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Auto sales revved up in August
August Is Second-Best Month of 2012 for New Auto Sales That sound of revving car engines you heard in August might not have been your imagination. But most of the new engines, at least, would have been Japanese. In a report by Melodie Warner posted online by The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, “new U.S. car sales are expected to climb 20 percent in August” compared to a year earlier, when there was one less automobile selling day. TrueCar.com forecast a slightly smaller rise in sales, with total sales expected to top 1.25 million cars and trucks. The increase was… Read More

OurTube – Santander Consumer USA videos online
OurTube -- Santander Consumer USA Videos Online If you are like many car shoppers, myself included, you probably decide which shiny new or used vehicle you would like to purchase and where before you think too much about how you’re going to pay for it. Sure, you might figure out whether a new vehicle might fit into the household budget, but then it usually isn’t long before you discover you have more questions than answers about paying for it. Unless you’re going to pay cash, that means you’ll be taking out a loan – or retail installment contract – which… Read More

Santander Consumer USA has your auto finance needs covered – rushed or not
Santander Consumer USA Has Your Auto Finance Needs Covered – Rushed or Not Driving along an urban expressway at rush hour – well, maybe “crawling” typically would be a more accurate word to describe the experience – two questions often cross my mind: Who’s driving all these cars, and how did they get here? The short answer to the first question is that nearly everyone is driving. Americans own not quite one vehicle each – new and used, from beauties to beaters, muscle cars to pickup trucks, SUVs to Mini Coopers. And it often seems as though they’re all on… Read More

Tailgating Ideas to Keep You from Fumbling
The Perfect Tailgating Experience When you’re from Texas, nothing says fall like football. And where there’s football, there is sure to be food. Not just any food, but the kind that you serve from the back bumper on plastic plates. Where the main course includes some sort of meat cooked over an open flame. It’s tailgating, people…the perfect parking lot party. While it may sound like an easy touchdown, there are a few simple tailgating tips that will make your bumper banquet a total success! Seating There is nothing worse than trying to eat a hamburger and a side of… Read More

Third-Row Seating Gives the Family Room to Move
Third-Row Seating Gives the Family Room to Move Ever since we sold the Honda CRV, our family has been missing something – space. Not that we’re that much of an extended group, but as a family of four, we find ourselves more times than not wishing we had room in the car for things like, oh...backpacks, suitcases, sporting equipment, smart phones, etc. Throw an in-law or child’s classmate into the mix, and our family truckster turns into clown car in no time. And this doesn’t begin to touch on how much we missed having a larger vehicle during a recent… Read More

Rory McIlroy — The Heart of a Champion
The Heart of a Champion At just 23 years old, golfer Rory McIlroy continues to amaze on the course, playing at a level well beyond his years. Over the weekend, McIlroy won the PGA Championship by eight strokes, beating the likes of veterans such as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. The win makes him one of only two players under the age of 36 with at least two major titles, the other being Tiger. The victory also moved McIlroy up six places in the FedEx Cup standings, to No. 2 behind Tiger. The Northern Ireland-born pro… Read More

Santander Gives You Competitive Rates Continuing his rave review on working with Santander, this customer explains how he got competitive rates with his new fuel-efficient vehicle. Watch below to find out why this customer says, "You just can't beat a deal like that." Read More

Warning! Do You Need New Tires?
Warning! Do You Need New Tires? I was recently at a crossroads with my car. More specifically, my car’s tires. I had a decision to make on whether to rotate my wheels per the standard “every 5,000 miles” rule or purchase a whole new set. The front were pretty worn down and rotating the back ones forward (my car is a front-wheel drive) could possibly get me a little more mileage out of the tires. But just how much more, I wasn’t sure. So I pondered the question: Do I need new tires? This led me to a tire shop… Read More

Three Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer
Three Ways to Make Your Car Last Longer I love my auto mechanic. I really do. Not only is he the kind of guy who can pinpoint a problem based on the sound (I believe) I’m hearing – “My car’s making a ‘screecrunch’ whenever I apply the brakes,” – but he has, on numerous occasions, saved me a ton of cash through his repair suggestions and preventative maintenance tips. Plus, he’s honest. For me, the adage rings true: A good mechanic is hard to find. I found one, and that’s why when visiting my car guy recently for a routine… Read More

How "Legos and Autos" Drive Innovation
How "Legos and Autos" Drive Innovation Did you know the Lego Group out of Denmark introduced the first “Automatic Binding Bricks” in 1949? Those interlocking blocks have come a long way in  60-plus years, showing up in amusement parks, tied to movies such as Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings, TV shows (Ninjago) and video games (Batman 2, Indiana Jones). It seems the little blocks are more popular these days then when I first started clicking the plastic parts together in the 1970s. To this day, when I think of Legos, I think of vehicles. As a kid… Read More