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Consumer Protection Group Offers Summer Car Buying Tips

ID-10041931A Michigan organization dedicated to helping consumers avoid auto theft and fraudulent auto sales has released a series of tips to protect car buyers this summer.

H.E.A.T., or Help Eliminated Auto Thefts, first and foremost recommends that car buyers avoid buying a vehicle online. This doesn’t mean that car buyers shouldn’t research vehicles, browse inventories, or apply for an auto loan application, but ultimately the transaction should happen in person through an actual dealership. Craig’s List is great for buying a cheap couch or job hunting, but it is not suited for purchasing a vehicle.

H.E.A.T. also provided other recommendations like meeting at the Secretary of State and double-checking all vehicle information including the VIN, but the easiest way to avoid all of these problems is to shop for a new or used car through Approved Loan Store. Approved Loan Store offers the convenience of applying online while also providing the security of a physical store. Our finance specialists work face-to-face with our customers to make sure they get the car that they want at terms they can afford.

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Social Media: Major Tool for Comparison Car Buying

ID-10078525A new study from Digital Air Strike shows that car buyers are using social media and online car review sites before even walking into a dealership.

The study looked at 2,000 car buyers and how they researched cars and dealerships before deciding where to buy a car. Approximately one out of four stated that online review sites are helpful, and an overwhelming 81 percent stated that they look at review scores. Many of the usual car-buying websites were mentioned in the study, but surprisingly, the survey showed that car buyers are researching dealerships on Facebook, the popular social networking website.

Every car buyer ultimately wants the same thing. They want to buy the car the car they want at the best possible price, and they don’t want to get stuck with high interest rates. Most of all, they want the smoothest, easiest car buying process possible that utilizes today’s technology. Approved Loan Store has it all. Simply fill out the secure online auto loan application here, and a representative will contact you between 24 and 48 hours to schedule an appointment at the closest Approved Loan Store location. At the appointment, the special finance representative will work to get you the car and loan, all in one convenient location.

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AOL Autos Announces Technology of the Year Award Winner

This year, AOL Autos gave out its first Technology of the Year Award, and the Chrysler Uconnect was victorious in a very competitive field of “connective” technology.

The other five finalists for the award included the MyFord Mobile app, the Audi connect with Google Maps, Cadillac’s CUE system, Honda’s LaneWatch, and Nissan’s Tire Pressure Alert and Refill System. These systems improved driver safety, made navigational systems more user-friendly, and allowed drivers to access the internet on the go.

Chrysler’s Uconnect won over both the judges and AOL Auto readers alike. AOL Autos Editor-in-Chief David Kiley praised the system, saying, “It was easy to use, it was intuitive. It worked perfectly with our phones. The voice control worked just right, and it had enough new features to qualify it as new among our nominees for 2012. Technology that works the way it’s supposed to? Well, that could be the new definition of state-of-the-art.”

The new Chrysler Uconnect is available in the 2013 Ram 1500 and Dodge Viper, and it will soon be available in all new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram models.

Readers, we want to hear from you! Does this award make you more likely to check out the Uconnect and the new Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram line-up? Have you had the chance to try out the new Uconnect? Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think!

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“Connected” Cars: Distraction or Asset?

Recently, activists and parents have been speaking up on the dangers of distracted driving, using PSAs and popular TV shows like Glee to warn drivers of all ages. If a study from market researcher ABI is to be believed, though, the battle against distracted driving is uphill, barefoot, and through torrential rain.

Distracted driving is the all-encompassing term which includes talking on the phone, texting, or surfing the internet while driving. The answer isn’t as simple as outlawing cell phone use in the car, though. New touch-screen technologies in vehicles could also be considered distractions, and ABI’s projections predict that more than 60 percent of cars will be “connected” by 2017. Never mind getting teen drivers off their phones, imagine disconnecting cars from new technology. All those anti-cell phone laws will be worthless when people have a myriad of distractions built into their cars.

Of course, there is another way to look at this trend. Some of these new technologies allow for cars to communicate with each other and avoid collisions, and many people see “connected” cars as a step towards self-driving vehicles. People won’t have to worry about being distracted drivers because in the future, they won’t be driving at all. Until then, some of these “distractions” have safeguards built in to keep the driver safe, such as Ford’s SYNC and MyFord Touch system with driver stress test. The system measures the driver’s vitals, and when they show signs of stress or the road conditions worsen, all outside distractions are lessened. Incoming texts and calls through Ford SYNC are disabled, and the driver can better focus on safe driving.

Readers, we want to know what you think! Are these new technologies an asset and a step towards a brighter driving future, or are they a distraction that will endanger other drivers on the road? Leave a comment below, and let us know what you think!

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