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The Vehicles of The Walking Dead
Times can be hard when you're living in a zombie apocalypse, but things can be exponentially better if you're able to get your hands on some kind of vehicle. Once you've got some wheels, you stand a much better chance of surviving, even if just because now you have a way to mow down some walkers. Plus, you don't have to worry about traffic rules or making that car loan payment—it's an apocalypse, after all. In this infographic we've hashed out some of the best vehicles from AMC's "The Walking Dead" and have analyzed them to figure out which one… Read More

The most overrated travel destinations
Here are four travel destinations that you may regret going to, and nearby, more rewarding alternatives.   Overrated: The Four Corners The Four Corners is the only point in the United States at which four states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) meet. That, and only that, makes it unique. The views? No. The weather? Not particularly. The historical significance? Nnno. Great shopping? Maybe. Do you really love turquoise trinkets? Saving grace: Durango, CO Remember that town you flew into to get to The Four Corners? Go back there. At the Southern end of the Rockies range, you'll find the charming… Read More

Road trip: Western calm in wine country
If there is one mantra that Texans have unwittingly adopted in the summer months, it’s this: get out of the heat. For at least a week. From Seaside, FL, to Colorado to California, Texans flee from June through August to places that provide relief from the non-stop 100-degree days that define the Texas summer. This year my family and I traveled to northern California. My husband and I are long-time lovers of the Bay Area, wine country and the Pacific Ocean, so we opted to make Bodega Bay (of Alfred Hitchcock’s, The Birds, fame) our base, and then took day… 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

Six essential gadgets for a successful tailgate party
Tailgating (not the kind that rude people do on the highway, the kind that awesome people do before/after sporting events, in stadium parking lots) consists of equal parts art, science, and deliciousness. So when you're gearing up to get your grill on, you momentarily may think that you're crazy for buying A ROBOT THAT CLEANS YOUR GRILL FOR YOU after you've finished making your famous BBQ-onion-sauce burgers and mustard-battered beer brats. But, really, wouldn't it be crazy not to have one? I mean, what kind of philistine tailgate party would that even be? Not to worry. We have compiled a… Read More

And the answer to the No. 1 question is…
Our distinguished professionals in the customer service department, who answer your phone calls, emails and chats, and provide answers to all of the questions that come from our excellent customers are back to wrap up the subject of "answers to the most-asked questions." We've saved the best for last. The question below is the No. 1 most-asked question of our customer service team, followed by the official answer: Question: If I finance less, will my down payment be lower? Official Answer: No. Given a certain vehicle price, the loan offer you receive at a given time will result in the… Read More

Top 9 best-selling vehicles of 2014 so far
Oscar Wilde said, "Everything popular is wrong." Mr. Wilde, I beg to differ. We present the list of the most popular (best-selling) vehicles of 2014 so far, and these vehicles are solid. Cars.com, using data from NADA reports that measure sales through the end of July of this year, has released their list of the vehicles that are topping the year-to-date charts, and the selection is impressive. Now, keep in mind that these are not everyone's "most-desired" or "favorite" vehicles, but in the putting-one's-money-where-one's-mouth-is sense of popularity, this list has the winners. Ford F-Series - 429,065 sold Sold in 9… Read More

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 some… 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