Resale value key consideration when buying new car, truck or SUV
Resale value. It’s not necessarily one of the first things customers consider when thinking about purchasing a new car, truck or SUV. But maybe it should be.   Because if you expect to trade in or sell a vehicle before it gets too old, resale value is an important consideration even as you research vehicles to purchase. “Black Book highlighted two-year-old vehicles, posting the top retention values,” according to last week’s issue of Auto Remarketing – The News Media of the Pre-owned Industry. On Black Book’s list of 18 models with the highest value retention, Toyota secured the top three… Read More

Some Mother’s Day gift ideas for a free-wheeling Mom
With Mother’s Day around the corner, everyone is scrambling to make sure that basket of flowers, fruits or chocolates makes it to the mom’s house in time.  But if your mom spends more of her time behind the wheel, ditch the roses and give her something that will make her more comfortable on the road. Here are a few mobile Mother’s Day gift ideas: New steering wheel cover:  Whether she’s the leather type or prefers something soft and fuzzy, an upgrade to the steering wheel cover will make her think of you every time she touches the wheel. Remote car… Read More

Road Trip: Food for thought when you’re traveling
For me, food is an essential part of any road trip. It's a way to embrace the experience of travel, and a good excuse to stretch the legs. It's one of the things about a road trip that can draw my attention to the journey, rather than the destination. For a road trip so good you can taste it, try these tips: Old Faithfuls It's a road trip! Let yourself have a little fun with some of your favorite treats, just don't overdo it. It's easy to let two peanut butter cups - or four - make you feel less… Read More

How to shop for the best summer car, SUV or truck deal
With summer just over a month away, it’s time to think about whether you’ll go through the vacation and travel season, and then back to school in the fall, with your current car or truck – or shop for another family  vehicle. A lot of drivers already are shopping for new vehicles in 2013, with new-car sales generally higher, and that trend is expected to continue. Micheline Maynard, writing at, offered several “Ways to Get a Smart Summer Car Deal.” “In order to get a smart summer deal, you need to do some home work,” Maynard wrote. “Those super-attractive… Read More

Bad credit car loans put new, used vehicles within reach
Bad credit can get in the way of car shopping. Sure, it’s easier to get to get a car loan if you have good credit, but not everyone has good credit. “Some estimates show that 25 percent of American adults are saddled with bad credit,” according to the website “Yet, thousands of these individuals manage to get car loans every day.” Those are the shoppers for whom RoadLoans is the answer. Having a less-than-perfect credit record, while a hurdle when you seek financing, should not prevent you from getting a car loan to purchase the new or used vehicle you want.… Read More

Road Trip: Sri Lanka provides amazing roadside views and sweet surprises!
I come from a family that loves the open road. During road trips, my two siblings and I gave my parents a headache from the time we got into our minivan. I remember packing little snacks and claiming the window seat, every time! I liked to put down the window and feel the cool breeze run across my face. In Sri Lanka, where I grew up, you could smell the ocean when you got close to the coast and smell tea when you got close to the mountains. I live in the U.S. now, but recently my whole family went… Read More

Road Trip: Going to Guthrie
Location: Dallas, TX Destination: Guthrie, OK Distance: 234 Miles As a mother of three, it’s not very often that I get a little quiet time. That’s why when I had the opportunity to take off for a weekend, a flurry of options immediately flooded my mind. In the end, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in  eight years…hit the road, alone. My girlfriend, Lisa, lives in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and has been begging me to come visit her new home and semi-new husband. So, I filled up… Read More

An auto emergency kit worthy of Iron Man’s suit
I always thought of the emergency kit gadgets in Iron Man’s suit (check out the latest armor in Iron Man 3) as being something like a more comprehensive version of those in Batman’s utility belt - not entirely necessary, but undeniably cool. Batman didn’t leave home without his Shark Repellant Spray, his Shark Repellant Spray. In any case, the message is clear: be prepared with your own emergency kit. Superhero or not, being ready for the unexpected is always a good idea - especially when it comes to being in a vehicle out on the road. Here are some things you… Read More

Car maintenance advice for summer driving, family vacations
Now that winter is behind us and the spring/summer driving season has arrived, it’s time to think about, what else, car maintenance. OK, so that’s not what you want to think about. But doing so now can save you lots of grief later. Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand, is offering guidance in the form of 10 tips for spring vehicle maintenance to help you ensure months of smooth travel. “Vehicles need to be in shape for the summer travel season,” said Pat Dougherty, Vice President of Sales and Product Development at Mopar, according to Newspress USA.… Read More

Infographic: 10 reasons we love a truck
The numbers for the March auto sales are out and things are looking up. Manufacturers such as Honda, Volkswagen, Chrysler, GM, Ford and others saw increases in year over year new car and truck sales. One vehicle line in particular, the Ford F-series, saw a huge spike in the amount of units moved. According to Kansas City Business Journal reporter James Dornbrook, the Ford F-series truck had “sales up 16.3 percent to 67,513 in March compared with a year ago.” Living in Texas, this hardly comes as a surprise. It seems like every month is “Truck Month” with dealers across… Read More

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