Automobile Information and News

A 1998 Buick Park Avenue, similar to Myrtle. Credit: Kelley Blue Book / General Motors Corporation
  Myrtle. That’s the name my brother bestowed upon the 1998 Buick Park Avenue that became “the kids’ car.” My parents bought the car from my grandparents in 2008 for a grand total of $1,000. The name perfectly fit the car’s personality, not only because she was at one point owned by my grandparents, but she was definitely a car from an older time. Myrtle had an elongated, narrow body style that was indicative of the late ‘90s. Her exterior was a deep maroon with glitter in the paint that would shimmer when the sunlight hit her just right. At… Read More

What is the Monroney sticker and what’s on it?
  When you’re shopping for a big-ticket item like a new car, you probably want to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. And when you’re on the dealership lot, that’s when the window sticker is of great help. Known in the auto industry as the Monroney sticker, the window sticker is a white label containing essential information about the vehicle that must, by law, be displayed on the windshield or side window of all new cars sold in the United States. To be specific, that means every new vehicle under 8,500 pounds, and it shouldn’t be removed before… Read More

11 Big reasons to buy a small car
  The perks of a small car? Drivers in many countries lean towards the small vehicle while Americans cannot get enough of the “bigger the better” ideal. So this raises the question, why buy a small car? Here are 11 reasons for car buyers to look at smaller cars, from saving money to versatility. 1. Parking Let’s just state the obvious. You can fit into the smallest areas of street parking, which can be a novelty in most big cities or crowded towns. You can also fit into the newly popularized compact car spots found in many modern parking lots.… Read More

Minimalist motoring in a modern-day Model T
  It was slightly underwhelming, and by no means my first car of choice, but I grew to appreciate my Ford Fiesta Mark III and from Mondays to Fridays we became inseparable. While some new drivers bask in the glory of a sporty convertible, a hot hatch or a rugged 4x4, my Fiesta was memorable as a stunning example of mediocrity in miniature. With the Fiesta 1.1L, Ford took the idea of basic and really made it their own, and then enabled countless lucky drivers across the UK to make it their own too. There were no bells and whistles,… Read More

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A
  There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics that would rank us among the top 10 based on Blogmetrics data. What readers may not realize is that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs. Following are snippets of recent content,… Read More

An accolade for the RoadLoans blog, truck-time in Texas, and Paris car show highlights
  “Top 100 auto blogs every car enthusiast must read,” Feedspot To kick off this edition of the Auto News Tour, we thought we’d include some news about the RoadLoans blog. RoadLoans has been included in Feedspot’s “Top 100 Auto Blogs” list – a compilation of blogs with “a treasure trove of valuable information for casual consumers and motor junkies alike.” Blogs were included and ranked on the following criteria: Google reputation and search ranking; influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media; quality and consistency of posts, and the expert review of Feedspot’s editorial team. Feedspot is… Read More

Ready to roll: James Mayfield and his 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit.
  While digging through the attic the other day, I found a photograph that brought back a flood of memories. Old photos tend to do that. It was a picture of a 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit aka my first car. If you’re like me, just looking at an image like that transports you to another time and place. Also milestone moments associated with the vehicle – prom, first dates, friends’ houses, first job, sporting events, road trips. Oh, the road trips. And details like the fact that… Read More

They did what? Driver confessions to surprise and amaze [Infographic]
The road to redemption starts here Stepping into a car is like entering your own world where you’re in control – but that’s not always a good thing. Drivers can get up to some ill-advised and unexpected antics behind the wheel. But at least they confessed. We’ve taken a look at the evidence in a number of surveys where motorists came clean, and we think you’ll be surprised by what it shows. See what behavior American drivers may want to put behind them, and where they can take a new course.     Read More

How to give your car a technology upgrade
  Get the tech of a new car with these easy add-ons In today’s car market it seems as though the technology and features of vehicles are constantly evolving – being upgraded and becoming more and more high tech. Every time I get a new piece of tech it can feel as though a week later my product is no longer the newest on the market. For those of you who feel that your current car lacks in the tech department, you can upgrade your car without having to make major changes or even spend money on a brand new… Read More

Perhaps you don’t need that luxury vehicle after all
    Car-buyer satisfaction is up and the gap between luxury and mass-market brands has narrowed, according to new data. Overall, customer satisfaction with cars is up 3.8 percent to 82 on a 100-point scale, reveals a 2016 report from the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), an indicator of quality for consumer products and services. The report is based on 3,776 customer surveys. But while premium brands used to dominate, mass-market vehicles have caught up to a point where the top tier is now evenly shared between these sectors. “The rise of mass-market vehicles may well be at the expense… Read More

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