James Mayfield

Private party auto loan – What is it and how does it work?
When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle, there are several directions you can go. You could buy directly from a dealer, get one from an auction house, maybe a company-owned fleet car or you could purchase from a private seller. If you go the private-seller route, you might need what’s known as a private party auto loan. And if so, here’s what you need to know. Let’s start with private party auto loan: what is it? What is a Private Party Loan? In simple terms, a private party auto loan or a person to person loan is a loan… Read More

How to get a car loan with bad credit
Car shopping. Today more than ever it seems there are infinite options when considering getting a new or pre-owned automobile. The technological features alone – from climate-controlled seats to satellite radio to back-up cameras to navigation systems – require some serious research into what features an individual needs, wants, cannot do without. And if you’re wondering how to get a car loan with bad credit, there may be even more research involved. Luckily, there also are a lot of resources available to assist consumers in looking for the right vehicle for their personal situation. Internet-savvy shoppers can now research a… Read More

How baseball’s opening day is like getting a new car
This week, major league baseball parks across the U.S. usher in the 2015 regular season with opening day games. There’s something special about going to the ballpark or turning on the TV to see that first pitch of the year. It just screams of possibilities. Sort of like getting a new car. Being that we’re passionate about cars and sports, we thought we’d take a crack at combining the couple into a post that highlights some similarities between two of our favorite things. See below for what we came up with. Tailgating – If you’ve ever been taken out to… Read More

The World Series – a tale of three cities
October 1985 was a magical time. Especially if you were a baseball fan and living in Missouri. In addition to the annual beauty of the leaves changing color in the Midwest, the Show-Me State’s own Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals were playing in the World Series. Living in southwest Missouri, approximately three hours from either metropolis, our city was divided on those bleeding Royal Blue and Cardinal Red. It was referred to as the “I-70 Series” and it was a blast to be a part of. More so for Royals fans as KC was crowned champs following an… Read More

Route 66 still kicks in cities across America
What one route through the U.S. is considered the ultimate drive for a classic American road trip? While the Pacific Coast Highway, Road to Hana, Lincoln Highway and Blue Ridge Parkway are popular choices, for sure Route 66 is in the mix. The Mother Road, as it’s also known, became the first road system to link Chicago to Los Angeles in 1938. Over the years this icon of asphalt has been idolized in movies, TV shows, songs and by many families during a road trip or out for a Sunday drive. People still do Sunday drives, right? Recently we participated… Read More

Road trip: Living large in the Lone Star State
Texas. A state known by many different identities and nicknames including The Lone Star State, The Banner State and the “Don’t Mess with Texas” state. This land of the longhorns also lays claim to being the place where everything is bigger. Evidence backing up this statement is easily found during one of the best ways to experience all Texas has to offer…a road trip. Cruising the many roadways, you’ll find the world’s largest honky-tonk (Billy Bob’s), world’s largest mechanical talking cowboy (Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas), world’s largest high-definition video board (Texas Motor Speedway), world’s largest caterpillar… Read More

Boyhood – a film that leads to reflection
  We’ve had our share of exciting movies already this summer, but one of the most unique and anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived. It only took 12 years to get here, but it was worth the wait as it touched me personally. Boyhood, written and directed by patrician indie filmmaker Richard Linklater (Before Midnight, Dazed and Confused), follows a family over a 12-year span, using the same actors, with no makeup or wigs. Indeed, both the story and the filming cover a dozen years.   Richard Linklater, Lorelai… Read More

Road Trip: San Antonio and back in three days
When it comes to road trips, for me it’s about “firsts.” There are so many amazing sights to see while traveling, I like to make a mental note of the things I discover for the first time. Silly, but it adds value and fun when getting from Point A to Point B. My family recently drove the 249 miles from Fort Worth to San Antonio. It was to be a journey full of firsts, especially for my daughter, who was taking her first road trip. Day 1 Heading south down I-35, we made our… Read More

Road Trips: The Cure for ‘Summertime Blues’
I’ve never understood the seemingly paradoxical title of the song “Summertime Blues.” Based solely on the title, it must be included among top Summer Road Songs, but even as a child, the summer season was my favorite time of year. Blockbuster movies, road trips to the beach, the neighborhood pool, family vacations, non-family vacations or other road trips, baseball games, all equate to carefree days where I experience anything but the summertime blues. If you’re the type who starts feeling the heat of the summer, I offer up the idea of a road trip as a cure. Even if it’s… Read More

Infographic: 10 reasons we love a truck
The numbers for the March auto sales are out and things are looking up. Manufacturers such as Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, GM, Ford and others saw increases in year over year new car and truck sales. One vehicle line in particular, the Ford F-series, saw a huge spike in the amount of units moved. According to Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook, the Ford F-series truck had “sales up 16.3 percent to 67,513 in March compared with a year ago.” Living in Texas, this hardly comes as a surprise. It seems like every month is “Truck Month” with dealers across… Read More