Automobile Information and News

Prepare your adventure with the road trip planner
  Ideas and resources to get the wheels turning There’s nothing quite like the freedom, independence and sense of discovery you get on a road trip, and there are few better places to load up and hit the highway than America. Whether you’re looking to get away in summer or at other times of the year, here are some ideas to get you started, along with tips for what to take, what to eat, what to listen to, and how to prepare your vehicle. Get perusing, get planning, and enjoy the ride.   Where to go: Destinations and experiences California… Read More

Summer driving blues, best used cars and more
There are a lot of good auto blogs online, and we think the RoadLoans blog is one of them. But you may not know 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 the best recent content on the SC blog and links to the posts:     Singing the summer driving blues Summer has arrived. So, it’s time to take action – or not –… Read More

10 Cool new cars under $18K
  Are fun, stylish, versatile and affordable on your new-car wish list? If so, Kelley Blue Book’s latest recommendations of quality cars costing less than $18,000 are worth perusing. The automotive guide’s annual compilation of cool, budget-friendly vehicles includes a little expert comment about each car’s appeal as well as information on consumer ratings, miles per gallon and engine size, plus images and videos to help your car-buying decisions. Among the 2017 models it has rated and ranked are three newcomers, along with some reliable contenders. Leading the way is the Mazda3, the “all-time champion” that appears in the top… Read More

My first car and the birthday blues
  Upon obtaining a learner’s permit most young adults begin shopping for their first car before even discussing it with their parents. Growing up, this was the day that I looked forward to because having parents heavily involved in the car industry, undoubtedly, would yield my dream car. Due to the school cutoff I was almost a year older than most of my classmates. While this was a minor issue academically, it soon evolved into the sole reason I was going to become the most popular student amongst my peers. As my birthday approached, certainly, I was going to be… Read More

The longest-lasting cars and trucks – Vehicles that go the extra mile
  If you’re looking to buy a car from among the longest lasting and most reliable on the road, you’re in good company. Many buyers in the U.S. consider the longevity of a vehicle to be important when shopping. Often, buyers do not actually intend to own the vehicle for its entire lifespan, but rather, they see a correlation between longevity and a vehicle that is mechanically dependable with routine maintenance. In reality, this correlation does not always hold; sometimes vehicles that last a long time require more maintenance than others to do so. Even so, buyers still often associate… Read More

A look at how cars and trucks are trending across the internet
As more and more automotive research takes place online, software company Adobe put its finger on the pulse to see what’s trending. The Adobe Digital Insights report looked at some 11 billion visits to dealership and car information websites, and more than 57 million social media mentions. Here are some of the key insights. THE MOST POPULAR CAR ON SOCIAL MEDIA IS... Based on social mentions and sentiment (Oct. 2015 – Oct. 2016) and online visits (Jan. 2014 – Sept. 2016). Sources: Adobe Analytics, CMO.com by Adobe. VISITS TO SUV/TRUCK WEBSITES ARE BOOMING – ESPECIALLY AMONG PEOPLE IN THESE CITIES:… Read More

Customer service made a big difference for Buick owners in a J.D. Power survey.
There are a lot of good auto blogs online, and we think the RoadLoans blog is one of them. 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 more:   Customer service made a big difference for Buick owners in a J.D. Power… Read More

Cars you’ll never want to get out of: Wards Auto names best interiors of 2017
  It’s what’s on the inside that counts, and no one knows that better than Wards Auto, the automotive industry news source that just released its annual list of 10 best interiors. Now in its seventh year, the awards program honors outstanding achievement in aesthetics, comfort, ergonomics, materials usage, fit-and-finish and user-friendly electronics. There’s no price cap, and the nominees feature interiors that are all-new or significantly improved from the previous year. This year’s winners include seven brands never to have made the top 10 before, plus three returning winners – Lexus, Honda and… Read More

‘Fast and Furious,’ traffic nightmares, best used cars and more
There are a lot of good auto blogs online, and we think the RoadLoans blog is one of them. 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 more:     Putting pedal to the metal What would you expect from a macho movie series about cars… Read More

The best car in the world, it’s official
As bragging rights go, owning the best car in the world would be hard to beat. That could be quite subjective though – everyone has an opinion on nice cars. Thankfully, the experts have cleared the issue up for another year with the announcement of the 2017 World Car Award winners, based on specific criteria you can hang your hat on. After traveling a long road passing through several glitzy international destinations, the jurors recently reached their expert decisions, announced at the New York auto show last week.     And the World Car of the Year? The Jaguar F-Pace,… Read More

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