Auto Loans

When it comes to auto loans, we want to help you make smarter financial decisions. Our experts explain the in’s & out’s of car loans, highlight the types of loans available – their advantages and disadvantages – and how to improve your chances of getting approved. We also alert you to car loan scams you should avoid, changes in rates and new auto loan features.

These Cars Will Suck Your Wallet Dry

These Cars Will Suck Your Wallet Dry

These Cars Will Suck Your Wallet Dry

When you’re looking for a screaming deal on a car, it may be tempting to solely consider the purchase price of a vehicle when making a decision on whether to buy. But the sticker price alone doesn’t give you the true picture of the costs associated with owning the car. According to Consumer Reports, it’s… Read More

The Best Cars for the Environment

The Best Cars for the Environment

The Best Cars for the Environment

If you’re really into buying local and living green, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle when it comes to choosing a car. Of the 12 Greenest Vehicles of 2014, none of them are from U.S.-based automakers. The rankings system from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) gives the highest… Read More

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

The Worst Cars for the Environment?

Unsurprising news of the day: Big trucks don’t make the “Greenest Vehicles of 2014″ list. Sports cars seem to be pretty bad for Mother Nature, too. Granted, no one buys a Lamborghini for its fuel economy (which is a dismal 10 miles per gallon on city streets for the Aventador Roadster model). But a Prius,… Read More

Auto Leases Hit Record High

Auto Leases Hit Record High

Auto Leases Hit Record High

Auto leasing has become an increasingly popular choice for consumers looking to finance a new vehicle. Why? It’s cheaper than buying one. (At least, the monthly payments are lower — it could end up being more expensive in the long run.) “Leasing continues to grow in popularity among car shoppers, especially those hoping to stay within… Read More

Women Less Likely to Lease Their Next Car

Women Less Likely to Lease Their Next Car

Women Less Likely to Lease Their Next Car

When it comes to getting — and having — a car, men and women may approach the process differently. Men prefer longer leases and tend to make larger down payments than women, according to a survey conducted by Swapalease. Although about half of women surveyed thought they “definitely” or “probably” would lease their next car,… Read More

3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

3 Things You Must Do Before You Lease a Car

I tend to drive my cars until they die, and a couple of years ago that’s exactly what happened. In need of a new car, but not sure what I wanted for the long-term, I considered leasing a vehicle. But if buying and financing a car seemed confusing, leasing seemed even more overwhelming. I ended… Read More

Auto Loan Balances Reach Record High

Auto Loan Balances Reach Record High

Auto Loan Balances Reach Record High

Auto loan balances hit a record high at the end of 2013, according to new data from Experian Automotive. The agency’s market intelligence reported $798.5 billion in outstanding auto loans in the fourth quarter of 2013, an 11% increase from the year before and the highest level since Experian Automotive began releasing the data in… Read More

The Most Car-Hungry States

The Most Car-Hungry States

The Most Car-Hungry States

Auto loans have been a consistently strong aspect of the recovering economy, and the end of last year was no different. The dollar amount of car loans and leases originated in the fourth quarter of 2013 ($129 billion) increased 16% from the fourth quarter in 2012, bringing the loan and lease origination total to $511… Read More

3 Ways to Save on Your Next Rental Car

3 Ways to Save on Your Next Rental Car

3 Ways to Save on Your Next Rental Car

Whether you are going on a vacation or a business trip, when you find yourself renting a car, there are some quick and easy ways to save money. A rental car can be one of the biggest expenses for any trip (often third after airfare and hotel stays). But you don’t have to break the… Read More

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