Rob Looker

The fastest-selling used vehicles (many are EVs), Consumer Reports’ best new-car deals, and more
A look at recent car-buying news in the automotive press.     Six of the top 10 fastest-selling used cars are now electric If you’re looking for a preowned electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, bear in mind they aren’t lingering on the lot. Six out of the top 10 quickest-selling used cars in the U.S. are now electric vehicles, research by iSeeCars.com reveals, following analysis of the sale of 2.1 million cars, aged one to three years, between January and August 2017. The list is led by the Fiat 500e, which spent… Read More

What is special financing and could it help me buy a car?
    Special financing is a term often used to describe auto loans for consumers with bad credit* – which can include people who have been through bankruptcy or repossession – and limited credit histories. There are plenty of companies in the auto finance industry willing to accept applications for subprime loans, so if your credit is poor, there may be a lender ready to offer you financing that will help you get on the road. First of all, keep in mind auto loans for people in bad credit situations typically come with higher annual percentage rates than those offered… Read More

A collection of first-car experiences
  First cars tend to make a big impression and live long in the memory. Whatever shape they take, and however many bumps in the road we may encounter with them, the independence they embody often means other cars just can’t come close. With that in mind, here’s a collection of first-car experiences that spans decades, and in which all of the cars are special in their own ways. Like the Ford Crown Victoria that made college crowds scatter because it looked like a police car arriving, yet became a firm campus favorite. And the “rolling science experiment” Chevrolet Cavalier… Read More

Credit: Nissan/Newspress USA
Credit: Nissan/Newspress USA   Where but the State Fair of Texas could you tuck into a funnel cake bacon queso burger while checking out around 400 of the latest cars, trucks and SUVs? The home of the largest new-car show in the Southwest, as well as some of the region’s most imaginative fair food, there’s plenty to whet the appetite at this year’s event. Among the 2018 models, large and small, on display in the Automobile Building, Centennial Building and Truck Zone are a number of debuts and introductions to limited editions. They include the 2018 Armada Platinum Reserve, a… Read More

San Francisco, CA., April 15, 2012--The all-new 2013 Ford Escape, which was launched on the streets of San Francisco, features clever technologies like the hands-free liftgate and class-leading fuel economy.  The Escape will arrive at Ford dealers this spring. (04/15/2012)
Are you planning your next vehicle purchase? Thinking about a used car? Here are three approaches, and multiple vehicles, to consider, recommended within recent articles in the automotive press.     Finding quality, value in the used car market Depreciation is something that often works in a buyer’s favor when purchasing a used car. But while someone else may have born the brunt of a vehicle’s loss in value, how do you still find good quality? Personal finance website Kiplinger.com has put together a list of eight vehicles that satisfy these conditions and offer “hidden value” in the used car… Read More

When is the best time to buy a car?
5 great opportunities to look for a deal     The best time to buy a new car might simply be when you need it most. But if your purchase is not urgent and maximizing savings is your goal, there are some dates on the calendar it certainly helps to know about. The following are all smart times to visit the dealership and shop for a deal. Late in the month The last week and particularly the last weekend of the month are often when a dealership’s staff needs to sell the final cars that enable them to meet their… Read More

Finding an auto loan during bankruptcy
  When financial setbacks occur, bankruptcy is sometimes the best way forward. Life moves on and, for most people, a car is essential to that process. But can you get a car loan while in bankruptcy? It depends, in part, on the type of bankruptcy for which you’re filing. The two common forms of personal bankruptcy are Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. Financing while in Chapter 13 bankruptcy Chapter 13 enables a debtor with a steady income to keep hold of property they might otherwise lose to the bankruptcy process. A plan is created to pay creditors all or part… Read More

What you should know about flood-damaged cars
Be aware of the risks before making a purchase     The devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are far reaching and, as the damage is assessed, it’s been estimated that up to a million vehicles may have been flooded. Not all flooded cars will be dealt with properly, though. Unfortunately, it’s likely that many will be cleaned up and sold without the damage being disclosed. So if you’re in the market for a used car, there are some things you should know to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. 1. The vehicle could be ruined Flood damage can… Read More

Should you buy a certified used vehicle?
  No car buyer wants to pay good money for a vehicle only to be lumbered with reliability problems. So how to do you make a good buy? If you’re purchasing a used car, you’ll probably encounter the option of choosing a certified preowned (CPO) vehicle. These cars are typically models that have been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned by a factory-trained mechanic to meet manufacturer guidelines, and come with an extended warranty. Most automakers offer certified preowned programs, and when someone returns a lease vehicle or trades in, the dealership will consider it for the CPO program. Not all certified… Read More

Useful car terms to know
Talking about cars can get complicated at times, especially if you’re not familiar with the terminology. The following articles explain some automotive terms you may come across in different situations, from trading in a vehicle to getting a service. Click the headlines to learn more.     Car terms to know when trading in your vehicle Walk into the dealership with the confidence to negotiate a better deal by understanding the likes of “trade-in allowance,” an “upside down loan” and “rolling over.”   Car terms to know when getting a service Have you ever got your car serviced without knowing… Read More

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