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Traffic on holiday roads
  Congested traffic, pressured drivers and bad weather all contribute to a wintery mix of holiday driving hazards which make this one of the riskiest times of year to be on the road. The good news, however, is that there are plenty of things you can do to help keep you and your passengers safe, and enjoy the season incident free.   Plan ahead Plan your route and check traffic and weather conditions to allow enough time to comfortably reach your destination – especially if you’re setting off on a road trip. You may want to leave early or late… Read More

Driver behind the wheel thanks to special financing
  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 those with 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 the financing that helps 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 to consumers with better credit, which… Read More

Car insurance policy documents
  Here’s some food for thought as you contemplate the options for your next car purchase – insurance. If you’d like to keep your premium to a minimum and those operating costs within budget, take a look at the cheapest vehicles for coverage as compiled by Insure.com. In a list dominated by SUVs and minivans, least expensive is the Jeep Wrangler Freedom which leads a group of four Jeep models, the highest of any automaker among the top 20. With an average premium of $1,169, it’s almost 29 percent less than the national average of $1,645. The Jeeps’ low insurance costs… Read More

Reasons to get a pre-purchase vehicle inspection
  Is that used car you’re considering lightly worn or actually worn out? When you’re making a commitment that runs into thousands of dollars and miles on the road, it hardly seems worth taking the risk – for your finances or your safety. That’s why experts agree getting a pre-purchase vehicle inspection is one of the most important steps you can take before signing on the dotted line, especially if the car has no warranty. While a vehicle history report is an invaluable resource detailing services, any accidents and repairs and title status, having a trained mechanic inspect the vehicle… Read More

Snow-covered car and home
  The comfort and convenience of a car provides a wonderful means to wend your way through winter, but it’s easy to take its reliability for granted as you set off into the elements. Even modern cars appreciate some help to get through the season in good health, so here are seven ways to give your vehicle a hand.   1. Check your tires, and change if necessary After summer and fall, tires start to feel a little deflated at this cooler time of year, so check their pressure against the recommended levels located on the sticker in the door… Read More

A Honda CR-V sports utility
  How much of a premium do you place on reliability? If you’re looking for additional assurance on a used-car purchase or a less expensive alternative to a new car, a certified preowned vehicle (CPO) may be for you. The benefits of buying a car that’s typically been inspected, reconditioned and given an extended warranty come with a higher price tag than a non-CPO car, but rankings from iSeeCars can point you in the direction of the lowest premiums. Analysis of more than a million used cars of the 2015 model-year onwards compared this cost difference. It uncovered a list… Read More

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving holiday
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6 reasons to be thankful for the automobile infographic
Where would we be without the automobile? Still at home, or being pulled along by a horse perhaps. This mode of transport has truly transformed the world and, while it’s not perfect, it’s given us a huge amount of choice and made our lives better in a variety of ways. In the season of Thanksgiving, here are six reasons to be thankful for the car.       Read More

Potential dollar savings from lowering APR
6 tips for getting a low rate and boosting your chances to save     Lowering the annual percentage rate of an auto loan is one of the best ways to save on vehicle financing and the total cost of buying a car. Take a look at the following approaches to see what may work best for you.   1. Check your credit reports and build credit Whether you want to save cash on financing for your existing car or get a low interest rate and APR to buy your next one, checking your credit position and building credit may… Read More

Buying a car out of state
    Buying a car out of state can be a good way to get hold of a model that’s thin on the ground in your area, or to pick up a bargain, but be prepared for some extra steps as you go about making a purchase. Principally, you’ll need to title and register the vehicle in your home state, pay your sales tax there, and check with your state’s department of motor vehicles before you buy for other requirements including emission standards and safety inspections. You’ll also want to plan ahead to ensure the vehicle meets your own needs,… Read More