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Car terms to know to save money
There are many easy ways to save money on a car, both when purchasing the vehicle and during ownership. Here are some simple terms to keep in mind. Even remembering just one or two may save you some cash.     When buying a car …   Incentives Automakers and dealerships often run special offers to knock down prices or provide savings over time. These include rebates, which give cash back that can be applied to the price of the vehicle, and other incentives such as zero percent interest financing.   Preapproval It helps to know about preapproval as you… Read More

Big reasons to buy a small car
  The shift among car buyers from sedans to SUVs is adding a stream of larger vehicles to our roads, and while sport utilities are sound choices for many situations, here are 10 good reasons to look at buying a smaller vehicle, from saving money to versatility.     Lower prices Small cars are among the most affordable vehicles to get on the road. Many new subcompact models come with sticker prices from $14,000 to $17,000, while some start even lower, such as the 2018 Nissan Versa at $12,110 and the 2018 Chevrolet Spark at $13,050. Whether you want to… Read More

Do you need a license to buy a car?
  You do not need a driver’s license to legally buy a car, but laws preventing you from driving present something of a roadblock if you had planned to get behind the wheel. There are situations in which a buyer with no license may want to purchase a car for someone else to drive, however, and there are processes to make that happen. Buying a car without a license for someone else to drive There are all kinds of reasons why you might want to buy a car without intending to drive it yourself. It could be a gift for… Read More

Safety tips for spring driving: How to handle seasonal hazards
  With clocks going forward this Sunday and springtime approaching, you may be anticipating some better driving weather. Spring forward with a little caution though, as there are seasonal hazards to negotiate before summer arrives. These driving tips will help. Slow down on wet roads Rain is a big deal and the deadliest weather-related driving hazard. There’s plenty of it at this time of year with spring showers making roads slick when water mixes with oil on the pavement. The first 10 minutes of a light rain can be most dangerous for hydroplaning, when tires slide across a wet surface,… Read More

The pros and cons of electric cars
  10 Points to consider when shopping for an EV Growing choice, dropping costs and greater range are just some of the reasons electric vehicles are increasingly popular and a realistic choice for many motorists these days. If you’re considering going electric for your next vehicle, have a look at the pros and cons of electric cars, and how they stack up against conventionally powered vehicles, to help you make a decision. Pros Cheaper to run Electric cars are generally one third cheaper to run than conventionally powered vehicles on a cost-per-mile basis, which could make a welcome difference to… Read More

Useful tech to look out for when buying a new car
If it’s been a few years since you bought a car then you might be taken aback by the level of technology now available. To help you get more familiar with what’s on offer, here are some of the most useful features to consider when buying a new vehicle in 2018.     Self-driving features for safety and ease While fully autonomous cars are still a way off, automakers are loading new models with more self-driving features to improve safety and comfort. Adaptive cruise control is one that might help if you have a demanding commute, as it regulates the… Read More

12 New Year’s resolutions for becoming a safer driver
  About this time each year, most of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions – all those promises we make to ourselves with every intention of following through but usually end up breaking before January is over. RoadLoans doesn’t want that to happen to you this year. We have gathered some ideas that you may want to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions, especially for the time you spend in your car, truck or SUV. Keeping these resolutions will make you a better driver and keep your family safer on the road. We’ve compiled our list… Read More

How to drive safely on the shortest day of the year
    December 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and, for drivers, less is more – but not in a good way. Fewer daylight hours on the winter solstice, and continually throughout winter, mean more nighttime driving and an overall increase in driving risk. National Safety Council figures show vehicle death rates are three times higher at night than in the day, but there are ways to protect yourself and your vehicle. These tips will help you safely steer through the gloom.   Weather changes associated with nighttime may hamper driving. Shorter days can mean… Read More

Safe winter driving tips for the holidays and beyond
  With the onset of winter and the holidays fast approaching, many of us are likely to have wintry road expeditions affecting our holiday plans. Whether you’ll just be driving across town or your travel plans have more in common with Santa’s, getting on the road at this time can be dangerous. But with some simple pointers, like accelerating and decelerating slowly when in snow, increasing your following distance and knowing your brakes, you can immediately improve your driving. Here are some safe winter driving tips for when the weather turns against you.   Vehicle preparation The cold itself can… Read More

The car interior features to which you may be saying goodbye
  Some basic features inside your next car may not look so familiar. As automakers modernize the interiors of their vehicles, a number of in-car components that have long been part of the furniture might not survive the decade, according to Automotive News. These are the features to go on its endangered-species list: Gear shifter – The design and operation of gear shifters is changing, with the traditional lever being replaced in some cases by a variety of buttons, toggles and switches. Non-traditional gear shifters will make up 48 percent of the global auto market by 2026, it has been… Read More