Six steps to buying your next car with a tax refund

Six steps to buying your next car with a tax refund

It’s a fact of life. Many Americans will spend their tax refund on a new or used car. And much of that spending will occur before the tax-filing deadline of April 18, with March typically one of the biggest sales months of the year for the auto industry. For those inclined to spend, the average […]

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What your car means for your dating life, using your tax refund, and car tech for 2017

What your car means for your dating life, using your tax refund, and car tech for 2017

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Why five-year, cost-to-own results aren’t all there is to buying a new car

Honda Fit is KBB experts’ pick among subcompact competitors.

Look behind the numbers. The subcompact Chevrolet Spark may be Kelley Blue Book’s five-year, cost-to-own overall winner but that doesn’t mean shoppers should automatically pass on other brands and models. The Toyota Yaris iA and Nissan Versa, for example, finished just behind the Spark among subcompacts. But the subcompact field is crowded with at least […]

Get fired up about 21 low-cost winners and their top challengers

The Chevrolet Spark is Kelley Blue Book’s cost-to-own champion.

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 […]

The many ways we talk to our customers – and they can talk to us

The many ways we talk to our customers – and they can talk to us

We walk the talk. If the talk is about Santander Consumer USA communicating with customers. We have more channels than cable TV – well, not really, but you get the idea – from our website to social media to email newsletters, blog and customer service. You’re never far away from Santander or from reaching us […]

World Car of the Year field narrowing, but 24 brands survive latest cut

The Q5 earned one of Audi’s five World Car nominations.

And then there were … 31. Three months after the awards program announced 51 candidates in five 2017 World Car of the Year (WCOTY) categories and overall World Car, they’ve trimmed the number by 20. That leaves five finalists each in luxury, performance, green, urban and design categories and 10 for the overall award. The […]

More fuel-efficient cars rolling down the road in ‘watershed year’

The Chevrolet Bolt is one of the most fuel-efficient cars of 2017.

Fuel-efficient cars rolled into 2017 in a big way. So, if that’s the way you roll, there appear to be plenty of options. “For automakers marching toward more fuel-efficient cars, 2017 [is] a watershed year,” wrote Aaron Cole, managing editor at The Car Connection, a research and shopping website. In his article, “Greener by the […]

The thrill is on: These are the ‘most important’ new cars of 2017

Chrysler has thrown down the gauntlet with the new Pacifica.

Car shopping is almost always thrilling. But, perhaps, never more so than when experts pick their “best of” lists for the year. And, yet, The Car Connection, an automotive research and shopping website, puts a different spin on such lists with its compilation of “The 17 most important new cars of 2017.” “Every year, the […]

Technology that helps keep drivers from straying into accidents

Technology that helps keep drivers from straying into accidents

New vehicle technology meant to improve driving safety and ease is changing fast, making it a challenge for drivers to keep up. How much of a challenge was revealed by a recent study. It showed a “really surprising” level of confusion about features that have been standard in American cars for quite some time, according […]

GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler products showed strong shopper loyalty in 2016

The Chevrolet Volt earned one of four GM awards for customer loyalty.

If you drive a Chevrolet Volt or GMC Yukon Denali, you may be more loyal to your brand of vehicle than most owners. And if you own a Ford or any of several Fiat Chrysler models, you may not be far behind. IHS Markit collected and analyzed 17.5 million new-vehicle registrations during the 2016 model […]

Six vehicles that clear a high bar for Best of 2017 awards

Chrysler’s Pacifica, Best of 2017 award winner.

Quality, innovation and value. Three things most shoppers want to see in a new vehicle. They also are the factors looked at in naming its Best of 2017 six award winners, including its top pick, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. “Shopping for a new car can be overwhelming, and is all about helping consumers […]