Automobile Information and News

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

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

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  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

San Francisco, CA., April 15, 2012--The all-new 2013 Ford Escape, which was launched on the streets of San Francisco, features clever technologies like the hands-free liftgate and class-leading fuel economy.  The Escape will arrive at Ford dealers this spring. (04/15/2012)
Are you planning your next vehicle purchase? Thinking about a used car? Here are three approaches, and multiple vehicles, to consider, recommended within recent articles in the automotive press.     Finding quality, value in the used car market Depreciation is something that often works in a buyer’s favor when purchasing a used car. But while someone else may have born the brunt of a vehicle’s loss in value, how do you still find good quality? Personal finance website Kiplinger.com has put together a list of eight vehicles that satisfy these conditions and offer “hidden value” in the used car… Read More

When is the best time to buy a car?
5 great opportunities to look for a deal     The best time to buy a new car might simply be when you need it most. But if your purchase is not urgent and maximizing savings is your goal, there are some dates on the calendar it certainly helps to know about. The following are all smart times to visit the dealership and shop for a deal. Late in the month The last week and particularly the last weekend of the month are often when a dealership’s staff needs to sell the final cars that enable them to meet their… Read More

When to buy another car, top-rated used vehicles and more
Shopping for a used vehicle? Trying to decide whether now is the time for another car – new or used? If you answered “yes” to either question – or want to learn more about Ford pickup trucks’ 100th anniversary or which cars get the most traffic tickets – the Santander Consumer USA blog can provide some useful information. While there’s lots of great information on the RoadLoans blog, following are some links to the best recent content on the related SC blog if you want to read more:     The right time for another car? Is it time to… Read More

What you should know about flood-damaged cars
Be aware of the risks before making a purchase     The devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are far reaching and, as the damage is assessed, it’s been estimated that up to a million vehicles may have been flooded. Not all flooded cars will be dealt with properly, though. Unfortunately, it’s likely that many will be cleaned up and sold without the damage being disclosed. So if you’re in the market for a used car, there are some things you should know to avoid making a potentially costly mistake. 1. The vehicle could be ruined Flood damage can… Read More

Should you buy a certified used vehicle?
  No car buyer wants to pay good money for a vehicle only to be lumbered with reliability problems. So how to do you make a good buy? If you’re purchasing a used car, you’ll probably encounter the option of choosing a certified preowned (CPO) vehicle. These cars are typically models that have been thoroughly inspected and reconditioned by a factory-trained mechanic to meet manufacturer guidelines, and come with an extended warranty. Most automakers offer certified preowned programs, and when someone returns a lease vehicle or trades in, the dealership will consider it for the CPO program. Not all certified… Read More

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