple fixes… Read More

Know your options when shopping for car financing
  Finding a car loan can seem like a daunting task to many potential car buyers. With a wide variety of options to choose from and factors to take into consideration, car loan shopping can be overwhelming. However, finding financing options doesn’t have to be so scary. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises consumers to shop around for their financing, and here is some information that may help you find the best car loan for you. Hopefully, the following tips can help narrow down your car loan options and give you a positive shopping experience.* Auto loan options Dealerships Getting… Read More

Used car prices set to fall in 2016, says dealer report
  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.   “Why 2016 could be a great year to buy a used car,” Money Used car buyers may benefit from falling prices this year as an abundance of end-of-lease vehicles swell the market. The glut and associated price drop is set to come in the next one to two years, according to a new report by the National Automotive Dealers Association, highlighted by Money. Millions… Read More

Tips for driving safely in rain and bad weather
  Driving in harsh weather conditions is a daunting task, as it can often be frightening and unsafe. However, if drivers are able to drive cautiously and carefully on wet roads, then many car-related issues can be avoided. At RoadLoans, we want everyone to stay safe out on the roads no matter what the conditions, so here are some safety tips for driving in the rain. Before you leave Brakes – Make sure your breaks are in tip-top shape so they can easily manage the slippery roads. Tip: If you’re looking to upgrade your brakes, anti-lock brakes are great for… Read More

Shining some light on headlights
The road ahead. Every day millions of drivers count on their headlights to illuminate the way as they travel to and from their destinations. A study recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) took a good look at car lights and what they found is quite interesting. The first of its kind, the ratings reveal that most headlights aren’t performing as well as they could. According to a representative from the IIHS, “Headlight systems are often designed as a styling statement rather than to provide good light for drivers.” Pair that with the fact that half of… Read More

How to make your own dog car seat, with Adam Savage
  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.   “Adam Savage’s DIY puppy car seat can be secured in place and protects your upholstery,” Lifehacker Dogs might not be a new car owner’s best friend, especially when it comes to the upholstery, but help is at hand, and the click of a mouse. Adam Savage shows owners, in a 28-minute video, how to make a secure seat that stays in place even when… Read More