What’s the best car brand? Honda Motors, says KBB consumer study

What’s the best car brand? Honda Motors, says KBB consumer study

Honda Motors Co. has been named Best Overall Brand (non-luxury) for the second consecutive year in the Kelley Blue Book 2014 Brand Image Awards, which are based on preferences of new-car shoppers visiting the KBB website. Mercedes-Benz was named the Overall winner among luxury brands, according to a KBB study. Strong consumer perception of the […]

New career site a ‘great representation’ of Santander Consumer USA

New career site a ‘great representation’ of Santander Consumer USA

How often have you Googled a company in hopes of learning something about it? Not just the facts and figures, but the culture – the feel of the place – career opportunities? Like most large companies, Santander Consumer USA (SCUSA) wrestles with these questions. At least part of the answer, SCUSA’s Talent Acquisition department believes, is […]

Few consumer complaints are about auto loans and leases

Few consumer complaints are about auto loans and leases

More than 40,000 consumer complaints were filed within the first two months of 2014, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), record numbers for any one or two-month period during the bureau’s almost three-year lifespan. But if last year’s numbers are any indication, only a small percentage – perhaps fewer than 1,000 of those […]

Small sedan or SUV, the full cost of driving isn’t always obvious

Small sedan or SUV, the full cost of driving isn’t always obvious

The cost of driving a car, SUV or minivan can be high, with gas, maintenance, insurance and other expenses. That’s not a big surprise. But it’s something we often don’t think about in detail. And knowing the annual cost of driving can save you a lot of money to spend on other things – or […]

The steep price Americans are paying for new cars and trucks

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Average Americans can no longer afford to purchase the average new car or truck, according to a new study by Interest.com. “That’s the sobering result of Interest.com’s 2014 Car Affordability Study, which determined how much the typical household in the nation’s 25 largest cities should be spending on a new vehicle,” wrote Craig Guillot in […]

Will GM recalls this year hurt the automaker?

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General Motors has recalled nearly five million vehicles since the beginning of 2014, involving many of the automaker’s most popular and best-known models, and nearly as many vehicles as last year’s leader Toyota recalled in 12 months. That’s also about six times the number that GM recalled all last year and two million more than […]

TrueCar.com, AARP deal aims to help older Americans with car purchases

TrueCar.com, AARP deal aims to help older Americans with car purchases

TrueCar.com and AARP have reached an agreement that may ease AARP members’ worries about whether they are getting the best possible prices on their vehicle purchases. It’s a big deal because AARP’s 37 million members fall in a demographic – age 50 and over – that represents about 62 percent of all new cars being […]

Will you use your tax refund to buy a car, truck or SUV?

Will you use your tax refund to buy a car, truck or SUV?

For many Americans, a tax refund = a new car. More than 100 million Americans are expected to receive tax refunds averaging $3,034 this year, and two surveys of consumer intentions suggest car purchases are high on their shopping lists. GOBankingRates, an interest rate aggregator, said 25 percent of Americans plan to buy a new […]

Santander-sponsored team a contender for Formula 1 championship?

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Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso believes the Santander-sponsored team can “fight for the championship” in Formula 1 this year. Alonso’s comments came in the run-up to the second race of the F1 World Championship scheduled this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Alonso finished fourth, just off the podium, in the […]

Auto sales expected back on pace in March

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The U.S. auto industry has some catching up to do in 2014, after a slow January and February for auto sales because of terrible winter weather across the country. But auto sales are expected to show signs of a rebound in March, according to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive forecasting. It’s a good thing, too, […]