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  7 ways to prepare your vehicle for a smooth journey The arrival of Memorial Day marks the (unofficial) start of summer and with it, road trip season. A time to load up the trunk, set off for a well-earned vacation and have some fun along the way. Memorable sights, stops and finds courtesy of your car can add something special to any summer holiday – but an unreliable vehicle can easily take the shine off things. Here are seven easy steps to prepare your car for a trouble-free trip. 1. Get an oil change If you’re embarking on a… Read More

    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 gathered, 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 and weaknesses and how they compare to the competition. Look up pricing and model options See what model options are available,… Read More

    Many things can change over the course of an auto loan to make refinancing worth considering. A lot of times, borrowers want to save on their financing costs or find a more affordable payment, but they may also want to get cash out against the value of their vehicle, or change their loan for other reasons. Take a look at these common situations in which it can be worth replacing an auto loan with another that has new terms.   4 common situations for refinancing a car loan   Your credit score has improved In most cases, credit… Read More

  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

  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 Take a look at their top brands for 2019, and the comments of Kelley Blue Book, below.   Best overall… Read More