Mark Macesich

Holidays, movies and more at the Santander Consumer USA blog
It’s difficult to believe that another year has nearly passed. But before we get on with the rest of December – and the busy holidays it contains – let’s take one last look back at the best the Santander Consumer USA blog had to offer readers in November. The blog was full of seasonal advice – the most buzzworthy movies of the season and guidance good for just about any time. The latter category includes a “Top Pick” post that has continued to generate lots of traffic since it was posted. Among the best posts that the SCUSA blog had… Read More

Holiday Road Trip
Every holiday season, there is one tradition that millions of Americans participate in that can be delightful and relaxing, but might also be difficult, dangerous, infuriating, expensive and fraught with the perils of high adventure: the road trip. No big deal, right? It depends on many factors, and no one knows better than you do how easy or tricky it can be to cram your family into your vehicle and get from one place to another. If the family that you are visiting lives nearby, then bringing the clan to see the relatives on a holiday may not be too… Read More

The best of Blog-tober from Santander Consumer USA – only a little scary
Halloween has come and gone but the best posts of October – or Blog-tober, as we call it – are still around for you, the discerning reader of the Santander Consumer USA blog. Click on the headlines below to scare up some treats (no tricks) from last month: How to find the best car deals Here are some of the best resources available online to help car and truck shoppers find the best possible deals on new, pre-owned and lease vehicles. Use them and you’ll be less likely to get lost in the advertising noise that sometimes seems designed more… 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

Santander Consumer USA raises $60,000 for American Heart Association
It was a very good month at Santander Consumer USA and RoadLoans for the American Heart Association and the fight against heart disease. SCUSA and RoadLoans associates raised almost $60,000 total for the charity. The SCUSA fundraising effort in the Dallas area started in mid-August and concluded with associates’ participation in the 20th annual Dallas Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept. 13. “The unofficial total [raised] is $48,114,” said Kate Gatlin, corporate communications specialist at company headquarters in downtown Dallas. “That does not include some money that has been turned in here at Thanksgiving Tower, so we probably are closer to $50,000.”… 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

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 Cars.com’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