The Express Lane Blog

A well-kept car is the secret to a happy, long car life. When your car is fresh, shiny and clean from the inside-out, it may almost feel like it’s brand new. But if you really want to step up your car maintenance, cleaning your engine might be a worth a try. If you’ve never given your car...
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Whether it’s new or used, your vehicle needs to have the proper vehicle registration for you to drive it. Registering your vehicle with your state gives you legal right to drive the vehicle without violating the law. Your registration is typically a piece of paper containing your...
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You’ve done hours of research online and narrowed down your car options. Now, you just need to find a car dealership that can help get you across the finish line and into a reliable car that meets your needs and budget. Here are some ideas to help you find a dealership...
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Getting a flat tire is common for drivers. When you’re out on the road, your tires are constantly rolling over a combination of dirt, gravel, potholes and sharper objects like nails and broken glass. These things wear on your tires, which can eventually cause a flat. For...
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When used properly, credit can be a powerful tool that can help put you ahead financially. Many credit-savvy consumers use low-interest debt to purchase major assets that are likely to gain value over time, such as a home or investment property. Ultimately, the key to using credit is...
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You’re in the market to purchase a new or used vehicle but, for some reason, you’ve been denied for a car loan or auto financing. Chances are you’re wondering two things: 1) Why wasn’t I approved?; and 2) How do I get approved to purchase a car? Let’s walk through the basics. ...
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When purchasing a new or used vehicle in the U.S., you’ll most likely read through and sign several documents before claiming the keys to your new set of wheels. One of the most...
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As the digital world continues to evolve and time and convenience become more of a priority, consumers are becoming more comfortable with online shopping – from groceries, to clothing, to cars, and the list goes on. According to J.D. Power, most Americans now shop for...
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Getting into a car accident is one of life’s potential hassles. To add insult to injury (hopefully, no pun intended), it’s highly likely your insurance premium will increase once an accident is on your record, regardless of who’s at fault. While this may not seem fair —...
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You may have heard or seen car dealer advertisements on the radio or TV promoting offers to buy a new car with no money down. While it may seem too good to be true, it is possible to purchase a vehicle without a down payment. However, buying a car with no down...
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With summer in the air and warmer weather upon us, there may be days when you’re out and about running errands and leave your car parked in the sun for an hour — or five. As you probably know, returning to a hot ride — not to be confused with hot rod — that’s been baking in the sun for hours on end...
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You’re ready to purchase a vehicle and have already begun scouring the Internet for the latest promotions and deals on new or used cars. Whether it’s your first ride or next ride, car shopping can be a fun, exciting experience. But on your quest to find the perfect vehicle, you’ll most...
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Finding that “special someone” to marry and spend your happily ever after with can be exciting, but what if your spouse has bad credit? Good question. If you’ve recently entered the land of marital bliss or are on the cusp of tying the knot, you might be wondering if your credit will be...
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When shopping for auto financing, it’s important to understand the general requirements for getting approved, which vary depending on the auto lender or finance...
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While credit is an important part of your financial life, you may not fully understand what your credit history is and how it works. Understanding the credit reporting system is key to monitoring and managing your finances the right way. So, let’s start with the basics. What is...
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Since July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month, we figured we’d take some time to talk about how to protect your vehicle. Whether you have a new or used car, your vehicle is a valued possession you rely on to get you from Point A to B. Although auto theft isn’t as common as it once was, it still happens. Here are five precautions you can take to protect yourself against auto theft...
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Graduating from college is a major life milestone that should be celebrated. It’s stepping over the threshold from years of education into a new world. One thing you’ll learn (if you haven’t already) during your transition out of college is that your credit history will help you rent or buy a...
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Rust is a common occurrence in many used cars that results from the electrochemical breakdown of iron-based metals. This is caused by oxidation, a chemical reaction in which iron surface molecules react with oxygen in the environment and produce iron oxide, aka rust. Dirty, salty water...
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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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