Archive for October, 2018

Five Fall Car Care Tips

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

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

Friday, October 19th, 2018

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

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

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

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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.