12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

Road trips are as much a part of holiday activities for millions of Americans as turkey and presents – and in some places, making snowmen and sledding. But planning ahead for your road trip can make a big difference in whether you merely endure hours in a cramped vehicle or actually enjoy the ride and […]

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Why it’s not too soon to decide whether to use your tax refund on a vehicle

Why it’s not too soon to decide whether to use your tax refund on a vehicle

Yes, tax season still is about two months away. And you probably would rather think about the holidays between now and then. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s too soon to start figuring out how (or whether) to use an anticipated refund to purchase a new or used vehicle instead of holiday gifts. Especially if […]

Three ‘green’ vehicles that rise above the rest for 2018

The MX-5 Miata boldly goes …

Three “remarkable” vehicles. Truck of the year, performance car of the year and commercial car of the year, winners of Green Car Journal’s 2018 awards announced at the San Antonio (TX) Auto and Truck Show. Chosen from among five finalists in each category are: Performance Car of the Year Mazda MX-5 Miata, the extensively redesigned, […]

Used electric, hybrid vehicles sell fast – but how “popular” are they?

Fiat 500e is the fastest-selling used car, study shows.

Better move fast if you’re shopping for a used electric or hybrid vehicle. They don’t hang around dealership lots very long. In fact, six of the 10 vehicles that spend the least amount of time on the lot are electrics or hybrids, according to a study by the shopping website iSeeCars.com. “These [electric and hybrid] […]

12 must-read blog posts before you go shopping for your next vehicle

12 must-read blog posts before you go shopping for your next vehicle

Nov. 5, 2012. It’s the date the Santander Consumer USA (SC) blog recorded its first page view. We’ve attracted a lot more visitors since then. And that got us thinking about the most-popular posts in the history of the SC blog: Which generated the most reader interest according to Google Analytics? We identified 12 with […]

12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

12 steps to preparing for a happy, holiday-season road trip

Road trips are as much a part of holiday activities for millions of Americans as turkey and presents – and in some places, making snowmen and sledding. But planning ahead for your road trip can make a big difference in whether you merely endure hours in a cramped vehicle or actually enjoy the ride and […]

Are you getting left behind by the electric-vehicle revolution?

Norway leading the electric-vehicle “revolution.”

Don’t worry. It will be a long time before your gasoline-powered vehicle is left behind. Unless you move to Norway. Despite what we hear about “accelerating” sales of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), it will be years, decades really, until we’re buying more of them than gasoline-powered vehicles, based on forecasts by the Edison Foundation and […]

What GAP coverage is and why you may want it when you buy a car

What GAP coverage is and why you may want it when you buy a car

It’s a nightmare scenario. A fictitious consumer we’ll call John purchased a new car about a year ago, say, for $22,757 – the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price of one small sedan in a suburb of a major Southwest city. But, in this example, he didn’t purchase GAP coverage – guaranteed asset protection – […]

Try this easy-to-follow, 11-step guide to shopping for a used car

Try this easy-to-follow, 11-step guide to shopping for a used car

Shopping for a car is easier said than done. But it’s done every day – sometimes by shoppers who don’t know what they’re doing. We’re going to try to make sure you aren’t one of those by sharing the most common steps to shopping for a used car, according to a survey conducted by the […]

How to improve your chances of getting the right used vehicle

How to improve your chances of getting the right used vehicle

So, you’re ready to take the leap. Your current vehicle is starting to show its age and a replacement is in order. But a new car just isn’t in the cards, so a less-expensive used car it will be, but that still leaves open the question of how old or recent a model you should […]

Right now may be the best time of year to shop for a used car

Right now may be the best time of year to shop for a used car

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – especially if you’re shopping for a used vehicle. Starting on Veterans Day and running through New Year’s Eve, car dealerships are geared up for eight of the top 10 best shopping times of the year, according to iSeeCars.com. Seven of the 10 best holidays – including […]