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.

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Purchase a New Vehicle

3 Reasons Why You Should Never Purchase a New Vehicle

While there are benefits to buying a brand new car, it might not be the smartest financial choice. Before you think a car with only 10 miles is the better deal, here are three arguments why you should never buy new!

You’ll Pay More

Buying a great car does not have to complicate your financial life! If you have good credit and you’re able to qualify for a new car loan with no hassles, banks may compete for your business and offer the best rate possible.

But even with low-rate auto financing on a new purchase, a new car will be more expensive than an older version of the same car. Not only because of the higher sale price, but you’ll also pay more in other areas. Brand new cars can have higher insurance premiums than used cars as well.

Faster Depreciation and Negative Equity

It’s kind of a trap, but new cars depreciate faster than used vehicles. The sad reality is that the average new car can depreciate as much as 19% in its first year! What does this mean for you? To put it simply, if you buy a brand new car without a down payment, or if your monthly loan payment isn’t high enough to compensate for depreciation, you could end up owing more than the vehicle is worth.

Negative equity isn’t the worst thing to happen if you plan on keeping the car until it’s paid off. But if you’re the type of person who trades in vehicles every two or three years, negative equity can increase the cost of your next vehicle. Say a dealership gives you $19,000 for your trade-in, yet you owe $22,000, the $3,000 difference doesn’t just go away.  You have to pay it when the dealer tacks the negative equity onto your next car loan. So instead of a sale price of $27,000 for your next vehicle, you end up financing $30,000.

On the other hand, if you skip the brand new car and buy a vehicle that’s one or two years old, you’ll be able to get the car at a price that’s more comparable to its actual value, and possibly avoid an upside-down loan.

You Get More for Your Money

Since cars depreciate rapidly within the first year, buying used is an opportunity to get more for less!

For example, you can buy used cars that are less than a year old and save thousands of dollars! Here at Dallas Lease Returns we have great quality, used vehicles that are in perfect condition! Most are just a couple years old and we even offer used luxury brands! It’s like buying a brand new car, without the brand new price tag.

In summary, buying used is the way to go! It saves you money in the present and future, and is also the most practical method. To browse our inventory, visit our website!

4 Devices That Will Improve Your Driving Experience

Wanting to improve the quality of your vehicle without spending a bunch of money? We have many things in mind!  There are a number of gadgets on the market today that will help improve your overall driving experience. Continue reading to learn what they are!

Key Finder

Before you can drive anywhere, you’ll need to find your car keys.

Keeping a Tile Mate Bluetooth tracker on your keychain can help ensure you always know where your car keys are located. You simply attach the Tile to your keychain, and whenever you can’t find your keys, you can use the Tile app to make your keys ring.

The app also tracks the last place it paired with your smartphone, so if you leave your keys somewhere outside your home, you’ll be able to see where you left them.

You can purchase the Tile tracker on Amazon for $20.25.

Smartphone Mount

A smartphone mount can make navigation a lot less stressful.

Instead of constantly looking down at your phone for directions, you can use a mount to keep your Google Maps or Apple Maps app within your line of vision.

The iOttie smartphone holder is the best-selling mount on Amazon and costs $24.95.

Bluetooth Car Kit

You don’t have to buy a new car to be able to connect your smartphone to your vehicle via Bluetooth.

Mpow’s Bluetooth car kit plugs into your car so that you can play music and make calls over your car’s speakers hands-free.

You can purchase the gadget for $20.99 on Amazon.

USB Car Charger

A dead smartphone is the last thing you want while traveling. If you don’t have a USB port in your car, or if you need more than one port, this Maxboost USB charger is a good option.

You can buy the Maxboost USB charger for $8.99 on Amazon.

These are all cheap devices that will help improve the quality of your ride! Have any other devices you love? Drop what they are in the comments below!

How to Create the Perfect Tailgate

How to Create the Perfect Tailgate

You may think hosting an epic tailgate is as simple as showing up with a grill and some snacks, but here at Dallas Lease Returns, we know that is not the case! Creating a fun and memorable tailgate is ALL about the prep! With a few tips, tricks, and some smart space-saving gear, you’ll be well on your way to game day success—no matter who wins on the field.

Create a Fun Atmosphere

Tailgating is all about carving out your own small patch of pre-game party perfection. And that means you’ve got to set the mood!

For starters, it’s never a bad idea to show a bit of team spirit while staking out your space. File this under killing-two-birds-with-one-stone, because not only does this portable and affordable canopy pop out instantly to provide shade and shelter, it also comes in over 20 colors so that you’re sure to rep your team right. Plus, it folds into a carry-bag, giving you trunk space to spare.

Also, music is a MUST!  A Bluetooth speaker that’s small enough to slip into your pocket (but loud enough to drown out any opposing fans) is perfect to set the mood! The UE Roll 2 may look petite, but this thing packs nine hours of battery life, killer sound, and a waterproof design—just in case someone knocks it into the cooler. 

Food & Drinks

For starters, plan on doing as much prep-work as possible. Our advice? We like to choose one meal to prepare on site, and pack along a number of prepared sides for all-day munching. Whether you’re into bread bowls or fruit salads, bruschetta or hummus—the more you can organize in advance, the better.

Comfy Cozy

Tailgating is all about endurance, and that’s why you should NEVER skimp on comfort!

Besides, wouldn’t you rather sit down at a table tto enjoy snacks than stand?  That’s where the folding picnic table comes in. This portable diner’s companion expands from a travel-friendly (and sweet looking) carrying case into a four-seater table. If you like your seating with a bit more padding, there’s also this incredible portable couch, which is briefcase-sized in transport before folding out into a snug loveseat.

As the season goes on, you’ll definitely need some warm gear to ward off the Fall chill! You can’t go wrong with throwing a few waterproof wool blankets in your car, but if you’re more of a modern traveler, splurge on these Bluetooth heated insoles.

Have anymore tailgating hacks? Drop them in our comments below! Or if you’re in need of the perfect tailgating vehicle, come check out our inventory today!

Four Car Safety Tools That Could Save Your Child’s Life

Four Car Safety Tools That Could Save Your Child’s Life

The late August heat is blazing and with that comes the risk of heatstroke in children, especially in hot cars! More than 800 children have died from heatstroke in hot cars since 1990, according to Kids and Cars, a nonprofit focused on children’s safety. Although you may think it will never happen to you, accidents can happen. Continue reading to learn 4 tools that will save your child if he/she is accidentally left in the car.

Sensorsafe

Sensorsafe is a technology found in some car seats from the brand Evenflo. There is a receiver that goes into your car’s diagnostics port, a socket located inside a vehicle that accesses various vehicle subsystems where small receivers can be installed to tap into a car’s computer system. That receiver communicates with the car seat’s smart chest clip – letting the driver know through a series of chimes whether a child is still in the seat after the car is turned off.

General Motor’s Rear Seat Reminder System

This feature in some GM cars uses back door sensors that become activated when either the rear door is opened or closed within 10 minutes of the vehicle being started, or while the vehicle is running. Under these circumstances, when you reach your destination a reminder appears on the dashboard as well as an audible chime notification that says “Rear Seat Reminder, Look In Rear Seat”.

Driver’s Little Helper Sensor System

This is a sensor system sold at several major retailers that can be put in a car seat. The sensor goes under the car seat padding where the child sits. The sensor is then attached to a battery pack and synced with an app. You can set when you want the app to send you notifications after you stop the car. You can set the interval for when you receive the notification — the fastest being a minute.

Waze

A popular traffic app, has a setting that will remind a driver to check his or her back seat when a destination entered into the app is reached. But it won’t alert a driver during an impromptu stop. Experts say an important thing to remember when using app-based alerts is to make sure your cellphone is charged.

 

Here at Dallas Lease Returns, we hope this never happens to you or your family! Take precautions, try out the above tools! You never know when it could happen to you and one of the above items may just save your child’s life!

End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

End of Summer Adventures in Dallas

It’s almost time to send the kiddos back to school, have they had a good summer? If not, don’t worry! We have you covered at Dallas Lease Returns! We want to make sure you and your family have a great ending to the Summer holiday. Continue reading to learn some fun, family-friendly things you can do in Dallas before it’s too late!

Water Adventures

It’s no secret that Texas summers are hot and Dallas is no exception. Some of the best summer activities in Dallas deal with water: sliding down thrilling water slides, floating with the kids on lazy rivers or hitting the wave pool at the city’s best water park, Hurricane Harbor. Avoid the tourist crowds (and expensive entrance fees) by hitting up the large public pool operated by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, complete with a playground, sand volleyball, a restaurant and not one, but two bars.

For a more nature-themed water experience, hit up one of the Metroplex’s many lakes or rivers. Kayaking on the Trinity River or White Rock Lake is the perfect way to beat the sun. Or for a more traditional lake experience, spend a day fishing, laying out on the beach or camping at Lake Lewisville, between the suburbs of Frisco and Denton. Even better, take a boat out on the water to tube or water ski.

 Sit Back & Relax

Forget “Netflix and chill” during Dallas summers – just catch a free outdoor movie. The Granada Theater hosts free movie nights every Wednesday on their rooftop.

Films for 2018 include: Wonder WomanThe Big LebowskiClueless and Pulp Fiction.

They also offer a special rooftop food-and-drink menu to enjoy while you watch a classic film.

Other Adventures

Summer in Dallas is the perfect time to visit the city’s most engaging adventure parks and attractions. There’s Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, filled with thrilling roller coasters and rides for visitors of all ages. Plus, it’s the original Six Flags amusement park, making it a must-visit for any theme park fan.

The Dallas World Aquarium, in downtown’s West End, features a diverse set of exhibits and talks, though the highlight is ogling over otters, crocodiles, sharks and penguins.

In south Dallas, visitors can discover the largest and oldest zoo in Texas, complete with gorillas, cheetahs and a wide array of other exhibits. Be sure to check out their summer concert series, Safari Nights, for live music, drinks, food trucks and special animal programs.

Whatever you decide, just have a great time with your family! Enjoy the rest of the Summer, everyone!

Do you have any other ideas? Drop them in the comments below!

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!

Downtown

Three Things to Do In Downtown Dallas

Thursday, May 31st, 2018
They say that everything is bigger and better in Texas and that couldn’t be more true than in Downtown Dallas! Here you can find some of the biggest and best attractions in the country. Continue reading to learn our top three downtown places!

Dallas Farmers Market

Located on the east side of downtown, the Dallas Farmers Market is widely recognized as one of largest markets in the state!

This cute market has over 153 vendor stalls showcasing seasonal produce, naturally raised meats, cheese, eggs and honey in an open-air pavilion. There is also a huge indoor food hall as well that features artisanal food stalls and eateries, along with shops peddling everything from T-shirts to Mexican imports and antique furniture.

In addition to shopping and eating, the Farmers Market hosts regular activities, ranging from yoga classes and cooking demonstrations to live musical performances and special seasonal events.

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Do you love history mixed in wit a little bit of conspiracy? We have just the place for you! The Sixth Floor Museum is an interesting source of information about the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. The museum’s exhibits contain over 45,000 items documenting Kennedy’s presidency through to his final days.

One of the highlights of the tour is the Plexiglas enclosed area where Lee Harvey Oswald is believed to have fired the fateful shot. But there’s much more to see here, including a host of powerful images, documents, artifacts, video footage and home movies.

Klyde Warren Park

This park was opened in 2012 for the purpose of encouraging more pedestrian foot traffic to the area as well as to be a central gathering place for locals and visitors to enjoy.

Today, there are constant events happening all the time ranging from fitness sessions, dance lessons and lawn games to children’s entertainment, musical performances and film screenings. There are also special areas within the park allocated for dogs, board games and children.

What are your favorite downtown Dallas spots? Tell us in the comments below!