Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Summer Heat

Tips for Keeping Your Car Cool in the Summer Heat

Whether your car sits in a scorching parking lot all day while you are at work or just in the driveway, either way, when you open the door to get in and the hot air hits your face the feeling is the same, you dread having to sit down into the seat! Here are some tips to help cool you, and your ride off.

  • Not to state the obvious, but try to park in the shade if possible.
  • Consider your needs when buying a car, you may not want to purchase all black with black leather interior if you have to park outside, with no shade relief all the time. Remember, dark colors retain heat longer, so it takes longer to cool off.
  • Some vehicles have air-conditioned seats, so if you love leather, that is another option to watch for.
  • Invest in a sunshade. This goes in the windshield while you are away and helps keep the sun out, not only keeping the temp down but also preserving your dash!
  • Keep some towels, or blankets handy to cover your seats so you don’t burn your backside. Or invest in cloth seat covers for the summer months if you have leather interior.
  • Have a sunroof? Keep the shade (if you have one) drawn while you are away.
  • Although an investment, tinted windows also help keep the sun rays at bay. Just make sure you know your state laws when it comes to window tint.
  • Once inside, turn A/C up to full blast and open back windows, this helps force the hot air out quicker. Once air temp is good, set it to recirculate to keep the cold air coming!
Keeping Your Pet Safe in the    Vehicle

Keeping Your Pet Safe in the Vehicle

Fido, Fluffy, or Princess, no matter what you call your four-legged companion, you love taking them with you and they love tagging along! If you are heading out in your vehicle you need to make sure they are staying safe, just like you!

For some pet parents, a trip is no fun if the four-legged members of the family can’t come along. But traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets. If you’re planning to take a trip with pets in tow, we have some tips to help ensure a safe and comfortable journey for everyone.

  1. No matter where you’re headed or how you plan to get there, make sure your pet is microchipped for identification and wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number, and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.
  2. Never leave your animal alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and heatstroke can develop. In cold weather, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.
  3. Prep your pet for a long trip. Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening the time spent in the car. If you’re traveling across state lines, bring along your pet’s rabies vaccination record. While this generally isn’t a problem, some states require this proof at certain interstate crossings.
  4. Prep a pet-friendly travel kit. Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. Pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your pet a sense of familiarity. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Your pet’s travel-feeding schedule should start with a light meal three to four hours prior to departure, and always opt for bottled water. Drinking water from an area he or she isn’t used to could result in stomach discomfort.
  5. Keep your pets safe and secure in a well-ventilated crate or carrier. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. Secure your pet’s crate so it will not slide or shift in the event of an abrupt stop. If you decide to forgo the crate, don’t allow your pet to ride with his head outside the window, and always keep him in the back seat in a harness attached to a seat buckle.

We know you love them and want them to be close to you but being safe is the number one priority. Driving with your pet up front or on your lap can cause an accident or worse.

Benefits of Having a Roof Rack

Benefits of Having a Roof Rack

A roof rack sits on top of the vehicle and is used for extra storage space to carry large items such as kayaks, canoes, luggage, or big containers. Roof racks do not come standard on all vehicles, so if you are looking to purchase a car, a roof rack may be something to consider if you need extra storage space. They are also the most stable method for transporting gear. Your vehicle may have one already and you have never used it. We can help give you ideas on how to use them and why!

How to Chose the Right Roof Rack

If you already have a vehicle, but it does not have a roof rack, there are roof racks available to purchase. An online fit guide will have you enter the make, model, and year of your vehicle to ensure the proper fit. The roof rack is the most versatile system and leaves extra room in the interior of the vehicle for passengers. There are many options for roof racks such as half rails, full rails, cargo bags, hard shell cargo carriers, even bike racks! So you will need to know what you think you will need and choose from there.

How to Decide and Why

Whether you are an outdoors person or just someone that loves to travel, the benefits of a roof rack include increasing the storage space of your vehicle, increasing legroom inside the vehicle, and providing a solid platform for transporting sporting equipment. The last of these is important because if you do not secure sporting equipment properly to your vehicle, it can become a safety hazard to you and those around you while you are driving. That equipment is usually pretty expensive so you wouldn’t want it spread out onto the highway behind you, or worse yet into the car behind you.

How to Use a Roof Rack

Most roof racks come with three components, side rails, towers, and mounts. The towers attach to the rails, while the mounts hold the system to the vehicle. To secure items to the roof rack, tie down the equipment with four points of contact. This will give you the most stability. While tying down the equipment, hold the straps tightly so you do not need to tie a bunch of knots. Wrap the straps around the equipment a few times, on all four areas, to ensure the equipment is properly secured to the roof rack.

Possible issues with Roof Racks

Some common issues with roof racks are wearing away at your cars clear coat, or straps slapping around and leaving scratches. Another possibility is the wind causing the load to shift. Check the roof rack regularly to ensure it is properly secured to the top of your vehicle. Make sure you are securing your load properly, and the straps used are in good working condition.

Summer Road Trip Tips

Summer Road Trip Tips

Ahh Summer, the perfect time to gather friends or family up and head out on an adventure! Let’s go over some hacks and tips to help keep your trip stress free, whether you are traveling with children or just a group of friends, these hacks are sure to help out!

Grocery Shop Before You Leave

You may be thinking, why on earth would I shop and fill my house with groceries before we leave on a trip!? These groceries are not for your home! Go shopping for some essentials, water, bread, cheese, lunch meat, and snacks, and toss them into a cooler in the car! This will help save money on convenience store snack runs! And probably be healthier too!

Invest in a 5 Port Charger

End the age-old game of taking turns/fighting over the one or two charger ports your vehicle has. A 5 port charger can plug into one spot and supply 5 people with juice! Everyone is happy!

Set the Cruise

Whenever possible set your cruise control to help you save fuel. The slight fluctuations your foot makes can eat up much-needed fuel! Plus this helps with foot fatigue as well!

Cupcake Liners

While you are out shopping for groceries for your trip, pick up some silicone cupcake liners. No, you won’t be baking with these, well you could just be sure to pick up some extra for your car! Slip these liners into your cup holders and voila, you have an easy to clean solution for the always gross drink holders! This also keeps your car ones nice and clean!

Shower Caddy

Undoubtedly you will be stopping along the way and grabbing some drive-thru grub. If you have children, or even adults traveling with you, use a shower caddy to hold the fast food! These help to keep things contained and can be used to store many other car trip items as well! You can even put one in your trunk to store vehicle essentials such as oil, cleaners, funnels, etc. You can also use fishing bait, or craft storage containers, with the multiple cubbies, to fill with snacks for little fingers!

Tablet as a TV

If you have a tablet laying around, download some movies onto it while you are on your home’s wifi and then you can affix it to the headrest, or passenger visor for a makeshift portable TV!

First Aid and Car Sick Kit

This is a great thing to have handy, especially if you have little ones traveling with you. Just think, little Timmy gets car sick and loses his lunch all over the seat, no rest stops, no gas stations, what do you do!? Just by tossing some cleaning cloths and medicine in a baggie, you can be sure to handle this situation like a boss! First aid kits are great for any time, not just road trips, either invest in a pre-made kit or just toss some essentials into a bag and keep it in the trunk.

Download Apps

You may want to download some map apps, fuel apps, and even bring a paper map with you in case you have no service! The apps can help you find nearby food, rest stops, hotels, stores or fuel as well as help you get where you are going. Fuel apps can also help you find fuel but helps you find the cheapest station!

Benefits of Dallas Lease Return’s Indoor Showroom

Benefits of Dallas Lease Return’s Indoor Showroom

TUsed car buying is a totally unique experience at Dallas Lease Returns! Unlike most dealerships, our vehicles are indoors, in a climate controlled facility. This not only makes car buying more comfortable on those hot humid Dallas summer days, but also offers many advantages to our customers!

Our indoor showroom offers:

Better Lighting

The lighting within our facility is made up of high power, natural color bulbs. These lights allow you to see every detail of the vehicle you are interested in and is more revealing than natural sunlight. Of course, when you are ready to test drive any vehicle, we will pull it outside and let you take it for a spin.

Car Quality

Because all our vehicles are kept in a climate controlled, indoor facility, we can ensure that all of our cars maintain their excellent quality. Our indoor facility at Dallas Lease Returns protects all of the vehicles from sun, rain, snow or sleet damage! 

Weather

If it is 95 degrees and humid or 25 degrees and snowing, it will not matter when you are shopping indoors at Dallas Lease Returns! Our climate controlled facility is comfortable all year round.

Better Experience

Not only do we ensure that our climate controlled facility is always set to a comfortable temperature, we also do not lock any of our vehicles. At Dallas Lease Returns, we literally want you to feel like you are “shopping” for a car. This means you can explore each and every one that you are interested in without requesting access or dealing with pushy sales people.

No Pressure Environment

At Dallas Lease Returns, we believe in a zero pressure environment. Our team of car experts will always be there to answer any vehicle or financing questions you may have, but will allow you to “shop” for your vehicle without overcrowding you.

Why Choose Dallas Lease Returns:

Dallas Lease Returns is the proud recipient of DealerRater’s Texas Used Car Dealer of Year for 2017, 2018 and 2019!

We have inventory over 400 great quality vehicles per month, the majority of which have only ever had one owner. All of our vehicles also have a certified Carfax report on them to ensure their quality!

Come and experience the Dallas Lease Returns difference! To browse our inventory today, click here!

Top 4 Car Buying Myths

Top 4 Car Buying Myths

TCar buying myths range from the mundane to the absurd. Most of these are relatively harmless, but some can wind up costing you both time and money.

At Dallas Lease Returns, we negotiate thousands of car deals every year. In this article, we use our expertise to clarify a number of the common misconceptions people have around car buying.

Top Car Buying Myths:

1. A lower price or payment means you got a better deal.

Many car buyers focus on a specific number—the price of the car, the monthly payment, interest rate, etc. This can make it easy to manipulate the surrounding numbers.

Dallas Lease Returns recommends: Do the math to look at the deal as a whole rather than focusing single-mindedly on a single component of it.

2. You need to buy now or the deal will go away.

Unless the car you’ve found is in limited supply, the odds are good that you’ll be able to get a similar vehicle next week or even next month for around the same price.

Dallas Lease Returns recommends: Make sure you’re getting the car you want at an overall good deal. If you’re not, walk away and keep looking for what you really want. At Dallas Lease Returns, we have an expansive inventory of 500+ cars that is constantly turning over. So if you don’t find the car you want one week, chances are we will have it the following week or month.

3. You should wait until the last minute to mention your trade-in.

Dealerships are so used to this trick, it has a special name, “parachuting the trade.” It can add hours to the amount of time you spend at the dealership because the entire trade-in evaluation won’t start until after the rest of the deal is negotiated—without really changing the amount you’ll receive for your trade-in.

Dallas Lease Returns recommends: Do your research on both the value of the trade-in and the new car so you can make sure you’re getting a fair price for both. 

4. You can out-negotiate or trick the dealership into giving you a better deal.

Car dealerships negotiate hundreds of transactions each month; you probably only buy a car once every few years. Even if you consider yourself a good negotiator, the dealership will always have more information and will be better able to control the transaction than you.

At Dallas Lease Returns, we negotiate thousands of new car deals every year, we know the market and can use our buying volume to get you a great price on your vehicle.  

If you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, Dallas Lease Returns can help you get a great price on exactly what you want. Click here to contact our team of car experts today!

Top Five Car Care Questions

Top Five Car Care Questions

DLR #2: Top Five Car Care Questions At Dallas Lease Returns, we have customers that ask us car questions all the time! The following are the top five most asked questions we receive:

Question #1: Can I switch from conventional oil to synthetic? What about synthetic to conventional? 

Yes, most of the time. Some drivers like to use conventional oil because it’s what they’re accustomed to and because it’s cheaper than synthetic (but doesn’t last as long). Other drivers lean toward synthetic because it burns cleaner, lasts longer, and even improves performance. You can choose whichever you oil you want, as long as your car doesn’t call for a specific type of motor oil. Some cars HAVE to use synthetic oil, and using conventional could damage them, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual before making a decision.

Question #2: Should I pay more attention to my owner’s manual, my technician, or my instrument panel when it comes to routine car service? 

You should always pay the most attention to your instrument panel in your car. The warning lights illuminate for a reason, after all. Next, listen to your car technician. When they’re working on your car, a technician should do a multi-point inspection to look for any other issues and can advise you as to which services you need and when. Finally, use your owner’s manual as a backup reference for a car care schedule.

Question #3: Are winter tires really necessary? 

Not all the time, but sometimes, yes. If you’re a resident in Texas, chances are your all-weather tires will suit you just fine throughout the winter. If you live in a colder climate that sees heavy snow, extreme cold, and lots of ice, then you need to schedule a car care appointment to change out your tires. Winter tires are better suited to extreme cold and are more pliable in these conditions, giving them better traction.

Question #4: Do I have to replace my timing belt? 

Yes, this is very important. There’s no getting around it, at Dallas Lease Returns, we know that it’s expensive, but your timing belt is very necessary. Your timing belt ensures that everything is running smoothly under the hood, and if it gives out, you could face a whole host of other issues. Additionally, did you know that if it breaks while the car is in motion, it can damage other parts of your engine? This could cost you heavily.

Question #5: Will using premium gasoline improve my fuel efficiency? 

No, this is a common myth. Using premium gasoline won’t improve any aspect of your car’s performance. In fact, you only need it if your car specifically calls for it. Save yourself some money at the pump and stick to unleaded gasoline!

Have any more questions that we didn’t answer? Ask us in the comments below!

If you’re having issues with your current vehicle and looking to upgrade, Dallas Lease Returns can also help with that! We have a wide variety of makes and models, and will be happy to help you find the perfect fit for your lifestyle! To browse our inventory, click here!

Spring Cleaning Your Ride

Spring Cleaning Your Ride

Let’s face it, sometimes our cars get a little overwhelmed with our busy lives! Many of us spend a good portion of our time in our cars, so keeping them clean and tidy will help add some organization to your busy life.

Let’s Start with the Exterior

When it comes to cleaning the outside of your vehicle, many of us just run it through a car wash. Which is fine, but every now and again you will want to give it a good once over yourself, that way you can look for any blemishes or spots that will need attention later on. You will also get a better clean by hand washing it. If you opt for the automatic car wash, make sure to try to use one that has an undercarriage wash, especially if you are in a climate that uses harsh chemicals on the roadways. Getting those rinsed off will help save the underside of your ride.

Here are some tips to help you streamline hand washing your ride.

  • Get the tires clean, use a scrub brush and get in there! Remember brake debris and road grime like to hide in your wheels, plus who doesn’t want clean shiny wheels?!
  • Rinse the car off, then use a two bucket method (if you are bucket washing) use one for clean soapy water and one for dirty water. Make sure you use a carwash product that is made for automobiles, make sure to read the label as well to see if there are any limitations on the product.
  • Get a good sponge and wipe the soapy clean water mix all over the damp exterior, making sure to get the top and in the fender wells.
  • When it is time to rinse, make sure you rinse from the top down , this is a much quicker way than chasing soap all over the car.
  • When drying your car, make sure to use a soft microfiber cloth or a cloth meant for this job. It helps absorb the water to prevent water spots as well as helps polish. You can add a wax product now if you want, just make sure to read the label as they all have different application methods.

Now for the Interior

You will want to get everything out of your vehicle before you start cleaning; floor mats, car seats, toys, trash, etc.

  • Depending on the type of material your interior is, you will want to find an automotive product that fits your needs. They make leather specific, fabric, shine, or a general cleaning product as well. Just make sure you get the right type for your application. Use that product on your dash, doors, armrests and steering wheel.
  • Getting a can of compressed air can help you get debris from the nooks and crannies, or you can use a detail brush.
  • If you leave the seats and floors for last, you won’t have to sit on a wet seat or track dirt onto your clean floors while you are working on the rest.
  • Starting from the top of your dash down, clean your screens (your vehicle may have come with a cleaning cloth for this), radio, buttons, and anything else until you are at the console where you will clean cup holders, shift knob, etc.
  • Now it is time for the seats. Vacuum them to get loose dirt off and to look for stains that may need further attention. Make sure to use a product made for this purpose. The idea is to use as little moisture as possible while still getting the area clean.
  • Now vacuum everything! Yes, even the seats you already cleaned, just in case you loosened any debris while scrubbing them clean. Plus it helps them dry.
  • Don’t forget the windows! Using a good window cleaner will help you see things a little better here!
  • Clean the floor mats that you removed, you don’t want to use a shine product on these, even if they look better with it, because it can get slippery if they get wet again. Same goes for foot pedals, you don’t want your foot slipping off of those!

Now you can put the essentials you removed back into your vehicle, and hopefully, enjoy the cleanliness of your ride for a few weeks!

Tips for Staying Organized

There are many products out there that help keep you organized while in the car. You will want to see what is available for your specific need, such as a cargo area storage bin for the back of an SUV, or a headrest rear seat organizer. All of these types of products help keep things where they should be and off of your floor!

If you have a lot of trash you collect in your ride over time, invest in a car trash can, plastic grocery bag, or a storage container with a lid that can sit in the console or on the floorboard to keep trash contained.

Organize your glove compartment! Have you ever got pulled over and ended up dumping the entire contents of your glove box on to the passenger seat looking for your registration and insurance card? No? Just me?! Get a receipt folio to help keep receipts, registration, insurance cards, etc all readily available.

What’s the Difference?

What’s the Difference?

SUV or Crossover?

Is this your next family car? Most people consider SUVs or crossovers and maybe you’ve wondered, what’s the difference? Why are some models called Crossovers while others are known as SUVs? Aren’t they all the same?

The Frame Game Makes The Difference

For many car experts, the difference between the two is simple: A crossover is based on a car’s platform, while an SUV uses the chassis similar to a truck. The result is that crossovers use “unibody” architecture, meaning the body and frame are one piece, while SUVs use a “body on frame” design. In that case, the body is built separately from the frame and placed together later.

Here’s Where It Gets a Bit Tricky

While that definition is strictly true, it doesn’t always work in practice. For example, many shoppers refer to car-based, unibody vehicles as SUVs even though they’re crossovers by our definition. How often, for example, do you hear the Ford Explorer called an SUV? Or the Toyota Highlander? Or the Jeep Grand Cherokee? All use a car-based unibody design, despite their appearance and marketing vs. an Escalade or Tahoe for that sit on Full Frame construction. The new 2020 Bronco is scheduled for Full Frame.


The result is that the term “SUV” Sport Utility Vehicle is often applied to both Crossovers and SUVs. In the past, that was even more common. Before, “SUV” brought up negative associations with large size and poor gas mileage. That’s when many automakers started using the term “Crossover” to describe a vehicle that was “crossing over” from the practicality of an SUV to the drivability and fuel efficiency of a car. 

So, When Is It An SUV?

If you’re unsure whether your vehicle of choice uses a car-based unibody design or body-on-frame construction, the safest bet is to use the term “SUV.” That acronym is still used to describe nearly anything with available all-wheel drive and raised ground clearance, so you’ll probably be safe. However, some Manufacturers today are making Front Wheel Drive SUV’s and calling them both Crossovers or SUV’s to complicate what you might know today. Then you have raised height AWD Cars and Wagons that can climb hills, jump dunes, or take you the back way to Grandmas house in a Blizzard. Not sure, just ask us and we will help!


For years, automakers cut costs by simply mounting different body designs over the same frame. Today, very few vehicles (aside from heavy-duty commercial vehicles, trucks, off-road vehicles, and some large SUVs) still use body-on-frame construction. This method allows for greater torsional flexing, preferred in off-road vehicles, and it can be more easily repaired, which is helpful for fleets. Traditional SUVs with body-on-frame construction are excellent for towing and hold a trailer with ease.

What Are Your Needs?

If you are looking for a large vehicle, or priorities include towing or off-roading, a traditional SUV may be a good fit. Also, if you are a consumer that prefers Trucks over Cars, an SUV would be a good choice. Otherwise, there is a myriad of options available in the Crossover segment that will fit almost every need while providing better safety and fuel-efficiency. Some people just like sitting a little higher in traffic and thats enough to seal the deal.

6 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

6 Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Holidays have a habit of creeping up us. One moment Mother’s Day is months away, barely something to worry about and then, suddenly, it is breathing down our neck. Thankfully, we live in a world where a great gift can ship in just a day or two!

To make things all the easier for you, we’ve pulled together a list of last minute Mother’s Day gifts. Whether your mom deserves a new travel mug or some flowers, we have everything she may want!

San Francisco Salt Co Muscle Soak

Sometimes the best gifts are all about allowing someone to take time for themselves, and these bath salts will help her do just that. Made up of pure Epsom salt and infused with eucalyptus and peppermint oil, they will help soothe muscles and aches.

S’Well Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Do you know a mom that is constantly on the go? This would be a great gift for her! As odd as it may sound, water bottles are their own kind of accessory. Whether we like to admit it or not, the bottles we carry around say something about us. This one from S’well is made from a kitchen grade 18/8 stainless steel and features an attractive marble design and triple walled build that will keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot.

Flowers

Let’s be honest, pretty much everyone loves flowers! If you’re limited on time and budget, something simple like a bouquet of flowers will go a long way towards letting her know you care for her. This particular arrangement of roses and orchids ships fast and can directly be sent to the mom in your life!

Manduka Yoga Mat

Know a yoga or Pilates lover? This mat is firm and durable. What separates this yoga mat from others less expensive is that it’s made from a special biodegradable natural tree rubber. When you gift this mat to your mom, you can rest assured that you’re adding value to her daily workout without adding more waste to the world.

Fitbit Alta HR

Know someone trying to get in shape? The Fitbit Alta HR can help! In addition to being the slimmest fitness tracker from Fitbit, the Alta HR also monitors heart rate, meaning that it’s easier to track cardio and calories burned. The small size and color range also makes it an ideal gift to give to the active mom in your life!

A Car

Looking to give her a gift she will remember forever? Give the mom in your life a car! Here at Dallas Lease Returns we have a large inventory of great quality cars! Our team of financial specialist will also work with you to find something in your price range. Come and experience the Dallas Lease Returns difference and browse our inventory today!

If your gift is thoughtful and from the heart, the mom in your life will love it no matter what!

Already bought mom a present? Tell us what it is in the comments below!