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Toyota Sequoia on racetrack
The RoadLoans blog provides articles on a range of topics. Auto finance, for sure, but also the wider car-buying experience, vehicle ownership and interests. The most-read blog posts of 2019 reflect that spectrum, albeit with a bias towards financing, from the longest-running vehicles to the basics of refinance. As the year enters our rearview mirror, here are the top 10 posts to date.     Longest-lasting vehicles: SUVs are way ahead Some vehicles just don’t like to quit – especially big SUVs. See the models and brands most likely to take you past 200,000 miles, as recorded by iSeeCars.com.  … Read More

Jeep Wrangler SUV in mountains
Buying a car is just the start of the ownership cycle. Having traveled where you need to go, there also comes time to sell and the chance to get some of your money back. At that point, certain vehicles hold significantly more value than others. According to iSeeCars.com, SUVs, pickups and sports cars are best, led by a pair of Jeep Wranglers. The auto research site analyzed close to eight million car sales and found that, whereas the average new car loses almost half its value in five years, the Wrangler Unlimited and two-door Wrangler give up just 30 and… Read More

Holiday season car price tags
  Car buyers rejoice. Black Friday kicks off a season of holiday sales events that create one of the best times of year to shop. From the day after Thanksgiving through New Year, deals abound as automakers offer deep discounts on outgoing year models, dealerships make their own reductions, and both look to finish year-end sales on a high. Despite the abundance, it’s a good idea to plan your purchase so you can take full advantage. That way, you’re better placed to maximize the potential savings and make a smart choice for the seasons ahead. Here are six steps to… Read More

Driver waving acknowledgement from car
  World Kindness Day, tomorrow, is all about making kindness the norm. Sending an uplifting text to a friend, for example. Or treating someone to a cup of coffee. Another suggestion, to be found at the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website, is “letting that guy merge into traffic.” That’s right. Giving an inch and saying: “Hey, yes you, come on into my lane of traffic here. You’re welcome!” You could call that a common courtesy, or just following traffic law, but whichever way you look at it, acts like this make the world better for everyone. Here are six… Read More

Car at gas station pump
  15 ways to improve fuel economy on city roads and highways Gas is an expense that soon adds up on trips like the daily commute, school run or during business use. While it may be hard to do without a vehicle for such journeys, it’s actually not that difficult to trim your costs with better mileage. In the main, it’s just a case of adjusting your driving habits and making sure your car is in good shape. Take these tips on board to go farther after every fill up, and save money as you go.   1. Watch your… Read More

Woman in car receiving keys
  An approval from RoadLoans opens many doors, so let us tell you what kind of vehicle you can step into. Your RoadLoans voucher enables you to buy a new or used car, SUV or pickup truck meeting our flexible buying requirements. That includes a vehicle with up to 110,000 miles and that’s nine years old or newer. So, in the calendar year 2019, model years 2010 and onwards are all eligible. The car should also fit the financing conditions of your preapproved loan, such as the maximum loan amount. Remember that there will be sales tax, title and registration… Read More

Toyota Land Cruiser off road
New cars come and go, but there are some we hold onto longer than others. Mainly, they’re sports cars and SUVs that provide a cherished way to hit the road or dependable transportation year in, year out. That’s according to iSeeCars.com, which analyzed five million vehicle sales to determine the 10 new models we keep longest before selling. Sports cars are most numerous, with five of the 10, including the storied Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang and Porsche 911. Not typically “daily drivers,” these vehicles “don’t accrue high mileage as a result, so it takes them longer to show signs of… Read More

Chevrolet Colorado displayed at Texas Auto Show
  A visit to the State Fair of Texas isn’t complete without a tour of the Texas Auto Show, and this year there’s a generous helping of debuts to feast your eyes upon. For many in these parts, it’s all about the trucks and SUVs. Ram, Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota, Jeep and Nissan all have rugged and luxurious new 2020 editions on show, gleaming under the sun in the Truck Zone or the lights of the Automobile Building. Truck-maker Ram has chosen the fair to introduce three new Texas-sized editions; the Ram 1500 Limited Black Edition along with a Night Edition… Read More

Preparing to apply for a car loan
Applying for an auto loan is easy these days, but it still pays to prepare. Follow some simple steps and complete your application with confidence.   1. Check your credit reports Request your reports from the major credit bureaus to check for errors and dispute any you may find. Correcting mistakes is relatively quick – typically 10-14 business days according to Experian – and can be an easy way to give your credit score a lift.       2. Set a budget Use an affordability calculator to gauge how much you can spend on a car in total, and… Read More

Hyundai Kona
As driver-oriented technology becomes a more significant part of the car experience, so too does the need for getting it right. Automakers are working hard at that, and it’s useful to know where they’ve done it best before splashing the cash on a new vehicle. J.D. Power’s Tech Experience Index Awards have whittled it down to seven models, based on the responses of more than 16,000 owners and lessees of 2019 versions at 90 days of ownership. These vehicles were either all-new or redesigned within the last three years, and assessed in categories including entertainment and connectivity, collision protection, comfort… Read More