Car Shopping

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 […]

Smart Driving

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 […]

Car Shopping

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 […]

Car Shopping

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 […]

Smart Driving

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 […]

Car Shopping

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, […]

Smart Driving

Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Summer is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to prepare your car for warmer temperatures. Not sure exactly where to start? Here’s a checklist of common maintenance items you’ll want to address as you get your car ready for the changing weather. Inspect the Brakes, Battery, Hoses and Belts Before you take […]

Car Shopping

Understanding Balloon Financing

You’ve chosen the perfect car and now it’s time to sign on the dotted line. When it comes to financing, knowing your options can help you make the right choice. One option that may be available is balloon financing. Here are some things you’ll need to know if you’re considering balloon financing. What Is Balloon […]

Vehicle Care

7 Tips to Avoid Pothole Damage

Every year, as temperatures fluctuate between the deep freeze of winter and the thaw of spring in many areas of the country, the roads can quickly become pockmarked with holes (big and small) that can cause great damage to your car and tires. According to CBS News, AAA estimates that consumers typically spend $5 billion […]

Car Shopping

How to Choose Between Two-Wheel Drive, Four-Wheel and All-Wheel Drive

You have many choices to make when you’re shopping for a new car. Do you want a luxury vehicle or something more practical? Are you looking for a lot of cargo space or do you need something smaller with better gas mileage? Among the many decisions you’ll mull over in the car-buying process is the […]