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Buying a car out of state
  Cars can be like shoes; shopping for them may involve trying them on and seeing how they fit. Other times, your previous test drives have informed your decision, and all you really need to choose now is the color. And sometimes, you find the car that you're ready to buy...at a dealership that is across state lines from where you live. Hmmm. You might have questions at this point. That's normal. There are certainly things involved in buying an out of state vehicle that you need to be aware of, but we'll do what we can to give you… Read More

Tailgate parties – The sizzling new American tradition
I imagine myself being asked, “Would you like to eat a picnic-style meal with a few friends in a parking lot, using your vehicle as the kitchen/shelter?” My reply in this situation would be, “I believe that I would not.” Or would I? Well, despite my surprise at how much people might enjoy and desire to engage in such an event, they do. They do very much. Having a tailgate party, or simply “tailgating”, is born of the needs and opportunities of the moment, and has arisen through the public consciousness into the strata of culinary efforts reserved for foodies.… Read More

Route 66 still kicks in cities across America
What one route through the U.S. is considered the ultimate drive for a classic American road trip? While the Pacific Coast Highway, Road to Hana, Lincoln Highway and Blue Ridge Parkway are popular choices, for sure Route 66 is in the mix. The Mother Road, as it’s also known, became the first road system to link Chicago to Los Angeles in 1938. Over the years this icon of asphalt has been idolized in movies, TV shows, songs and by many families during a road trip or out for a Sunday drive. People still do Sunday drives, right? Recently we participated… Read More

RoadLoansReviews.com is now launched
Our awesome customers have shown us some love, and we think they’re pretty spectacular, too. At RoadLoans, we’re proud of the job we do in bringing auto financing and refinancing to people all across the country. We’re proud of the way we offer a great customer experience to everyone we deal with. We’re proud of our track record of success and how our customers continue to make us better at what we do every day, and grow every year. But far be it from us to brag about ourselves. It works so much better when we let others do it… Read More

A TBT road trip to West Bend, Iowa
The phrase Throw Back Thursday (TBT) has become quite popular. People post old pictures online and “remember when.” Recently, my own version of TBT included a 13-hour road trip back in time. Little has changed in my hometown in the 25 years since I graduated from high school and moved away. Sure, they've added on to the school. Made some updates to the pool. A few new houses have been built. A few years back they even put in a stop sign with a flashing red light on Main Street (and I STILL forget to stop on occasion). But it's… Read More

Behind Bars: Sons Of Anarchy and Their Bikes
With the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy fully underway, it's about time we take a solid, in-depth look at a few of the sickest characters and their gnarly bikes. Some of these bikes are pretty insane; you have to wonder if their owners got a motorcycle or car loan or at least used an auto loan calculator to be able to pay for these bad boys. Go ahead and take a look at this infographic that shows how the specs of the main characters' motorcycles fit with their personalities. Then pull on your kutte and rev your… Read More

KBB's #1 most confortable car under $30,000: the 2014 Chevrolet Impala
When I was a kid, my dad was a Buick man. We're talking about the 70's through the 80's here, and fiberglass and polymers were only just starting to make an appearance on the exteriors and bodies of cars. That meant there was a lot of metal. And that meant a lot of weight. And as the distinguished Isaac Newton might have pointed out (if he were a car guy), when cars hit bumps in the road, those bumps display the magnitude of their own opposing force. As thus: "WHANNNG!" So when I got in the deeply plush, velvety seats… Read More

TOP ROADLOANS CUSTOMER QUESTIONS – PART 2
It’s time for another round of our most often asked, and now, best-answered customer questions, direct from the people that know them best. Many thanks to our crack team of customer support agents and managers, and to our customers who continue to pose intelligent questions and give great feedback. Customer question: Can I get the approval amount increased? Answer from the experts: Possibly. We approve you for the maximum amount you can borrow. However, if there is additional income (of yours or your co-applicants) to consider that wasn't mentioned in the initial application, we will review the loan to see… Read More

Popular posts for August on Santander Consumer USA blog
Here are the most popular, shared posts from August on our Santander Consumer USA (SCUSA) blog, which we think you also will enjoy reading (see links below). "Consumer credit scores expected to rise with FICO changes,” good news for millions of Americans who seek to borrow money to finance the purchase of a new or used vehicle. Experts say the changes could result in scores “as much as 100 points higher” for some. “How I would shop for a new car (or used) in five easy steps” takes the reader from the earliest stage of selecting a vehicle through the… Read More

6 Ways to Avoid a Bad Car Loan
Buying a car can be fun and exciting. However, getting a car loan can be anything but. After all, the auto loan process can be confusing and intimidating, causing buyers to make mistakes that result in a bad car loan. If you’ve got bad credit, dealers or insurance agents may take advantage, and you could be stuck with a car loan that will end up costing you tons in the long term.   So if you’re in the market for a new or used car, don’t get swindled into having to pay more than you really need to. Here’s a… Read More