5 Organization Tips for Your Car

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, January 14th, 2019 at 7:21 PM

Is your car a disaster and no matter how many times you clean it, it gets messy again? You are not alone! Many people feel this way and that’s why Drive Casa is here to help! Continue reading to learn five car organization tips that will keep your car neat and tidy!

1.USE AN EMPTY GUM CONTAINER FOR LOOSE CHANGE

Keeping an empty gum container in your car’s cup holder will keep loose change organized and in one place. Plus, once the container is full, you can take it with you anywhere—like Coinstar or the bank to change it into cash. Or, you can just keep it on hand.

 

2. SHINE CLOUDY HEADLIGHTS WITH TOOTHPASTE AND WATER

It’s amazing how shiny headlights can make your car look new and fresh. The only downfall is that headlight cleaners aren’t very cheap and it’s always a gamble as to see if they will actually work.

Toothpaste and water is a method that will clean your headlights for cheap!

 

3. APPLY RAIN-X TO KEEP YOUR WINDSHIELDS CLEAN

Bugs are gross. Bugs stuck to the car are even grosser. Buy Rain-x to keep your windshields sparkling, streak-free, and yes, even bug-free after a few applications.

 

4. KEEP NAPKINS IN THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT

Don’t throw away extra napkins from fast food restaurants. Instead, keep them in the glove compartment for a messy situation

 

5. TURN A SMALL SHOPPING BAG INTO A GARBAGE CONTAINER

Just like crumbs, trash is going to build up in your car too. That means you need to have a spot to put all that trash, otherwise it will end up in the back seat, on the floor, or stuffed inside door pockets and tiny crevices. Keep a small shopping bag in your car to act as a mini trash can. It’s not too big, not too ugly and it’s easy to clean and store!

 

At the end of the day, your car may get a little dirty. That’s just a fact. It’s the way you handle the dirt that makes all the difference. Take time to follow these simple tips and you’ll be blown away at how your car can stay clean and organized for a lot longer!

Have more organization tips? Drop them in the comments below!

What is a Buy Here Pay Here?

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 6:51 PM

If you are in the market for a used car, you’ve probably come across the term “Buy Here, Pay Here”. Not sure what it means? Continue reading to learn what a Buy Here Pay Here establishment like Drive Casa is and what it has to offer!

What is a Buy Here Pay Here?

“Buy Here, Pay Here” dealerships provide their own in-house financing. This means that you work with the dealership directly to finance your car, rather than getting a bank or other private loan like you would do at a traditional car dealership. Also, when you make a payment on your vehicle, you make it to the dealership or their financing service.

In-house financing offers easier credit approval for people who don’t qualify for a traditional loans and financing options. Most “Buy Here, Pay Here” dealerships only require that you have a small down payment and a steady income to get approved for financing.

This is the case here at Drive Casa!

Why to Choose Drive Casa

We finance all credit backgrounds and understand tough times happen. For approval, simply fill out our brief, online application and then start browsing our large selection of  reliable vehicles!

If you have less than perfect credit and think that you will have trouble getting a car from a traditional dealership, Drive Casa is the perfect option for you! For more information, please give us a call at 844-487-3650!

Gift a Car for Christmas!

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at 4:47 PM

In just one week, it will be Christmas! Think of that special someone in your life that deserves the world. You might not be able to get them a mansion or yacht, but you can still give them a gift that they will remember and appreciate for the rest of their lives…. Yes we are talking about a car! We know what you’re thinking, “A car for Christmas?! That’s crazy!”, but actually it doesn’t have to be a huge, crazily expensive ordeal. Check out some of these reasons why buying a car for a gift is a good idea!

Not As Expensive As You Think

Buying a car is certainly not a cheap gift, but it doesn’t have to break the bank either. Instead of looking at the most expensive models, choose a used model. It won’t cost near as much as a brand new vehicle! Here at Drive Casa, we have great quality vehicles for very affordable prices! Don’t have any credit or have bad credit? We will still finance you!

Less Pressure

Literally anyone would be happy to get a car as a gift regardless of the style. But if you are still trying to find the “perfect” gift, take them shopping instead. You could trick them and ask them to help you look for a car, or announce on Christmas morning that you plan to take them to the dealership later in the week to pick out their own car.

Less Crowded

If you were to attempt to go into a mall or any department store in the next month,  you’d find lines that trail on forever. Since not everyone is going to buy loved ones a car for Christmas, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of crowds! This may seem like a small benefit, but can save you a lot of frustration and time wasted in the long run!

We completely understand that giving a car for Christmas is not for everyone. But if you have the means to do so, and you have an incredibly special person in your life, it might be the perfect gift! Christmas will be here soon, and getting someone a car will certainly amp up the spirit of giving! To browse our inventory today, just visit our website!

3 Christmas Gifts for Your Car

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Monday, December 17th, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Christmas time is just around the corner, have you gotten all of your gifts purchased?

While most of you have already begun your annual Christmas Shopping ritual, many of you will forget to buy a gift for the one thing that takes care of you all year long…your vehicle!

Don’t leave your vehicle out in the cold this holiday season, check out these 3 Awesome Christmas Gifts For Your Car!

The Kensington Proximo

Do you lose your keys way too often than you’d like to admit? No problem! The Kensington Proximo is your solution!

The Kensington Proximo works with a simple fob-and-receiver combination: you attach the fob to your key, couple it via bluetooth to your phone, or leave a fob in your car. Using a smartphone app, you can find it anywhere that you get a gps signal. And if you’re prone to losing your phone, when you move a certain distance from it, the app lets off an alarm.

You can purchase on Amazon for just $19.99!

Bluetooth Phone System

Are you a distracted driver who constantly messes around with gadgets? Having a bluetooth phone system like the SuperTooth HD handy in your vehicle helps remove one less distraction from your hectic ride.

Even when conditions become more hospitable, it’s still a much better idea to use a bluetooth phone system over the normal device while driving.

You can get the SuperTooth HD on Amazon for $64.49.

Car Seat Massager

Drive long hours? Upgrade your commute with a back massager designed specifically for your car!

You can buy a car seat massager from Amazon for just $49.99!

 

Don’t get so caught up in buying things for others, that you forget about your car!

What’s your favorite gift idea for your car? Let us know in the comments below!

Cars That Will Last Longer than 15 Years

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 9:42 PM

If you have ever financed a car, you know that there is an immense amount of freedom when you pay it off. Unfortunately, not every vehicle lasts much longer than the pay off date- not every vehicle can go the distance. If you’re looking into purchasing a car soon and plan on keeping it a long time, check out this awesome survey from Iseecars.com that breaks down the most popular cars that owners tend to keep for over 15 years.

To get this data, Iseecars.com observed and analyzed over 650,000 used cars from 1981-2002, sold between January through November 2017. For each model, the number of cars sold by the original owner was expressed as a percentage of the total number of cars sold. “Original-owner” cars were bought as new by the owner. The models were then ranked by the original-owner percentage.

As you can see, Toyota pretty much dominates the list with Honda and Acura in close pursuit. This is really not that surprising, as all brands focus on building quality, and efficient cars for an affordable price. Another thing that can be seen from this list is that almost all brands are made by Japanese manufactures- minus the VW Golf. There are no U.S. brands here, though of course some of these models are made in America.

The next time you’re car shopping, remember brand new doesn’t mean everything. If you buy a great quality car pre loved, then you’ll be saving money in the long run! Here at Drive Casa, we have almost all the models listed above in our inventory right now! Most are only a couple years old!  So what are you waiting for? Click here to search our inventory!

5 Misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships

By acashel | Posted in Uncategorized on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 4:07 PM

Buying a car is a very big decision to make. So, before purchasing a car, there are some things you have to consider, such as finances or payment plans. Although there is a certain way that Buy Here Pay Here dealers function, there are also some very common misconceptions about them as well. Busting these myths will help you see the advantages of a dealership like Drive Casa has to offer! Continue reading to learn 5 misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here dealerships!

1. BHPH dealerships are not regulated

Many people think Buy Here Pay Here is an unregulated industry. However, BHPH dealers can only operate with significant laws and regulations binded to them. The regulations that BHPH dealers have to deal with are both on the federal and state level. This is very similar to traditional dealerships. BHPH dealers actually help you by protecting you on several aspects; they ensure operational ethics and quality of a consumer’s purchase, amongst many others.

2. BHPH charge sky high interest rates

Finance and lending generally institutes higher interest rates to those with bad credit. The BHPH industry isn’t the only industry that does this. Think of it like the bank; however, unlike banks, BHPH dealers do not charge sky high interest rates. Some believe that they will be charged 30 percent APR or higher by BHPH dealers. Contrary to this belief, most BHPH dealers usually only charge 10 or 20 percent APR. Of course this number depends on factors, but it focuses primarily on the purchaser’s financial  ability.

3. Banks do not charge late fees but BHPH lots do

Although many people think that BHPH lots or dealers will impose additional charges as well as repossessions for late payments, this is actually very far from the truth. While some BHPH dealerships do implement rules similar to this, it is not entirely true for all BHPH dealers. In fact, BHPH dealers do charge late fees, but they are significantly smaller compared to other lending companies. In this case, the bank.

4. There is no guaranteed warranty

Many people think that Buy Here Pay Here vehicles do not have warranties. This makes potential buyers afraid to purchase cars at BHPH dealerships since they will not have protection. However, at Drive Casa, we do offer free oil changes as well as offer as a warranty on all of our vehicles!

5. Inventory shortages and issues causes repossession

The goal of many Buy Here Pay Here dealerships is to help each customer reach the end of their loan and get everything paid off. Furthermore, here at Drive Casa, we understand that working with a customer is more important than getting vehicles repossessed as quickly as possible. Although repossession does happen, it doesn’t happen to every deal made. It is actually the last option the dealer has to make and is usually done due to multiple failed payments. Many believe that their cars get repossessed because BHPH dealerships do not have a lot of cars in their inventory. However, as discussed, it is not the case.

As you can see, Buy Here Pay Here dealerships like Drive Casa are respectable establishments. Our main mission at Drive Casa is to help those in the community that don’t have the best credit (or any credit at all) find a vehicle that fits their lifestyle needs. For more information, please visit our website today!

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

Dallas24HourClub.org

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

dallaslife.org

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!