Automobile Information and News

Most-loved cars, a dozen best buys and the road to Hades
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

1982 Four-door Ford Escort hatchback, photo courtesy of HatchHeaven.com
  My dad agreed to buy both my brother and I our first cars. Any vehicles we owned beyond those, we were on our own. I was a lucky kid and I knew it. I wasn’t picky about the car I got. After all, I wasn’t paying for it, so how could I possibly afford to be picky? I only wanted three things: 1. Any color EXCEPT brown 2. No manual transmissions 3. Good gas mileage Then, we stumbled upon a used vehicle at the Ford dealership… Read More

Chevrolet Bolt EV.
  With car technology moving at such a pace the latest developments can become a blur. Here’s a look at some of what’s coming up in 2017. Affordable, 200-mile EVs arrive We’ll be seeing more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road thanks in part to the entrance of the Chevrolet Bolt. General Motors’ vehicle is both affordable, starting from $29,995 after federal tax credits, and practical, with an EPA-estimated range of 238 miles on full charge, which promises to carry the EV closer to the car-buying mainstream. The Bolt is already on sale… Read More

12 New Year’s resolutions for becoming a safer driver
  About this time each year, most of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions – all those promises we make to ourselves with every intention of following through but usually end up breaking before January is over. RoadLoans doesn’t want that to happen to you in 2017. We have gathered some ideas that you may want to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions, especially for the time you spend in your car, truck or SUV. Keeping these resolutions will make you a better driver and keep your family safer on the road. We’ve compiled our list… Read More

41 ‘Best buys’ for new-car shoppers
  If 2017 is going to be your year for a new car, here’s some food for thought to help the selection process. Consumer Guide Automotive recently announced its Best Buy Awards with 41 recommendations across 21 categories, to provide “clear, easy choices for consumers.” Each best buy “represents the finest balance of attributes and value in its class,” says the car-review publisher. The categories include everything from standout subcompacts to exceptional SUVs, and new for the 2017 awards is the Family Vehicle Best… Read More

Car terms to know for the holidays
    As you venture onto the roads for the holidays, here are some car terms and tips to keep in mind and help the season go smoothly. Designated driver – It’s the season of parties, and if you’re travelling in a group, make sure you designate someone who won’t be drinking alcohol to drive safely. Defensive driving – Not everyone drives responsibly at this time of year, however, and there may be drunk or distracted drivers on the road. Staying alert and driving defensively, through practices like anticipating dangerous situations and other drivers’ mistakes, will help you stay safe.… Read More

A 1983 – 87 Ford Crown Victoria in all its glory. Credit: WheelsAge.org
  I grew up living with my grandmother, so I knew that my first car wouldn’t be anything special. But, I was still excited when “Momma Nancy” told me that she had a friend who was getting rid of his old car. Most of my friends had gotten their cars while in high school, and here I was in college and still no wheels. I had saved up a little money from my summer job, but it wasn’t going to be enough to… Read More

Getting road-trip ready, shopping smart, and saving on used cars
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… Read More

The 12 days of car (& holiday) tips
  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. From car-buying help to cookie recipes, I think we’ve got it covered this winter season. Tip 1 – Holiday shopping can be stressful, like not knowing what to get your mother when she says she “doesn’t need… Read More

How to tackle extreme winter driving situations
3 Ways to win when it’s just you, the snow and the road We all know how beautiful the landscape looks under a blanket of snow. But the outlook can change pretty quickly when your vehicle gets stuck and the white stuff keeps falling. That’s when it becomes you against the snow, and a question of how to tackle an extreme winter driving situation. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and our infographic gives you the tools to negotiate harsh winter conditions with confidence. Our three steps of preparedness, getting unstuck and survival will improve your chances of safely… Read More

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