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Although possibly embarrassing at the personal level, filing for bankruptcy is far from synonymous with financial ruin. With a little care and effort, people facing hard times can rebuild their good reputation and re-establish relationships with lenders.

In fact, bankruptcy is fairly common. Government statistics show that one out of six Canadians will apply for bankruptcy or file a consumer proposal at least once in their lifetimes. With many of them needing to finance their vehicles as they reconstruct their lives, companies have been set up to help them get through this difficult stage with the least possible stress.

Tough but Fair Conditions

Although requirements may be more stringent, with higher interest rates, lenders today are far more willing to work with people struggling through financial quicksands. What a bankrupt borrower doesn’t need is to be turned down by a string of banks and dealerships, as repeated hard queries harm their [...]

In today’s online world, traditional financial institutions – like banks and credit unions – aren’t the only places offering auto loans. In response to rising demands from their customers, dealerships and online retailers also offer a wide variety of financing options. This is a smart choice, particularly for second-hand vehicles.

Although faster and easier to negotiate, buying a car privately cuts back on the available financing options: basically, cash or a bank loan. However, buyers with black marks on their credit scores may find their account managers less than welcoming. Other private-sale risks include hidden flaws and even ownership scams, particularly on deals touted as ‘Quick Sale Bargains’.

In contrast, online retailers and dealerships are linked to a wide range of lenders, specialised in working with low or even no-credit customers. An additional benefit: buying a car from a recognised business offers peace of mind, knowing that the vehicle has been professionally inspected and [...]

Everyone has to move around in their daily lives, of course. But having a car makes it so much easier to run errands and commute to work or class. However, poor credit can be an obstacle when trying to finance a car in Canada, particularly through banks. But here’s the good news: these financial institutions are not the only way of getting your own wheels! 

Choosing The Best Used Car For Your Budget

Price is not the only factor to bear in mind when looking for a second-hand vehicle. Knowing which vehicles retain their value for the longest time is also a great way of getting your money’s worth on a major purchase like this. As an example, some vehicles retain about 50% of the value at the four-year mark, while others have already dropped to 30%, based on the Canadian Black Book. 

As a rule of thumb, basic versions and neutral colours keep [...]

In today’s gig economy, not having a formal job is a far cry from having no income. There are many reasons for not being in full-time employment: studies, disabilities, family commitments, and freelancing, to name just a few. 

Everyone needs transportation, and driving one’s own automobile is often the fastest and most convenient way of getting from A to B in Canada, particularly for people with tight schedules. However, the absence of a regular income can make it harder to obtain a car loan – for exactly the people who most need their own rides. 

How to Buy A Car Without A Steady Job

However, it’s often people working irregular hours who need their own wheels the most, particularly when public transportation isn’t running. In fact, a reliable car is a major factor in personal safety, particularly at out-of-the-way locations that may be deserted during off-peak hours.

So here are some hot [...]

Far more than just a way of getting from A to B, cars and trucks are status symbols through which their owners express their personalities and preferences. But these keys to individual freedom are by no means free: buying a vehicle is one of the heaviest commitments in most people’s lives, second only to purchasing a house.

So – despite all the excitement – it’s important to keep a sharp eye on financial aspects when buying a vehicle in New Brunswick. After all, there’s no point in chasing after your dream wheels if the repayments would leave you without money for gas or maintenance. 

Smart Choices Mean Happier Driving 

Your vehicle should match your lifestyle and meet your needs. So – unless they meld seamlessly into your lifestyle and budget – leave that snazzy sports car or high-end SUV as an aspiration, at least for now. 

With that in mind, here [...]

In terms of lifetime investments, buying a car ranks second only to buying a house. That’s why it’s important to check out all available payment options before signing up for such a major financial commitment. 

While hunting for your dream wheels can be fun, working out how to pay for them can be a daunting process. A poor decision may have long-term implications that can tight-strap your budget, eat into your savings, and even tank your credit score. So here are some top tips from the experts at Canada Drives on how to navigate smoothly through the car-buying process, avoiding pitfalls and making smart choices.

What Do I Need to Get a Car Loan in Canada?

Application approval may take anywhere from a few hours to a couple of weeks, depending on the institution. You must complete the car loan application form in full (in either hardcopy or on-line), and provide [...]

Summer’s 10 Hottest Cars

It’s heatwave season, and at Laneway Auto, that means it’s time to check out the hottest cars on the Internet. Driving one of these red-hot models instantly ranks you among the coolest drivers on the road, confident that you picked the perfect wheels to spin you through your favorite summer pastimes. 

So check them out – here are the ten hottest brands and models that scored highest on the Laneway Auto website searches during the first half of the year: 

Ford F-150 

For decades, this truck has been a top-seller on the market – so it’s not surprising that it ranks high among vehicle searches on the Laneway Auto website as well. Perfect for picnics and tops for tailgate parties, it’s also sturdy enough to tow jet skis and boats and water sports gear, ready for action-packed days on lakes and rivers. Practical, powerful, and popular, there are plenty of new and pre-loved Ford F-150 [...]

How To Buy A Car During The Pandemic

Half the fun of buying a car is checking out the market by wandering around lots, right? However, this hasn’t been possible for quite a while, and – despite masks and vaccinations – many people are still not comfortable about face-to-face conversations with strangers. That’s why kicking wheels over the Internet is a great pandemic option for prudent purchasers!

Keeping It Personal

With peer-to-peer marketplaces thriving, plenty of buyers are opting for used cars advertised online by their owners. Yes, this can be a great money-saver if you luck into a great deal – but scammers are everywhere. So here are a few tips on how to protect yourself (and your hard-earned cash!) when you buy a car online from a private seller

First, you should confirm that (i) there really is a car; (ii) it’s in the advertised condition; and (iii) the advertiser has the right to sell it.

Here’s how: 

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