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!
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
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!
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!
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!