Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla S Electric

Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla S Electric

The election season “loser,” California-based Tesla Motors, is a big winner despite criticism by candidate Mitt Romney during this year’s presidential campaign. The Tesla Model S Electric was named Motor Trend magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, the first time a non-gasoline powered vehicle was selected for the award by the publication, according to Susanna […]

No credit, looking for easy car financing

No credit, looking for easy car financing

Over the last few weeks, Lauren, a smart, active, college-age single woman, has had plenty of time to think more about her decision to purchase a vehicle after receiving an auto loan at www.roadloans.com. So now, Lauren, a composite of consumers ages 18-24, is advising her friends on the process when they ask her questions about […]

‘Sandy’ an ill wind for used-car market

‘Sandy’ an ill wind for used-car market

Hurricane Sandy might not be done wreaking havoc on the U.S. Next up: The used-car market, expected to suffer from the storm months after the fact. Analysts expect tens of thousands of cars to be scrapped because of storm damage, mainly flooding, saying the result is likely to be higher prices at used automobile lots […]

Destination: NorthPark, ‘Skyfall’ with James Bond

Destination: NorthPark, ‘Skyfall’ with James Bond

It’s stylish, exhilarating, sexy. And that’s just the Bond car – the Aston Martin DB5. The classic Bond co-star, it makes a surprise entrance – generating loud cheers and applause at a press preview at NorthPark Center in Dallas – and an equally surprising exit. The Aston Martin, which also made appearances in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye,Tomorrow Never Dies, […]

Superstorm Sandy stalls October auto sales

Superstorm Sandy stalls October auto sales

Superstorm Sandy put a crimp in what otherwise was a good sales month for U.S. automakers – as could have been expected – just as it affected most all other normal end-of-the-month activities along the East Coast and Great Lakes region. But that doesn’t mean the month was a total disaster as light-vehicle sales still […]

The car-buying adventures of middle-aged Ron

The car-buying adventures of middle-aged Ron

The phone call one evening was from a neighbor, call him middle-aged Ron. He was at loose ends, which was not unusual for a would-be car shopper even at his age, but he conceded that the new car market had changed since the last time he looked. It wasn’t so much that a lot of […]

Timing is everything if you’re buying a car

Timing is everything if you’re buying a car

It’s a good time to be in the market for a new car. That may have something to do with the variety of cars available at prices from about $11,000 up, but it certainly has a lot to do with the availability of auto loans at record-low interest rates. Lenders “are charging U.S. consumers the lowest interest […]

Cars that will get your attention – and hold it

A couple small things grabbed my attention while perusing recent online automotive stories at Car and Driver and FoxNews.com. They are the Tata Nano and the Ford C-Max Hybrid, two cars hoping to make a big splash in the U.S. auto market. Produced in India (and sold there for about $3,000), the Nano is expected […]

Car financing as a state of mind

Drive isn’t just an auto finance brand at Santander Consumer USA, it’s a state of mind. And in this state, it’s about helping consumers in a range of credit situations purchase quality vehicles. For more than a decade, Drive has been a leading program in the area of automotive special finance, one of Santander Consumer […]

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Margaret Jones is on a mission. Recently retiring after 35 years as an elementary schoolteacher, Margaret looks forward to seeing her grandkids more often. Unfortunately, they live three hours away by car. Because she anticipates the distance will put a lot of miles on her car, Margaret is in the market for a more reliable […]