Because there’s no easy cure for the summer driving blues

Because there’s no easy cure for the summer driving blues

Summer is on the way. So, it’s about time to take action – or not – on all the car maintenance that should be done before the hot weather and heading out for weekends, road trips or vacations, or the usual driving around town. We could have provided some sensible advice, but what’s the fun […]

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These are five of the safest cars for your teen – and other novice drivers

Chevrolet Malibu (see below)

The knee-jerk reaction to the thought of buying your kid a car is probably to go big or go home. Most times we equate size to safety, hence the reason you will often see teenagers driving their parents super-sized Suburbans or other SUVs. In the case of the best cars for your teenage driver, size […]

Teaching your teenager about financing their first vehicle

Teaching your teenager about financing their first vehicle

It’s time to think about getting your teen a vehicle. While all of those exciting trips, carpooling your child and 10 of his closest friends to basketball, soccer and football practice will be hard to relinquish, it’s time to let go of the steering wheel. But getting a new car for your kid, more specifically, […]

Think about these three questions when buying a car for your teen

Think about these three questions when buying a car for your teen

Who knew the time would pass so quickly and your sweet little infant would turn into a teenager and start the timeless tradition of begging for a car. But how do you pick out the right car or truck for your teen? While Junior will likely want the shiniest, fastest vehicle on the dealership lot, […]

Calling all volunteers: Santander Consumer associates making a difference

Santander Consumer volunteers at Our Daily Bread.

Food for the soul. It’s what members of the digital marketing team at Santander Consumer USA (SC) found at Our Daily Bread in Denton, TX, when they helped feed some of the city’s homeless residents. One volunteer almost certainly captured the feelings of many other SC associates. “This was one of the most humbling and […]

Why you should purchase a new vehicle instead of used

The Toyota Camry has undergone an “exciting” makeover for 2018.

The “D” word. Everyone thinking about buying a new car should know it. The D-word, or depreciation, is a big reason for not buying new – along with higher average prices and higher insurance rates – with the largest hit on a new vehicle occurring in the first year of ownership. We’re talking thousands of […]

Why you should purchase a used vehicle instead of new

Why you should purchase a used vehicle instead of new

$14,000. That’s the difference between the average price of a used car ($19,495) and a new one ($33,560). Makes buying a used car – about 40 million were sold last year – look like a pretty good idea, doesn’t it. And about 30 percent of those, or almost 12 million, were purchased from franchised vehicle […]

The connection between used cars, turtles and your monthly loan payment

The connection between used cars, turtles and your monthly loan payment

Several months ago we noticed … The hottest post on the Santander Consumer USA (SC) blog was about the 30 best used cars to buy under $30,000, based on Consumer Reports and posted in 2015. Obviously, it was time to refresh the content and account for more recent models. So far this year that one […]

Here’s a good place to start if you’re shopping for a family vehicle

The Kia Soul is Parents’ Best Budget Vehicle of 2017.

These are cars with soul. In fact, one of them IS a Soul. The Kia model is among 10 category favorites and five honorable mentions from Parents online and Edmunds.com’s list of the Best Family Cars of 2017. “With high-tech performance, safety and convenience features available at all price levels, it’s easier than ever to […]

Buying mostly ‘American-made’ vehicles getting more difficult

Buying mostly ‘American-made’ vehicles getting more difficult

Made in America. Three words that carry special meaning as we approach the Fourth of July – Independence Day – the most American of all holidays. Words that many think don’t apply to most vehicles sold in America. While there may be a lot of truth to that, it doesn’t mean Americans who are feeling […]