The Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil

The Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Oil

Do you use synthetic or conventional oil for your vehicle? Both types of oil have pros and cons, and it is important to understand how they can both benefit or potentially hurt your vehicle.

What is Conventional Motor Oil?

Conventional motor oil is a lubricant that is derived directly from crude oil. It has excellent properties that allows it to provide lubrication at high temperatures and can maintain its stability over long periods of time.

What is Synthetic Motor Oil?

Synthetic oil is actually a modified and improved version of conventional oil. Some blends of synthetic oil are designed specifically to increase the performance and life of high-mileage cars, whereas others are specifically designed for high-performance engines. Some types of synthetic oil even  have the ability to increase your car’s fuel mileage by using special advanced lubricants.

Benefits of Using Synthetic Oil over Conventional Oil

Improved Lubrication

Most synthetic oils have added lubricants that increase the ability of the oil to keep engine parts slick, especially at high temperatures. This decreases wear over time, and may make your engine last longer.

In fact, in the last 10 years, vehicle manufacturers have redesigned engines to meet fuel efficiency and emissions standards. To do that, today’s engines have to work harder and burn much hotter, and conventional oil just cannot handle that heat tolerance. This is why most vehicles built after 2012 require synthetic oil.

Better Stability

Synthetic oils are specially engineered to maintain their viscosity (thickness) at higher temperatures and over longer periods of time. This prevents engine wear in several ways; it allows the oil to “stick” to engine parts more readily, providing better wear protection and it also protects your engine from dry starts.

A “Dry Start” occurs when your car has been sitting for an extended period of time. Gravity pulls the oil down to the bottom of the engine, allowing the components at the top of the engine to lose lubrication and run unprotected. By helping the oil maintain viscosity, synthetic oil additives decrease the effects of “dry starts.”

Reduced Breakdown

Synthetic oil is less likely to break down, which means it does not need to be changed as often as conventional oils. The more durable properties of synthetic oil also ensure that your engine is protected for longer periods of time.

Fewer Deposits

As conventional oils break down, it often leaves deposits on engine components. Mechanics refer to this as “sludge” or “scaling”. This is especially common in overexerted engines. As conventional oil breaks down, it literally sticks to different surfaces in the engine and bakes on.  Synthetic oil is less likely to do this due its increased lubrication elements.

Conclusion

The properties that separate conventional oil from synthetic oil affects your engine in many important ways. Although synthetic oil is slightly more expensive than conventional oil, it may extend your vehicles life and save you money in the long run.

What type of oil do you use in your vehicle? Tell us in the comments below!

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.

Vehicle Spotlight: 2018 Acura MDX Technology

Vehicle Spotlight: 2018 Acura MDX Technology

The 2018 Acura MDX Technology package ranks among one of the most admired and sought after vehicles in the premium luxury SUV class. It also has a strong resale value, is highly ranked among customers, and has an excellent reputation for safety and reliability.  

Overview

  • Price: $43,479
  • Mileage: 15,455
  • Exterior color: Silver
  • History: One owner, clean Carfax report
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Horse Power: 290 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Torque:  267 lb-ft @4700 rpm
  • City MPG:18
  • HWY MPG: 26

Vehicle Details

Exterior

Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system is a sophisticated technology that improves dry-weather handling, as well as foul-weather safety. The exterior features an attractive diamond-pentagon grille, a sharp lined hood and Jewel Eye headlights. This SUV’s sporty, dual-exhaust outlets also offer a bright exterior finish, tinted windows and chrome door handles. The technology package features 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-folding side mirrors and LED puddle lights.

Interior

The interior of the MDX will surround you with luxury. The technology model is trimmed with handcrafted natural wood accents and also features perforated premium leather seats with contrast stitching. Each seat is designed so both drivers and passengers feel comfortable and connected. The MDX also features one-touch, smart-slide access doors, a backup camera, moonroof, keyless entry, heated seats and GPS linked climate control.  

The MDX can comfortably fit a family of 7 with a third row seating option that is great for kids! Worried about space or cargo room? The second and third rows fold down to provide over 90 cubic feet of storage.

Technology Package

The technology package of this Acura MDX features a voice recognition system for navigation, audio, climate control, and Bluetooth. It also offers hands-free text message and email compatibility features.

Navigation

The Acura Navigation System can get you where you want to go. This highly intelligent driving technology comes with a mounted eight inch LED screen and driver friendly features. Find your way easier using the Voice Recognition System, and avoid delays on streets and freeways using Real-Time Traffic with advanced traffic rerouting capabilities.

Streaming

The technology package also includes a Premium Audio System with 10 surround sound speakers. Your devices will function seamlessly with USB Audio Interface; you can listen to your music via Bluetooth, launch Pandora on the system, or tune in to SiriusXMSatellite Radio and listen to 140+ digital channels.

Safety Features

The MDX Technology package comes equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of safety features, which includes lane-keeping assist, collision-mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control and road-departure mitigation. The MDX also offers a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, vehicle stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, LATCH connections, tire pressure monitoring and seven airbags.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 MDX a 5-star overall rating, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2018 model Good in all categories and Superior in the crash avoidance and mitigation tests.

Interested in this vehicle? Please contact us today at 214-960-1388!

How to Stay Safe in an Uber or Lyft

How to Stay Safe in an Uber or Lyft

In this day and age, you can call a ride at the press of a button on your smartphone. However, drivers of these ride services (such as Uber and Lyft) are not always safe, and it is important to note that they are still strangers. This is why we created this list of tips to help you stay safe the next time you summon a ride…t might just save your life. 

Plan ahead

Before you request a ride, know where your destination is, so you are aware of the general route your driver should be headed. If he/she is taking you in the opposite direction, or a strange route, text 911 or try to escape the vehicle.

Request your ride inside

To avoid the possibility of an abduction, do not wait for your Uber or Lyft driver outside with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait indoors until the app shows your driver has arrived.

Get in the right car

Before you get in the car, check that the license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app. Rides can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber or Lyft, and offers a ride.

Be a backseat rider

If you’re riding alone, sit in the backseat. This ensures you can safely exit on either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic. It also gives you, and your driver, some personal space.

Buckle up

The Centers for Disease Control reports that seatbelt use is the most effective way to save lives, and reduce injuries related to car accidents.

Share your trip details with a friend

If using Uber, while en route, tap “Share status” in the app to share your driver’s name, photo, license plate, and location with a friend or family member. They can track your trip, and your ETA without downloading the Uber app.

Protect your personal information

There’s no need to share your phone number, or other contact information, with your driver. If a rider and driver need to contact each other, the Uber or Lyft app automatically obscures both phone numbers to protect everyone’s privacy.

Follow your intuition

Trust your instincts, and use your best judgment when riding. If you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, call or text 911 immediately. Don’t worry about being foolish or overreacting, it’s always better to play it safe rather than be sorry.

Give feedback on your trip

Your feedback helps improve the driving experience for everyone. If your Uber or Lyft driver made you uncomfortable, report them. It may save the next person.

We hope you consider  these tips the next time you summon a ride from Uber or Lyft, or any other ride service. Have any other safety ideas? Please share in the comments below!

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!

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dallas

2019 St. Patrick’s Day Festivities in Dallas

The leprechauns are working full time in anticipation of Dallas’ annual St. Patrick’s Day blow-out, with four back-to-back events that will take over Greenville Avenue on Saturday, March 16. Continue reading to learn what each event consists of and what time each start!

St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville

The festivities begin bright and early at 8 am with St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville, a 5K race that starts at Central Market, at 5750 Lovers Ln., and heads south down Greenville Ave.

Dallas Mavs 40th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

The annual Dallas Mavs 40th Anniversary St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival starts at 9 am, beginning at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street, a block or so north of Northwest Highway. It heads south and stops at Yale/SMU Boulevard.

St. Patrick’s Day Concert

The St. Patrick’s Day Concert has a killer lineup of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Britney Spears, and is a tribute to 40 years of music!

The concert is at 5701 Mockingbird Ln., on the south side of the Matilda bridge, and is an all-ages show.

Lower Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

The Lower Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Block Party begins at 9 am, between Vanderbilt Avenue and Vickery Boulevard.

Hosted by the Vanderbilt to Vickery Association, the Block Party runs from 9 am-7 pm, and includes access to three music stages. Participating bars include Stan’s Blue Note, The Grape, Terilli’s, Dodie’s Reef, Blue Goose Cantina, Halcyon, Slater’s 50/50, and last but not least, The Dubliner.

The event is $15 and is open only to those 21 and over with a valid ID. No backpacks, large purses, containers, or coolers are allowed.

Know of any other St. Patricks’s Day events going on? Let us know in the comments below!

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!

How to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Leather Interior

How to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Leather Interior

Many people don’t realize that you need to take good care of your vehicle’s leather interior to make sure it does not harden or even crack over time.  Here are some pointers on caring for your leather interior!

How to Clean Your Leather Interior

Leather is a resilient material but should still be cleaned about 4 times per year.  Start by vacuuming all leather surfaces to pick up any debris in the stitches or contours.  Then use a slightly damp microfiber towel to wipe off any noticeable residue before moving to the next step.

Next you will need a brush and leather cleaner.  Spray the cleaner on the brush to avoid liquid leaking into your seats through perforations or stitches.  Find a small, inconspicuous place to test the cleaner before applying to the major surfaces.  Make sure the cleaner you have selected is safe before proceeding with larger areas.  Once the cleaning product is verified as safe, gently scrub the major surfaces until everything looks clean.  Wipe dry with a clean microfiber cloth.

You should also condition your leather once a year, due to the Texas heat.  Its best to do this right after cleaning has finished drying.  There are many leather conditioners on the market so look for one that is water based and pH neutral.  Apply to a small test area like with the cleaner.  If it doesn’t discolor or stain, you can continue with the rest of the material.  Rub the conditioner in with a soft brush or microfiber cloth.  Massage the product into the leather and wipe any excess away.

Lastly allow the conditioner time to sit and soak into the leather.  Its best to allow this to happen overnight, but a few hours will do as well, just be sure to keep the vehicle out of direct sunlight during this time.  Once set, buff with a clean microfiber cloth and enjoy!

Do you have any other tips to maintain your vehicle’s leather interior? Let us know in the comments today!

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 to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

How to Get Your Vehicle Ready for Spring

Winter can do a number on your car. Slush, salt and cold temperatures take a toll on everything from the tires to the wiper blades. So, as spring approaches, it’s a good idea to give your car a thorough once-over to undo winter’s damage. Continue reading to learn how you can get your car in shape for spring!

Wash Underneath

Wintertime driving will coat the bottom of your car with salt, sand and other grime that can cause corrosion. Corrosion can lead to rust problems, which can make your car much harder to resell or even dangerous to drive.

Spend a few extra dollars for the undercarriage power wash at the local car wash or spray the car’s bottom with your own hose.

Detail

Salt and sand can damage the car’s paint. Give your car a thorough cleaning and wax it with a paste or liquid wax. Scrub the bottoms of doors, which can get coated with grime, and clean the window channels with a silicone spray. Use a steam cleaner or apply a rug-cleaning spray to remove all the salt from the car’s inside.

Replace Wipers

Wiper blades get a workout during the winter months. To get ready for the rainy months ahead, we advise you change them out every Spring and Fall!

Check Tire Pressure

Check your tire pressure. Cold weather can cause tires to be under inflated and the onset of warm weather can over inflate them. Also, visually inspect your tires to make sure they’re wearing evenly and have plenty of tread.

Top Off All Fluids

Winter weather can deplete some fluids, especially windshield wiper fluid, so top them off yourself if they’re too low. A service station will also do the job for $25 or so. You should change your oil, brake fluid and transmission fluid every 5,000 miles regardless of the season.

Have any other maintenance tips for Spring? Tell us in the comments below! Or if you’re tired of your vehicle and looking for a change/upgrade this Spring, browse our vast inventory online!