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The cars that came back to us
  After what will be 24 years in the wilderness, the Bronco, complete with its bucking Bronco logo, is coming back to Ford’s SUV stable. The carmaker announced a homecoming date of 2020 at the Detroit auto show last month (along with 2019 for the Ranger pickup), giving fans of the iconic off-roader plenty of time to prepare a warm welcome, and get the garage ready. It’s not the first time that ground’s been covered, of course. Here are five more comebacks that lit up the automotive world:     Dodge… Read More

When is spring break? Dates, destinations and details to help plan your trip
  For many college students, spring break, that American academic tradition and much anticipated vacation, is the first opportunity in the year to plan a memorable getaway. Checking your spring break dates is the important first step in planning your own special trip, and we’ve included an extensive list of dates for universities and colleges across the United States at the end of this article. Scroll through to find your school, and start thinking about destinations.   Spring break month  In general, spring break month is February, March or April, depending on where you are in the country, and the… Read More

How an auto loan cosigner might help you get moving
    If you’ve been denied financing for a vehicle because you have no credit or bad credit,* then an auto loan cosigner may be what’s needed to get on the road and on with your life. A cosigner may help by guaranteeing to repay the loan should you fail to do so. “Having a cosigner on your loan gives your lender additional assurance that the loan will be repaid,” says the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And what a difference having your own transportation can make, whether it’s getting to college classes to further your education, getting to work on time… Read More

The Mazda CX-5 was named Best Utility Vehicle of the Year for 2016.
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. What readers may not realize is 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 recent content, and links to the SC posts if you want to read… Read More

Manual vs. automatic transmissions: Gas mileage, cost and other key differences
  Can you drive a stick shift? Because a lot of people can’t. Americans are accustomed to the style of driving that comes with cars that have automatic transmissions, with a majority of drivers owning vehicles with automatic shifting. Interestingly enough, driving vehicles with manual transmissions is still extremely common in other countries, especially those in Europe. So we began to ask … why is this? We have found some interesting differences between the features of manual and automatic transmissions that help car buyers, wherever they may be, understand the different driving and ownership experiences associated with each. And hopefully… Read More

My first car: Red, sleek and fast, it made a lasting impression
  A 1984 Toyota Supra. It wasn’t my first car, exactly, but it’s first in my heart. The sleek, red, two-door, now-classic performance car with sun roof, distinctive black trim and what I refer to as Frogger (retractable) headlights is the one I remember the best. The Supra was my reward (from my wife and myself) for finishing graduate school. A demonstrator for a small-town Pennsylvania Toyota dealership, it sold for about $16,000, which seemed like a fortune at the time. But it’s a price I happily would pay now for a clean Supra. Sitting in the driver’s seat of… Read More

New car loans vs. used car loans: A helpful comparison for car buyers
  Weighing your options on a new or used car? It’s wise to consider new vs. used car financing as part of the process as it may have a big impact on how much you pay for the vehicle when all’s said and done. Advantages of buying a new car and new car loans The appeal of buying a new car never gets old: a chance to own a vehicle in pristine condition, complete with the latest technology and safety features; your choice of models and add-ons; a manufacturer warranty, and no history of maintenance issues, for example. There are… Read More

What does your car mean for your dating life? Here are the signs
Perhaps your choice of vehicle is carefully image-oriented, or maybe it’s just down to price and practicality. But if your car is an expression of you, what message is it sending exactly? And what does it mean for your dating life? With Valentine’s Day approaching, we’ve compiled the results of an online survey of drivers and a study by university researchers to give you an idea.               Read More

How to have a winning weekend in Houston
  If you’re on your way to Houston for Super Bowl LI, you can safely put a tick next to “attend the biggest event in town,” if not the country. There might even be a selfie in the offing. But whatever the result on the field, here are five other things to do while you’re there to ensure it’s a great weekend. Space Center Houston Whether your team puts in a star performance or encounters an almighty “Houston, we’ve had a problem” moment, a trip to the space center provides plenty of fascination and fun. Space Center Houston offers a… Read More

A look at the car, truck and utility of the year winners in Detroit
With all the excitement and buzz that surrounds the Detroit auto show, we found ourselves waiting in anticipation to see what the manufacturers would come up with for this year. 2017 is proving to be a big year – not only a big year of innovation, but for its strong direction towards the green life, with more and more eco-friendly models entering the car market, and as a year of technological progress. Each year we are presented with the latest and greatest tech that the world has to offer. With this year’s revelations, I can now find a car with… Read More

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