Sonny Bynum

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

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

Fiat 500 for 007 – Beautiful enough for Bond
James Bond has driven some seriously great cars. And Fiat’s 500 micro sedan is about to become a member of that stable. In the upcoming Bond film, “Spectre,” the latest in the James Bond franchise, it is rumored that James Bond, who will again be portrayed by Daniel Craig, will be racing through the streets of Rome, Italy, in the popular economy sportster. And the internet has plenty to say on the subject. The issue of “which vehicle James Bond is driving now” has been, for car enthusiasts, an epic story since the beginning. In fact, we covered the topic… Read More

Extreme winter situations
Getting on the road to get to Grandma's this holiday season sounds like a lot of fun. But for people who live in parts of the country where winter has already landed in force, the fun only lasts while the vehicle is still rolling and in good shape. Just imagine driving quietly down a snowy byway, with a soft and gentle blanket of white quieting every sound of the storm and every turn of your tires, when, suddenly, disaster strikes and your vehicle stops moving, perhaps even getting stuck in the snow. If you're in a rural area, what started… Read More

Holiday Road Trip
Every holiday season, there is one tradition that millions of Americans participate in that can be delightful and relaxing, but might also be difficult, dangerous, infuriating, expensive and fraught with the perils of high adventure: the road trip. No big deal, right? It depends on many factors, and no one knows better than you do how easy or tricky it can be to cram your family into your vehicle and get from one place to another. If the family that you are visiting lives nearby, then bringing the clan to see the relatives on a holiday may not be too… Read More