Ford scores highest in customer brand loyalty, Experian says
American consumers are more loyal to Ford Motor Company than other major auto manufacturers, such as General Motors, Toyota and Volkswagen, says a report from Experian Automotive and posted online by The Car Connection – Blogs and News. “Ford has the competition beat,” said the recent Car Connection online post by Richard Read. “Ford dominated the showrooms in both corporate and brand loyalty during the last three months of 2012.” Corporate loyalty is a consumer's devotion to a particular automaker, regardless of brand, while brand loyalty means, for example, a Ford customer returns to purchase another Ford. Perhaps the best… Read More

Tips for car buying
Are you trying to figure out your next steps in life? Just graduate from high school? First job? Having a baby? ... having another baby? Empty nester? Whatever your stage of life, you will most likely need to reevaluate your vehicle situation. So to help all of you with the next phase, here are 10 tips for car buying that you can use before you show up at the car dealership: Have someone with a good credit history co-sign the loan with you to help you get a better interest rate, which will in turn lower your monthly payments. Shop your price… Read More

Where to find help online for new car and used car shopping
The beauty of new car or used car shopping in the internet age is the amount of information at your fingertips. The trouble with car shopping in the internet age is, well, the amount of information at your fingertips. Sorting through all that online material can make the process of car shopping seem a lot more difficult – and a lot less fun. And it’s only worse if you don’t know where or how to start. But if you can get started and use some of the websites we found, the experience of shopping for a new car, or even… Read More

How to know if auto leasing or buying is right for you
Should I lease a car or buy one?  It’s a common question when consumers think of getting a new car. For some, leasing is a difficult call. It’s tantamount to renting an apartment. We have been conditioned, trained, brought up, if you will, to believe that the goal in life is to flat-out own everything you spend money on, right? Well, believe it or not, leasing a car can have its advantages, if you know what you’re doing. The same can be said for buying. Let’s take look at the pros and cons of leasing versus buying. The Pros Most… Read More

Bruised credit auto loan or refinance? Then start your search here
People struggling with bruised credit often are left searching for ways to get approved for an auto loan to buy that special car they always wanted – but never could get around to purchasing after circumstances damaged their credit. However, RoadLoans has changed the car-buying experience for anyone with bruised credit who can’t seem to get a break from other lenders. RoadLoans has unveiled a new program, “Buyers Rejoice,” that takes advantage of the ease of applying and getting approved for auto loans that buyers otherwise might not obtain. Because of this program and others like it, RoadLoans has become… Read More

March new car sales highest in more than five years, says KBB
New car sales were expected to remain steady at a 15.2 million seasonally adjusted annual rate in March, according to a report in the April 1 edition of Used Car News. Although percentage improvements were slightly slower than the first two months of the year, the expected 1.45 million unit total was on track to be the highest monthly sales total since August 2007. The results would be a 3.2 percent increase from last year, according to Kelley Blue Book. However, after adjusting for selling days in March, sales were expected to improve by more than 7 percent. At the… Read More

How to negotiate new car deal when you have a trade-in
Do you have new car fever? Make sure you get a good deal on both the new car and the vehicle you are trading by doing your homework before going out to a dealership! Research trade-in value When you are considering trading in your used car, you should know the difference between the trade-in value and the loan, or retail, value. The trade-in value is what a dealer will give you for your car in a trade for a new car. The loan value is what a bank will loan you on a new car, and the retail value is… Read More

This makes auto loan refinance worth effort
With auto loan interest rates in the low single digits on average for new- and used-car financing, it’s getting more and more painful to think about making high-interest, monthly payments. RoadLoans has an answer for that: auto loan refinance. And plenty of RoadLoans customers know about that from first-hand experience. “I wasn't really sure if I could refinance my car,” new customer Dave W. wrote several weeks ago, “But after talking with RoadLoans, it was a great decision. They saved me $150 a month by refinancing my car through them.” Dave rated RoadLoans, a Dallas-based company that specializes in auto… Read More

How to find, purchase the right AAA top-commuter vehicle
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to drive any one of the hundreds of vehicle models you encounter during your crowded, daily commute to and from work? Of course you have. It’s a great way to pass the time. If you’re driving, you have to pay attention to the traffic anyway – well, theoretically. So why not get some pleasure out of it, wondering what it might be like to own/drive this car or that on your regular commuting route. You could call it window shopping, and it just might influence your next vehicle purchase. Well, experts… Read More

2013 Honda, BMW, Toyota win ‘Best Overall’ brand image awards, says Kelley Blue Book
Honda, BMW and Toyota top the 2013 Brand Image Awards for best overall non-luxury, luxury and truck brands, respectively, based on annual car-buyer perception ratings, according to Kelley Blue Book. Besides “Best Overall,” Honda also was recognized as “Most Trusted” brand and “Best Value” brand, with Chrysler, MINI and Ford each also winning a non-luxury category. Among luxury brands, Porsche won two categories, “Best Performance” and “Best Car Styling,” while BMW, Lexus, Buick and Mercedes-Benz each won one category. The Brand Image Awards are based on consumer automotive perception data from KBB’s Market Intelligence Brand Watch study. Brand Watch is… Read More

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