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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

What is special financing and could it help me buy a car?
    Special financing is a term often used to describe auto loans for consumers with bad credit* – which can include people who have been through bankruptcy or repossession – and limited credit histories. There are plenty of companies in the auto finance industry willing to accept applications for subprime loans, so if your credit is poor, there may be a lender ready to offer you financing that will help you get on the road. First of all, keep in mind auto loans for people in bad credit situations typically come with higher annual percentage rates than those offered… 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

Credit: AutoDetective.com
  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

Finding an auto loan during bankruptcy
  When financial setbacks occur, bankruptcy is sometimes the best way forward. Life moves on and, for most people, a car is essential to that process. But can you get a car loan while in bankruptcy? It depends, in part, on the type of bankruptcy for which you’re filing. The two common forms of personal bankruptcy are Chapter 13 and Chapter 7. Financing while in Chapter 13 bankruptcy Chapter 13 enables a debtor with a steady income to keep hold of property they might otherwise lose to the bankruptcy process. A plan is created to pay creditors all or part… 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

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