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Used car prices at lowest level in four years, Edmunds.com reports
If you are among millions of car shoppers each year – seven out of every 10 – who buy a used vehicle from a franchised dealer, Edmunds.com has good news. “Used car prices have hit their lowest levels in four years,” according to Edmunds.com, the car shopping and automotive information website, in its Used Car Market Quarterly Report last week. “The data suggests that the used car market is finally softening after years of notoriously elevated prices.” The third-quarter report says that “the average used car sold by franchise dealers in the third quarter of 2013 was $15,617. … The last… Read More

RoadLoans – Who we are (Part 2)
RoadLoans wants to create a car-buying experience that meets the needs of our customers, and empowers them to make the best decision for their lives, as we described in Part 1 of “RoadLoans – Who we are.” Part 2 of “Who we are” is about how we have tried to incorporate the most innovative technology available to improve the online experience. “We receive thousands of applications every month,” said Scott Rundle, V.P. of Direct Originations for RoadLoans. “Because of the volume, it’s important that we employ every technical advantage we have to create the best online experience possible.” Convenience is… Read More

RoadLoans – Who we are (Part 1)
There are a lot of things you probably already know about RoadLoans – that we are one of the leading sources for online auto and truck financing, that we provide financing for customers nationwide, and that we don’t mind working with people who have challenging credit histories. But what you may not know is why we do what we do. Our aim is to help people get into cars and, as a result, improve their quality of life. Sounds a little too emotional for a financial services company, right? Well the truth is, we don’t want to be thought of… Read More

Subaru Forester ‘Best Car to Buy’; Honda Accord Hybrid named ‘Best Green Car’
The Subaru Forester is the “Best Car to Buy 2014” and the Honda Accord Hybrid the “Best Green Car to Buy 2014,” according to editors of High Gear Media publications.   The Forester was one of 15 cars nominated for the honor, the Honda one of five. The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Porsche Cayman were named best luxury/performance cars. The winners were named by expert editors from High Gear Media's car shopping and automotive news sites The Car Connection, Motor Authority, and Green Car Reports. "The 2014 Subaru Forester is, hands down,… Read More

Consumer Reports 10 most improved vehicle designs
Now that we know the 10 top-rated vehicle redesigns of the last 15 years – yesterday’s post on The Open Road blog – we’ll look at the 10 most improved designs of more recent cars, brought to us by Consumer Reports. Only one vehicle – the “impressive” 2014 Chevrolet Impala – made both lists. “The Impala scored not only the greatest points gain (32) among the 10 vehicles in the CR rankings but also the highest point total (95),” according to Consumer Reports, which ranked vehicles by improvement in the overall test… Read More

Cars.com top 10 vehicle makeovers of the last 15 years
Sometimes judging whether we like the design of a car, SUV or truck happens year to year. And sometimes it takes a little longer. Considering the long and short of it, the automotive research website, Cars.com, recently named its “Top 10 Most-Improved Cars from the Past 15 Years.” The list is interesting as well as instructive to would-be car and truck buyers who may have dated opinions of some vehicles on the list. Among the 10 top-rated redesigns are three Chevrolets and two Chrysler Group vehicles, as well as one each of… Read More

Toyota hits speed bump in latest Consumer Reports ratings
It’s a tough year for Toyota at Consumer Reports. Several of the auto manufacturer’s nameplates lost their “Recommended” status in the latest of CR’s Annual Auto Reliability ratings and rankings, according to The Car Connection electronic newsletter. “It's likely the results were met with a collective wince over at Toyota,” wrote Bengt Halvorson. “While the automaker – and its Lexus luxury counterpart – still ranked above all others in reliability,” Halvorson reported at The Car Connection, “the consumer publication revoked its 'recommended' status for the best-selling Camry, as well as the Toyota RAV4 and… Read More

Road Trips – where to find tips online for holiday travel
With the holidays fast approaching – you can tell by all the talk of Black Friday – ‘tis the season to think about all the festivities. And how you’re going to get to them. If you’re like many people, there is a road trip in your near future. So we’ve put together this blog post leading you to some of our favorite articles on the Internet with tips for safe holiday road travel. (For more timely suggestions, see our Tuesday infographic, “Holiday Road Trip – A dozen great ways to prepare for an automobile… Read More

Holiday road trip tips for a happy family journey
Road trips are as much a part of the holiday landscape for many as turkey and presents – and in some places, snow. But the way you plan your road trip can make all the difference between a long, uncomfortable, even unpleasant drive and the sort of family adventure that makes memories that can last a lifetime. Who wouldn’t rather arrive at grandma’s house bursting with holiday spirit, ready for the festivities? To help with your planning, we’ve put together a colorful infographic, “Holiday Road Trip – A dozen great ways to prepare for an automobile adventure,” that captures some of… Read More

Five finalists named for 2014 Green Car of Year
Green Car Journal has named its five finalists for the 2014 “Green Car of the Year” award in advance of the LA Auto Show, where it will name the winner in late November. Nominees for the 2014 car-of-the-year award are the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. These five finalists are also honored as the Journal’s “Top 5 Green Cars for 2014" and earn the magazine's "Green Car Product of Excellence" honors. The magazine will announce the top award winner during the auto show’s press days, Nov.… Read More

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