Rob Looker

Chevrolet Bolt EV.
  With car technology moving at such a pace the latest developments can become a blur. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up in 2017. Affordable, 200-mile EVs arrive We’ll be seeing more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road thanks in part to the entrance of the Chevrolet Bolt. General Motors’ vehicle is both affordable, starting from $29,995 after federal tax credits, and practical, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on full charge, which promises to carry the EV closer to the car-buying mainstream. The Bolt is already on sale… Read More

41 ‘Best buys’ for new-car shoppers
  If 2017 is going to be your year for a new car, here’s some food for thought to help the selection process. Consumer Guide Automotive recently announced its Best Buy Awards with 41 recommendations across 21 categories, to provide “clear, easy choices for consumers.” Each best buy “represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class,” says the car-review publisher. The categories include everything from standout subcompacts to exceptional SUVs, and new for the 2017 awards is the Family Vehicle Best… Read More

Car terms to know for the holidays
    As you venture onto the roads for the holidays, here are some car terms and tips to keep in mind and help the season go smoothly. Designated driver – It’s the season of parties, and if you’re travelling in a group, make sure you designate someone who won’t be drinking alcohol to drive safely. Defensive driving – Not everyone drives responsibly at this time of year, however, and there may be drunk or distracted drivers on the road. Staying alert and driving defensively, through practices like anticipating dangerous situations and other drivers’ mistakes, will help you stay safe.… Read More

How to tackle extreme winter driving situations
3 Ways to win when it’s just you, the snow and the road We all know how beautiful the landscape looks under a blanket of snow. But the outlook can change pretty quickly when your vehicle gets stuck and the white stuff keeps falling. That’s when it becomes you against the snow, and a question of how to tackle an extreme winter driving situation. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and our infographic gives you the tools to negotiate harsh winter conditions with confidence. Our three steps of preparedness, getting unstuck and survival will improve your chances of safely… Read More

How to lower APR on a car loan
  6 tips for getting a low rate and boosting your chances to save Lowering the annual percentage rate (APR) on a car loan is one of the best ways to save on vehicle financing and the total cost of buying a car. And it’s not complicated – there are simple ways to approach it. Here are six tips for how to lower the APR on a car loan. 1. The credit question Whether you want to save cash on financing for your existing car or are looking for a low interest rate and APR to buy your next vehicle,… Read More

Ready to shop? The ‘best time’ to find used-car deals is almost here
  Chances are you’ve heard the advertising fanfare heralding the arrival of Black Friday car deals. It’s that time of year when automakers jump at the chance to offer deep discounts and savings on shiny new models. But did you know it’s the best day of the year to find a deal on a pre-owned vehicle? That’s according to research that shows Black Friday has 33.1 percent more deals on used cars than average. The day after Thanksgiving tops the 2016 list of best times to buy a used vehicle put together by, an online search engine for cars.… Read More

How to buy a truck with bad credit
  It’s easy to see why a pickup truck, the Ford F-150, has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for years on end. There are lots of people who need a truck for work, that’s for sure. But it’s also very handy to have one for personal use. The convenience of dropping the tailgate, loading up and driving off is unmatched by an SUV or car. No lifting up to the roof rack or folding down seats, and no vacuuming the interior afterwards. Trucks are often more expensive than cars, but not all pickup owners are driving around… Read More

How Does Refinancing a Car Work?
  You might be new at this. If you’ve recently asked yourself, “How does refinancing a car work?” it may be a good idea to do a little research to get the concepts down.* The easy answer to the question of how refinancing a car works is that you take out a second auto loan to replace the financing that you did with your first loan. You borrow from Peter to pay Paul. The new loan comes with different terms than the original one and, typically, refinancing takes place when a qualified applicant is seeking better terms that will save them money. Auto refinancing… Read More

How to get a car loan with bad credit
  How do you make the best of a bad credit* situation when you need to buy a car? Poor credit may pose some challenges but there are many ways to maximize your chances of getting an auto loan that’s right for you. Know what to expect It helps to know upfront that consumers with bad credit typically encounter higher interest rates and so, if approved, face paying more for their money than those with better credit. If buying a car now is a necessity, why not turn yourself into a savvy shopper to enhance your prospects of getting the… Read More

Getting a car loan with bad credit really could be easier than you think
You might think getting a car loan with bad credit is a fool’s errand.* Poor credit can cause some bumps in the road but it may still be possible for people in this situation to get auto financing that won’t break the bank.† Credit history is one of several factors that may affect a lender’s decision on a loan application. Looking at where your credit stands could help you better understand your position when applying. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends consumers get a copy of their credit report before any major purchase, which can be obtained for free from each of the… Read More

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