Rob Looker

Into new-car country at the 2017 DFW Auto Show
More than 650 cars, trucks and SUVs, including all-new 2017 and 2018 models, have spread out over half a million square feet for the DFW Auto Show this week. One of the largest auto shows in the United States, it’s seen as an event that kicks off the spring car-buying season in North Texas as shoppers size up the latest models, check out their features and styling, and take the opportunity for a ride and drive in downtown Dallas. Here are just a few of the very latest cars you can get more familiar with:     2018 Toyota Camry… Read More

2017 Subaru Impreza Sport. Credit: Subaru/Newspress USA
  Some of the best new cars for safety-conscious drivers have been revealed in a 2017 list of crash test winners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named the 2017-year models that top its criteria for crash tests, crash avoidance and crash mitigation, including 43 Top Safety Pick and 44 Top Safety Pick+ award winners in 12 vehicle categories. Among them is the Subaru Impreza, when equipped with EyeSight safety features and adaptive LED headlights, which claimed a Top Safety Pick+ rating in the small cars category… Read More

Toyota the most dependable mainstream car brand, says J.D. Power
    Luxury brands Lexus and Porsche lead the way for vehicle dependability but if you’re interested in mainstream nameplates, Toyota is best pick, J.D. Power ratings reveal. The auto research firm’s 2017 vehicle dependability study examines problems experienced during the past 12 months by original owners of three-year-old (2014 model-year) vehicles. It generates an overall dependability score of problems per 100 vehicles (PP100) in order to compare vehicle brands and models. While Lexus and Porsche topped the list on 110 PP100 each, Toyota scored 123 PP100 and Toyota Motor Corporation as a whole, including both Toyota and Lexus marques,… Read More

The 2017 Honda HR-V, winner of KBB’s best subcompact/crossover category. Credit: Honda/Newspress USA
    Look beyond the price of a new vehicle and you begin to see all the other costs associated with ownership. Add up the years and you might even view that car or truck in a new light. The Kelley Blue Book cost-to-own awards help buyers grasp the outlay associated with different vehicles over five years, to make useful comparisons in their car-shopping process. Specifically, the awards identify the vehicles that are projected to be least expensive to own in their individual… Read More

Getting a car loan as a first-time buyer with no credit history or bad credit
  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 financing terms and a greater choice of vehicles. But now that we’ve aired some of the common realities of auto loan shopping as a first-time buyer, take heart. Many auto lenders accept applications from 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… Read More

The cars that came back to us
  After what will be 24 years in the wilderness, the Bronco, complete with its bucking Bronco logo, is coming back to Ford’s SUV stable. The carmaker announced a homecoming date of 2020 at the Detroit auto show last month (along with 2019 for the Ranger pickup), giving fans of the iconic off-roader plenty of time to prepare a warm welcome, and get the garage ready. It’s not the first time that ground’s been covered, of course. Here are five more comebacks that lit up the automotive world:     Dodge… Read More

When is spring break? Dates, destinations and details to help plan your trip
  For many college students, spring break, that American academic tradition and much anticipated vacation, is the first opportunity in the year to plan a memorable getaway. Checking your spring break dates is the important first step in planning your own special trip, and we’ve included an extensive list of dates for universities and colleges across the United States at the end of this article. Scroll through to find your school, and start thinking about destinations.   Spring break month  In general, spring break month is February, March or April, depending on where you are in the country, and the… Read More

How an auto loan cosigner might help you get moving
    If you’ve been denied financing for a vehicle because you have no credit or bad credit,* then an auto loan cosigner may be what’s needed to get on the road and on with your life. A cosigner may help by guaranteeing to repay the loan should you fail to do so. “Having a cosigner on your loan gives your lender additional assurance that the loan will be repaid,” says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And what a difference having your own transportation can make, whether it’s getting to college classes to further your education, getting to work on time… Read More

New car loans vs. used car loans: A helpful comparison for car buyers
  Weighing your options on a new or used car? It’s wise to consider new vs. used car financing as part of the process as it may have a big impact on how much you pay for the vehicle when all’s said and done. Advantages of buying a new car and new car loans The appeal of buying a new car never gets old: a chance to own a vehicle in pristine condition, complete with the latest technology and safety features; your choice of models and add-ons; a manufacturer warranty, and no history of maintenance issues, for example. There are… Read More

How to have a winning weekend in Houston
  If you’re on your way to Houston for Super Bowl LI, you can safely put a tick next to “attend the biggest event in town,” if not the country. There might even be a selfie in the offing. But whatever the result on the field, here are five other things to do while you’re there to ensure it’s a great weekend. Space Center Houston Whether your team puts in a star performance or encounters an almighty “Houston, we’ve had a problem” moment, a trip to the space center provides plenty of fascination and fun. Space Center Houston offers a… Read More

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