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Our car experts weigh in on financing, maintenance, and everything in between!

 

Minivan vs. SUV : Which one is right for you?

The popularity of the minivan shifted the auto market. But, even though the minivan was easily accessible, fuel efficient and the perfect companion for a growing family, it wasn’t exactly considered a sexy vehicle. In fact, most consumers would describe the minivan as dull and drab compared to the modern-day SUV. However, it was the minivan that helped the SUV evolve, not the other way around.

Everything You Need to Know About Auto Safety Recalls

What the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has to say about recalls: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 63 million recalled vehicles were present on the road last year. Only about 75 percent of recalled vehicles ever get fixed. The other 25 percent either are not aware of the recall or they have just neglected to have it fixed according to the NHTSA.  The NHTSA is responsible for maintaining the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. These standards involve anything that is related to the safety and integrity of the vehicle, as well as anything that is related to safety on the road or safety for passengers in the event of an accident. While some recalls may seem insignificant, the National Safety Commission urges you not to overlook them.

Best Buys 2018 Spotlight: Midsize SUV

Are you in the market for a new midsize SUV to suit your needs, but aren't sure where to start your search? Look no further, we can get you in Kelley Blue Book’s best-rated pick for 2018. It is no surprise that the 2018 Honda CR-V was chosen as this year’s best pick for small SUVs as it has made the list for several years now.

Our Car Amenity Must-Haves and Those You Can Skip

New technologies are enhancing the car driving experience more than ever before. It can be difficult to select the right amenities for you and your passengers when there are so many options available. Luckily, we’ve developed a short list of our favorites and a few we think you can skip the next time you’re on the search for a new vehicle.

Test Drive a Car Like a Pro in 6 Easy Steps

Depending on your disposition, it can be exciting to test drive a new vehicle or it can be overwhelming! Unfavorable conditions and distracting sales people can interfere with you getting a good assessment of the vehicle. Maintain your focus with this checklist and you’ll be able to test drive your next ride like a pro!

5 Reasons to Get Pre-Approved for Your Next Auto Loan

Buying a car can be costly and time consuming. If you are in the market for a new vehicle and want to use an auto loan for purchase, getting pre-approval can save you time and money. Here are a few reasons why you should take the time to go through the pre-approval process.

Scams to Avoid if You’re Buying Used

Buyers must beware when purchasing from an unknown dealership or a private owner. You can waste time and money if you are not careful. Luckily, we’ve developed a list of the most common scams to look out for when you’re purchasing from an unknown source.

Budget for Your Next Ride in 4 Easy Steps

So, you’re thinking about purchasing a new car. Pull out your phone and open the calculator app. We’ve got some numbers to crunch! A car purchase usually isn’t something most of us make on a regular basis, so knowing where to begin can be overwhelming. Here’s the best way to start in 4 easy steps:

Financing Done Differently

If you’ve ever purchased a car from a dealership, you probably spent a few hours in the finance office. Customers often spend anywhere from two to four hours on average in a finance office waiting to be approved for a loan. We were determined from the very beginning to do things differently! We want your car buying experience to be friendly and fast. That’s why we developed our process to become known as the home of the 1-Hour Car Buying Experience.

How Does Car Depreciation Work?

It doesn’t matter if your car is used or new, at some point it is going to decrease in value. This is referred to as car depreciation. Used cars are usually hit a lot less with car depreciation, as it slows the older the car is. New cars, however, can lose as much as 60 percent in value in the first five years, 20-30 percent loss occurring in the first year alone. Everything is dependent upon the make, model and year of the car. Luxury vehicles tend to keep their value longer, whereas a more standard brand is going to depreciate at a faster rate.

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