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If saving money is part of your plan for 2015, check out these vehicles
When the first day of a new year arrives, I typically expect to see a crowded gym filled with a whole slew of people fulfilling their new resolutions. Although I have not decided what my personal resolutions will be, saving money should be at the top of the list. If one of your resolutions is to save money or to help the environment, you may want to consider buying one of the newest environmentally friendly and cost-effective 2015 vehicles. While most people pledge to improve themselves in the new year, why not improve your vehicle of choice? Stylish, state of… 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

Car decorations – the delightful and the frightful
Dressing up your vehicle for the holidays? Sounds great. If it’s safe. Holiday decorations on a car can make your car delightful. But when it comes to taking your car on the road, the result of having the wrong decorations can be frightful. Beautiful, bountiful baubles on your car can become dangerous road hazards or distractions if not properly affixed, or if 100 mph winds (if your car is moving at 70 mph into a 30 mph headwind, for example) or other, solid objects knock them off. Here’s a quick run-down on what holiday fashions your car should be wearing… Read More

Shortest day of the year – drive safely
December 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and, for drivers, less is more – but not in a good way. Fewer daylight hours on the winter solstice, and continually throughout winter, mean more nighttime driving and an overall increase in driving risk. National Safety Council figures show vehicle death rates are three times higher at night than in the day. These tips will help you safely steer through the gloom: Weather changes associated with nighttime may hamper driving. Shorter days can mean cold, frosty starts before the sun breaks through. Take time to de-ice… Read More

Gift ideas for the multimillionaire driver in your life
Multimillionaires have it rough around the holidays. There. We said it. Just imagine the holiday plight between fellow plutocrats, as if you were (or perhaps, are) one of them. You are awakened by the custom alarm tone on your pre-release, 18-karat rose gold Apple Watch that your good buddy Tim C. hooked you up with, to the sounds of waves lapping gently on the rocks of Lake Como, below your other getaway bungalow in Vignola, Italy. You shut off the alarm, and notice that the days have apparently slipped by too pleasantly, and it is now Dec. 20, a mere… Read More

The twelve days of car (& holiday) tips – Part 2
12 useful tips about cars and the holidays – because we know a little bit about both It’s tough to beat a good pairing. Comté and Shiraz. Davis and Coltrane. A latte and a beignet. Cold weather and hot cider. Gilbert and Sullivan. For your pleasure, we humbly submit, as a novel entry on the register of great pairings … car tips and holiday tricks. Tip 6 - Some day, your car will drive itself, and you won't have to worry about focusing on the road. Until then, know the limits of your focus, and with what attention you can… Read More

The twelve days of car (& holiday) tips – Part 1
12 useful tips about cars and the holidays – because we know a little bit about both If there are two things we love at the RoadLoans blog, it’s getting smart about cars, and seasonal tips and tricks. And we think you’ll find that our holiday recipe includes just the right proportion of both. You're really going to want to read these. We save up the good stuff all year, just for articles like this. Tip 12 - Are you doing Secret Santa this year? Don't buy Post-Its. Use a web based service to organize all the name-drawing, like DrawNames.com.… Read More

New Year’s Eve deals expected to beat Black Friday’s
Car buyers, like many other Black Friday shoppers, expected some sweet deals on Nov. 28, and to be sure, many got them. But if you waited to venture out to your local dealership in search of the right vehicle at the right price, you may just be rewarded for your patience. According to Forbes.com and the Wall Street Journal, the most recent data resulting from annual surveys by TrueCar, Inc. reveal that as good as the deals may have been on Black Friday, we may see slightly better ones through December, with the discounts peaking on December 31. It seems… Read More

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