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The 2015 Jeep Renegade. Photo: Sonny Bynum
  Let it never be said that the auto industry doesn’t know how to put on a show. If you’re in the Dallas area this weekend, and you are in the market for a new car, an automotive enthusiast or just a fan of fun, this is your official notice that you are welcome and encouraged to go. Even from the perspective of industry insiders, this is fun, and a pretty good deal.   The 2015 Dodge Ram 1500 Texas Ranger concept truck. You should… Read More

St. Patrick’s Day cities – the top 9 luckiest
As spring gets springing, the luckiest of all holidays (with the possible exception of Chinese New Year - and a hearty "Gong Xi Fa Cai" to you), St. Patrick's Day, is upon us tomorrow, and cities all over the country are gearing up for parades and parties. And the road trips to them are epic. Maybe not as epic as the cities and celebrations themselves, but still quite epic. Here are the top 9 cities where you can expect to find the luck of the Irish and maximum St. Patrick's Day celebrations. They’re in order, if you're not from one… Read More

The enigmatic Stig. Photo: Featureflash
The U.K. TV show “Top Gear” is a worldwide hit. And of its segments, one that most astounds is the Challenges. Often, these challenges involve analyzing the performance improvements or cost effectiveness of various after-market modifications. Why is this so revolutionary? They install those crazy mods you've seen in stores, and they actually test their effectiveness, putting the entire after-market component industry on trial, complete with verdicts.   The hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond… Read More

Car buying and credit checks – the basics
When getting a car, there are a few (legal) ways to go: No. 1 - Inherit your late grandmother's Pontiac Bonneville. We recommend this route, because you only have to pay taxes on the vehicle upon transfer of title, and also - Pontiac Bonneville. Pretty sweet. Maybe have it tuned up and let it air out, though. No. 2 - Buy a car with hard cash. This is also a highly recommended way to go. It's easy. Just take a giant stack of cash out of your pocket, and fan yourself with it until one of the salesmen at the… Read More

Top 8 road trip cities for spring break 2015
Spring break is upon us. Next week, students, educators and the families of both will enjoy a well-earned respite from their arduous academic pursuits, and instead, focus their diligences on rest, relaxation, and, if they're fortunate, some new and exciting experiences at the far end of some drive time. Ladies and gentlemen, it's time for a road trip. [Celebratory sound effect] Road trips hold a special place in our hearts here at RoadLoans, and we think of spring break as the first big road trip of the annual season. It's time to get our destinations on. Hang on to your… Read More

A car for all seasons
  This is such a wonderful time of year. Wintry sights and sounds, foggy breath puffing into frosty air, low clouds that are heavy with mist, snow, ice and sleet, sand trucks on every highway, runs on bread at the supermarket - wait a minute. Where's the weather guy I can blame this on? Among those who we will affectionately, and perhaps a bit enviously, call "snowbirds," who enjoy the lifestyle of being in whichever part of the country has the most pleasant climate at that time, they usually have roots and family in one spot or another. So they… Read More

Tax time and refinancing – the basics
  Of the two certain things in life, only taxes can actually have an upside. Now, we're about to give you so much information about car refinancing, tax refunds and related information, that we're putting the necessary disclaimer legalese right up front for this blog post: DISCLAIMER: These statements are informational suggestions only and should not be construed as legal, accounting, or professional advice, nor are they intended as a substitute for legal or professional guidance. Please consult a tax professional. Now that that's out of the way, let's get to the good stuff. Related: Tax returns and auto loans… Read More

And the Academy Award for Best Car goes to …
Wouldn’t it be great if they really had an award for that? Give it some time. They probably will, eventually. Here are our picks for the greatest movie cars of all time. Patton (1970) Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, “Patton” is a biographical war film about U.S. Army Gen. George S. Patton (George C. Scott), and takes place during World War II. “Patton” won seven Academy Awards, including best picture.   Not all Army transport jeeps were of the Willys marque.… Read More

Top 6 personalities you might encounter when buying or selling a vehicle
Honestly, whether you're the person selling your car, or the person buying a car, as from a dealership or a private seller, the buyer-seller interpersonal dynamic is fraught with issues. Is the experience really so bad? Nah. Most likely, things will turn out pretty much as expected, and you MIGHT have one or two lingering disappointments that you soon deal with or forget about. But what are the troublesome personalities that you can look out for, and how do you deal with them? Fear not. Answers are here. The buyers The hummm bug She sounds interested, but has probably already… Read More

Valentine’s Day car gifts for 2015
Let us help you get something for that special someone, for that object of love and affection in your life, for that beautiful soul - who drives a car. Tile ($25) - The key to using a car is … well, the keys. And losing one's keys can lead to losing one's mind. What a difference having or losing such a tiny thing can make! Among a field of similar offerings, the new GPS microtracker, Tile is a simple solution to a potentially disastrous problem. Simply attach the small tag to keys or any… Read More