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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

Top RoadLoans Customer Questions – Part 1
At RoadLoans, we do a great job of simplifying the auto-loan and car-shopping experience, and we are proud of that. Additionally, we encourage people to educate themselves about credit and the processes involving car loans and car shopping. We hope that this does not send a mixed message in which we tell you that there is a lot to know about auto loans and car shopping and that we simplify that process. In fact, both are true. The service we provide involves shouldering some of the burden of expertise in auto finance and the process of buying a car. Today, Scott… Read More

Travel and weather loom large for Labor Day weekend 2014
Labor Day 2014 is this coming Monday, and the gurus at AAA (the source that many depend on to forecast travel conditions) have spoken. Here's a quick blow-by-blow rundown of what we can expect to see this weekend. Travel stats 7 million Americans will travel a distance of 50 miles or more from their residences. This represents an increase of 1.3 percent over 2013, and the highest number of Labor Day weekend travelers since 2008. 7 million of these travelers (nearly 86 percent) will be going by car. Almost 8 percent of 2014's Labor Day weekend travelers (2.65 million) will… Read More

How To Get A Car Loan With Bad Credit: 5 Myths Revealed!
You’d like to buy a car but you’ve got bad credit, and we all know what that means; it means that there’s no way you will ever get a car loan. And even if you do qualify, you’ll have to pay astronomical rates. Right?   Wrong.   The truth is that people with bad credit can get car loans, without paying exorbitant fees. You just have to know how to go about it. If a less-than-stellar credit rating has put your dream of car ownership on hold, take hope. And don’t be taken in by these five myths about buying… Read More

Road Enragers
We know that you, our RoadLoans readers, would never behave rudely behind the wheel, and are paragons of patience, maturity and understanding, displaying exemplary driving behavior at all times, to show everyone the way forward to a brighter tomorrow. However, as hard as it may be to believe, there are those out there whose driving tends to annoy, and even enrage, fellow motorists. I know. I was shocked, too. Give me a moment to tweet about it while I'm driving to work. Expedia released the results of the 2014 Road Rage Report in which 1,001 adult Americans were surveyed to… Read More