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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

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

Car terms to know when you're a first-time buyer
Talking about cars can get complicated at times, especially if you’re not familiar with the terminology. The following articles explain some automotive terms you may come across in different situations, from trading in a vehicle to getting a service. Click the headlines to learn more.     Car terms to know when trading in your vehicle Walk into the dealership with the confidence to negotiate a better deal by understanding the likes of “trade-in allowance,” an “upside down loan” and “rolling over.”   Car terms to know in the F&I office When you sit down to pay for your vehicle,… Read More

Ozark Mountains waterfall
  Having seen little of Arkansas but enough to want to see more, we set off for “The Natural State” looking forward to the great outdoors. Arriving at a secluded homestead in a valley of the Ozark Mountains several hours later, we immediately felt we’d got what we came for. The drive from the Dallas metroplex had got progressively more scenic as we crossed the Red River into Oklahoma, traveled over Lake Eufaula and the Arkansas River further north, then crossed into Arkansas before finding our way along the backroads. Now, my family and I sat back on the verandah,… Read More

Halloween Safety Tips for Drivers and Pedestrians
  As October 31 approaches, all I can think about is trick-or-treating, haunted houses and costume parties. It’s a fun time of year to dress in a crazy costume, get together with friends and load up on sugar. On such an exciting and busy night spent outdoors, it’s important to remember that, while having fun, staying safe should be a top priority. Here are eight tips to help when behind the wheel and on foot.   Four safe-driving tips to remember Speed control Although you may usually drive at a certain speed around your neighborhood on a daily basis, on… Read More

Pros and cons of buying a used car list
More than twice as many car buyers opt for a used vehicle over a new one, but is that the best choice for you? While lower used-car prices are a key factor for many consumers, there’s more to consider as you come to a decision.     Advantages of buying used Lower prices Rapid depreciation, with a new car losing 20 percent of its value in the first year and about 40 percent after year three, enables used-car buyers to take advantage. Lower prices also provide a better chance of being able to pay cash for the purchase, or make… Read More

Car terms to know in the F&I office
After reaching a deal on a car at the dealership, you’ll usually be ushered into the F&I office – the financing and insurance department – to finalize your purchase. This is where you will be offered financing, other products and optional extras, some of which you may never have heard of before. To make that process easier and help you decide if they’re things you’d like to buy, take a look at the key terms likely to come your way, below.     F&I manager – The person who will take you through these final steps before you sign on… Read More