Posts Tagged ‘car maintenance’

Cars That Will Last Longer than 15 Years

Friday, December 7th, 2018

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!

5 Misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here Dealerships

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Buying a car is a very big decision to make. So, before purchasing a car, there are some things you have to consider, such as finances or payment plans. Although there is a certain way that Buy Here Pay Here dealers function, there are also some very common misconceptions about them as well. Busting these myths will help you see the advantages of a dealership like Drive Casa has to offer! Continue reading to learn 5 misconceptions about Buy Here Pay Here dealerships!

1. BHPH dealerships are not regulated

Many people think Buy Here Pay Here is an unregulated industry. However, BHPH dealers can only operate with significant laws and regulations binded to them. The regulations that BHPH dealers have to deal with are both on the federal and state level. This is very similar to traditional dealerships. BHPH dealers actually help you by protecting you on several aspects; they ensure operational ethics and quality of a consumer’s purchase, amongst many others.

2. BHPH charge sky high interest rates

Finance and lending generally institutes higher interest rates to those with bad credit. The BHPH industry isn’t the only industry that does this. Think of it like the bank; however, unlike banks, BHPH dealers do not charge sky high interest rates. Some believe that they will be charged 30 percent APR or higher by BHPH dealers. Contrary to this belief, most BHPH dealers usually only charge 10 or 20 percent APR. Of course this number depends on factors, but it focuses primarily on the purchaser’s financial  ability.

3. Banks do not charge late fees but BHPH lots do

Although many people think that BHPH lots or dealers will impose additional charges as well as repossessions for late payments, this is actually very far from the truth. While some BHPH dealerships do implement rules similar to this, it is not entirely true for all BHPH dealers. In fact, BHPH dealers do charge late fees, but they are significantly smaller compared to other lending companies. In this case, the bank.

4. There is no guaranteed warranty

Many people think that Buy Here Pay Here vehicles do not have warranties. This makes potential buyers afraid to purchase cars at BHPH dealerships since they will not have protection. However, at Drive Casa, we do offer free oil changes as well as offer as a warranty on all of our vehicles!

5. Inventory shortages and issues causes repossession

The goal of many Buy Here Pay Here dealerships is to help each customer reach the end of their loan and get everything paid off. Furthermore, here at Drive Casa, we understand that working with a customer is more important than getting vehicles repossessed as quickly as possible. Although repossession does happen, it doesn’t happen to every deal made. It is actually the last option the dealer has to make and is usually done due to multiple failed payments. Many believe that their cars get repossessed because BHPH dealerships do not have a lot of cars in their inventory. However, as discussed, it is not the case.

As you can see, Buy Here Pay Here dealerships like Drive Casa are respectable establishments. Our main mission at Drive Casa is to help those in the community that don’t have the best credit (or any credit at all) find a vehicle that fits their lifestyle needs. For more information, please visit our website today!

Buy Here Pay Here Benefits

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

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.

 

 

 

First-Time Car Owners Maintenance Tips

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

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.

3 Things You Need To Do Before A Summer Roadtrip

Sunday, July 1st, 2018

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.