After all these years, the Interstate Highway System is still a good idea

After all these years, the Interstate Highway System is still a good idea

Nearly a century ago, someone had a bright idea. It took almost 40 years to get construction funding, and another 40 to get most of it done, but the Interstate Highway System is one of the manmade wonders of the world. To mark the 60th anniversary of the system, we’ve put together some fun facts […]

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How to obtain the best financing for your next vehicle purchase

How to obtain the best financing for your next vehicle purchase

Shop around. And get preapproved. Those are among the keys to finding the best financing for your next vehicle purchase, according to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). “As soon as you know your budget, shop around … Comparing offers will help you get the loan that’s right for you,” says the CFPB in […]

The Car Show | A monthly collection of eye-popping photos (September)

The Car Show | A monthly collection of eye-popping photos (September)

Ideas for the Santander Consumer USA blog don’t just fall from the sky. Usually, they result from research on news from the world of driving, cars and car buying. But we also come across a lot of content we can’t use – accompanied by photos that grab our attention. And then it occurred to us […]

New vehicle safety technologies testing drivers’ ability to change

New vehicle safety technologies testing drivers’ ability to change

STORY HIGHLIGHTS My car does what? An extra set of eyes Are you finding it difficult to keep up with the speedy advances in vehicle safety technology? If so, you’re not alone. Designed to make driving safer and easier, these systems also have challenged drivers’ adaptability, as a recent in-depth survey of more than 2,000 […]

Planning to shop for your auto loan can save money, time, stress

Planning to shop for your auto loan can save money, time, stress

First things first. When you’re getting ready to purchase your next vehicle, plan to shop ahead for your auto loan. How much can I afford? How much can I pay as a down payment? Do I want or need a cosigner? How much is my trade-in worth? These are all questions you should be asking […]

Mainstream brands narrow luxury gap in customer satisfaction

Mainstream brands narrow luxury gap in customer satisfaction

Many Americans feel better about their cars this year. Both mainstream and luxury brands have benefitted from the positive vibe after record recalls in 2015. A survey of nearly 4,000 new-car owners showed gains for 16 of 24 brands tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), while only five declined. One of the most […]

Five family vehicles that score big with soccer moms

Five family vehicles that score big with soccer moms

Soccer moms want to be cool too, right? Just because you’re carting around a small apartment on wheels full of balls, bags and water bottles, doesn’t mean you don’t want to enjoy the envious gaze of onlookers admiring your nice ride. So, what’s a mother of three up-and-coming participation-trophy winners to do? The minivan has […]

Take these steps toward getting the right deal on an auto loan

Take these steps toward getting the right deal on an auto loan

Know before you owe. That’s the overall advice of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). And while it sounds simple enough, a lot of thought should go into financing a car, truck or SUV if you don’t want to overpay – or overextend yourself financially. Over the next four weeks, we’ll share with you […]

Tuning in to road rage, car names and going orange and ‘green’

Tuning in to road rage, car names and going orange and ‘green’

Bad driving behavior Road rage apparently is a more troubling issue than you might have imagined, based on a recent survey of 2,705 drivers by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety – and most people think it’s getting worse. “Nearly two in three drivers believe aggressive driving is a bigger problem today than three years […]

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 […]

A question worth asking if you’re seeking an online auto loan

A question worth asking if you’re seeking an online auto loan

Who do you trust if you’re shopping for an online auto loan? It’s a question worth asking, because there are many choices available to car shoppers. One answer you might consider is RoadLoans. Of course, you would expect the Santander Consumer USA (SC) blog to say good things about RoadLoans, SC’s direct-to-consumer lending product for […]