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The bold Texas sun can damage your car’s paint job in a matter of just a couple years. This decreases the value of your car and also makes the car look lackluster, and dull. To avoid sun damage and keep your paint job shiny and new, follow these four steps!
Wash your car often, cleansing it of the grime and pollution that can get baked into the paint. To do this, purchase a soft cotton mitt to prevent scratches, and an automotive cleaning product. Do not use dish detergent because it will strip your paint job overtime. Also, do not wash your vehicle in direct sunlight or it will dry the car in uneven places and leave streaks. Even if you have dead bugs or other tough deposits, never scratch your car! Use a clay bar instead. It will quickly and efficiently get rid of those spots without leaving a scratch behind.
Make sure you dry your car thoroughly with a cotton rag or towel of some sort. Some people think drying a car isn’t necessary, but when your car dries on its own, minerals from the water evaporation process can build up and damage the paint job over time. The sun can also cause streaks in the paint if the car is not dried all over.
To really protect your car’s paint job, try waxing it with a liquid sealant. This is a much quicker and more effective way than dry waxing. Waxing protects the paint from most pollutants, and also fights off UV rays. It basically acts as sunscreen, but for your car. If you choose not to wax, grime could build up and end up damaging your paint job.
Purchase Protection Film
Lights can become yellowed and grimy from the Texas sun. There are multiple ways to fix this, but to prevent it, try an auto pain protection film. This translucent film can also cover your whole car if you wish. It acts as a direct barrier against the sun.
No car is immune from the damaging effects of the sun, but with these steps you can make the value of your car last a lot longer by protecting its paint job! Try them out!
Is it really possible to get better credit by financing a used car? The answer is yes! When you’re struggling with credit issues and know you need a better car, it’s easy to feel hopeless…But there is hope! Here at Drive Casa, we are a Buy Here Pay Here dealership that specializes in financing those who don’t have credit or have bad credit. Continue reading to learn how buying a used car can improve your credit over time!
Establishes a Line of Credit
If you don’t have any credit built up, financing a used car can help establish a line of credit! As long as you are proactive with your payments, your credit will build overtime.
Pay On Time, Every Time
Paying loans like mortgages, student loans, or car loans on time can increase your overall credit score greatly! We will work with you to find a car payment that fits your budget so it’s easy for you to make your car payment on time each month.
However, if you do not pay your car note on time, it can decrease your credit score.
Check Your Credit Score
When you apply for an auto loan, we’ll go over your credit report with you to make sure everything is accurate. The Federal Trade Commission has found that 5% of consumers have mistakes on the credit reports that affect their overall credit score. You can contest errors that you may find on your credit score. It is important to make sure that your credit report is accurate, removing any errors can improve your overall score.
Is it time for you to purchase another vehicle? Continue reading to find out! If any of the below apply to you, then it’s probably time to go car shopping!
Your Trips to the Auto Repair Shop Are More Expensive
You always take your car in for regular oil changes and maintenance, but now you notice those trips are getting more expensive. At around 120,000 miles, cars begin to show their age by needing new timing belts or water pumps, among many other potentially expensive repairs. Putting that money into a good used car might make better sense than spending $1,000 each time you drive to the repair shop.
You Doubt the Reliability of Your Car
When you get in your car and pray you make it each time you head to a destination, it’s a sign that it’s time for another car. You’ll save yourself some stress when you know you have reliable transportation.
You Are More Safety Conscious
If you’re driving a car that is old and has minimal safety features, it may be time to upgrade. Modern safety equipment on cars include driver, passenger, and side airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes and traction control. Upgrading to a newer car is one way to keep you and your family safe on the road.
Your Finances Change
That SUV you bought when you were making six figures may be tough to afford once your finances have changed. This has been the case for many Americans in the past few years. Until you get back on your feet, trade it in for something that better suits your new budget. Stop making those high car payments and keep some of it for those essentials you need to cover right now.
You Need to Build Up Credit
If you have had difficulty with your credit, such as a bankruptcy or late payments, then buying a used car can help. Used car dealerships, especially Buy Here Pay Here dealerships like ours, specialize in helping people with credit problems. We can help you finance a great quality vehicle when other dealerships will turn you down because of your credit. As long as you pay your car payment on time each and every month, your credit will build overtime!
Your brakes are one of the most important aspects of your car for obvious reasons, but how do you know when it’s time to get a brake check up or new brakes altogether? Continue reading to find out!
Brake Warning Signs
Do you hear strange noises when you hit the brakes? Whether you’re hitting them hard or not, if your vehicle makes a strange noise once the brake pedal is lowered, it’s a sign that your brake pads are worn out. When this occurs, it means that your brake pads are so worn down that the rivets they are attached to are rubbing on the rotor, causing damage inside your hood. The only way to fix this issue is to take it to the shop!
Are you noticing a difference in height of your brake pedals? This may mean that your pedals are sinking into the floor, which will make it even harder for you to come to a quick and sudden stop if you need to. This problem is associated with a poor hydraulic connection, meaning that if your master brake cylinder could be about to break.
Go With Your Gut
You are used to driving your vehicle. If you feel something is different or your car is acting strangely, do not hesitate to get your vehicle looked at. It’s always better to play it safe rather than sorry!
Do you have any questions about vehicle and brake safety? Interested in browsing the cars Drive Casa currently has in inventory? Contact us today and one of our vehicle experts will be in contact with you as soon as possible.
Other than your home, your car might be the most expensive purchase that you ever make! With that in mind, we want to help you get a better quality vehicle for your money! Buying new costs you associated fees and depreciation that could add up to thousands of dollars over the first few years! On the other hand, a “slightly-used” car can help you keep cash in your pocket! Continue reading to learn four more benefits of buying a used vehicle over a brand new one!
1. Less Depreciation
Did you know that a new car loses thousands of dollars in value the moment you drive it off the lot? It’s true, and it’s why used cars are WAY better deals.
If you buy a car that’s one or two years old, it’ll still depreciate, but you’ll lose less money less quickly. And you’ll avoid that big initial hit that the previous owner took.
2. Sales Tax on New Cars
Every ad for a new car glosses over the tax issue. Many state laws subject new cars to state sales tax, but not used cars. Comparatively, the sales tax that dealers have to add to the price of a new car can be thousands of dollars. Don’t underestimate the savings, and research your state’s laws on the subject before you make a decision.
3. Registration Fees
In most states, the rate of your annual registration fee is based on your car’s value and its model year. In most cases, the rate is highest in the first three years, and then levels off after five years. If your state has similar rules, you can save about a thousand dollars by avoiding the new car registration fees and buying a car that’s at least three, or better yet five, years old.
Nowadays, cars are built to last for at least 100,000 miles, so you don’t have to sacrifice reliability and overall condition just to get a good deal on a used car. You can get a used (or “pre-owned”) car that’s scratch-free and in excellent mechanical shape. In fact, if you know anything about cars, you should be able to find one that is in “like new” condition.
Many will argue that new cars are more reliable, come with great warranties, and have updated tech and safety features. Others will say that if you buy used the purchase price won’t be nearly as expensive.
But, what about used trucks? While there are upsides and downsides to buying a used truck, there are three main reasons why buying a used truck is better than buying a new one. Continue reading to learn what they are!
Trucks are expensive, many of them have a starting MSRP of around $40,000 if you’re looking for a full-size version. This is not the case with a used truck, though. A used model is significantly cheaper, thanks to depreciation!
A More Durable Design
Reliability and durability are two different things, and with some of the trucks today, durability has gone downhill.
For example, a new F-150 is made mostly with aluminum. The frame isn’t, but most of the body is. This not only compromises the truck’s integrity, but it also compromises its safety.
But a used, older F-150? Those were made of steel.
Used Doesn’t Mean Old
Just because you buy used, doesn’t mean you’re purchasing an old vehicle! For instance, here at Drive Casa, we have used trucks and vehicles that are only a couple years old!
It’s tax return time! For some, that may mean paying down credit cards, while for others, it means putting it towards savings. No matter what you choose, you will want to ensure you’ve considered your options before making a final decision. Here’s a look at four ways to use your tax return!
1: Pay Off Your Debt
Having high-interest credit cards or loans can prohibit you from saving for the future. Using a tax return to pay down your debt may help you get caught up, according to Forbes. However, be sure to focus on loans bearing the highest interest rate — if you are currently on track with your payments, and the loan has a low interest rate, it may make more sense to allocate the money elsewhere.
2: Save For A Rainy Day
Even if you already have funds in a savings account, will it be enough if an emergency arises? You should have an emergency fund equal to at least three months’ worth of expenses saved, just in case, says The Balance. If you find that you’re behind on savings, consider depositing your tax return into your savings account.
3: Save For Your Child’s Future
Another way to put your tax refund to work is to start saving for your child’s education, or even your own. A 529 savings plan may be a good place to start, says U.S. News. You will have a few different options to consider, as you can typically choose between a a prepaid tuition plan or an education savings plan, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — and both plans may offer you some tax benefits.
4: Invest In a Vehicle
If you need a new vehicle, it may be smart for you to use your tax return money as a down payment. This will lower the monthly payments of the vehicle significantly. It would also save you more money to purchases a gently used vehicle rather than buying a new one. Here at Drive Casa, we have a wide selection of great quality cars! To browse them, please visit our website.
Choosing how to spend your tax refund can be an important part of planning for your financial future. By considering and researching your options, you can choose how to put your refund to use in ways that work best for your lifestyle! How do you plan on using your tax refund? Tell us in the comments below!
It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday, do you have your watch party planned out? If not, no biggie! We’ve compiled a list of five fun games that will ensure that your guests have an amazing and unforgettable night!
1. Commercial Bingo Cards
We all know that commercials are the best part about watching the Super Bowl and what better way to enjoy than by playing a game of commercial bingo?! It’ll be the highlight of your Super Bowl Party for sure!
2. Kick Off
This game can’t get much simpler. Grab a pair of party attendees, a bucket and some toy stuffed footballs. One player will punt the balls into their partner’s bucket until the time has run out, or they’ve caught all the balls. This is a great game for kids or adults!
3. Football Squares (aka Football Pool)
Squares is more of a game of luck, so have fun breaking this free printable from LivingLocurto.com into teams and then picking out squares. Make sure to have some fun prizes, sit back, and enjoy the game!
4. Mini Football Toss
Whether you’re prepping for a Super Bowl party with tons of kids, or revving up for the new NFL season of tailgating, this mini football toss game is a winner. The only other thing you need besides this handmade board are some basic bean bags, or kick it up a notch and use some of those mini footballs from the “Kick Off” game listed above!
Check out how to make this awesome game with step by step instructions at eHow.com.
5. Super Bowl Word Scramble
Antsy older kids, guests who couldn’t care less about football- this Super Bowl word scramble will make everyone happy. Difficult enough to get the attention of adults, but not so much that the kids can’t participate, the word scramble would be a great activity during some of those extra long time outs!
Download the free copy at MoritzFineDesigns.com!
Have any more games in mind? Tell us in the comments below!
Drive Casa is opening its newest location in Waco, Texas.
Waco, Texas – January 23.
Drive Casa announced the opening of a new location in Waco, Texas. The new dealership will be located at 3417 Franklin Avenue and will officially open its doors on January 31.
To celebrate the opening of this new location, Drive Casa is holding a ‘Grand Opening’ event on February 9th, from 11 AM to 4 PM at the new address. The event will include a food truck provided by Advanced Auto Source, music provided by local radio station 104.1, family fun activities and a 40” TV giveaway. For more information, please call 254-655-1548.
“This is an exciting time for Drive Casa and marks a huge milestone for the company and customers who will benefit from the opportunities this expansion presents,” said Drive Casa Owner, Streeter Berry.“Drive Casa is dedicated to helping the hard working people in the surrounding communities and we are so happy that we can now add the Waco area to that list.”
About Drive Casa
Drive Casa is a family-oriented used car dealership that is dedicated to helping those in need in the surrounding communities. Drive Casa offers in-house financing for all credit types and works hard to approve customers that are rejected at other establishments.
Drive Casa’s main mission is to provide a comfortable, friendly and low-pressure car buying experience for each and every customer.
For media and other enquiries please contact the Drive Casa Marketing Team:
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!