October 2017

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The fastest-selling used vehicles (many are EVs), Consumer Reports’ best new-car deals, and more
A look at recent car-buying news in the automotive press.     Six of the top 10 fastest-selling used cars are now electric If you’re looking for a preowned electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, bear in mind they aren’t lingering on the lot. Six out of the top 10 quickest-selling used cars in the U.S. are now electric vehicles, research by iSeeCars.com reveals, following analysis of the sale of 2.1 million cars, aged one to three years, between January and August 2017. The list is led by the Fiat 500e, which spent… Read More

Better used-car shopping, buying an electric vehicle and more
Buying a used car. It’s kind of like cage fighting – without the cage. But the Santander Consumer USA (SC) blog is in your corner and can provide useful information that may give you an important edge when you take up the challenge. And then there’s more … why most of us aren’t ready to buy electric vehicles, how to protect yourself after the Equifax data breach – in which hackers obtained “the keys to the kingdom” for nearly 150 million Americans – and how to enhance your relationship with SC. While RoadLoans, the direct-lending arm of Santander Consumer, offers… Read More

What is special financing and could it help me buy a car?
    Special financing is a term often used to describe auto loans for consumers with bad credit* – which can include people who have been through bankruptcy or repossession – and limited credit histories. There are plenty of companies in the auto finance industry willing to accept applications for subprime loans, so if your credit is poor, there may be a lender ready to offer you financing that will help you get on the road. First of all, keep in mind auto loans for people in bad credit situations typically come with higher annual percentage rates than those offered… Read More

A collection of first-car experiences
  First cars tend to make a big impression and live long in the memory. Whatever shape they take, and however many bumps in the road we may encounter with them, the independence they embody often means other cars just can’t come close. With that in mind, here’s a collection of first-car experiences that spans decades, and in which all of the cars are special in their own ways. Like the Ford Crown Victoria that made college crowds scatter because it looked like a police car arriving, yet became a firm campus favorite. And the “rolling science experiment” Chevrolet Cavalier… Read More

Credit: Nissan/Newspress USA
Credit: Nissan/Newspress USA   Where but the State Fair of Texas could you tuck into a funnel cake bacon queso burger while checking out around 400 of the latest cars, trucks and SUVs? The home of the largest new-car show in the Southwest, as well as some of the region’s most imaginative fair food, there’s plenty to whet the appetite at this year’s event. Among the 2018 models, large and small, on display in the Automobile Building, Centennial Building and Truck Zone are a number of debuts and introductions to limited editions. They include the 2018 Armada Platinum Reserve, a… Read More

Credit: AutoDetective.com
  Now and then, a certain question gets struck up during a conversation. If you could have any car in the world, what would it be? There has never been an instance where I struggled or hesitated to respond. Each time I am asked, the answer is always the same. The 1996 Silver Nissan Altima. If the person asks me why, my reason is simple. Because the 1996 Silver Nissan Altima is the greatest car in the world. I do not kid; I genuinely believe the 1996 Silver Nissan Altima is the greatest automobile… Read More