Posts Tagged ‘budget’

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!

 

 

How to Stick to a Budget

Monday, March 5th, 2018
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Saving for something you want, like a new car, can be challenging. It requires discipline, accountability, and constant monitoring of your expenses.

If you find that sticking to a budget is too difficult, there are ways you can improve. Below are a few pointers that will help you reach your financial goals in no time:

Cut Back On Expenses

It’s easy to spend money, especially on things you want.  In order to stick to your budget, you need to implement a little discipline when it comes to your expenses. Spending more than $200 a month on restaurants might not be the best idea if you have budgeted for $50. Take a hard look at your monthly spending and be realistic about where you can cut back.

Buy it Next Month

You’re online and you just saw the perfect jacket. You want it and you want it now, but your budget is reaching its limit. Tell yourself you can buy it next month. By that time, you will either have enough to buy it or you’ll decide you don’t want it anymore. This is a great technique to control impulse buying.

Set Up Auto Draft

Most banks have the ability to create an auto draft from your checkings to your savings account. This means you can set up a certain amount to be withdrawn from one account into the other every month without having to think about it. Not only will you not spend that money because it’s not available, you’ll see your savings grow without much work.

Stop Using Your Credit Card

The convenience of using a credit card can also be detrimental when trying to stick to a budget. Not feeling the pain of the expenses until weeks later makes it easy to overspend and go over your budget. Stick to your debit card or even cash so you can see what happens to your money in real time.

Watch Out for Big Events

Knowing when big spending events, such as birthdays or holidays, are coming up can help you prepare and adjust your budget accordingly. Make a calendar with all the important dates and make sure to adjust your budget with enough time to cover your expenses and not go over budget.

One last thing – don’t forget to stay positive! Remember that all the hard work you are doing will be rewarded soon. You’ll be driving that shiny car in no time!

If you’re in the market for a car, make sure to stop by Drive Casa! You’ll find the model you want in our wide inventory.

How to Find the Vehicle That’s Right For You

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

If you’re in the market for a vehicle, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. With almost an infinite amount of vehicles to choose from and places to look in, are you left wondering how you can find the vehicle that’s right for you?

Do you need a car that has plenty of interior space? Is fuel-efficiency important to you? What color best reflects your personality? These are all valid questions when looking for your next car. In order to make your decision-making process easier, we have compiled a list of tips you should keep in mind when buying your next vehicle:

Price

That flashy BMW may be the car of your dreams, but can you afford it? Once you have developed a budget and know how much you are willing to spend on a vehicle, your choice will become more clear and you can narrow down your search. (Here’s a simple tool to get you started!)

Needs

Everyone uses their car for a different purpose and are looking to satisfy different needs. One person may have a long commute to work and need something more fuel-efficient, while someone else may need a hefty vehicle capable of carrying a heavy load. In order to get the right vehicle, you need to consider what kind of features would make your life easier.

Flexibility

Once you have decided on a make and model that will satisfy your needs and not break the bank, your search is essentially over. However, we advise you to keep your mind open and do some research on other models in the same class as your preferred vehicle. Sales take place all the time and you might get a better deal on a car that may not be your first choice but shares a lot of features with your dream vehicle.

If you follow these tips, the search for your next vehicle will be painless and quicker than you think. Good luck on your search!