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Cyber Security Strategies on the Rise for the Automotive World

As computers become more and more integrated with vehicle technology, concerns are being raised about the possibility of automotive-focused cyber attacks. From air bags to theft protection, navigation to ignition timing and many areas in between, computers aid in controlling various aspects of your vehicle. The good news is that there are already steps being […]

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Longer Auto Financing Terms Are on the Rise

Current automotive trends are showing an increasing popularity in longer-term financing options. Experian Automotive reports that 24.9% of all new-car financing agreements were between 73 and 84 months in the first quarter of 2014. That’s a striking growth of 27.6% since the first quarter of 2013. The big shift may stem from the fact that […]

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The Best Automotive Apps for Smartphones

If you can think of it, it’s pretty much guaranteed that there’s an app for it. There are many ways that you can take advantage of your smartphone technology to enhance your driving experience. Here are some apps that can help you both on and off the road. Dash Cam With a dash camera, you […]

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Digital Driver’s Licenses Coming Soon to Iowa

We’re living in an increasingly technology-driven time. We can take a picture of our checks and they’ll be cashed at our banks, our information can be stored in the “cloud,” and now, in Iowa, drivers will soon have the ability to store their driver’s licenses digitally with a free mobile app. The app, which wouldn’t […]

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2015 North American International Auto Show

Big announcements abound in Detroit as the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) gets underway. Ally Auto is an official sponsor of the event, which is known as the premier showcase of automotive style, technology and innovation. Here are highlights of some of the biggest news to come out of the show’s Press Preview […]

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Importance of Test Driving

The Importance of Test Driving Imagine going shopping for a whole new wardrobe and not trying on a single thing. That probably wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, right? And you’d be taking a gamble with your money before you knew whether or not the clothes you just bought will fit you the way […]

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How to Survive a Holiday Road Trip with Kids

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? As the holidays roll around and plans are being made for family gatherings, keep in mind that you’ll need to plan for more than just the weather when it comes to your upcoming holiday road trip. Long drives in the car take a toll, especially when […]

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The Benefits of Donating Your Car to Charity

As the end of the year approaches, many people begin looking for last-minute tax deductions. If you’re in the market for a new car, one of the factors to consider in the decision-making process is whether or not to donate your old vehicle. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind as […]

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Budgeting for Your New Vehicle

  When you’re looking for a new car, calculating monthly costs is imperative to ensure you’re not committing to spend beyond your means – especially when you consider that most car financing terms are up to around five and half years, according to Edmunds.com. For even the most modest of vehicles, when you add in things […]

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What to Consider When Researching a New Car

When you consider that buying a car likely will be the second largest purchase you ever make, the weight of the decision can be overwhelming. There are several things to take into account, and that means you’ll need to do some research. Don’t worry—we’ve gathered a list of several things you should look for as […]