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Preapproved auto loans give shoppers an advantage
  When buying a car, ideally you’d pay cash for the vehicle in order to negotiate aggressively on price and avoid monthly payments and interest charges. In reality, few of us can do that, so finding the right financing becomes important. Preapproved auto loans are a good option in a number of ways, and you can apply for preapproval with a range of lenders, such as banks, credit unions, finance companies and online lenders. If approved, advantages include knowing the terms of your loan before walking into the dealership, and an empowered, streamlined car-buying process where you can focus on… Read More

Summer car shopping, new-vehicle quality and more
Summer is zooming full speed ahead. That, of course, means many Americans are enjoying road trips and car shopping, both of which typically peak during the summer months. Under the circumstances, the RoadLoans and Santander Consumer USA blogs (SC) would be remiss if we didn’t provide useful information on those subjects. So, following are introductions to the best recent content on the SC blog and links to the posts if you want to read more:     Summer used-car bargain hunting Hot fun in the summertime. It’s what car shoppers can expect, whether they’re looking for new or used cars,… Read More

Looking for a trouble-free new car? These brands are best, says J.D. Power
  Korean brands lead the way with fewest new-car problems, but domestic vehicles are outperforming imports on average, research shows. J.D. Power’s 2017 initial quality study, which looks at the number of problems reported by new-car owners in the first 90 days of ownership, shows Kia and fellow Korean nameplate Genesis topping the list of reliable auto brands. Next comes German automaker Porsche, followed by domestics Ford and Ram, which are two of the most-improved companies in this year’s study. While American brands as a whole outrank their foreign counterparts, with 93 problems per 100 vehicles compared to 99/100, another… Read More

4 Things first-time car buyers should know
  Walking into a dealership with the correct documentation, information and knowledge to purchase a car is a big help, especially for a first-time car buyer. Here are four important points to keep in mind to save time and reduce stress: Research: Never buy a car without doing some type of research. Walking into a dealership and aimlessly walking around as if you are shopping for clothes will leave you a disappointed customer. When researching, it is best to take everything into consideration (wants/needs). Creating a chart of the elements of the car that you can and cannot go without… Read More

Private party auto loan – What is it and how does it work?
    When it comes to purchasing a new vehicle, there are several directions you can go. You could buy directly from a dealer, get one from an auction house, maybe a company-owned fleet car or you could purchase from a private seller. If you go the private-seller route, you might need what’s known as a private party auto loan. And if so, here’s what you need to know. Let’s start with private party auto loan: what is it? What is a private party loan? In simple terms, a private party auto loan or a person-to-person loan is a loan… Read More

2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition (Credit: Buick/Newspress USA)
    In the spirit of the Fourth of July, you may feel like buying American for your next car purchase. But which cars are most American these days? If you’re planning to visit a dealership over the holiday, one of the most popular times of year to buy a car, have a look at the results of the 2017 Made in America Auto Index first. Put together by the Kogod School of Business at American University, Washington D.C., it takes into account not just where a… Read More

These are the 10 new cars we keep the longest before selling
  SUVs and sports cars dominate the top 10 vehicles new-car owners hang onto longest before selling, research reveals – and the reasons range from timeless styling to unique features. Automotive research firm iSeeCars.com analyzed more than 15 million vehicles sold by original owners, which showed the Toyota Land Cruiser is kept longest of all at 10.6 years, well beyond the 7.3-year average. Two other Toyotas, the Sequoia and 4Runner, along with the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer, make up the rest of the SUVs on the list. The Porsche Boxster, Mercedes-Benz SLK, Chevrolet Corvette and Audi TT are the… Read More

Prepare your adventure with the road trip planner
  Ideas and resources to get the wheels turning There’s nothing quite like the freedom, independence and sense of discovery you get on a road trip, and there are few better places to load up and hit the highway than America. Whether you’re looking to get away in summer or at other times of the year, here are some ideas to get you started, along with tips for what to take, what to eat, what to listen to, and how to prepare your vehicle. Get perusing, get planning, and enjoy the ride.   Where to go: Destinations and experiences California… Read More

The cars that star in ‘Transformers,’ then and now
The giant fighting robots are back. “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment of the “Transformers” franchise, burst onto movie screens this week with the Transformers and humans locked in war. And not only will moviegoers be drawn by the prospect of extravagant action, battles and special effects, but the chance to see some of today’s coolest and most expensive cars in the thick of things, too. They include the attention-fixing 2017 Lamborghini Centenario, the $1.9 million hypercar adopted by the character Hot Rod, while the hugely popular Bumblebee takes the form of a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS. See how… Read More

Summer driving blues, best used cars and more
There are a lot of good auto blogs online, and we think the RoadLoans blog is one of them. But you may not know that RoadLoans is a direct-lending program of Santander Consumer USA (SC), which also has a blog providing more content intended to engage, inform and entertain readers interested in news and trends about or related to cars, trucks and SUVs. Following are snippets of the best recent content on the SC blog and links to the posts:     Singing the summer driving blues Summer has arrived. So, it’s time to take action – or not –… Read More

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