Sonny Bynum

How to use your tax refund for a car purchase
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle then you should know something about tax season: tax refunds and car loans are a good match.* One of the main reasons is the chance for qualified buyers to use their tax refund for a down payment on a car. The average income tax refund in recent years has been around $3,000, and buyers may decide to use all or part of that check as money down. A down payment may help when purchasing a vehicle because lowering the amount of money that needs to be borrowed may also lower the… Read More

The 12 days of car (& holiday) tips
  12 Useful tips about cars and the holidays – because we know a little bit about both If there are two things we love at the RoadLoans blog, it’s getting smart about cars, and seasonal tips and tricks. And we think you’ll find that our holiday recipe includes just the right proportion of both. You’re really going to want to read these. From car-buying help to cookie recipes, I think we’ve got it covered this winter season. Tip 1 – Holiday shopping can be stressful, like not knowing what to get your mother when she says she “doesn’t need… Read More

Longest-lasting vehicles – the 200,000+ mile roster
  Looking for a car that will last? If you’re looking to buy a vehicle from among the longest-lasting and most reliable cars on the road, you’re in good company. Many buyers in the U.S. consider the longevity of the vehicle to be important when shopping. Often, buyers do not actually intend to own the vehicle for its entire lifespan, but rather, they see a correlation between longevity and a vehicle that is mechanically dependable with routine maintenance. In reality, this correlation does not always hold; sometimes vehicles that will last a long time require more maintenance than others to… Read More

Three secrets for keeping your car cool in summer
  Summer is easy to love. It's the time of year for outdoor activities, and even when it's a little hot, it can be beautiful and enjoyable. But there's nothing fun about getting into a hot car. Exposed metal such as seatbelt buckles or dash trim can actually burn your skin. It can even be dangerous to try and drive while trying to avoid a proper grip on a too-hot-to-handle steering wheel. However, with a few simple tricks, you can improve the safety and comfort of your car, even after it has been fully grilled by the sun.   1.… Read More

“Mission: Impossible” – Cruising in for repairs
  “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is the next installment in the M:I series and brings with it a new round of action, thrills and fast cars. Keeping with tradition, Tom Cruise and others in the movies are doing many of their own stunts, including hanging from the outer door of an airplane during takeoff and fast ascent. So that’s happening.     To celebrate its release, we've put together a list of some of… Read More

Keeping cool in Jeeps and convertibles this summer
  Cool fun in the summer time It may be a mild summer, but all over the U.S., people are feeling the heat. Especially if you're trying to keep cool in a Jeep® or a convertible with the top down, you might need to know a trick or two. Here is the definitive guide for keeping cool while you have the top down, and the temperatures are up.   SECTION ONE: Keep the vehicle cool You gotta start with the basics. Do what it takes to make sure that your vehicle's ability to keep passengers - and itself - cool.… Read More

The top 4 cars for college students – It’s a good year for first cars
Sometimes, the future looks pretty bright. And with these top four cars for college students, it looks a little bit brighter still. And for the bright, young college student in your life, there’s an unusually good selection of first cars to choose from at the moment. Boy, it just seems to get better and better every year. The future is bright Our top four picks for this year’s best cars for college students are pretty cozy and pretty cool. These “first cars” – like that college student of yours – are capable, responsible, fun and full of promise. Today, style,… Read More

“Terminator: Genisys” – Top 4 vehicles that will probably NOT make it all the way through the movie
Terminator movies are great. They’re full of big action, amazing stunts, huge fireballs, flying sparks and computer parts at the mercy of high explosives. Melted, twisting, shot up, burning metal … and that’s just what happens to the cars! Now, the movie is in theaters today, and we’ve only seen the trailer so far, but the vehicles that will probably not still be in one piece by the end are some pretty cool sets of wheels, even by Terminator movie standards.   2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit   The classic Crown Victoria LTD police cruiser… Read More

The mobile apps that keep you driving happy*
Summer driving season is coming. With it comes fun drives, road trips and all manner of enjoyable time behind the wheel, whether just around the corner or across the country. You can break down the elements of an enjoyable drive into: 1. knowing where you're headed, 2. enjoying the journey, and 3. reaching your destination in relative tranquility. We have found the mobile apps that are currently getting rave reviews for letting you have a good time while doing bits and pieces of all three of these. Knowing where you're headed Yelp: Yelp is still the community authority on entertainment… Read More

Father’s Day 2015 – Go the extra mile for Dad
  Between the gifts of greeting cards, the bacon-themed snacks and the beard oil, this weekend, let's celebrate all the fathers out there with a little extra love and a little more of what they really like. If the dad in your life is like a lot of dads, he might like cars. Or be obsessed with cars. Hey, it takes all kinds. And for THOSE dads, we've got a list of gifts that might be just perfect. For the car-loving dads out there, these gifts will keep him smiling, on and off the road.   Cobra Electronics JumPack portable… Read More

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