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Self driving cars may be coming sooner than you think
  What does the world look like when almost every car on the road has its own chauffeur? Automotive technology is big, big business. And if a company could give every car owner a robotic chauffeur, allowing them to safely (if optionally) relax as a passenger, that could have a big, big economic impact and it may affect many other aspects of our lives. So who is stepping up to the plate to make this happen? No less than the most storied and talked about tech company in the world: Google. Google’s program may have been privately developed earlier, but… Read More

Road trip: What I learned going from Texas to California
When you find yourself driving from North Texas to San Francisco to help your friend move back home, minor details like making a budget or, perhaps planning a route, might slip your mind. Maybe it's just me. Here are the biggest mistakes I learned to never (again) make on a road trip, planned or spontaneous. Apple Maps is all you need to navigate from point A to B, right? That is until you lose your signal. Or your aging phone enters an infinite shut-off-boot-up loop any time you so much as breathe on the screen. The solution? Bring maps. The… Read More

The World Series – a tale of three cities
October 1985 was a magical time. Especially if you were a baseball fan and living in Missouri. In addition to the annual beauty of the leaves changing color in the Midwest, the Show-Me State’s own Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals were playing in the World Series. Living in southwest Missouri, approximately three hours from either metropolis, our city was divided on those bleeding Royal Blue and Cardinal Red. It was referred to as the “I-70 Series” and it was a blast to be a part of. More so for Royals fans as KC was crowned champs following an… Read More

Lively steps and lilting tunes in Branson
A thriving country and bluegrass music scene. Fine dining. Fun dining. Like Las Vegas, loaded with live entertainment. Unlike Las Vegas, absolutely squeaky clean in every respect. Neighborly folk in every town. Beautiful, accessible mountains. Creeks, rivers and lakes everywhere. A beautiful, seasonal climate. Many, many zip lines. Where can you find all of this? Well, my family and I found it in Branson, MO, just an eight-hour drive from Dallas. We rented a 2013 Chrysler Town & Country to take the road trip, and headed for the Ozark Mountain range. The charms along the way included tribal lands and… Read More

State Fair of Texas Auto Show 2014 – it’s big
If you Texans haven’t yet made it out to the State Fair this year, the newest fried food abominations delicacies include a strange and wondrous variety of combined calorie sources (or forces), including amalgams of Twinkies, candy, donuts...all wrapped in, strewn with or themed upon God’s humblest of ingredients: bacon.   And if that doesn’t quite do it for you, there’s also the State Fair of Texas Auto Show. Whether you’re… Read More

Wisdom for car buyers in their twenties
If you're under 30, you may find yourself in need of financial advice. Be encouraged. Financial troubles have happened to twentysomethings before. In Lerner and Previn's Coco, Katharine Hepburn sang (or rhythmically spoke), "The world belongs to the young." Despite that poetic enthusiasm, your finances are serious, and it pays to be on top of them. Here's some wisdom from the experts on how to be financially fit in your twenties and beyond. Build your credit history by taking on debt and paying on time* Stacy Rapacon of Kiplinger.com suggests, "You'll need to take on some debt and show that… Read More

The Vehicles of The Walking Dead
Times can be hard when you're living in a zombie apocalypse, but things can be exponentially better if you're able to get your hands on some kind of vehicle. Once you've got some wheels, you stand a much better chance of surviving, even if just because now you have a way to mow down some walkers. Plus, you don't have to worry about traffic rules or making that car loan payment—it's an apocalypse, after all. In this infographic we've hashed out some of the best vehicles from AMC's "The Walking Dead" and have analyzed them to figure out which one… Read More

The most overrated travel destinations
Here are four travel destinations that you may regret going to, and nearby, more rewarding alternatives.   Overrated: The Four Corners The Four Corners is the only point in the United States at which four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) meet. That, and only that, makes it unique. The views? No. The weather? Not particularly. The historical significance? Nnno. Great shopping? Maybe. Do you really love turquoise trinkets? Saving grace: Durango, CO Remember that town you flew into to get to The Four Corners? Go back there. At the Southern end of the Rockies range, you'll find the charming… Read More

Road trip: Western calm in wine country
If there is one mantra that Texans have unwittingly adopted in the summer months, it’s this: get out of the heat. For at least a week. From Seaside, FL, to Colorado to California, Texans flee from June through August to places that provide relief from the non-stop 100-degree days that define the Texas summer. This year my family and I traveled to northern California. My husband and I are long-time lovers of the Bay Area, wine country and the Pacific Ocean, so we opted to make Bodega Bay (of Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds, fame) our base, and then took day… Read More

September blogination: The best from Santander Consumer USA
Blogination? OK, we made up the word to get your attention. And apparently it worked. So now that we’ve got it, here are the most popular posts (links below) from the Santander Consumer USA blog in September: Your cheat sheet: Shopping for the ideal new car Looking for a new vehicle can get downright complicated, but this infographic and five-part series can help you narrow the choices until you’ve found that one vehicle that is perfect for you. Really, we don’t want your car, SUV or truck Your auto lender has a strong interest in ensuring that you stay out… Read More