September 2016

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Car loans for students make sense when done right
  You might think that another financial obligation is the last thing a student would want to take on. But sometimes, it’s necessary. For example, most college students need reliable transportation to get to school, an internship or a job, and that might require taking out a car loan to ensure transportation is available. Even with no credit history, tuition costs and educational expenses to contend with, car loans for college students may be easier to get than you think. Everyone needs to start somewhere, and for many young drivers and first-time car buyers, it’s with the help of financing.… Read More

They did what? Driver confessions to surprise and amaze [Infographic]
The road to redemption starts here Stepping into a car is like entering your own world where you’re in control – but that’s not always a good thing. Drivers can get up to some ill-advised and unexpected antics behind the wheel. But at least they confessed. We’ve taken a look at the evidence in a number of surveys where motorists came clean, and we think you’ll be surprised by what it shows. See what behavior American drivers may want to put behind them, and where they can take a new course.     Read More

How long can you finance a new or used car?
    Wander through the world of car loans – as most of us do every several years – and you’ll almost certainly find two things: Experts agree that the shorter a car loan the better due largely to savings on interest costs. Car buyers are getting longer and longer loan terms – with some taking out financing as long as 96 months, or eight years. With the actions of car buyers seemingly at odds with expert opinion, where does that leave you? Let’s look at these points in a bit more detail.   Pros and cons of shorter and… Read More

How to give your car a technology upgrade
  Get the tech of a new car with these easy add-ons In today’s car market it seems as though the technology and features of vehicles are constantly evolving – being upgraded and becoming more and more high tech. Every time I get a new piece of tech it can feel as though a week later my product is no longer the newest on the market. For those of you who feel that your current car lacks in the tech department, you can upgrade your car without having to make major changes or even spend money on a brand new… Read More

Perhaps you don’t need that luxury vehicle after all
    Car-buyer satisfaction is up and the gap between luxury and mass-market brands has narrowed, according to new data. Overall, customer satisfaction with cars is up 3.8 percent to 82 on a 100-point scale, reveals a 2016 report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an indicator of quality for consumer products and services. The report is based on 3,776 customer surveys. But while premium brands used to dominate, mass-market vehicles have caught up to a point where the top tier is now evenly shared between these sectors. “The rise of mass-market vehicles may well be at the expense… Read More

How to test-drive a car: 29 Tips to know beforehand
  Get the most out of your drive, and find the right vehicle for you On any car-buying checklist is most likely test-driving each car. The great thing is that you can go to the dealership, try out new cars, and really get a feel for what each car would feel like to drive and live with day-to-day. It is worth every car buyer’s time and energy to try out the vehicle during a test-drive. Whether this process is new or old to you, here are some tips for test-driving a car. These tips can help you go into the… Read More

Buying a used car from a private seller
  Buying a car from a private seller can seem like stepping into the unknown, but understanding the process upfront may help avoid wrong turns and enable you to secure a vehicle you’re confident with. How to buy a car from a private seller • Where should you start when you want to buy a used car? Online is the best place, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government body looking out for consumer interests. Research vehicles to find out what’s best for your needs and your budget. • Once you’re shopping for vehicles and find a model… Read More

Gearing up to celebrate National Tailgating Day
The most wonderful time of the year. Ask a number of people what this phrase means to them and you’re bound to get different answers. For many it means the holiday season has arrived. To others, it can be when school is back in session (parents). And to others, it’s when school is out for the summer (students). For the college football fan, it equates to a new season being finally underway. And if you fall into this category, then this weekend surely kicks off the most wonderful time of the year. To support the celebration, this Saturday, September 3,… Read More