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Getting road-trip ready, shopping smart, and saving on used cars
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. 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… Read More

The 12 days of car (& holiday) tips
  12 Useful tips about cars and the holidays – because we know a little bit about both If there are two things we love at the RoadLoans blog, it’s getting smart about cars, and seasonal tips and tricks. And we think you’ll find that our holiday recipe includes just the right proportion of both. You’re really going to want to read these. From car-buying help to cookie recipes, I think we’ve got it covered this winter season. Tip 1 – Holiday shopping can be stressful, like not knowing what to get your mother when she says she “doesn’t need… Read More

How to tackle extreme winter driving situations
3 Ways to win when it’s just you, the snow and the road We all know how beautiful the landscape looks under a blanket of snow. But the outlook can change pretty quickly when your vehicle gets stuck and the white stuff keeps falling. That’s when it becomes you against the snow, and a question of how to tackle an extreme winter driving situation. To be forewarned is to be forearmed, and our infographic gives you the tools to negotiate harsh winter conditions with confidence. Our three steps of preparedness, getting unstuck and survival will improve your chances of safely… Read More

9 of the easiest cars to park for the holiday shopping season, and beyond
  As the holiday season is in full swing, we must begin to think about our special plans. Whether it be a holiday trip with the family, cooking your favorite dishes, or buying presents, the holidays can bring about a lot of chaos in everyone’s daily lives. With crowded malls and streets filled with shoppers, families, and sometimes tourists, many people do whatever they can to avoid these crowds. However, as the streets get icy and more crowded with holiday errand-runners, we are hoping to help you remove a little stress from your lives. For the big city, or a… Read More

How to lower APR on a car loan
  6 tips for getting a low rate and boosting your chances to save Lowering the annual percentage rate (APR) on a car loan is one of the best ways to save on vehicle financing and the total cost of buying a car. And it’s not complicated – there are simple ways to approach it. Here are six tips for how to lower the APR on a car loan. 1. The credit question Whether you want to save cash on financing for your existing car or are looking for a low interest rate and APR to buy your next vehicle,… Read More

Ready to shop? The ‘best time’ to find used-car deals is almost here
  Chances are you’ve heard the advertising fanfare heralding the arrival of Black Friday car deals. It’s that time of year when automakers jump at the chance to offer deep discounts and savings on shiny new models. But did you know it’s the best day of the year to find a deal on a pre-owned vehicle? That’s according to research that shows Black Friday has 33.1 percent more deals on used cars than average. The day after Thanksgiving tops the 2016 list of best times to buy a used vehicle put together by iSeeCars.com, an online search engine for cars.… Read More

How to buy a car in 10 steps – and make it a great experience
  Buying a car can be a daunting task. People often devote large amounts of time, money and thought into purchasing their next vehicle. However, we think that buying a new car should be an exciting time for people! It often marks an important moment in one’s lifetime – whether it be a sweet 16, a new job, or finally saving up enough money for your own car. Some of you may have asked yourselves, “What do you do when you buy a car?” With research, and a bit of help from us, you can understand how to buy a… Read More

How to buy a truck with bad credit
  It’s easy to see why a pickup truck, the Ford F-150, has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States for years on end. There are lots of people who need a truck for work, that’s for sure. But it’s also very handy to have one for personal use. The convenience of dropping the tailgate, loading up and driving off is unmatched by an SUV or car. No lifting up to the roof rack or folding down seats, and no vacuuming the interior afterwards. Trucks are often more expensive than cars, but not all pickup owners are driving around… Read More

The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a Thrillist favorite among scary-fast cars (see below).
There are a lot of good auto blogs online. We think the RoadLoans blog is one of them, something largely confirmed by monthly views reported by Google Analytics and other rankings of best web sites for car enthusiasts. 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.   The Hyundai Genesis Coupe is a Thrillist favorite among scary-fast cars (see… Read More

How Does Refinancing a Car Work?
  You might be new at this. If you’ve recently asked yourself, “How does refinancing a car work?” it may be a good idea to do a little research to get the concepts down.* The easy answer to the question of how refinancing a car works is that you take out a second auto loan to replace the financing that you did with your first loan. You borrow from Peter to pay Paul. The new loan comes with different terms than the original one and, typically, refinancing takes place when a qualified applicant is seeking better terms that will save them money. Auto refinancing… Read More

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