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Understanding an upside-down car loan and your options
What is an upside-down car loan? An upside-down car loan can really catch you off balance, and it’s a growing problem in the United States, according to Debt.org, America’s debt help organization. You may have heard the phrase before and are wondering what exactly an upside-down car loan is. It’s a situation in which the money you owe the auto lender is more than the vehicle is actually worth. For example, you still owe the lender $12,000 on your car, but its value is just $9,000, so you are upside down on that loan by $3,000. An upside-down car loan… Read More

10 Reasons SUVs and trucks are perfect college vehicles
As students across the country wrap up their senior year of high school, many are hoping for a graduation gift, preferably one that has four wheels. There are many types of vehicles out there, so making the decision on the best one for these future college students can be very challenging. As a college student myself, I hope to shed some light on what I believe to be the best college vehicles: SUVs and trucks. Based on my experiences and the experiences of friends, here are 10 reasons why every inbound college student should get an SUV or a truck.… Read More

The Top 38 Summer Road Trip Songs
Like many folks, we have plans to hit the highway this summer for a few road trips. Which means in addition to packing enough snacks, water and soft drinks to keep us replenished, we’re going to need a good mix of songs to accompany the journey. And though the technology for making a road trip list of tunes has changed — what used to be created using LPs recorded onto cassettes, now is made in mere minutes with an iTunes or Spotify playlist — the fun of pulling from a wealth of material to create the perfect mix remains. Billboard’s… Read More

It was a tough commute that day.
  Graduating from college is quite a milestone (and congratulations to you). If you’ve followed that up by landing your first job in the “real world” (you’re on a roll), then you might be looking for a cool new car to get you there, and replace that rough-around-the-edges model from your campus days. Here are some options to transport you to work with a bit more style, comfort and modernity, and that won’t break the bank, especially if you opt for a used vehicle. These cars come with the recommendations of expert opinion and consumer polls from Autotrader, Forbes and… Read More

Best state to buy an electric car: Who powers ahead?
    Boil it down to money, and the best place to own an electric vehicle in the United States is Colorado. That’s according to an analysis by the Washington Post, sparked by the passing of a new legislative bill in Colorado, which looked at the discounts and incentives available across the country. The Colorado bill gives car buyers an attractive $5,000 discount at the dealership, which turns into potential tax credits of up to $12,500 when federal subsidies are taken in to account. This sizeable new incentive will be available to Colorado residents from 2017. Laughing all the way… Read More

8 Ways to safely share the road with cyclists
America celebrates national Bike to Work Day every year by encouraging commuters to leave their cars at home for the day and ride their bikes to work! Not only today, but, throughout the month of May, Americans are celebrating cyclists for National Bike Month. According to the League of American Bicyclists, “from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.” Seeing as bicycle transportation has become more common, hopefully we can stay aware and considerate of bikers all year in order to keep our roads both active and safe. Drivers may… Read More

Longest-lasting vehicles – the 200,000+ mile roster
  Looking for a car that will last? If you’re looking to buy a vehicle from among the longest-lasting and most reliable cars on the road, you’re in good company. Many buyers in the U.S. consider the longevity of the vehicle to be important when shopping. Often, buyers do not actually intend to own the vehicle for its entire lifespan, but rather, they see a correlation between longevity and a vehicle that is mechanically dependable with routine maintenance. In reality, this correlation does not always hold; sometimes vehicles that will last a long time require more maintenance than others to… Read More

Best and worst times to buy a used car revealed
  The very best, and worst, times to shop for a used car have been highlighted by new research − and holidays are key. Black Friday, followed by Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, are the top days to pick up deals, while the Fourth of July, Mother’s Day and Easter are among those to avoid, according to a report by iSeeCars.com. The automotive research company analyzed more than 40 million used-car transactions, which took place between 2013 and 2015, to discover at which times there were more deals than average, and when there were fewer, where a deal was classed as… Read More

Comprehensive car safety features list
  When shopping for a car, consumers may notice that many dealers and online sources provide information on certain vehicle safety features. However, they may find themselves asking, “What do these elaborate safety terms mean?” This is a common question that confronts many car buyers. In order to help you get a better understanding of what these terms mean, and to help you optimize the safety features of your car, here’s a comprehensive, easy-to-understand car safety features list. • Active braking systems – Car brakes on its own in order to prevent imminent crash. • Adaptive/autonomous cruise control – Maintains… Read More

My kind of car: Why everyone loves the crossover SUV
  A truck, the Ford F-150, may be the best-selling vehicle in the United States but it is the crossover that occupies the fertile middle ground in the auto market. And it shows no sign of leaving. The crossover, born of the sports utility vehicle (SUV), has become the dominant automobile segment with 30 percent of the new car market, according to 2015 U.S. auto sales figures summarized by Car and Driver. Car buyers just can’t get enough of these sleek, smooth but high-riding and practical vehicles at the moment. Year-to-date figures to the end of March 2016, published by… Read More

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