The Express Lane Blog

As the auto industry continues to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 shutdowns in 2020, manufacturers and car dealers are relying more on industry trends and insights to develop their business strategies. Since Generation X and Baby Boomers make up...
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For many people looking at cost-efficient ways to travel, going on a road trip is typically the go-to. While it may be easy to assume that a road trip is the cheaper route — costs add up. If you plan on taking a road trip with your family or friends this summer, here...
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If you’re a first-time car buyer on the hunt for a new or used vehicle to purchase, you may or may not be wondering how buying a car may affect your credit. Will it help to improve your credit? Well, the answer ultimately depends on you. Auto Financing and Your Credit ...
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Eating in the car can be tricky. You don’t want to make a mess, but there are times you may get hungry and need a little snack for the road. Luckily, there are several foods you can eat that are car-friendly and healthy, too! ...
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If you’re ready to upgrade your ride but aren’t ready to invest in a new car, there are plenty of cost-efficient ways for you to update your used car’s features. Below are some ways you can bedazzle your used car for less than...
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Getting auto insurance is a major part of purchasing a vehicle. The vehicle you own, car usage and driving habits, and personal budget all factor into your car insurance needs. As you’re shopping for a car and auto insurance, here are some important...
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A major perk of the Internet and modern technology is that it gives car shoppers the ability to search for vehicles online, which means there’s a possibility you may find your perfect car out of state. If you’re buying a car out of state, here are some...
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Anytime you take your vehicle out for a spin, there’s a possibility it may gain a ding or two. Nothing really to stress over, just something that comes with the territory of owning a car. Maybe you got into a fender-bender or someone accidentally bumped into your car while parking. Whatever the...
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Every car, whether new or pre-owned, has its own “new car smell” – the fragrance of freshly cleaned and/or manufactured interior combined with the excitement of having a newly purchased ride to call your own. But as we all know, the newness fades over time. Here are some...
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For most car shoppers in the process of purchasing a vehicle and applying for auto financing, the end goal is getting the keys to their new ride and driving it off the lot. But aside from the satisfaction of owning a reliable vehicle, a major part of buying a car that many people tend to overlook is the impact it can...
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Shelter-in-place orders and social distancing guidelines resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic have empowered more dealerships to conduct car shopping online. With consumers adopting a more remote lifestyle, there have been major shifts in the car buying process. So, what’s changed? ...
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If you’re a dog lover who happens to be car shopping, you may want to consider the car size and features that work best for your canine friend. U.S. News & World Report took the following factors into account when ranking the top cars for dogs: Cargo space with climate control and tie-down hooks (for when dogs...
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Why is building a good credit history important? Understanding and establishing credit as young as 18 years old can make your transition to adulthood much smoother. Your credit history — a measure of your debt repayment activity over time — may be considered when...
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As rewarding as buying a car can be, it adds a big expense, so it’s important to determine a budget that’s right for you. Since car payments are likely to be the next biggest item in your monthly budget after your mortgage or rent, it’s important that you take time to calculate and determine a budget that works...
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With businesses gradually reopening from the COVID-19 shutdowns, work-from-home employees returning to the office may be looking for ways to keep gas costs and emissions down. According to U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), here are some affordable, eco-friendly car options for those in...
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Approximately 70 percent of Americans who graduate from college have student loan debt. According to Marketplace.org, the average graduate leaves school with around...
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A key component of the car buying process is finding auto financing that fits your budget and credit history. Focusing on the overall cost over the full term of the financing (number of payments and interest) as well as your other bills and expenses will help determine your budget to purchase a...
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If you’re the parent or guardian of a new, teen driver, you likely have reservations about them getting on the road with little driving experience. While we understand your concerns, new drivers must start somewhere. The key is focusing on how your teen can stay safe on the road.
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Back when life was normal, before COVID-19, many of us spent a significant amount of time commuting to and from work in our personal vehicles. A
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Shopping for the perfect family car can be a process, especially when different members of your family are drawn to different car features. Finding the right mix of comfort, technology, space and safety may require more car buying research than you might think. ...
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