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If 2015 NBA playoff teams were cars – Eastern Conference
The 2015 playoff season is here, and it's going to be worth the wait. Every minute of drama and every dollar [cough!] of salaries that have led to this weekend will amount to an action-packed lineup of on-court amazement. The personalities of the players, which are considerable, are not outdone by the personalities of the teams themselves, taken as a group and those personalities remind us of - you guessed it - cars. We see these teams, and we are, by turns, impressed, enraged, tickled and shocked. And we remember cars that made us feel the same. Here are our… Read More

How baseball’s opening day is like getting a new car
This week, major league baseball parks across the U.S. usher in the 2015 regular season with opening day games. There’s something special about going to the ballpark or turning on the TV to see that first pitch of the year. It just screams of possibilities. Sort of like getting a new car. Being that we’re passionate about cars and sports, we thought we’d take a crack at combining the couple into a post that highlights some similarities between two of our favorite things. See below for what we came up with. Tailgating – If you’ve ever been taken out to… Read More

Players and Cars – The 2015 NBA All-Star players and the cars they could be
This weekend isn’t just about candy hearts and flowers - it’s the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend! Here at RoadLoans, we know a little bit about matching celebrities and cars, so as the glamorous weekend full of sporting activities involving the world’s greatest basketball players approaches, we’re going to give our list of the 10 original 2015 NBA All-Star starters and the cars that we think about when we see them. Western Conference 2011 Bentley Continental GT V8: An incredibly fast 4-wheel-drive beast that comes off the line with a quick release and one of the smoothest rides possible. Point guard,… Read More

It’s 2015 already? Not until you see the best SCUSA blog posts of December
The year is almost over. Well, technically, 2014 is over, but here at the beginning of 2015 we’ll take an opportunity to look back at the best that the Santander Consumer USA blog had to offer in December. Of course, looking back and looking ahead are two things most people do right about now, so it probably will come as no surprise that four of our blog posts below do one or the other – two casting a last glance over the shoulder at 2014 and two focused squarely on 2015. Among the best posts published in December on the… 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

Shortest day of the year – drive safely
December 21 is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and, for drivers, less is more – but not in a good way. Fewer daylight hours on the winter solstice, and continually throughout winter, mean more nighttime driving and an overall increase in driving risk. National Safety Council figures show vehicle death rates are three times higher at night than in the day. These tips will help you safely steer through the gloom: Weather changes associated with nighttime may hamper driving. Shorter days can mean cold, frosty starts before the sun breaks through. Take time to de-ice… 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

Holidays, movies and more at the Santander Consumer USA blog
It’s difficult to believe that another year has nearly passed. But before we get on with the rest of December – and the busy holidays it contains – let’s take one last look back at the best the Santander Consumer USA blog had to offer readers in November. The blog was full of seasonal advice – the most buzzworthy movies of the season and guidance good for just about any time. The latter category includes a “Top Pick” post that has continued to generate lots of traffic since it was posted. Among the best posts that the SCUSA blog had… Read More

Lessons I learned while visiting the Pacific Northwest
Relaxing time away – on overdrive. That’s the only way I can describe traveling with my former college roommate, Shaye, and her sister, Marrianne. Except for the destination, our trips rarely have a plan or involve much sleep. Yet we always manage to see some astoundingly beautiful parts of the country. We somehow manage to get the fantastic photos and have the most amazingly fun-filled time. And we laugh. A lot. This year’s destination – the Pacific Northwest. Here is a list of a few things I learned while visiting. Do NOT let the airline ship your bag to Fort… Read More