Auto Advice

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Chrysler Capital Test Drive: 2019 Ram 1500 Limited Crew Cab 4×4

  When purchasing a vehicle, one of the most important factors in making your decision is the test drive. This part of the car-buying process presents the best opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at your potential ride. It also provides an opportunity to interact with the dealership and learn any information to help inform your decision. On a sunny spring day, we went out … Read More

Rewards for spring cleaning your vehicle

I must confess. Spring cleaning is tough. When it comes to the little monthly or weekly disciplines of tidying up my vehicle, I tend to procrastinate quite a bit. I’ve even gotten a little behind on some New Year’s resolutions. I don’t let anything pile up, but it takes a bit of extra motivation to keep my ride squeaky clean like the day I drove … Read More

Tips for trading in your vehicle

Trading in your vehicle can be a very important step during your car-buying process. Thousands of customers throughout the year use their trade-ins in order to purchase a brand-new or pre-owned vehicle. Doing so can go a long way toward hitting your car-buying budget. But before heading off to the dealership, intending to trade “Old Faithful” in on a shiny new ride, take the time … Read More

A recipe for paying off your auto loan early

A good recipe always starts with two things – good ingredients and solid prep work. Don’t believe me? Ask a professional chef. The recipe for paying off your vehicle is not all that different. Ingredients You will need: Your monthly payment amount Your monthly payment due date The funds to make your payment on or before the due date A payment method A clear understanding … Read More

The good, the bad and the real deal of used car shopping

Let’s talk used car shopping. I know, I know. Yuck. But let’s do it anyway, just for a little while. Have you added a driver to the family and are now looking to add a vehicle as well? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about getting something that gets better gas mileage to use for your daily commuter. If so, it’s a good time to get … Read More

A conversation with Autotrader

Last month, online car shopping site, Autotrader, featured the Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep® Wrangler and Ram 1500 on its 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Cars for 2019. The Jeep Wrangler and Ram 1500 were featured on the non-luxury list and the Chrysler Pacifica was awarded for the top luxury vehicles. We spoke with Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader, and covered the FCA US LLC vehicles … Read More

The “right” vehicle for the first-time car buyer

As a first-time car buyer, one of the most difficult decisions can be choosing which vehicle to purchase. Truth be told, not knowing which vehicle to purchase isn’t limited to just first-time car buyers. Almost anyone can have this dilemma! Unfortunately, there is no cookie-cutter formula to follow. Deciding on a vehicle is a personal decision and the choice you make should be as unique … Read More

Should you buy your leased vehicle? How to decide

Two and a half years ago, you walked into the dealership, fell in love and drove home in your shiny new car. The lease contract payment fit your budget perfectly and the plethora of lease-end options were very appealing. Now, with only a few months left, the time has arrived to research those options and determine which works best for you. Financial Aspects When considering … Read More

Can you return a leased vehicle early?

A common myth of leasing is that, once you sign a contract, you are committed to the vehicle until the terms of the contract are completed. The truth is, you can turn in a leased vehicle early. You can also trade the vehicle, sometimes also called a lease-buyout and sale. Is it better to fulfill the terms of your lease contract? Yes. But sometimes circumstances … Read More

What is a disposition fee on a Lease Contract?

In a previous post on how auto leasing worked, one of our “Terms to Know” was Disposition Fee. It was defined as: “Charged by some lessors for the privilege of returning the vehicle and walking away; the cost is spelled out in the Lease Contract, so you will know upfront how much it will be.” Simply put, the disposition fee is charged by the lessor … Read More