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Margaret Jones is on a mission. Recently retiring after 35 years as an elementary schoolteacher, Margaret looks forward to seeing her grandkids more often. Unfortunately, they live three hours away by car. Because she anticipates the distance will put a lot of miles on her car, Margaret is in the market for a more reliable (and energy-efficient) automobile than the one she currently owns. Margaret receives a monthly pension and is on a fixed budget. She hopes to find a car that will fit within her spending plan and still allow for quality healthcare and the leisure activities she enjoys,… Read More

Shop for financing before shopping for a new car
Going car shopping? What are your auto financing terms – length, interest rate, monthly payments? If you don’t know the answers to these and other questions, you aren’t ready to get the best possible deal on the car on which you have your heart set. If you are borrowing as much as $15,000, $20,000, $25,000 or more to purchase that new vehicle, you owe it to yourself to pay attention to every detail of the process. The difference of only a couple of percentage points in the interest rate can add up to hundreds, even $1,000 or more over the… Read More

What’s sparking small-car buying trend?
Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Dodge Dart. These are just five of the names sparking big interest in today’s American small-car market. There are others – including Ford Focus and Fiesta; Fiat 500; Hyundai Accent and Elantra; Chevrolet Spark; Toyota Corolla, Matrix and Yaris; Kia Soul and Rio, Honda Civic, Scion iQ and VW Jetta – also for around or under $16,000. It’s a growing army of small, smaller and smallest vehicles, some new models, some familiar, rolling along our streets and other roadways as market forces, such as gas prices, an aging car population, weak economy… Read More

Working with Santander Consumer USA Inc.
Working with Santander Consumer USA Inc. At Santander Consumer USA, we help people get into the car of their dreams. From our Drive® program to RoadLoans to Santander Auto Finance®, we offer a full-range of auto financing options. Through our RoadLoans Youtube page and other outlets, we receive comments from customers every day talking about their auto financing. Many are happy they attained auto financing through us, having been turned down from another financial institution. John from Canada, for instance, recently gave a testimonial following the purchase of his second automobile through RoadLoans. And a dealer in New York recently told us… Read More

RoadLoans ‘recommended’ for auto financing by customers
We think financing or refinancing your vehicle with RoadLoans is a smart choice, but don’t just take our word for it. Our customers are having “quick, painless and very easy” experiences with RoadLoans, and some have taken the time to let us know how they feel about our product. Following are some reviews from real customers who were invited to comment on their experience, which you also can find under “Customer Reviews” on the website: “First, let me start by saying Thank You. After my divorce, I thought I (would) never bounce back, but getting approved for a loan to be… Read More

Kids and Kars: After-School Activities
Football and baseball and soccer, oh my! The path back to school is also paved with those after-school activities that our kids love. But with so many things to squeeze in a 24-hour period, parents can begin to feel like underpaid, overworked chauffeurs shuttling their kids from place to place. How do you make the most of the afternoon hustle? A little preparation can go a long way. The first action that can make your load a little lighter is getting to know the other parents from your child’s class. Undoubtedly, at least one of them is headed to the… Read More

State Fair of Texas: A taste of corny dogs; a feast of trucks and cars
For many, the State Fair of Texas is all about the food. That means corny dogs, at least. Others go for the midway and carnival games, livestock show, Texas Star Ferris wheel or cotton candy. But many go for the new-model cars and trucks. This year, approximately 400 of them are on display over three-plus weeks across 350,000 square feet of exhibit space in two buildings and an outdoor area. The list of manufacturers participating in this year’s show runs long and deep. But not all vehicles are created equal, according to Terry Box of The Dallas Morning News. Five… Read More

What a concept: A new Honda sports car for 2014
Almost a year after the Tokyo Motor Show that introduced the Honda Small Sports EV concept car, details have emerged on a virtual look-alike, gas powered sports car expected to go on sale in Japan in 2014. And it’s Honda that has broken the ice. Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has confirmed “development of a new open-top sports car,” writes Viknesh Vijayenthiran of High Gear Media in an article titled “Honda working on new convertible sports car” at The new model “will have a focus on ‘strong vehicle dynamics,’” Vijayenthiran writes, quoting Ito from a speech addressing his company’s future… Read More

Sound advice for Santander customers
Keep it simple. We’ve all gotten that advice at some time or another. But it usually is easier said than done, especially when we’re chasing down information we need from some large company or other organization. But Santander Consumer USA Inc. lives by the phrase, “Auto Loans Simplified.” And that includes communicating with our customers. Start with the Santander customer service phone number 1-888-222-4227 (which also is printed on monthly statements). You might be surprised how far it gets you with Santander. Account managers are ready to answer a variety of financing questions in English or Spanish, 7 a.m. to… Read More

Putting a charge into electric car technology
Tesla Motors put a supercharge into the news media coverage of electric cars this week when the company’s co-founder announced that it had set up six solar-powered “supercharger” stations in California with plans to expand nationwide in 3-5 years. Within hours of the announcement the media was abuzz with coverage by every outlet from Christian Science Monitor to NBC News, Bloomberg Businessweek and PC Week. The Tesla Model S is the only vehicle right now that can take advantage of the proprietary technology involved, and it costs more than most car buyers will want to or can spend – starting… Read More