March 2017

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How to pay off a car early
    You might be looking to take control of your finances. Maybe you want to change your vehicle for a new one. Whatever the reason, pay off a car early and not only is the debt behind you, but you may have made a decent saving on interest payments, too. There are various ways to approach paying off a vehicle and, if you haven’t already done so, a good place to start is simply getting familiar with the details of your note, like the amount, term and annual percentage rate (APR). With these at hand, consider using an online… Read More

Into new-car country at the 2017 DFW Auto Show
More than 650 cars, trucks and SUVs, including all-new 2017 and 2018 models, have spread out over half a million square feet for the DFW Auto Show this week. One of the largest auto shows in the United States, it’s seen as an event that kicks off the spring car-buying season in North Texas as shoppers size up the latest models, check out their features and styling, and take the opportunity for a ride and drive in downtown Dallas. Here are just a few of the very latest cars you can get more familiar with:     2018 Toyota Camry… Read More

Upside down, a ‘perfect’ deal and steering in the right direction
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. What readers may not realize is that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs. Following are snippets of recent content, and links to the SC posts if you want to read… Read More

2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. Credit: Subaru/Newspress USA
  Some of the best new cars for safety-conscious drivers have been revealed in a 2017 list of crash test winners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2017-year models that top its criteria for crash tests, crash avoidance and crash mitigation, including 43 Top Safety Pick and 44 Top Safety Pick+ award winners in 12 vehicle categories. Among them is the Subaru Impreza, when equipped with EyeSight safety features and adaptive LED headlights, which claimed a Top Safety Pick+ rating in the small cars category… Read More

The evolution of the Batmobile from comic books to ‘The Lego Batman Movie’
It’s fitting that one of the most iconic super heroes has one of the most iconic modes of transportation. Introduced first as just Batman’s car, the Batmobile has grown into one of the Dark Knight’s greatest assets in Gotham City. It’s more than just a vehicle – it’s one of his best weapons. Over the years, the Batmobile has gone through many customizations and structural upgrades. From the simple Cord Roadster-based design to the seemingly indestructible Tumbler to the adaptable vehicle of “The Lego Batman Movie,” check out the Batmobile’s evolution, below.       Read More

Toyota the most dependable mainstream car brand, says J.D. Power
    Luxury brands Lexus and Porsche lead the way for vehicle dependability but if you’re interested in mainstream nameplates, Toyota is best pick, J.D. Power ratings reveal. The auto research firm’s 2017 vehicle dependability study examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2014 model-year) vehicles. It generates an overall dependability score of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in order to compare vehicle brands and models. While Lexus and Porsche topped the list on 110 PP100 each, Toyota scored 123 PP100 and Toyota Motor Corporation as a whole, including both Toyota and Lexus marques,… Read More

The 2017 Honda HR-V, winner of KBB’s best subcompact/crossover category. Credit: Honda/Newspress USA
    Look beyond the price of a new vehicle and you begin to see all the other costs associated with ownership. Add up the years and you might even view that car or truck in a new light. The Kelley Blue Book cost-to-own awards help buyers grasp the outlay associated with different vehicles over five years, to make useful comparisons in their car-shopping process. Specifically, the awards identify the vehicles that are projected to be least expensive to own in their individual… Read More

Getting a car loan as a first-time buyer with no credit history or bad credit
  As a first-time car buyer with no credit or bad credit,* you might feel up against it. That’s understandable. Consumers with long and strong credit histories generally stand a better chance of getting financing from an auto lender, and may enjoy better financing terms and a greater choice of vehicles. But now that we’ve aired some of the common realities of auto loan shopping as a first-time buyer, take heart. Many auto lenders accept applications from first-time buyers, and guess what? Many of those consumers have limited or bad credit histories. When you’re in one of these situations, there… Read More