Rebuilding Your Credit in Five Really Slow Steps - Part 2  Mar 3rd, 2016 
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Last month we started this series on rebuilding bad credit. It concludes this month with advice on protecting the credit you have and applying for new credit.


Remember, by doing business with us, you’re already
taking active steps toward building a good credit history. With every on-time, in-full payment, you’re showing the credit bureaus that you’re handling your finances well.

Rebuilding Bad Credit in Five Really Slow Steps - Part 2
by Dana Dratch 

Step 4: Protect existing credit
If your credit is bad but you still have cards, do not close out accounts in hopes of raising your credit score. The age of your accounts can actually help boost your score. The older the account, the better, says Magnuson. "Keep the credit relationships you have," he says.

If you have revolving balances, stop using those cards until you completely pay off your debt. During financially rough months, pay at least the minimum and pay it on time, says Sprauve.

If you have cards you use infrequently, keep the accounts open by charging something small to them once every three or four months. Then, pay the credit card bill in full immediately.

To boost your score, avoid applying for new credit, which can shave points from your score. Also, do not take cash advances, which issuers may interpret as signs of financial distress.

Paying late can torpedo your credit. So if you miss a due date on a loan (like a car or mortgage), call the lender to find out exactly how to cover the bill you missed, says Danielle Fagre Arlowe, senior vice president with the American Financial Services Association. Record the person's name, the date and time you spoke, and any receipts or email from the transaction. Keep this information at least until you verify that it's been noted correctly on your statement or credit report, she says.

If you make a credit card payment that is less than 30 days late and you do not have a history of being late, it won't ding your credit, Arlowe says. But issuers can still assess a late fee and increase your interest rate for future purchases, she adds.

Falling 90 days behind in your payments -- or even simply being chronically late by 30 days or more -- will mark you as a high-risk borrower, Arlowe says.

Step 5: Eventually, apply for new credit
If bad credit has cost you all your credit cards, eventually you may consider getting one or two new cards after you have repaired your credit a bit. Using credit cards responsibly can help demonstrate your financial turnaround and further boost your score.

However, taking on new credit is like handling dynamite: Know what you are doing, and move slowly. Even if you feel you can control your credit card payments, simply applying for credit can trim points from your score, says Sprauve. That can be tough if your score is already on the low side, or if you are now on the bubble for "good" credit. Applications stay on your credit history for two years, but only affect your FICO score for a year, he says.

Once you have taken control of the problem, consider adding a note to each credit report, says Hayden. In 100 words or less, tell your story. Give it your spin, but keep it truthful. Most importantly, emphasize actions -- such as a long string of timely payments -- that show you have changed your ways and are now more responsible and creditworthy.

Adding such a note will not change your actual score. But in cases where lenders review your file in person and "are on the fence, it could swing them" in your direction, Hayden says.

You probably will not qualify for a traditional, unsecured secured card unless your credit has rebounded somewhat. If you cannot get an unsecured card, consider a secured card. These cards require you to make a hefty, up-front deposit to the issuer.

Before applying for a secured card, verify that the card reports monthly to the credit bureaus, says Magnuson. Otherwise, using it will not build up your credit. Magnuson suggests looking for a secured card that converts to an unsecured card after a specific period of good behavior on your part.

Rebuilding credit takes patience. If you have had a big upset, like bankruptcy or foreclosure, it may take several years before your credit is restored, Magnuson says. But improving your financial behavior will pay off in the long run, he adds. "Time heals all wounds," he says.


Rebuilding Your Credit - Easy as 1-2-3 (Part 1)  Feb 3rd, 2016 
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Our business is more than just selling cars. It’s the way we sell our cars and they way you pay. Every time you make an in-full, on-time payment, you’re building good credit history. This month’s feature is the first part of a two-part series with great tips on building good credit. It originally appeared on

Rebuilding Bad Credit in Five Really Slow Steps:
by Dana Dratch
Looking for the secret manual that gives a quick, surefire way to fix bad credit?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a quick credit fix. If negative items on a credit report drag down your credit score, the solutions -- and the score gains that result -- tend to be slow and steady. Time and patience are often your best allies as you adopt habits proven to help your credit score, and steer clear of moves that hurt it.

Step 1: Look at your
credit reports and score

If your credit is wounded, the first step to healing is to rip off the bandage and examine the damage. Do this by requesting copies of your credit reports.

The three major credit reporting agencies -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion -- each issue credit reports. Federal law entitles you to one free annual copy of your credit report from each agency. Find out more at

Look for any errors, including things as seemingly insignificant as a wrong address or misspelling of your name, she says. If you find an error, the credit reporting agency must correct it at no charge to you. The resulting fix should improve your credit score.

Also, look for negative marks on your credit report from events that occurred many years ago. By law, negative notations have to come off your credit report after seven years, or 10 years with some liens and bankruptcies, says Anthony Sprauve, a FICO spokesman.

Getting access to your individual credit scores is a different matter. Credit bureaus charge for those. But some banks, credit unions and card issuers give them to customers for free. If you have been denied credit because of a poor credit score, whoever turned you down must give you a free copy of the score used in the decision.

There are many types of credit scores, but the best known are the FICO credit score and VantageScore. The most commonly used FICO and VantageScore scales run from 300 to 850. Each lender has slightly different requirements, but in general, a FICO score above 720 "is likely to get you the best rate," says Sprauve.

Maxine Sweet, vice president of public education for Experian, says that with most versions of the VantageScore, "prime is considered 661 and above," but scales and lender requirements vary.

Step 2: Figure out where you went wrong and fix it
A big part of fixing your credit is determining what caused it to go "bad" in the first place. Was it one dramatic incident, like a short sale, foreclosure or bankruptcy? Or was the problem a series of smaller things, like late and missed payments that went on for a period of time?

Fortunately, you do not have to guess. Credit reports spell it out for you, although you have to read them carefully.

This process can be an eye-opener for many borrowers. Consumers often underestimate their total debt, says Norm Magnuson, vice president of public affairs for the Consumer Data Industry Association, a trade association for credit reporting companies. "When you see the report, that puts that right in front of you," he says.

Another splash of cold reality can come from compiling a list of all your credit cards, their balances, the minimum payments and annual percentage rates, says Cathyann Frank, vice president of member experience and back-office operations for the McGraw-Hill Federal Credit Union. If you are outspending your income, your problem should become clear, though not easy to solve. If you have extraneous spending, cut back on it. If you've cut back as far as you can, you have to figure out a way to earn more.

Step 3: Grow your score
There are also a few things you can do to increase your score. "People tend to underestimate the importance of making payments on time," says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America.

A full 35 percent of your FICO score is based on whether you pay your bills on time, making it the largest factor that goes into a credit score. If your payment record is unblemished except for one rare late payment, Hayden suggests asking the creditor to remove it from your record as a courtesy.

Using your credit more sparingly also can boost your score. Even if you pay off the entire balance every month, your score can take a hit when you use more than 20 percent of your credit line, says Sprauve. One of the factors in a credit score is your "utilization ratio" -- the percentage of your credit line you actually use each month compared to your total credit line.

That ratio makes up 30 percent of your FICO score, Sprauve says. The higher you run that balance in relation to your credit limit, the more damage it can do.

Take steps to keep your balance lower. For example, pay your credit card bill multiple times a month so the balance is always under 20 percent. Check with the issuer to make sure this is allowed.

Building an emergency fund and keeping it in a savings account also can keep you from running up your credit card balance. "As little as $500 is helpful," says Brobeck. 

Next month we’ll return with Steps 4, 5 & 6.
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Winter is Coming - Be Prepared  Dec 3rd, 2015 
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“Winter is Coming.” It’s not just an old Game of Thrones promotion. We’ve had a really nice, mild fall but the cold and snow are on their way.

 So now is the perfect time to make sure you’re ready for the weather to come. Here are some tips courtesy of and their colleagues at

 Service & Battery

If you’ve been putting off an overall check-up of your car - including making sure your battery has a good charge - now is the time. Breaking down in the summer is one thing. In the winter? Not a good time.

 Cooling System

Have your cooling system checked not just for proper fluids but also for leaks. It’s especially important to use a 50/50 mix of coolant and water. Using 100% coolant doesn’t mean you’re treating your car that much better, it means you’re asking for trouble. “100% coolant is less able to transfer heat away from your engine, and has been known to cause such nasty things as melted spark plugs or engine failure under the wrong circumstances.”

 Windshield Wipers

Make sure your wipers are in good condition. Better yet, treat yourself to winter wipers that have rubber coverings to keep ice and snow off the blade. Pro Tip: Don’t turn off your car with your wipers still running. That will not be a good time when you discover your wipers frozen to your windshield.

Sand Bags?

If your car is rear-wheel-drive, you can increase the traction by placing one or two bags of sand in the trunk of your car, behind the rear axle. Make sure, however, you don’t load your trunk down too much. Otherwise, your car might start to lift in the front. Start with a 20lb bag of sand and go from there.

 Gas & Other Fluids

Make sure your gas tank is close to full, especially if you’re heading out when it’s snowing or soon after. Also make sure your windshield washer fluid is topped off. It’s a good idea to keep some in the trunk of your car so you don’t run out.

 Driving Tips

Our friends at the U.S. National Safety Council created the tip sheet above, showing how to handle slippery situations.

Be Safe.

Ultimately, be safe! If you’re in doubt and don’t have to drive in ice and snow, don’t!


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Calif. DMV Puts Tesla Motors on Notice  Oct 30th, 2015 
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Honda Recalls 304,000 Accords for Airbags That Accidentally Deploy  Oct 30th, 2015 
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Possible GM/Google Hookup on Self-Driving Tech, New Super Cruise Features  Oct 30th, 2015 
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CFPB Orders SNAAC to Pay $3.28 Million for Illegal Debt Collection Practices  Oct 28th, 2015 
Four months after suing SNAAC for employing illegal debt collection practices, the CFPB has ordered the finance company to pay $3.28 million in refunds and fines to resolve the regulator's claims. 
EasyCare Named Finalist in Digital PR News Awards  Oct 28th, 2015 
The F&I product provider is competing against the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the United Nations’ +SocialGood campaigns in the ‘Online Community’ category of the Digital PR Awards. 
Industry Veteran Gregg Stallings Joins izmocars  Oct 28th, 2015 
Bringing more than 20 years of experience in the image licensing business, Stallings will oversee all stock sales and the business development of interactive media for the company’s izmoStudio, izmoStock and izmotion. 
Raycom Media Acquires PureCars  Oct 28th, 2015 
The acquisition brings together one of the nation’s largest broadcasters and one of the industry's leading digital advertising platforms. Officials said the combination of both companies could revolutionize the way TV and digital advertising work together. 
With Wireless Cars, Our Physical Safety Is Now on the Line  Oct 28th, 2015 
There’s an argument to be made that mankind should have stayed in the trees, because progress is a dangerous business. No matter how carefully you engineer a new invention and study the way test subjects use it and build in safeguards against accidental harm or malicious intent, if you start sales on Monday, by Wednesday […] 
Lightning Lap 2015: The Year’s Hottest Performance Cars Attack VIR!  Oct 28th, 2015 
These are times of big performance claims, and what better place to test them than at America’s hairiest track? This year, we returned to Virginia International Raceway with 18 cars and a healthy dose of skepticism. It made us believers. READ MORE ›› 
Lightning Lap 2015: The Year’s Hottest Performance Cars Attack VIR! – Feature  Oct 28th, 2015 
Yamaha Sports Ride Concept: A Sports Car with Motorcycle Soul  Oct 28th, 2015 
2015 Lightning Lap: LL1 Class Spotlight  Oct 28th, 2015 
Take a tour of this year's Lightning Lap LL1 class, which includes cars with prices of up to $34,999. 
2015 Lightning Lap: LL2 Class Spotlight  Oct 28th, 2015 
Take a tour of this year's Lightning Lap LL2 class, which includes cars with prices between $35,000 and $64,999. 
2015 Lightning Lap: LL5 Class Spotlight  Oct 28th, 2015 
Take a tour of this year's Lightning Lap LL5 class, which includes cars with prices above $245,000. 
2015 Lightning Lap: LL4 Class Spotlight  Oct 28th, 2015 
Take a tour of this year's Lightning Lap LL4 class, which includes cars with prices between $125,000 and $244,999. 
The 10 Fastest Sedans in Lightning Lap History  Oct 28th, 2015 
We’ve run piles of four-door sedans at Virginia International Raceway—where we head each year with the hottest performance cars, in order to extract their quickest lap—and here we present the 10 quickest so far. 
2015 Lightning Lap: LL3 Class Spotlight  Oct 28th, 2015 
Take a tour of this year's Lightning Lap LL3 class, which includes cars with prices between $65,000 and $124,999. 
Neo Knights: Honda’s Neowing Concept Is a Hybrid Leaning Trike  Oct 28th, 2015 
Spend any time among the Gold Wing riders of America, and you’ll uncover a gloriously nerdy, unpretentious subculture of dudes (with their wives perched on the rear thrones) interested in maximizing motorcycling comfort over big distances. When the Wing was born, 40 years ago, Honda threw everything it knew about building a motorcycle into the thing. […] 
Days of Future Past: Honda Celebrates History with These Rad Tokyo Motorcycle Concepts  Oct 28th, 2015 
Forget automobiles for a moment. Honda as we know it began after World War II with an engine meant to be affixed to a bicycle. In 1949, the company began selling a motorcycle of its own design—the Dream—and well, the rest is a rather storied history of innovation and sales success. In America, one of […] 
Neo Knights: Honda’s Neowing Concept Is a Hybrid Leaning Trike  Oct 28th, 2015 
Japan-Only Subaru WRX STI S207 Is Your New Forbidden Fuji Apple  Oct 28th, 2015 
The Diahatsu Noriori Concept Takes Tiny, Wheeled Boxes to Their Zenith  Oct 28th, 2015 
Tiny, box-shaped vanlets are everywhere in Japan—including, naturally, the Tokyo auto show. The genre is taken to its zenith, however, by the Diahatsu Noriori concept. The Noriori’s theme actually is accessibility. Caster-like wheels make for an ultra-low ride height, while deployable ramps allow for the loading of a wheelchair through either the side-hinged rear door […] 
Japan-Only Subaru WRX STI S207 Is Your New Forbidden Fuji Apple  Oct 28th, 2015 
Oh golly, it’s a superheated limited-edition WRX STI that we can’t get here in the States. Subie-heads are already lamenting. Here’s what’s breaking their hearts: 323 horsepower, up from the 305 we see from the STI here in the U.S. Subaru claims the S207 “aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good […] 
Yamaha Sports Ride Concept: A Sports Car with Motorcycle Soul  Oct 28th, 2015 
Yamaha is obviously well known for its achievements in the world of two-wheeled mobility, but like any successful company it seeks to expand its horizons. One evidence of this among Yamaha’s Tokyo show properties was Motobot, a robotic rider that Yamaha R&D is developing to pilot a motorcycle at speeds up to about 125 mph. […] 
Days of Future Past: Honda Celebrates History with These Rad Tokyo Motorcycle Concepts  Oct 28th, 2015 
All Good: 2016 Nissan Altima Prices Announced, Base Model Up Just $200  Oct 28th, 2015 
As of last month, we know pretty much all we need to know about Nissan’s refreshed—make that “Maximated”—Altima. If you don’t, click here. The only thing we didn’t know was how much the much-improved Altima will cost as it goes on sale next month at Nissan showrooms nationwide. Well, as of today, consider that problem solved: […] 
All Good: 2016 Nissan Altima Prices Announced, Base Model Up Just $200  Oct 28th, 2015 
GTS Some: Porsche Spreads GTS Treatment to Macan Crossover  Oct 28th, 2015 
Porsche has turned its GTS transmogrifier toward its newest model and created a more sporting Macan for the small crossover’s third model year. As you’d expect given the GTS treatments applied to the rest of the lineup—Boxster, Cayman, 911, Panamera, and Cayenne—this Macan packs additional power, several chassis tweaks, and special aesthetic touches inside and out. Thanks to […] 
Mazda RX-Vision Concept: Rotary-Powered and Hot as Hell – Auto Shows  Oct 28th, 2015 
Turnabout in Tokyo: Mazda RX-Vision Concept Debuts Packing a Rotary Engine  Oct 28th, 2015 
Less than 24 hours after word that Mazda’s sports-car concept would pack a rotary engine began to spread, the maker has pulled off the wraps and provided official confirmation. Officially dubbed the RX-Vision concept, the Mazda sports car is a two-door, two-seat, front engine, rear-drive mass of single-purposed hotness said to provide a look at […] 
Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo Concept: Enter the Luxury Autonopod  Oct 28th, 2015 
Over its past few occurrences, the biennial Tokyo auto show seemed to be dropping off the radars of many international carmakers, losing out to the auto shows in China. But now it’s back, thanks to a beautiful venue and a Japanese auto industry that is regaining its strength. A good measure of a show’s importance […] 
Mercedes-Benz Vision Tokyo Concept: Enter the Luxury Autonopod – Auto Shows  Oct 28th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63 S – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2016 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Audi S3 – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Lightning Lap 2015: 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost – Feature  Oct 27th, 2015 
Rotary Redux: Mazda Confirms Sports-Car Concept to Feature New Rotary Engine  Oct 27th, 2015 
Last month, when Mazda released this shadowy photo of a new sports-car concept ahead of its Tokyo auto show debut, it served as fuel for the usual rotary rumors. Now, reports originating in Japan say that not only is the concept powered by a genuine rotary engine, but also that the two-door, two-seat concept hints strongly at an […] 
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