Who will dominate U.S. auto sales this year?

Who will dominate U.S. auto sales this year?

Japanese automakers will produce six of the top seven vehicles sold in the United States in 2013, according to a projection by a firm that dispenses “insightful analysis and commentary for U.S. and global investors.” The rankings will be dominated by Honda, Toyota and Nissan, represented by the Accord, Civic and CR-V; Camry and Corolla, […]

Which automaker manufactures the best vehicles – VW, Toyota, Chrysler or Ford?

Which automaker manufactures the best vehicles – VW, Toyota, Chrysler or Ford?

Volkswagen or Toyota. Toyota or Volkswagen. Both manufacturers have their fans and proponents, and there’s evidence to support them. Both automakers can stake a claim to leading important industry measures of quality. VW has the “best total quality” and Toyota the “fewest problems,” according to the 2012 Total Quality Awards compiled by Strategic Vision research […]

What is GAP insurance?

What is GAP insurance?

The following post originally appeared on our RoadLoans blog, The Open Road. Just about everyone who buys a car from a dealership has experienced it. It’s the hard sell of car amenities at the end of the car-buying process. You are ushered to a room where a dealership employee, probably the finance manager, provides the contract for […]

Saving money on your next car purchase

Saving money on your next car purchase

Going car shopping? You’ll probably think about new vehicles – it’s a fun idea – but if you are like most prospective purchasers, you will get a used one. “The average used car costs less than half the average new car,” says bankrate.com. “So, it’s no surprise that used cars outsell new cars 3-to-1.” New […]

Getting ahead of the curve on loan repayments

Getting ahead of the curve on loan repayments

The following post originally appeared on our RoadLoans blog, The Open Road. It’s not easy, but it can be done. Getting ahead on auto loan, mortgage or credit card payments takes discipline and a plan – and it’s well worth the effort, according to financial experts. “While working toward becoming debt free, I wanted to use every […]

Scion, Honda most fuel-efficient cars for 2013

Scion, Honda most fuel-efficient cars for 2013

If driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle is among your New Year’s resolutions – and money is no object – plenty of options are available for 2013. Zachary Shahan at CleanTechnica.com offers the “10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars” for the new year, “all electric, of course,” ranked by a combination of truly impressive city MPG and […]

New-car drivers fueling drop in gas consumption, pollution

New-car drivers fueling drop in gas consumption, pollution

American drivers finally have had enough of gas-guzzling vehicles, it seems, based on evidence collected over the last five years. That also has fueled a significant decline in greenhouse gases – pollution. New vehicle models purchased last month – including all new cars, SUVs and light trucks – got 24.1 miles per gallon on average, The […]

Auto finance companies – top five factors to evaluate

Auto finance companies – top five factors to evaluate

The following post originally appeared on our RoadLoans blog, The Open Road. Shopping for a vehicle – new or used car, pickup or SUV – should begin with a careful search for financing (unless you’re paying with cash). Then, when you find and select a vehicle you can live with, you’re better prepared to make the purchase […]

Best 2013 cars for Christmas under $25,000

Best 2013 cars for Christmas under $25,000

Automobile makers have some Christmas fun each year posing their new vehicles with bows and ribbons, surrounded by snow, skiers, sleighs, happy families or other holiday trappings, in advertisements and TV commercials. Often the featured vehicles are among the priciest – luxury model or manufacturer. Of course, the goal is to entice Santa to make […]

Sovereign-Santander presents $150,000 check to American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

Sovereign-Santander presents $150,000 check to American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

PHILADELPHIA (PR Newswire) – Sovereign Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander, presented a $150,000 check to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  As the official bank of the Philadelphia Eagles, Sovereign-Santander presented the check at the Eagles’ home game Dec. 13 against the Cincinnati Bengals of which Sovereign-Santander was the presenting sponsor. […]