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How to choose and finance a first car for your teenager
  Buying a first car for your teenager is a balancing act. While the preferences of your son or daughter will no doubt be on your mind, there’s the need to get the safest car your budget will allow. And with such an array of new and used vehicles on the market, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Thankfully, there’s plenty of expert advice available to make it easier. “The best bet is to buy the newest, most reliable model loaded with the best safety equipment you can afford,” says Consumer Reports. More than that, it’s important… 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 national parks of the West and East Coasts – and everything in between. Start planning your national parks road trip itinerary today!   Acadia National Park – Maine Take a trip to the highest point on the United States East Coast and see the… Read More

How to calculate the gas cost of a trip
  It’s easy to jump in the car and just drive, but when you’re taking a road trip, or even starting a new commute, a little planning goes a long way. Calculating the gas cost of a trip is a smart trick to budget travel expenses and can be completed in a few simple steps.   1. Calculate your miles per gallon Fill up your gas tank and set the trip odometer button on the instrument panel to zero, then drive normally until it’s time to stop for gas again. When you next refuel, note the trip odometer reading to… Read More

Car loans for students make sense when done right
  College comes with its commitments, not least of them financial, and plenty of students wonder how buying a car fits into it all. Even with a part-time job, saving up for a vehicle may not be a realistic option, especially if you want something reliable. That’s why car loans for students are the answer for many college-goers, even if they have no credit history to speak of. Finding suitable lenders and applying for credit is not hard – online companies such as RoadLoans streamline the process with a quick, one-page application and instant decisions. And if approved, not only… Read More

Plan your next great American road trip with these ideas and travel tips
  20 First-hand road tripping experiences Recommended routes by theme How to get the most out of your trip   There’s nothing quite like the freedom, independence and sense of discovery you get on a road trip, and there are few better places to load up and hit the highway than America. Whether you’re looking to get away in summer or at other times of year, here’s a collection of ideas based on the experiences of staff at RoadLoans and Santander Consumer USA, as well as trips researched by theme. For smooth travels there are also tips for what to… Read More

Car loans for first-time buyers
  If you’re looking into car loans for first-time buyers then you’ve likely got questions about the financing process. How easy is it to get a loan for your first car? Can you get a loan with no credit history? What are the options? Don’t worry, lenders like RoadLoans make it their business to accept applications from people starting out like this. Our process is quick, simple and, if approved, you can even shop and drive the same day. Here are some tips to help as you go forward.   Tips for first-time buyers needing an auto loan   Consider… Read More

Coolest new cars under $20K – KBB
  Cool cars don’t have to come with an uncool price tag. Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 list of new cars under $20,000 shows shoppers that, in fact, cool can be for almost all. Of course, you’ll need the funds or the financing to purchase one of these vehicles, but they are well below the average new-car price of $36,113, according to recent Experian data, and in the same ball park as the average price of a used vehicle, which stands at around $19,400. While KBB acknowledges what is cool is subjective, the criteria for a car’s inclusion in this… Read More