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Man holding car keys on a vehicle trade-in
  Most buyers will, at some point down the track, come to the question of when they should trade in for another vehicle. To a large degree, what makes most sense is determined by a vehicle’s reliability and its depreciation in value. Let’s take depreciation first.   Understand your car’s depreciating value New cars lose 20 percent of their value after just one year, increasing to 50 percent after three. On that basis, you may not want to trade in your car during its early years, just after you’ve suffered the biggest part of the depreciation loss. Rather, you might… Read More

Honda Pilot SUV
  Reliability, value, performance, style – these are just some of the qualities that can shape an auto brand and play into your next car-buying decision. And while you will have your own perceptions of brand ahead of a new purchase, the wisdom of 12,000 shoppers might also help. Enter the Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards. Including 13 winners across seven categories, they recognize the carmakers that generate most enthusiasm among new-vehicle shoppers who do their research at KBB.com. Take a look at their top brands for 2019, and the comments of Kelley Blue Book, below.   Best overall… Read More

Eco-friendly driving tips for Earth Day
    Whether it be recycling, conservation, or limiting air pollution, Earth Day, April 22, celebrates our planet and reminds us to treat it with care. Although this celebration only comes once a year, we can contribute to the betterment of our climate in our everyday lives. Emissions created by the burning of gasoline in your car contribute to the global climate issues we are experiencing today. In order to contribute to the Earth Day cause, here are some tips on how to “drive green,” followed by some options for choosing an eco-friendly car.   Vehicle maintenance Routine vehicle maintenance… Read More

Man and woman smiling in convertible car
    If quick and easy auto financing works for you, then consider RoadLoans. We’re the online lender that enables customers to get a credit decision in minutes and enjoy a streamlined process to their new car or refinanced loan. As part of national auto lender Santander Consumer USA, we work with customers with a broad range of credit profiles, and flexibility is at the center of our approach. Besides giving consumers the chance to apply for financing whenever it suits them, RoadLoans provides customers with multiple loan offers to meet their individual needs. If approved for a new or… Read More

Toyota Sequoia SUV
    If you’re looking for a reliable vehicle for the long haul, a big, sturdy SUV is hard to beat. Full-sized utilities account for half of the 14 longest-lasting cars – those most likely to pass 200,000 miles – according to auto research site iSeeCars.com. Analysis of 13.8 million car sales in 2018 revealed the Toyota Sequoia to be the longest-lasting vehicle of all, joined by six others in its class from Chevrolet, GMC, Ford and Lincoln. With the midsize Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Toyota 4Runner also on the list, the long-running credentials of SUVs appear even stronger. But… Read More

Man and woman looking at laptop screen
    The deadline for filing tax returns, Tax Day, April 15, is just ahead. And if you’re one of millions expecting money back, you may also be thinking about using that cash as a down payment on a vehicle. To help with the fun part, peruse the following articles as you wait for your check or finish off your return. Listed below is a selection of recent RoadLoans blogs featuring award-winning and highly recommended cars from a number of automotive sources.   Best cars, SUVs (and minivan) for your money – U.S. News The happy meeting place of quality… Read More