Smart Driving

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 […]

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Auto Loans vs. Retail Contracts: How to Finance Your Car

When you’re considering buying a new (or used) car, it’s much more exciting to focus on the car details (cloth or leather seats? steel gray metallic or carbon black?) than how you’ll actually pay for the car. However, according to Experian Automotive, more than 84% of consumers secured financing for their new car in the […]

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Tips for a Successful Summer Road Trip

Summer is in full force, and for many that means it’s time to pack up the car and head out on a road trip adventure. Whether you’re planning to travel with a friend, by yourself or with the whole family, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can ensure your trip […]

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Auto Financing: What to Know Before Buying or Leasing a Vehicle

Many questions arise when it comes time to buy or lease a vehicle, especially if it’s your first time around. After all, a new vehicle may be the first big expense you take on. It’s a good idea to prepare yourself from the outset so you’ll know exactly what to expect before you make this […]

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How to Get the Most Value from Your Vehicle Trade-In

  If you’ve decided that it’s time to trade in your current car for a new model, there are some things you’ll want to keep in mind as you go through the process. Read on to learn what you can do to help maximize your vehicle’s trade-in value. Research Your Vehicle’s Value When it comes […]

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Seven Ecodriving Tips for a Greener Lifestyle

Ecodriving is an initiative stemming from bipartisan efforts to encourage environmentally friendly driving, according to Advance Auto Parts. As EcoDrive.org points out, ecodriving refers to driving smarter and using fuel more efficiently. It’s also focused on using new technologies to reduce pollution, protect the climate and ensure safety. We’ve spoken with AutoTrader.com consumer shopping expert […]

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Auto Finance Glossary: Key Buying and Leasing Terms

Buying or leasing a car or truck is exciting, but can be complicated. Using the right words when negotiating for a vehicle can help you make the best choice and save time and money. Below are a few key terms to keep in mind. To learn more about auto financing as well as buying, leasing, […]

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