Sonny Bynum

Throwing the perfect Super Bowl party
The Super Bowl is the big game, literally and figuratively. So it deserves a big party. But what does it take to throw a great one? Less than you might think. It may take no more than a visible television and some good food, but of course, that special little ingredient always helps - pizzazz. If you’re throwing a Super Bowl party this year, think of it as an opportunity for a little showmanship, and your guests will just love it and won't forget it. Let's take a look at a few of the great ideas out there for adding… Read More

Top 8 road trip cities of 2014
Last year was a great one for road trips, and we see no end to that trend in 2015. Let's review that open road goodness, and take a look at a short list of the destinations – and their origin cities - most often mentioned by some of the Web's most prolific travel sites. This list of the lists combines mentions from some of the most popular road trip lists posted on the internet*. Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1), beginning in Los Angeles - These world-renowned, winding California roads boast amazing views of the Pacific Ocean and meander through coastal… Read More

Tax returns and auto loans – a good match
Friends, tax season has begun*. Contrary to what you may want to do, or what the name implies that you might do, this does not mean that you can hunt and shoot your tax forms. No, it means that Americans will sit down and join the federal government in the annual process of calculating and reconciling their federal income tax burden. Well, if you own a car, or if you're in the market for a new car loan, then you should know something about tax season: it mixes well with car ownership. There are a few reasons for this: If… Read More

CES 2015 – Cars led the tech pack
The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show happened last week. This is the show that has historically unveiled things like the Sony Walkman, the LCD video display, and the handheld video camera. If/when the backpack jetpack, the antiviral nanobot or the instantaneous matter transporter is invented, it will probably make an appearance at the CES. It's the big show. But was there big tech for cars at CES for 2015? Forbes.com contributor Doug Newcombe said: "Automotive technology was the only true source of innovation at this year’s CES." Touché, Doug. Touché. Let's take a look. Most energizing powerplants: Tesla's Panasonic-powered zapfest -… Read More

Resolution for revolutions (per minute)
Happy New Year to you and all of yours. And as a bonus, may you be a happy driver too. And there's no better way to stay happy on the road than to keep your car well maintained, humming along with audible aplomb. A new year's resolution for the road According to a study published by the University of Scranton's Journal of Clinical Psychology [http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/], the top New Year's resolutions, in order, are: Lose weight Get organized Spend less, save more Enjoy life to the fullest Staying fit and healthy Learn something exciting Quit smoking Help others in their dreams… 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

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