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Car dealer and car buyer sitting in car
  An auto show is a valuable place to get first impressions, compare vehicles side by side and, ultimately, get a better picture of what you next car purchase might be. To make the most of the information you gathered and to approach the dealership with confidence, you’ll probably want to follow up your visit with some targeted research. Here are some tips for your next car-shopping steps.   Read ratings and reviews Check out expert and consumer reviews of the vehicles you’re most interested in. Use sources such as Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book to find out their strengths… 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

Man removing car air filter from engine
  Even if maintaining your vehicle extends only to guiding it through the car wash once in a while, you don’t have to be too adventurous to tackle a few things under the hood. One of those things is cleaning the car air filter. The humble air filter is an important part of your vehicle that stops dirt, debris and other contaminants from getting into the engine and causing it harm. When the filter gets clogged, the engine has to work harder and becomes less efficient, which can lead to loss of power and acceleration, poorer gas mileage and overall… Read More

Car shoppers and cars at auto show
    Millions of people flock to auto shows each year and, while it’s entertaining to picture yourself in the latest supercar, many visitors are picking up invaluable knowledge for their next car purchase. But what exactly makes these events so useful, and how should you approach things when you’re there? Here’s what you need to know.   Why auto shows are good for car shoppers Car shows are like automotive shopping malls which can encompass huge numbers of vehicles under one roof, making it ideal for comparison shopping. They are no-pressure environments – no cars can actually be sold… Read More

Pickup truck for purchase with bad credit
    Poor credit may feel like a load you could do without but it doesn’t have to make searching for a truck hard work. There are huge numbers of pickups on the road today and not all of their drivers got behind the wheel with perfect credit scores. Here are nine steps that may help you buy a truck with bad credit, including how to save time and money.*   1. Check your credit Credit score is a big factor in most auto-lending decisions, both in terms of whether an application is approved and what rate may be offered.… Read More

Car traded in and car purchased
  When you owe more than your vehicle is worth but still intend to trade in for your next purchase – and plenty of people do – then planning your steps will help you get the most out of the deal.*   Rolling over your negative equity In this situation, it’s common for negative equity to be rolled into the loan for your new vehicle. That means you’ll effectively be paying off your previous car along with your new ride in a single, larger loan on which you’ll pay interest. Such a loan can increase your financing costs and make… Read More

Nissan Murano
The happy meeting place of quality and value is slightly different for each new-car shopper, but there are 14 vehicles with a particularly good chance of getting you there. That’s according to U.S. News and World Report which has awarded the cars, SUVs and one minivan that encompass best value in their classes. These are the models that strike the balance between performance, features and high quality with budget-friendly prices most successfully. Quality was measured by the company’s data-driven best-car rankings while value was assessed by combining new-car transaction prices with the running costs of ownership. Take a look through… Read More

Honda Accord sedan
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality cars these days, and the 2019-model year is no exception. However, experts at automotive research site Edmunds believe they have picked out the choicest of the them all. From over 300 vehicles tested on road and track, here are the seven winners of their inaugural Editors’ Choice Awards.   Sedan – 2019 Honda Accord Among sedans, the Accord is deemed a cut above. On the inside you’ll enjoy a refined interior, plenty of technology and generous amounts of space. While SUVs are now more popular, cars actually offer a better driving… Read More