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
buying-your-first-car

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.

3 Things You Need To Do Before A Summer Roadtrip

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Car Maintenance, Education on Sunday, July 1st, 2018 at 9:04 AM

While carpooling and public transit to and from work and school makes sense, but when it comes to the Summer road trips, the American automobile is the only way to go. Many memories have been made as families loaded into the car for a long drive to the coast, the lake, or to visit family in a distant state. Road trips have been bringing families together for generations, even the less fun ones with the tired cars make for good stories. Remember the trip that the car overheated, we had a flat tire or worse of all the A/C stopped working?

Before you load up the car, here are 3 summer roadtrip car maintenance tips to keep in mind.

#1 Make sure your car is well-maintained.

Maintenance and repairs while on a road trip are costly and inconvenient. Before you hit the road get your oil changed, filters changed, and have all the levels checked. Driving is likely a significant saving over airfare, so why not invest some of that savings to make sure your ride is up to the task?

#2 Don’t wait to update your tires.

If you suspect you may need tires in a couple of months, and you are trying to get that last 1/32 of an inch out of your old rubber, put new tires on before hitting the road. Hot Texas roads can take their toll on fully loaded vehicles, pushing marginal tires to failure.

#3 Test out your new updates at home first.

When doing maintenance, give yourself a week of driving the vehicle in town. You want to make sure that any problem inadvertently created in the shop manifests while at home, and not between your home and El Paso.

 

If you’re ready for some time with family and looking for a way to express your American freedom this July, come see us here at Drive Casa and let us put you into a car that will be key to a memorable Summer road trip.

5 Reasons You Need to Buy a Used Car

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Buying a Car, Education on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at 6:13 AM
why-buy-used-car

Did you know that buying a used car is one of the best choices you can make as a buyer? A shiny, new car can be alluring, but if you want to make a smart purchase when looking for your next car, think about the advantages a used car can have. Below are some of the most attractive reasons to buy a used car:

Money

New cars depreciate fast. As soon as you sign the paperwork and drive off into the sunset, that car is no longer new and it’s losing value. On average, you can spend $13,500 less when buying a used car. This means you can have a nicer used model for the same price of a new car. Registration and insurance are also much more affordable with a used car, putting more money in your pocket.

Variety

Do you remember a model that you fell in love with, but are just not made anymore? Used cars give you the chance to buy a model that may have been discontinued or that has features no longer available in the newer models. Having the ability to choose from multiple models from different years can widen your choices and help you find the car that is just perfect for you.

Customization

When you own a used car, it’s easier to add extra features that will make it truly yours. You can add that new stereo, a bike rack, and fancy new rims without having to pay for dealership add-ons.  This is a great way to spend the money you saved when buying a used car.

Better for the Environment

Trying to stay as green as possible when purchasing a car? The best thing to do to reduce your carbon footprint is to keep the car you have as long as you can. However, if your current car is on its last legs, the best thing to do is to buy a used car. A quarter of the carbon dioxide a vehicle produces during its life-cycle happens during manufacturing and initial shipment, which means that buying new cars is more harmful to the environment. Be good to the planet. Buy a used car.

Warranties

Many used cars may still be under their original warranty. However, if the car you want is no longer under the manufacturer’s warranty, you may still get an extended or limited warranty from a dealership. For a few more dollars, you can be assured that trained professionals will be able to repair your car with quality parts and excellent service.

Overall, buying a used car is one of the best choices you can make, especially if you are a first-time car-buyer.

If you’re in the market for a used car, don’t forget to stop by Drive Casa. Our high-quality vehicles come with limited warranties, multiple-point inspection, and much more. Stop by and enjoy our hassle-free process!

Helpful Car Buying Checklist for Used Cars

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Buying a Car, Education, Monthly Payments on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 10:07 PM
helpful-car-buying-checklist-for-used-cars

If you’re trying to save extra money, consider purchasing a used car. You can find high quality used cars that will last you for years at a fraction of the cost of a new car. Buying a car is an important decision, and preparedness can pay off in the long run. Knowing what car you want and figuring out a budget will make your car buying experience much easier. Follow the car buying checklist for used cars below and enjoy a hassle-free car buying experience.

Do Your Research

Before visiting a lot, think about what kind of car you’d like to get. Ask yourself what features you’d like in a car. What gas mileage are you looking for? Do you prefer cars with sunroofs? How much space do you need? Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few models that can satisfy your needs, find out what is the approximate value for each model and if there have there are any problems you might anticipate with each model. Having a good idea of what you want before visiting a lot will help you feel less overwhelmed by all the choices available.

Inspect the Car

You’re at a used car dealership and a particular model has caught your eye. Before a test drive, take time to inspect the car. Walk around the vehicle and check for any damage to the car. Do you see any scratches, discoloration, peeling paint, or dents? What is the condition of the tires? Once you have inspected the exterior, take time to look at the interior of the car. What does the interior smell like? Are the seats in good condition? Can you see any stains? If you’re satisfied with the look of the car, it’s time to look under the hood. Feel the hoses around the radiator, air conditioner, and other components. Are there any holes or cracks? Ask about where you can check the fluids. This quick inspection will give you peace of mind when driving off the lot. Most dealerships will take time to make the car look and perform at its best, but it’s best to make sure there aren’t any damages, issues or smells that will need to be taken care of after the sale.

Test Drive

You’re in love with the look of the car, but want to know how it drives. A test drive will give you a very good idea of what it would be like driving that car every day. Before you turn on the car, take time to get a feel for the space inside the car, adjust your mirrors, and check your blind spots. Once you’re on the road, listen for any odd sounds coming from the engine. Try getting on a highway and gauge acceleration and handling. You’ll also notice how the brakes are performing and if they need to be replaced soon. Brake hard on a city street to really test out the brakes. You can even practice parking for maneuverability and sight lines.

Financing

Now that you are sure the car you have selected is perfect for you, it’s time to go over financing. As mentioned earlier, you should have a good idea of the price of the car, what your down payment is going to be, and what payments are right for your budget before you visit the lot. This will make financing easier to figure out. Buy Here Pay Here dealerships, like Drive Casa, have the convenience of offering in-house financing, so you don’t have to worry about asking different lenders for a loan. Once you have reached an agreement and signed the paperwork, you can take your car home!

Are you ready to buy a used car? You can find high-quality models that have gone through multiple-point inspection at amazing prices in our lot. Stop by Drive Casa and let us drive you happy!

 

Cómo Mantener un Presupuesto

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Personal Budgeting on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 9:15 PM
how-to-stick-to-a-budget

Ahorrar para poder comprar algo que deseas, como un auto nuevo, puede ser difícil. Necesitas disciplina, responsabilidad y monitoreo constante de tus gastos.

Si se te dificulta mantener un presupuesto, hay maneras en las que puedes mejorar. Debajo hay unas sugerencias que te ayudarán a alcanzar tus metas financieras:

Reduce tus Gastos

Gastar dinero es fácil, especialmente en cosas que deseas. Para mantener un presupuesto, tienes que implementar un poco de disciplina a tu vida diaria. Gastar más de $200 al mes en restaurantes tal vez no es la mejor idea si en tu presupuesto sólo puedes gastar $50. Echa un vistazo a tus gastos mensuales y se realista cuando decidas en donde puedes reducir tus gastos.

Cómpralo el Mes Siguiente

Estás en línea y acabas de ver la chaqueta perfecta. La quieres y la quieres ahora mismo, pero tu presupuesto está llegando a su límite. Cómprala el mes siguiente. Para entonces, tendrás suficiente dinero para comprarla o decidirás que ya no la necesitas. Esta técnica controlará tus compras impulsivas.

Ahorra Automáticamente

La mayoría de los bancos tienen la abilidad de mover dinero de tu cuenta de cheques a tu cuenta de ahorros automáticamente cada mes. Esto significa que puedes ahorrar dinero con mínimo esfuerzo. Además, evitarás gastar ese dinero ya que no estará disponible en tu cuenta de cheques.

Deja de Usar tu Tarjeta de Crédito

La conveniencia de usar una tarjeta de crédito puede ser perjudicial cuando quieres mantener un presupuesto. Cuando sientes el impacto de tus gastos hasta semanas despues, puede ser fácil gastar más de lo que tienes en tu presupuesto. Empieza a usar tu tarjeta de débito o considera usar efectivo para que puedas ver lo que le pasa a tu dinero al instante.

Se Consciente de Eventos Importantes

Estar al tanto de eventos importantes que requieren gastos más grandes, como cumpleaños o días festivos, te puede ayudar a prepararte y ajustar tu presupuesto para que no gastes de más. Crea un calendario con todas las fechas importantes y asegúrate de ajustar tu presupuesto con suficiente tiempo para cubrir tus gastos mensuales sin gastar de más.

Una cosa más – ¡Mantente positivo! Acuérdate que todo el esfuerzo que estás haciendo será recompensado muy pronto. ¡Estarás manejando ese auto que deseas en poco tiempo!

Si estás buscando un auto, ¡visita Drive Casa! Encontrarás el model que deseas en nuestro amplio inventario.