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!

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.

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!

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

When you’re shopping for a pickup truck, towing information is often readily available. This is because towing is mostly associated with pickup trucks. But trucks aren’t the only vehicles that can haul a trailer, and information on how much some of those vehicles can tow might be a little more difficult to come by. Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we want to help out by giving you the details on exactly how much the Toyota RAV4 can tow!

How Much Can the 2018 Toyota RAV4 Tow?

Trim Level Drive System Towing Capacity
LE FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
XLE FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
Adventure FWD 2,900 lbs.
Adventure AWD 3,500 lbs.
SE FWD/AWD 0 lbs.
Limited FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
Platinum FWD/AWD 1,500 lbs.
LE Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.
XLE Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.
SE Hybrid CVT 0 lbs.
Limited Hybrid CVT 1,750 lbs.

 

As you can see, the towing capacity varies based on trim level and whether it’s equipped with the front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive system. You might also notice that these numbers are higher than you might have expected, especially the RAV4 Adventure grades.

 

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we have multiple 2018 Toyota RAV4s in our inventory right now! Visit our website to check them out, or come by any time!

Chevy vs Ford

What is the Difference Between Chevy Trucks and Ford Trucks?

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
Are you in the market for a truck but are not sure whether to purchase a Ford or a Chevy? No problem, we can help! At Dallas Lease Returns we have both Chevorlet and Ford trucks in our inventory, and believe that they are both great truck companies. However, there are still some differences between the two. Continue reading to find out what they are!

Chevrolet Trucks

Chevy is known for their amazing pickup trucks, but what sets them apart from other companies?

Easy, it’s their history!

Chevy has been around for 1o0 years! The company first started out building Supply Chain and Farming trucks for different companies. Eventually, they made the Light Delivery Chassis, a truck-like-vehicle that made it much easier for people to transport items without a horse or a buggy.

Chevy made history with this design and it helped society progress immensely. Today, Chevy specializes in making vehicles that are lighter and smaller. As we all know, gas prices have gone up overtime and Chevy tries to make their trucks cost efficient while still being reliable.

Ford Trucks

Ford is also a company that has been around for quite awhile. They are known for being the vehicle choice for the working man or women. This company specializes in making trucks that are both aesthetically pleasing, while also still being tough and durable. Around most of America, Ford trucks are known for their outstanding performance and value.

In fact, in 2009 the Ford F-150 won the prestigious Motor Trend Truck of the year award. In 2017, the Ford Super Duty won the Motor Trend Truck of the Year. Ford is known for being a tough car and it shows through their awards and outstanding achievements.

As you can see, both of these companies are amazing in different ways. For more information, please visit our website or call (214) 960-1388!

Toyota Tundra

Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Toyota Tundra

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we believe that the Toyota Tundra is an underrated vehicle, especially when compared to its competitors!Keep reading to learn 3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Purchasing a Toyota Tundra today!

Pricing

New, the Tundra tends to come in at a better price than its competition. With so many comparable features and even better performance of the Toyota Tundra, it’s crazy to pay more!

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, you will be able to save even more money on the Tundra! We have several great quality Tundras in our inventory!

Excellent Towing Capacity

If you plan to use your pickup for more than just looks, the towing capacity is unmatched on the Toyota Tundra. The Tundra can take up to 8,900 pounds of weight, while its Chevrolet competitor can only handle 6,100. Both are nothing to scoff at, but why settle for less?

Lasting Power

It’s been proven that the Toyota Tundra can be taken more than 1 million miles without a huge need for repair. One man demonstrated this with his 2007 Toyota Tundra! With only regular maintenance, his Tundra lasted one million miles. This shows the reliability and quality of the Tundra.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Toyota Tundra, check out our website or call 214-960-1388!

Chevrolet Truck

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Used Truck

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Trucks are some of the bestselling vehicles in the country! They are not only loved, but are also trusted by millions of drivers.Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we believe that owning a truck is something everyone should enjoy at least once in their life! To put it simply, truck ownership offers a completely different driving experience than anything a small compact or even smaller sub compact car can deliver.

Still on the fence? No problem! We came up with Five Reasons to Buy a Used Truck today! Continue reading to learn more!

The Power of Towing

Towing capacity (A.K.A torque) goes hand in hand with horsepower. Most trucks made in recent years have the ability to tow objects of 12,000 + pounds!

This amount of power has endless opportunities for you and your family. You will easily be able to take long trips and hook a camper or anything else to the back of your truck. Think of all the memories to be made!

Extra Space

Things just seem to be getting smaller and smaller. With compact cars being transformed into sub-compact vehicles, leg room and cargo space are often limited.

This is not the case when it comes to trucks.

The great thing about pickup trucks is how each body style can accommodate different needs in terms of room and number of passengers. To have the most room, it is recommended by Autotrader to go for a crew cab as you’ll have four full doors. At Dallas Lease Returns, we have great quality used crew cab trucks in our inventory right now!

Why suffer? You deserve to have a comfortable and spacious daily commute.

Better Visibility

You will literally experience a whole new world with a truck! The height of the cabin is indicative of the enhanced view. You’ll be able to see so much more on the highway than if you were in a little coupe or sedan.

Enhanced Safety

Enhanced safety is a huge benefit of trucks!

About.com offers a short list of the Top Pickup Truck Safety Features:

  1. Side Impact Protection
  2. Vehicle Stability Control
  3. Trailer Sway Control
  4. Cab Safety Cage Design
  5. Improved Seatbelt Systems

Long Lasting Value

If you’re looking to keep your next vehicle for a long time, you obviously want to choose one that holds its value. Because trucks are bigger and made out of more expensive equipment, they retain their value much longer than a regular car. Plus, if you purchase a used truck instead of a new one- you save money! It’s a win-win situation in the short and long run!

At Dallas Lease Returns, we just want to help you find a great quality vehicle you and your family will love and enjoy! If you decide to go the truck route, we have over 50 great quality used trucks in our inventory right now! But if not, that’s okay too! We offer all makes and models- so we’re sure we have the perfect fit for you! Come experience the difference with Dallas Lease Returns, we promise you will not be disappointed!