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How much car can you afford?
  Run the numbers with our calculator to shop with confidence You want to buy a great car for your budget as well as for you, the driver. That’s a solid plan. And an easy one, right? There are plenty of commercials telling you how affordable it is to get into a new or pre-owned vehicle. Many of those may be good options but, wherever you go to buy your next vehicle, you’ll be able to do so with more confidence if you work out how much car you can afford yourself. If you’re financing the purchase, like most buyers,… Read More

What I learned buying a car for my teenager
  Car shopping. Depending on your thoughts on the subject, it can be a thrilling, emotional, befuddling, comprehensive, satisfying, fun, (not so) fun experience. Often all of these things are felt as you move through the entire car-buying process. If you’re a teen driver looking for your first vehicle, I’d say the feelings lean more toward the thrilling and fun side of the emotional equation. Getting your initial set of wheels is an event that happens only once in your life, and more often than not, leads to a series of stories talked about for years. I recently reflected on… Read More

Road trip to New Orleans
  The heat is on high, decorative beads hang from the trees, and the smell of fresh bread is in the air while the sun rises to the sound of jazz music. This is New Orleans in the summertime. No matter the temperature, locals and tourists ride on bikes or catch the streetcar to local eateries and the French Quarter. New Orleans is not only the place to be for the Mardi Gras in mid-February, but the perfect city to take the entire family on a summer road trip. While entering The Big Easy you can’t help but notice the… Read More

32 Used cars that will make your dollars go further
How does nearly new for half the price of new sound? If that’s appealing, take a look at the range of used-car bargains listed below, where depreciation has dropped the average price of many models by about 50 percent when they reach three years old. iSeeCars.com analyzed 4.1 million vehicle sales to discover the highest depreciating cars with the biggest potential savings, including the overall top 10 best bargains, vehicles under $20,000 and those among the popular SUV segment. The BMW 5 Series sedan, priced $30,846, offers the greatest reduction after 52.6 percent depreciation, while the top 10 includes five… Read More

The best states for your summer road trip, ranked by WalletHub
  Summer is in full swing and nothing adds to that sense of enjoyment like a carefree road trip. Near or far, mountain or coastal, or somewhere in between, there’s always a new place to go, different things to see, and reasons to be thankful you decided to fit in that break. But where to this time? WalletHub covered some ground to give you a hand. The personal finance website left almost no stone unturned as it compared the 50 states across 31 criteria to rank them for your road-tripping pleasure – those that are fun, scenic and wallet friendly.… Read More

The 10 most American cars – some of these may surprise you
  You might think you know an American car when you see it. But in a complex auto industry with parts sourced from all over the world, the badge on the front is only part of the story. These and other factors are taken into account in Cars.com’s American-made index, which ranks the most American 2018 model-year vehicles on the market. The Jeep Cherokee, put together with 72 percent domestic parts in Belvidere, Illinois, flies the flag in first place. And while the inclusion of such an iconic U.S. brand (though under the wing of European-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) may… Read More

My first car: The reality of a college student
  As I looked forward to attending college in Texas, I knew as a freshman we were not allowed to have vehicles on campus. I saw no problem with this seeing that the town my university was located in could be missed with just a blink of an eye. The need for a car was obsolete. Until I needed to go to the city, grocery, or mall. Only one individual in my group of friends brought a vehicle to campus despite the rules. Having to rely on her and upper classmen became a drag and led to me begging for… Read More

Financing for first-time car buyers with no credit history
    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 terms and a greater choice of vehicles. But take heart. Many lenders are set up to work with 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 are a number of steps that may be taken to make the whole process easier.   7 Tips for… Read More