How to Make Your Car More Eco-Friendly

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, November 20th, 2017 at 5:57 PM

More and more people are becoming more environmentally-conscious and making sure multiple aspects of their lives go “green”.  Car companies have also made their part in saving the planet by developing technology to reduce fuel emissions in the form of electric and hybrid cars. Wondering if you can live greener even if you don’t own a Tesla? Go Green: How to make your car more eco-friendly!

While having an electric or hybrid car might not be the best fit for you or your budget, you can still make your car as eco-friendly as possible. Let’s get started!

Follow these tips to keep your car “green”:

  • Keep up with your car’s maintenance – If your car runs well and efficiently thanks to regular tune-ups, your car will release fewer emissions and ultimately use less gas.
  • Buy eco-friendly tires and keep your tires properly inflated. Your car’s tires can keep you safe on the road and improve your gas mileage when they are properly inflated. By buying eco-friendly tires, which use environmentally conscious materials, you are taking a step in the green direction and contributing to making a cleaner planet.
  • Get rid of extra weight – The heavier your car, the more gas you will use. Make sure to keep only the essentials in your car to avoid making your car heavier.
  • Avoid idling  – Make sure to turn off your car if you are parked for longer than a minute.
  • Use your air conditioner less – Air conditioning systems use a lot of gas. Unless it’s the middle of the summer, you can probably afford to roll down the windows.
  • Carpool – Do you live near coworkers? You can cut your gas usage significantly by organizing a schedule and carpooling with co-workers.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to make your trusted, reliable car as eco-friendly as possible.

 

How to Find the Vehicle That’s Right For You

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Monthly Payments, Personal Budgeting, Uncategorized on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017 at 12:47 AM

If you’re in the market for a vehicle, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. With almost an infinite amount of vehicles to choose from and places to look in, are you left wondering how you can find the vehicle that’s right for you?

Do you need a car that has plenty of interior space? Is fuel-efficiency important to you? What color best reflects your personality? These are all valid questions when looking for your next car. In order to make your decision-making process easier, we have compiled a list of tips you should keep in mind when buying your next vehicle:

Price

That flashy BMW may be the car of your dreams, but can you afford it? Once you have developed a budget and know how much you are willing to spend on a vehicle, your choice will become more clear and you can narrow down your search. (Here’s a simple tool to get you started!)

Needs

Everyone uses their car for a different purpose and are looking to satisfy different needs. One person may have a long commute to work and need something more fuel-efficient, while someone else may need a hefty vehicle capable of carrying a heavy load. In order to get the right vehicle, you need to consider what kind of features would make your life easier.

Flexibility

Once you have decided on a make and model that will satisfy your needs and not break the bank, your search is essentially over. However, we advise you to keep your mind open and do some research on other models in the same class as your preferred vehicle. Sales take place all the time and you might get a better deal on a car that may not be your first choice but shares a lot of features with your dream vehicle.

If you follow these tips, the search for your next vehicle will be painless and quicker than you think. Good luck on your search!

Keep Your Car Out of the Shop With These Car Maintenance Tips

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Education on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 at 8:45 PM

Car maintenance matters. You don’t want to bust your budget on car repairs you could be avoiding. Stay out of the shop and on the road with these tips. Keep your car up to date with maintenance checks and avoid those dreadful trips to the mechanic. A simple check-up every few months can alert you of problems in your vehicle before they become an expensive repair.

Here are the areas you’ll need to keep in mind:

  • Oil Changes – Getting regular oil changes will keep your car running smoothly. Without the oil’s lubrication, the friction in your engine will produce too much heat and cause major damage. How often you change your oil will depend on your driving habits, make and model of your car, and mileage. Click here for more details about how often you should change your oil.
  • Brakes – Before a major trip or every other oil change, make sure to get your brakes checked. Routine checks will give you a better idea of how often you need to change your brakes.
  • Tires – Worn down tires can present a risk on the road. Prevent a future accident and have your tires checked every few months.  Need new tires? Check out this helpful guide to buying tires.
  • HVAC System – Proper heating and cooling performance is critical. Test your heating, ventilating, and air conditioning every season and you’ll be ready for any type of weather.
  • Hoses and Belts – Have hoses and belts inspected to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Dashboard Warnings – Don’t forget to listen to your car. Most cars have sensors that will alert you if something is wrong. If you see a warning light on your dashboard, don’t ignore it. Take your car to get inspected and find out if there is a serious problem with your car.

As long as you pay attention to your car and keep up with routine inspections, your car will be running smoothly.

*Disclaimer: Drive Casa is not a financial advising institution; all recommendations are based on opinion.

How To Budget Before Buying Your First Car

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Personal Budgeting on Friday, August 4th, 2017 at 8:11 PM

After your residence, your car is the next biggest asset you need in most US cities. This is especially true in a city like Dallas. And if you’ve never bought a car before, having the additional hurdle of your credit can make the process even more stressful. Here’s what you need to know to budget before buying your first car.

 

Buying a car is a big purchase. You don’t want to overextend your budget with your monthly payments, and you have no way of knowing your car budget without calculating your expenses.

 

There are several smartphone apps and websites out there that you can use to get a handle on your actual spending to see if your budget is realistic:

  • Olivia: The Olivia smart phone app will look at your past spending and recommend a daily “safe spend” to keep you on track with your budget and savings goals. But it’s so popular that there’s a waitlist to download the app.
  • Mint: Both an app and a website, Mint can be used to track your spending and expenses every month and organize them into categories so you can see where your money is going. It also provides credit score updates.

 

If you want to focus on saving a little money before your first car purchase, there are smartphone apps that can help you with that too.

  • Digit: Socks away small amounts of money over the course of each month based on your spending
  • Acorns: as a micro-investing app, Acorn rounds up each purchase you make to the next dollar amount. So, when you buy a coke for $1.75, 25 cents are sent over to your acorn account to be invested.

 

At Drive Casa, we understand times can be tough and credit isn’t always perfect. But we don’t think that should stop you from buying your first car when you need it. By getting control of your budget, you’ll be in a much better place to finance a car you feel comfortable with, both physically and financially. Follow us on Facebook for more info on credit and car-buying.

 

*Disclaimer: Drive Casa is not a financial advising institution; all recommendations are based on opinion.

 

Faith Family Academy Community Partnership

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Community, Education on Monday, May 15th, 2017 at 7:35 PM

Drive Casa Faith Family Academy Community Partnership

Drive Casa is more than a used car dealership. Drive Casa is an integral part of the community where we do business. We are here to make our world a better place to live, work and play. Through this core principle, Drive Casa is a proud sponsor of Faith Family Academy (FFA) which is located minutes from our Marvin D. Love location in Oak Cliff. Read the rest of this entry »

La Relación Entre El Pago Inicial y El Pago Mensual

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in hoja de presupuesto, pago inicial on Monday, May 1st, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Drive Casa Down, Monthly & Budget

¿Está planeando comprar un auto usado en el próximo mes o alrededor de ese tiempo? Si es así, aquí tiene unas cosas que debe saber antes de comprar un vehículo usado, especialmente si usted tiene mal crédito o no tiene crédito.

PAGO DE ENGANCHE

Su pago de enganche es una parte muy importante del trato. Tener un pago inicial más alto no sólo ayuda a mantener sus pagos mensuales asequibles. También suele darle una mayor selección de carros, camionetas o SUVs para elegir. Su pago de enganche disminuye la cantidad total que es financiada. Por lo tanto, un pago de enganche más grande le ahorra en intereses y en cargos financieros. Simplemente, cuanto mayor sea el pago de enganche, más ahorrarás en el largo plazo (tu término).

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Relationship Between Your Down Payment & Your Monthly Payment

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Down Payments, Monthly Payments on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 11:52 PM

Drive Casa Down & Monthly Car Payments

Are you planning on buying a used car within the next month or so? If so, here are a few things you should know before purchasing a used vehicle, especially if you have bad credit or no credit.

DOWN PAYMENT

Your down payment is a very important part of the deal. Having a higher down payment not only helps keep your monthly payments affordable. It also usually gives you a larger selection of used cars, trucks or SUVs to choose from. Not to mention, your down payment lowers the total amount financed. So a larger down payment saves you on interest and finance charges. Quite simply, the larger the down payment, the more you save in the long run (your term). Read the rest of this entry »

Preparación de Impuestos. Reembolso Instantáneo. Mas de Enganche

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in devolución de impuestos, pago inicial, Temporada de impuestos on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at 7:27 PM

Drive Casa Preparación de Impuestos. Reembolso instantáneo. Más abajo.

Reconocemos que muchos clientes pueden tener dificultades para llegar con el pago inicial para obtener el coche, camioneta o SUV que desean. Por suerte, es temporada de reembolso de impuestos. Su reembolso de impuestos de 2016 puede ayudar a proporcionar el pago inicial que necesita para comprar uno de nuestros vehículos usados ​​de alta calidad y mantener sus pagos asequibles. En Drive Casa, nuestro principal objetivo es llevarlo a la felicidad, independientemente de su situación de crédito. Le ayudaremos a obtener el financiamiento y la calidad del vehículo usado que no sólo le encantará, sino que también podrá fácilmente hacer los pagos.

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Tax Prep. Instant Refund. More Down.

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Down Payments, Tax Season, Uncategorized on Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Drive Casa Tax Prep, Instant Refund, More Down

We recognize that many customers may have difficulty coming up with the down payment to get the car, truck or SUV you want. Luckily, it’s tax refund season. Your 2016 tax refund may help provide the down payment dollars you need to purchase one of our high-quality used vehicles, and keep your payments affordable. At Drive Casa, our main goal is to drive you happy, regardless of your credit situation. We will help you get the financing and quality used vehicle that you’ll not only love, but be able to afford the payments as well.

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