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Average car payment
    Average monthly payments are $525 for new and $378 for used vehicles Rising car prices contribute to higher payments but longer loan terms temper the monthly increase Auto finance calculators will help estimate what may work for you   With a car payment likely to be one of your highest monthly expenses, it’s important to know what you may be able to afford before financing a vehicle for the next several years. Rising car prices make buying a new vehicle more challenging for many consumers and, along with larger loan amounts and rising interest rates, have contributed to the current… Read More

Repossession car loans
  Coming to grips with bad credit* is one of the main effects of car repossession, and while it makes getting another auto loan more of a challenge, don’t be deterred. A car loan after repossession is often an opportunity for a borrower to take back control of their finances, and there are numerous ways to strengthen your hand as you apply for new credit and seek the best deal. These six steps will help.   1. Really know your credit situation Poor credit means the likelihood of higher interest rates than someone with better credit, so fully understanding your… Read More

Auto loans for high mileage vehicles
  RoadLoans finances vehicles with up to 120,000 miles You may be able to get financing for a great quality used car above or below 100K   A well-traveled car is a different proposition these days. Whereas once 100,000 miles was a long-haul benchmark, improvements in technology and reliability mean more cars are now built to go well beyond 200K. That’s good news is you’re in the market for a high-mileage vehicle. There are still some risks to such a purchase – not all sellers will be offering reliable models, for example – but online lender RoadLoans enables its customers… Read More

Celebrating the Champions League and the road to Spain
  My son and daughter are getting to grips with the passing seasons; each with its own character, its own highs and lows. What they’re also discovering is that, for some of us, there’s a different flow – the soccer season. A collection of games, a marathon not a sprint, taking you on a new journey every time. Sometimes where you want to go, other times clearly the wrong way and missing all the signs. The soccer season comes in different shapes and sizes depending on who you follow, it’s true. The MLS is in full swing while the popular… Read More

How a simple interest car loan works, and how to save money on payments
Knowing how simple interest car loans work is a helpful first step when shopping for credit or repaying a loan, and may enable you save. Most auto lenders, such as RoadLoans and parent company Santander Consumer USA, provide simple interest financing, so read on and watch our video to learn more.     To summarize, simple interest loans are made up of two important parts – principal and interest. Principal is the amount financed for the purchase while interest is the charge paid for borrowing that money. With this type of loan, interest is calculated daily on the outstanding principal.… Read More

Car shoppers want tech to help them drive better, not for them, surveys say
When it comes to driving technology, car buyers still like to be in control, research reveals. For, while there’s a growing range of partially autonomous features available on cars these days – from adaptive cruise control to lane-keeping assist – consumers rate less intrusive safety tech more highly. They’re also easing off the idea of fully autonomous cars.     In a Consumer Reports survey of U.S. drivers planning to buy a vehicle in the next two years, just 11 percent wanted a vehicle with features involving automatic acceleration, braking and steering, that take more control away from them. Some… Read More

How to estimate auto insurance
    Estimating your auto insurance is easily overlooked in the car-buying process, yet it’s an important part of your long-term ownership costs. As rates vary according to vehicle, it may affect which car you end up purchasing, too. A little time now will soon give you an idea of what kind of premium you’re looking at for that car, or cars, you’re interested in. And once you’ve decided what coverage you need, websites like The Zebra, recommended by Consumer Reports, will do your comparison-shopping legwork and bring the quotes to you.   Work out how much coverage you need With a… Read More

Preapproved car loans and advantages for shoppers
  When buying a car, ideally you’d pay cash for the vehicle in order to negotiate strongly on price and avoid monthly payments and interest charges. In reality, few of us can do that, so finding the right financing becomes important. But what is the right financing? Preapproved auto loans, recommended by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, are a good option in a number of ways, and you can apply with a range of lenders such as banks, credit unions, finance companies and online lenders. If approved, advantages include knowing the terms of your loan and how much you can… Read More