Upside down, a ‘perfect’ deal and steering in the right direction

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 to read more:



When you owe too much

Upside down.

It’s a bad position in which to find yourself.

Especially if we’re talking about a vehicle on which you’re making payments.

Upside down means you owe more on your vehicle than it’s worth, which can get you in even bigger financial trouble when you want to trade it in for another and could end up having to pay on both.

It’s often the result of getting more car than the shopper can afford.

Our infographic is aimed at helping car shoppers avoid falling into the large group of people who owe more on their vehicles than those vehicles are worth.



The ‘perfect compromise’

Good as new.

It’s how Autotrader describes its 10 must-shop certified pre-owned (CPO) cars and 10 must-shop CPO luxury cars for 2017.

Autotrader called vehicles on its lists the “perfect compromise” between an expensive new car and the worries that come with purchasing a car once owned by someone else.

“Each one of our recommendations includes a manufacturer-backed CPO warranty … giving you far more peace of mind than a traditional used car,” said Autotrader.

Twenty-one brands are represented on the two lists, which include models ranging from 2012 to 2016.



KBB’s low-cost winners

This ought to spark some conversation.

The 2017 Chevrolet Spark is this year’s five-year, cost-to-own champion, according to Kelley Blue Book, a well-known online resource for vehicle shoppers.

But that’s only if you’re shopping for a new subcompact car.

If you have another type of vehicle in mind, KBB has you covered with their top three cost-to-own selections in 21 different categories from subcompact and compact cars to full-size pickups, electric cars and luxury full-size SUV/crossovers – 63 vehicles total for shoppers to consider.

It’s not the only way to compare vehicles, but it’s not a bad place to start.



Steering in the right direction

Quality AND value.

Two things most of us want in our vehicles.

That’s true whether we’re shopping for a new or pre-owned car, truck, SUV or minivan.

Still, it’s not always easy to find those qualities, especially if you’re doing the homework yourself. Fortunately, we can point you in a direction that could help you find the right vehicle.

We start with 60 new vehicles identified by U.S. News – three places deep in 20 different categories – ranging from compact cars and hybrids to SUVs and minivans expected to deliver quality and value now and over the long haul based on five-year total cost of ownership data.



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