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Should I buy new vehicle or used vehicle?
A few days ago, RoadLoans’ Brian Cupp spoke with a customer who wondered about whether there are advantages to buying a new car compared to a used car. “Which is better and smartest to buy, Brian?” the customer asked. Cupp responded by asking the caller some questions. “First, what kind of car do you want? How much are you looking to spend? And where do you want your monthly payment to be?” The customer knew exactly what he wanted and exactly how much he wanted to spend. “That is the first step in determining whether or not it is better… Read More

5 more keys to car shopping [Infographic]
  5 More Keys to Car Shopping Unlock the Mystery to Buying the Right Ride – Part 2 What Can You Afford? Let your budget do the driving. Spend too much and it could end up costing you even more. Factors to consider: Overspending Repossession Late fees Debt collection Reputation Credit rating   Sell or Trade Your Vehicle? Trading your vehicle at the dealership may be quick and easy, but it may not be painless. Selling your own car can get you more dollars, but requires patience and good judgment.   Leasing vs. Buying You are a candidate for leasing… Read More

FindTheBest: 2013 model cars, pickups, SUVs
Readers love lists. We love lists. And lists of top-rated automobiles, whatever the ratings system, are among our favorites. One of the most interesting we spotted recently is “FindTheBest” (FTB) – 2013 model vehicles in this case – at cars.findthebest.com, which promises “unbiased, data-driven, comparisons.” “With 890 [current model] cars to choose from, we can help you find one (to meet your needs),” says the website. “A car is a huge investment, so it's important to get the one that's right for you.” At the top of the FTB listing is the 2013 Subaru BRZ, followed by the BRZ Limited,… Read More

The art of negotiating the best car deal
Recently a friend of mine asked, “How do you get the best deal when shopping for a vehicle?” I replied that the buying process - negotiating the best car deal - can be a challenge. However, following are some simple things you can do to get the best deal. First, get your financing upfront. You are in control at the dealership if you have your financing wrapped up. Why? You know your approval amount, rate, down payment and terms. There will be no surprises since you are not dependent on the dealership to find you financing. Second, do your homework. Know what you… Read More

Jeep, Oprah big winners among 2013 Super Bowl car commercials
The results are in on the Super Bowl. No, not those results. We knew the game outcome Sunday evening. We're talking about the Super Bowl of commercials airing during the big game. Of course, we took a special interest in the car commercials. And just like the game itself, there were winners and losers at the end of the day. We surveyed various media reports to see whether there was a consensus on the best and the worst car-related television commercials and found, as you might expect, a fair amount of agreement, but also several stark differences. Among the online… Read More

5 keys to car shopping [Infographic]
  5 Keys to Car Shopping Unlock the Mystery to Buying the Right Ride - Part 1 Know Your Shopping Style Are you a “value” shopper, “image” shopper, “methodical” or “safety-conscious”? How you answer that question will go a long way toward making the right purchase choice. Value Shoppers USA – 25% UK – 18% Canada – 21% Image Shopper USA – 27% UK – 22% Canada – 19% Methodical USA – 21% UK – 20% Canada – 21%   Narrow Your Shopping List Size, performance, color, style, comfort, every detail matters. But narrow your search by creating a short… Read More

“Automakers creating buzz for Super Bowl commercials” online at Bayoubuzz, “For automakers, Super Bowl ad brawl has already begun” on NBCNews.com, and “Super Bowl 2013: Detroit automakers drastically different on ads” on MLive.com. Headlines from a quick online search for “automakers Super Bowl” provide an interesting picture of how competitive the game before the game has become. In most previous years, fans looked forward to commercial breaks from the game to get a look at some of the most creative advertising images viewers were likely to see all year. This year still should provide plenty of entertainment during traditional breaks,… Read More

So you think the interest rate on your current auto loan is too high? Lenders and financial experts have an answer for that. It’s an auto loan refinance, and it works just like refinancing your home mortgage loan to take advantage of lower interest. “If you are feeling stuck with a high interest rate car loan that you really cannot afford, you should consider refinance,” according to RoadLoans. “Despite what you might think, auto loan refinance is a quick-and-easy process. It is not as complicated as refinancing a mortgage.” With an auto loan refinance, you may pay off your “existing… Read More

Innovation drives car buyers to choose most-valued vehicles
Hyundai, Volkswagen-Audi, BMW and Chevrolet may seem about as different as night and day – and day and night – but when American car buyers attach value to those manufacturers’ vehicles, all four can make a compelling case for the most-valued-vehicle  ranking. "Innovation is the strongest single predictor of which cars, brands and corporations are seen as the best value, or Total Value in our study," says Alexander Edwards, President of Strategic Vision. The model with the highest Total Value Index score from 77,153 new car buyers for 2012 is the Hyundai Equus, which leads the Luxury Car category in… Read More

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