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Car buyers still look for reliability first, says J.D. Power
    If you’re making one of life’s major purchases, wouldn’t you want to be confident that purchase would last? So it is with cars. Reliability remains the key factor when choosing a new vehicle according to J.D. Power’s 2016 Initial Quality Study. Almost half of buyers and lessees, 49 percent, say “expected reliability” is the most important element when deciding upon a new car or light truck. The research looked at the feedback of more than 80,000 buyers and lessees of 2016-model vehicles after the first 90 days of ownership. Those findings echo the 2015 study, when the corresponding… Read More

Choosing the right SUV: A shopper’s guide from KBB
  SUV and crossover sales are growing rapidly as these vehicles are found to be increasingly versatile, functional and cost efficient, and there are more great qualities that make these cars so popular in today’s modern market. Modern car manufacturers are continually improving, advancing and inventing new products to share with the world. With so many car options to consider, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has provided a shopper’s guide to SUVs including a variety price points, sizes, and functions – they have it all. It’s your guide to any kind of SUV you are looking to buy and how each… Read More

America’s Greatest Road Trips: US National Parks
There are 58 national parks in the United States: how many have you been to? America houses some of the most beautiful parks and monuments in the world, and they are right here at our fingertips. This summer, if you’re looking for some adventure, try out these national park road trip ideas! They include the natural parks of the West and East Coasts – and everything in between! Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 and begin planning your national parks road trip itinerary today!   Acadia National Park – Maine • Take a trip to the… Read More

Auto loan calculators to help you shop for a car
  Auto loan calculators are a car shopper’s friend. Although auto loan calculators alone won’t help you negotiate terms on that used or new car, at least you’ll have an idea of how much of a financial commitment you can afford before you make the deal. Whether you’re trying to calculate your monthly payment, your total cost of ownership, the effect of different down payments or your interest expense, there’s a car loan calculator available for you. Let RoadLoans, the trusted lender of Autotrader, and LendingTree, help you out. Our online calculators are quick and easy to use, and… Read More

Another awesome summer road trip playlist – 33 more tunes for the road
  We asked and you answered … thank you! Last month we released our playlist of the best summer road trip songs. Included in the article was a chance for readers to submit their favorite songs to crank up when hitting the highway on summer road trips. And there were some great ones! We compiled a new list, including ones we may have missed the first time along, and a selection of your recommendations that were sent via Twitter and Facebook, to create Another Awesome RoadLoans Summer Road Trip Playlist. You can listen to the playlist via Spotify. Interested in… Read More

The Complete Ghostbusting History of Ecto-1 [Infographic]
New York City is about to be held in the slimy grip of the paranormal once more, but there are some big differences between the original “Ghostbusters” movie and the upcoming reboot, released on July 15. There are new characters to consider, of course, but fans of the supernatural comedy franchise take the iconic Ecto-1 vehicle very seriously, too. After all, they even created a petition to take ownership of the first model, hoping to restore it to its prime. The 1959 Cadillac ambulance into which piled Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis during the earlier movies is replaced… Read More