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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

Thank you, veterans
This Veterans Day, we salute the veterans of the armed forces of the United States by giving a brief history of the founding of each of the five services. All information below, and much more can be found at the U.S. Army Center of Military History.   U.S. Army The Continental Army was created on June 14, 1775, by the Continental Congress as a unified army for the colonies to fight Great Britain, with George Washington himself appointed as its commander. In 2011, the regular Army reported a strength of 546,057 soldiers, the Army National Guard reported 358,078 and the… Read More

Formula 1 – My day at the race
Last week, I blogged about what I had heard from others regarding the Formula 1 races in Austin, Texas. But this past weekend, I got the amazing opportunity to actually attend the United States Grand Prix in person. My first impression was, “Whoa, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen.” The Circuit of the Americas track had a magnificent set up. There were bright lights, fun colors, fountains, green grass, bleachers, luxurious VIP tents, fun merchant tents and much more. It was truly a spectacle – fitting for such a big event. A few friends and… Read More

The best of Blog-tober from Santander Consumer USA – only a little scary
Halloween has come and gone but the best posts of October – or Blog-tober, as we call it – are still around for you, the discerning reader of the Santander Consumer USA blog. Click on the headlines below to scare up some treats (no tricks) from last month: How to find the best car deals Here are some of the best resources available online to help car and truck shoppers find the best possible deals on new, pre-owned and lease vehicles. Use them and you’ll be less likely to get lost in the advertising noise that sometimes seems designed more… Read More

It’s that time of year again
Every year, countless children of all ages wait patiently for fall colors and the chill on the air to signal the arrival of one of the most special holidays on the calendar. People who love this holiday associate it with cackling laughs, haunted moans, foreboding bumps on tightly shut doors and October 31. I speak, of course, of National Knock Knock Joke Day! In honor of this most well-loved of holidays, we present these knock knock jokes that we think you’ll find a-door-able.   Knock knock. Who’s there? Theodore. Theodore who? Theodore wasn't open, so I knocked.   Knock knock.… Read More