Truck Buying Considerations

Truck Buying Considerations

When you decide it’s time for a truck or pick-up truck you might think all trucks are built the same – cab, bed, and tailgate. When faced with a decision between so many trucks, how do you decide which one will best serve your needs? It depends on what you’ll use your truck for – towing a boat or hauling construction equipment, as a day to day vehicle for your family or for a camping adventure. Here are some things to know about what various trucks have to offer.

Horsepower & Torque

Not all truck engines are created equal, and how much horsepower or torque you need will depend on your reasons for buying a truck. Horsepower is how much energy your engine produces, while torque is the ability of the engine to do the work you want. The greater your need for towing or hauling heavy objects, the more torque you will want.

Diesel engines commonly offer plenty of low-end torque. This means at low engine speeds, these engines can pull massive trailers up severe grades. Some trucks have TurboCharged 4 Cylinders that outperform many V8s and others have V8s that can run on as low as 2 Cylinders to conserve fuel but fire up to all 8 when needed. Six Cylinders are both Inline and V6 that have different power curves designed to mirror your daily demands.

Fuel Options

You might not have considered fuel options other than gas until now. A truck that takes gas may cost less than one that requires diesel, however, in addition to better fuel economy, diesel also offers more power for your heavy jobs. FlexFuel is another option, allowing a truck to run either on gasoline or ethanol. Ethanol offers less energy per gallon but burns cleaner with fewer gashouse emissions and most of the time costs less at the pump.

Rear Wheel Drive or Four Wheel Drive

For most people, it’s a given that they want a truck with Four Wheel Drive. This option allows greater control on the road, especially in bad weather conditions. However, 4X4 adds considerable weight to a vehicle and has more rotating mechanical parts, which compromises fuel economy. In a mild climate where you don’t expect to drive on snowy or muddy roads, a Rear Wheel Drive truck will probably be the better and more economical choice.

Cab & Box Sizes

Trucks come in all kinds of cab and box sizes, or even Chassis Cab (no Box), and your choice will depend on your needs. From two-door Regular Cabs to four-door Crew Cabs and Mega Cabs, this is a matter of preference, how many passengers you expect to transport, and how much room you require. Even if you don’t expect to have more than one passenger, you might find the four-door Crew Cabs offer the room you want to store certain gear inside your truck.

There are usually 3 sizes of bed for pick-up trucks. You will find short, standard, or long box. Sizes vary by manufacturer and what you choose depends on your needs. Are you putting firewood or drywall in the bed of your truck? Drywall and plywood are standard 8-foot sheets, so a long box might be in order, however, a short box with the tailgate down can also do the job. Consider the use you expect to get out of the truck when deciding what box size you need in addition to the way it drives, parks, and of course fits in your garage.

Dallas Lease Returns has a truck that is sure to meet your needs! Stay tuned for part two, where we will look at truck options and accessories.

Summer Car Fun

Summer Fun on the Road

With warmer weather, school break, and vacations just around the corner, maybe you’re wondering what you need to make the most of the summer months. If you’re looking for a vehicle to accompany you on the ultimate road trip, we have some tips for you to keep in mind.

Comfort

No matter how hot and humid it gets, the right car can feel like home. This is especially important on long trips. Ice cold air conditioning can turn hours on the road during sweltering days into a pleasure. Some vehicles offer multi-zone climate control so your passengers can adjust temperature settings to their personal liking. Looking for even more comfort options? Try cooled or ventilated seats!

Entertainment

Keep your passengers from getting bored on those long trips by going beyond basic AM/FM/CD radio. Bring along your iPod or MP3 player to customize your tunes, or look into satellite radio for more variety. DVD gives you another way to keep everyone happy, with options from one central screen to individual seatback screens.

If video gaming is your thing, look for a car that offers plenty of accessible 12-volt power ports for your handheld consoles. Or go the extra mile with in-vehicle WiFi so you can enjoy gaming, electronic books, movies, or streaming music.

Enjoy the Scenery!

If you prefer to enjoy the rolling hills, patchwork fields, and wide open spaces, why not look for a vehicle with a sunroof? Let the sunshine in with a sliding or power sunroof, and enjoy the open feeling as you cruise. Even on a gloomy day, a sunroof can add much-needed brightness or the soothing sound of a gentle summer rain as you follow the open road to your next destination!

Dallas Lease Returns has the right car, minivan, or truck for your next adventure!

What to Consider When Buying a Car for Your Teen Driver

What to Consider When Buying a Car for Your Teen Driver

With graduation or senior year just around the corner, many parents consider giving a car as a gift to the young driver in their family. What makes the most sense and will give you peace of mind when your teenager is on the road? As the parent, you probably have an idea of the rules you will set, such as limiting their travels. However, you might wonder what car makes the most sense. Here are a few tips to help you decide.

Buy Used

A used vehicle, especially one that still has factory warranty coverage, is the most practical purchase for your young driver. Why? Because teenagers have less driving experience, which means the odds of them damaging the vehicle are greater. An older car makes more sense than brand new since it costs less and will be less expensive to insure.

While a certified pre-owned vehicle might be of interest because of the existing warranty, it will cost more than most used vehicles. A lease return vehicle offers the same benefits as CPO without the high price tag.

Safety First

The main question on every parent’s mind is what car is safest for their teen. Size matters when it comes to safety. You probably don’t want something too large, like an SUV or pick-up truck, which might be hard to control, or too small. A midsize sedan or similar vehicle often hits that sweet spot.

Safety features to look for include rearview cameras or parking sensors, blind spot detection, and side curtain airbags. Since these are features you tend to find in newer cars, keep in mind you can install a camera and blind spot monitor in an older car. A car with handsfree features and Bluetooth can help minimize distractions while keeping your teen connected. Some vehicles actually have the ability to stop phone usage over 5 miles an hour.

You might also want a vehicle that has parameters you can set for your teen driver, so they can’t exceed certain speeds or so the radio can’t exceed a certain volume. Electronic stability control is another safety feature to look for in a car. This helps the driver stay in control of a car on slippery and curvy roads. Visibility is another important consideration since some cars have better sight lines than others. This is why a test drive is important, to ensure your teen can see out of all the windows and find the blind spots.

Other Factors to Consider

Look at the car’s history to see how many owners it’s had, as well as the mileage and service records. Look for proof of oil changes and other upkeep. Check the engine and tires. Better yet, bring your teenager, and teach them how to do the same! Make sure the car has a CARFAX or AutoCheck, which can answer many of your questions. This is why we suggest a lease return vehicle since they generally have a detailed service record and may be covered under a limited warranty.

While your teen probably wants a car that looks good and will gravitate toward a sporty model, avoid fast cars with powerful engines. We aren’t suggesting a horse-drawn buggy (though that might be tempting for you, as a parent!), but a midsize vehicle with a strong body structure is your best bet.

This is an exciting time for both parent and teenager, and we can help you find the right car for your young driver! 

Entertainment Options in Vehicles

Entertainment Options in Vehicles

Today’s vehicles come with more entertainment options than ever. Gone are the days of AM/FM stereo and staring at the scenery, while you or your passengers wonder, “Are we there yet?” Whether you’re looking for a car, minivan, SUV, or truck, you can find the right entertainment technology for your needs.

Audio Entertainment

While AM/FM/CD/MP3 Decoder is mostly standard, most vehicles today also come with a Bluetooth to integrate streaming from your phone, books, or more via auxiliary input or USB port. Satellite radio is a widely available option with various tiered subscription plans. Interested in streaming music? Many vehicles now offer that option with such services as Apple CarPlay, Pandora, Spotify, and more!

Visual Entertainment

When every mile of road starts to look the same, you might be glad to have a DVD player to entertain backseat passengers on long trips! There are various options, ranging from a central screen everyone can see to seat-back screens that offer individualized entertainment and some work on DVD or even let you play movies or music from a thumb drive. Looking for something more interactive? In-car gaming is another way to keep passengers from being bored! Handheld consoles are easy to carry along and charge on the road, so keep an eye out for vehicle that offers plenty of accessible 12-volt power ports.

WiFi & Internet

The option to use WiFi in-vehicle can be especially useful. Many manufacturers have various ways to enable internet in your car with 3G or even LTE in newer vehicles. One of the simplest is using a smartphone hotspot, which may require adding an app or specific hardware to your phone. Doing this allows other devices you might want to bring along, such as tablets, to access the WiFi while you are out and about. It is important to know if your cell phone data plan allows for unlimited usage or if you will incur extra charges doing this. Many benefits for this exceed the driver’s needs and allow other passengers to benefit from WiFi, gaming, electronic books, movies, or music. On a road trip, it might be the best cure to “Are We There Yet?”

You might choose to install a router or modem in your car, which involves the cost of additional equipment. However, the most convenient way to add WiFi to your vehicle is to purchase one with it already available as an option. Many makes today offer internet access with a monthly or yearly subscription, and the hardware already onboard. From compact car to full-sized SUV, there is a wide range of vehicles that feature WiFi. So get ready to take make your drive a little more fun with today’s innovative entertainment options!

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

Hybrid cars combine a gas engine with an electric motor to help them consume less fuel than a conventional vehicle. Electric vehicles rely 100% on being plugged in to charge and have a range depending on the driving style to offer a near zero carbon footprint. You are probably aware of the advantages of owning a hybrid or electric vehicle, and might enjoy seeing the different types available.

Parallel Hybrid

The most popular type of hybrid, these vehicles can be powered by the engine, electric motor, or both at the same time depending upon the speed you are driving. The electric motor propels you at lower speeds, while the gas engine jumps in as your speed increases. These vehicles also have a regenerative braking system that produces electricity, which means that when you brake, the vehicle uses this momentum to recharge your batteries to use later.

Range Extender Hybrid

These cars are driven only by their electric motor or electric motors. The gas engine acts as an additional power source to produce electricity for a generator that recharges the electric batteries, allowing the vehicle to go further than it would on a normal charge.

Plug-In Hybrids

Most people recognize these hybrids, which can be plugged into an electric outlet to recharge their batteries. There are also more and more charging stations available along the road today. These hybrids have a conventional engine, but they also have a larger battery so they can drive longer distances using electric power.

Electric

Electric cars are growing in popularity with consumer demand and some even have dual motors making for All Wheel Drive platforms that secure 0-60mph times under 3 seconds, making them some of the fastest cars on the planet. These fully-electric vehicles do not include a fuel counterpart like a hybrid or any exhaust tips. The lithium-ion battery is charged using a wall connector or charging station.

Many of these vehicles come with integrated trip planners and you can also use online trip planners to locate charging stations that are in a national network that grows every month in North America. The downside, when you are out of charge, you are done until you are charged. Owners love the thought of never adding fuel for the daily commute and they plug in at home for the next day.

Benefits of Driving Hybrid or Electric

Hybrid and electric cars today are similar to conventional vehicles. Many offer a choice of power modes so you can decide if you want your car to deliver more efficiency or performance depending on your preferences. Most hybrids charge their own batteries, which means you can drive further than ever, while the technology in electric vehicles is becoming more advanced year after year.

City drivers will especially benefit from a hybrid or electric car since they use less or no gas. These vehicles also result in fewer emissions. Our inventory has some of the most popular fuel-efficient vehicles on the market today!

Smart Technology in Today's Cars

Smart Technology

Today’s cars and trucks offer more technology than ever before, including integration with smartphones, tablets, watches, and more to make your drive more convenient and safer. Whether you’re an Android or Apple user, you can find the right options for you. Availability depends upon the vehicle’s technology and we encourage to check out the various makes and models available.

Go Hands-Free with Bluetooth

Most devices are compatible with Bluetooth, a wireless technology that allows you to operate your phone hands-free. Some automobile makes and models even read texts aloud and allow you to do speech-to-text without removing your hands from the wheel. When available, voice-activated technology helps you keep your focus where it belongs: on the road. If being able to make phone calls, send and receive texts easily is important to you, this is an option you will find in many vehicles.

Many vehicles integrate the microphone into your rearview mirror and/or call buttons on the steering wheel, which means you can keep your head up, eyes on the road, and hands on the wheel. Bluetooth has become standard on most cars and trucks, but compatibility varies. We suggest you bring your phone and test it with a vehicle’s system as part of your test drive.

WiFi

Some cars and trucks now offer WiFi connectivity plans. The price for this service varies, as does the technology that allows it. Vehicles might include either a wireless router to create a mobile WiFi hotspot, 3H, 4G LTE WiFi (requires a subscription to a cellular network), or WiFi using in-car telematics.

Each automaker offers different services, and if you let us know what you need, we can make sure you get it! This connectivity might be especially important if you travel often and always need internet access or travel with kids that depend on connectivity.

Entertainment

You can enjoy music integration with your smartphone and Bluetooth through streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify while you’re on the road. If you like to customize your music and playlists, this is a great option to look for in your next vehicle. It works with Amazon Music and more.

Safety

Emergency communications send automatic calls to emergency services in the event of an accident. This technology offers another layer of safety so you can focus on what matters while you’re on the road.

With the vast array of options, it can be difficult to know which automobiles offer which conveniences and safety features. We can help you find a car or truck with the technology you want.

Advantages of Buying Lease Returns - Dallas Lease Returns

Advantages of Buying Lease Returns

Purchasing a lease return is one of the most financially advantageous ways to buy a vehicle for many reasons. In most cases, you can get way more vehicle than for the base price of a brand new one. This savings allows you to enjoy upgrades that you have always dreamed about at a fraction of the new vehicle price. In addition to costing less than a new car in terms of price, sales tax, and insurance, a previously-leased vehicle can benefit you in other ways. Often you will see discounted late model financing opportunities through the dealer.

Lower Costs All Around

Starting with the most obvious factor, a lease return costs less than buying new. A new vehicle depreciates quicker than you might think – some up to 30% in the first year! Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are an option, but they are also priced higher because they are backed by the original manufacturer’s warranty coverage and that has a cost figured in to qualify as Manufacturer Certified. A returned lease vehicle is the sweet spot between a CPO and a used vehicle, and this is just one reason!

Better Upkeep

Leased vehicles are often under contracts that require the lessee to follow specific maintenance guidelines and have all work done directly at the dealership. After only 2 or 3 years, a lease return may still be in like-new condition. Excessive wear and tear is charged to the original lessor to offer you a vehicle that is in line with wear and tear plus may also still have its existing warranty. If not, it could be eligible for an extended warranty, depending on the dealership.

Less Wear & Tear

A leased vehicle will usually have less mileage since many lease contracts set annual mileage limits and charge for every mile over that amount. The end result of a vehicle that has been leased according to the terms of its contract is a high-quality used vehicle. A car history report will reveal anything you should know about the vehicle, including service history. The dealer may also be able to let you know what the original lease terms were and verify the history report.

Recent Technology

The newer the vehicle, the more recent and innovative its technology and features. A lease return is an excellent opportunity to get these features at a fraction of the cost of a new car or truck. This is where a test drive is important so you can check out the vehicle’s features to ensure they work the way they should. For example, if you are looking for a car with smart device integration, make sure the one you’re considering works well with your phone. We encourage you to take the time to ask questions and test the safety features, as well, such as cameras, sensors, adaptive cruise control, and other such systems.

Purchasing a lease return is one of the best ways to get more car for your money. Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we have models as recent as 2018 and 2019 in fantastic condition and available at a reasonable price. If you are looking for a near brand new car, without the brand new price tag, check out our inventory of lease return sedans, lease return trucks, and lease return SUVs! To browse our inventory click here or call (214) 960-1388 for more information!

Adaptive Cruise Control on Today’s Streets

Adaptive Cruise Control on Today’s Streets

As our vehicles become more intelligent, one feature you might want to learn more about is Adaptive Cruise Control. When activated, this technology automatically slows down or speeds up to keep your speed set where you want it. This also keeps pace with the car in front of you so if they slow down, you slow down. You can choose your following distance usually based on car lengths.

Adaptive Cruise Control Capabilities

Once set, adaptive cruise control provides limited braking or full control braking to maintain the set distance. If the car in front of you slows down or stops, so will yours. Each vehicle offers different braking capabilities, so be sure to check your owner’s manual to find out what yours can do. Some slow you to 10mph and then alert you that the rest of the braking is your job. Others take you to zero and wait for your command to start again. Others slow down and preload the brake pedal for an emergency stop.

Depending on your vehicle, various sensors from radar or cameras read the road ahead of you and respond to the cars in your lane. Some vehicles read the road signs and warn you when it’s a No Passing zone car the Speed Limit changes.

How it Works

As with standard cruise control, you need to accelerate to your chosen speed and turn on the adaptive cruise control. Set how close you want your distance to the vehicle in front of you to be, and go! Each vehicle has a different way of setting the gap between vehicles, either by distance or seconds.

Things to Remember

Even with advanced technology, it’s still important to be aware of the traffic and changing road conditions around you. Both standard and adaptive cruise control are best used in ideal weather conditions, not during rain, ice, or snow. You may also need to keep the sensors clean. Adaptive cruise control might not work in tunnels or stop working if snow covers the sensors.

Take time to get to know how your car’s cruise control works, so you can get the most out of it. These features enhance your experience and are always under the control of the driver. Once experienced, most drivers set this technology as a benchmark that they are not willing to live without.

See our amazing selection of vehicles that have this innovative feature.