Archive for November, 2018

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in the Dallas Area

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

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

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

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!