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America’s ‘most buzzworthy’ vehicle
  For popularity, accolades and awards, the Ford F-150 keeps on rolling. Like it’s engine, it’s nothing if not reliable. Not only was the F-150 America’s top-selling vehicle in 2016, Ford’s immensely successful truck created the most social buzz last year. That’s according to a new report by Adobe Digital Insights, part of the software company, which makes the Ford F-150 its 2016 Automobile of the Year based on social media mentions, social sentiment and online visits. In second and third came the Audi A4 and the Honda Civic. Adobe’s report took an in-depth look at the auto industry through… Read More

Downtown Atlanta.
  It was sort of a last-minute idea. My husband hadn’t seen his Atlanta-based sister and nephew in quite a few years and his sister hadn’t ever met our youngest, 7-year-old Westley. So, what better way to catch up with far-away family than with an impromptu road trip? In addition to a sister, my husband’s nephew and family of four also lived near Atlanta, in the northern suburb of Alpharetta. So, we’d decided to make an event of it. It would be a holiday family… Read More

Most-loved cars, a dozen best buys and the road to Hades
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 and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. 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, and links to the SC posts if you want to read… Read More

How to use your tax refund for a car purchase
If you’re in the market for a new vehicle then you should know something about tax season: tax refunds and car loans are a good match.* One of the main reasons is the chance for qualified buyers to use their tax refund for a down payment on a car. The average income tax refund in recent years has been around $3,000, and buyers may decide to use all or part of that check as money down. A down payment may help when purchasing a vehicle because lowering the amount of money that needs to be borrowed may also lower the… Read More

1982 Four-door Ford Escort hatchback, photo courtesy of HatchHeaven.com
  My dad agreed to buy both my brother and I our first cars. Any vehicles we owned beyond those, we were on our own. I was a lucky kid and I knew it. I wasn’t picky about the car I got. After all, I wasn’t paying for it, so how could I possibly afford to be picky? I only wanted three things: 1. Any color EXCEPT brown 2. No manual transmissions 3. Good gas mileage Then, we stumbled upon a used vehicle at the Ford dealership… Read More

Chevrolet Bolt EV.
  With car technology moving at such a pace the latest developments can become a blur. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up in 2017. Affordable, 200-mile EVs arrive We’ll be seeing more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road thanks in part to the entrance of the Chevrolet Bolt. General Motors’ vehicle is both affordable, starting from $29,995 after federal tax credits, and practical, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on full charge, which promises to carry the EV closer to the car-buying mainstream. The Bolt is already on sale… 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 in 2017. 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

41 ‘Best buys’ for new-car shoppers
  If 2017 is going to be your year for a new car, here’s some food for thought to help the selection process. Consumer Guide Automotive recently announced its Best Buy Awards with 41 recommendations across 21 categories, to provide “clear, easy choices for consumers.” Each best buy “represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class,” says the car-review publisher. The categories include everything from standout subcompacts to exceptional SUVs, and new for the 2017 awards is the Family Vehicle Best… Read More

A Toyota Corolla Tercel similar to Andy's first car. Tercel means male hawk, by the way. Credit: ToyotaReference.com
I was the third person in my family to have the same first car. My father bought my mother a brand new 1981 Toyota Corolla Tercel to haul my sister and me around town. It was a solid car, dependable, easy to work on, great gas mileage, but pretty basic. My sister got her learner’s permit right around the time my father decided it was time to get my mother another new car, so the Toyota became my sister’s first car. She drove it for a few years and, while she took good care of it, it was showing its… Read More

Car terms to know for the holidays
    As you venture onto the roads for the holidays, here are some car terms and tips to keep in mind and help the season go smoothly. Designated driver – It’s the season of parties, and if you’re travelling in a group, make sure you designate someone who won’t be drinking alcohol to drive safely. Defensive driving – Not everyone drives responsibly at this time of year, however, and there may be drunk or distracted drivers on the road. Staying alert and driving defensively, through practices like anticipating dangerous situations and other drivers’ mistakes, will help you stay safe.… Read More

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