Positive signs for Chrysler Capital, auto finance industry
Two months after launching Chrysler Capital, signs are that the financial services provider focused on Chrysler Group dealers and customers is off to a strong start in an industry rebounding from a years-long recession. Between its debut and mid-June, Chrysler Capital wrote about 21 percent of consumer loan and lease originations at Chrysler Group's 2,500 dealerships in the United States, the most of any lender. Chrysler Capital, now Chrysler's preferred finance provider, gives the automaker’s dealerships a stronger lineup of loan choices for car shoppers, and that is showing in the results already. “I consider that pretty strong right out… Read More

Road Trip: Where to go for summer vacation, according to AAA survey
Going into the long July 4 weekend, the very definition of summer for many folks, it is the perfect time to think about summer road trips – whether that’s a long weekend or a couple weeks. The kids are out of school and you have vacation time available. But then comes the most important question: Where will you go for that summer road trip. What will you tell the kids when they ask, “Are we there yet?” Where IS there? Well, “there” can be a lot of different places, so we looked to AAA to help identify the best destinations.… Read More

What to know about green cars, other vehicles as more hit American roads [Infographic]
When green cars, SUVs and trucks hit the road, everyone seems to notice. More and more – total vehicle numbers and models – are doing just that. About one in 250 vehicles now on the road are so-called green vehicles – green cars, SUVs and trucks – that is, not standard gasoline-engine vehicles, according to Grist news and the U.S. Department of Transportation. Considering the segment growth, we thought it would be fun and informative to take a graphic look at green vehicles and their still small, but increasing influence on American motorists and driving. The accompanying infographic, “Green with… Read More

Top Five Formula 1 Teams chase world championship at Silverstone, Nurburgring
Two Santander-sponsored Formula 1 races, Santander British Grand Prix (June 28-30) at Silverstone and Grosser Preis Santander Von Deutschland (July 6-7) at Nurburgring in Germany, will provide the top teams an opportunity to edge closer to the coveted season championship at the season’s midpoint. Those teams include Ferrari with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, sponsored by European-based banking giant, Santander. In addition to the Ferrari racing team, Santander sponsors the McLaren team drivers. Here are the top five teams and points in this year’s competition: Red Bull (201 points) The team made their grand prix debut in 2005. The Red Bull driving… Read More

Road trip: Across the Rocky Mountains in Colorado
I departed from Dallas’ Love Field airport on Friday, June 14, en route to Vail, Colo. (see photo), to coach my summer lacrosse team in a tournament there. The trip was my first encounter with the magnificent Rocky Mountains. The team’s coaches flew to Denver and decided to remain there for the weekend before we went to the tournament, which started on Monday in Vail. While in Denver, which sits at the foot of the Rockies, we went to Red Rocks Park just outside of the city and hiked the trail:… Read More

Vehicle financing basics for buyers with good or bad credit
If you’re looking for a new vehicle, then chances are you also are or will be looking for vehicle financing. It’s just a fact of life for most people. And it probably is your goal to land vehicle financing without breaking the bank. “If you're like most people, paying cash to buy a new car just isn't in the realm of possibility,” writes Lee Ann Obringer in an article “How Car Financing Works” online at “And even if it's in the realm, you may not want to deplete your savings account to buy a new vehicle. This means that… Read More

GAP coverage insures vehicle owners’ satisfaction
I had several customers tell me on one day recently that they are very excited RoadLoans offers GAP coverage. One customer told me a story about when she had a collision and totaled her vehicle. She mentioned that she was stressed out enough having to call attorneys, go to the doctor, deal with the insurance companies and everything else that comes with having a bad accident. But when she found out that the insurance company was only paying off a portion of what she owed on her loan, she was completely crushed. Can you imagine still owing thousands of dollars on a… Read More

Share your favorite road trip photo and win!
It is summertime, and the weather…well, it can be warm to extremely hot depending on where you live. But that doesn't stop adventurous folks from taking a road trip on the weekends. Oftentimes, these trips turn out to be a lot of fun: Parents who've been busy with work get to spend quality time with their children and make long-lasting memories, for example. The digital revolution has made remembering and capturing special moments very easy. We encourage you to share your road trip stories on this summer. We will post your travel tales (pictures) on our social media channels: Facebook, Google+ and… Read More

Road Trip: Gas prices may be less painful for summer vacation
Anyone who fills up the family vehicle’s gas tank regularly – and, let’s face it, that’s most of us – knows the meaning of the well-worn phrase “pain at the pump.” But that pain can hurt most on a summer vacation or road trip when fill-ups are most frequent. Still, motorists may catch a break this summer as average gas prices nationally are expected to run about $3.50 per gallon for road trips during the months June through September, down from the last two years, down even from an earlier prediction by the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration. “U.S.… Read More

Special FIAT by Gucci Edition ready to hit the road again in North America
Hear the name Gucci, and cars aren’t usually what come to mind. The guru of high-fashion handbags and accessories is more quickly associated with fashion shows rather than auto shows. That’s unless you're talking about the FIAT by Gucci Edition 500 and 500c (Cabrio), because then the design partners suggest, success of the model is in the bag. Back by popular demand, the 2013 limited-edition 500 and 500c FIAT by Gucci Edition models will return to America with a new appearance inside and out while continuing to meet the popularity and market demand of the previous edition, according to the carmaker.… Read More

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