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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

Nissan Maxima luxury mid-size car
A quiet engine. A super-comfortable seat. Interior storage that fits your every need. These are just a few of the things that can form the overall car ownership experience and determine how happy a buyer is with their purchase. They’ve also been recorded to let shoppers know which vehicles provide most satisfaction. AutoPacific, an automotive marketing and product-consulting firm, asked 50,000 new car, truck and SUV owners for their feedback on 32 separate attributes, and let the results speak for themselves.   Satisfaction guaranteed? The Nissan Maxima claims the luxury mid-size car satisfaction award for the… Read More

When is the best time to buy a car?
  5 great opportunities to find a deal The best time to buy a new car might simply be when you need it most. But if your purchase is not urgent and maximizing savings is your goal, there are some dates on the calendar it certainly helps to know about. The following are all smart times to visit the dealership and shop for a deal.   1. Late in the month The last week and particularly the last weekend of the month are often when dealership staff need to sell the final cars that enable them to meet their sales… Read More

Man using car infotainment system
  There’s plenty of choice these days, but which infotainment systems are best? Consumer Reports members can speak to that. First of all, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto trump built-in devices, although it’s close. Sixty-four and 59 percent of members said they were very satisfied with these respective options in a survey encompassing 60,000 vehicles. The same degree of satisfaction across automaker infotainment was 58 percent. For the smartphone-compatible systems, car owners highlighted the easy-to-use design of Apple CarPlay, while Google Assistant’s voice control was a particular strength of Android Auto – beating many built-in equivalents. Built-in systems, however, were… Read More

Subaru Impreza sedan and five-door parked by trees
It’s back-to-school shopping season, and one of the largest items on the list could be a car. What sort of car it is will probably vary, depending on whether you’re approaching the purchase as a student or parent. As a student, you might be relishing the prospect of your very first vehicle and envisioning the coolest new ride in which to enjoy your independence. As a parent, you may be more concerned with safety and cost. Providing a meeting place between the two are Kelley Blue Book’s 10 best for the new school year. Handpicked by the editors, these vehicles… Read More

Jeep Wrangler on mountain track
Winning an auto award is one thing. Winning time after time is another and suggests that vehicle, or brand, is seriously worth considering. Pricing and research site Kelley Blue Book is continually assessing the latest models and, as a result, has arrived at its most-awarded cars and car companies for 2019. The “best of the best” vehicles have racked up multiple accolades across categories including best buy, 10 best, 5-year cost to own, resale value and more. As such, they include a mix of car, SUV, minivan and truck options that could help you start or streamline your shopping list.… Read More