Sonny Bynum

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  Well, we've told you about why you should attend an auto show, and we've even told you how to have the best experience at one. Now we’re going to talk about some you should think about going to. There are a lot of great car shows out there. Car manufacturers are serious about putting their best foot forward, and this is one of the places that they know they can do it, where the only expectations are to eat junk food, be dazzled and have fun. Washington Auto Show, Washington D.C. – Jan.… Read More

Lower your monthly payments by boosting your down payment
  Getting a car loan that fits your current financial situation can be tricky, especially if you have low monthly income. If you need a car loan with payments that you can afford every month, there are two things you should consider before buying: A less-expensive car This one seems obvious, but it's important to consider it a rule rather than a guideline, if keeping payments low is your goal. RELATED: Why car shoppers must be determined to get an affordable new or used vehicle In thinking of your vehicle purchase price limit as a rule rather than a guideline,… Read More

Quarterbacks of the 2015 NFL playoffs and the cars that resemble them
The NFL Super Bowl and NFL Pro Bowl are right around the corner. Now it's just a matter of choosing your favorite chips and salsa, and claiming the end of the couch you'll be occupying to avoid in-game seating conflicts. We love a good game, but we're pretty crazy about cars, too. So we've got a list with which we think you'll agree. These cars are the perfect ride for each of the playoff quarterbacks with whom we've matched them. And if you disagree, you're just plain wrong.     Quarterback: Tom Brady, New England Patriots Car: 1998 Honda Accord… Read More

Throwing the perfect Super Bowl party
The Super Bowl is the big game, literally and figuratively. So it deserves a big party. But what does it take to throw a great one? Less than you might think. It may take no more than a visible television and some good food, but of course, that special little ingredient always helps - pizzazz. If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party this year, think of it as an opportunity for a little showmanship, and your guests will just love it and won't forget it. Let's take a look at a few of the great ideas out there for adding… Read More

Top 8 road trip cities of 2014
Last year was a great one for road trips, and we see no end to that trend in 2015. Let's review that open road goodness, and take a look at a short list of the destinations – and their origin cities - most often mentioned by some of the Web's most prolific travel sites. This list of the lists combines mentions from some of the most popular road trip lists posted on the internet*. Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), beginning in Los Angeles - These world-renowned, winding California roads boast amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and meander through coastal… Read More

Tax returns and auto loans – a good match
Friends, tax season has begun*. Contrary to what you may want to do, or what the name implies that you might do, this does not mean that you can hunt and shoot your tax forms. No, it means that Americans will sit down and join the federal government in the annual process of calculating and reconciling their federal income tax burden. Well, if you own a car, or if you're in the market for a new car loan, then you should know something about tax season: it mixes well with car ownership. There are a few reasons for this: If… Read More

CES 2015 – Cars led the tech pack
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show happened last week. This is the show that has historically unveiled things like the Sony Walkman, the LCD video display, and the handheld video camera. If/when the backpack jetpack, the antiviral nanobot or the instantaneous matter transporter is invented, it will probably make an appearance at the CES. It's the big show. But was there big tech for cars at CES for 2015? Forbes.com contributor Doug Newcombe said: "Automotive technology was the only true source of innovation at this year’s CES." Touché, Doug. Touché. Let's take a look. Most energizing powerplants: Tesla's Panasonic-powered zapfest -… Read More

Resolution for revolutions (per minute)
Happy New Year to you and all of yours. And as a bonus, may you be a happy driver too. And there's no better way to stay happy on the road than to keep your car well maintained, humming along with audible aplomb. A new year's resolution for the road According to a study published by the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology [http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/], the top New Year's resolutions, in order, are: Lose weight Get organized Spend less, save more Enjoy life to the fullest Staying fit and healthy Learn something exciting Quit smoking Help others in their dreams… Read More

Santander Consumer USA – 2014 year in review
Our parent company, Santander Consumer USA (SCUSA) has had QUITE a year, and we don’t mind telling you about it. This is big stuff, people. So, while many of us (this writer included) were struggling to schedule our workout sessions in compliance with our 2014 New Year’s resolutions, SCUSA was busy going public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: SC). Big stuff. Following that, they moved into new digs, the 50-story Thanksgiving Tower in downtown Dallas. Rather than slowing down, they then hired 4,000 new employees, and launched several new lending products. So, in summary, it was a big… Read More

Keeping safe while holiday shopping
All of the holidays and days off of work and school at the end of December tend to stir up wonderful emotions and goodwill among people. The warmth of home in the midst of cold winds (or, if you’re from Southern California, the warmth of home in the midst of a mildly cool breeze) can create a feeling of coziness that is just part of how the season makes many of us feel. But of course there are also trips out and about for those of you who will be shopping today, and attempting some bargain shopping or trying to… Read More