Kids and Kars
Kids and Kars Nothing says summer like the infamous family road trip. The kids are out of school, and you have an entire week or two before any of the local camps are in gear. What do you do? You plan to hit the road for a little quality time. But in this day and age, you’re going to need a little more to keep the kiddies engaged than a round of “99 Apple Juice Boxes on the Wall.” From toddler to teenager, all of the youngsters today are used to electronic entertainment. And if you don’t want to be… Read More

It's hard to get credit unless you have credit, but you can't have it unless you get it. So where can you find auto loans for people with no credit history at all? It's really not as difficult as it sounds. There are a lot of reasons why a person might have no credit. Recent high school or even college graduates might have trouble getting a loan because they haven't taken any time to establish credit. They just don't have enough of a track record to know how they'll be as a customer. The only way a credit company will… Read More

Santander's Commitment to the Community
Santander's Commitment to the Community In addition to helping people get auto loan financing, Santander Consumer USA (SCUSA) is also involved in helping others through volunteer work. By participating in events like the annual Katy Trail 5K Run-Walk-Skate in Dallas, blood drives and The Dallas Heart Walk, SCUSA employees have been lending their time to help others through the commitment to the community project. Recently, in partnership with Random Acts of Kindness: SoupMobile, dozens of employees gathered to make 500 ham and cheese sandwiches, 500 bags of chips and 500 bags of cookies. The items were then boxed up and… Read More

An Exclusive Interview with Golfer Rory McIlroy
An Exclusive Interview with Golfer Rory McIlroy This week kicks off the second major in the world of golf for 2012 -- The U.S. Open Championship. The Olympic Club in San Francisco will host the tournament that officially begins Thursday, June 14, and finishes Sunday the 17th. (Subtle reminder: that’s Father’s Day as well.) This year’s Open should be especially exciting as Tiger Woods (who won in 2008) is coming off a win at the Memorial tournament. Another competitor to keep an eye out for is last year’s Open champ – Rory McIlroy. Not only is McIlroy a great golfer,… Read More

Remembering the Drive-In
Remembering the Drive-In There's a stretch of land off the highway not far from where I grew up. It's more of an overgrown field now really, but a few decades ago, it was the place to hang with friends and watch a movie. The Sundown Drive-In was a hot spot where cars would pull in loaded with families and brown grocery bags full of popcorn. The audio of the double feature would play out of not quite HD-quality metal speakers hooked to the side of the car. Good times. June 6 marked the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in and… Read More

For people with bad credit, guaranteed auto refinance is one of the best ways to ensure you find a company that is willing to do a refi for your auto loan. While there are some things to think about when it comes to this type of financing, it's one of the best ways for someone who doesn't have perfect credit to get the approval they need to get their refi done. There aren't many companies out there who can guarantee approval. What this means is that the company can work with customers on all levels of the credit spectrum. Whether… Read More

Top 33 Summer Road Songs
Top 33 Summer Road Songs Like many folks, we have plans to hit the highway this summer for a few road trips. Which means in addition to packing enough snacks, water and soda to keep us replenished, we’re going to need a good mix of songs to accompany the journey. And though the technology for making a road trip mix has changed -- what used to be created using LPs recorded onto cassettes, now is made in mere minutes with an iTunes Playlist -- the fun of pulling from a wealth of material to create the perfect mix remains. Billboard… Read More

What a Rush
What a Rush If my Twitter following of acclaimed director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Cocoon, A Beautiful Mind, Backdraft) is accurate, the Oscar winner just wrapped filming on what promises to be a fascinating movie, Rush. Set in the 1970s, Rush centers around the story of Formula One racing and in particular the rivalry between drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, respectively. Though not expected to be released until early 2013, photos from the set have race fans buzzing about the use of vintage cars to reenact the action. A subject of interest… Read More

Why Get Auto Loan Pre-Approval?
Why Get Auto Loan Pre-Approval? Many consumers wonder why financial advisors recommend that they get auto loan pre-approval before they start shopping for a vehicle. This is a good question, but one that's easily explained. There are some things that go together: love and marriage, salt and pepper, burgers and fries, Mork and Mindy. Another one is cars and financing. The reality is, whether you buy a new or used car, truck, van or SUV, chances are pretty good that you'll end up financing it. New cars are getting more and more expensive. But even a good used car can… Read More