10 steps to buying a car

10 steps to buying a car

Getting ready to shop for a new or used car? Here’s some advice from a leading name in the automotive world – Kelley Blue Book. Here are the steps KBB recommends at the link above: Step 1. Know Your Shopping Style Step 2. Narrow Down Your Shopping List Step 3. Calculate What You Can Afford Step 4. Do Your […]

Making auto shopping easy for millennials

Making auto shopping easy for millennials

A lot has been written or said about millennials, the group following Generation X also known as Generation Y or Gen Y, Generation We, Generation Next and Echo Boomers. Not all of characterizations are complimentary, as the name Generation We suggests. And some of their views help flesh out the picture – including car-buying behaviors. […]

Second chance auto loans and their rates

Second chance auto loans and their rates

The following post originally appeared on our RoadLoans blog, The Open Road. Every dollar counts in this economy, especially if you’re like many of the senior working class. Our children are out of the house via college or corporate job, and retirement is closing in fast. But while some may have a nest egg to fall back […]

Santander Consumer USA: Payments made simple

Santander Consumer USA: Payments made simple

The following post originally appeared on our RoadLoans blog, The Open Road. This is NOT a bill. Really. Although the statement you receive in the mail may look like a payment notice, Santander Consumer USA doesn’t send out monthly bills to our loan customers. We know your response as a conscientious consumer is to pay your bills […]

Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla S Electric

Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla S Electric

The election season “loser,” California-based Tesla Motors, is a big winner despite criticism by candidate Mitt Romney during this year’s presidential campaign. The Tesla Model S Electric was named Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, the first time a non-gasoline powered vehicle was selected for the award by the publication, according to Susanna […]

No credit, looking for easy car financing

No credit, looking for easy car financing

Over the last few weeks, Lauren, a smart, active, college-age single woman, has had plenty of time to think more about her decision to purchase a vehicle after receiving an auto loan at www.roadloans.com. So now, Lauren, a composite of consumers ages 18-24, is advising her friends on the process when they ask her questions about […]

‘Sandy’ an ill wind for used-car market

‘Sandy’ an ill wind for used-car market

Hurricane Sandy might not be done wreaking havoc on the U.S. Next up: The used-car market, expected to suffer from the storm months after the fact. Analysts expect tens of thousands of cars to be scrapped because of storm damage, mainly flooding, saying the result is likely to be higher prices at used automobile lots […]

Destination: NorthPark, ‘Skyfall’ with James Bond

Destination: NorthPark, ‘Skyfall’ with James Bond

It’s stylish, exhilarating, sexy. And that’s just the Bond car – the Aston Martin DB5. The classic Bond co-star, it makes a surprise entrance – generating loud cheers and applause at a press preview at NorthPark Center in Dallas – and an equally surprising exit. The Aston Martin, which also made appearances in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye,Tomorrow Never Dies, […]

Superstorm Sandy stalls October auto sales

Superstorm Sandy stalls October auto sales

Superstorm Sandy put a crimp in what otherwise was a good sales month for U.S. automakers – as could have been expected – just as it affected most all other normal end-of-the-month activities along the East Coast and Great Lakes region. But that doesn’t mean the month was a total disaster as light-vehicle sales still […]

The car-buying adventures of middle-aged Ron

The car-buying adventures of middle-aged Ron

The phone call one evening was from a neighbor, call him middle-aged Ron. He was at loose ends, which was not unusual for a would-be car shopper even at his age, but he conceded that the new car market had changed since the last time he looked. It wasn’t so much that a lot of […]