Smart Driving

Emergency Apps: Smartphone Apps for Your Safety

Our phones are our constant companions – we use them to check emails, monitor bank balances, pay bills, take pictures and as technology continues to advance — even save lives. Emergency apps for your smartphone are the best way to monitor your own safety and the safety of others important to you. There are many […]

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Understanding Extra Payments to Your Amount Financed

When it comes to making monthly payments on your auto financing, it’s important to know that you may have options beyond paying the fixed amount. Paying extra toward your account can, in the long run, reduce the amount you pay in finance charges over the life of your financing. As Fortune.com1 points out, the dollars […]

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Best Cars for Teens: New or Used?

  When the time rolls around to hand the keys over to your new teen driver, it’s perfectly normal to feel a large sense of responsibility. After all, your child — who it seems was just in diapers yesterday — is now maneuvering heavy machinery all on his or her own. It only makes sense […]

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Understanding What Determines Gas Prices

  Anyone who has filled a gas tank in recent weeks has likely noticed a big difference in the cost of fueling up. While it may have seemed that national averages would never again dip below $3.00 a gallon, consumers received a pleasant surprise in recent weeks as the average cost now sits at $2.453 […]

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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 […]

Smart Driving

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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