Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in the Dallas Area

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, November 18th, 2018 at 9:15 PM

Here at Drive Casa, giving back to the community is one of our top priorities. With this in mind, we’ve rounded up a few ways to help those in need during the Holiday Season. Continue reading to learn how you can give back to those who need it in Dallas area.

Dallas 24 Hour Club’s Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

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This is an Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the residents and community of Dallas 24 Hour Club, which is a safe, sober transitional living for homeless men and women. Dinner is served from 1:15 pm to 3 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Community members are invited to enjoy dinner and stay for the Cowboys game.

They really need prepared Thanksgiving dishes that are ready to be heated and served. You can sign up to bring a dish at https://bringthecups.com/Syy-nr1pm. To volunteer for one of the shifts, please email info@dallas24hourclub.org.

Dallas Life

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The Dallas Life is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas. Volunteer opportunities range from helping prepare the Thanksgiving meal, decorating tables, serving meal trays to the residents, or post-meal cleanup.

To volunteer, fill out the Individual or group applications online.

DCAC Holiday of Hope

dcac.org/holiday

The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC) is asking the community to support more than 2,000 DCAC clients and their families who are suffering from the ramifications of child abuse. They need toys and gifts for families the organization serves during Christmas.

To volunteer,  fill out an interest form. You can also make donations in any amount or host a toy drive. Toys must be returned to DCAC offices by Saturday, Dec. 9.

Do you know of any other volunteer opportunities happening in our area? Please comment them below!

Three Top Rated Used Car Brands

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at 9:04 PM

Here at Drive Casa, we only choose the best quality cars for our inventory. This being said, some vehicle brands prove to be the best rated year after year in terms of reliability and affordability. Continue reading to learn what they are!

Toyota

This automaker is one that continues to impress year after year. In terms of reliability, while still earning above average satisfaction for on-road tests. When shoppers think of a vehicle that can easily last a decade, Toyota is the first to come to mind.

Honda

Though its reliability has somewhat declined in recent years, or rivals have simply improved dramatically, used Honda models continue to hold a strong reputation as the vehicle that just won’t let you down.

Kia

You may have noticed that there are more and more Kia vehicles on the road, and you might just think that’s because they are affordable. In recent years, Kia has made giant leaps to outrank big names like Honda, while also providing better overall satisfaction. A decade ago, Kia didn’t have the best brand reputation, and you might want to steer clear if you’re considering a much older model. We’ve been seeing the brand rise in ranks since 2014, though, so it’s certainly one to watch if you’re looking for a vehicle just a few years old.

 

At Drive Casa, we have plenty of Toyota’s, Honda’s and Kias; but we also have many other brands! To browse our inventory, please visit our website.

Which brand do you trust the most? Let us know in the comments below!

7 Things You Need in Your Car for Emergencies

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at 9:40 PM

No matter what type of climate you live in, it is always a good idea to be prepared for an emergency situation while driving. Most cars have plenty of room to store a few small items that will make an unpredicted emergency less stressful. The following is a list of items that should be stored in your vehicle to ensure that you will be prepared if you happen to become stranded while driving.

Jumper Cables

Jumper Cables should be kept in every automobile. It is almost inevitable that you will be stalled by a dead battery at some point in your life. If not, a pair of jumper cables will allow you to help another motorist in need.

Blanket

A small blanket can serve many purposes for a stranded driver. Most importantly, a blanket will provide much needed warmth in cold weather. A blanket can also serve as a pad on which to lie if you need to get underneath your car to inspect damage or make a repair.

Gas Container

A small one or two gallon gas container will come in handy if you run out of gas. These small gas containers can be purchased for only a few dollars and are compact enough to be easily stored in your trunk.

Distilled Water

This serves two purposes. In an emergency situation that leaves you stranded for a long period of time, water will be necessary for hydration. If your car overheats, you can also use distilled water to cool your engine.

Tire wedges

These are necessary if you need to change a tire or inspect damage to your vehicle. Two small plastic tire wedges can be used to secure your car and keep it from rolling.

An Emergency Signal

A signal will warn other motorists that your vehicle is stalled in busy traffic. Some emergency signals are foldable and will easily fit inside your vehicle’s glove box. Be sure to choose a road sign that is reflective.

Food

Snacks are essential. Whether you are stranded because of a flat tire, a traffic jam, or poor weather conditions, it is important to have a couple of nonperishable snacks handy. Keep a protein bar, a bag of trail mix, or dried fruit in your vehicle in case you need extra energy while stranded.

Most of these items can be stored in a small shoebox-sized plastic container in your trunk, under your seat, or in your cargo area. A few simple and inexpensive items will make any emergency situation much less stress. These items might even save your life!

What do you keep in your car’s emergency kit? Tell us in the comments below!

Five Fall Car Care Tips

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 at 4:09 PM

October signals the start of Fall but it’s also National Car Care Month!  Now is an excellent time to start planning for driving in rain and other possible conditions. Continue reading to learn five quick maintenance tips that will get your car ready for any weather!

 Tire To Do’s

Check tire pressure, including the spare. Tires can lose one pound of pressure for every drop of 10-degrees Fahrenheit so it’s important to follow the pressure outlined in the owner’s manual for your vehicle. You should also inspect tires for bulges and bald spots.

Make the Switch to Winter Tires

Did you know that once the temperature drops below 45-degrees Fahrenheit, an all-season tire’s ability to grip the road decreases? It’s a fact. Severe weather presents a new set of driving challenges – slush, ice and hard-packed snow – and with it, the need to make the switch to winter tires.

Double Check Those Brakes

Fall is an ideal time to have your brake system checked. Brakes are necessary to vehicle safety and extremely important when driving on slippery roads. A full inspection should include brake linings, rotors and drums.

Charge Your Battery

Check your battery connections to make sure they are tight, clean and free of corrosion. Cold weather can be hard on batteries so you’ll want to check your battery and charging system. If you’re battery is more than three years old, you may want to replace it since there are no warning signs for a failing battery.

Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades

Don’t be left in the cold this winter. Make sure your heating, ventilating and air conditioning system is working properly. In addition to your comfort, it’s important this system is in working order to help with defrosting. This is also a good time to check your air filters to make sure they are clear of debris. Lastly, take a look at those wiper blades. There’s nothing worse than a smeared windshield due to a cracked or torn wiper blade. As a general rule, these should be replaced every six months.

 

Have any other Fall Car Care tips in mind? Please share them in the comments below!

 

 

Pumpkin Carving Tips

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Want to wow your neighbors and family with the perfect pumpkin? We have your back! Continue reading to learn how to carve a pumpkin like a pro!

Choose Your Pumpkin Wisely 

Most of us shop for the roundest and smoothest pumpkin. Don’t be afraid to get one that’s more visually interesting or even misshaped—as long as it doesn’t have any soft spots. If you have a pattern in mind that you want to carve, bring it with you. That way you can find the pumpkin that suits the shape of the pattern you’re going to carve.

Use Household Tools

No need to buy a pumpkin carving kit, just use household items! For detailed work, you can use paring knives or some precision razor blades. Lemon zesters are also great for varying textures on your pumpkin and melon ballers are useful for hollowing out a pumpkin or to create scooped-out balls that can later be pinned onto a pumpkin as eyes. Scrubber sponges are also optimal for smoothing out the surface of the pumpkin!

Do Not Cut the Top Open

Don’t cut your pumpkin open from the stem, it makes it much harder to clean out! Instead, cut your pumpkin open from the bottom. When you pull the plug out, half the seeds and other gunk will automatically come out- which makes it much easier to clean.

Clean Thoroughly

Scrape the walls of your pumpkin with a big metal spoon until they are an inch thick. How can you tell when you’ve scraped enough? Tape your template onto the pumpkin from the start and add thumbtacks all around the pattern. That way when you’re scraping down the inside, you can feel exactly when the thickness is right.

Practice Patience

As you carve, do not pull pieces out while you go. This will preserve the stability of the pumpkin and keep it from breaking. Once you are finished carving completely, reach into the inside and gently poke the pieces out of the pumpkin. This will allow the pieces to come out way easier!

We hope these ideas have your creative juices flowing! We would love to see your own spooktacular pumpkins, so please share them in the comments below!

How to Improve Your Credit Score

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 3:38 PM

Cash is slowly becoming a thing of the past. We live in a world of credit, and maintaining a good credit score can mean the difference between having the necessities of life and struggling to get by. There are many factors that contribute to your credit score and trying to understand them all can be a daunting task. One thing is for certain, if you are one of the many people with a credit score that is considered poor or if you have no credit history to speak of, it is time to get back on track.

At Drive Casa, helping people fix damaged credit histories is priority number one. Because we are so committed to credit maintenance and repair, we have compiled some quick tips on how to get a less than perfect credit score back on track.

 Get Rid of Your Debt

The most obvious tip is to pay off as much outstanding debt as possible without adding new charges. Outstanding balances can bring a credit score down. While paying off your debt in one big swoop may be unrealistic, increasing your monthly payment even by just a few dollars can make a significant difference.

Don’t Close Unused Accounts

Avoid closing unused accounts. Getting rid of old accounts might make you less likely to use credit, and it also wipes out part of your credit history. People with little or no credit history will face the same challenges as those people with poor credit.

Check your Credit Score

Keep an eye on your credit report. Everyone makes mistakes – even the credit bureaus! There may be inaccurate information on your credit report that is contributing to a low score. Each of the main credit bureaus maintains a dispute department. If something doesn’t look right, report it.

Create a Budget

Create a personal budget and stick to it. Being disciplined with your finances will help avoid the pitfalls that helped lower your credit score to begin with.

These tips are just a few things you can do to help improve your credit score.

Establishing new credit so that you can re-establish a solid payment history can be hard with a tainted credit score. This is where we can help the most! We help people with little or no credit get into quality used automobiles regardless of their history. When you purchase a vehicle from us, you not only get a reliable vehicle but you take the first steps in showing a positive payment history. For more information, please visit our website!

 

 

Buy Here Pay Here Benefits

By acashel | Posted in Buying a Car, Credit Score on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 3:23 PM

Here at Drive Casa, we are a proud Buy Here Pay Here used car dealership. However, we understand the social stigma associated with such places. We want to set the record straight, so continue reading to learn the many advantages of getting your next vehicle at a Buy Here Pay Here.

Financing Made Easy

No matter what your credit situation, our specialists can help tailor a finance package to fit your needs. Our experience with a wide variety of financial institutions helps us provide financing for all credit levels. To get started, just complete our secure online credit application. We’ll help you get approved, making it even easier for you to shop for your next vehicle.

Credit Repair

We can report your payment history to credit bureaus to increase your credit score! As long as you pay on time, every time, your credit score will increase!

Speed

Instead of waiting awhile for a car loan to process, you can buy your car and get it financed here. Literally everything is handled by us, which makes the process much more efficient and faster.

Flexibility 

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different. We are willing to work with you to find the financing plan that best works for you. When others won’t work with you, we always will!

We totally understand that the benefits of a Buy Here Pay Here may not be for everyone. However, for those that are struggling to find financing elsewhere due to low credit scores, dealerships like ours can be highly advantageous. To learn more about what a Buy Here Pay Here dealership like Drive Casa can do for you, give us a call at 469-336-2221.

 

 

 

What to Look for When Buying Your First Car

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Buying a Car on Monday, September 3rd, 2018 at 8:48 AM
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If you’re tired of ridesharing or using public transportation on your daily commute, buying your first car may be the important decision you need to make.

How exciting! Buying your first car may trigger many emotions, the process of acquiring a vehicle might sound scary due to the responsibility that being a car owner entails, the stress of finding a vehicle that fits your needs & paying for it at a fair price.  Fear not my friend, here is an effective guide of what to look for when purchasing your first car:

Budget

Now that you’ve established that you need a car, the first issue to address is how much will it cost you & if you’re able to afford it. Keep in mind that your budget should include the cost of the car, insurance, maintenance, fuel, and taxes to name a few. If you’re not able to pay the full amount of your car, financing is the next best option to purchase your car & build credit.

Another thing to consider is that buying a used car can be a great choice when trying to save money, plus a used car could mean a better car at a lower price. Whatever your budget is, you need to make sure you can afford to pay for it otherwise it could lead to headaches in the long run.

Needs vs Wants

We all have a dream car, but we need to be realistic when looking for one in order to take the best out of it: Do you need it to commute? Do you have a big family? Do you need to transport heavy items? Are you going to travel long distances with it? These are only a few questions you need to consider before making a list of what you’re looking in a car.

Once you’ve answered these questions it’s going to be easier for you to decide body, make and model of your future ride.

Research & Test

You’ve made your choice now you’re actually looking for your car, How fun! After all the planning, now it’s time to step out and go get it, the best advice we can give you is to explore your options, ask questions & check everything works the way it should.

An essential thing to do while looking for a car is to drive it before actually buying it: A car might sound perfect for you in theory but it might feel different while driving it.

 

Are you ready to buy your first car? Stop by Drive Casa and we will gladly assist you to find the perfect ride.

First-Time Car Owners Maintenance Tips

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Buying a Car, Car Maintenance, Education on Sunday, August 19th, 2018 at 8:57 AM

Congratulations! After months of budgeting and saving, you just bought your first car. Now, all you need to focus on is maintenance.

Keeping up with car basics is essential for first-time car owners to keep your car on the road for as long as possible.

Here’s what you should keep in mind:

Tire Pressure

Don’t get stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire! Keeping your tires properly inflated is one of the most important maintenance tasks. Ideally, you’d check your tire pressure once a month and before any long road trips. The best thing to do is keep a tire gauge in the car so you can do a quick check yourself. By checking your tire pressure regularly, you can find problems in your tires before they blowout in the middle of the road.

 Oil Change

Make sure you change your oil regularly. When your engine is not well lubricated by new oil, it can produce friction and heat, which can cause permanent damage to your car’s engine. How often you have to change your oil depends on the model and year of your car. Some models need oil changes every 3,000 miles while others can go 10,000 before they need one. You also have to keep in mind what kind of oil to use. If you have an older car with high mileage, it’s recommended you use the high mileage oil to keep your car running smoothly.

Car Battery

Your car’s battery will start to decline in performance after an average of four years. If you’re wondering about the state of your battery, a good indicator of the state of your battery is how quickly the engine turns over. If the battery seems labored when you start your car, the battery may be nearing the end of its life. To check the voltage of your battery, you can get a digital multimeter and inspect the battery once the car is turned off and the engine is cool. Another sign of decline is corrosion. The white, chalky substance forming around the battery means it’s time to get a new battery.

Coolant System

The coolant prevents your engine from overheating. Monitoring the coolant is crucial if you want your car to last for years. To check the coolant, check your owner’s manual and look under the hood when the engine is turned off and cool. The coolant reserve is usually a white or clear container. Try not to get this container mixed up with the wiper fluid container. If the coolant is near the “full” line, you’re good to go!

Getting your first car can be liberating and exciting! By following the tips above, you’ll make the most out of your first car and hopefully drive it for many years to come.

Looking for a reliable and affordable used car? Stop by Drive Casa! Our wide inventory suits every taste and budget.

How to Improve Your Credit Score

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Credit Score, Education on Sunday, August 5th, 2018 at 8:57 AM

For lenders and financial institutions, a credit score is a good indicator of an individual’s financial responsibility. If your credit score is poor, this can make it harder for you to get financing for a car, a personal loan, or a mortgage. However, there are simple steps you can take to make sure your credit score is impeccable.

Follow the tips below and watch your credit score go from poor to excellent:

#1 – Check Credit Reports for Accuracy

Before you start paying off debts that are on your credit report, make sure those accounts actually belong to you. It’s possible that an account that does not belong to you has shown up in your report. To ensure accuracy, check each account and charges. If you don’t recognize one of the accounts, contact the lender directly. All you need to do is prove your identity and that account should be erased from your report. Once you have all your accounts in order, you can move on to the next step.

#2 – Clear Up Collection Accounts

Old debts can be easy to forget if you haven’t checked your credit report in a while. That old phone bill from college can come back to haunt you when you’re trying to buy your first home. Take a look at the debts that have been sent to collections. Call the collectors directly. If you can’t pay in full, ask if you can set up a payment plan that works for your budget. Your credit score will increase significantly once you lower your balance and settle old debts.

#3 – Get a Secured Credit Card

A great way to increase your credit score without much effort is getting a credit card. However, if you have a tendency to overspend, a secured credit card can give you a smaller line of credit that is easier to handle. Your credit line with a secured credit card will often depend on the deposit you provide. If you feel like $200 is a manageable line of credit, use that amount for your deposit. Plus, secured credit cards are designed for people who are trying to improve their credit. If your credit score is less than stellar, you may still have a chance of getting approved.

#4 – Pay Bills On Time

One of the best and easiest ways to show that you are financially responsible is paying your bills on time. If you usually pay your bills days or weeks after they’re due, it may affect your credit score. Take a look at your monthly bills and see if any service providers will allow you to set up auto-pay. This way, you won’t have to keep up with your bills and the money will be deducted from your account automatically each month.

#5 – Keep An Eye On Your Credit Utilization Ratio

Paying off your credit card balance on time is important, but keeping an eye on your credit utilization ratio can save you from losing points on your credit score. Ideally, you should keep your debt-to-credit ratio under 30%. You should also avoid closing any unused credit card accounts. This will affect your utilization ration percentage and would do more harm than good. However, if you do decide to close any consumer credit accounts, make sure you maintain a 15% utilization percentage without having that credit card.

Following the tips above will get you on your way to a better credit score and teach you invaluable lessons about personal finance. Good luck on your journey to a perfect credit score!

At Drive Casa, we want to get you financially fit. Stop by one of our locations and find out how we can help you get the car you want while raising your credit score.