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If I refinance auto loan, will my interest rate drop?
Reducing your interest rate – and, coincidentally, your monthly payments – are major reasons to refinance auto loan. And now is a good time to accomplish those two goals, with overall borrowing rates at a near all-time low, according to bankrate.com, despite a late-2012 tick upward. That means you will have more money for other things your family needs. Refinancing is not automatic, of course. Whether you obtain refinancing depends on the same factors as getting a loan in the first place – your credit rating as reported to would-be lenders by the major credit bureaus, the amount of money… Read More

DFW Auto Show a good place to size up new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers
The 2013 DFW Auto Show is “ready to rumble.” Starting today and continuing through the weekend at the Dallas Convention Center, there should be plenty to interest anyone who as any interest in automobiles. The auto show, which got its start more than 30 years ago, “now boasts more than half a million square feet of new cars, trucks and SUVs,” according to publicity for the event. The 700 vehicles in the show represent more than 40 automotive manufacturers, from Ford to Ferrari, from Jeep to Jaguar. Despite higher gas prices, “the stars among this year’s cars put rpms ahead… Read More

Why you should apply at RoadLoans before visiting a dealership
I’m often asked a variation of the following questions: “Why should I apply for automobile financing with RoadLoans before I ever visit a car dealer?” “What is the difference between applying with RoadLoans or the dealer?” This is why so many people choose RoadLoans before going to the dealer to apply for financing. With RoadLoans, you’ll know your approval details before ever leaving your computer. There is no longer a need to wonder if you can get approved or for how much – you will already know. Once you are approved you can immediately start searching for a vehicle that… Read More

Subaru recalling self-starting ‘zombie’ vehicles
Japanese automaker Subaru is recalling nearly 50,000 specially equipped “zombie” vehicles, model years ranging from 2010 to 2013, including Legacy, Outback, Impreza and Crosstrek vehicles, UCN News Now! reported Friday. Vehicles equipped with an automatic or CVT transmission and an Audiovox remote engine starter (RES) accessory may malfunction if the fob is dropped. It may randomly transmit an engine start request without the driver pressing the button. The zombie engine may inadvertently start and run for up to 15 minutes, then continue to start and stop until the fob battery is depleted, or until the vehicle runs out of fuel.… Read More

Auto financing, refinancing are trending for 2013, analysts say
Planning to borrow money for a car loan to purchase a used or new vehicle in 2013? You won’t be the only one, experts say. Despite the economic uncertainties there’s plenty of money available. “Overall, when you look at the industry, you’re seeing continued growth,” Peter Turek, automotive vice president in Chicago-based TransUnion’s financial services business unit, said in an online article by Jim Henry for Automotive News. And that means lots of consumer activity, because you don’t have sales growth without buyers. And you won’t see a lot of car buyers without borrowing – auto financing. Several factors lead… Read More

Do your homework before shopping for a new car or truck
Going car or truck shopping without doing your homework is like, well, taking a team into the big game without a plan. It’s like driving across the country without a map - or GPS device. We were reminded of this when we happened upon Evan Griffey’s Car Buyer’s Checklist – 10 things everyone should consider when buying a new car on MSN Autos. “To help you navigate … the car-buying process and emerge with the most car for the money, we've put together this checklist of what every car buyer should consider” to help you find a vehicle that pushes… Read More

Improve your finances with Auto Loans Made Easy
Last month, a borrower named Ronald S. was searching for an auto loan that would allow him to refinance and improve his financial situation. He was paying off an auto loan with a 23 percent APR, a rate he hoped he could reduce. He conceded that his credit rating wasn’t stellar, so he was looking for a lender that would give him a second chance, permitting him to change the cost of his expensive auto loan and improve his circumstances. Then he came upon RoadLoans, which advertised Auto Loans Made Easy and thought he should give the lender a try.… Read More

Chrysler Group scores best February sales in five years
Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC has reported U.S. sales of 139,015 units, a 4 percent increase compared with sales in February 2012 (133,521 units), and the group’s best February sales since 2008. The Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in February compared with the same month last year. The Dodge brand’s 30 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in February. February was a record-setting month for eight Chrysler Group vehicles. The all-new Dodge Dart compact car continued to build momentum setting an all-time sales record in February… Read More

Save money by refinancing your auto loan
Are your monthly car payments too high? Probably. Many consumers are paying more than they need to pay, whether they are prime, near-prime or “subprime” borrowers, or even have no previous credit history. What can you do about it? Have you considered refinancing your auto loan? Refinancing isn’t just for home loans (mortgages) any more, although that’s the way most people think about it. And it has gotten easier with the availability of consumer-direct lenders on the Internet. If you have a high-interest car loan, you may want to consider refinancing it for the same reasons you might decide to… Read More

How to get the best deal on a new or used car
Buying a new or used vehicle – car, SUV, crossover, pickup – can be a challenging, even a daunting task. Especially if it’s your first purchase. And you don’t have money to burn. You’ll find no shortage of advice on how and where to get yourself the best car or deal, but in the end it’s up to you to find both so you don’t end up as a remorseful shopper after the fact. Second-guessing your choice or purchase days, weeks, even months later can take the joy out of owning a vehicle. At RoadLoans and Santander Auto Finance, our business… Read More

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