Mark Macesich

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

Something to think about if you’re shopping for an affordable car
Looking for a car that won’t break your budget? Then here’s something you may want to consider and may ease your new-car sticker shock. Eight different automakers are represented on the’s new list of the 10 most affordable cars to buy and own, with two manufacturers – Nissan and Toyota – represented by two models each. The most affordable car? The 2015 Mitsubishi Mirage DE automatic, costing $15,015 with options and destination fee, plus $7,000 in five-year fuel costs, for a total of $22,015. The Mirage was almost $2,000 more affordable – which is to say, less expensive to… Read More

A road trip to Destin, FL, white-sand beaches and seafood
Almost 12 hours, including stops. That was how long it took for the road trip part of our road trip to Destin, FL. Who was it that said getting there is half the fun? Obviously, they haven’t driven at night the nearly seven hours from Dallas to Shreveport and Lafayette, LA, then on to Baton Rouge. But the thought of our first vacation on the Florida Gulf Coast sustained four of us through the darkness. Starting at 11 p.m. on a Friday, we planned to be in Destin by 11 a.m. Saturday, in time for breakfast at Another Broken Egg… Read More